When Jessica Magaha married her husband Josh, she married into a Basehor family with deep roots to the community. Now she is helping other families put down their own roots in a new housing development in the heart of Basehor. Located just off State Avenue across the street from the Basehor Community Library, Magaha is a realtor with Better Homes and Gardens who is ready to assist families plan and build the perfect home in the Basehor community.

“I do love the community of Basehor,” Magaha said. “My husband’s grandparents and parents live there, my first teaching job was at Basehor-Linwood High School, and my family are firemen there. It’s genuinely a community. The schools, public servants, police department and fire department all add to the sense of community and duty to provide a safe and positive place to be in the community of Basehor.”

Named Tomahawk Valley in honor of the large presence of Native Americans in and around the Basehor area many years ago, ground for the housing edition was broken last fall. Currently on the plans are 106 single family homes, 86 twin villas, 58 single villas and 68 luxury apartments.  Interest has been high and 55 lots are currently available.  Three builders have committed to the project and are in the process of reserving lots. House prices will start at approximately $300,000.

The style of houses that will comprise the subdivision include two stories, ranch, and reverse ranch floorplans.  Future plans include maintenance-free villas and twin villa homes. Magaha says she is hoping that homes will be ready by late summer or early fall of this year.

“Basehor is a growing, family-oriented community with excellent school, provides easy highway access for commuters, is a great town for our veteran families and still provides all the charm that you look for in a small town yet has easy access to all of the amenities families want and need,” she said.

According to Basehor’s Planning and Zoning Director Mark Lee, since 2013 there have been an average of 108 new dwelling permits issued per year including both single-family and multi-family permits. Those additional dwellings were needed due to the growth of Basehor. In 2000, the census noted Basehor having a total population of 2,238. Ten years later, the census showed Basehor’s population had more than doubled to 4,613. At that pace, Lee believes the population will double again by the 2020 census. 

Tomahawk Valley contains approximately 20 acres of trails, a dog park, and plans for an outside picnic area that can be utilized for gatherings. Potential future plans include an area designated for a pool and clubhouse. A homeowner’s association will have the option to add those amenities at a future time.

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com