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Old 12-26-2011, 07:57 PM
 
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I am relocating to KC for work, I am looking for some insight on areas to live. I want city living, and areas that have good walkability for dining, drinks etc. I am single with no children so school districts are not an issue. I appreciate any help. Thanks!!
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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I would probably start with the country club plaza area and then work north toward the downtown area. You will find quite a few urban neighborhoods that should fit your needs.

South Plaza, West Plaza, Westport, West 39th, Crossroads, Rivermarket are all areas that offer good walkability with nearby drinking/dining establishments.

The Plaza is more established and probably has the most vibrancy of the areas, but it can be pretty gentrified. Midtown areas such as Westport and W39th are a bit more "gritty" but still good options and have more of a "local" feel to them. The downtown area is pretty diverse with the central business district office towers and many different residential areas like Quality Hill, Library District, Freighthouse District in Crossroads etc, but the downtown area leans more toward converted industrial space so it has that urban/industrial feel in many areas.

KC has a pretty diverse urban housing scene, so it kind of depends on what type of housing you want. The biggest thing KC seems to lack is a lot of modern new contruction apartments but there is still some, mostly near the Plaza area.
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I would probably start with the country club plaza area and then work north toward the downtown area. You will find quite a few urban neighborhoods that should fit your needs.

South Plaza, West Plaza, Westport, West 39th, Crossroads, Rivermarket are all areas that offer good walkability with nearby drinking/dining establishments.

The Plaza is more established and probably has the most vibrancy of the areas, but it can be pretty gentrified. Midtown areas such as Westport and W39th are a bit more "gritty" but still good options and have more of a "local" feel to them. The downtown area is pretty diverse with the central business district office towers and many different residential areas like Quality Hill, Library District, Freighthouse District in Crossroads etc, but the downtown area leans more toward converted industrial space so it has that urban/industrial feel in many areas.

KC has a pretty diverse urban housing scene, so it kind of depends on what type of housing you want. The biggest thing KC seems to lack is a lot of modern new contruction apartments but there is still some, mostly near the Plaza area.
I agree with you dude in addition all places in Kansas are peaceful so there's nothing to worry when it comes to violence.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:29 AM
 
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Disagree. Hit that troost avenue about 1 AM. Or roll down through the Paseo...real fun.

Anyways I would suggest the plaza...beautiful area, definitely poppin with a younger and older crowd, anything to wet your whistle. Westport is cool just a little more seedy.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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I would choose the river market, good restaurant, a couple bars, all your groceries can be bought at city market or asian market and its a little more quiet
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Anyway, my suggestion is to look for apartment block near West39 since you are single, apartment block in that area will be the best choice.
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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I agree with citidasian. I live in Volker, the neighborhood to the south of the W39th strip of restaurants and shops and would highly recommend it. I also like Westport though there are fewer apartments.

The Plaza is certainly nice but it's also 75% chains these days -- if you prefer a local vibe, the Plaza, increasingly, isn't where it's at.
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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Based on your other posts, it looks like you are orginaly from Atlanta. The Plaza area would be somewhat comparable to Buckhead, upscale shopping and decent restaurants.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:00 PM
 
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Thank you for all the insight! I am going to start researching rentals.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:10 PM
 
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Here's a city guide along the Main St corridor to give you some context...

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1238514/pics/bus/maxmwk.gif

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