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Old 09-04-2012, 07:30 AM
 
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Hi there,

I am planning to move to the Kansas City, Kansas (or Missouri?) area including somewhere in the surrounding towns/cities and was wondering if I could get a heads-up on what areas to avoid please? I am a single mom and am looking for the least expensive rent on a house or duplex I can find (preferably between $400-525 not including utilities). I have seen houses/duplexes listed in Overland Park, Olathe, and many others and am completely clueless on where to start. I need to move somewhere this week if possible and am looking for around 700 sq. ft and up, 1 or 2 bedroom for now with a washer/dryer (even stackable or connections) and preferably a dishwasher (but not as important to me as the washer/dryer (I HATE going to the laundromat because the creepy guys usually hit on me ). I would be ok with 650 sq. ft or so as well if we had to do that for awhile just starting out. We can live in a reasonably small space, but not a 300 sq. ft. studio or anything REALLY small.

Anyway, are there any areas where I can still be within 40 minutes or so max of a mall, health food stores, Target, Walmart, restaurants, etc.? I am not an urban person and like privacy like semi-rural areas but want to be safe also. I plan to work from home and need somewhere with DSL also.

Are there any safe non-highrise city places (maybe suburban, midtown, or even rural or semi-rural areas that are not as congested as 'city life') you guys might suggest for us? Eventually we would like to buy a little farmhouse on 5-10 acres or so (and have a garden, some goats, chickens, dogs, etc.) but only after we learn the areas more.

I had even thought of getting one of those by-the-week hotel rooms but by the time you pay for that you can just pay the first month's rent, but obviously if I am clueless about the area I do need some time to decide where to live.

Thank you!

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Old 09-04-2012, 04:25 PM
 
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what part of the Metropolitan area will you be working or going to school? One of the still rural areas is western Wyandotte co. out near the race track. Bonner Springs, Edwardsville might have some rural areas
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:09 PM
 
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Thanks for replying, I am planning to work from home so I need somewhere with DSL/Internet access definitely.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:26 AM
 
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Google selected Kansas City, Kansas for its new fiber-optic broadband network. I Think rents are going to higher the closer you get to Overland Park or Downtown Kansas City MO. I would look west of 435 along highway 7 .Wolcott, Piper and Bashor, have pretty good schools.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:08 PM
 
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Thank you thriftylefty, I checked those areas and the rent is still a little high for me. We are homeschooling so the schools are not as important at the moment, I am mostly looking for a low-cost rental in a very safe area. I will keep checking!
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...587?source=web
http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...389?source=web

Right now buying in western Wyandotte Co. is cheaper than renting. I think its a lot safer in the the 66109-6612 zip codes
These two house are listed for $20,000 and $32,000. These prices reflect that fact that Wyandotte county is losing its population.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:39 PM
 
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The OP might consider looking at Blue Springs, Oak Grove, Raymore and Pleasant Hill on the Missouri side. The OP might also check out Gardner, KS.
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