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Old 11-14-2018, 10:34 AM
 
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Hello!

I am looking at a possible relocation to Kansas from California.

The company I am talking to is located within the Olathe, Lenexa, Overland Park area. I'm a career person, single, over 40 , I don't need the bar scene, but love good restaurants, music and activities. I'm also throwing Shawnee into the mix as there seems to be lots of rentals in that area.

I'm sure all 3 are "bedroom communities," but I wanted some insight from locals on which might be a better fit overall?

Rents in all 3 cities are fine - compared to CA rents it's like getting a mansion!

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-14-2018, 01:06 PM
 
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Where is the job location, please?

If it's the I-435 corridor, I would recommend southern Overland Park. If it's along I-35, Lenexa might be better.
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Old 11-14-2018, 01:11 PM
 
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Below 435 - west of 35
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Old 11-14-2018, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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You would probably like the new Lenexa City Center area. It's not really a "city center", but it's an upscale mixed use area and it's all brand new. It's still suburban culture, but at least you get away from the more traditional strip malls and culdesacs, so it might be better for those not only looking for a "family friendly" suburb. 87th just west of 435.
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Old 11-17-2018, 03:26 PM
 
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Hello!

I am looking at a possible relocation to Kansas from California.

The company I am talking to is located within the Olathe, Lenexa, Overland Park area. I'm a career person, single, over 40 , I don't need the bar scene, but love good restaurants, music and activities. I'm also throwing Shawnee into the mix as there seems to be lots of rentals in that area.

I'm sure all 3 are "bedroom communities," but I wanted some insight from locals on which might be a better fit overall?

Rents in all 3 cities are fine - compared to CA rents it's like getting a mansion!

Thanks in advance!
I'd leave Shawnee off the list unless you are looking for something really inexpensive. There's not much to do there, the restaurants tend to be crappy chains and it's extremely auto-centric. Lenexa and parts of OP are pretty good for restaurants. For activities, go to KCMO around the Crossroads which is a bit further afield for South JoCo but commutes in the KC area are not bad compared to what you are probably use to.
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Old 11-17-2018, 05:24 PM
 
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Thank you! Yes, commutes are ridiculous anywhere in Southern CA. Does living in MO and working in KS have a big bearing on taxes?
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Old 11-17-2018, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Thank you! Yes, commutes are ridiculous anywhere in Southern CA. Does living in MO and working in KS have a big bearing on taxes?
You would file your Kansas taxes first, then you can deduct what you paid to Kansas from what you owe Missouri. It comes out fairly even.

But, if you live OR work in Kansas City, MO your income would be subject to Kansas City’s 1% earnings tax.
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Old 11-17-2018, 09:38 PM
 
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Good to know Okey Dokie, thanks!
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Old 11-18-2018, 08:31 AM
 
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If you want good music, restaurants and activities, live in kc,Mo. Downtown, Westport, River Market, Crossroads, Plaza etc. You will have an easy mostly reverse commute of 30 minutes or so. Single people that move to KC that live in the city tend to enjoy thier time in kc while those that settle in the suburb typically don't like KC as well. JO County is boring af. It's for people with kids and soccer practices, strip malls etc.
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Old 11-18-2018, 02:34 PM
 
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If you want good music, restaurants and activities, live in kc,Mo. Downtown, Westport, River Market, Crossroads, Plaza etc. You will have an easy mostly reverse commute of 30 minutes or so. Single people that move to KC that live in the city tend to enjoy thier time in kc while those that settle in the suburb typically don't like KC as well. JO County is boring af. It's for people with kids and soccer practices, strip malls etc.
Everyone is not the same and not all single people are looking for Power and Light atmosphere. OP says they are over 40 and aren't looking for the bar scene, which is what Power and Light, Westport, River Market and Crossroads basically are. Plenty of good restaurants and activities in the suburbs and it's easy enough to get to Sprint Center and Starlight and wherever else for music, although there is music on the Kansas side too.

Johnson County might be boring to you; it's not boring to everyone. On the contrary, it's rather nice over here!

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