Guest post written by Jayson Goetz.
Trust us, there’s more to Kansas City than its distinctive, fantastic barbecue (though the city has plenty of that, too). Missouri’s largest city has distinguished itself as a hub for millennials, retirees, couples and families alike by way of affordable rent and hip neighborhoods. It doesn’t hurt that many companies, such as Garmin and Hallmark Cards, call it home, either.
As for things to do in Kansas City–whether you’re after a bustling nightlife, a fabulous food scene or quiet, stately suburban living, Kansas City has a diverse array of neighborhoods and suburbs perfect for a party animal or a homebody. Here’s a few of our suggestions on Kansas City’s best neighborhoods for residents ready to pack their bags.
Neighborhoods for Retirees, Couples and Families
Maybe you’re looking to hit the links after years of work, moving closer to family or you might be starting a family. Either way, you’ll find plenty to do in Kansas City’s suburbs & find no better place to kick back and enjoy the sights than on one of the city’s tree-lined streets. Local attractions, museums and restaurants are bound to keep those in their golden years occupied, while great schools, scenic streets and parks will draw parents and families.
Just outside of Kansas City sits the metro area’s real treasure: Overland Park. Gorgeous walking trails such as Indian Creek Trail outline the suburban neighborhood. Sites like Antioch Park and the Overland Park Arboretum offer beautiful views, plants, and fishing lakes. This area is home to many golf courses, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and the interactive science Museum at Prairiefire. The neighborhood is just 20 minutes outside of Kansas City proper, but counts itself as a near-essential part of its metropolitan sprawl.
And if you’re looking for a little extra excitement away from your quiet suburban homestead, there’s always the chance to fly high during an indoor skydiving session at the nearby iFly Kansas City.
Call it a small town inside a big city. Brookside feels like an area where you’d know all your neighbors, but with the added energy of a big city enclosed around it. Beautiful, older houses and a noted annual art show add to the quaint charm while the area’s upscale boutiques and farmer’s market leave residents with no shortage of activities. Stroll around the corner to Bella Napoli, the local Italian market, for a few supplies for Sunday night dinner. For date night, try DoMo, a sleek sushi bar just off the area’s main shopping area.
If you’re looking for upscale, quiet living just outside of Kansas City’s hustle and bustle, you might consider the suburb of Leawood. Near the trendy Overland Park & 30 minutes outside of Kansas City, Leawood boasts a quieter life with plenty of entertainment. Six city parks stretch across the community, complete with picnic spots and playgrounds. Additionally, the area is known for its excellent public schools. The neighborhood boasts some chic spots to unwind after work (or after a day of golfing at the Country Club of Leawood). Go for a casual snack and drinks at the Pig & Finch Gastropub, catch a show by the acclaimed Leawood Stage Company, or have a romantic farm-to-table dinner and rye cocktails at Rye Restaurant.
Neighborhoods for Millennials & Job-seekers
If you’re a newly minted college grad, or a young professional looking for a change of scenery, Kansas City’s booming economy may draw you to a house listing or two. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find colorful neighborhoods with hip restaurants and bars, a busy nightlife, and plenty of culture.
Westside is known for being one of the city’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods & is particularly proud to embrace Mexican-American culture. A new influx of young, professional residents has contributed to the area’s diversity. For a small neighborhood (only about one square mile) it packs a punch in terms of entertainment and eateries. Dine on locally sourced organic eats at Blue Bird Bistro, housed in a historic 1880s house, or take in Kansas City’s vibrant jazz and musical culture in nearby districts. Shop vintage finds at the local Westside Storey, then grab a burger and a beer at the Westside Local.
Country Club Plaza
Kansas City is home to 200 rather impressive fountains. The Neptune fountain, located in Country Club Plaza, is perhaps the city’s most impressive. Internationally renowned works of art dot the area’s landscape (such as “Pomona,” Italian sculptor Donatello Gabrielli’s masterwork), and the Plaza’s buildings tout Spanish-inspired architecture. Hand-painted mosaic tiles and custom-wrought ironwork add to the area’s elegance. The area’s shopping destinations & restaurants are considered to be the best in the city. Major fashion houses like Burberry & Michael Kors are within walking distance of each other with top-notch dining like Capital Grill & Fogo de Chão peppered in between.
Not far from the noted Country Club Plaza is Westport, one of Kansas City’s oldest shopping districts. Both home to sleepy stretches of historic homes as well as notable Kansas City landmarks like the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Westport boasts of being the “original Kansas City”. Experience Kansas City’s live music scene at venues such as the Riot Room or the Westport Saloon, catch the latest independent documentary at Tivoli Cinemas, or grab a killer cocktail at trendy bars like Ça Va or Julep.
Kansas City has a perfect neighborhood for everyone, regardless of your lifestyle. Contact the Morton Jones & Associates team to help you find the right fit!