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Old 11-18-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: IN
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Lees Summit has supposedly passed the 100,000 residents mark-so it's not small or rural. The suburbs in Johnson county are also quite large-just because suburbs tell to be conservative doesn't mean they are small or non progressive-just like college towns in the upper midwest aren't for everyone-
Lee's Summit is mostly all suburban with a bit higher density near its Downtown core. Johnson county is more diverse INSIDE the 435 loop. The OP could check out some of the nice established areas of JOCO in old Leawood or a nice leafy neighborhood in northern Overland Park with lower property taxes. Outside of there is mainly all higher income/higher educational attainment but not as progressive. And I do prefer the Upper Midwest to the Lower Midwest any day of the week. Madison, WI is too large to be considered a "college town," and I work in IT in the private sector here.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Lees Summit has supposedly passed the 100,000 residents mark-so it's not small or rural. The suburbs in Johnson county are also quite large-just because suburbs tell to be conservative doesn't mean they are small or non progressive-just like college towns in the upper midwest aren't for everyone-
Not at all small or rural. But so spread out that various parts of it feel both small town (the area immediately around the historic downtown) and rural (the areas around Lake Jacomo, Longview Lake, Unity Village, etc.)

FWIW, despite it being the stronghold of the Jackson County Republicans, I also didn't find it to be an intensely conservative place to live, as a liberal democrat.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:21 AM
 
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Have you considered Mission and similar places in Northeast Johnson County? That area is both family friendly and progressive, granted not as liberal as the coasts, I don't think everyone wants THAT liberal anyway. You would be able to get a nicer house for 225k, as Brookside is way more expensive for the most part. If you end up giving up the homeschooling at any point, Shawnee Mission is a good school district. Mission has an old-school downtown, as do nearby Merriam and Shawnee. As far as the home styles go, most of the homes in Mission are '50s era ranches, however parts of PV and north OP have some really neat looking '60s-70s well I don't know what the exact style is but it looks a bit modern, has low sloped roofs where the ceilings vault to the contours and often have neat windows to match.... not sure what that style is called but the homes look really neat.

Honestly I think northeast JoCo is the nicest part to live in the metro, and could really take off in the next few years given some rebuilding. It's right in/by the fiber-center, next to the nightlife of Westport/Plaza, close enough to commuting to jobs in either near-plaza, downtown, or OP's college blvd corridor, right next to KUMed and Saint Luke's hospital (probably the best two in the metro). Also has thick tree cover, and has the suburban advantages of good schools and low crime. The area just needs (and is starting to get) some rebuilding and gentrification.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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I love almost all the suggestions here. If I were to put them in order of what I would consider I'd go:

Parkville -- your budget might limit you a bit here, but if you could find a place near Parkville's historic little downtown I suspect you'd quickly fall in love.
Brookside (and the areas suggested that surround it) -- this is not rural living to be sure, but it has a wonderful community feel and I suspect you'll love the architecture
Lee's Summit (the older parts Tabula suggested, not the newer sprawl-y areas) -- This is kind of a Parkville-lite
Mission, Westwood, Fairway, Prairie Village -- some of Kansas City's nicest inner-ring suburbs. It would be hard to go wrong here
Coleman Highlands -- some of the most lovely Craftsman homes I've ever seen and easily accessible to everything in the city.

Best of luck and feel free to ask more follow-up questions as you have them!
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:28 AM
 
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I'd recommend Northern JoCo, Parkville or Lee's Summit, there are a lot more kid oriented activities in these areas and they have good schools for if/when you decide to stop home schooling (high school usually). For JoCo anything near Shawnee Mission Park would be great for kids and should be in your price range.

For home schooling, there's quite a few organizations here to support you, good place to start: Welcome to Midwest Parent Educators | Midwest Parent EducatorsMidwest Parent Educators Most are Christian oriented, however there are a few non secular ones in the city too if this is an issue.

Brookside is a neat area with a ton of culture mainly because of it's proximity to so many great things in KC, it's definitely more city though, and easy to stray into bad areas. You would probably be driving for kids activities.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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Northeast JoCo is nice, but for someone who specifically wants a historic home, I don't think the 50's ranches will be appealing.

I don't think it is "easy to stray into bad areas" outside of Brookside. It's pretty clear where the bad areas are and they are generally isolated to specific geographic regions of the city. Most people would have no reason to go to the truly bad areas and could easily avoid them.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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Northeast JoCo is nice, but for someone who specifically wants a historic home, I don't think the 50's ranches will be appealing.

I don't think it is "easy to stray into bad areas" outside of Brookside. It's pretty clear where the bad areas are and they are generally isolated to specific geographic regions of the city. Most people would have no reason to go to the truly bad areas and could easily avoid them.
Agreed.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Northeast JoCo is nice, but for someone who specifically wants a historic home, I don't think the 50's ranches will be appealing.
Agreed - this is the main strike against this part of town, considering the housing stock preferences the OP has stated.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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You would probably be driving for kids activities.
crazy talk. Ever spent any time in Brookside on the weekends? Kids and families everywhere and they are not inside of SUVs watching sponge bob on the flip down lcd...

We moved to the eastern suburbs from the Brookside area (something to this day I regret doing) and we often drove to Brookside to ride the trolley trail, go to festivals or even hit suicide hill after a fresh snow.

Lots and families and young children in the area and the area's housing stock is leaps and bounds above NE JoCo, most of which is closer to the housing stock in Raytown than Brookside.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:37 PM
 
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There are pretty much constantly young families on foot/bike at the shops at Brookside, Brookside Boulevard & 63rd.
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