Where to live in or near KC.
Coming to KC

Richmond, VA

#1 Dec 10, 2013
I have been offered a job in downtown KC. I have a wife and three kids. Where is the best place to live as far as schools and good communities? We may consider catholic school but public school would be our first preference if they are top notch.

I would like to have some culture and nightlife but where we are in life, the schools and kids come first. So, KS or MS side?
MO Side

United States

#2 Dec 10, 2013
Either side has good schools. Based on experience Lees Summit schools are excellent and it's a decent place to live. Some might say Shawnee Mission or Blue Valley schools are the way to go.

Avoid schools in Raytown, Hickman, Kansas City, Grandview, Center, and almost anything in Wyandotte county
Coming to KC

Richmond, VA

#3 Dec 11, 2013
MO Side wrote:
Either side has good schools. Based on experience Lees Summit schools are excellent and it's a decent place to live. Some might say Shawnee Mission or Blue Valley schools are the way to go.
Avoid schools in Raytown, Hickman, Kansas City, Grandview, Center, and almost anything in Wyandotte county
Thanks for the suggestions. We are not looking for land (we live in a rural area now and are looking for less yard work). Any recommended communities in the Lees Summit, Shawnee Mission or Blue Valley districts? We would probably have $250-300K for a 4BR house.
MO Side

United States

#4 Dec 12, 2013
$250k gets quite a bit in Lees Summit. I'm not sure about Shawnee Mission or Blue Valley but it should be enough. I don't have a lot of experience in the Kansas side but my coworkers seem to prefer south of hwy 435. There are so many options in Lee's Summit. In my biased opinion, I'd suggest avoiding anything in the Lee's Summit West high school area but that's partly because my kids go to Lee's Summit North. There is an area called Raintree in south Lee's Summit that you have to be careful of. Half of it is in the RayPec school district and it takes up to an hour for some students to get to school.

Depending on where downtown you'll be working, coming from the Missouri side might be less stressful.
Coming to KC

Richmond, VA

#5 Dec 13, 2013
MO Side wrote:
$250k gets quite a bit in Lees Summit. I'm not sure about Shawnee Mission or Blue Valley but it should be enough. I don't have a lot of experience in the Kansas side but my coworkers seem to prefer south of hwy 435. There are so many options in Lee's Summit. In my biased opinion, I'd suggest avoiding anything in the Lee's Summit West high school area but that's partly because my kids go to Lee's Summit North. There is an area called Raintree in south Lee's Summit that you have to be careful of. Half of it is in the RayPec school district and it takes up to an hour for some students to get to school.
Depending on where downtown you'll be working, coming from the Missouri side might be less stressful.
I would be down by the convention center. It doesn't matter to me whether to live in KS or MO (although taxes may make a difference) so long as the schools are the same relative quality.

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