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Old 03-31-2011, 12:16 PM
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First off, i have lived primarily in the gladstone mo, and olathe area for the last five years.

I am getting married tomorrow, my soon to be wife has a young son who will be starting kindergarten this year.

She works downtown, i work in joco. We are purchasing our first home in the next couple of months. Our top price range is around the 120k mark (ideally i would rather be in the 80-100 range).

I have looked all over trying to find a good place to be for the next five years for our price range, with decent driving times to work, and primarily a good school system for our little one.

People north of the river slam kck for crime and schools, joco for housing prices, people in kc slam the mo side for bad schools and crime.

We are trying to find a balance between all the things we are looking for. I prefer the KS side myself, however i am unsure that we will find a home in our price range, or if we do find some great deal the property tax will kill us.

Sorry to make such a long post, i just do not have much experience outside of my bubble, i could live anywhere fine, however now purchasing a home, thinking of little ones next 5-10 years of schooling, etc has me running circles.

I have found some lovely homes in the KCK area, and with the google press release about the new net backbone there, i see major growth coming for IT jobs in the form of web hosting and data centers (i am in IT myself).

Any advice would be appreciated, whether its suggestions on area to live, school systems, actual and not stereotyped data on crime areas, etc.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:27 PM
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:32 PM
Location: Golden, CO
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As you know, your price range is limiting, but you have a few options. You might find a house that you would like in the North Kansas City area including Gladstone and Riverside. If you can find a property in south Platte County, you'll be in the Park Hill School District, which is excellent.

Another option would be Wyandotte County. You can get a great house for $120,000 there. However, the public school system sucks at least until high school unless you can get your child into Sumner Academy, which is pretty good. But, in Kansas, you can live in one school district and attend in another if you pay to the district what the district usually spends per child, which is comparable to private school rates. Or, you could send your child to a private school.

I'm sure others can recommend other possibilities to you. But, if I were in your situation, those are the options I'd be exploring.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:14 AM
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I appreciate the feedback.

I have found many nice homes in wyandotte, just not familiar with the schools and which neighborhoods to stay away from. It is just very misleading the different thoughts on it depending on who you talk to. MO people say KS sucks, and KS people say MO sucks basically almost to a fault.

@okey dokie i covered both bases since this is a relevant topic for both KS and MO i have it posted in each forum respectfully.

I did not know that you have the option to have a child attend out of district schools, that is a new tangent i have not thought of yet.

Thank you, keep the advice coming guys!
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