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Old 11-19-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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Hello Kansas Forum. Picked-up a new job yesterday on Ft. Leavenworth, with a proposed start date of 16 DEC. I'm a defense contractor, former Army EOD, married to a veterinarian with no kids and three dogs.

I've read back through all the "where should I live" posts, so I won't add another to the pile. I was on 4-month temporary duty at Leavenworth in 2001, which was just enough time for me to get to know the city vaguely before leaving again. We're 38 and 29 and love city life, but as much as we'd love a loft, I need a yard for the dogs. Looking to rent a house on at least 1/2 acre in the city or a suburb very nearby. Comfortable walking distance to a bakery or market area is a plus. We're coming from Alabama (but not from Alabama - just worked here from up north), so the things I've read about what people don't like about specific areas aren't much concern to us. Anything - and I mean anything - is better than living in Alabama for us.

I think we've narrowed our search down to Roeland Park, Westwood, maybe Overland Park, and those surrounding areas. My wife was also interested in anything near the Power and Light district or Westport on the MO side, but I'm not crazy about air traffic noise.

What we're looking for is a Realtor to speak with to help us narrow down properties so I can make one trip there and decide. Any specific recommendations - including who to avoid - are much appreciated. Any other contractors or GS on Leavenworth who might have some wisdom on where/where not to live because of commute issues or anything extraordinary to pass along, also much appreciated.

Thanks in advance Kansas.

JP

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Old 11-20-2011, 07:24 AM
 
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I used to live in Parkville MO located in the "north land" of KC. It's a really nice small college town located next to the river and very clean and pretty. Last time I was there they had opened a brewery/restaurant and it was really nice. Parkville would put you maybe 30 min from Leavonworth. Check it out, you might like it. Good luck.
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:45 PM
 
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Thanks hanger. After more reading yesterday that became a possibility, so now I'll certainly add it to the list. Seems like everything I've liked in other states is all represented in and around Kansas city. farmers' markets, cultural districts, awesome restaurants, international racetracks, and breweries.
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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I'll 2nd the Parkville recommendation. IMO, Roeland Park, Westwood & OP are too far a commute, especially in the winter. Most of those I know who have retired and returned to Ft. Leavenworth as contractors either live in Leavenworth, Shawnee, or Lenexa very near to K-7.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:51 AM
 
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I agree that, with your commute and the winter weather, you'd do best to look north of downtown instead of south. I'm less familiar with options up that way, but Parkville is truly adorable and very close to all the city amenities.
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:47 PM
 
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Well we checked out Parkville as much as we could on the interwebs, and damn, we like it. Thaks for those recommendations! I'm not sure why I thought Overland and Roeland would have been closer than an hour away from work, but when I checked again, yes - too far. Parkville is the same distance I drive now, so not bad.

Another thread about awesome places to live mentioned Brookville, but while indeed awesome, and exactly what I'd like, that might put me on the road 2-2.5 hours a day, not so awesome.

Not having much luck finding rental properties like we could for some of the other cities. I found a small handfull of Realtors in Parkville, but am awaiting a call back. Any recommendations on who to use or avoid? Please PM me if you do. 15 December is approaching fast, but we're both more excited every day to be moving.
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:54 PM
 
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If you can't find anything in Parkville, also check out Riverside (and Briarcliff hood) next door. Small town with a wealthy govt thanks to having a casino (and IMO the most tasteful casino in KC). Riverside is doing a great job upgrading the basic city amenities and core infrastructure. Parkville is more quaint though.

Both towns are not your typical United States of Generica suburbia, yet are partly surrounded by it with nearby mall/stripmall like stores when you want it just to the north... and downtown/midtown cultural activities just minutes away to south. Is a pretty good nook and cranny area between the best of both worlds. And not flatsville either. Unlike flat JoCo, the river area has plenty of hills, bluffs and hoods with original trees. However JoCo has higher end income and the higher end retail that follows.

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Old 11-22-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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Thanks. Haven't heard much about Riverside specifically, so I'll check that out. I am a poker player, so being closer to a casino is heaven for me. Not so much for the wife.
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