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caffeinated_virus
06-06-2008, 01:17 PM
...from San Diego and was hoping to get some feedback.

I've been wanting to move to the Mid West for sometime now and think it is about time I do so.

I've been to Lawrence, Overland Park and KC a few times and like it quite a bit.

Can anyone give me a ballpark number of what the cost of a nice home is? Say 4 bedrooms, 2 baths in a nice neighborhood? What about the cost to rent a house?

Lawrence seems like a cool college town to live in. I have visited a few times there and like it.

So thats it...just looking for a change.

Lastly, does that mean I have to convert to a Chiefs fan if I move to KS? :D

StcChief
06-06-2008, 01:29 PM
I'm sorry to hear that.... but we will gladly take another Chiefs fan. The "real" ones are leaving the stadium.

Deberg_1990
06-06-2008, 01:31 PM
Why would you move from San Diego to Kansas? To save Money? Family?? Just curious....

Fat Elvis
06-06-2008, 01:36 PM
...from San Diego and was hoping to get some feedback.

I've been wanting to move to the Mid West for sometime now and think it is about time I do so.

I've been to Lawrence, Overland Park and KC a few times and like it quite a bit.

Can anyone give me a ballpark number of what the cost of a nice home is? Say 4 bedrooms, 2 baths in a nice neighborhood? What about the cost to rent a house?

Lawrence seems like a cool college town to live in. I have visited a few times there and like it.

So thats it...just looking for a change.

Lastly, does that mean I have to convert to a Chiefs fan if I move to KS? :D

I think it would be easier if you tols us what your price range is for your next home. Four bedrooms and 2 baths isn't telling us a whole lot, really. You can get a dumpy 4/2 really cheap or you can pay a lot if it is really nice....I know that really doesn't answer your question, but without any parameters it is hard to tell you what to expect.

I will say this, however, Lawrence tends to be one of the pricier towns in Kansas but it is still a fraction of what it would cost to live in San Diego.

Welcome to the Sunflower state.

Mr. Plow
06-06-2008, 01:48 PM
I've got a 4 bed 1 1/2 bath that I'll trade you for your home in San Diego.

tyton75
06-06-2008, 01:51 PM
www.reeceandnichols.com realty website... would help you get an idea

tyton75
06-06-2008, 01:53 PM
Depending on area.. but I would say you could get a decent 4/2 for 150k ish?? if its in a suburb

I'm in the northland of KC and there were a lot of new houses built in the last 4 years that are now for sale.. for less than they went for 4 years ago... some steals to be had I'm sure

kepp
06-06-2008, 01:54 PM
Do you own your house in San Diego? If so, sell it and buy three here.

I moved my family here from Los Angeles in 2004 and I can tell you from my house hunting then, you'll get more for your money on the Missouri side. We found a 3 year old 4 bdrm, 2.5 bathroom, full basement in a nice neighborhood for under $200K. For the same money on the Kansas side we were being shown 30 year-old houses.

bogey
06-06-2008, 02:04 PM
Why would you move from San Diego to Kansas? To save Money? Family?? Just curious....

Wondering the same thing.

kepp
06-06-2008, 02:05 PM
Why would you move from San Diego to Kansas? To save Money? Family?? Just curious....

It all started when he found this sweet laptop just laying around in a coffee shop...

Skip Towne
06-06-2008, 02:08 PM
Do you own your house in San Diego? If so, sell it and buy three here.

I moved my family here from Los Angeles in 2004 and I can tell you from my house hunting then, you'll get more for your money on the Missouri side. We found a 3 year old 4 bdrm, 2.5 bathroom, full basement in a nice neighborhood for under $200K. For the same money on the Kansas side we were being shown 30 year-old houses.

Yes but you have to live in Missouri.

Simply Red
06-06-2008, 02:09 PM
...from San Diego and was hoping to get some feedback.

I've been wanting to move to the Mid West for sometime now and think it is about time I do so.

I've been to Lawrence, Overland Park and KC a few times and like it quite a bit.

Can anyone give me a ballpark number of what the cost of a nice home is? Say 4 bedrooms, 2 baths in a nice neighborhood? What about the cost to rent a house?

Lawrence seems like a cool college town to live in. I have visited a few times there and like it.

So thats it...just looking for a change.

Lastly, does that mean I have to convert to a Chiefs fan if I move to KS? :D


I wouldn't go to Kansas, If I was; Going to Kansas.

Simply Red
06-06-2008, 02:10 PM
It all started when he found this sweet laptop just laying around in a coffee shop...

LMAO

Frazod
06-06-2008, 02:11 PM
People actually move to Kansas.... voluntarily?

:spock:

Farzin
06-06-2008, 02:12 PM
It all started when he found this sweet laptop just laying around in a coffee shop...

Maybe there is something I missed? haha

kepp
06-06-2008, 02:16 PM
Maybe there is something I missed? haha

Not poking fun at you...just an inside-joke that predates your membership.

kepp
06-06-2008, 02:16 PM
People actually move to Kansas.... voluntarily?

:spock:

I've had movements there.

Brock
06-06-2008, 02:26 PM
Lawrence is a good place to live, buy you're not going to like it here. I can't imagine liking it after living in SD.

ROYC75
06-06-2008, 03:02 PM
People actually move to Kansas.... voluntarily?

:spock:

It would be better than living in a " State of Misery " .......

I'm just saying .......

Spott
06-06-2008, 03:28 PM
It would be better than living in a " State of Misery " .......

I'm just saying .......



Yeah, they actually have things like cities and professional football teams in Missouri.

caffeinated_virus
06-06-2008, 03:29 PM
Why would you move from San Diego to Kansas? To save Money? Family?? Just curious....

Combination of things.
Save money. Absolutely. Cost of living is out of control here. Put it this way, it will cost you $600+K to buy a 3BR, 2bath, 1900sq feet home. Minimum in a decent area.

My wife and I just had our first son this past summer and we are learning quickly how expensive children can be.

Also, every time I have I have been to the Mid West, the people have been tremendous. Very friendly and outgoing. One of my co-workers is from Kansas and we talked about it and he just said it was a Mid West thing. I like that.

Plus, San Diego is growing like crazy. We are about to get our first 8 lane freeway here soon (practically here...final touches being finished) and I guess im just tired of the business here.

Guess im looking for a change of pace in life.

caffeinated_virus
06-06-2008, 03:33 PM
Do you own your house in San Diego? If so, sell it and buy three here.

I moved my family here from Los Angeles in 2004 and I can tell you from my house hunting then, you'll get more for your money on the Missouri side. We found a 3 year old 4 bdrm, 2.5 bathroom, full basement in a nice neighborhood for under $200K. For the same money on the Kansas side we were being shown 30 year-old houses.

I do own my current house right now. Have had it for about 4 years now.
I can relate to what you are saying.

I dig the idea of having a significantly smaller mortgage payment. :)

caffeinated_virus
06-06-2008, 03:35 PM
I think it would be easier if you tols us what your price range is for your next home. Four bedrooms and 2 baths isn't telling us a whole lot, really. You can get a dumpy 4/2 really cheap or you can pay a lot if it is really nice....I know that really doesn't answer your question, but without any parameters it is hard to tell you what to expect.

Price range..hmm...say no more than $400k. But I am going of Southern Cal prices, so I don't quite know how they correlate to homes and prices in KC.


I will say this, however, Lawrence tends to be one of the pricier towns in Kansas but it is still a fraction of what it would cost to live in San Diego.

Welcome to the Sunflower state.

Good to know.
Thanks.

Spott
06-06-2008, 03:39 PM
Combination of things.
Save money. Absolutely. Cost of living is out of control here. Put it this way, it will cost you $600+K to buy a 3BR, 2bath, 1900sq feet home. Minimum in a decent area.

My wife and I just had our first son this past summer and we are learning quickly how expensive children can be.

Also, every time I have I have been to the Mid West, the people have been tremendous. Very friendly and outgoing. One of my co-workers is from Kansas and we talked about it and he just said it was a Mid West thing. I like that.

Plus, San Diego is growing like crazy. We are about to get our first 8 lane freeway here soon (practically here...final touches being finished) and I guess im just tired of the business here.

Guess im looking for a change of pace in life.

I don't think it's a bad idea. I live on the other coast and although I have enjoyed the weather, beaches, fishing, etc while living in Florida, I still miss living in a small town in the midwest for all of those reasons you described and would consider moving back if the right opportunity came.

Fire Me Boy!
06-06-2008, 03:40 PM
Keep in mind that JoCo, KS, is one of the most expensive counties in the U.S. I personally think you're money will be better spent on the Missouri side of the state line.

:thumb:

Redrum_69
06-06-2008, 03:40 PM
Californication....

Joie
06-06-2008, 03:47 PM
Keep in mind that JoCo, KS, is one of the most expensive counties in the U.S. I personally think you're money will be better spent on the Missouri side of the state line.

:thumb:

Why live in the ghetto? :P


Yes, you must convert to the Chiefs when you move here. It's mandatory. I used to be a 49ers fan, and then I moved to Kansas.

caffeinated_virus
06-06-2008, 03:48 PM
Yes, you must convert to the Chiefs when you move here. It's mandatory. I used to be a 49ers fan, and then I moved to Kansas.

Damn.

Fire Me Boy!
06-06-2008, 03:48 PM
Why live in the ghetto? :P


Yes, you must convert to the Chiefs when you move here. It's mandatory. I used to be a 49ers fan, and then I moved to Kansas.

Come on down to South Carolina. The ocean is nice.

Frazod
06-06-2008, 03:51 PM
Some things to consider:

The humidity will kick your ass if you're not used to it, especially if you're older and/or heavier. Before committing to this, you might want to wait about a month and a half and see how you like Kansas (or anywhere else around Kansas City) when its 100 degrees with 100% humidity. It gets better the farther north you go, but not all that much. You get some sick ass weather this time of year - violent and destructive storms early and often. And having grown up in a small Midwestern town, I can assure you, those folks you think are so friendly and charming will be up in your business and talking shit about you behind your back in no time.

On the positive side, unless New Madrid goes, you probably won't die in an earthquake, and your odds of getting greased by a wildfire or a tsunami will decrease dramatically. Prices will certainly be cheaper for most things (as will salaries).

Personally, I'd head to Wyoming or western Colorado. But that's just me.

hawkchief
06-06-2008, 04:10 PM
Yeah, they actually have things like cities and professional football teams in Missouri.

Yeah, Missouri also has the most meth labs, porn stores, and shitty roads in the US as well.

BigRedChief
06-06-2008, 04:14 PM
Keep in mind that JoCo, KS, is one of the most expensive counties in the U.S. I personally think you're money will be better spent on the Missouri side of the state line.

:thumb:
Lees Summit, Mo has some of the best schools, lowest crime rate and more suburbia frills than Johnson County. A lot of the Chiefs live over here so if you move you must be a Chiefs fan. It's the law.

Fire Me Boy!
06-06-2008, 04:16 PM
Yeah, Missouri also has the most meth labs, porn stores, and shitty roads in the US as well.

There's a distinct possibility there are more porn stores and strip clubs in Myrtle Beach than there are in all of Missouri.

Jesus. You can't go 20 yards without going by a strip club.

Spott
06-06-2008, 04:30 PM
Yeah, Missouri also has the most meth labs, porn stores, and shitty roads in the US as well.



Yeah, because there isn't a single person in Kansas that does any illegal drugs. :rolleyes:

Spott
06-06-2008, 04:33 PM
There's a distinct possibility there are more porn stores and strip clubs in Myrtle Beach than there are in all of Missouri.

Jesus. You can't go 20 yards without going by a strip club.

The south has a ton of strip clubs compared to the midwest. I remember when I turned 21 in KC, we had to drive all over just to find a strip club and it wasn't even that racey.

Simply Red
06-06-2008, 04:34 PM
Keep in mind that JoCo, KS, is one of the most expensive counties in the U.S. I personally think you're money will be better spent on the Missouri side of the state line.

:thumb:

I don't even think this is close to being close, period. I love you and all. But um, factor ohh, SF, Connecticut, Hamptons, D.C., Seattle to name a few...

Sorry.... Love you and all...

ROYC75
06-06-2008, 04:41 PM
Yeah, they actually have things like cities and professional football teams in Missouri.

WOW, that and $ 1.25 will buy you a soda pop or coffee in Misery too . Cities ? Like Ks has none ? Just because a bunch of fools settle in an area they call it a metropolis does not make a state.

Each state is different, it's the people that make a difference. It's the people who think that cities, events, etc. make a state, which brings the question that they believe they are better that the rest.

The people are the reason for the difference..... Kansas is Heaven, Missouri is Misery .:D

ROYC75
06-06-2008, 04:43 PM
All of this Mo vs Ks living conditions is nonsense folks, seriously, home is what you make of it and feel good about.

To each , his own.

Simply Red
06-06-2008, 04:47 PM
All of this Mo vs Ks living conditions is nonsense folks, seriously, home is what you make of it and feel good about.

To each , his own.

Says the one who neg. repped me because I liked a team better than HIS Jayhawks.

Pot -> Black *ROYC75*

Simply Red
06-06-2008, 04:48 PM
.:evil:

redbrian
06-06-2008, 05:17 PM
Look to the northland.....North Kansas City School District, Liberty School District or Platt County are all top ranked.....you have the choice of homes range from the high end golf course house to the moderate ranch and everything inbetween....in addittion you are no more than 30 min. from the major attractions.....plus low crime and good roads......

BWillie
06-06-2008, 06:50 PM
Yes but you have to live in Missouri.

And pay 1% of your money to the city of KCMO and run the risk of being shot. I think most people would tell you by far and away you should look to move to Johnson County on the Kansas side. This coming from someone who hates rich white people and drives a Ford Taurus, but I still like the environment more on this side. I've lived in KC, MO and Johnson County. Most of Lees Summit is a pretty nice place though.

Bwana
06-06-2008, 06:54 PM
Less Biff's, more twisters.

KCUnited
06-06-2008, 06:54 PM
Parkville, MO

bogey
06-06-2008, 07:07 PM
And pay 1% of your money to the city of KCMO and run the risk of being shot. I think most people would tell you by far and away you should look to move to Johnson County on the Kansas side. This coming from someone who hates rich white people and drives a Ford Taurus, but I still like the environment more on this side. I've lived in KC, MO and Johnson County. Most of Lees Summit is a pretty nice place though.


Just curious, why do you hate rich white people?

Joie
06-06-2008, 07:56 PM
Yeah, because there isn't a single person in Kansas that does any illegal drugs. :rolleyes:

Of course not. We make them all live on the Missouri side :D

Joie
06-06-2008, 07:57 PM
Come on down to South Carolina. The ocean is nice.

I would love to, but I can't be that far away from my stepdaughters.

Fire Me Boy!
06-06-2008, 08:29 PM
I don't even think this is close to being close, period. I love you and all. But um, factor ohh, SF, Connecticut, Hamptons, D.C., Seattle to name a few...

Sorry.... Love you and all...

I think that's based on cost of living, not necessarily pure numbers.

:grouphug:

DeezNutz
06-06-2008, 08:46 PM
I don't even think this is close to being close, period. I love you and all. But um, factor ohh, SF, Connecticut, Hamptons, D.C., Seattle to name a few...

Sorry.... Love you and all...

It might not be true currently, but several years ago it was absolutely true. #2 was Orange County, as a matter of fact.

Edit: To clarify, I was thinking about early-mid 90's, so I was using "several years ago" very loosely to say the least. A quick Google search indicates that Johnson County was fallen in the ranks. Joie is more right than me.

BWillie
06-06-2008, 09:36 PM
It might not be true currently, but several years ago it was absolutely true. #2 was Orange County, as a matter of fact.

I think it's dirt cheap to live in Johnson County if you are comparing value. I don't own my home but I've been looking at prices of home in Overland Park and they aren't too bad. Property tax isn't the best, but that's not a massive expense. I highly doubt the salaries in So Cal make up for the 1.3 million dollar shitholes in Malibu just because they are along the beach. If they were in Sherman Oaks they'd be 400K.

Joie
06-06-2008, 09:39 PM
I think it's dirt cheap to live in Johnson County if you are comparing value. I don't own my home but I've been looking at prices of home in Overland Park and they aren't too bad. Property tax isn't the best, but that's not a massive expense. I highly doubt the salaries in So Cal make up for the 1.3 million dollar shitholes in Malibu just because they are along the beach. If they were in Sherman Oaks they'd be 400K.

Property tax in JoCo is cheap compared to Wyandotte (just north of Johnson County).

Simply Red
06-06-2008, 09:51 PM
It might not be true currently, but several years ago it was absolutely true. #2 was Orange County, as a matter of fact.

Edit: To clarify, I was thinking about early-mid 90's, so I was using "several years ago" very loosely to say the least. A quick Google search indicates that Johnson County was fallen in the ranks. Joie is more right than me.

ORLY? That's funny, because according to Forbes NO county in Missouri, Georgia or Kansas is in the top 500.

Buck
06-06-2008, 10:01 PM
I can totally understand whats going on here.

Luckily I dont have a family to support (weird saying that), but with gas at $4.55/gallon and the cost of the cheapest dirt studio, in the cheapest dirt part of town being about $800 a month, not to mention the foreclosure rate here, I see why you want to move.

I am only 22 years old, and I live w/ my Mom. I make $16.25 an hour and I CANT EVEN AFFORD MY OWN PLACE, AT $16.25 AN HOUR!!!

Good Luck in whatever you decide to do, I fear that I wont be able to live in my hometown forever because it is getting outrageous here.

DeezNutz
06-06-2008, 10:02 PM
ORLY? That's funny, because according to Forbes NO county in Missouri, Georgia or Kansas is in the top 500.

I'm not doing any research on this, but that seems very unlikely. When I googled "richest (or wealthiest--I forget) counties in the country" a Wikipedia entry had Johnson County, Kansas listed at 22, per 2000 census.

Obviously statistical evidence can be manipulated any which way, so...

Who really cares, anyway...

Simply Red
06-06-2008, 10:03 PM
I'm not doing any research on this, but that seems very unlikely. When I googled "richest (or wealthiest--I forget) counties in the country" a Wikipedia entry had Johnson County, Kansas listed at 22, per 2000 census.

Obviously statistical evidence can be manipulated any which way, so...

Who really cares, anyway...

I don't, really.:D

Joie
06-06-2008, 10:06 PM
I can totally understand whats going on here.

Luckily I dont have a family to support (weird saying that), but with gas at $4.55/gallon and the cost of the cheapest dirt studio, in the cheapest dirt part of town being about $800 a month, not to mention the foreclosure rate here, I see why you want to move.

I am only 22 years old, and I live w/ my Mom. I make $16.25 an hour and I CANT EVEN AFFORD MY OWN PLACE, AT $16.25 AN HOUR!!!

Good Luck in whatever you decide to do, I fear that I wont be able to live in my hometown forever because it is getting outrageous here.

Move to Kansas. Become a Chiefs fan :D

DeezNutz
06-06-2008, 10:07 PM
I don't, really.:D

:thumb:

Buck
06-06-2008, 10:08 PM
Move to Kansas. Become a Chiefs fan :D

I bleed Chargers Blue and Piss Chargers Yellow.

banyon
06-06-2008, 10:12 PM
You're the guy who hates illegals (http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?p=3943449#post3943449), right?

Better stay east of Salina.

DeezNutz
06-06-2008, 10:13 PM
I bleed Chargers Blue and Piss Chargers Yellow.

An image of a Smurf just came to mind.

Joie
06-06-2008, 10:16 PM
An image of a Smurf just came to mind.
:LOL:

Buehler445
06-06-2008, 10:23 PM
A buddy of mine just bought a 5 year old townhouse (part of a duplex) its got 3 BR 2 bath, not sure of the sq footage, but it is one hell of a nice house for about 150K. Not sure what you are after, but that is one nice house.

I really like Lawrence. Depending on what you want to do, it is pretty commutable. Lots of people commute to Topeka and Johnson County. They are both very easy drives.