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Old 09-13-2012, 11:53 AM
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My husband and I are relocating to KC from San Diego. He'll be attending UMKC in the spring, so we are looking for houses in that area. We've found a couple right near the campus, a couple in Brookside (though they were pricier and smaller), one off The Paseo, and a couple in Waldo. We'd like to avoid the suburbs and live somewhere that is a little closer to the school, but we also don't want to live in a high crime area. Can anyone tell me anything about the safety of those areas as compared to their walkability, amenities, maneuverability, etc? Thanks!
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:42 PM
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Brookside is great - walkable with plenty of amenities and a friendly neighborhood feel. However, like you mentioned, it will be more pricey and rentals are not as plentiful as other areas.

Waldo will be a bit further from UMKC, but still a reasonable distance. Not as upscale as Brookside, but still a perfectly safe and nice neighborhood. Depending on which corner of Waldo you're in, it can be quite walkable and have a good amount of amenities.

Where exactly is on the one off Paseo? That area can be block-to-block. You'll probably want to stay west of Paseo. The area between Troost and Paseo north of Rockhurst University is pretty nice. The area south of Rockhurst isn't quite as nice, though it seems to be gentrifying.

You also may want to look into the West Plaza and Volker areas. There are a fair amount of rental bungalow homes in those areas and you'll be pretty close to the school and plenty of walkable amenities.
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:47 PM
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Also consider hoods along this MAX line, which runs by UMKC. UMKC students get a free bus pass...

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Old 09-14-2012, 10:33 AM
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Highly second WiseOwlSaysHoot's recommendation. I live in Volker and it's safe, diverse and walkable (lots of great restaurants, coffee shops and vintage stores along 39th St), has plenty of bungalows for rent, and is a very easy commute to UMKC.

Brookside is great, but you're right, pricey and with little in the way of rentals. Waldo is a nice neighborhood with low crime and lots of young couples and plenty of bars, but Wornall is just too wide with too many road-facing parking lots to feel truly urban to me. Be careful with rentals much south or east of campus -- crime definitely increases quickly and really it's just not all that walkable unless you're right near campus.

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