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Old 03-09-2017, 09:53 PM
 
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Thank you all for your suggestions. it is greatly appreciated. I will certainly visit many of the areas and apartments mentioned. Having lived in 5 states in the last 10 years, I'm thrilled to see the generosity of advice provided in this forum. Thank you all again and if there are other specific recommendations downtown, I would appreciate it.

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Old 03-11-2017, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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I was surprised at what a rat race the Olathe area is at rush hour. Was thinking it was gonna be a smallish Johnson County town. It is about 23,000 people IIRC.

We were there to look at a 2 bed 1 bath house selling for $103,000. I liked the house, she didn't. But we left Olathe and my wife wanted to not take I-35 back towards the city. So I drive East on Santa Fe. That turns in to 135th St.east of I-35. What a giant rat race the Kansas City area is. But I like it.

"Oh, no, it's only rock and roll but I like it."
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Old 03-11-2017, 06:20 AM
 
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I was surprised at what a rat race the Olathe area is at rush hour. Was thinking it was gonna be a smallish Johnson County town. It is about 23,000 people IIRC.

We were there to look at a 2 bed 1 bath house selling for $103,000. I liked the house, she didn't. But we left Olathe and my wife wanted to not take I-35 back towards the city. So I drive East on Santa Fe. That turns in to 135th St.east of I-35. What a giant rat race the Kansas City area is. But I like it.

"Oh, no, it's only rock and roll but I like it."
What do you mean by "rat race" exactly? I always thought of the term as referring to a career path, but you seem to be talking about traffic.

I'm sure Olathe had 23,000 people at one point in its history. But now it's at a stout 133,000. Within 5 years ago it will no doubt surpass KCK, making it the 3rd largest city in Kansas.

That's a little crazy, right?
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Old 03-11-2017, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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What do you mean by "rat race" exactly? I always thought of the term as referring to a career path, but you seem to be talking about traffic.

I'm sure Olathe had 23,000 people at one point in its history. But now it's at a stout 133,000. Within 5 years ago it will no doubt surpass KCK, making it the 3rd largest city in Kansas.

That's a little crazy, right?


I think where I messed up on my estimation of Olathe is I thought it was a small town on the edge of the plains as you enter the Kansas City Metro. I just looked up it's 2015 population and Wikipedia said 125,000 people. Not anywhere where I thought it was. It is larger and way more busy than I thought it was. And it is the County seat of Johnson County.


As to how I used the term "rat race", well, that means to me none other than a large mass of humanity moving about or stuck in too much traffic. I can think of my birthplace of Seattle, WA, and get an image of one huge rat-race going. No doubt. Olathe was busy and full of traffic but I kind of liked it, actually.
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Old 03-11-2017, 11:03 AM
 
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What do you mean by "rat race" exactly? I always thought of the term as referring to a career path, but you seem to be talking about traffic.

I'm sure Olathe had 23,000 people at one point in its history. But now it's at a stout 133,000. Within 5 years ago it will no doubt surpass KCK, making it the 3rd largest city in Kansas.

That's a little crazy, right?

I think where I messed up on my estimation of Olathe is I thought it was a small town on the edge of the plains as you enter the Kansas City Metro. I just looked up it's 2015 population and Wikipedia said 125,000 people. Not anywhere where I thought it was. It is larger and way more busy than I thought it was. And it is the County seat of Johnson County.


As to how I used the term "rat race", well, that means to me none other than a large mass of humanity moving about or stuck in too much traffic. I can think of my birthplace of Seattle, WA, and get an image of one huge rat-race going. No doubt. Olathe was busy and full of traffic but I kind of liked it, actually.
Even in the 80s, Olathe was "out there," separate from the rest of Johnson County. When we drove there on I-35, there was a long stretch of highway where there was nothing. We had friends that lived in Olathe and it just seemed so far to go to visit them. Now Overland Park and Olathe run together and it doesn't really seem separate from the rest of JoCo anymore.
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Old 03-11-2017, 03:38 PM
 
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Even in the 80s, Olathe was "out there," separate from the rest of Johnson County. When we drove there on I-35, there was a long stretch of highway where there was nothing. We had friends that lived in Olathe and it just seemed so far to go to visit them. Now Overland Park and Olathe run together and it doesn't really seem separate from the rest of JoCo anymore.
oh yes. Olathe was just a little town. Closest we usually got in the 1970s was going to the South Twin Drive In at 119th and I-35. Remember that horribly confusing interchange at the Port of Entry/119th?

I'm also the girl who thought they were nuts to build Johnson County Community College so far out there at 111th (now College Blvd) and Quivira.
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Old 03-12-2017, 08:11 AM
 
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just an update. I called rhe folks at Power & Light apts and One Light. I was told that the higher floor units in both buildings were fully booked and leases renewed. Nothing was available. I will keep looking but downtown must be doing very well for such demand. In lieu of the prices charged comparable to DC rates, I can only assume that these are not students but working professionals. I am considering hiring a realtor/rental company pro to advise on individually owned apt units for rent. If you have any suggestions or experience in this regard, I would appreciate the advice.

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Old 03-12-2017, 11:06 AM
 
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Vacancy rates Downtown are quite low. There are quite a few more apartment buildings under construction/renovation to help meet this demand.

Another building you might look into is 909 Walnut.

I don't think there are too many realtors in KC who specialize in rentals - most just do sales. You might check with Boveri Realty, they seem to be the exception. As for rental companies, it seems like I hear more bad than good.
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Old 03-12-2017, 09:46 PM
 
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$2500 a month! For that you can rent a very decent house, even here in my area in Florida you can rent a condo on a salt water canal for that. In Missouri that should get you something VERY nice and probably even cheaper than that.
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Old 03-13-2017, 06:17 AM
 
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Yeah, for $2,500 a month you ought ta be able ta get yourself a condo or high-rise apartment downtown. That's a goodly amount monthly ta spend, indeed.
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