Atchison has a widespread reputation for its scores of impressive Victorian homes along tree-shaded brick streets – the legacy of successful business leaders who called Atchison home a century ago. Dozens of beautiful mansions are interspersed throughout town. Many homes just north of downtown are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Amelia Earhart Historic District is comprised of 33 properties in the neighborhood surrounding the landmark home where the famous aviator was born on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River.
Newer homes are being built in subdivisions on the north and west edges of town, including upscale and executive-style homes near the golf course at Bellevue Country Club.
Home-buyers in the market for new homes will find attractive options in subdivisions such as Brookdale Estates, which has large lots with golf course and lake views, and September Hills Country Estates, a wooded housing division three miles south on U.S. Highway 73. One of the city’s newest developments is Park Place, which features townhomes offering limited maintenance for busy professionals or retired persons.
Brookdale Estates is a 200-acre development of single-family homes with two lakes and a walking trail adjacent to Bellevue Country Club and Golf Course.
Sunrise Homes’ goal of building a high quality smaller family home in a good location is evident in the maintenance-free detached townhomes in Park Place Villas of Brookdale Estates.
In 2005, Sunrise Homes began developing a new area called Fairway Townhomes of Brookdale Estates. It is a part of Brookdale Estates, adjacent to the Bellevue Golf Course and overlooking one of the Brookdale lakes. Sunrise Homes has attractive new two- and three-bedroom homes under construction in Heritage Hills.
Atchison was the first county in Kansas to enact a countywide tax rebate program under the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. Since 1996, over $80 million in rehabilitation and new construction projects has occurred in Atchison County because of this program.