Best Neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, originally founded as the town of Kansas in 1838, is the 2nd largest city in Missouri. With a metropolitan population of 2.1 million, Kansas City ranks amongst the largest metropolitan cities in the United States. Kansas City is Home of the Negro League Baseball Museum, and has made significant contributions to the world of jazz and blues. Kansas City is well known for its Royals baseball team, Chiefs football team, and its Kansas City style barbeque. Possibly least known is its steep tradition in the classical arts with world class symphony, ballet and opera houses and performances to be seen year round. Kansas has deemed itself the City of Fountains because of the 200 fountains within its city limits. They claim to be second only behind Rome for the number of fountains in one city.

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Temperature

Average High - 89, Average Low - 21

Sports

Soccer - Sporting Kansas City

Baseball - Royals

Football - Chiefs

Crime Rate

Kansas City, like most major metropolises has a relative high crime rate; however the majority of the crime is consolidated in the city's inner core.

Top Neighborhoods

Downtown Kansas City is an area of 2.9 square miles bounded by the Missouri River to the north and 31st Street to the south. Downtown is the center of visual and literary arts and bohemian culture. Crown Center is the headquarters of Hallmark Cards and a major downtown shopping and entertainment complex. Downtown is connected to Union Station by a series of covered walkways. There are a number of high rise buildings and condominiums offering prospective residents great options to choose from. Downtown is being revitalized and many residential properties have been or are currently under redevelopment. An example of this regeneration is the Power and Light District which offers 9 blocks of great restaurants, entertainment, fine dining and great shopping. It is anchored by the Sprint Center; a 19,000 seat complex that has become a top draw for sports and musical entertainment.

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Brookside is a metropolitan hub of cultural attractions, trendy restaurants and shops and beautiful homes. From chic coffeehouses to high end eateries, Brookside is becoming a favorite in the Kansas City metropolitan area. And even with all the new development Brookside has managed to maintain the charm and feel of the neighborhood. Brookside's newest resident is The Roasterie Cafe'; offering home roasted coffee beans, great hip and funky decor, and the opportunity to have a cup of joe with your neighbor. Brookside has two major annual events. The Art Fair has been around for 21 years and features almost 200 local, national, and international artists. And the Annual St Patrick's Day Warm-up Parade draws runners and great crowds to celebrate the holiday.

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Southmoreland was established as a neighborhood in the late 19th Century as a elite neighborhood of professionals and business owners. Soon the area became more diverse after a streetcar line was built between downtown and Southmoreland. The diversity stated in the late 19th century continues to day, as Southmoreland is an eclectic mix of people and architecture. Fro the Colonial Revival styled mansions to the cottage and arts and crafts bungalows, Southmoreland provides a variety of great housing options for every budget. The Southmoreland neighborhood was rated as one of the 8 neighborhoods nationwide as the "Best Old House neighborhoods 2009": Editor's Picky by This Old House. Southmoreland has great public and private schools to choose from and public transportation is readily available; making this neighborhood a great choice.

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Pendleton Heights is a neighborhood steeped in history. The community is near downtown, and because of that, Pendleton Heights is a highly desirable place to live. Because of Pendleton Height's history it is recognized by the City of Kansas City as a historic district. Pendleton Heights makes for an interesting and picturesque environment to live in.

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Crossroads has had a major face lift over the last few years. One of the neighborhood highlights is Zin; a contemporary American restaurant where the posh decor is as much a draw as the exceptional food. Crossroads is the perfect place to take in a little shopping, enjoy a great local band, have a drink and grab some dinner before retiring home for the evening. Because of the resurgence of energy in the Crossroads neighborhood, it is a huge draw for young urban professionals looking for a great community at an affordable price.

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Hyde Park has become a hot spot for homebuyers in midtown, with the Country Club Plaza, Westport, Crown Center, River Market and downtown only a short drive away. Although Hyde Park is a century old, it hasn't lost its charm. Weaving in and out of the area's one- way streets, helps you to get lost in the pleasantness of the architecture, craftsmanship, and well maintained neighborhood. There are a number of residential options in Hyde Park including single family homes, apartment buildings and duplexes. The pride in Hyde Park is clear. Neighbors work together to maintain their properties and even have a volunteer neighborhood association to make the neighborhood what it is today. If you're considering living in Kansas City Missouri, then you should definitely take a look at Hyde Park.

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