From historic conversions to new construction—traditional to contemporary design—the developments in Kansas City offer something for everyone! From The Country Club Plaza to the River Market District, there are many housing options for urban dwellers. Urban KC is one of the fastest growing markets in the region and thousands of Kansas Citians are now living in this exciting city environment. Music, art, dining, cocktails, theaters, hotels, shopping—all within walking distance of each other and just steps away from your front door! Experience the vibrant night life and rich cultural heritage of Urban Kansas City today.
South of the Missouri River lies both the River Market and Columbus Park districts. Since the 1800's the River Market has been a place where people have gathered for dining, entertaining, shopping, living and working. The River Market hosts many local bistros and boutiques and its residents enjoy tree-lined streets with a neighborhood feel. This neighborhood is also home to one of the largest farmers markets in the Midwest!
The Library District lies in the heart of the Central Business District and is quickly becoming one of downtown's most popular areas. This district is home to Kansas City's new Central Library and parking garage as well as other numerous live theater and entertainment destinations. There are over 500 new residents calling this district home and several prime retail opportunities.
Quality Hill lies on the Western edge of the Central Business District. Beautiful streetscaping and row houses line this popular residential neighborhood. Many of the former industrial buildings that were used for garment manufacturing in the 1960's have been converted into residential and mixed office and commercial space. The district is also home to some of downtown's best restaurants and live music entertainment venues. Quality Hill is famous for its wonderful views overlooking the West Bottoms and Kansas City North.
Home to many of the city's banking institutions, the Financial District is quickly emerging as one of Downtown's newest residential and retail neighborhoods. There are also several wonderful green spaces in the district for residents, employees, and visitors to enjoy, including Ilus Davis Park and Oppenstein Park.
Located on the eastern edge of the Business District is the Government District. Traditionally city, state, and federal offices have dominated the district, but the area is quickly becoming a residential hot spot as several buildings are being converted into condominium homes.
Perhaps one of the fastest growing and exciting entertainment districts to be launched in Kansas City is The Power and Light District. This area is home to Kansas City's Convention Center, Bartle Hall, numerous hotels, the New AMC Movie Theater, Costentinos Price Chopper and countless restaurants and entertainment venues. This district is also the home to the Sprint Center Arena and Kansas City Live.
This thriving neighborhood began as a grassroots effort by local artists. By converting the beautiful brick buildings into galleries and live work studio spaces, the Crossroads Arts District has become the premier center of art in Kansas City. Architects, graphic designers, furniture specialists, and photographers help fashion the colorful workforce of this district. The district is an urban mix of unique retail shops, restaurants, over 60 galleries and hundreds of lofts with many more under construction. Creating a truly unique experience, the galleries collaborate each month to host the First Fridays art openings in which thousands of people merge filling the streets for this exciting ArtCrawl.
In southern downtown, the beautiful Victorian homes and brick streets of Union Hill are only minutes away from Crown Center shops and entertainment. These diverse districts are centrally located and include some of Dowtown's most prominent points of interest such as Union Station & Liberty Memorial. This district offers some of the city's finest dining & shopping opportunities.
The districts of Hospital Hill and Longfellow offer spectacular views of the downtown skyline along with some of downtown's most magnificent historic homes in Hyde Park. There are numerous restaurants, nightclubs, and retail shops all within walking distance. The district has over 5,800 employees and students between the hospitals and the University of Missouri / Kansas City Dental School.
The 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District is known throughout the world as the birthplace of jazz. This historic district experiences the recreation of the architectural streetscape, style and vitality that permeated the area during its heyday in the 1920's, 30's, & 40's. The transformation can be seen in the addition of upscale residential developments as well as the opening of new restaurants and retail businesses. The museums, restaurants and entertainment venues attract more than 175,000 visitors annually.
The Country Club Plaza is an outdoor museum of romantic Spanish architecture and European Art where people live and work among its beauty. It was designed in 1922 as the nations first suburban shopping district by J.C. Nichols. Since then, its open air public art gallery has continuously added to its collection, with fountains, sculptures and murals that bring to the heart of our city the very best of old and new.
The Brookside District was originally planned and built in 1920, and was designed to serve the automobile set. It boasted specialty, grocery and drug stores, medical offices, even a special community center, as well as the first south side police and fire stations. Brookside is home to more than 70 shops, restaurants, and offices—all unique and in keeping with the original neighborhood charm and architecture. Once you have visited Brookside, you are sure to become an honorary neighbor.
From Gregory Boulevard on the north, to 91st Street on the south, from Holmes on the east to State Line on the west—that's Waldo. Today, Waldo is a thriving part of Kansas City's urban scene. Along its seven commercial strips, its a constant beehive of activity. But, by and large, Waldo is a neighborhood of attractive homes, whose residents for generations have said with pride, "We live in Waldo".