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    Moving to Kansas City

    So I've just taken a job in Kansas City and I'm trying to decide where to live. The position is in Overland Park, so to this point it is looking like the house search is focused on OP and a couple other nearby suburbs, Olathe and Lenexa.

    Anybody on the board lived/currently living in the area? I'd greatly appreciate any input anybody has on the area or advice on places to consider.



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    Re: Moving to Kansas City

    I know a few people from OP and from what I've heard, it's a good place.


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    Re: Moving to Kansas City

    I grew up in Johnson County until I moved to Iowa in 93. You can't
    go wrong with any of the cities that you have mentioned. You may also
    want to look into the Blue Valley area. It is expensive but it has a good
    school system. Whatever you do please do not turn to the darkside and
    become a Jayhawk fan.



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    Re: Moving to Kansas City

    I moved to KC from Iowa about 20 years ago and have worked in Overland Park and lived in Olathe ever since. Johnson County is one of the wealthier counties in the country, but you can find homes priced from $100k (you probably would not one of them) to the millions. West DesMoines seems to be similar from what I've seen. You can still get an acreage and live outside of town if you are willing to drive the distance. This would probably put you in Miami county to the south or Douglas county to the west. My opinion is that Olathe represents the closest match to most of Iowa and there is a large number of ISU grads there (EIU fans also ). A decent 3 to 4 bedroom house will run about $200k, but most of the houses on the market will be in the $250k to $300k range. If you are looking for high end housing, you'll want to look at Leawood (southeast Johnson county) or far west Olathe in the Cedar Creek subdivision. Olathe and Overland Park both have populations in the 100,000 to 150,000 range. Lenexa is a little smaller. There seems to be a lot of houses on the market this spring, so I'd guess that it is now a buyer's market.

    Olathe and Blue Valley have very good school systems. Shawnee Mission is not bad either, but they have been in a school closing mode since some of their neighborhoods are getting older.



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    Re: Moving to Kansas City

    I lived in downtown KC, but I went to JCCC and Ottawa University KC, both in OP. Personally, I would find out which community has the best school system, if you plan on having kids.

    There's an Other Place in the old area of OP, so you'll have a good place to watch ISU games. They're great at getting the feeds if it's available.



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    Re: Moving to Kansas City

    It kind of depends on if you want to live close to where you work? Also if you are just looking at an apartment or house. I have been in KC for almost 4 years now and have lived at a couple different places in OP. Lenexa, Merriam, OP, Olathe, Mission or Praire Village are all nice.

    Second that on the Other Place I live about 5 block from there and it's a great place to watch games and a very friendly staff. It is an Iowa bar first but they always play ISU games over KU with is great.


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    Re: Moving to Kansas City

    I have friends that work in that area and just from visiting them and knowing what I do Overland Park, Olathe, and Lenexa are all very nice suburbs of KC. Like someone else mentioned, if you have kids just go with the one that has the best schools and you can't really go wrong with that part of KC.

    My friend that lives in OP seems to really like it but then again he's just a single guy without kids so that didn't factor in to where he's living.



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    Re: Moving to Kansas City

    Try Shawnee. It's very nice, if you can afford it.



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    Re: Moving to Kansas City

    Thanks for the info everyone. I'll probably end up running into some of you at the Other Place once football and basketball season kicks up.



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    Re: Moving to Kansas City

    This is my first post, but I've been on a long time. I moved from Ankeny to Olathe in 2001. I second all the comments about the Olathe school district being a good one. I've had no problems and haven't really heard from others about problems. There are more Hawk flags up than Cyclone flags so it is always good to hear of another 'Clone moving south. BTW, it is my son's 9th birthday today and we have a tradition that you get to pick a restaurant to eat at for your birthday meal...we will be eating at The Other Place tonight!

    Best Wishes!



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    Great to hear kccyclone, I'll be sure to pack my ISU flag with me.



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    Re: Moving to Kansas City

    I lived in Lenexa from 94-99 and its a nice place. OP is nice too as is Olathe which is where I used to work. You should be able to find nice housing and neighborhoods in any of those areas. Schools are pretty good too. When I left, Olathe was growing by leaps and bounds; probably still is.

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    Re: Moving to Kansas City

    I lived in Leawood and Westwood. Of the two, Westwood was the best. The actual town is small, but the taxes were pretty low and you would be in walking distance to the Country Club Plaza. Quick access to interstates and downtown. It's right at the edge of JoCo, the northern border is Wyandotte county and the eastern border is State Line Road.


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    Re: Moving to Kansas City

    Leawood or Mission Hills is your best bet, just kidding.

    There's somewhat of a difference between the neighborhoods north of 435 and south of it. South is pricier and newer, but that's where the growth is. Commute shouldn't be too bad since most of the main roads like College, 119th and Highway 69 are multi lane.

    Just make sure you have an easy drive from The Other Place. And be sure to meet Rooster



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    Re: Moving to Kansas City

    Just be sure to bring an ISU license plate for the front of you car. KS only gives a plate for the rear and you'll need one to angst all the KU fans in the area. There are a lot of KSU plates too, and fewer MU and EIU.

    Jayhawk fans don't have to actually have attended the university...



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