Manhattan, KS Guide

Manhattan, KS Realtor


Any city can offer the go-to shopping options that have become household names. Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Dick’s Sporting Goods are all represented here in Manhattan. However, the culture of a community is not represented by corporate mega stores. Manhattan’s locally owned specialty shops will keep you browsing until the sun goes down.

Aggieville – You’ll find the Aggieville Business District adjacent to the KSU campus in the heart of Manhattan. Known locally for the best nightlife in town, Aggieville also offers an abundance of retail outlets. Whether your looking for clothing or books, music or home decor, a day spent is Aggieville is a day well spent. 

Downtown Manhattan, KS – From the historic look and feel of main street (Poyntz Ave.) to the expanding new developments behind Manhattan Town Center, you can find what you need in the Downtown Business District. Jewelers, department stores, home and audio suppliers, and upscale clothiers all call downtown Manhattan home. If you’re looking to walk the streets and window shop, or take on a day in the mall, downtown has it all.


Westside – Although not as condensed as Aggieville or downtown, the west side of Manhattan offers just as many opportunities to find exactly what you are looking for! Golfing and sporting goods, pet needs, nutritional supplies, home furnishings, and home improvement projects are just some of the options that Manhattan’s west side can provide.



Sure you could just grab something at a chain restaurant but what’s the fun in that. Besides there is no time like the present to start exploring your new community.


Visit any old website and you’ll get a list of restaurants. Just pick up the phone book for that matter. The list below was compiled by our staff and friends of places we like to eat every day. The Best Food in Manhattan, KS if you will.


There are a lot of great restaurants in town and not every one of them is listed below, but you can be sure that if it is, it’s because its’ worth a mention. Enjoy!


Our Favorite Local Dives:

LITTLE APPLE BREWING COMPANY – The Little Apple Brewery is a classic Steak House on the Westside of Manhattan in Westloop Shopping Center. They brew a full line of quality beers in house and have the best Scotch selection in town. Don’t miss out on the Salad Bar.

ROCK-A-BELLY DELI – Classy College dive bar by night, Fantastic Deli by day. This deli is an Aggieville destination. I recommend the Belly Buster!

COCO BOLOS – Loud Food & Spicy Music. Located in Aggieville, Coco Bolos is always a great choice. If you’re daring, try the Evil Chicken. Not so Daring? Try the Cuban BBQ Pork Sandwich.

SO LONG SALOON – So Long Saloon. Sliders, Fried Tacos, Buffalo Burgers. It’s all delicious. Or, Man up and take the Cowboy Challenge (10 Layers between a bun) a Tee shirt year prize. In Aggieville. Start your meal off with their famous Chipotle Raspberry & Black Bean Dip!

TACO LUCHA – My name is Taco Lucha. I started out wanting to be a fun, little outdoor taco stand and grew into what is now a full sit down, cocktail driven, funky Aggieville Taqueria. I am Mexican street food with my own modern twists. I offer flavorful food made from scratch daily in small batches. My drinks are made from fresh squeezed citrus fruit and organic Agave nectar. I hope to offer you an experience full of smells, flavor and colors, honoring my beloved Lucha Libres.

WINE DIVE + KITCHEN – This restaurant and wine bar is located downtown in the historic Marshall Theatre Building at 4th and Houston. Featuring delicious starters, sandwiches, seafood and entrees, the Wine Dive + Kitchen is sure to impress you with the food and extensive wine list! 

COX BROS. BBQ – These Guys know BBQ. Cox Bros BBQ smokes every kind of meat. Stock up on the napkins. You’re going to want to try ALL their sauces. You can find them on McCall Rd. North of Walmart.

THE CHEF – Have a craving for Breakfast at 2 in the afternoon? The Chef (located downtown) has signature Banana’s Foster Pancakes (yum). A hip Diner style restaurant awaits. Sure, they have healthy options… but that’s not why we go there.

BLUESTEM BISTRO – If you are a coffee nut you’ll appreciate the top notch quality of Bluestem Bistro. Located in Aggieville, The Bistro offers great food and coffee and with a liquor license you can get a little “pep” in your Java. 

RADINA’S COFFEEHOUSE & ROASTERY –  With its three locations around Manhattan, Radina’s is dedicated to providing fresh, handcrafted coffee roasted to its peak flavor. Known for its in-house, specialty roasted drinks like the City Roast, Full City Roast, Vienna Roast, and French Roast, Radina’s has many options to satisfy the choosiest coffee connoisseur.

EARLY EDITION RESTAURANT – Two locations on the east and west sides of Manhattan.  Breakfast/Brunch American Food.  Possibly the best breakfast in the area!





Kansas State University View video

Manhattan Christian College View Video

Manhattan Area Technical College MATC


School Districts:

Manhattan-Ogden USD 383

Rock Creek USD 323

Riley County USD 378

Wamego USD 320



USD 383 Schools

High School:

Manhattan High School West and East Campus

Middle School:

Susan B. Anthony Middle School

Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School

Elementary School:

Amanda Arnold Elementary School Visit Website

Bluemont Elementary School Visit Website

Frank V. Bergman Elementary School Visit Website

Lee Elementary School Visit Website

Marlatt Elementary School Visit Website

Northview Elementary School Visit Website

Ogden Elementary School Visit Website

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Visit Website

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School Visit Website

Manhattan Virtual Academy Visit Website



Manhattan and the surrounding area offers all kinds of indoor and outdoor recreation. The following links can help you plan a quick weekday outing or an all weekend adventure. 


Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park

Living Water Ranch


Golf – if your idea of a good time involves 18 holes and a 9 iron, Manhattan’s golf courses await your arrival! With three public courses and one private course, you are sure to find the perfect green.


Colbert Hills Golf Course

Stagg Hill Golf Club

Wildcat Creek Golf and Fitness

The Manhattan Country Club (Private)


Parks and Recreation – the City of Manhattan has conveniently sprinkled neighborhood parks all over the city. Some are small and cute with playgrounds for the kids. Others are large and in charge, hosting our three recently updated aquatic complexes. And a select few are still wild and untamed, perfect for an evening stroll away from city lights. Check out these links for more information:


Overview of Manhattan Parks

Manhattan Pool Information (Seasonal)

The Ice Rink at City Park (Seasonal) 

Sunset Zoological Park

Flint Hills Discovery Center


Tuttle Creek State Park – from boating to hiking to camping, Tuttle Creek offers big water fun for the whole family. Spend a day on the lake with your boat, or call some friends for a BBQ at one of the nine cabins provided by the State Wildlife Department. For more information, call the office at 785-539-7941.



“What’s there to do in small town Kansas” you ask? More than you think. With a major University and thriving business environment, Manhattan, KS is not shy on culture. From KSU’s McCain Performance series to The MAC there is always a show to catch. Looking for some nightlife? Head to Aggieville to hear some live music or over to the Union to see a comedian. College scene not your speed? Make some new friends at one of UFM’s Indian Cooking classes or take in a Lecture. We have highlighted some of the best below. If you are still starving for things to do, check out “150 Things to Do in and Around Manhattan”.




McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University offers Manhattan residents a cultural roller coaster of great shows and entertainment. These are “BIG Name” people. Check out the current McCain Performance Series concert schedule.


Manhattan Arts Center (MAC)

The Manhattan Arts Center offers a wide range of performing and visual arts activities and showcases the artistic talents of amateurs and professionals alike. The facility includes a performance hall, two galleries, clay studio, art studio, dressing rooms, set design shop, and offices. 



UFM is a non-profit campus and community education program serving Kansas State University, the Manhattan area and communities across Kansas. Based on the philosophy that everyone can learn and everyone can teach, UFM provides opportunities for lifelong learning and personal development. UFM serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and as a catalyst for new programs and services that enhance the quality of life for all. UFM offers dozens of classes at a very affordable price. Things like swimming lessons, Kung Fu, CPR certification, French cooking, wine tasting, personal finance, belly dancing and living green are all part of the vast UFM curriculum. Classes vary in scope and depth but are usually short fun classes anyone can find time for. 


Manhattan Public Library

The local Public Library is far more than just a place to check out books. The Library offers a continuing Lecture Series and a whole host of Youth activities including reading to dogs. Yes, I said dogs. Of course, you CAN still check out books as well as dvds and music. Or just spend some time in the state-of-the-art tech center.


Arts in the Park

During the summer months the City of Manhattan, KS hosts an “Arts in the Park” in City Park. Mostly musical in nature you’ll hear everything from Blues to Bluegrass and Jazz to Rock.



Whether you’re visiting Manhattan for a night, staying for an extended weekend, or looking for long-term lodging there are plenty of available options. These businesses can help you get here with ease and stay here in comfort.


Living Water Ranch is a non-profit  faith-based retreat and conference center located 16 miles north of Manhattan, Kansas, on Tuttle Creek Lake Reservoir. Located in the Flint Hills, the ranch lies nestled in the middle of hundreds of acres of rolling hills. The hills provide a stunningly beautiful backdrop to the shimmering sun-kissed waters of Tuttle Creek Lake with access to the shore. Opportunities abound to experience wildlife such as the White-Tailed deer, wild turkey and the majestic Bald Eagle.  Our surroundings support the kind of atmosphere we strive to provide our guests during their stay at Living Water Ranch.  The Ranch is versatile enough to cater to families, youth groups, organizations, churches and even individuals. We are open all year round.  


KCI Roadrunner provides transportation to Manhattan from KCI Airport. With multiple shuttles running everyday you can spend less time at the airport and more time enjoying the Little Apple.


Manhattan Regional Airport is located 3 miles west of Manhattan. Offering non-stop flights to and from Dallas / Ft. Worth and Chicago O’Hare, a flight to Manhattan lets you plan a visit without a road trip.


Manhattan offers numerous hotel and lodging options for your stay. We’ve compiled a list of the best:


Clarion Hotel – located on the west side of town, the Clarion boasts an indoor minitature golf course surrounding a pool and hot tub. Go bowling at Wildcat Lanes right next door, take in a movie at Seth Childs Cinema, or take on 18 holes at Stagg Hill Golf Course. The Clarion also offers the quickest access to the U.S. Army Facilities at Fort Riley.


Holiday Inn Express – directly across from the Kansas State University campus, Holiday Inn Express is centrally located for convenient exploration of the entire city. Relax in the evening by eating at Houlihans Restaurant on site, or walk a few blocks to Aggieville for some of the best nightlife in the Midwest.


Fairfield Inn – Manhattan’s Downtown Business District is thriving, and the Fairfield Inn is in the heart of it all. Whether you’re enjoying a day at Tuttle Creek Lake or browsing the mix of history and new developments in downtown Manhattan, the Fairfield Inn is the spot for you.


If hotel rooms are a little too stuffy and you’d prefer a cozier retreat, stay at one of Manhattan’s friendly Bed and Breakfast.


The Morning Star Bed & Breakfast – with five exquisite rooms (all named after our favorite tea blends) the Morning Star is sure to make your stay in Manhattan as comfortable as it can be. Unwind from your day in the two person jacuzzi located in each suite. 


The Scenic Valley Inn – located two miles west of Manhattan on Scenic Drive, the Scenic Valley Inn is your home away from home. With three guest rooms, a lofted living room, and an on-site event center, you can enjoy your time in Manhattan without leaving the comfort of home behind.


The Daughter’s House – placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007, the Daughter House is sure to satisfy your yearnings for nostalgia. Each of the three guest suites is filled with antique-style furnishings and bedding. A cozy fireplace sets the mood for amazing meals made with local and organic foods.



University Christian Church

Crestview Christian Church

Westview Community Church

Faith Evangelical Free

Rock Hills Church 

Living Word Church 

Grace Baptist Church 

College Heights Baptist Church 

The Well 

St. Thomas More Catholic Church 

Manhattan Church of Christ 

First Lutheran Church 

Trinity Presbyterian Church 

Peace Lutheran Church ELCA 

First Congregational Church 

First Presbyterian Church 

First Assembly of God 

Agape Family Church 

Harvest Baptist Church 

Seven Dolors Catholic Church 

St. Paul’s Episcipol Church 




Wyndham Heights

  • Age: mid ’90s – present
  • Schools:
    • Elementary: Marlatt
    • Middle School: Susan B. Anthony
  • Wyndham Heights is an executive neighborhood located on the West side of Manhattan, KS. This neighborhood sits on top of a hill and many homes have spectacular views of the rolling Flint Hills. Although a newer neighborhood, it was designed to minimize loss of the natural vegetation. Both Evergreen and Hardwood trees are abundant. Wyndham Heights is located just across Kimball Ave from COLBERT HILLS golf course and just around the corner from FRANK ANNEBERG PARK which hosts a variety of family activities from fishing to soccer to nature trails. Homes in this neighborhood are built by some of Manhattan’s most prestigious Builders and offer high quality in both construction quality and finish materials. Most of the lots have been built out, but a few vacant lots remain.


The State Streets

  • Age: Late ’50s – 1960s
  • Schools:
    • Elementary: Marlatt
    • Middle School: Susan B. Anthony
  • The State Streets neighborhood is a very desirable place to live. It is centrally located and has wonderful natural landscaping. Floor plans range from large ranch homes with basements, to multilevel homes and two story homes. Yards are typically large and most homes have basements. Traffic is minimal through the interior. It is not uncommon to see many people walking in this neighborhood. The State Streets is near Westloop shopping Center and Cico Park. Although the homes are older, many have been updated.

Tatarrax Hills

  • Age: 1980s – 1990s
  • Schools:
    • Elementary: Marlatt
    • Middle School: Susan B. Anthony
  • Tatarrax Hills is an exceptional neighborhood. Homes here come in all designs but all have unique features to them. Yards are not usually large, however the natural landscaping and hilly terrain provide for very private wooded lots. Tatarrax is located on the Northern tip of Manhattan, KS. Candlewood Shopping Center is a stone’s throw away, as is Cico Park.


Stonegate Estates

  • Age: ‘90s – 2000s
  • Schools:
    • Elementary: Marlatt
    • Middle School: Susan B. Anthony
  • Stonegate Estates has it all. Although not a very large neighborhood it features some exceptional homes. Stonegate Estates is located in the north Central part of Manhattan. It is a short walk to the Stadium to see the Cats Play. Homes are newer, but vegetation has been maintained.



  • Age: mid ’90s – present
  • Schools:
    • Elementary: Marlatt
    • Middle School: Susan B. Anthony
  • The Meadowland Addition is a wonderful family friendly neighborhood. It’s walking distance to Susan B. Anthony Middle School makes this neighborhood a great choice for families with children who are in this age range. Homes mostly consist of modern ranches with open floor plans and basements. Meadowland is located in North Central Manhattan.


Hawthorn Woods

  • Age: 2008 – present
  • Schools:
    • Elementary: Bergman
    • Middle School: Susan B. Anthony
  • Hawthorne Woods is located in the North West side of Manhattan. Up on the hill these beautiful homes grant views of either the city of Manhattan or the rolling hills of Colbert Hills golf course. This neighborhood offers affordable Golf Course style living. The neighborhood is just up the hill and a safe walk away from Bergman Elementary School. Homes in this neighborhood are full of upscale amenities like full master bath suites, walk-out basements and often 3 car garages. Homes are mostly large, modern ranches with very open floor plans.


Blue Hills

  • Age: 1960s – 1970s
  • Schools:
    • Elementary: Bluemont
    • Middle School: Eisenhower
  • The Blue Hills Neighborhood is centrally located. It is a short drive from Kansas State University making this an ideal neighborhood for oncoming university Professors. It’s diverse price range allows for something for everyone. The age of these homes provides for unique architectural features. The lots are extremely wooded and many of them back up to a creek allowing for extraordinary privacy in the middle of town.


Highland Ridge / Stone Creek

  • Age: 2000s – Present
  • Schools:
    • Elementary: Riley and Amanda Arnold
    • Middle School: Riley and Susan B. Anthony
  • These two adjoining neighborhoods rest on the far West side of Manhattan. A short drive to Ft. Riley makes these neighborhoods an ideal location for soldiers and their families. The Highland Ridge neighborhood is on the West side of Scenic Drive placing it in the Riley County School district (USD 378). This is a great opportunity for those families who would prefer a smaller school district. Busses pick-up in the neighborhood and commute approximately 20 minutes. The homes in Highland Ridge average in around $225-250K and offer modern ranch open floor plans most with basements.
  • In the Stone Creek neighborhood you will find a mix of modern slab ranch homes as well as some with basements. The slab design homes allow for a very affordable option for those who do not require the additional basement space. There is truly something here for everyone.



  • Age: 1960s – Present
  • Schools:
    • Elementary: Northview
    • Middle School: Eisenhower
  • Northview neighborhood is located in the far Northeast part of Manhattan. Northview offers a variety of housing options from older to brand new. Some homes have basements however, most do not and are either modern slab homes or older homes with crawl space. There is also an abundance of townhomes. Northview is one of Manhattan’s most affordable neighborhoods and provides some very nice homes and attracts many first time home buyers.


Eagles Landing / Timber Creek III / Wildcat Ridge

  • Age: Late 90s – Present
  • Schools:
    • Elementary: Woodrow Wilson
    • Middle School: Eisenhower
  • These neighborhoods are located on the far East side of Manhattan on Hwy 24. This area is expanding rapidly, due to demand for modern family homes at an affordable price. Although less true than it used to be, these homes often come with lower taxes as they are located in Pottawatomie County. Growing commercial expansion along the highway makes this area more and more desirable.


Other Neighborhoods

  • Manhattan is a unique and diverse town with entirely too many neighborhoods to mention. From mid-century modern pocket neighborhoods as small as a block long to large new development neighborhoods, Manhattan has something for everyone.
  • Contact an agent today to determine which neighborhood is a perfect fit for you.


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Arbor Heights

Bear Creek


Blue Hills

Blue River Hills

Brier Heights



Cambridge Square

Campus Acres

Campus View


Cascade Hill

Cedar Acres

Cedar Crest 

Colbert Hills 

College Hill Park 

College View 

Country Club 


Deer Run 

Driftwood Estates 


Flint Hills 

Forest Slope 

Fraternity Knoll 



Green Acres 



Happy Valley 

Hillside Home 

Hylton Heights 

Johnson Valley 

Kershaw Heights 

Lakeside Heights 


Little Kitten Creek 

Manhattan Corporate Technology Park 

Manhattan Marketplace 

Manhattan Medical Center 

Manhattan Town Center 




North Pointe 

North Timberlane 



Northview Acres 

Northview Glen 

Oak Hollow 


Pillsbury Heights 

Pottawatomie Court 

Prairie Lakes 

Randolph Hills 

Random Woods 

Redbud Estates 

River Trail 

Rockhill Estates 

Rockhill Ridge 

Rolling Hills 


Stagg Hill Acres 

Stonegate Estates 



Stony Brook 

Sunny Slope 

Sunrise View 

Sunset Park 

Sunup Development 

Tatarrax Hills 

Terrace Gardens 

University Gardens 

University Heights 

University Park 


Village Acres 

Westchester Park 

Western Hills 

Western Shore Acres 




Westwood Hills 


Winter Estates 

Woodland Hills 

Woodland Ridge


Wyndham Heights