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Old 10-30-2011, 12:46 AM
 
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I am relocating from Southwestern Virginia, ( south of Roanoke ) and looking
for a rural, or very small town setting. Don,t need "things to do",
and want to be away from the crush and rush of "whats happening now ".

I am charmed by the storybook setting of Lexington, enticed by the rural setting around Sedalia, and seduced by the convienient location of Independance.

As experienced residents, what would you reccomend, and why ?

Regards,
Michael
Southwestern Virginia
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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Independence is a large suburb of KC, not a small town or rural at all. In fact, the city has many big city problems in parts of the city.

Sedalia is a small town, but it's not very small. It can get crowded there with traffic, it's also a main route to the lakes from KC so it gets some of that traffic too. It's in a rural area though.

Lexington is "very" small town, not much traffic, very slow paced and off the beaten path. Lexington is actually a pretty nice town with some nice historic housing stock on it's in a pretty area along the MO river. Sounds like that may be what you are looking for.
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:07 PM
 
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However, the eastern portions of Independence are rural. Out there you can have the best of both, the peace of a rural area, and yet the convenience of the city with only a 10-15 minute drive. Much of the answer depends on if you have work in any of these locations, or what other needs you may have.
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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Independence is kind of a combination of a small town (The Square), suburb with a shopping mall. It's also the headquarters of what used to be known as the Reorganized Latter Day Saints. It's located near Arrowhead and Kaufmann Stadiums, so traffic can be heavy on game days.

Sedalia can have traffic issues during summer weekends and during the state fair in August.

Lexington has a Civil War battlefield and related historic sites, plus several antique shops (as does Independence and Sedalia). Lexington is located on the Missouri River (I don't know how much flooding happens near there), but is kind of off the beaten path.
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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Default Lexington Sounding better'n better.

Interesting, Still gathering data and looking for "the job"
Michael
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Old 01-01-2012, 12:54 AM
 
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Well, I toured the three areas and settled on one.
All three are good, but one outweighed the other two.

Found friends everywhere. You all certianly made my week long visit a pleasant one.

Michael,
(soon to return)

Southwestern Virginia
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:41 AM
 
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Well, I toured the three areas and settled on one.
All three are good, but one outweighed the other two.

Found friends everywhere. You all certianly made my week long visit a pleasant one.

Michael,
(soon to return)

Southwestern Virginia
So which did you choose and what did you think of them? I'd be especially interested in what you thought of Indepedence.
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:01 PM
 
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I chose Lexington based on the people. I met many nice people in Independance, but the noise and the sprawl was not what I needed. If I was 25 years old, yes. By sprawl, I should say "expance".

Being 56 years old, I find I am looking for a slower pace out of the mainstream.
I am originally from out in the sticks, so I tend to gravitate 'tward quiet.

Sedalia had a lot of great business and work opportunities ( I got accepted for a job, there, ) but again I find it just wasn't where I am headed in this life. Busy, yes. Easy to get around, too.

Looks like we will be opening a bed and breakfast, or a resturant in Lexington. Meantime., they are in need of a good gunsmith, or mechanic till the other business gets "established".

Regards
Michael
(headed west)
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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I chose Lexington based on the people. I met many nice people in Independance, but the noise and the sprawl was not what I needed. If I was 25 years old, yes. By sprawl, I should say "expance".

Being 56 years old, I find I am looking for a slower pace out of the mainstream.
I am originally from out in the sticks, so I tend to gravitate 'tward quiet.

Sedalia had a lot of great business and work opportunities ( I got accepted for a job, there, ) but again I find it just wasn't where I am headed in this life. Busy, yes. Easy to get around, too.

Looks like we will be opening a bed and breakfast, or a restaurant in Lexington. Meantime., they are in need of a good gunsmith, or mechanic till the other business gets "established".

Regards
Michael
(headed west)
Ahh, so I was guessed right on Lexington being a good fit! haha. It's an interesting little river town, lots of civil war history there.

Thanks for the reply. Independence seemed like the odd ball of the three, so I was curious about that, and good luck with where ever you ultimately end up!
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:49 PM
 
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Ahh, so I was guessed right on Lexington being a good fit! haha. It's an interesting little river town, lots of civil war history there.

Thanks for the reply. Independence seemed like the odd ball of the three, so I was curious about that, and good luck with where ever you ultimately end up!
I've noticed Independence is the choice of a lot of rural Missouri folks who want, need or have to move into the metro. Most stuff online and we hear about has to with more urban-oriented white-collar/middle-to-upper-middle class individuals. The rest of folks seem to fly under the radar and I think they use the internet less and rely more on word-of-mouth and people they know to guide them. For instance, I anecdotally know there's a lot of interaction between places like Independence, Excelsior, St. Joe, Gladstone, Liberty and even KCK that you pretty much wouldn't hear about if you don't know these people. I think a lot of the common working-class types are really underrepresented in many instances, even politically.
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