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Old 10-01-2011, 11:36 AM
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My husband and I are relocating to KCMO from Denver, Co and would like to find a house to rent in an up and coming area near downtown but am not sure which area to look at. I have read a few forum posts and I have heard the Riverside and Crossroads are good areas. My husband has been told stay north of the river. We want an area with a variety of restaurants and things to do. Easy access to shopping. We are old enough that bars are not an issue. We are empty nesters so schools are not an issue. The north suburbs are not out but I find it hard to find rental properties in that area.

We need a house with a yard because we have dogs. He will be working at the airport but I hear that the commute isn't that bad. We will be coming to do a scouting trip and want to get a list of some neighborhoods to look at. At this point our maximum rent per month is $1300. Is this possible?

Thank you in advance!
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Old 10-01-2011, 12:13 PM
Location: Los Angeles County
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For $1,300 a month, you could get a nice condo in the downtown area or directly south in the Crossroads. If you'd like to still be in the city, and be within walking distance to restaurants, shops, and entertainment, I would check out the Country Club Plaza or "Plaza" area. The Plaza is only about 10 minutes south of DTKC.

If you'd like to be north of the river with a yard, you'd probably have to rent a home or townhome. You may want to check out the area called "Zona Rosa." There are many nice areas around the I-29 area.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:02 AM
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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Originally Posted by Sionnan View Post
My husband has been told stay north of the river.
I would highly consider Briarcliff, decent shopping and quick access to the airport, shopping, etc

If you want up and coming areas I would check out the Westside Neighborhood right next to the Crossroads, lots of nice homes with good yards.
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:40 PM
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Check out Parkville. Cute old town with shops/resturants/park/University and quick access to the interstate (I-29) and to downtown KCMO. It would take 15-20 min. to get to the airport for work.

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Old 10-04-2011, 07:21 AM
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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Not too many single family homes in Crossroads, but I would suggest looking just south of there in the neighborhoods that hug State Line Rd and just east of there-- Coleman Highland, Valentine, Roanoke, Hyde Park, Volker (my neighborhood!) and West Plaza would all be great neighborhoods at which to look. A couple ideas of what's available on Craigslist:

Charming 4 br home for rent 9/1 - close to UMKC, Plaza, Westport (http://kansascity.craigslist.org/apa/2564596851.html - broken link)
uber cool, bathtastic, granite kitchen, huge (http://kansascity.craigslist.org/apa/2585412089.html - broken link) -- technically a duplex, but this is a great area and might well work for you
2bd W/Den- Spacious Plaza Duplex (http://kansascity.craigslist.org/apa/2594834660.html - broken link) -- Again, not a single family, but has a fenced yard
GREAT WEST PLAZA HOME WITH BEAUTIFUL HARDWOOD FLRS-PARKING-FENCED YARD (http://kansascity.craigslist.org/apa/2622616595.html - broken link)

Everyone's tolerance is different, but given particularly its proximity to downtown as you requested, you could also look in the Old Northeast area, which is definitely up and coming, though most would say slowly. It's diverse and on the upswing, and how cute is this house in Pendleton Heights? Victorian Home with Stylish, Efficient Upgrades (http://kansascity.craigslist.org/apa/2628352367.html - broken link)
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