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Kansas City North - Living in the Kansas City Northland

When it comes to big city living, there are two types of people: Those who want to live in the thick of it; and those who prefer living just outside the hubbub. Kansas City North, the area north of the Missouri River, is located near the big city, but just far enough away to have its own pace.

Boasting idyllic small cities, each with their own blend of historical and present-day draws, Kansas City North offers all the benefits of big city life with few of the downfalls. The area that makes up Kansas City north includes the communities of North Kansas City, Gladstone, Parkville, Platte City, Riverside, Smithville and Liberty. With their location directly to the north, northeast, and northwest of Kansas City, Missouri, these communities stand on their own, but are close enough to offer residents the full Kansas City experience.

To illustrate the proximity of these communities to the heart of Kansas City, let’s look at some of the travel and distances involved in going from North Kansas City to some major Kansas City landmarks:

  • North Kansas City (Barry Road) to Country Club Plaza: 16.4 miles, 27 minute approximate drive time. Start at Interstate 29 and NW Barry Road. Merge onto I-29 and go 5.5 miles. Take the ramp onto U.S. 169. Take the ramp onto Interstate 35 and go 2.2 miles to the left Southwest TRFY ramp, which will become Belleview Avenue. Turn left on Ward Parkway.
  • North Kansas City (Barry Road) to Overland Park: 27.4 miles, 41 minute approximate drive time. Start at Interstate 29 and NW Barry Road and go toward the I-29 ramp. Merge onto I-29 and go 4.3 miles to the Interstate 635 ramp. Take I-635 12.3 miles and then go onto the I-35 ramp. Take I-35, which will become U.S. 69, to the Interstate 435 ramp. Follow I 435 to Metcalf Avenue.
  • North Kansas City (Barry Road) to downtown Kansas City, Broadway Street: 11.5 miles, 17 minutes approximate drive time. Start at Interstate 29 and NW Barry Road going toward ramp. Merge onto I-29 and take ramp onto U.S. 169. Follow U.S. 169, which will become Broadway Street.

Zona Rosa – Shopping, Dining, Living In Style

Zona Rosa is a fairly new addition to the Greater Kansas City Area landscape. Opened in May 2004, it’s a master planned shopping and entertainment district nestled among the neighborhoods of Kansas City North. It’s literally minutes away from Kansas City International Airport on the northwest corner of Interstate 29 and Barry Road. This new urban retail environment recalls the past in style, creating a city within a city feel for shopping, dining and entertainment. Plus, it even offers retail and residential space for those who want to enjoy the Zona Rosa experience full-time.

Zona Rosa is laid out to bring an old fashion downtown feel back to life with individual storefronts with unique designs, street-side metered parking and more. The shops of Zona Rosa include Ann Taylor Loft, Lane Bryant, Children’s Place and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. The cuisine that can be found includes Rib Crib, Mimi’s Café, Herefort House, Italian Cucina and more, so don’t worry about going hungry.

Add to the food and shops, an entertainment line up and grassy areas with fountains and park benches perfect for relaxing and wide, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks meant for leisurely strolls, and you’ll see why Zona Rosa has become an instant hit for residents and visitors alike.

Smithville – Outdoor Fun, Quality Education

When it comes to small communities that have it all, Smithville should certainly rank high in the listings. This home to about 8,000 residents is located about 15 minutes east of KCI airport, and 25 minutes north of North Kansas City, the community is famous for its recreational activities. In addition to its convenient airport proximity, Smithville is close to shopping, the stadiums and more. Smithville Lake is one of the biggest draws of this community with its 175 miles of shoreline and 19,709 acres managed by the Army Corp of Engineers. It’s open for swimming, fishing and more, plus it is home to numerous special events throughout the year.

Parkville – A Hiker’s Paradise This little city is located along the banks of the Missouri River. Fully incorporated, it offers its own police department, city government and acres and acres of parks, thus the name. English Landing Park is caressed by the river and offers hikers, walkers and picnickers trails, shelters and playground equipment. In addition, the community’s nature sanctuary boats 115 acres of woods and wetlands, complete with a waterfall and a beaver colony. Educational programs run throughout the year at the sanctuary.

Another draw of this picturesque community is its Saturday morning and Wednesday evening Farmer’s Market from May through October where shoppers will find fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, plants and more.

Liberty – Rich In History

This community, located 15 miles northeast of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, is noted for its colorful history and beautiful town square. It is home to about 28,000 people. Incorporated in 1829, Liberty boasts an annual Spring on the Square Festival that includes historic bank robbery re-enactments, a farmer’s market, entertainment, art and more.

The communities that make up Kansas City North are each unique and vibrant. While offering their own charms, they are all close enough to Kansas City’s major attractions to make them great options for those who want the full Kansas City experience without having to live in the heart of the city’s hustle and bustle.

by Tiffany Lewis, Kansas City Premier Apartments, Inc.

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