Greater Downtown Kansas City
Greater Downtown embraces a large and diverse set of communities, along with opportunities for a grand array of living opportunities. It extends from the River District and Columbus Park to the North; the West Bottoms and Westside on the West; the Historic Jazz District and 18th & Vine to the East; and all the way South to Martini Corner along 31st Street. Downtown features the Central Business District, including the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Sprint Center and Power & Light District; as well as the Crossroads Arts District, Union Station, Crown Center, Liberty Memorial, Union Hill, Hospital Hill and so much more!
Central Business District
Defined by the iconic art deco and glass towers, this district perfectly mixes business and pleasure into a culturally rich and vibrant neighborhood. Delivering all of life’s essentials within blocks of your doorstep, the Central Business District invites you to the region’s largest entertainment district, fashion shows featuring designers from hip Downtown boutiques and rooftop pool parties at the Jones. This is the district of walking to concerts at Sprint Center and the Midland Theatre, happy hour at Power & Light, and movies at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s flagship theater. Walk to work; grab coffee downstairs, free concerts at the park, Broadway shows at the Music Hall. A life of endless opportunities…at your doorstep.
Life in Kansas City’s Crown Center district invites residents to unique amenities and first class attractions within blocks of their doorsteps. Life in this neighborhood offers three levels of retail shops including Kansas City’s Hall Department store, performing arts at American Heartland Theatre, and coming in 2012, the Legoland Discovery Center and the Sea Life Aquarium. Walk to the latest exhibit at Union Station, party at the Irish Festival at Crown Center, visit the powerful National World War One museum at Liberty Memorial, throw the Frisbee at Penn Valley Park. This is the life in Crown Center.
Crossroads Arts District
Kansas City is America’s Creative Crossroads, and the Crossroads Arts District is at the heart of the visual and performing arts scene that defines this community. Crossroads is home to amazing Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and First Fridays — the hottest tickets in town. Thousands of visitors fill the Crossroads each First Friday to catch a glimpse of the latest artwork being produced in this thriving district. They drink a glass of wine at hippest galleries and studios, gather outside to watch dancers perform, grab a late dinner at one of the trendy independent restaurants, close the evening with drinks and live music. Imagine not only visiting this district on such a vibrant, creative night, but living in it. Life in the Crossroads is First Friday’s every day… excitement, inspiration and creativity everywhere. Steps away from every kind of art imaginable.
Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
It’s been said that jazz was born in New Orleans and grew up in Kansas City. The 1920s, 30s, and 40s saw the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District as the epicenter of activity and all night jam sessions, often called the “Paris of the Plains.” This is the district of Coltrane, Parker and Basie. It was a community full of spirit, diversity and a hub for culture and entertainment. Today is no different. Life at 18th & Vine is a celebration of its rich cultural history. Visit the American Jazz and Negro Leagues Baseball museums or the Black Archives, taste the flavors of the South at the district’s Cajun restaurants; listen to jazz at the Blue Room then hop over to Mutual Musicians Foundation for an all-night jam session. This is life in the Jazz District – a community still defined by the spirit, diversity, and entertainment of its storied past.
Filled with rowhouses, corporate headquarters, and the beautiful gold dome atop the historic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Quality Hill is the perfect mixed use neighborhood for people craving the urban experience. Historic mansions located throughout the award-winning neighborhood, recall Kansas City’s rich past and serve as homes to nonprofit organizations making a difference in our community. Life in Quality Hill offers leisurely walks along tree-lined streets, jogging to the YMCA, stopping by the community garden to water your vegetables or catching the sunset from Case Park. Community, pride, and neighborhood all define Quality Hill.
River Market/Columbus Park
In Kansas City’s historic River Market, life is surrounded with culture and history. Charming brick warehouses, once home to the City’s first businesses, now serve as beautiful lofts and condos to a generation embracing the urban life style. Out your window towering skyscrapers serve as a backdrop to the small town ambience offered in the River Market. Life in Kansas City’s oldest neighborhood offers brick streets, pocket parks, and an eclectic mix of restaurants – perfect for meeting friends for happy hour or dinner. Take a jog along the river, view the sunset from the bluff, buy fresh produce and flowers from the region’s largest city market. So many possibilities wrapped up in one little neighborhood.
Union Hill/Hospital Hill Union Hill and Hospital Hilvibrant neighborhoods within walking distance of the dining, shopping and entertainment that thrives at Crown Center. These historic neighborhoods are home to grand Victorian homes, rowhouses, condominiums and apartments along tree-lined streets. The neighborhoods are home to outstanding, independent restaurants like Teocali Mexican Cantina, You Say Tomato and the hot local bars and restaurants at the neighboring Martini Corner. Hospital Hill is Downtown’s medical mecca that features Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, the Truman Medical Center and the UMKC Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy. These neighborhoods are walkable, friendly and great examples of Downtown living at its finest.
Setting at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers is the West Bottoms, Downtown Kansas City’s industrial district and home of one of the nation’s largest collections of seasonal haunted houses. Formerly home to the Kansas City Stockyards, the West Bottoms has gained new life with old and new restaurants like the Golden Ox and the Gennessee Royale Bistro, a growing arts scene, funky shopping at hideaways like Good JuJu, grand housing opportunities in loft spaces and one of the country’s great trail systems, the Riverfront Heritage Trail.
Pioneering urban dwellers of various ethnicities have infused life into the Westside neighborhood. One of the more diverse neighborhoods of the City, this neighborhood has a beautiful variety of homes from historic Victorian and Colonial to post modern. This is a neighborhood of an eclectic mix of local restaurants like Chez Elle Creperie & Coffeehouse, Blue Bird Bistro, and Westside Local Restaurant & Beer Garden as well as a large variety of Mexican restaurants and bars on the Southwest Boulevard corridor. Life in the Westside is an expression of those who have chosen to live there, a celebration of creativity and diversity.