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Lifestyle Letter

Home Sweet Home

MARCH 2017 PUBLISHER

Dear Readers,

Matthew Perry | Matthew@LifestylePubs.com

Welcome to the Home issue! As someone that has stayed in quite a bit lately with a new baby, the issue of home is especially near to my heart. Finding the space where you can really relax is a tricky thing. Luckily here in the Northland, we have plenty to choose from so there's something for everyone! As one of the largest residential areas in the KC metropolitan region, the Northland is chock-full of cozy neighborhoods at every price point. What you get at each price point varies, of course. Want the little luxuries like community pools, tennis courts, and golf clubhouses? Find out where to find them and how much they cost in our story by Pete Dulin, Shopping for the Right Sized Home in the Northland.  For those that have the house but not the furnishings to make it feel like home, head to Samsara Vintage Home. While there are endless possibilities at their downtown Parkville shop, it's the spirit of cousins, Juan Carlos and Alex Iglesias and their partner,  Michael Coyazo, that will really inspire you. For this business, the journey was just as important as the destination.  No matter where you live, the most important part of any home is the people that live there. As March comes in like a lamb, let's enjoy the beautiful weather, the Snake Saturday parade and hopefully, a little bit of luck this year.  Speaking of those special people, we are looking for the women and men in your life that have made a difference for our May and June Women's and Men's issues. Do you have a mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent or friend that stands out? I would love to hear about them! For consideration, please email me at RMurphy@lifestylepubs.com by March 31. 

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Hot Spot

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Now Open

A healthy lifestyle is possible with new Northland store.

26 Samsara Vintage Home

An international journey reveals the American dream.

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How much does your budget buy?

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Good Times

YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s 10th Annual Challenge our Fashion

Professional athletes and YMCA Challenger athletes walked the runway on January 28.  The event benefited the YMCA’s Challenger adaptive sports and social programs for kids with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities. It raised a net total of $151,402. Guests enjoyed dinner, auctions, the fashion show, and music by Dolewite.  

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

City’s small-business owner, Jones, says a lot about him as an owner and the way he expects his two Precision Collision Centers to be run. Precision Collision Centers’ very own Bill Polzin, brought some color, in a big way, to Scottsdale, Arizona at the ‘World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,’ Barrett-Jackson. Polzin, Precision Collision Centers’ very talented painter, painted the silver 1962 Corvette Convertible that went across the prestigious BarrettJackson stage on January 21 and sold for $264,000. Even pro golfer, Bubba Watson, had an eye for the Corvette and placed a bid on it.

SYNERGY SERVICES CLOSES THE DOORS OF THRIFT STORE Synergy Services has closed the doors of the thrift store it operated for 17 years at 6571 N. Oak Trafficway in the Gladstone Plaza. “While the store provided a wonderful way to accept donations of clothing and household items to benefit our clients, it also required significant resources to operate,” says Robin Winner, Executive Director at Synergy. Rather than continue to operate the stand-alone store, Synergy will partner with Hillcrest Platte County (HPC) which serves local homeless families and currently operates two thrift stores in the Northland.

LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND EMPLOYEE NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED

Those that donated to the Synergy thrift store in the past are encouraged to drop off future donations to either of the HPC stores, which will provide Synergy clients with the clothing and household

Northland’s Precision Collision Centers’ Owner, Chris Jones, was recog-

items they need. The stores, located at 6520 NW Prairie View Road

nized and featured by the national collision repair magazine, FenderBender.

in Kansas City and 1305 Branch Street in Platte City will accept

It’s easy to see by reading the featured article, ‘Family Treatment,’ that

donations of furniture, collectibles, clothing and household items

FenderBender recognized Jones for his refreshing, selfless and humble

(the exception being old TVs and baby cribs).

way of running his two successful collision repair shops. The fact that a

“We are excited to collaborate with HPC, and feel the partnership

national magazine like FenderBender recognized and featured Kansas

really maximizes efficiencies to better serve the community,” says Winner.

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PATRIOT OUTREACH HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Swing and support a veteran! On May 8th, Patriot Outreach will host their second annual golf tournament at The Deuce at The National Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit veterans and their families. The tournament will feature Christi Edlebrock, Patriot Outreach’s national spokeslady and Edelbrooks’s VP for business development. Her ‘Rev’ved Up 4 Kids’ program will partner with Patriot Outreach to bring veterans and kids together with a back to basics community auto shop. For more information or to register, visit PatriotOutreach.org.

COUPLES MASSAGE CLINIC TEACHES PROFESSIONAL TECHNIQUES Anyone can buy a gift certificate for a massage. But when you learn how to give your loved one a massage, every day becomes a spa day. Brett Schweisberger, LMT, will teach couples professional massage techniques at the Couples Massage Clinic from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 30 at Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes. Schweisberger recommends these techniques for people to use on themselves, a family member, friend or significant other. During the clinic, Hy-Vee Registered Dietician Megan Shamleffer will provide drink samples and discuss the importance of hydration. A limited number of childcare spots are available for $1 for Gladstone Community Center Members and $2 for non-members. Tickets are $49 for Gladstone Community Center Members $55 for non-members Register on-line at ActivityReg.com or in person at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes or by mail.  If you have any questions, please call 816.423.4200.

KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY GARDENS AWARDED $97,500 IN TAX CREDITS Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG), a local nonprofit, was awarded $97,500 in tax credits from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Missouri businesses (LCC through Corporation designations) who donate to KCCG are eligible to receive 50% of their gift back in credit toward their Missouri state taxes. KCCG is eligible to disburse tax credits for the next three years, through 2019. Tax credits incentivize companies to support nonprofits and community development. Businesses interested in learning more or donating to KCCG can contact Amy Eastin at amy@kccg.org, or Kathy Jenkins Hart at kathy@kccg.org to donate to The Giving Grove program. KCCG helps low-income households and community groups produce affordable, healthy food. This organization has almost 500 garden sites around the Kansas City area and serves more than 18,000 individuals each year. KCCG empowers people to grow produce in their backyards and at community partner sites by offering expert technical assistance, gardening and nutrition education, and affordable materials and tilling service, teaches children about growing and eating healthy food through their Beanstalk Children’s garden and Schoolyard Gardens programs, and plants orchards as part of their Giving Grove program. CONTINUED >

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BE FABULOUS IN YOUR 40S For most women, turning 40 is a milestone. Today, women in their

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forties are embracing their fabulousness in fearless ways. Ancy Maruthanal, MD, an internist at Meritas Health North Kansas City and medical director of North Kansas City Hospital’s Club W, believes you start with what’s on the inside: your health. Baseline tests become more important in your forties because they help you and your doctor monitor changes in your health over time. Doctors recommend focusing on three areas: 1. General health. Ask your provider to order a cholesterol panel and a thyroid test. If you’re at risk for diabetes, request a blood glucose test. 2. Eye health. Have a baseline exam at 40, and then follow up every 2-4 years. 3. Breast health. Have a clinical breast exam done annually, and get a mammogram every 1-2 years. One of the biggest health changes for women in their forties is perimenopause, the beginning of menopause. “Hot flashes can be the

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most debilitating symptom,” Maruthanal notes. “I recommend women get plenty of exercise to keep their energy levels up and help with sleep.” She also suggests talking with your doctor about medications that can ease irritability and hot flashes. For more of Maruthanal's insight, grab a girlfriend and make plans to attend “Live Healthy: Be Fabulous in Your 40s.” on March 23, 2017, NKCH Campus, Pavilion, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required. For details and to register, visit ClubWkc.com/LiveHealthy.

BOUTIQUE COLLECTIVE OPENS AT THE VILLAGE AT BRIARCLIFF The Village at Briarcliff welcomed its newest tenant on February 17th. Boutique Collective is a collection of six unique boutiques in one. Need Toms for Spring Break? Check out Mended Wing's wide collection. Looking for great athleisure clothes with the warm weather? No worries, Fitwear Boutique has you covered. With March Madness approaching, Sideline Chic has plenty to offer with your favorite collegiate wear. Whether you need a cute shirt that doesn't break the budget from Ruby Rouge KC, gorgeous locally made jewelry from The Jeweled Gypsy KC, or a new, comfy spring dress from Anchora Bella Boutique, Boutique Collective offers a variety of women's clothing, accessories, and shoes for any look or style!

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J& Hot Spot

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Pizza PUTTING A PERSONAL SPIN ON THE PIE.

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Josh and Sheri Crawford welcome you to their pizza dream.

n the United States, it's hard to swing a stick without hitting a pizza place. In the Northland that's even more true with old favorites like Kelso's, Northern Lights and Ikey's around. But there's a new kid in town and they are putting the fun back in the pizza place. J & S Pizza in Liberty is the dream of Josh and Sheri Crawford. The couple met while working at a pizza parlour and their dream of owning their own place has finally been realized. While they may not have reinvented the form, they are certainly proving that it can be fun to go out for pizza again after years of delivery mediocrity. The restaurant offers more than just pizza. Their appetizer menu includes cheese bread, stuffed breadsticks and even pizza dip--a warm bowl of marinara sauce blanketed in bubbling mozzarella cheese. Salads round out the starters and if one is feeling virtuous, they could build a dinner salad using the same ingredients that one can find on the pies. The pizza menu itself has the standards--combo, meat lovers, etc. and Crawford says that they are still the best sellers. But for the more adventurous diners, the J & S favorites beckon. They specialize in chicken pizzas, partially, says Crawford because chicken pairs so well with alternative sauces like BBQ and alfredo.  When I visited with family, that's what we chose. The CBR or chicken, bacon, and ranch was the marriage between a pizza and

For those that don't like to share or aren't in the pizza mood, there

a deli sandwich. The ranch dressing is made in house and was just

is pasta and sandwiches available as well. Choose from spaghetti and

a creamy and fattening as you wanted it to be. The crust is firm

meatballs, chicken fettucini or lasagna or a slew of turkey, ham, roast

and not too greasy. No flimsy, falling apart slices here. And prices

beef sandies and even a meatball sub sandwich.

are good--$9.99 for a small house specialty was perfect so that we could try more than one.

A full bar is available as well with reasonably priced beer. It was never more affordable to grab a pitcher and a pie.

For our second choice, we chose the Buffalo chicken pizza. If you

And that's exactly what adults will want to do as the kiddos

like wings but you don't want to try to fight with your food, this is the

entertain themselves with one of the vintage games on one side

perfect choice. The tang of wing sauce as the base was definitely

of the restaurant. Kids (or adults) can choose from three claw

noticeable and not for the faint of palate. It was cooled down with

games, pinball, and a side by side racing game. Dinner and a

creamy blue cheese or ranch upon request.

show? Hard to beat that.

Possibly my favorite, and surprisingly so, was the cheezeburger

Josh and Sheri are certainly filling a void in the Liberty area. Since

pizza. Ground beef, pickles, and mustard topped a regular pizza base

the demise of The Dish, local pizza was hard to find and you could

of marinara and mozzarella. Add a bit of cheddar on top and it really

tell that people were excited as we watched large groups stream

was the perfect blend. While it's not what I want every time, for a

through the doors on a Saturday night. Grab a table now and order

change of pace, it was great.

up—J & S is happy to have you.

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J & S PIZZA is located in the Liberty Corners

Shopping Center at the intersection of 291 Highway and S. Withers Road. For a full menu visit JSPizzaLiberty.com. Call for carryout at 816.736.4050.

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Now Open

A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IS POSSIBLE WITH NEW NORTHLAND STORE ARTICLE JENNIFER HIGGINS | PHOTOGRAPHY JOEL SCHNEIDER

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ith a grand opening at the end of January, Endurance House is the only store of its kind in the Kansas City area, providing

specialty running, walking, cycling, swimming, shoes, and gear, along with the support needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. Endurance House is a franchise out of Madison, Wisconsin, and with local couple and triathletes, Scott Sharkey and Anne Moyers, the Tiffany Springs store becoming the 16th store in the franchise.   “Our roots are here, and we saw the need for this kind of store for our community. The location is perfect; there are trails for cycling and close proximity to Smithville Lake for open swims and trails. We signed the lease in October 2016, and every day since then we’ve put in our own blood, sweat, and tears to get the store ready. We are following our passions, and when you have your best friend working beside you, the days fly by and it’s not really work, ” Sharkey says. Focusing on everything needed to be active, they are more than just a shoe store. From shoes to bikes to clothing to swim acces-

sories, Endurance House wants to be a place where customers feel comfortable. A fireplace flanked by four comfortable arm chairs create a unique atmosphere not usually found in a shoe store. CONTINUED >

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Scott Sharkey and Anne Moyers own Endurance House and look forward to connecting with Northland athletes.

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“We want to build a community. We want a place where people can gather to tell stories, where we fill a need, whether it is for swimming, biking or shoes, and a place where you can feel comfortable. In just the few short weeks we’ve been open, it’s already become a place where people come to sit and talk,” Moyer says. In addition to purchasing gear, Endurance House also strives to provide services to help athletes prepare for big races. “We have lots of programs beginning. We have a free Tuesday Night Run group, a mix of walkers and runners from all abilities who are getting together. As the weather gets warmer, we’ll have even more people joining. We have a Ladies Night coming up, as well as starting yoga on Sunday mornings. We’re starting a Triathlon Team Training, with training plans, support and coaching, and more for every distance, from the most experienced to the just beginning, from Sprint, Olympic, Half and Full Ironmans,” Moyer says. Supporting area runs such as the KC Marathon, the Liberty Hospital half marathon, and the Psycho WyCo Run, the Sharkeys feel providing the best shoes available is important. With their Personalized Movement Profile, they provide not only the shoes, but the service to decide that is the best shoe. “We carry four shoe lines that are the best out there. Most running shoes have lost their touch, and went to a one style fits everyone shoe. We want to provide the best shoe choices in the area. Shoes are personal; it has to fit, be comfortable, and has to last. Our Personalized Movement Profile starts with putting a customer in a neutral shoe, and taking a video so he/she can see where the problem areas are in how he/she runs. Then we put them in an appropriate shoe that corrects that problem, and take another video so they can see side-by-side the differences the shoes make,” Moyer says. Located at 8940 Skyview Drive in the Tiffany Springs Marketplace, they are centrally located in the Northland with convenient hours. Check them out on Facebook at Endurance House Kansas City or on the web at KansasCity.EnduranceHouse.com.  With the services, products, and expertise the owners are providing, you have no excuse not to work towards a healthy lifestyle.

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SAMSARA VINTAGE HOME AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNEY REVEALS

THE AMERICAN DREAM.

ARTICLE PEGGY PAROLIN | PHOTOGRAPHY JOEL SCHNEIDER

A

200-hundred-year-old apothecary cabinet from

visas became permanent; a family vacation spot turned

Mongolia, elm wood chairs from India, and cabinets

into their permanent place of residence.

crafted by Missouri Mennonites all vie for space within the

Upon arrival in Aspen, neither cousin could

same setting, an eclectic mix of old and new, the forgot-

speak English. Iglesias credits Days of Our Lives

ten and recovered. Collectively, they represent Samsara

and General Hospital with his language education.

Vintage Home, a unique trove of home décor treasures

Carlos found employment assisting an Oriental rug

located at 12 East Street in historic downtown Parkville.

salesman. This was their entry intro the American

Not so many years ago, three to be exact, the home to

way of life and pursuit of the American dream.

Samsara was a ramshackle building housing a survival prep

Not surprisingly, Carlos and Iglesias fell in love with the

store. Little did it resemble the haven of home décor and

artistic ambiance of Aspen. It there they discovered their

remodeling that’s quickly gained an enamored following.

talent and passion for designing, decoration, and creating.

The owners of Samsara Vintage Home, Alex Iglesias,

“As humans, we don’t always know what we want

Juan Carlos, and Michael Coyazo, haven’t always been

to do, but when we find it, or it finds us, we must be

in the décor business. Cousins Iglesias and Carlos were

open to accepting it,” reasons Iglesias. “Aspen moved

students in their home country of El Salvador, while Coyazo

us closer to that goal. I really believe things happen

resided in the Kansas City area. But as it does, life happened.  

for a reason. Nothing is coincidental.”

“I was attending college in El Salvador,” explains

The cousins soon discovered Aspen’s eclectic beauty

Iglesias. “My father died during one of his many trips

came at a price. After four years in Aspen, the pair real-

to Aspen. At that time in El Salvador, there were no

ized it was time for a move to a more affordable locale.

student loans or scholarships; everything was paid

Carlos took a job in Kansas City with an upscale Oriental

out of pocket. My mother worked in a prestigious job,

carpet retailer; Iglesias followed and found employment

but I did not want her to pay for my school.”

with CBIZ. But, when the economy tanked, the rug busi-

Shortly after Iglesias's father’s death, the cousins,

ness closed; people were not spending money on luxuries.  

determined to earn their way in the world, obtained tem-

“These failures opened our eyes to new possibilities,”

porary visas to the US and headed for Aspen. “We’ll be

Iglesias says. “We were freed from what we had to do to

back in six months,” they smiled as they took off on their

start doing what we wanted to do.”

adventure. Six months came and went. Their temporary

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SAMSARA VINTAGE HOME (CON TI N U ED)

Juan Carlos and Alex Iglesias welcome you to their dream.

WE WERE FREED FROM WHAT WE HAD TO DO

TO START DOING WHAT WE

WANTED TO DO.

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I REALLY BELIEVE THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON.

NOTHING IS COINCIDENTAL. Unemployed, the pair began going to auctions and

original Chinese spice jars, the apothecary cabinet, and

estate sales and buying furniture. They refurbished

many other one-of-a-kind items in the store. They have

it, painted it, and set it out in the driveway of their

repurposed 100-year-old barn wood into farm benches,

home. The demand for the painted furniture and

tables, and birdhouses. They attend estate sales and

other found items began grew quickly.

auctions and take advantage of any adventure to bring

“People consistently asked if we had a store they

unique merchandise to their store.

could visit,” Iglesias says. “Maybe they saw something in

“We buy much of our merchandise from sales in this

us we hadn’t seen before. We began thinking maybe we

country, but we have passion for all different styles ranging

should open a store. Our search for a building began.

from primitive to traditional. If we only focus on one particu-

Carlos and Coyazo came across a building in Parkville.

lar style, we limit our audience,” explains Iglesias. “We prefer

When I first saw the space, I was so disappointed. It

an eclectic mix from Malaysia, Thailand, and Mongolia. We

wasn’t on Main Street; it was in terrible condition. But,

hired a local Mennonite carpenter to build our shelves, cab-

Carlos, being the visionary he is, convinced me we could

inets, and our farmhouse tables. We incorporate contempo-

transform it into something wonderful," says Iglesias.  

rary and traditional pieces with antiques and reproductions.

The three partners began brainstorming the store concept and what they should name it when

Our selection and design at Samsara are intentional and symbolic. There’s a story behind every piece.”

Samsara came to mind. Samsara is a Sanskrit word

“None of us (the three owners) have any traditional

meaning ‘the circle of life’. The trio agreed their goal

training in design.    Because of that, we are not con-

was to find old things and give them new purpose

fined by what we’ve learned. Passion and purpose are

and new life. Samsara fit their concept perfectly.

what drive us. We are constantly inspired by what we

Samsara Vintage Home will celebrate three years of

feel, what we see, and the people we meet.”

business this May. Customers come from throughout

Samsara offers complete home design and remodel-

the metropolitan area to survey each week’s offering

ing, from cabinets to countertops to flooring. Additionally,

of the new and unexpected.

they consult and advise on holiday and event decorating

Samsara tripled in size during its first 18 months. The

from mantles to the entire house. Despite their far-rang-

ownership team leased adjoining space, knocked down

ing expertise, they’ll be the first to remind you they are

walls, and added bits of local flavor.

designers and consultants, not architects, but they do

“We were trying to figure out something to do to

contract with individuals who are.

represent the northland," Iglesias offers. “There was

The recent expansion at Samsara includes a fully

a Platte City Church built in the 1800’s that collapsed.

equipped kitchen that doubles as a display and a setting

We acquired some of the church’s original corbels and

where Carlos, Iglesias, and Coyazo can invite patrons

integrated them into our internal and external design.

to visit, talk about design trends and other topics while

There’s an old door from a house on 8th and Main Street

sipping beverages and noshing on savory appetizers.

in Parkville behind the cash register. Our entry door was

It’s all free and by invitation. Each month they pick a

rescued from Architectural Salvage and painted our sig-

group of 20-30 customers that have signed up on their

nature color of red. Red represents passion and love. We

list. They consider these guests to be their family.

are passionate about what we do and we love doing it!”

Carlos, Iglesias, and Coyazo agree the support of the

Iglesias, Carlos and Coyazo contract with a source

Northland and the Parkville community has been over-

in the Mongolian region of China that ships crates of

whelming.   “We are so happy here.  We are happy with

finds from small villages four times a year. That’s where

the way we are treated and the friendship of all who enter.

the 200-year-old dough tray came from, as well as the

This is the place we want to be the rest of our lives.”

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Home in the

Northland HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BUDGET BUY?

T

he real estate market continues to tighten in 2017. Prospective homebuyers have options

within several price ranges on the market in the Northland; however, it is crucial to be prepared and decisive when shopping for a dream abode. Being forearmed with knowledge about what to expect for hard-earned dollars can help make planning and deciding easier. Candi

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$350,000 “Overall, Clay County has had more new construction available in the $350,000 and under range,” says Sweeney. “Clay County has been very good at catering to new construction in the $250–350,000 price range. Platte County has fewer new homes under $300,000.” New homes will be 2,500 to 2,800 squarefoot and include features such as granite countertops and a kitchen backsplash. White kitchen cabinets are “back.” This price will have an unfinished lower level. “If buyers choose an existing home, they will have a finished lower-level, three-car garage, mature trees, and 3,500 to 4,500 square-feet of space,” says Sweeney. “The home might need updating, but what great values for an established neighborhood.” Subdivisions in Platte and Clay County which boast new construction include: Thousand Oaks, Chapel Ridge, Seven Bridges, Tiffany Woods at Rose Creek, Riverstone, Staley Hills, Fountain Hills which is “growing like crazy,” says Sweeney, Benson Place and Northview Meadows also have the moderate price ranges.

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of the golf course, starting at $350,000.


$450,000 TO $550,000 New homes in this range will tout 3,500– 4,000 square feet. “There’s less availability now because of a lack of inventory in this range,” says Sweeney. Features that may be included in these homes range from wet bars to media rooms and tile roof and stucco on the exterior. Where to look: Forest Ridge Estates, Montebella, Riss Lake, Thousand Oaks, Tiffany Greens, Copper Leaf, Staley Farms, and Woodneath Farms. “Twin Creeks is going to be an up-and-coming subdivision by Hunt Midwest,” says Sweeney. Straddling both Clay and Platte County between I-29 and 169-Highway, the 15,000-acre Thousand Oaks doesn't feel like midrange with community amenities like pools, planned tennis courts and lots of green space.

development is expected to create living spaces for up to 70,000 residents in the Northland, or double the size of Gladstone.

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RIGHT-SIZED HOME (CON TI N U ED)

$750,000 AND ABOVE Home in this upper-tier price range may include popular features like a media room, stucco, or stone work, a hearth room, upper-end appliances, spalike master suite, and four-car garage. Additional amenities include outdoor living spaces with a fireplace and swimming pool. The master-planned community may have a golf course. “These homes are usually custom-built and run in the 5,000 to 7,000 square-foot range,” says Sweeney. “There are more upper-end opportunities in Platte County. There’s a lot of money there and the county has a private golf course.” Where to look: Shoal Creek, The National, Staley Farms, Tiffany Greens, Stone Gate, and Riss Lake. “Tremont Manor and Briarcliff West are making a comeback,” says Sweeney. “They are older homes but were premier property when people first began moving north.”

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The Stone Gate community offers luxury finishes and expanded amenities starting at $750,000.


TRENDS Overall in the housing market, homes available reflect better quality construction and materials with less square footage. “There’s a need for more maintenance-provided places for empty nesters,” says Sweeney. “More Millennials are starting to purchase homes. They want homes with less maintenance so they can ‘lockand-leave’ for the weekend.” No matter what your budget, there is a home out there for you. What is in your dream home?

WHERE TO LOOK An abbreviated guide to Northland developments for home hunting. Benson Place (Shoal Creek Valley): BensonPlace.HuntMidwestKC.com Briarcliff West (KC North): BriarcliffKC.com Chapel Ridge (Parkville): NewmarkHomesKC.com/Chapel-Ridge Copper Leaf (Liberty): CopperLeafKC.com Forest Ridge Estates (KC North, Park Hill Schools): ForestRidgeEstatesKC.com Fountain Hills (KC North, Clay/Platte): NewmarkHomesKC.com/Fountain-Hills Montebella (KC North, Park Hill Schools): BarthRealEstate.com The National (Parkville): TheNationalGolfClub.com Northview Meadows (KC North, NKC Schools): KevinGreenHomes.com Riss Lake (Parkville): RissLake.com Riverstone (KC North, Tiffany Springs, Park Hill Schools): Riverstone.HuntMidwestKC.com Seven Bridges (Platte City): BarthRealEstate.com Shoal Creek Valley (KC North): KCLivingNorth.com Staley Farms (KC North, Staley H.S.): StaleyFarmsHomes.com Staley Hills (KC North, Hunt Midwest): StaleyHills.HuntmidwestKC.com Thousand Oaks (Parkville): BarthRealEstate.com Tiffany Greens (KC North, Tiffany Springs): TiffanyGreens.com Tiffany Woods at Rose Creek (KC North): Tiffany-Villas.com Tremont Manor (Platte County): TremontManor.net Twin Creeks (Hunt Midwest): Huntmidwest.com/tags/Twin-Creeks Woodneath Farms (Hunt Midwest): WoodneathFarms.Huntmidwestkc.com To click through to any of these neighborhoods, read this article online at NorthlandLifestyle.com.  March 2017 | Northland Lifestyle

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Make every meal a special event by bringing the garden to the table. Serve your favorite dishes made from homegrown ingredients. Then allow guests to add their own herbal seasonings right from the garden or container. Start by growing the ingredients for your favorite recipes and beverages. Consider those, like tomatoes, that taste best fresh from the garden. Or create a salad bar by filling window boxes and raised beds with greens, hot peppers, green onions and more. Just hand your guests a plate and let them create their own fresh salad. Dress up the table or balcony with a few containers of herbs on your patio, deck or near the grill.  Use small herb containers as edible centerpieces. Just include a pair of garden scissors and allow your family and guests to season the meal to their taste. Add a bit of color to your meal with edible flowers.  Try nasturtium and daylily blossoms stuffed with cream cheese, calendula petals sprinkled on your salad and mint leaves atop a slice of chocolate cake. Include a few herbs and vegetables that can be blended, muddled or added to your favorite beverage. Use the hollow stems of lovage as a straw for your tomato juice or bloody Mary.  You’ll enjoy the celery flavor this edible straw provides. Or pluck a few mint or rosemary leaves to flavor iced tea and lemonade. Just be sure the vegetables and flowers you select are free of pesticides. Remove the bitter tasting pollen from edible flowers. Start your party preparation in the garden.  Once you compile your list of favorites prepare your garden and containers for a productive growing and entertaining season.  In the garden, add several inches of organic matter such as compost to the top eight to twelve inches of soil. You’ll improve drainage in clay soil and increase the water holding ability in sandy soils. This is also a good time to incorporate an organic nitrogen fertilizer, like Milorganite (milorganite.com) into the soil. This slow release fertilizer provides needed nutrients for six to eight weeks. Then be sure to add a mid-season boost to keep your garden healthy and productive. 42

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For container plantings, select a pot with drainage holes and fill it with a quality potting mix. This is also a good time to add an organic nitrogen fertilizer which will eliminate the need for weekly feedings. Just give containers a second application mid-season. Mulch the soil with shredded leaves, evergreen needles or other organic matter to suppress weeds and conserve moisture. As the mulch breaks down it improves the soil for future plantings. Harvest regularly to keep your plants looking good and producing. Cut the outer leaves of leaf lettuce when four to six inches tall and it will keep growing new leaves. Pick peppers and tomatoes when fully ripe, so the plant continues flowering and forming new fruit. And dress up the table with a bouquet of your favorite garden flowers. Pick a few extras to send home with your guests and they’ll surely remember your special gathering filled with homegrown flavor and beauty. Gardening expert Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. Myers’ website is MelindaMyers.com.

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SETTING A NEW PACE THE JAGUAR F-PACE IS ONE FEISTY FELINE ARTICLE EMILY GLASER

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rom the anticipatory hum of a purr to the all-out, pedal-down roar, there’s something about a Jaguar that makes your heart beat a little faster. With a growling engine and feline sleekness, the new F-PACE, a medium luxury SUV, is all Jaguar. “We designed the all-new F-PACE to be, first and foremost, a Jaguar,” says Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar. But it’s so much more than the wee convertibles of the automobile maker’s past. “The F-PACE is an all-weather Jaguar sports car, life-proofed for five people and their belongings.” The first thing you’ll notice about the F-PACE is its strapping silhouette, the very lines of which exude untapped power. Muscular rear haunches and an angular rear window reveal a spacious trunk area, perfect for storing sports equipment and Sunday’s golf bag. You’ll find Jaguar’s signature in the single-sheet body, thanks to the brand’s expertise in aluminum. Everything about the vehicle’s exterior whispers of the inherent athleticism of the performance SUV. And that’s truly what the F-PACE is—a performance sports utility vehicle, designed to get you and your four passengers to the ends of the Earth and your next adventure.

But who said adventures had to be messy or minimal? The luxurious, spacious interior brings Jaguar’s meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship to a modern world. Slip into the available leather sports seats and experience slick comfort with 14 different adjustments, heating and cooling. And with the 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster, every bell and whistle is at your fingertips. Remember what we said about this being a decisively modern Jaguar? Look no further than the advanced driver assistance systems for proof of the F-PACE’s technological savviness. The All Surface Progress Control controls the throttle and brakes, so the driver can concentrate on—and truly enjoy—the fun of steering. The advanced stereo camera delivers Autonomous Emergency Braking and a pedestrian detection to initiate full braking automatically, plus Lane Departure Warnings and Lane Keep Assist to help drivers avoid collisions. Of course, the F-PACE also offers blind spot monitoring and parking assist, but our favorite feature might be the Intelligent Speed Limiter, which can automatically increase or decrease the vehicle’s max speed depending on the local speed limit. 

Those modern touches continue far beyond the actual driving experience. The Jaguar InControl Touch infotainment system is standard in the F-PACE, and it’s as intuitive and modern as these systems can get. The navigation system is leagues above the piddly version you’ll find on your phone with turn-by-turn instructions that can show on the head-up display right before your very eyes. Features like Commute Mode memorize your route to work and automatically offer alternative routes in the face of congestion or traffic. Don’t forget that this is an SUV. It’s been tested at locations around the world, from the most frigid tundras to the driest deserts, to ensure every tire grips the road and offers you the thrill of an exhilarating, but always safe, ride. Both the 3.01 340 hp or 380 hp supercharged gasoline V6 engines with 8-speed transmissions offer four-wheel power and torque to get you across every highway and dirt road out there with oomph.  With a polished and almost surreptitious aesthetic and a ruggedness prepared to take you anywhere, the F-PACE is all class, all comfort, and all Jaguar.  2017 F-PACE Base Price: $40,990 Fuel Economy: 18 city/23 highway  Horsepower: 340 to 380 horsepower Engine: 2.0-Liter Turbocharged 180hp In-Line 4-Cylinder Diesel AWD; 3.0Liter Supercharged 340hp V6 Gasoline AWD; 3.0-Liter Supercharged 380hp V6 Gasoline AWD Photos courtesy of Jaguar For more information, visit jaguar.com.

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Parting Thoughts

Nest The

ARTICLE RACHEL MURPHY

something to anchor the theme. An ocean theme was the first idea, but when we chose to name her middle name after a nebula, our focus shifted the opposite way--to the stars. Our theme in place, we could charge upward and onward. I've never been the most observant of people when it comes to decor, but I can tell good from bad. My husband, on the other hand, has a keen eye for detail and very distinct opinions. As we chose the colors, pulled from a Hubble telescope photo of the nebula, it became clear that our opinions differed as to what purple is and the

Pregnant. That's what the digital screen on the test said. One word but when it's THAT word, it means so much. We had been hoping and praying for that word and it was finally here. That's when the whirlwind began to get our house in shape for our coming baby girl.

very definition of lilac. I'm fairly certain that we were entertainment for the paint department at Home Depot. Slowly but surely, it came together--an angled line of deep purple and lavender coursed down the wall. Pieces of art were ordered to

When you see home renovation shows on TV, they cut out about

represent her first and middle name. The perfect green shag rug was

90% of the work or have it done by a large team. Newsflash, nothing

procured from At Home. Dressers were spray painted and a perfect

is 'crashed' when you're doing it yourself and paying friends in beer

changing table (or so we thought) was bought off of Craigslist. Piece

and brats. Our house has been a labor of love, mainly the labor of my

by piece, I saw where my daughter would grow up. It is a room full

husband. That means things take a little longer but when a deadline

of creativity and potential, the kind of place where a little girl could

like nine months pops up, you spring into action.

lie on the floor and let her dreams take her as far as they might go.

Many of our projects were wrapping up or were in the decoration stage instead of construction, thank goodness, but one very important room

As showers came and went, the room filled with books. A few lamps later, it was complete. It is the nest from which she will someday fly.

needed to be started from scratch--the nursery. When we found out we

I love that room. She hasn't slept in it yet but when she is six months

were pregnant, it was an office, cluttered and disheveled, seldom used.

old, she'll leave the family heirloom cradle by my bed and come home

While initially, our guest bedroom was to be the baby's room, that quickly

to her own room. Right now, it's where she plays on her activity mat,

changed when we saw how much space baby paraphernalia sucked up.

listens to her father read at night and giggles as we play peekaboo

The office was the larger space and so the plan came together.

on the changing table. It's where her life will happen. I can't wait for

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her dreams to fill it from top to bottom, just as my dreams of her have filled the rest of the house. It truly is home sweet home.


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