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Old 05-25-2016, 08:40 AM
 
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I just got asked to fly into KC for a few job interviews. I was told Tuesday 5/24 that my interview is Friday morning 5/27! So that leaves little time for planning/researching my trip. So I need help, if anyone is willing! Depending on the travel schedule (they haven't even booked my flight yet!), I anticipate having time to drive around and tour KC Friday afternoon/evening and early Saturday morning. Not a lot of time, I know.

What I am asking for is if anyone would give advice on neighborhoods/suburbs to go tour while my family is in town. If we move to KC, we would like to rent somewhere for a year in a really good school district and find a neighborhood that we really love and then buy a house. We are looking for what everyone looks for…great school district, ‘walkable’ to shops/restaurants, short commute to work (intersection of Hwy 150/I-49, Belton, MO I guess)…just a great place to raise a family and be in a great community. When we purchase, we’ll be in the $300K+ range.

I would prefer a more established area that has mature trees (our son really wants to build a tree house) while my husband likes newer homes (which will therefore have little trees). And one more picky thing, my husband is a HUGE Mizzou Tiger fan and that apparently means he refuses to live in Kansas? I could care less but for his sake, I would like to hear some good Missouri options for towns.

I am originally from Nebraska, he is from between KC and Columbia MO, and we currently live in Cincinnati. So we ‘get’ the Midwest and know that most anyplace we settle in will be friendly. I would just like a friendly push in the right direction. Thanks so much in advance!!!

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Old 05-25-2016, 09:12 AM
 
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Less' Summit.

Downtown is charming, has a fair bit of walkability and leafy blocks in the immediate vicinity, though the homes tend to be more modest and I don't think there is a lot of availability, since the area is so small. There are also tons of new homes in less walkable suburban neighborhoods in Lee's Summit. The schools are excellent, it's very convenient to Belton. If you are going to rule out the Johnson County suburbs that fit your desires for no sensible reason, Lee's Summit is about your only choice, though even including Johnson County, it's probably your best choice anyway.
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:14 AM
 
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I would concentrate on Lee's Summit. You won't find very many "walkable" areas in suburban KC, at least walkable as in being able to walk to a grocery store (not sure how often people would do that anyway).

Lee's Summit is close to your work, on the Missouri side, affluent, new and yet it maintains its own identity and and has a great sense of place for a suburb. They have a very vibrant downtown area, but that area will have older housing stock.

If you want newer housing, go in any direction from Downtown Lee's Summit and you will find new homes or newer homes that would have more mature trees. Lee's Summit also has a lot of lakes (both residential and recreational). So it's a change of scenery from most suburbs in the KC area.

There is a new urbanism community in LS

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300k won't get you much in the more affluent parts of LS like Lakewood, but if you want something newer, but not brand new with no trees, I would look at the areas west of 50 and south of 470

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Or along 3rd Street

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North LS is pretty nice, but it might get to be a longer commute than you want. But this area has a lot of mature neighborhoods. Even the new homes tend to be built in areas with a lot of trees.

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Old 05-25-2016, 07:21 PM
 
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I would concentrate on Lee's Summit. You won't find very many "walkable" areas in suburban KC, at least walkable as in being able to walk to a grocery store (not sure how often people would do that anyway).

Lee's Summit is close to your work, on the Missouri side, affluent, new and yet it maintains its own identity and and has a great sense of place for a suburb. They have a very vibrant downtown area, but that area will have older housing stock.

If you want newer housing, go in any direction from Downtown Lee's Summit and you will find new homes or newer homes that would have more mature trees. Lee's Summit also has a lot of lakes (both residential and recreational). So it's a change of scenery from most suburbs in the KC area.

There is a new urbanism community in LS

Real Estate - 1 Homes For Sale | Zillow

300k won't get you much in the more affluent parts of LS like Lakewood, but if you want something newer, but not brand new with no trees, I would look at the areas west of 50 and south of 470

Lees Summit Real Estate - Lees Summit MO Homes For Sale | Zillow

Or along 3rd Street

Real Estate - 17 Homes For Sale | Zillow

North LS is pretty nice, but it might get to be a longer commute than you want. But this area has a lot of mature neighborhoods. Even the new homes tend to be built in areas with a lot of trees.

Lees Summit Real Estate - Lees Summit MO Homes For Sale | Zillow
For the real estate agents that frequent this forum, are there housing options similar to kcmo's first link in the KC metro aside from Lee's Summit? I like the style and layout and have not seen something like this except Union Hill.

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Old 05-25-2016, 07:29 PM
 
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Another voice for Lee's Summit; it would probably fit your needs/wants the best. I used to live off Third Street near the old downtown area. More vintage than your spouse would like, but charming area (much of Lee's Summit's ever-expanding sprawly outskirts has plenty of new construction, though). I really liked it.
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Old 05-25-2016, 07:41 PM
 
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For the real estate agents that frequent this forum, are there housing options similar to kcmo's first link in the KC metro aside from Lee's Summit? I like the style and layout and have not seen something like this except Union Hill.
There are three such areas all north of the river - in North Kansas City, Liberty and the Shoal creek area, however none of them would in the least be convenient to the area you are interested in.
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Old 05-25-2016, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Lee's Summit MO
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lees summit has excellent schools , belton and other mo suburbs less so .Have been in LS for 13 years, safe, clean, residential area
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:51 AM
 
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It might be worth considering the Raymore-Peculiar area, as well. Good schools and good proximity to Belton. More affordable than Lee's Summit, if that matters.
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Old 09-18-2016, 07:13 AM
 
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Have you already putchased a home? Waldo/Brookside has some excellent options if you want to be close to the city.
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