With the success of Brentwood Terrace in South East Springfield, an even bigger development was in the works. John Q. Hammons & Lee McLean Jr. were developing a sub-division the likes that Springfield had never seen before. With the success of Country Club Estates, Country Club Terrace and Glenn Isle Shopping Center, John Q Hammons was ready to roll out his latest endeavor. So in 1955 JQH along with his business partner Lee McLean Jr. introduced Southern Hills.
Southern Hills would be introduced as a 500-acre tract of land that would have approximately 1200 lots, three spring-fed lakes, concrete and asphalt roads. You could acquire a lot for $100 down and pay $25 a month. There were distinct areas and price points for homes at the time. There was a $15-18,000, $18-25,000, and $25-35,000 class. And if you could afford the luxury of a lakeside lot your home would be $35,000 plus!
The marketing tag line for the subdivision was “Where country charm plus city convenience equals gracious suburban living.”
Today Southern Hills is a highly sought after established sub-division with larger lots, large trees, the lakes. It is close to the mall, Galloway Creek Greenway Trail, churches, restaurants and Wilder – Pershing – Glendale Schools.