Usually people talk about BBQ or Jazz when they refer to Kansas City, MO, but did you know that it has more boulevards than Paris and 200 working fountains, more than Rom? It has the largest farmer's market in the Midwest, the City Market, since 1851. It straddles the Kansas-Missouri border and is the largest city in Missouri with an estimated population of over 475,000. It was founded in 1830 as a port city where the Missouri and Kansas Rivers meet and incorporated as a city in 1850. It entered the Civil War as a 'Free' state that did not allow slavery. The population exploded after the war with the building of the Hannibal Bridge and extension of city limits south and east. After WWII more city expansion and the first neighborhoods of Pendelton Heights and Quality Hill. Currently there is a redevelopment of new apartments, condominiums and office buildings drawing residents back to the downtown area including the new Power & Light district with nine blocks dedicated to entertainment, restaurants and bars. Swope park, more than twice the size of NY Central Park has 2 golf courses, a zoo and nature rescue center. The Kansas City Chiefs NFL Football and Kansas City Royals, American League Baseball fuel the sports enthusiasts. With more than 240 neighborhoods, it is easy to find a place to live with the amenities of a big city.
Between US 71 and Ward Parkway is Armour Hills, one of the top rated neighborhoods in Kansas City. Midwestern style and craftsman homes median prices are $237,000 with rents under $500 and incomes $107,000. There is a good inventory to choose from in the 3 and 4 bedroom residences and new building in the area. Several parks and public and private schools provide recreation and education. City public schools are one of the largest area employers. Several area shopping centers and malls are around including the Trailwood Shopping Center on W. 95th. O'Neills Restaurant and Bar on W. 95th Street in Prairie Village is always busy and very popular for good family dinners. The BRGR Kitchen and Bar on W. 83rd has great gourmet burgers and comfort food. Niecies Lounge and Grill on E. 85th has great wings and Tuesday Taco Special and good drinks. Take the kids to Kaleidoscope on Grand Blvd to create their own artwork with materials from Hallmark Cards. You can even find Free Tickets.
Just south of Armour Hills and sharing many of the same shopping and dining locations it is also made up of craftsman and Midwestern style homes, ranch style, two stories and bungalows. Good schools and parks make this ideal for families and young professionals in safe, happy neighborhood. Lots of public and private schools for K-12. Its just a stone's throw from the Kansas-Missouri border and you could cross over for Golf at the Indian Hills Country Club on Tomahawk in Mission Hills. Homes are above the $194,000 range, rents over $1000 and incomes ranging $79,000. The Ward Parkway Shopping Center and Mall has a good variety of stores on Ward Parkway, right in the neighborhood. Michael Forbes Bar and Grille on W. 63rd has been around for 20 years and still provides great food in a family friendly atmosphere. JJ's Restaurant is also an area icon, just two blocks west of Country Club Plaza on W. 48th. Make a reservation for great traditional or contemporary food. If you want to go watch a game, try Ugly Joe's Bar and Grill on W 103rd. TV's everywhere and decent food and good beer.
Between I-35 and US 71 lies the Ward Park Plaza or South Plaza neighborhood. It is close to Kansas-Missouri Border and downtown with convenience to stores, restaurants and nightlife. There are several parks, museums and schools in the area with high rise apartments, condos and single family homes. It is an eclectic mix of family and city lifestyle. The 54th Street Grill and Bar on NW 54th Terrace gets high marks for good food and is also a popular spot for great happy hour drinks. You might also like the Zoo Bar on McGee Street. It has been there for 25 years and is very popular. There are several shopping plazas and choices and the Fairway North Shopping Center on W. 47th is a good choice for a start. This is a diverse neighborhood of singles, families and professionals with an average age of 35 and a population just over 2,500. Median home prices show $329,000 with rents almost $800 and average incomes $48,000 plus. Take in baseball with the Kansas City Royals or football with the Chiefs on your weekend or maybe visit the American Jazz Museum. You will find plenty of things to occupy your free time.