WICHITA KANSAS REAL ESTATE GUIDE
Wichita continually ranks as one of the best cities in the nation for quality due to its affordability, short commutes, and public safety. Wichita was also ranked the best city in the nation for first-time homebuyers in 2017.
Wichita has been praised for its family values and a diverse business community focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. Wichita was the birthplace of companies like Cessna, Learjet, Pizza Hut, White Castle and Coleman Companies.
- Ranked Best City for First-Time Homebuyers
Don’t just take our word for it. Smartasset, an independent financial advising company, ranked Wichita among the top 10 cities in the nation for those entering the housing market for the first time, citing affordable living, accessibility, and stability.
- Named Top City to Live in the US
According to U.S. News, Wichita provides one of the best job markets and value and quality of living.
- Named Least-Stressed Metro Area Among Commuters
Not so fond of fighting traffic? You’ll love Wichita. In 2016 a study by LawnStarter identified downtown Wichita as one of the least stressed when compared to the largest metro areas in the nation.
- Best City for College Grads
With college students increasingly seeking locations that help solve problems like student loan debt and unpredictable job markets, it’s no wonder why Wichita ranks among the best cities for college grads due to its low cost of living and employers ready to hire recent grads.
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Wichita Offers a Better Value than Similarly Sized Metro Areas
One of the biggest features of living in Wichita is the cost of living, which is far below national average. When compared to what you might find on the east or west coast, Wichita’s rental rates and home prices are relatively inexpensive. Residents also spend less on daily expenses such as groceries and utilities on average.
Getting Around Wichita is a Breeze
Due to the spread-out nature of the Wichita metro area, you’ll most likely need car transportation for your commute. Although public bus service is available and has improved greatly in recent years, it’s generally limited in reach.
In recent years Wichita has made considerable efforts to become bike-friendly. Designated bike lanes run throughout the downtown and neighboring areas. Wichita also features a sprawling network of over 60 miles of recreational bike paths including beautiful scenic byways around the region. For those traveling throughout the downtown area, the Q-Line Trolley provides free service.
A brand new airport, Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower International Airport, was built in 2015. Nonstop flights are offered to popular destinations like Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and more.
Ground transport is available by charter bus companies like Greyhound and for those who prefer rail, Amtrak has a station in the neighboring city of Newton.
Average commute time in Wichita? Less than 20 minutes – one of the best in the country.
A City Landmark Way Cooler Than Yours
The Keeper of the Plains, a 44-foot tall sculpture on the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers, stands at the gateway to the city and overlooks the city. Fire pits are lighted each evening and illuminate the sculpture making it visible from quite a distance. How many other cities landmark includes fire?
The Keeper of the Plains is also right next door to the Mid-America All-Indian Center, a museum dedicated to the history and culture of Native Americans.
Old Town or New Town?
Directly east of downtown Wichita is Old Town, a transformed warehouse district that has become one of the trendiest sections of the city filled with exposed brick and limestone apartments, nightclubs, restaurants, theaters, museums, farmers market, and a top of specialty shops. Old Town is where the action is.
In recent years there has been a massive demand for living space in this popular area and new apartments in this area and condominiums have helped fill some of that demand. Although prices have fluctuated greatly in recent years, an average one bedroom apartment in Old Town will cost you anywhere between from $800 to about $1,600, depending on the square footage.
A Diverse Mix of Neighborhoods
Selecting a neighborhood is one of the most difficult aspects of moving, but we have you covered. A couple of the most popular residential areas of Wichita are College Hill and Riverside. College Hills is nestled just east of the downtown district, and just south of Wichita State University. College Hill contains some of the most historic homes in Wichita, while Riverside is home to some of the most scenic.
Wichita began as a trading hub and meeting place for 11,000 years for nomadic people, but it wasn’t until the first permanent settlement in 1863 by the Wichita Indians, that the modern-day Wichita began to take shape. J.R. Mead became the first white settler shortly after when he began a trading post and established the area as a Chisholm Trail base.
By 1870 Wichita has become an endpoint for Texas cattle drives. This gave Wichita the nickname, “Cowtown.” Wichita fell on difficult times when the cattle trade migrated west to take advantage of new rail lines. The city sprang back however in the 1890s as grain production began to more than equal the wealth formerly brought by cattle to become a trade and milling center.
In 1918 a large oil reserve discovery in nearby Butler County caused the population of Wichita to nearly double. As a result, money from the oil discovery allowed entrepreneurs of the area to invest in the booming airplane industry. Men like Lloyd Stearman, Walter Beech, and Clyde Cessna brought the industry to the area, and during World War II it was the primary manufacturing center for airplanes needed in the war effort. Wichita remains the center for the aircraft industry, the “Air Capital of the World,” producing 70% of U.S. general aviation aircraft.
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Why We’re Different
- 2017 Fastest Growing Realty Excellence Award
- 2013 Board of Realtors® Broker of the Year
- Top 50 Realtor in Mid-America
- “Best Real Estate Agents in Kansas,” RealTrends.com
- Nearly $200 Million in Kansas residential home sales and auctions.
- We know this market, and this property.
- We’re candid, which allows you to make the best decision.
- We’ll tell you the “bad” and the “ugly” about any property we show you.