November 29th, 2013 2:44 PM by AJ Gentry
Thanksgiving 2013 has come and gone and, while we were up before the crack of dawn getting a jump on the busy real estate weekend ahead of us, we hope you were recovering from too much turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Or maybe you were out enjoying the insanity that has become Black Friday? Either way we hope you are having a great time enjoying the people around you.
When I think about Thanksgiving, one of the first things that comes to mind is the Country Club Plaza lighting ceremony. When I lived in my Plaza condo, we would have our friends park at our place and we would all walk down to the Plaza to watch the lights come on. It was something I always wanted to do when I was younger and as an adult, I am glad I spent six years living on the Plaza to enjoy it.
Since I've moved to the River Market, I've traded in the live viewing of the Plaza lights for a year-round City Market, where I can support local merchants and farmers. It's no Plaza lighting cermony, but I wouldn't trade it at this stage in my life.
The great part about the city of Kansas City, is that there is place for everyone and even as your life changes from single person to married person and then from a married couple to a couple who are about to become parents, there is a neighborhood where you can build your life. Just because you start off in that downtown or Plaza condo / loft and then move to Brookside or Waldo after you get married, doesn't mean you can't head to Parkville or Liberty for the schools once your kids are ready to head to school.
Today's home buyers aren't sticking around for ten or twenty years anymore. They are living somewhere for three to five years and moving on. They are buying younger and doing more at earlier ages.
What stage are you at in life? What are you thankful for? We'd love to hear your responses.