2024 North 114th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66109
Pleasant 55+ Hazelwood Villas Has Single Family Homes, Attached Homes, a Small Clubhouse, Neighborhood Activities and a Pastoral Quailty
Hazelwood Villas is about 30 minutes west of downtown Kansas City in eastern Kansas. Developers broke ground on this 55+ community in 2005 and it should have 229 attached homes and single family homes when construction wraps up.
Attached models come in three floor plans that range in size from 946 to 1,217 square feet. Single-family homes can have up to 1,415 square feet of living space. All units have two bedrooms, one to two baths, and an attached garage. Some may have a covered patio, walk-in pantry, storm shelters, granite countertops, and wood floors. Exteriors are light colored with vinyl siding.
Prices start in the high-$100,000s. HOA fees help pay for snow removal (over two inches), lawn care, and common area maintenance.
Neighbors meet at the intimate clubhouse for game nights, sing-alongs, pot lucks, bible study, as well as book club and support group meetings. A walking trail snakes along the western border and meanders through the middle of the community.
Nearby Sunflower Hills Golf Course has lush greens, zoysia fairways, challenging bunkers and water hazards. Wyandotte County Lake Park offers 1,500 acres of peaceful escape. The Legends Outlets and the Kansas Speedway are just down the road. The speedway hosts NASCAR race weekends and the Hollywood Casino.
Kansas City has at least two large hospitals that are accredited by the Joint Commission.
On average, the area receives 45 inches of rain and 16 inches of snow each year. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winters are chilly with temperatures in the teens and 20s. Humidity is high.
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Kansas is named after the Kansas River, which flows through it, and was for thousands of years the home of various Native American tribes. After years of conflict between New England Free Staters and pro-slavery factions from Missouri, Kansas entered the Union as a free state in 1861.
Today, Kansas is one of the country's most productive agricultural regions and is carpeted with waving wheat and sunflower fields.
Famous people from Kansas include John Brown (abolitionist), Kirstie Alley (actress), Walter Chrysler (automaker), Bob Dole (politician) and Amelia Earhart (aviator).
It is said that Kansas has 6,000 ghost towns.
Population - 2,913,006
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 90%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 33%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 12%
White persons, not Hispanic - 86%
Median household income - $57,422
Median home value - $145,100
Social Security taxed? No, unless AGI exceeds $75,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
A New Start
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