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Old 01-07-2013, 09:45 AM
 
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Okay so in two months, we are going to be starting the process of buying a house. So a little info on me. I'm 25, married, and we have two sons (4 months and almost 5.)

We are looking to buy a house in either Smithville, Platte City, Raymore, or Kearney. Now i have done research online into the schools and all of these have good schools which is why they are in the final selection.

We are looking for a town that is not physically connected to Kansas city(has some nothing in between KC and the town), that has a cute little walkable downtown area, friendly people, community events so i can get to know people and have stuff to take my kids to, and i'd love to be able to see the stars at night and be pretty quiet where i can hear the bugs chirping at night. We live in Independence and theres just this ugly glow at night and the sounds of the city. I don't like it, lol. And information on crime.

Any information would be great.

OH and me and hubby love bowling. It's not at ALL a deal breaker but if you can throw in if there is a bowling alley or not in the area, that would be great lol And maybe any other recreational stuff.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:52 AM
 
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Raymore has low crime, great schools, a little separation from the city (but not a lot), you can see the stars and hear the bugs chirping though, the people are friendly, plenty of community events, etc.

It has no downtown at all, but has plenty of parks and paved trails.

The downsides are the entire town is pretty much cookie cutter residential, no real industry or businesses are there outside of retail/service. No real uniqueness or charm to the town at all.

Oddly enough, I think there is a bowling alley off of 58/71 highway.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:57 PM
 
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What about Grain Valley? Although that's pretty much connected to metro KC now. I have always liked that bowling alley in Blue Springs (Lunur Bowl?) one of nicest in metro KC.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:38 AM
 
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Because there were two areas that my hubby does not want to live in. Liberty and the blue springs/grain valley area
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:59 PM
 
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Because there were two areas that my hubby does not want to live in. Liberty and the blue springs/grain valley area
Just out of curiousity, why?
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:15 PM
 
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Just out of curiousity, why?
My guess is it's too built up. Blue Springs/Grain Valley is basically one area of continuos suburbia of 65,000 people (which is connected to Independence). Nothing like Kearney or Platte City. Grain Valley is practically a large subdivision slapped onto the side of Blue Springs. I just thought I would offer the idea though.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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I live in SKCMO and Liberty beats them all out by a wide margin. Liberty is by itself avery nice small town with amenities.. Too bad.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:12 AM
 
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My guess is it's too built up. Blue Springs/Grain Valley is basically one area of continuos suburbia of 65,000 people (which is connected to Independence). Nothing like Kearney or Platte City. Grain Valley is practically a large subdivision slapped onto the side of Blue Springs. I just thought I would offer the idea though.

That is exactly why we both agree that we don't want to live in that area. And he personally doesn't want to live in Liberty because he grew up there and didn't care much for it. He wants something new lol.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I live in SKCMO and Liberty beats them all out by a wide margin. Liberty is by itself avery nice small town with amenities.. Too bad.
I have lived in the Northland my entire life and would never live in Liberty. It's a hell to get in and out of and the town just has a weird vibe to it. Its not something I can explain but it just does.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:52 AM
 
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So me and hubby finally settled on a decision. We are for sure moving to the northland but the exact location is uncertain. It will just be wherever we find the best house to fit our needs.
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