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C O N T E N T S
A Kansas City State of Mind
Going for the Greens
Numbers You Need
The Best Established Neighborhoods
Kansas City Metro Area Map
Your New Home Community Guide
10 Places to Go in Kansas City
Alternative Health Care
Community Spotlight: Falcon Valley
Lofts, Condos and Urban Living
Moving Your Pets
Making the Move
Your Kansas City Rental Guide
The State(s) of Business
Back to School
Finding a New Job
Good School Guide
Building Your Dream Home
Stretching Your Dollar
Finding the Right Day Care
Redesigning Your Style
The Counties of Kansas City
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E d i t o r ’s M e s s a g e | K A N S A S
By Andrea Darr
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How one of the last places you thought you’d live will become the first place you’ll never want to leave. ’ve often heard of Kansas and Missouri (and the Midwest in
an easy-to-navigate airport, myriad housing options, top schools,
general) as the “fly-over” states. As in, there’s nothing worth
exceptional dining establishments, fabulous shopping, and beautiful
stopping for in between the east and west coasts, so keep the
parks and boulevards.
relocators are in for a pleasant surprise.
Unfortunately, we are one of the fatter cities in America; we have a
plane going. Having lived in Kansas City my whole life, I think
I’m not saying our rosy city doesn’t have a thorn or two.
At the heart of this great country, the people make the place. Some
largely underused public transportation system (we love the freedom
of the most famous faces hailing from our borders include President
of our cars!); we’re ranked No. 1 among the 100 largest metropolitan
Harry Truman, actress Ginger Rogers and golfer Tom Watson, to
areas for airborne pollen and mold spores; and we’re not exactly
name a few.
trendsetters. Things happen on the coasts and eventually make their way inward to us.
“I think once you spend a little time here, you’ll feel at home. Welcome to Kansas City!”
But being in the middle of America doesn’t mean that we are in the middle of nowhere. Location is one of KC’s best attributes. In fact, we are poised to have the best access to anywhere in the world: one hour to Chicago, three hours to Houston, four hours to New York, four hours to L.A., and from these places, anywhere. One of my favorite quotes comes to mind: “A man can travel the world over and find what he was looking for at home.” No matter how grand a time I might have when traveling, my thoughts wander their
We are famous for our barbecue, jazz, friendliness and staunch support of our football team, the Chiefs. We have miles of uncrowded highways __ more than enough for our short commutes — 16 • 2011 RELOCATING TO KANSAS CITY
way back here. Kansas City just feels like home. I think once you spend a little time here, you’ll feel that way, too. Welcome to Kansas City __ make yourself at home!
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Numbers You Need electric
MANY PARTS OF THE METRO AREA
GREATER KANSAS CITY AREA
Black Hills Energy: 888/890-5554 or
Allied Waste: 816/254-1470 or
high-speed Internet/ digital phone/cable and satellite services (continued)
PARTS OF CASS COUNTY, MO
Kansas City Power & Light: 816/471-5275 or
Deffenbaugh Industries: 913/631-3300 or
Galaxy Cablevision: 800/365-6988 or
Westar Energy: 800/383-1183 or
Hickman Disposal Service: 913/831-2072 or
KCNet: 816/221-4658 or www.kcnet.com
People PC: 866/772-6277 or www.peoplepc.com
KANSAS CITY, KS
WESTERN WYANDOTTE COUNTY
Board of Public Utilities: 913/573-9000 or
KANSAS CITY METRO AREA
AND DOUGLAS COUNTY, KS
800/275-8777 or www.usps.gov
Sunflower Broadband: 800/869-1214 or
high-speed Internet/ digital phone/cable and satellite services
KANSAS CITY METRO
WYANDOTTE COUNTY AND PARTS OF
877/722-3755 (DSL) or www.att.com
www.sunflowerbroadband.com Independence Power & Light: 816/325-7930 or www.ci.independence.mo.us/pl
AT&T: 800/331-0500 (phone)
PLATTE & CLAY COUNTIES
METRO KANSAS; IN MISSOURI PARTS OF
Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative: 816/628-3121
CLAY, CASS AND BATES COUNTIES
KANSAS CITY METRO AND
Charter Communications: 888/438-2427 or
Time Warner: 816/358-8833, 913/682-2113 or
KANSAS CITY, KS AND PORTIONS OF
INDEPENDENCE, PARTS OF CASS,
JACKSON AND LAFAYETTE COUNTIES IN
JOHNSON AND WYANDOTTE COUNTIES
Atmos Energy: 888/286-6700 or
MISSOURI, AND OLATHE, KS
IN KANSAS, AND SOUTH AND
Comcast: 816/795-1100, 800/266-2278 or
EASTERN MISSOURI METRO
Vonage: 800/980-1455 or www.vonage.com
Kansas Gas Service: 800/794-4780 or
KANSAS CITY METRO
CenturyLink: 877/290-5458 or
KANSAS CITY, KS
Board of Public Utilities: 913/573-9000 or
PARTS OF THE METRO
DirecTV: 888/777-2454 or www.directv.com
United Cities Gas Co.: 866/298-1514
Dish Network: 800/823-4929 or
KANSAS CITY, MO
Black Hills Energy: 888/890-5554 or
Earthlink: 800/327-8454 or www.earthlink.net
KCMO Water Services Department: 816/513-1313
SureWest: 913/825-2882 or
Atmos Energy: 888/286-6700 or
PORTIONS OF JOHNSON COUNTY Water District #1 of Johnson County:
KANSAS CITY, MO Missouri Gas Energy: 816/756-5252 or www.missourigasenergy.com Atmos Energy: 888/286-6700 or www.atmosenergy.com 18 â€˘ 2011 RELOCATING IN KANSAS CITY
913/895-1800 or www.waterone.org
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Liberty Memorial Originally dedicated on November 11, 1926, the restored museum and tower were rededicated and reopened on May 25, 2002, followed by two more expansions. A secondphase addition included a 230-seat auditorium and an education center beneath the memorial. The final phase was a 30,000-square-foot museum expansion below the tower. Recognized by Congress as our country’s only WWI monument, the Liberty Memorial has the largest and most comprehensive collection of World War I artifacts, relics and
Photo by Alistair Tutton
archival materials in the world.
Power & Light District
10 Places to Go in Kansas City On both sides of the state line, the metro offers a multitude of cultural and entertainment options. Power & Light District
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts The internationally known design team of Moshe Safdie & Associates, Theatre Projects Consultants and Nagata Acoustics will provide the backdrop for performances by local arts organizations when this stunning building opens fall 2011. Patrons will enjoy a 1,800-seat proscenium theater designed for touring Broadway shows, concerts and comedians, as well as the Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera.
The vibrant eight-block district is a
Kansas City Wizards Soccer Stadium
primary revitalizing force for downtown
The Wizards’ new soccer stadium, slated to
Kansas City Symphony and performances
Kansas City, Mo. Think broad streets, open
open summer 2011 in Kansas City, Kan.,
by other mid-size musical organizations.
storefronts, boutique retailers, a generous
will be the first soccer stadium in North
Along with the center’s approximate
helping of restaurants, a gourmet grocery
America to combine attributes of European
285,000 square feet, a 1,000-space parking
store and an outdoor performance area.
and South American soccer stadia with
garage also will become part of the complex.
A 1,600-seat concert hall will host the
The project features more than half a
modern amenities that American fans love.
million square feet of hip and unique retail,
It joins the Kansas Speedway and the
restaurants and entertainment. One block of
Community America Ballpark at Village
The Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
the district features Kansas City Live!,
West for sports fans.
Acclaimed architect Steven Holl’s glass
which is designed for music and festivals. 22 • 2011 RELOCATING IN KANSAS CITY
lenses are the competition-winning addition
collaborated to design the 18,500-seat Sprint Center, opened fall 2007. Ellerbe Becket, Populous (formerly HOK), 360 Architecture and Rafael Architects Inc. — collectively known as the Downtown Arena Design Team (DADT) — designed the glass structure to reflect the downtown skyline. The cornerstone of downtown’s revitalization, the Sprint Center hosts basketball, hockey, concerts, family shows and special events.
to the original neoclassical Nelson-Atkins
exhibition space, the museum offers arts
College Basketball Experience and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
building. Composed of five interconnected
education opportunities for both children
As part of the $276 million Sprint Center,
structures as opposed to a single massive
the College Basketball Experience and
The Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
expansion, the design might be Holl’s
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of
greatest professional achievement. Opened
Schlitterbahn Vacation Village
Fame celebrate the history of men’s
June 2007, the addition offers new spaces
The popular Texas-based water parks
collegiate basketball. It honors coaches,
and angles unparalleled by almost any other
opened in Kansas in 2009. The newest
players and contributors who have made
structure in the Midwest. Though a style
addition to the chain continues construction
an impact on the game. A museum and
departure from the existing structure, the
on additional phases on a 370-acre track
interactive adventure alike, visitors are
Bloch Building — named in honor of
near Village West in Kansas City, Kan. The
able to work with hands-on exhibits and
longtime benefactor and museum trustee,
water park’s first phase includes tubing
experience basketball like never before.
Henry Bloch, and his wife, Marion —
slides, chutes, rivers, beaches and other
complements renovations to the original
unique features like the Storm Blaster,
Independence Events Center
museum building, picturesque lawn and
Loopy Luge mat slide and Henry’s Hideout.
Home of the Missouri Mavericks hockey
Future phases will include more water rides,
team, the center opened in November 2009
River Walk attractions, and shopping, dining
as a 5,800-seat, multipurpose arena hosting
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
and lodging venues.
approximately 100 events a year, including
Designed by Cambridge, Mass.-based
events, concerts and community events.
architect Kyu Sung Woo, the Nerman
Kansas City is a major hub of sports
There’s also a community ice rink within
Museum opened spring 2007 on the Johnson
architecture firms, and four of them
trade shows, festivals, professional sporting
County Community College campus in Overland Park. Supported by and named in honor of local art collectors Jerome and Margaret Nerman, the 36,000-square-foot Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is a departure from the college’s mostly brick façade. The Nerman family donated $1.5 million to help establish the glass and limestone addition, which adjoins the new Regnier Center for Technology and Business, designed by local firm Gould Evans Architects. In addition to providing
Schlitterbahn Vacation Village
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Custom Building Without the High Price
elocators will find that Kansas City’s housing prices are already some of the most reasonable in the country. Topping that, custom build jobs at communities like the Falcon
Properties can give you exactly what you want for less than you would expect. Want to backup to a golf course? No problem. Looking for a walkout lot that backs to a forest or lake? They’ve got plenty of both. Need enough space for the kids to play and for you to get away and relax? Welcome home! The Falcon Properties, marketed by Reece and Nichols, are a collection of upscale communities around the metro that feature high-quality homes that are reasonably priced in neighborhoods complete with pools, golf courses, clubhouses and more. Developer Kaivan Ferzandi says most homes in the Falcon neighborhoods start in the lower $300,000s and include popular
amenities like granite countertops, wrought iron spindles, hardwood
Falcon Valley continuously garners great press for its award-wining
floors and three-car garages. But, as Ferzandi adds, “We don’t have
golf course. In the February 2010 issue of Golf World, it was named
‘standard features.’ It’s about how far you want to go to personalize
14th out of the “25 Best 9-Hole Courses in America.” The championship
course is only one of many amenities the community provides its
To get started finding your new dream home, read on to find out about a few of the Falcon Properties.
residents as well as a beautiful clubhouse, sport court, pool and two lakes. Additionally, the neighborhood children attend top-rated schools: Manchester Park, Prairie Trail Junior High and Olathe Northwest. Falcon Valley is located in an area of booming development as locals decide to move outside the city limits but maintain close access to several major highway arteries; K-10, I-435, I-35 and I-69 are literally just minutes away. “Area residents have commented how glad they are that they’ve chosen Falcon Valley for their home and how convenient it is to get around the area,” notes Christyne Doherty, the onsite agent. Homes range in price from the upper $300,000s to the upper $600,000s and will contain 320 homes when complete. There are prime home sites available, both golf course and interior, starting in the $60,000s to the mid $100,000s. Buyers are free to choose a builder of their liking. Call 913/780-9004 for more information.
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Falcon Village For buyers who want to downsize space but not downgrade amenities, Falcon Village may be the perfect solution. Inside the attached twin villas, buyers will find the best materials seen in luxury homes, such as crown molding, iron spindles and granite countertops. “We’ve found that people still want the high-end materials they’re used to, and they’re really surprised at the quality they see here,” says onsite agent Ken McDaniel. Moreover, because neighbors share a wall, the builder poured an extra-wide foundation wall to ensure quiet; R-38 insulation in the attic is another extra step the builder took to lower utility bills.
Falcon Lakes, Falcon Lakes Villas and The Fairways at Falcon Lakes Falcon Lakes is a showplace of natural beauty embracing rolling terrain, wooded retreats and a 54-acre lake. Homes starting in the low $300,000s surround the 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Carter Morrish of Morrish and Associates. Amenities include tennis and basketball courts and a large swimming pool. Many highquality home builders are available, or buyers may use their own with the approval of the developer. The community’s builders are ready and willing to be flexible with materials and floor plan layout, resulting in a variety of styles — and price points. Walk-out lots and golf course lots start in the $60,000s, and golf course and lake lots peak in the $90,000s. “One of the great things about Falcon Lakes is the opportunity to All the work of lawn care, snow-removal and exterior painting is left
build at any price point,” says onsite agent April Jackson. “With such
to the maintenance crews. A shopping area within walking distance
diversity in price, Falcon Lakes is an opportunity for almost any buyer.”
includes an eye doctor, dentist, bank, veterinary clinic, dry cleaners,
Falcon Lakes Villas is a maintenance-provided community, which
liquor store, fitness center, tanning salon, grocery store and pharmacy.
includes lawn care and snow removal, with homes starting in the low
Located between fairways seven and eight of the Falcon Valley
$300,000s and up. The Fairways are built on golf course, walk-out
Golf Course, residents still have the beautiful views of the greens and
and treed lots and feature a variety of floor plans from the low
optional use of the pool for a nominal annual fee. Outdoor enthusiasts
$300,000s. According to Jackson, it’s an excellent price point in a golf
also will appreciate the City of Lenexa’s extensive biking trail that
In addition to the luxury of home, residents enjoy the luxury of
Floor plans include reverse 1.5-story and ranch homes. Prices
seclusion. Falcon Lakes is located in Basehor, Kan., just 4.5 miles
range from the mid $200,000s to $300,000s. For more information,
north of I-70 along K-7 at Hollingsworth Road on the west side of
K-7. Call 913/724-5400 for details. 2011 RELOCATING IN KANSAS CITY • 25
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Making the Move A transfer has made Kansas City your new home. Here’s how to ease the transition.
elocating might not crack the Top 10 all-time stressors, but it
He also highly recommends hiring a company with an established
should. Uprooting your family presents difficulties in every
record of good service. Word of mouth carries a lot of business in
facet of your life, from switching schools and communities
the moving industry, so ask your friends and associates who they’ve
to making new friends and business networks.
had good experiences with. Brewer warns against going through
“Some people are thrilled to be moving to a new place while others
brokers because they generally don’t own the trucks and equipment
just can’t stand it,” says Garold Brewer, sales manager for Berger Allied
and will hand off your move to various companies, with no one taking
Moving Company in Kansas City.
responsibility for your belongings. Bad deals can include low-ball
It’s certainly an adjustment, but the strain can be eased with a positive experience. That starts with your move.
estimates that double by the end of the deal or even theft. Claims with these companies often go nowhere.
The first thing to know is that it’s best to hire a company in the city
“Big-name moving companies have a lot invested in trucks and
to which you are moving. That company will select a qualified moving
equipment,” Brewer says. “We do our best to protect our reputation
coordinator who will be able to help you resolve any problems that
and give the customer the best service we can.”
arise, such as contesting an item on your bill or submitting a claim for broken china, and deal with them at the local level.
Ask the companies you call if they are brokers. Or better yet, look up reputable movers on the American Moving and Storage Association’s website, www.moving.org.
Finding a Mover Horror stories about shady movers abound, but the serious players in
Getting It Booked & Moved
the moving industry have tried hard to clear their names. You could
Most reputable companies offer free estimates. “They need to get a
start with the phone book and look at the ads, but that’s just the first
visual survey of what items are moving, if there’s any packing, or any
step. “Call the Better Business Bureau to make sure they’re reputable,
special needs like crating,” Brewer says. A local rep will conduct this
and check in both cities, where you’re coming from and where you’re
interview and work up a price quote.
going,” Brewer says. 26 • 2011 RELOCATING IN KANSAS CITY
If you hire the moving company to pack your belongings, that will
usually take place the day before the move. Some luxury homes could take a week, especially if there are grand pianos or marble statues going. The average house won’t fill up an entire truck, so moving companies might double up with belongings from another family moving in the same direction. To prevent confusion in this case, every piece on the truck is inventoried and stickered, and crews will give you a copy to check off at your final destination. Notify your driver if you have something particularly valuable. Brewer explains that this means items that you can generally hold in your hands that are expensive, such as a porcelain doll that weighs only 5 pounds but costs $10,000. You might want to take items like that and family heirlooms or jewelry with you instead. Do not move household poisons like Raid, combustible items that could explode in hot weather, candles that could melt, liquids like laundry detergent that could leak on your leather sofa or even water, which could harm your computer. Damages from improper or illegal packing on your part will result in an unpaid claim. One of the best ways to stay organized is to prepare for your immediate needs. Designate a box for necessities, such as paper plates, a child’s favorite toy and toothbrushes. This definitely includes important paperwork and keys to your new house. Mark the box clearly and point it out to the movers so that it is the last box on the truck and the first one off.
Eco-Friendly Moving Tip Recycling just one ton of cardboard boxes saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water and a twin-bed-sized spot in a landfill. Reduce your impact by reusing boxes then returning them from Best Price Boxes. The service sells discounted moving boxes, which can be used several times before recycling. And save again when you sell the boxes back. 913/549-4823 or www.bestpriceboxes.com
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The State(s)of Business
ansas City has plenty to offer
“And our economy is very diverse,” says
Burns & McDonnell has provided
businesses that want to start,
Ashlie Hand, director of communications for
engineering, construction, environmental
relocate or expand operations. It
the Kansas City Area Development Council
and consulting services to commercial
hosts one of the Midwest’s fastest-growing
(KCADC). The following is a breakdown of
customers since 1898. And, when it comes
labor markets, with 10 percent growth in the
the metro’s major industries.
to going green, BNIM and 360 Architecture are recognized for their sustainable designs
last decade; a workforce that takes fewer sick days than workers in 33 other major
metropolitan areas; and five stars from
The Kansas City office of Populous
Expansion Management for business health
(formerly HOK) is part of a network of
500 employees who provide large-venue
Kansas City is second only to Chicago in the
Employees enjoy a cost of living below
architecture, like sports arenas. (More than
size of its advertising community. Bernstein-
the national average, and Expansion
520 million people have attended a Populous
Rein, Barkley and Kuhn & Wittenborn are a
Management also has given gold awards
facility in the past 10 years alone.) Other
few of the diverse agencies that serve clients
to many local school districts, plus
services include master planning and urban
across the nation.
blue ribbons to others. MSNBC ranked
design, interior design, facility operations
Kansas City fourth on its top 10 list
But the creativity doesn’t end there. Hallmark Corporation has been a fixture
of underrated U.S. cities because of the
Kansas City-based HNTB Architecture
in Kansas City since the early 1900s. The
downtown renovations, historical landmarks
has served clients for nearly 100 years,
company sells half of all greeting cards in
and blues/jazz history, museums, fountains
primarily in aviation, education, corporate
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Photo by Paul Bonnichsen
Located in Shawnee, Bayer Animal
resources efficiently across the continent,”
Health develops drugs for animals, from
explains Tim Cowden, senior vice president of
operated for more than 50 years from its
family pets to livestock and flea prevention
business development for KCADC.
Kansas City headquarters. The company
to joint disease therapy for horses. The
Kansas City’s rail system carries 300 daily
offers information about mutual funds,
company also is part of the Animal Health
freight arrivals and departures. One of the
retirement and college savings for individual
Corridor, which accounts for nearly 32
nation’s largest railroad companies, BNSF
investors, asset management for commercial
percent of total sales in a $19 billion
started in Kansas City more than 160 years
and nonprofit entities, and retirement plans
global market. Companies and universities
ago and is now a subsidiary of Berkshire
for small businesses.
concentrated in the region lead the nation in
Hathaway. It has merged nearly 400 different
all animal-related aspects.
railroad lines; absorbed 34,000 miles of track;
Since its inception, Kansas City’s own
and grown to include 38,000 employees,
H&R Block has provided income tax preparation services to more than 24 million
clients across the nation.
The Kansas City International Airport
“KC offers a unique combination of
(MCI) ranks the highest in medium-sized
affordability and accessibility not typically
airports in all categories by J.D. Power and
found in a major American city,” Cowden
With its world headquarters in Kansas
Associates in 2010.
says. “While there are many benefits of a
6,600 locomotives and 220,000 freight cars.
City, Mo., Cerner Corporation provides
“No U.S. city is more than a three-hour
Kansas City location, in particular, our
information technology that supports the
commercial flight away, so KC is a great
region’s central location offers business —
health care industry.
choice for companies that need to move human
regardless of the product or service it provides — a competitive advantage.”
Top 25 Kansas City Corporations (2010) Company
HCA, Midwest Division
2304 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64132
6200 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS 66251
Saint Luke's Health System
10920 Elm Ave., Kansas City, MO 64134
Hallmark Cards Inc. (Hdq.)
2501 McGee St., Kansas City, MO 64108
Cerner Corporation (Hdq.)
2800 Rock Creek Pkwy, N. Kansas City, MO 64117
Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64108
University of Kansas
230 Strong Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045
United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
14650 Santa Fe Trail Drive, Lenexa, KS 66215
DST Systems Inc. (Hdq.)
333 W. 11th St., Kansas City, MO 64105
Truman Medical Centers
2301 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64108
1100 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Ford Motor Company
8121 NE 69 Hwy., Claycomo, MO 64119
Black & Veatch (Hdq.)
11401 Lamar Ave., Overland Park, KS 66211
1201 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Internal Revenue Service
5800 E. Bannister Road, Kansas City, MO 64131
10700 E. 350 Highway, Raytown, MO 64138
Alliant Techsystems Inc.
R.R. 7 & Highway 78, Independence, MO 64056
Garmin International (Hdq.)
1200 E. 151st St., Olathe, KS 66062
Honeywell Fed. Mfg. & Technologies
2000 E. 95th St., Kansas City, MO 64131
General Motors Corp.
3201 Fairfax Tfy., Kansas City, KS 66115
Federal Express Corp.
8215 W. 108th Terrace, Overland Park, KS 66210
7920 NW 110th St., Kansas City, MO 64153
Commerce Bank (Hdq.)
1000 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Burns & McDonnell (Hdq.)
9400 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64114
CenturyLink Inc. (Formerly Embarq Corporation)
5454 W. 110th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211
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Follow the Leader A trailing spouse’s job is to find a job.
requirement and probably
transfers to a new city, the
lack a developed network
trailing spouse must find a
that is vital to making a
new job, too. Luckily, Kansas City boasts
change. If you want a change,
hundreds of employers, in all sizes, from the
try working with a temporary
KC-headquartered Sprint, Hallmark and
employment service to feel
H&R Block to pharmaceutical giants Aventis
it out. Consider taking a
temporary job to keep income
Start the job search online or with local
flowing and skill sets sharpened. It
which have become important social and business resources for networking.
papers like the Kansas City Business Journal
could even become a starting point for a
Practice your interviewing skills
and Kansas City Star or business magazine
permanent position and help you network
as well. Know how to respond to
Ingram’s. The Kansas City Business Journal
at the same time.
Book of Lists can also help you develop a potential target list of companies. As a trailing spouse, you must make it your job to find a job. It’s important to begin
Volunteering or joining a chamber, church or other community organization also can provide access to a new network of individuals.
typical questions. Be able to relate to stories that link your experience and skills to the potential position and employer. Resources like emurse.com and interviewup.com can offer help as you edit your résumé and brush up on your
networking immediately, and a good place to start is with the company that hired your
spouse. They might have useful relationships
Sell yourself to a prospective employer by
already established with job recruiters.
specifying what you can offer. Doing online
Employment agencies can be helpful, too,
research about a company provides invaluable
Compare the cost of living in the KC area
but a recruiter is only a tool to aid in the
information about its needs.
with the cost of living in the area you are
search. Be leery of those services that charge
A well-crafted résumé reflects your
moving from. This, coupled with the
people to find a job. Contacting more than
previous job responsibilities and the primary
new salary of your transferred spouse, can
one recruiter is smart because each one has
skills you have and it should not have a
significantly impact what salary a trailing
access to a different job pool.
one-size-fits-all format. Tailor your résumé
spouse should seek. Salary.com is a good
to each individual position you consider.
resource for such information.
One surprising networking opportunity might be with a company that turns you down
Cottengim suggests developing a 30-
for a position. Tell them you’re from out of
second commercial, often used in networking
Helpful job-hunting websites
town and would love suggestions. It’s a
meetings or interviews, to help potential
matter of asking the right question, but people
employers understand your background and
usually have a natural inclination to help.
the type of position you are pursuing. The
Although some use a move to make a career
commercial should describe what type of
change, Karen Cottengim, senior consultant
professional you are, your last position/
with Right Management Consultants, says it
what you did on the job, your reason
actually may not be the best time because
for leaving and future focus. You should also
you will likely have to relax your salary
sign up at Linkedin.com and facebook.com,
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Stretching Your Dollar Kansas City has a first-rate economy when it comes to low-cost living.
he Midwest has long been touted as having an abundance of affordable,
livable communities. Kansas City, the nucleus of the Heartland, is no exception. With good schools, plentiful parks, low housing costs and an
active business climate, the metropolitan area is the ideal relocation spot for those who want to have it all without breaking the bank.
Saving Money The Kansas City metropolitan area stretches into both Missouri and Kansas, and according to recent statistics from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, the two states were the sixth and fifth least expensive respectively in the United States. Missouri received a rating of 90.5 and Kansas 90.4 on ACCRA’s Cost of Living Index; similar states included Texas with 90.5, Colorado with 104.4 and Kentucky with 90.8. One of the reasons the area is so affordable is the cost of housing. For the first quarter of 2010, the median price for a single-family home in Kansas City was $130,700 __ comparable markets came in at $127,700 in Louisville, Ky.; $150,100 in Houston; $110,100 in Atlanta; and $224,800 in Denver, Colo., according to statistics from the National Association of Realtors. Cindy Guttery, president of the Coldwell Banker ©iS toc kph oto /He nrik Jon sso n
Relocation Center in Kansas City, has spent years wooing companies and helping people move to the area. She says housing is affordable because Kansas City’s building community is comprised mainly of local builders. Instead of the overhead of national companies, which corner the market in many communities, local builders have much lower margins and are able to keep prices reasonable. When relocating to the area, the No. 1 topic she is asked about is the quality of area schools. She says it is a pleasant surprise for many relocators to find out they can save money by putting their kids into public rather than private schools. Many of the suburbs are awash with Blue Ribbon school districts. “Private schools are great, and many want their kids there,”
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she says, “but as far as saving money on education, I tell them you’ll never find a place better than the Kansas City area for public schools.” Another cost-saving feature of Kansas City is its expansive infrastructure. The area is easy to travel, and you can get from almost any part of town to the opposite end in about 45 minutes. There are numerous main arteries to travel and, as Guttery says, “We measure rush hour in minutes, not hours,” which saves both time and money for the local workforce. Air travel is also an inexpensive perk to living in Kansas City. Travel costs less because the distance to many places is shorter than if one were on a coast. Guttery also says that because Kansas City International Airport lacks a major airline hub to control pricing, flights are cheaper than in other cities like Chicago or Houston. For those staying close for entertainment, it is difficult to beat the deals found in Kansas City. The area offers a plethora of diversions that are free to the public. Some include catching a free movie on a summer evening at Crown Center, visiting one of the many local family- and dog-friendly parks or the Deanna Rose Petting Zoo, or touring one of the local companies like Harley Davidson or Boulevard Brewing Company, the area’s largest specialty brewery. “All of the different free entertainment offered is so accessible,” Guttery says. “There are a lot of free opportunities to enjoy culture and fun activities with your family that you can’t find in other places.” There are also other opportunities for activities that are low-cost like those through local parks and recreation programs, inexpensive concerts and events, and reasonably priced tickets to Royals and Chiefs games.
Making Money Wages earned in Kansas City are comparable, if not higher, than those in similar cities in other parts of the country. According to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 37 2011 RELOCATING IN KANSAS CITY • 35
Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean income for the metropolitan area is $42,340. Other cities include Louisville, $38,920; Houston, $42,880; and Denver, $47,150. The Kansas City area is home to headquarters of companies from all walks of life, from information technology innovators like Garmin to the health care giant Cerner, as well as Hallmark, YRC Worldwide, Sprint, and Black & Veatch. On top of the companies headquartered here, Guttery says there are a large number of Fortune 500 organizations with regional offices in the area like General Electric and UPS. Some of the major sectors of employment include health care, local government, and accommodation and food services. The reason companies like H&R Block and American Century Investments were able to flourish in Kansas City is because of the vast entrepreneurial network in the area. KCSourceLink is one of the major organizations providing assistance to small business owners, connecting them with
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support and help they need to grow. Maria Meyers, director of KCSourceLink, works with a network of 150 organizations that support small business development, offering everything from business planning and cash flow management to finding a retail location or office space. Other support links in the area include local chambers of commerce and economic development offices, classes on starting a business, an active angel investor network and business incubators. Entrepreneurs also can get guidance from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where people can get academic degrees in
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entrepreneurship, and through the Kauffman Foundation, which works in research and policy and provides education to local entrepreneurs. “We have a great history of helping people be successful in this town,” Meyers says. “Those leaders who have [started businesses] in the past reach out and help mentor others.” 2011 RELOCATING IN KANSAS CITY • 37
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Caldwell Clinton Atchison
Platte Ray Clay
Johnson Jackson Douglas
Counties of Kansas City KANSAS County
While every city has its own style, each county within Kansas City boasts its own wonderful and distinct feel.
he Kansas City area continues to spread out in all directions as more people move to the area. An ever-
improving highway system links the areas together, and new residential and commercial
developments are closing the gaps between
cities and counties. The 18-county region is
home to more than two million residents. But
Independence (1) and Kansas City (2)
even as the roads converge into a tightly woven metropolitan area, each county in it maintains a unique personality.
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Growing Cities Even as downtown Kansas City is revitalized, the suburbs continue to entice homeowners and relocators with upscale and affordable housing, rolling parklands, nearby amenities and a bustling business climate. Here’s a glimpse at the major players.
Johnson County, Kan. The communities southwest of Kansas City __ Overland Park, Leawood, Lenexa and Gardner among them __ are an anchor of the metro’s expansion. Collectively they’re part of Johnson County, Kan., a vigorous engine that combines nationally renowned school districts and low tax rates with one of the nation’s most educated workforces and a high-growth, diversified business climate. The result: A region brimming with some of the country’s most affluent and livable neighborhoods. They boast a stunning array of national awards lauding Johnson County and its cities as a leading place to do business (Forbes magazine), build wealth (Money magazine), raise families (Kid-Friendly Cities Report Card) and even frolic among the trees (National Arbor Foundation). No wonder it’s such a big draw. Johnson County’s population has jumped 25 percent over the past decade, now past 500,000, and it’s created more than 126,000 CONTINUED ON PAGE 44
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jobs. The county also boasts some of the snazziest restaurants, shopping, entertainment and recreation this side of the Mississippi. Also, housing is affordable, with buyers able to choose from a wide range of home styles.
Kansas City, Kan. There’s a new hot spot for homebuilders in the Kansas City area, and its name is western Wyandotte County. Long shunned as a region too rough and tumble for upscale communities, the budding Kansas county, home to approximately 160,000 citizens, has been attracting developers. Igniting this residential activity is the commercial growth near I-70 and I-435, including Village West, a $400-million complex of trendy shops, restaurants and
Speedway, Nebraska Furniture Mart and Schlitterbahn Vacation Village waterpark. New developments include the Wizards’ soccer stadium and a casino. The area’s appeal is not only based on the attractions but also on the location and affordability. Just 25 minutes from the airport, the cost for new homes is substantially less than comparable homes in Johnson, Clay, Platte and Jackson counties.
Lee’s Summit, Mo. Across the state line, Lee’s Summit, Mo., matches Johnson County in nearly every category of growth and quality of life, from award-winning schools and low crime rates to dramatic retail expansion and high household income. Except it’s on a smaller scale. Only about 50 percent developed, Lee’s Summit also 44 • 2011 RELOCATING IN KANSAS CITY
offers an abundance of lakes and water
sports as well as low congestion. The success of Lee’s Summit rests in part with city leaders and their progressive approach to maintain the town’s sense of place and character.
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Lee’s Summit also is a city where school leaders are actively involved in business planning, and the city’s historic downtown boasts a charm of more than 100 shops and a pedestrian-friendly Main Street. Yes, it’s quaint __ folded within a city of vigorous growth and character. Awar d-W Liber inning ty Sch ools
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The Northland Locals call it “God’s Country,” a reference that has little to do with religion but a lot to do with the rolling hills, abundance of lakes and easy living among the handful of communities just north of Kansas City. Located in the southern reaches of Platte and Clay counties, the Northland boasts an infrastructure of highways that makes
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Raymore, Mo. Some prefer to live on the Plaza and soak
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up the food, fun and street musicians. But others enjoy the quiet of a small town. In that case, Raymore is the place to be. Its small-town appeal, top-rated schools and easy access to highways 71 and 150, which lead to the bigger cities of Overland Park and Kansas City, give it the Realtors’ mantra: location, location, location. Creekmoor,
community, comprises nearly 1,000 acres and five distinct neighborhoods. With a golf course and private lake, the area has
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The Best Established Neighborhoods 10 Kansas City favorites full of charming older homes.
plus proximity to the Country Club Plaza,
styles, such as Prairie School, Victorian and
Kansas City’s “Best Kept Secret” isn’t a secret to many __ it’s quite a popular choice
art museums, downtown and the University
Arts & Crafts. They were not all built by the
of Missouri-Kansas City. Neighbors gather
same builders or even in the same period.
among the locals. Many residents have
frequently for events like the Brookside Art
The neighborhood association, with about
grown up in Brookside and are now raising
Fair in spring and a St. Patrick’s Day warm
160 members, keeps residents busy with a
their families in the same area.
full agenda. The homes are affordable and the neighbors are a pleasantly diverse mix
Multiple subdivisions, including Armour Hills, Astor Place, Morningside, Oak Meyer
Garden, Rockhill Gardens, Rockhill Ridge
On the National Historic Register since the
and Tower Homes, comprise the neighbor-
1970s, Historic Westheight is deeply rooted
hood, a J.C. Nichols development of the late
in Wyandotte County’s Kansas City, Kan.
The century-old Hyde Park has become a
1920s. Brookside has a home to fit most
hot spot for homebuyers in midtown Kansas
lifestyles and comfort levels with distinctly
contains a goldmine of beautiful homes and
City, Mo., with the Country Club Plaza,
different housing options.
Westport, Crown Center, River Market and
Residents enjoy shopping, restaurants,
Developed in the early 20th century, the
grocery stores and more at their fingertips,
neighborhood boasts a variety of architectural
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way streets, you’re sure to get lost in the charm of the homes’ architecture and fine craftsmanship. Residential homes consist of single-family homes, duplexes and apartment buildings. Neighbors not only care about their properties, they work devotedly as a team to make the area a great place to live. From a beautification committee to crime watch to social events, neighborhood volunteers through the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association work together to make this community what it is today.
Lake Lotawana Missouri’s
encompass the quiet community of Lake Lotawana, home to 1,872 residents in
appeals to young families, retirees and
eastern Jackson County. Located off I-470
Tucked away between rolling, wooded
singles alike. The majority of the area is
near Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs, the
hills is the 900-acre area known as both
considered Johnson County territory, but the
beautiful lake community is a mere
a community and a city. The gorgeous
Wyandotte County line runs though one end
30-minute commute to the city.
landscape and access to nearby major
of the lake, including 17 homes.
Lake Lotawana, itself, is one of the
cultural and commerce centers relieves the
deepest lakes with some of the clearest water
need for residents to leave their homes for a
around. Residents experience a full range
of activities, including numerous boating
The private community of well-guarded
magnificent, well-maintained neighborhoods,
groups and a garden club, in this mixed-style
homes has its own country club, golf course
beautiful Mission Hills is one of Kansas
and lake, plus a variety of organized social
City’s most desired, affluent residential areas.
The close-knit yet diverse city has its own
activities. The 200-acre spring-fed lake is
Home to approximately 3,500 residents,
professional police and fire department and
perfect for fishing, sailing, boating and
Mission Hills provides a small-town feel with
AAA-rated schools. Housing options range
swimming. Other amenities include six
all the access to the region’s entertainment,
widely from one-room cabins to million-
tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course.
shopping and dining opportunities.
The relaxed, family-oriented environment
A collection of architectural styles, including Tudor, French, Colonial and Modern,
eclectic neighborhood. Condominiums and townhouses also are available. Estate property with golf course frontage and treed lots are just a few of the amenities.
Mission Woods Welcome to Johnson County’s tiniest town! A mere 165 residents reside in this pocket, tucked away at the busy intersection of Rainbow Boulevard and Shawnee Mission Parkway. A “Classic Country Club” look makes up
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the architecture of the city, and its village size creates an inviting place to live.
Although Mission Woods is a city with its own mayor and city council, police protection and street maintenance are provided by nearby Westwood, which sends police officers to patrol continuously and trucks to salt the streets at the first sign of snow. Shawnee Mission Parkway, the main thoroughfare running between this area of Kansas and Missouri, allows residents access to almost anywhere in the city, including southern Johnson County and downtown.
Sunset Hill Broad, swooping streets, well-tended lawns and head-turning architecture mesh together in the city-driven nature sanctuary of Sunset Hill. Perhaps best known for its role in the Battle of Westport, the area is spotted with
historical markers and shares its backyard with Loose Park.
variety of window shapes and sizes. The
The park isn’t the only source of foliage in the area __ all of the yards are
City living is at its best in this well-kept
area’s newcomers, including Gillham Row
enclave comprising both older and newer
and The Founders at Union Hill, offer
well-manicured with bushes and mature
homes. Union Hill is divided into two
more contemporary features. Some older
trees, which make residents forget they’re
sections: older, single-family homes built
townhomes feature maintenance-provided
only a few steps from the hustle and bustle
around the turn of the century and newer loft
amenities like lawn care.
of the Country Club Plaza. Because of the
and condo projects.
The neighborhood association hosts
hilly terrain, each lot differs from its
Seemingly untouched by time, the older
neighbor, resulting in unique designs and
Victorian homes feature much architectural
giving the neighborhood a mix of great
detail with contrasting materials, decorative
architecture. No two homes are alike.
shingles, stained glass, carved stone, and a
occasional activities like a neighborhood cleanup and a garden tour.
Waldo Location, location, location. It’s the age-old Realtor’s slogan, and it is often used to describe
neighborhood boasts convenience as one of its most attractive features. Its close proximity to shopping and dining and its affordable, charming houses are a large part of Waldo’s appeal, but it is the close-knit community with a strong neighborhood association that keeps residents in the area. Unique homes with mature trees add to the neighborhood’s charm. Most of the homes are two or three stories, but the ranch style also is mixed in. Resale values make living in Waldo a great investment.
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Brookwood Farms / pg. 54
Cedar Ridge Park / pg. 17
Dorset Village at Manchester Park / pg. 17
KANSAS UNDER $300,000
The Estates of Connor Creek
The Estates of Wolf Creek
Maple Brook Park / pg. 17
The Meadows of Forest Hill
The Meadows of Forest View / pg. 17
Oak Run Meadows
Piper, The Highlands
Saddlebrook of Cedar Ridge Park
Cedar Creek / pgs. 2-3
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Deer Valley / pg. 21
Eagle View of Grey Oaks
Enclave at Woodland Lakes
The Estates at Forest View / pg. 17
Fairfield at Heritage Park
Falcon Lakes / pg. 47
Falcon Ridge Estates / pg. 47
Falcon Valley / pg. 47
Granite Falls / pg. 51
Grey Oaks / pg. 17
Highlands of Kensington
The Hills of Forest View / pg. 17
Mills Farm, The Estates of / pg. 61
Mills Farm, The Manor of / pg. 61
Mills Farm, The Meadows of / pg. 61
Old Leawood, The Estates of
Park Estates of Leabrooke
Prairie Brook / pg. 21
Prairie Point / pg. 21
The Preserve at Clear Creek
Quail Park Villas
Rockwood Falls / pg. 15
Tallgrass at Wilderness Valley / pg. 21
The Timbers at Clear Creek
The Village of Tuscany Reserve
The Woods of Colton Lakes
Benson Place Fieldstone
MISSOURI UNDER $300,000
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Benson Place Woodchase
Creekmoor / pgs. 10-11
Greyhawke at the Lake
Highlands of Northview
N. Kansas City
North Kansas City
Legacy Wood / pg. 75
N. Kansas City
North Kansas City
North Pointe Village
Raintree Lake / pg. 87
Platte County R-3
Shoal Creek, The Village / pg. 45
Platte County R-3
Green Glades at The Masters
Highlands of Weatherby
Park Hill/North Kansas CIty
Platte County R-3
Shoal Creek, The Preserve / pg. 45
North Kansas City
MISSOURI OVER $300,000
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Golf Course Communities COMMUNITY
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Cedar Creek / pgs. 2-3
Creekmoor / pg. 11
Falcon Lakes / pg. 51
Falcon Ridge / pg. 51
Falcon Valley / pg. 51
Greens of Chapel Creek
Links at LionsGate
Overland Park, Kan.
Village of Loch Lloyd, Mo.
Reserve at Prairie Highlands
Shoal Creek Valley / pg. 49
Kansas City, Mo.
Tiffany Greens / pg. 83
Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City, Mo.
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Maintenance-Provided Communities If you don’t like lawn care or snow removal, one of these communities may be for you. COMMUNITY
KANSAS SUBURBS $150,000-$300,000 Asbury, The Villas of
Arbor Creek Brownstones
Brighton’s Landing Villas
Delaware Ridge Twin Villas
Estates of Wolf Creek, The
Enclave at the Reserve
Falcon Lakes Villas / pg. 47
Falcon Village / pg. 47
attached twin villas
Lakeview Villas at Alvamar
Maple Crest, The Retreat at
Prairie Brook Villas / pg. 21
The Wilderness, The Haven at
The Wilderness, The Retreat at
Canyon Creek Villas
Cedar Creek, The Villas of Shadow Glen / pg. 2-3
Falcon Ridge Villas / pg. 47
Pavilions at Piper, The
Prairie Villas at Falcon Valley / pg. 47
KANSAS SUBURBS $300,000+
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Tuscany Reserve, The Village of
Villas of Highlands Ranch Whitehorse, The Villas of
MISSOURI SUBURBS UNDER $150,000 Northaven Village Condominiums
Steeple Oaks Townhomes
Timber Trails Townhomes
MISSOURI SUBURBS $150,000-$300,000 Benson Cove
Cherry Hills Cottages
Creekmoor, Edgewater/Westbrook Villas / pg. 11
Eagle Creek Countryside
Fountains at Raintree Lake, The / pg. 87
Meadowood at the Good Ranch
North Kansas City
row home/patio home
Park Ridge Manor
Red Bridge Greens
Kansas City South
Royal View Meadows, The Villas of
The Vintage, Estates of
Trails at Park Ridge, The
Winterset Garden Villas
North Kansas City
Creekmoor, Westbrook Villas / pg. 11
Lakewood Shores Villas
Lakewood, The Falls at
Loch Lloyd, The Highlands of
The Reserve at Riss Lake
Saddle Ridge, Villas at
Southgate Village at Lake Winnebago
Staley Farms, Elan Villas
MISSOURI SUBURBS $300,000+
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706 Broadway St.
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127 W. 10th St.
321 May St.
590 Delaware St.
First and Main Lofts
156 Main St.
8th and Broadway
2029 Wyandotte St.
360 W. Pershing Road
2901 Gentry Park
Roanoke Plaza Condos
45th & Roanoke
Robert Louis Stevenson
4804 Jefferson St.
Sante Fe Place Condos
2525 Main St.
308 W. 8th Ave.
Union Carbide Condos
912 Baltimore St.
3838 Rainbow Blvd.
The Westport Edge Condominiums
4201-4215 Clark Ave.
Winston Churchill Condominiums
803 W. 48th St.
4646 Broadway St.
45th and Belleview
5401 Brookside Blvd.
2120 Wyandotte St.
One Park Place
700 W. 31st St.
133rd and Roe
1715 Summit Ave.
Villas at Plaza West
Wornall Park Condos
300 W. 45th Terrace
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Your Kansas City Rental Guide Not quite ready to own a home? Kansas City offers an array of rental options. BUILDING
garage parking, fitness center, climate-controlled storage, hardwood floors, rooftop garden
The Blenheim & The Sylvester
large rooms, original details, w/d, built-in stereo, gated parking
pool/exercise facilities, snack/coffee shop on-site rooftop pool with sundeck, w/d, controlled access building with elevators
Cold Storage Lofts
The Dolores Lanell
detailed aesthetics, energy-efficient, off-street parking, French doors
garage parking, w/d, central air, pet-friendly club room with TV/grill, pool and exercise facility, tanning bed
The Freighthouse Lofts at Stuart Hall
intercom entry, w/d, modern kitchen, historical details, hardwood floors
garage parking, health club, w/d hook-ups, city views, vintage architecture
Nine Ten Penn
convenient to highways and shopping, private outdoor pool and garden
Old Townley Lofts
pets welcome, garage parking, w/d, fitness facility, outdoor pool
The Payne Rowhomes
hardwood floors, attached two-car garage, individual alarm systems
hardwood floors, bay windows, pool, off-street parking
Quality Hill Towers
central location, parking, exercise facility
Richards & Conover Lofts
incredible views, pool, secure private parking, w/d
River Market Lofts
nearby shopping, Old World charm, controlled key access
historic charm, contemporary design, great location
hot tubs/sauna, nearby shopping, fitness/club room
Union Hill Place
hot water heaters, individual alarm system, w/d, balcony
2-story floor plan, w/d, private balcony, private entry, walk-in closets
West 7th St. Lofts
w/d, elevator, water and trash paid, pets welcome, fitness room
gated parking, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, w/d
KANSAS CITY NORTH Aloha Bay @ Harbor Town
garages, alarm system, vaulted ceilings, fireplaces
Barclay Club Apartments
24-hour fitness, tanning bed and sauna, pool, pets welcome
computer workstation in every unit, walk-in closets, pool, theater, w/d
exercise room with sauna, playground, clubhouse, swimming pool with sundeck
patios/balconies with storage, pools/fitness facility, tennis and basketball courts, pantries
Playground, alarm, w/d, pool, fitness center
AAA-rated Liberty schools, pool, clubhouse, garage parking
private entrances, playground, professional lawn care, trash paid
The Crossings at Barry Road
pools/Jacuzzi, fitness center, on-site security, bbq area, dry-cleaning service
w/d, fitness center, tennis courts, pool, weight room
w/d, fireplace, covered parking, free tanning bed, pool, fitness center
laundry facilities on every floor, pool, fitness center, pets welcome
fishing lake, pool, fitness center, saunas, minutes from KCI
full-size w/d, pets welcome, swimming pool and fitness center, garage and storage available
clubhouse, playground, pools, organized activities
The Lakes Apartments
w/d, fitness center, pools, tennis court, water and trash paid
The Lofts & Apartments at Zona Rosa
stacked w/d, snow/trash removal, on-site security
no KC earning tax, pet-friendly, fireplaces, pools, patrol service
The Manor Homes of Fox Crest
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pool, basketball and tennis courts, storage facilities, fitness center, woodburning fireplaces
swimming pools, laundry room, playground, water/sewer included, trash pickup
Province of Briarcliff
full w/d, monitored intrusion alarms, resort-style pool, jogging/bike trail
The Reserve at Barry
storage space, tennis courts, gourmet kitchen, pets welcome
The Vintage at Zona Rosa
fireplace, fitness center, pool, modern kitchen, soaking tub
Madison @ Walnut Creek
pools/hot tubs, sport courts, tanning bed, pets welcome, car wash bay
walk-in closets, w/d, discounted cable, pools/hot tub, fitness center
KANSAS CITY SOUTH Apple Creek
pool, nature trail, caring management team, w/d, breakfast bar
Arbors of Grandview
clubhouse, sauna/pool, dishwasher, central air, 24-hour maintenance
clubhouse, laundry rooms, picnic/play area, fitness center, all but electric paid
fireplace, w/d, covered parking, alarm system, water/sewer included
private patios/balconies, tennis court, playground, water/trash paid
City Homes at Fall Creek
high-speed Internet access, w/d, pool, gated community
fitness center, pool, theater/media center, clubhouse privately locked building entry, pools, playground, water/sewer included
golf privileges for residents, fitness center, whirlpool/sauna
gated entry, fitness center, laundry rooms, water/trash paid, (tax credit property)
pool, sundeck/spa, 33 wooded acres, gated community
intrusion alarms, pools, trash pickup, playground, water/sewer paid
private patios/balconies, pool, picnic area with BBQ grills, w/d
swimming pool, 24-hour laundry facility, pets welcome, community playground
The Ridge at Chestnut Hill
fireplace, garages, laundry rooms, pool, lake
gas fireplaces, pool and clubhouse, private front/rear entrances, water/sewer/trash paid, w/d
Timber Lakes at Red Bridge
full w/d, pool/hot tub, gated community, pets welcome, nature trail and fishing lakes
indoor pool, fitness center, 24-hour maintenance, w/d
exercise room, outdoor pool, laundry rooms, ample parking carports, corporate apts. available
AMLI New Longview
24-hour fitness center, business center, sidewalk patio, bbq area, swimming pool, w/d
laundry rooms, pool, fitness center with free tanning, covered parking
luxury kitchen, pass-through serving bar, playground, covered balcony, pool
private hot water heater, electric appliances, large closets, sparkling pool
covered parking, swimming pool, clubhouse, private entrances, patrol
woodburning fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, highway access, European-style kitchen
resort-style pool/spa, private decks with outdoor storage, fitness center, w/d
fitness center with free personal trainer, pool, pets welcome
maintenance-free, w/d, lifestyle center, fitness center, pool/Jacuzzi
Crossroads of Leeâ€™s Summit
clubhouse, fitness center, pool, pets welcome, all-electric kitchen
The Fairways at Lakewood
fitness center, private balcony, heated saltwater pool with infinity edge, three-acre lake, w/d
patios and decks, spacious floor plans, fireplaces, clubhouse, pool
vaulted ceilings, pool, fitness center, clubhouse, shopping nearby
racquetball and lighted tennis courts, large closets, fitness center, gas included
controlled access gates, individual monitored alarms, pools, 24-hour courtesy officer
full w/d, lounge with TV/billiards, walking trail/basketball courts
vaulted ceilings, basketball and tennis courts, private entrance
indoor pool with sundeck, fitness center, clubhouse, covered parking
Trails at the Ridge
large kitchen, breakfast bar, play area, beautiful landscape, pools
The Village at Adams Dairy
health club, Blue Springs School District, direct-access garages, w/d, pool, pets welcome
pool/bbq area, covered parking, fully equipped kitchen, patios/balconies
indoor whirlpool spa, fireplace, fitness center, pool, smoke detectors
w/d, sauna, pool/hot tub, basketball courts, trail, fitness center
Olympic-size swimming pool, movie theater, sand volleyball, hardwood/ceramic tile, w/d
The Bridges at Foxridge
gas paid in most units, w/d hookups, Internet cafe, pet park
KANSAS CITY EAST
w/d, intrusion alarms, fitness center, outdoor pool/spa, tennis court
large kitchen, lighted tennis courts, covered parking, fireplaces in some units
The Dunes at Falcon Valley
golf views, resort-style clubhouse, secluded yet close to services
The Dunes at St. Andrews
w/d, wardrobe closet, views of golf course, walking trail, outdoor saltwater pool
Enclave at Town Center
water/trash paid, pool, spa, fitness center, pets welcome, video rental
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24-hour fitness center, on-site café, pool, tanning bed, pets welcome
fireplaces/carports available, walk-in closets, tennis courts, pool
The Greens at Shawnee
golf privileges for residents, fitness center, water/trash/cable paid, pool, tanning beds, w/d
alarm system, laundry connections, clubhouse, fitness center, pools
fireplace, exercise/weight room, covered parking, w/d, saltwater pool
laundry rooms, pool, fitness center, walking trail, private entry, tax credit properties available
clubhouse overlooking fishing lake, enclosed patios, laundry facilities in each building, pool
gated community, granite countertops, 8,400-square-foot clubhouse, w/d
The Lodge of Overland Park
24-hour fitness center, 22-mile trail, pools/courts/sauna
Oak Park Village
clubhouse, pool, tennis and basketball courts, saltwater pools
nature trails, fitness center, curbside trash pickup, pets welcome
pool, w/d, Internet access, jogging/bike trail, grill/bbq area
garage, laundry rooms, outdoor swimming pool/cabana
The Reserve at Lenexa
w/d, woodburning fireplaces, garage, private balcony, pool, clubhouse
pool, central A/C, laundry rooms, eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, (tax credit property)
pool, 24-hour fitness center, playground, alarm system
The Village at LionsGate
direct-access garage, lake with nature trail, alarms, pool, fitness center, billiards, w/d
indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, tennis court, spa/sauna
Wind River Lodge
Olympic-size pool, fitness center, laundry facility, racquetball/basketball courts
The Woods of Cherry Creek
direct-access garage, clubhouse, w/d, breakfast bar, high-speed Internet, sunroom
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Clay County, Mo. Several school districts serve Clay County, including Liberty, North Kansas City, Excelsior Springs, Kearney, Smithville and Lawson, along with Platte County R-III and Clinton County R-III.
The North Kansas City Schools www.nkcsd.k12.mo.us Liberty School District www.liberty.k12.mo.us
Platte County, Mo. Park Hill R-IV School District is the largest
Back to School
district in the county, with more than 10,000
Public or private, elementary or graduate level, Kansas City excels in education.
second-largest, with more than 3,000 students
students being served in Kansas City, Mo. Platte County R-III School District is the in Platte City. North Platte R-1 School District serves Dearborn, Mo., while West
he Kansas City metro area has
Johnson County, Kan.
Platte R-II School District serves Weston,
some of the top schools in America.
Johnson County’s six school districts
Blue Valley high schools, Sumner
have some of the best public schools in
Academy of Arts & Science, and Park Hill
Cass County, Mo.
are just a few examples of schools that
Blue Valley School District www.bluevalleyk12.org
The 12 campuses of the Belton School
have all been nationally recognized for their academic success. Following is a list of the major counties’ school districts.
Jackson County, Mo. There are 12 school districts in Jackson County. Many of these districts maintain
Shawnee Mission School District www.smsd.org
Students’ ACT scores were listed in the top
Olathe School District www.olathe.k12.ks.us
Kansas City metropolitan area in 2006.
DeSoto’s Unified School District www.usd232.org
10 among other school districts in the www.beltonschools.k12.mo.us Several other districts serve the Cass County area, including Archie R-V, Drexel
Gardner Edgerton School District www.usd231.com
R-IV, East Lynne, Harrisonville Cass R-IV,
AAA ratings, the highest possible. The Kansas City, Mo. School District www.kcmsd.net
Spring Hill School District www.usd230.k12.ks.us
Peculiar, Sherwood Cass R-VIII and
Lee’s Summit School District www.leesummit.k12.mo.us
Wyandotte County, Kan.
The Blue Springs School District www.bluesprings-schools.net
Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools www.kckps.org
The metropolitan has many options for
The Independence School District www.indep.k12.mo.us
Turner Unified School District www.turnerusd202.org
Bonner Springs/ Edwardsville School District www.usd204.k12.ks.us
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
The Piper School District www.piperschools.com
University of Missouri-Kansas City www.umkc.edu
Other Jackson County districts include Center School District, Hickman Mills, Fort Osage, Grandview, Oak Grove, Grain Valley, Lone Jack and Raytown. 64 • 2011 RELOCATING IN KANSAS CITY
Midway R-1, Pleasant Hill R-III, RaymoreStrasburg C-3.
postsecondary education. Here are 20 of
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan. www.ku.edu
University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Mo. www.ucmo.edu Park University, Parkville, Mo. www.park.edu Avila University, Kansas City, Mo. www.avila.edu
BEST OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE
Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Mo. www.missouriwestern.edu Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Mo. www.nwmissouri.edu
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Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo. www.rockhurst.edu William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo. www.jewell.edu Webster University, Kansas City, Mo. www.webster.edu/kc MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, Kan. www.mnu.edu Baker University, Baldwin City, Kan. www.bakeru.edu Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kan. www.haskell.edu Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Mo. www.kcai.edu
COMMUNITY COLLEGES Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan. www.jccc.edu Kansas City, Kansas, Community College www.kckcc.edu
Metropolitan Community College www.mcckc.edu
MEDICAL KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. www.kumc.edu Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Mo. www.kcumb.edu Cleveland Chiropractic College Kansas City, Mo. www.cleveland.edu
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Is your child heading back to the classroom? See our list of top-quality schools to consider.
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A D V E R T I S I N G Pictured: 1. Blue Valley School District 2. Gardner Edgerton USD 231 3. Lawrence Virtual School 4. Northland Catholic Schools 5. Shawnee Mission School District 6. St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School 7. The Mid-Continent Public Library
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Blue Valley School District
schools (5-8) and one high school (9-12).
commitment to excellence and passion for
“Education Beyond Expectations” is what
It is home to 12 Horizon Award-winning
working with young people have created a
the Blue Valley School District stands for.
teachers, a 2010 District III Athletic
world-class organization whose primary
Providing all Blue Valley students with
Director of the Year, a 2009 Presidential
objective is to maximize the potential of
unprecedented academic success and
Award for Math and Science teacher, the
all students — today and in the future.
unparalleled personal growth is at the
2007 and 2008 American Star of Teaching
913/856-2000 or www.usd231.com
heart of the district’s mission. Based at
Award winners for the state of Kansas, six
15020 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park,
ING Unsung Heroes grant winners, and the
Lawrence Virtual School
the district serves 21,000 students in
2006 Kansas Milken National Educator.
Lawrence Virtual School is a tuition-free
online public school program serving
high schools grades 9-12, eight middle
championships in football, girls and boys
students kindergarten through eighth
schools grades 6-8, and 20 elementary
basketball, cross country, wrestling, track,
grade across Kansas, with an annual $97
schools grades K-5. In fall 2010 the
golf and volleyball during the past five
technology and instructional materials fee
district opened its fifth high school and the
years, and in 2009, participated in the
requirement. Families get access to the
Center for Advanced Professional Studies.
State Championship football game. GEHS
exceptional K12 curriculum and patented
913/239-4000 or www.bluevalleyk12.org
joins the Eastern Kansas League this year.
methodology for online learning; support
Six GESD schools have received
from passionate, Kansas-licensed teachers;
Gardner Edgerton USD 231
the Governor’s Achievement Award
a supportive school community; and a
Gardner Edgerton USD 231 serves the
representing the top 5 percent of schools
range of extracurricular activities. As the
communities of Gardner and Edgerton in
in Kansas. In 2009, GESD schools
leading curriculum provider for public
the southwest corner of Johnson County,
achieved the State Standard of Excellence
online schools serving kindergarten
Kan., with an enrollment of 4,600
in 74 out of 76 possible opportunities in
through high school, K12 has served
students. Gardner Edgerton has six
reading and math. As an honored District
elementary schools (K-4), two middle
of Character, Gardner Edgerton USD 231’s
southeastern Johnson County with five
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hundreds of thousands since its inception. Today, 96 percent of parents are satisfied with the quality of the K12 curriculum. 785/856-2000 or www.k12.com/lvs
Northland Catholic Schools The Northland Catholic Schools comprise six grade schools and one high school, all located in Kansas City North. These schools focus on the total personal development — the intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical and social development of
knowledge and acquire excellence in learning, innovative programs and training necessary for personal decision-making, with emphasis on personal responsibility and respect for others. 816/453-3450 or www.northlandschools.com
Shawnee Mission School District The Shawnee Mission School District serves nearly 28,000 students living in the northeast part of Johnson County. The district has a national reputation for educational excellence fostered by the community’s dedication to its schools that has earned it recognition among the top 4 percent of school districts in the country. Shawnee Mission offers a strong academic focus for students in grades K-12, including more than 70 advanced placement and honors courses. Two Shawnee Mission high schools were included on Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools list. Innovative signature programs, including the Center for International Studies, International Baccalaureate, Project Lead the Way, Biotechnology, Biomedical and Pre-Medical Health Studies, and Legal Studies, offer an intensive focus in specialized areas of study. Career and technical education courses like multimedia and filmmaking, graphic design and culinary arts provide industry-specific training. 913/993-6200 or www.smsd.org
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Gardner Edgerton USD 231 Trails to Success
Spring Hill School District
at 4041 Main St., is an independent school
(MCPL) consists of 30 branches serving
With more than 3,000 students in six
for students 2 1/2 years old through eighth
Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in the
schools, the Spring Hill School District
grade. Sessions for toddlers, preschoolers
Kansas City metropolitan area. It was
has a reputation for providing excellent
and pre-kindergartners are half-day or full-
established in 1965 and is now one of the
educational opportunities to its students.
day. A new 26,000-square-foot building
largest library systems in the United
In addition, students may participate in a
houses these young students. Grades first
States. The system contains more than
wide range of extracurricular activities and
through eighth are housed in a state-of-
three million books, which are made
community service projects. With support
the-art school building that includes a
available to all library users through an
from parents and the community, work
computer lab, gymnasium, foreign language
elaborate communication system and daily
continues each day by dedicated staff
lab and science lab, and an extensive
delivery service. This is true also for
members to prepare today’s students for
library with a mobile laptop cart. All
extensive collections of audio/visual
students begin their school day with a
materials and online resources.
chapel lesson that instills character
In addition to the collection, MCPL
elementary schools, one middle school
development. Additionally, St. Paul’s has
offers a wide array of live programming
and two high schools, including a
three-and-a-half acres of playing fields.
for children and adults. The library’s
traditional four-year high school and an
Sports include volleyball, soccer, tennis,
Summer Reading Program for children
online school that offers educational
lacrosse and basketball. 816/931-8614 or
is one of the largest in the nation,
opportunities to students across the state
encouraging reading through the critical
of Kansas. www.usd230.k12.ks.us
Midwest Genealogy Center is the largest
St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School
The Mid-Continent Public Library
public genealogy facility in the nation.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, located
816/836-5200 or www.mymcpl.org
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Numerous other child-care facilities offer I N
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a wide variety of educational choices, including KinderCare Learning Centers, Creative World School, La Petite Academy and Spectrum Station. No matter which facilities you consider, licensing should be a major concern. Licensing requirements differ somewhat on either side of the state line. When it comes to home care in Kansas, for instance, anyone providing care for children other than those ©iStockphoto/Ekaterina Monakhova
related by blood, marriage or adoption must be licensed or registered with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment. In Missouri, no license is required if the family child-care home provider cares for four children or fewer. When evaluating various care options,
Far from Child’s Play Finding the right day-care facility in Kansas City is easy with a variety of part-time and full-time solutions.
first and foremost, always ask about licensing and accreditation, request proof of claims, visit facilities in person, and remember to ask for references. Preschools do not have to be accredited by the state, but they should be accredited by
oving to a new community
school model that serves children from 6
weeks to 12 years of age with full-time,
Above all, keep in mind that there is no
changes, and finding child care
part-time, and before- and after-school
perfect day-care/preschool solution for all
children; there is only the one that is
is frequently a top priority. Every child is different, and family needs vary across the board. Luckily, child care options do, too.
“Primrose’s unique curriculum called Balanced Learning blends the two leading
a nationally recognized organization.
perfect for your child’s and family’s individual needs.
If you are seeking minimal care, such as a
philosophies of teaching young children:
few hours per week, check with your local
child-initiated and teacher-directed,” says
places of worship. Mother’s Day Out
Anita Baude, owner of Primrose School of
programs are prevalent in church settings
Leawood. “The child-initiated component
Kansas City Area Child-Care Resources
and offer a caring, comfortable, playful
allows children to think for themselves and
Kansas Department of Health & Environment
environment for your child. These programs
explore their own abilities, while teachers
Child Care Licensing and Registration
also can be found in individual homes.
guide them toward a love of learning and
For daily care, your options range from
prepare them for lifelong success.”
Missouri Bureau of Child Care
in-home day-care operations to group child-
Montessori Academy in Kansas City,
care facilities to early education learning
Mo., is privately owned and well-known
centers and schools.
as a preschool/child-care facility that
If you are looking for a more educationally
oriented and curriculum-based setting for
child and a well-rounded educational and
your toddler, there are a host of preschools
extracurricular schedule. “The curriculum is
and learning centers in the Kansas City area.
a modified Montessori with extra classes in
The Primrose School has three different
Spanish, music and Suzuki violin,” says
Northwestern District Section for Child Care Regulation 3717 S. Whitney Ave., Independence, MO 64055 816/350-5450 www.dhss.mo.gov/childcare
Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network 800/200-9017, www.moccrrn.org
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Going for the Greens Kansas City is blessed with an abundance of well-manicured and challenging public and private golf courses to enjoy. n Kansas City, the golf course is about
Falcon Ridge Golf Course
Sunflower Hills Golf Course
much more than the game of golf. It’s
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a place for family and friends to relax
Falcon Valley Golf Course
Sycamore Ridge Golf Course
and unwind on the weekends; and a quiet,
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21731 Clubhouse Drive, Spring Hill
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afternoon. That is why it’s not unusual to
Heritage Park Golf Course
Sykes Lady Overland Park Golf Course
find many Kansas Citians, of all ages and
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Tomahawk Hills Golf Course
innovative courses. Here’s your guide to
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17501 Midland Drive, Shawnee
Kansas City’s greens.
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913/631-8000 or www.jcprd.com
Oak Country Golf Course
KANSAS PUBLIC COURSES
8800 Scott Drive, DeSoto
KANSAS PRIVATE COURSES
Deer Creek Golf Club
913/583-3503 or www.oakcountrygolfcourse.com
Brookridge Golf & Country Club
133rd and Metcalf, Overland Park
Painted Hills Golf Course
8223 W. 103rd St., Overland Park
913/681-3100 or www.deercreekgc.com
7101 Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City
913/648-1600 or www.brookridgecc.net
Dub’s Dread Golf Club
913/334-1111 or www.paintedhillsgolfcourse.com
The Golf Club of Kansas
12601 Hollingsworth Road, Kansas City
Prairie Highlands Golf Course
18145 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa
913/871-7616 or www.dubsdreadgolfclub.com
14695 S. Inverness St., Olathe
913/888-4894 or www.gcofkansas.com
Falcon Lakes Golf Course
913/856-7235 or www.prairiehighlands.com
Hallbrook Country Club
4605 Clubhouse Drive, Basehor
St. Andrews Golf Course
11200 Overbrook Road, Leawood
913/724-4653 or www.falconlakesgolf.com
11099 W. 135th St., Overland Park
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9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village
Drumm Farm Golf Club
913/642-4640 or www.meadowbrookcc.org
15400 E. 34th St., Independence
Metcalf Ridge Golf Club
816/350-9900 or www.drummfarmgolfclub.com
Hillcrest Country Club
6302 W. 295th St., Louisburg
Eagles’ Landing Golf Course
8200 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City
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4200 Bong Ave., Belton
816/523-8601 or www.hillcrestkc.com
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Lakewood Oaks Golf Club
7501 W. 69th St., Overland Park
651 NE St. Andrews Circle, Lee’s Summit
913/432-0490 or www.milburn.org
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Mission Hills Country Club
Loch Lloyd Country Club
5400 Mission Drive, Mission Hills
11100 View High Drive, Kansas City
16750 Country Club Drive, Village of Loch Lloyd
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Hodge Park Golf Course
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14225 Dearborn Ave., Overland Park
7000 NE Barry Road, Kansas City
of Kansas City
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Shopaholics Beware! Kansas City has enough reasonably locally owned ansas City is priced, a world-class shopping area. We do have the first shopping and nationally known retailers mall ever built, after all! You’ll to your special addiction. find feed that something you’ve been
searching for or you’ll find something you
never even knew you wanted.
MIGHTY MALLS Corbin Park. 135th and Metcalf. This
including a double-decker carousel
Country Club Plaza. 47th
new shopping center has a unique layout
and food court. 816/795-8600
inspired by Tuscan landscapes that features
Designed in 1922, the Plaza is a living monument to
fire pits, courtyards and fountains. Anchored by Kansas City’s first Von Maur, Corbin
Oak Park Mall. 95th
Park houses upscale retailers such as Ralph
and Quivira. Kansas City’s
and is modeled after
Lauren, Kenneth Cole and Nicole Miller.
largest enclosed shopping center, Oak Park
Seville, Spain. Known
Mall features more than 185 shops; a state-
for its world-class shopping,
of-the-art children’s play area and carousel;
the Plaza is home to big-name stores and
Crown Center. Grand and Pershing.
and unique stores like Sephora, XXI Forever
local boutiques, as well as year-round
This “city within a city” is more than just
and Lacoste, plus favorites like Coach, Arden
events from live music to holiday lights.
shopping, with two hotels, a variety of
B, bebe, Guess and more. 913/888-4400 or
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restaurants, live theaters, ice terrace and
Hawthorne Plaza. 119th and Roe. One
the Hallmark Visitors Center, which offers a look at the history of Hallmark Cards,
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of Kansas City’s most original shopping
and Kaleidoscope, a creative workshop
Briarcliff Village. 169 Hwy and Briarcliff
centers, the architecturally pleasing, open-
for children ages 5-12. 816/274-8444 or
Pkwy. The 13,000-square-foot Tuscan-themed
air plaza features upscale boutiques,
Briarcliff Village offers upscale shops,
restaurants and office space in the Northland.
largest Talbots stores in the nation and four
Independence Center. I-70 and Hwy
It includes local, elegant restaurants like
dining establishments. 816/756-3535 or
291. Set within a lively and luminous
Piropos and Trezomare Restaurant and
atmosphere, more than 130 specialty shops
Lounge with fashionable boutiques like L&L
anchored by Dillard’s, Macy’s and Sears
Home Goods and Gifts, Urban Arts + Crafts
one NINETEEN. 119th and Roe. This
provide ample shopping opportunities with
and Nell Hill’s. The GreenAcres Market gives
plaza is a hub for stylish home decor
a pleasurable ambiance spread over two
consumers an alternative grocery store.
with major retailers such as Z Gallerie
spacious levels. A third level is dedicated
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a day trip experience with the clothing
boutique Mitzy’s London, which sells great fashions and serves tea and treats, or Soho 119, a small and upscale department store
salon and restaurant. 913/788-3700 or www.onenineteenshopping.com
Park Place. 117th and Nall. Park Place surrounds Barkley Square, a park that is blooming in the warm months and transformed into an outdoor ice rink in winter. Shop at several unique stores like Annabelles Fine Linens, Envy Boutique, Gobug Baby and Kids, one of the two fine art galleries, rest at the trendy hotel or enjoy the tastes of several hip eateries. Stop by in the summer for a weekly flower market. 816/561-5111 or
The Legends at Village West. I-435 and Parallel Pkwy. This 1.1 million-squarefoot lifestyle center is at the epicenter of Kansas’ No. 1 tourism district, which also
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Power and Light District
includes outdoor retailer Cabela’s and Nebraska Furniture Mart. Play, eat and
Zona Rosa. 1-29 and Barry Road.
Spa. R.S.V.P and Sprangler’s offer unique
shop at this one-of-a-kind destination.
Shopping, dining and entertainment options
gifts, home accessories and stationery.
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are nestled within this upscale Northland
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Town Center Plaza. 119th between
Shop national chains, watch a movie or
Downtown Parkville. This picturesque
Roe and Nall. This upscale lifestyle center
fill up at any of the area’s restaurants.
place is a historic riverfront community
816/587-8180 or www.zonarosa.com
chock-full of shopping, dining and special
events, with antique stores and other specialty
specialty shops, including Coldwater Creek, Pottery Barn, Standard Style Boutique,
Corinth Square. 83rd and Mission.
shops. There are also unique clothing
Macy’s, AMC Town Center 20 Theaters
Covering the necessities like a grocery store,
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and several restaurants. 913/498-1111 or
tailor and salon, Corinth also encompasses
concerts, holiday celebrations and carnivals.
antique shops and women’s clothing.
816/505-2227 or www.parkvillemo.org
There’s something for kids and pets, too, at
Tuileries Plaza. I-29 and NW 64th
The Learning Tree and Land of Paws.
Power and Light District. 14th &
Street. As a mixed-use lifestyle center,
Main. Downtown Kansas City surges with energy in this vibrant new shopping, dining
Tuileries is an open-air concept with a pedestrian-friendly environment. It hosts
Prairie Village Shops. 71st and
and entertainment venue. Catch a movie
more than 30 specialty shops, services and
Mission. Find upscale, designer clothes for
or live performance, shop unique urban
unique restaurants, along with several locally
women at shops like Haught Style and
boutiques and eat just about anything you
owned boutique retailers like La-de-da
Tulip. There’s plenty of fun for children
like. At night, it turns into a hot party spot.
and GoLogo Embroidery. 816/531-5303 or
relaxing for mom at Bijin Salon & Day
clothing store Mady & Me and
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Hospital Hunting Searching for the right health care facility is easy in Kansas City. Johnson County, Kan. Children’s Mercy South
5808 W. 110th St.
Children’s Mercy College Boulevard Clinic
5520 College Blvd.
7405 Renner Road
Menorah Medical Center
5721 W. 119th St.
Olathe Medical Center
20333 W. 151st St.
Overland Park Regional Medical Center
10500 Quivira Road
Shawnee Mission Medical Center
9100 W. 74th St.
Saint Luke’s South
12300 Metcalf Ave.
Children’s Mercy West
4313 State Ave.
Providence Medical Center
8929 Parallel Pkwy.
St. John Hospital (Leavenworth)
3500 S. 4th St.
The University of Kansas Hospital
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, Kan.
Kansas City, Mo. Children’s Mercy Hospital
2401 Gillham Road
Children’s Mercy Teen Clinic
4605 Paseo Blvd.
Kindred Hospital Kansas City
8701 Troost Ave.
Research Medical Center
2316 E. Meyer Blvd.
Research Medical Center Brookside Campus
6601 Rockhill Road
Research Psychiatric Center
2323 E. 63rd St.
Saint Joseph Health Center
1000 Carondelet Drive
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City
4401 Wornall Road
Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute
4401 Wornall Road
Truman Medical Center — Hospital Hill
2301 Holmes St.
Kansas City, Mo. — East Centerpoint Medical Center
19600 E. 39th St.
St. Mary’s Medical Center of Blue Springs
201 NW R.D. Mize Road
Kansas City, Mo. — South Cass Regional Medical Center
2800 E. Rock Haven
Lee’s Summit Medical Center
2100 SE Blue Pkwy.
Research Belton Hospital
17065 S. 71 Hwy.
Saint Luke’s East — Lee’s Summit
100 NE Saint Luke’s Blvd.
Truman Medical Center — Lakewood
7900 Lee’s Summit Road
Kansas City, Mo. — North Children’s Mercy Northland
501 NW Barry Road
2525 Glenn Hendren Drive
North Kansas City Hospital
2800 Clay Edwards Drive
Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital
5830 NW Barry Road
Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital (Smithville)
601 S. 169 Hwy.
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Integrative Health Care Kansas City practitioners seek to heal patients through holistic treatments. ust because you’ve moved to a rather conservative Midwest
a proper diet, often arranged by a nutritionist or other wellness
town doesn’t mean you’ll be met with only conventional ways
specialist; and an adequate balance between social and quiet time.
of approaching issues — even when it comes to health care.
Wellness practitioners do not condemn Western medicine, rather they
Beyond traditional medicine, Kansas City has several holistic health
suggest an integrated approach in which Western medicine and
practitioners who focus not necessarily on curing a symptom but
Eastern-based practices go hand-in-hand.
fixing the root problem through alternative means. According to Gwyneth Jones, a licensed holistic health practitioner, wellness is feeling good, creative and thoughtful in body, mind and spirit. But the actual practice of wellness-based medicine requires a bit more elaboration. Wellness-based medicine is based on the belief that the human body, when given the proper opportunity, can heal itself. This means
“They can complement one another well,” says Dr. Paul Schaal, adding that patients of both methods oftentimes can cut down on or get off prescription drugs completely. In fact, Jones has worked with several people who have a traditional doctor and come to see her too. If interested in total wellness, she recommends seeking a doctor who is willing to coordinate with a holistic practitioner.
making lifestyle choices, such as having an enjoyable form of
She says a typical session with a patient includes getting to know the
exercise; a way of de-stressing, such as yoga, meditation or massage;
patient and understanding what it is the patient needs then identifying
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his or her goals. To accomplish this, Jones has patients make a list of the pros and cons in their lives. Next, she has them select the top 15 things they would like to work on. Most patients say they’d like
to drink less, quit smoking, make more time for relationships and exercise more. The third step of the meeting involves examining the patient’s health and encouraging him or her to eliminate any
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central nervous system. Schaal, a Olathe facilitator for Network Spinal Analysis (or
NSA), says the procedure sends a message to the brain, which then formulates a plan to heal whatever is ailing the person. There are also therapeutic procedures like bodycentered Gestalt psychotherapy in which the therapist works through the physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions of the person whom he or she is treating. The focus is to determine how physical and emotional issues are interrelated. As the word spreads, Jones foresees more wellness clinics offering multiple types of treatments in the same place, rather than sending patients different
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Money Matters Bank on Kansas City providing the most competitive checking, savings and loan options at these select institutions. Branches
Bank Midwest N.A.
1111 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
KC & Surrounding Area
Bank of America
1200 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
Bank of Blue Valley
11935 Riley St., Overland Park, Kan.
Bank of Lee’s Summit
210 S. Main St., Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Blue Ridge Bank & Trust Co.
4200 Little Blue Parkway, Kansas City, Mo.
Brotherhood Bank & Trust
756 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
Capitol Federal Savings / pg. 93
9500 Nall Ave., Overland Park, Kan.
922 Walnut, Kansas City, Mo.
CommunityAmerica Credit Union
9777 Ridge Drive, Lenexa, Kan.
CoreFirst Bank & Trust
7430 Switzer, Shawnee, Kan.
Country Club Bank
414 Nichols Road, Kansas City, Mo.
Farmers Bank & Trust
14231 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan.
First Bank of Missouri
7001 N. Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, Mo.
First Community Bank
301 SE Main St., Lee’s Summit, Mo.
First Federal Bank
6900 N. Executive Drive, Kansas City, Mo.
First National Bank
6201 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.
First National Bank of Olathe
444 E. Sante Fe St., Olathe, Kan.
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Gardner National Bank
840 E. Main St., Gardner, Kan.
4801 Town Center Drive, Leawood, Kan.
11111 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kan.
Industrial State Bank
3201 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
4000 Somerset Drive, Prairie Village, Kan.
8840 State Line Road, Leawood, Kan.
7840 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan.
1044 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
National Bank of Kansas City
10700 Nall Ave., Overland Park, Kan.
Northland National Bank / pg. 94
99 NE 72nd St., Gladstone, Mo.
13180 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan.
Platte Valley Bank
2400 Prairie View Road, Platte City, Mo.
15301 W. 87th Parkway, Lenexa, Kan.
Security Bank of Kansas City
701 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
The Mission Bank
5201 Johnson Drive, Mission, Kan.
Town & Country Bank
4707 W. 135th St., Leawood, Kan.
1010 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
9300 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
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ecreasing home values and defaults on loans have made mortgage lenders more cautious. Loans are stricter, more specific and can be more difficult to get. But that
doesn’t mean you, whether a future or current homeowner, should be discouraged. It’s all a matter of knowing the new rules of the game.
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homebuyers reflect the changing face of the lending industry. Diane Bennett, regional loan manager for Capitol Federal Savings Bank in Kansas City, says borrowers should expect to do the following: ●
Save at least a 3.5-percent down
payment for FHA loans or 5 percent for conventional financing, plus two months of total payments for reserves after closing, and be able to verify it came from their own funds. ●
Establish a good, traditional credit
history (up to four lines of good credit history with at least 12-24 months of payment history). ●
Be able to document a consistent and
stable history of income and show that it is likely to continue. ●
Be able to document stable employment
Demonstrate that you can afford a
payment. Capitol Federal Savings currently requires 31-percent housing ratio and 41percent total debt ratio maximums. ●
Have appraisals scrutinized for supported
values. Make sure the report is consistent. Do the comparables support the market value? Are they current enough? With declining values and an increased inventory
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Another option many current homeowners are turning to is refinancing. With rates still
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at historic lows, it’s an attractive option for borrowers who want to lower their monthly payment. But obtaining one is not as easy as you might think. “Though it sounds like the perfect thing to do for everyone, it actually only works for a small percentage of homeowners,” says Cindy Hayward, real estate agent with Reece & Nichols.
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Bennett says another change in refinances is the definition of “cash out,” which now means paying off anything other than the first mortgage and rolling in some standard closing costs. Some private mortgage insurance (PMI) companies will no longer insure a cash-out refinance, so unless you can come in at 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) or less, you have limited options. Subordinating is also getting more challenging as well since many banks did not insure their second mortgages that were used for “combo loans” and subordinate banks are denying requests. Many have increased their subordination fees and/or the approval process is very long and exceeds the borrower’s rate lock period on the first mortgage application.
Jumbo Market Demand for jumbo loans continues. (For Freddie Mac, that equals loans higher than $417,000; Capitol Federal’s jumbo is higher than $500,000 and its super jumbo is more
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comparable sales and declining values, and
720 for insured loans.
Second Homes Second-home loans are available, and many may see the current market as an opportunity to buy one, as many of these properties are located in areas considered to have a surplus of inventory (Florida, Ozarks, Arizona), making the prices attractive. However, some of these areas may also come with limited financing options. “Banks will typically be looking for larger down payments, higher credit scores and a good, solid history of reserves,” Bennett says.
Home Improvement Loans With less-than-ideal market conditions, many homeowners are investing money in their homes by remodeling or adding on. “Home improvement loans and home equity lines of credit are certainly at attractive rates,” Hayward says. “But the homeowner needs to have significant equity in the home to be able to take advantage of the rates. One thing that was difficult in past years for homeowners was that many lenders reevaluated existing home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) and reduced unused lines.” With cash-out refinances limited to 80
applications for consumer home equity lines
or closed-end second mortgages to be used
percent LTV, there may be an increase in
for home improvement purposes (which could be a problem for people who have already taken out second mortgages when they bought the home with a combo loan
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So whether you’re buying your first home or looking to invest in what you already have, it’s all about managing expectations and knowing what to anticipate in today’s decidedly different lending market.
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Building Your Dream Home You don’t have to settle for less than your dreams when you’re settling down. Kansas City has a number of excellent architects, builders and remodelers who can help you create the home that’s perfect for you, even from miles away.
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of their homes. Having references on hand
The first step on your homebuilding list
will help you in your selection.
is to find the right location. Choose the neighborhood, school district and proximity
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to work that fit your lifestyle. Factor in the
Dream homes usually aren’t cheap, so you
site’s landscape, as different shapes and
must make creating a budget a priority. The
sizes will determine what style of home you
amount you have to spend will affect the
size, style and materials of your home.
Stay open and honest to the suggestions
For instance, a two-story Williamsburg-style
your team of architects and builders makes;
house is simple to build, but adding on wings
remember communication is the key to a
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down the road, says Bruce Wendlandt of
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Most people know what loan amount they
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points,” Wendlandt adds. “It’s always easier to upgrade in the process than to get emotionally attached to a project and have to downgrade due to budget.” The way to determine your budget and expectations should come from a discussion of every detail, small and large. “Develop a list before you talk with the architect or the builder and just take it one room at a
time and make a list of everything you want to do in that room,” Dussair says. “Prioritize the list from the most important to least important. More than likely when you get through the list and you start talking cost, you may have to leave off some less important items to get the more important things you want.”
Tele-Communicating If you’re building from a distance, you can get a better feel for your builder if you meet in person, and design ideas can more easily be discussed over the table. Once you have the right ideas and the right people assembled for the job, technology, such as digital cameras and e-mail, make it easier to watch construction from afar. “Our goal is that when we start construction, we want the drawings as close to perfect as possible so it minimizes the need for questions or problems,” Wendlandt says. “There’s always going to be something that comes up, but our goal is to write that instruction manual as clearly and accurately as possible and pull as many of the unknowns out of the question.” 98 • 2011 RELOCATING IN KANSAS CITY
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instead of separate contractors. “We are constantly checking back with the budget in terms of each selection from a construction and material standpoint,” she comments. Rothers
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Brand New Day Take the chance to reinvent your design style. elocating not only brings the
home. “That doesn’t happen often, but it did
professional help you make your new house
excitement of a new city but also
in this case, and the client ended up loving
feel like home.
the chance to completely redefine
the result,” she says.
look or simply tweak your style.
from city to city and neighborhood to
Finding an interior designer or decorator can
Gail Golden, a local interior designer
neighborhood. The good news is that the
be somewhat challenging, especially when
with Hobson Interiors, has firsthand
Midwest, particularly Kansas City, is filled
you’re new to the area. A great resource is the
experience with this. She remembers a West
with numerous architectural styles that will
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please the most discerning transplants.
Interior Designers. Find a list of professionals
your home. You can start fresh with a new
Kansas City’s design sense varies
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While you’re acclimating to the scenery
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outside your door, let an experienced
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experience, particularly when a homeowner
That sentiment is echoed by both Reike and
recommendation, your real estate agent,
is starting over, they want a home built to
Lober, who agree that the burnished Tuscan
architect or builder can usually give you
their specifications with creative built-ins
interior that flourished throughout the past
and expansive, wide-open floor plans. We’re
decade is now on the wane.
After touring a model home, that’s just
seeing clients who are thinking outside
Currently, brights are right and neutrals
how Chris and Julie Radford, who relocated
the box, opting for ‘flex plans’ featuring
are still a natural. Cherie Brown, kitchen
from San Diego, found their designer.
multiuse rooms, i.e., the dining room
designer with Kitchens by Kleweno, notes,
Builder Brian Koehler referred them to
doubling as a music room and a library or
“While there’s still a nod toward traditional
Carla Rieke, an interior designer with
extra bedroom used as an office. Also in
styles, there’s interest in the unexpected. We
Madden-McFarland Interiors, who the couple
demand are front porches, outdoor rooms off
are seeing clients who want the dark, rich,
says really listened to them and helped them
the kitchen (especially beneficial if a
almost black cherry or maple woods for
define their look. “Jumping up in size from
fireplace is included), multiple colors and
floor and cabinetry combined with a pop of
3,600 square feet to approximately 6,000
a variety of materials used on exterior
color sometimes in the wall color or tile. I
square feet was pretty dramatic, so having
surfaces,” Lober says.
recently completed a kitchen with dark
Carla’s ability to assist us with decorating
wood floors and cabinets then accented with
was critical,” Julie says.
an intense orange glass backsplash.”
Although the revered styles of classic
Stylist Karen Ladish has never been afraid
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design are being embraced around the
to use color. “Color lends bounce and gives
Lori Lober, co-owner of Provence Homes
metro, interiors are evolving. “I’m seeing
you a lift,” she says. Golden exemplified this
Inc. with her husband, John, acknowledges
fresh, light and cleaner color preferred to the
in her 2009 KCH&G Boulevard of Dreams
that it’s the design of a house, how it’s
earthy jewel tones that have dominated the
homes project in which she used a range of
decorated inside and out, that helps
palette for so many years,” says Gail Morse,
spirited, coastal colors from apple green and
homeowners turn it into a home. “In our
interior designer for Don Julian Homes.
white to sunny yellow and blue-green
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Analyze the big picture. What do you want a room to feel like? How will you use this room?
When it comes to artwork, does it speak to you? Liking it is one thing, but being intrigued and moved by it is quite another.
What are your budget constraints? Abide by them. Stay on track.
The more contemporary the house, and the fewer room divisions there are, the more you need to make the rooms cohesive and vice-versa.
Do you want furniture that is hip, trendy and “disposable,” or something that you will keep for a long time?
Even if your colors, fabrics and furniture styles are an eclectic mix, do they somehow work together?
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