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Tour six ritzy kitchens at Flint Hills National – and party in one

This year’s Junior League Kitchen Tours feature six stunning kitchens in the gated Flint Hills National community.
This year’s Junior League Kitchen Tours feature six stunning kitchens in the gated Flint Hills National community. Courtesy photo

Even if you’re sure you’ll never have a high-end kitchen in a million-dollar home, that doesn’t mean you can’t gawk at one.

The Junior League of Wichita is about to put on its fifth annual Kitchen Tours event, and this year, it will be extra fancy. All six of the kitchens open to visitors are in the exclusive gated Flint Hills National community in Andover, where many homes cost $1 million and up. The event lasts from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.

“They typically have maybe one or two Flint Hills National homes on the Parade of Homes every year,” said Emily Healy, the chairwoman of this year’s event. “It’s kind of a unique experience to go through six of them.”

The event is one of many the Junior League puts on to raise money throughout the year. Proceeds from the tour will go to combating child abuse in the community, which is the league’s current mission.

With a $50 ticket, attendees will get a rare look into the fancy houses, some of which have features such as six-car garages, 20-foot ceilings, wine cellars and heated swimming pools. They won’t get to peek into bedrooms or bathrooms, Healy said, but in most of the homes, the main level will be open.

The kitchens are all fairly stunning, said Healy, who joked that her home kitchen didn’t quite compare. One has two of every main kitchen appliance. Another has a dreamy outdoor kitchen fitted with a pizza oven.

“For someone like me who has a small house in Rockwood, it’s just fun to go see these awesome kitchens that would go in your dream house,” she said. “And people who are building dream houses like to come and get ideas.”

The five homeowners who agreed to participate don’t want their addresses published, Healy said, but those who purchase tickets will get a list of the five private residences. A sixth house on the tour, at 2230 E. Flint Hills National Parkway, is a model home that also will be open. It’s a $1.5 million, six-bedroom, nine-bath house with 6,776 square feet.

Another new addition to this year’s tour: an after-party at a seventh private residence. It will feature food, drinks and live music from Candice and the Business Casual.

“It’s a fun way to cap off the day,” Healy said.

Healy also borrowed another idea she liked from a home tour she took in Kansas City. This year, each of the houses on the Junior League tour will have a little pop-up shop set up inside. People will be able to buy things such as gifts, clothing and candles, and at one stop, they can get food samples and buy copies of the Junior League’s cookbook, “Pinches & Dashes.”

Tickets for the tour only are $50 and for the party only are $25. A bundle ticket for the tour and after-party is $60.

Flint Hills National Kitchen Tours

What: A tour of six high-end kitchens in the Flint Hills National community put on by the Junior League of Wichita

When: 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, after-party lasts from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Flint Hills National community, Butler County

Tickets: $50 for tour only, $25 for after-party only, $60 for tour and after-party. Available at https://www.jlwichita.org or the day of the event at the Andover Road entrance to Flint Hills National Residences.