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Overland Park is situated in northeastern Kansas at the junction of Interstate 435 and U.S. Route 69. It is just thirteen miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas River is just north of the flat plain and several creeks from it run through the city including Indian Creek, Tomahawk Creek and Negro Creek.
This city does not have a public transportation system, even though it has a large population of 178,919 so it is important to have a car if you live here. The local pirate bus company is called “The Jo.” Most people get around by bike. There are over 1,800 acres of parkland and space and most of it has biking trails. Many of the parks in the city are well appointed with basketball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, biking trails and sandpits for playing volleyball.
Overland does not have a real designated “gayborhood” but it does have several hangouts, mostly in the west end of town. These include Missie B’s that has a stage and drag shows, the Fox Bar that has a friendly feel like the television show Cheers and the Western-themed Sidekicks Saloon. Two well-known gay-friendly restaurants in the area are Hamburger Marys that serves comfort food and Bistro 303 that serves elegant French fare.
This smaller city is known for its serene lifestyle and simple attractions. A major attraction is the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens that boasts over 300 acres of rare flowers. Another top destination her is the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead which is a twelve acre attraction that has a zoo, an old schoolhouse and a fishing pond.
The downtown is quaint and well preserved with a clocktower plaza and a Farmer’s Market. It also has a dedicated public art program so there are statues and modern art sculptures everywhere. If you are looking for a more traditional way of living, this city really does fit the bill. In 2010 it was named as one of “America’s 10 Best Places to Grow Up by U.S. News & World Report and in 2009. Businessweek named it “One of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids.”
Overland is also an affordable place to buy property and most neighborhoods are very pleasant and well kept up. The average price per square foot for a home was $102 a square foot in the summer of 2013, which is a rise of 3% from the summer of 2012. The average listing price for a home here, as of September 18, is $323,609. The most popular neighborhoods in the whole city are Historic Overland Park and Cherokee Hills. The cheapest neighborhood is Elmhurst where homes have an average list price of $121,164 this fall.
There also opportunities for investment in this city with 652 homes in the process of foreclosure, so short sales are available to the savvy buyer.It is a good idea to consult with an Overland Park gay realtor to help you find the property that is best for you. For more information about the city in general visit www.opkansas.org.