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Old 01-17-2009, 04:25 PM
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I'm looking at a house that's in the Oldham Farms subdivision and was wondering how that area of town is, its close to Swope Park which is what worries me. Any input would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 01-17-2009, 05:15 PM
Location: Washington, DC area
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It's a relatively quiet, safe area. One reason is it's pretty isololated and has a lot of people in the area that have been there for a long time.

It's not really that close to Swope Park. The Park is on the other side of 435, and quite a bit northwest. 435 may as well be an ocean. You won't know you are that close to the park.

But Swope Park is fine anyway. It has a great golf course, mountain biking trails, starlight, the zoo and other attractions. Swope Park gets a real bad rap and it doesn't deserve it. The areas to the north of Swope Park are not the best areas of town, but the park itself is fine. Just don't go crusing it at 2AM.

87th Street was recently improved between 435 and 71 and this year the city will rebuild the street from 435 to the east, install roundabouts, landscaping etc.

The Bannister Mall and Benjamin Plaza should begin coming down as well in 2009 as developers and Cerner Corp begin to transform the area south of 87th into an office park and retail complex with a new soccer stadium for the KC Wizards. So if you are buying in this area, chances are the property value will increase quite a bit over the next several years.

Some areas of South KC have issues. There are some higher crime areas, mostly to the southeast of that area in the Ruskin and Hickman Mills areas. But I don't think you would have a problem in the housing subdivisions east of 435 between Gregory and 87th. That is actually a pretty decent area that has taken an image hit because of the Bannister Mall decline and other problem areas in Ruskin etc.

The area is also in the Raytown School District which is a pretty good district.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:51 PM
Location: Independence, MO
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Nice quiet area. I lived not far from there in high school.
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