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Old 05-05-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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We are looking for some advice and opinions on different areas of the city.

A little about us and our background: We are 30ish, and have 1yo and a 9yo. My husband grew up in the Shawnee Mission district and I moved to KC during high school and have lived in Overland Park since. So far, our 9yo has been attending BV schools. We are getting ready for a move and are looking at our options as far as moving out of OP and the BV district. He has a 504 plan and we haven’t found BV to be the best at accommodating him and his learning style.

Are there any nicer areas with a little younger demographic than Overland Park, highly rates schools (8-10s), right around 300k? We’ve looked at Parkville/Park Hill and Lee’s Summit. We’ve also looked into Shawnee Mission schools, but have found that we can’t afford the higher rated schools there.

Really, what are family friendly areas for a younger crowd?

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Old 05-05-2016, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Kansas City
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We are looking for some advice and opinions on different areas of the city.

A little about us and our background: We are 30ish, and have 1yo and a 9yo. My husband grew up in the Shawnee Mission district and I moved to KC during high school and have lived in Overland Park since. So far, our 9yo has been attending BV schools. We are getting ready for a move and are looking at our options as far as moving out of OP and the BV district. He has a 504 plan and we haven’t found BV to be the best at accommodating him and his learning style.

Are there any nicer areas with a little younger demographic than Overland Park, highly rates schools (8-10s), right around 300k? We’ve looked at Parkville/Park Hill and Lee’s Summit. We’ve also looked into Shawnee Mission schools, but have found that we can’t afford the higher rated schools there.

Really, what are family friendly areas for a younger crowd?
I know several families that have children on 504 plans and attend school in the Olathe School District. They all seem to be very happy with their schools and district. I was born and raised in Olathe, and have 5 children that have attended Olathe Schools. We have also been very happy. As to home prices, Olathe has many different price ranges. There are even new build areas that seem to be very affordable.
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:48 PM
 
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I swear some of these "new" posters are actually old KCMO posters try to shore up their agenda. Kinda funny. Live in Blue Valley but can't afford Shawnee Mission? Huh?!
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:58 PM
 
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I swear some of these "new" posters are actually old KCMO posters try to shore up their agenda. Kinda funny. Live in Blue Valley but can't afford Shawnee Mission? Huh?!
Yes, it is clearly impossible for you to imagine anyone who does not share your exact outlook. Must you litter this thread with your nonsense? Why not just answer the OPs question or pipe down?
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Old 05-05-2016, 05:04 PM
 
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We are looking for some advice and opinions on different areas of the city.

A little about us and our background: We are 30ish, and have 1yo and a 9yo. My husband grew up in the Shawnee Mission district and I moved to KC during high school and have lived in Overland Park since. So far, our 9yo has been attending BV schools. We are getting ready for a move and are looking at our options as far as moving out of OP and the BV district. He has a 504 plan and we haven’t found BV to be the best at accommodating him and his learning style.

Are there any nicer areas with a little younger demographic than Overland Park, highly rates schools (8-10s), right around 300k? We’ve looked at Parkville/Park Hill and Lee’s Summit. We’ve also looked into Shawnee Mission schools, but have found that we can’t afford the higher rated schools there.

Really, what are family friendly areas for a younger crowd?
I don't know that there are many areas younger than OP that fit your desires, but at 300K you should be able to find a great deal of housing in very good school districts, from Prairie Village (which is getting younger, it seems) to the Northeast JoCo towns like Westwood (a little older) to Parkville, Lee's Summit, Shoal Creek, etc. But I don't know that any of the suburbs in Missouri are particularly younger than OP (maybe North OP, it's aging...and not particularly well).
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Old 05-05-2016, 05:09 PM
 
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Yes, it is clearly impossible for you to imagine anyone who does not share your exact outlook. Must you litter this thread with your nonsense? Why not just answer the OPs question or pipe down?
Because there is a pattern, though you'd never admit it. Why don't YOU pipe down instead of stalking every post I make?
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:17 PM
 
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I swear some of these "new" posters are actually old KCMO posters try to shore up their agenda. Kinda funny. Live in Blue Valley but can't afford Shawnee Mission? Huh?!
Wow. That's all I can say. Way to accuse a poster of fabricating a story. Nice.

I can't help the OP here, I don't know enough about this specific info on schools, but they did say they couldn't afford the areas of the higher rated schools in the SM school district, so chances are they are in an apartment or something in BV or had a major life change and they need to downsize. While Shawnee Mission has some good schools and affordable areas, the higher ranked schools are in the more affluent areas now, so what they are saying could be very true. They also may run into the same problems in LS or PV, although not likely simply because those areas of the metro are more economically diverse, meaning there are more price points for housing in areas with good schools.

Good luck to the OP. I would just do a lot of research and home hunting. I think all the areas you mentioned will be a little younger than most of Blue Valley, but that's just a hunch, I have not looked at any data to back that up.
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:15 PM
 
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De Soto - USD 232 would be a great option. The district encompasses Shawnee west of 435 as well as the city of Desoto, Portions of Western Lenexa and NW Olathe. Nice area full of young families, highly rated schools consistently at the metro, state and regional level. Good luck in your search, hopefully you find the right fit for your student. Once you find that, I think everything else will take care of itself.
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Old 05-06-2016, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Hays, Kansas
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I don't know that there are many areas younger than OP that fit your desires, but at 300K you should be able to find a great deal of housing in very good school districts, from Prairie Village (which is getting younger, it seems) to the Northeast JoCo towns like Westwood (a little older) to Parkville, Lee's Summit, Shoal Creek, etc. But I don't know that any of the suburbs in Missouri are particularly younger than OP (maybe North OP, it's aging...and not particularly well).
Use the map on here to look at the area around Oak Park Mall... That's the real land of inequality in JoCo! You have neighborhoods where the average is $80,000 and up, and others where the median is $30,000 in the same area... If Nordstrom wasn't there I think the upper class residents of the metro would have flocked to newer development and left the mall to the lower class. Independence survives because it competes with nothing, but Oak Park has to compete with Corbin Park, Leawood Town Center, The Plaza, and Legends more so than Independence Center. I also saw that Zona Rosa lost their Aeropostale store, but I'm sure they'll fill that ASAP. Kansas is down to two full price Aeropostale Stores and two outlet stores. They closed the stores in Manhattan and Topeka and converted the west store in Wichita to an "Aeropostale Factory Store" like the one in KCK. The east Wichita store and Oak Park Mall are in the most recent design for the company so I didn't expect them to close.
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Old 05-06-2016, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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I don't think Aeropostale is a good barometer of retail in general. They have (or will soon) file for bankruptcy and have announced the closing of 113 stores.
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