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Kansas Real Estate

July 2nd, 2012 11:23 am

Located in the exact middle of the country, Kansas is an agricultural state where you can escape the rat race. Kansas real estate is inexpensive and plentiful.

Kansas

Kansas is about as Midwestern as it gets when you think of stereotypes. Agriculture dominates the state with wheat fields flowing throughout the state. While you will not find oceans or rivers, the state provides plenty of opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing and a variety of outdoor activities. Football and basketball are popular throughout the state. If you’re living in a high stress – high cost state, Kansas represents an opportunity to step back from the chaos. You’ll find a much more relaxed pace of life and affordable cost of living in the state.

Kansas City

Often mistaken as a boring place, Kansas City is actually a booming city. Development and expansion seems non-stop and has resulted in a bit of city sprawl. Still, the city is surprisingly cosmopolitan. Renovations to the downtown area, particularly the River Walk on the Missouri River, make the city a vibrant hub of activities and nightlife. Stroll over to the Westport area and you’ll be in the hub of luxury shops and high-class restaurants. Kansas City is a barbeque town and the city knows how to produce the finest barbeque food in the world. Make sure you try it. For racing enthusiast, Kansas City has recently built a major speedway.

Much of Kansas City is actually in Missouri, but we are including it here because of the name. Confusing, eh?

Lawrence

Sitting on the Kansas River, Lawrence is a great little college town. Home to the University of Kansas, the town is a liberal little town in a state known for being conservative. You’ll find brick buildings and odd little shops in the town. Basketball rules in this town with the fans living and dying with each game played by the college team, the Kansas Jayhawks.

Wichita

Wichita is the biggest city in Kansas since Kansas City is often considered to be a city in Missouri. Formerly a fairly downtrodden place, Wichita has seen a revival with development in the downtown area and along the Arkansas River, which divides the city. There isn’t anything particularly attractive or unattractive about the city. It is just a solid place to raise a family and very inexpensive.

Kansas Real Estate

Kansas real estate is very inexpensive and in abundant supply. A single-family home in Wichita will set you back in the $150,000 range, while you’ll need an additional $80,000 in Lawrence. The same home in Kansas City will run roughly $190,000.

As was typical throughout the Midwest, Kansas real estate did not appreciate at any great rate in 2005. Ranked in the bottom ten among all states, Kansas real estate appreciated at a humble rate of 5.5 percent..

A List of Kansas City Events and Festivals in 2012

June 22nd, 2012 11:44 am

There’s plenty to see and do in Kansas City. The never-say-die attitude of the people is what keeps the city going. The City’s spirit can be experienced through the many festivals and events that take place throughout the year. Here’s a list of Kansas City events and festivals that are lined up for 2012.

Martin Luther King Festival: The week that follows the third Monday of January is dedicated to the civil rights leader and his undying spirit. The week-long festival includes educational events, performances, talent shows, candlelight services and many more events.

Kansas City Restaurant Week: From January 20th to the 29th the city hosts an exhibition of the finest culinary talents with a variety of mouth-watering dishes, prepared by renowned chefs from Kansas City. Guests can order from multi-course meals that are offered at special prices.

Jazz Festivals: The city’s association with Jazz dates back to the 1930’s with the forming of many black bands. Held in March, the Kansas City Winter Jazz festival brings warmth to the cold winter months where jazz players come together to hold educational events. The 18th and Vine Heritage Festival is held in August in the district of 18th and Vine. This place is considered to be the birthplace of the jazz music scene. The weekend long festival is marked by free performances and street activities. The Blues and Jazz festival is organized in July to celebrate Jazz through open air concerts. The Juneteenth festival is held every June to celebrate a large range of events including jazz. The holiday seasons of November of December are popular for jazz concerts.

Ethnic Festivals: September is the season when the Fiesta Hispania is celebrated. This is a two day celebration where art, music and dance related to Hispanic culture is celebrated. There’s also the Ethnic Enrichment festival that is held in August. This festival brings together 56 different cultures and showcases their cuisine, culture and art..