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Kansas City has over 240 amazing neighborhoods, each with its own history and unique feel. There are plenty of neighborhoods out there that are perfect for you. Here are some of the best neighborhoods in the Kansas City Metro Area and activities you can do in them.

Overland Park

This is a great family city. It is known as “a great place to live, work, and play”, and is located in the sought after Blue Valley school district. In Overland Park, there’s a higher than average median income, but a lower cost of living. Located conveniently at the junction of I-435 & 69 Highway, there’s tons of places to eat such as Rock & Brews, a restaurant created by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley!  Many great places to take the kids like Deanna Rose Farmstead and the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden.

Leawood

This city has great dining, shopping, living, and places to work. There are plenty of parks, exceptional gyms, and plenty of public art. Leawood also has many upscale neighborhoods and luxury apartments. There is much to do here, from ice skating or shopping at Park Place, painting at Pinot’s Palette, to axe throwing at Blade & Timber Axe Throwing.

Woman throwing ax at Blade & Timber Ax Throwing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brookside

This 100-year-old neighborhood has a small-town feel with so much charm and history that its neighborhoods are full of character. You can grab a bite at Aixois Bistro, then a drink at Charlie Hooper’s. With over 90 shops and restaurants, there is something for everyone in Brookside.

Olathe

This is definitely the city for someone who is outdoorsy. There are many outdoor activities in Olathe such as parks and over 50 miles in trails, all conveniently near I-35. You can also spend a relaxing evening at Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery.

Bikers on park trails in Olathe, Ks

Prairie Village

Location location location! In the heart of the KC metro area with quick access to the Country Club Plaza, T-Mobile Center, Union Station, Arrowhead & Kauffman Stadiums, and the Kansas City Zoo. Prairie Village has a small-town feel with close proximity to parks. There’s plenty to do at The Shops of Prairie Village such as shopping, dining, salons and more.

Loch Lloyd

This private-gated resort-like community makes you feel like you’re on vacation. With amenities like golf, tennis, a pool, a clubhouse, and a stocked 110-acre lake you can never be bored.

Loch Lloyd Country Club and Golf Course

Westwood

A small city located on a half square mile of land. There are approximately 1,700 residents. Quick access to the Country Club Plaza, Downtown KC, KU Medical Center, and almost anything in the metropolitan region.

Lake Lotawana

Find your home at this beautiful lake community located southeast of the Kansas City metro area. This 480-acre lake with 27 miles of shoreline has a small-town feel, but is still close to big cities like Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Independence, and Kansas City. This is the largest private lake in the KC area. It’s a great place to live year-round or just for the summers.

River Market

This gives you the perfect city feel. There is so much shopping, dining, and activity. Every Saturday & Sunday head down to the city market with over 140 stalls of produce, flowers, baked goods, and more. Take your pups to Bar K while you relax with a drink. You will never run out of things to do here.

Plaza

Known as Kansas City’s premier retail center, this is the oldest outdoor shopping center in KC. There are hundreds of condos and apartments to choose from. Plenty to do in this 15-block area like shopping, eating, and sightseeing. Head over to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art just a couple blocks away. Every year on Thanksgiving the annual plaza lights turn on for the holiday season lighting up the entire shopping center.

Kansas City Fountains at Country Club Plaza

Waldo

So much charm, friendly people, and unique character in this vibrant neighborhood right in the heart of KC. Spend your evenings at KC Bier Company, a popular brewery or maybe pedal around town on the Pedal Hopper, a European-style party bike. Plenty of bars, dining, and shopping options.

KC Bier Company’s bartender pouring beer

Lenexa/Shawnee Area

These are known for being exceptional, safe neighborhoods. There are so many well-kept parks and trails like Shawnee Mission Park and Sar Ko Par Trails Park. They are also known for hosting numerous festivals throughout the year such as Old Shawnee Days.

Mission/Roeland Park Area

These small communities have so many great opportunities, recreation, education and activities for families. Located minutes from the Country Club Plaza and Downtown. It’s perfect for first-time homeowners or people who are ready to retire or for families since there are plenty of activities for kids and families.

 

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