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Old 01-15-2012, 11:50 AM
 
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We will be moving to Kansas City in summer of 2013 (possibly sooner). We currently live in Topeka (not by choice) but have only lived here since 2009 (military prior to that). We plan to make lots of day trips to KC within the next year to figure out where we want to live but I need some help narrowing my scope. Here's some variables we have to work with:

-We have to live on the KS side. No budge on this, ex-h will still live in Topeka and I don't want to fight him in court to leave the state. So Kansas City, KS it is.

-On that, he will have every other weekend visitation so travel time and traffic to commute to Topeka every other weekend is a consideration.

-I will have one child in high school(10th), 2 in middle school(7th and 8th) and 2 in elementary school (K and 2nd). Schools are definitely a huge factor. So far I'm looking at Olathe schools, Mill Valley high school and its feeders or possibly Shawnee Mission schools. Not interested in Blue Valley even though I know it's most people's top choice.

-My current husband and I are in the computer industry and will be making decent money but we don't want to spend tons of money on a house. We don't plan to live in KC forever (probably only 5 - 10 years). We want 3 - 4 bedrooms in the $150 - 200. New or older construction, actually I rather prefer older construction but new can be nice too. We will probably rent the first year just to make sure we really like the area. We know from experience that visiting and actually living somewhere can be two totally different experiences.

- We have the possibility of working on the MO side but we do have to live on the KS side. I prefer to keep the work commute to 30 minutes or less but will consider up to about 45 - 60 mins.

So what areas should we take a look at on our day trips? Areas to avoid? Anything we should consider given our situation? What considerations do we need to think about if we accept employment in MO but live in KS?
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:33 AM
 
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If you're living on the KS side, work there too. You will get hosed with double taxation, plus etax if you work in KCMO itself (the only real place with jobs on the MO side). Plus salaries will usually be higher in JOCO too. Your commute won't be as bad either. Mill Valley (western Shawnee) High is probably your best bet, as it's closest to I-70, and homes there are in the 150-200k range.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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If you're living on the KS side, work there too. You will get hosed with double taxation, plus etax if you work in KCMO itself (the only real place with jobs on the MO side). Plus salaries will usually be higher in JOCO too. Your commute won't be as bad either. Mill Valley (western Shawnee) High is probably your best bet, as it's closest to I-70, and homes there are in the 150-200k range.
The OP made it pretty clear that they didn't want to live on the MO side, so why even bring up reasons why you think they shouldn't live in kcmo?

If you are working in the same field of work, do you have any proof that pay is higher in joco than in kcmo? I highly doubt that is the case.

I would however agree that western Shawnee is probably the best place for the OP to live in this case. That's a nice suburban area with good schools that would be close to Topeka and the MO side of KCMO via I-70 and SMP.

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Old 01-16-2012, 08:30 PM
 
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Geez... I did ask about the possibility of working in MO but living in KS. Thank you Jason for addressing that for me. I wasn't sure how the taxation and such would work. I know we have lots of job opportunities on the KS side, I just didn't know if there were any special advantages or disadvantages to working on the Kansas side.

I have nothing against the MO side, I just don't want to spend the money to fight my ex in court when I could just as easily live on the Kansas side (which my lawyer told me is likely what a judge would tell me to do anyways if I have to move to Kansas City to work)

Anything else I should consider?
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