Topeka, Kansas, was founded alongside the Kansas City River in the northeast part of the state. Topeka is the state capital, as well as the county seat of Shawnee County. It is also home to Washburn University, the last city-chartered school in the nation. With a population of a little over 127,000, Topeka is a mid-sized city with a humid continental to subtropical climate. This is a great spot for people who are willing to relocate to a place that offers low crime rates and excellent quality of life.
The median sales price in Topeka is $81,195, but listing prices vary a lot depending on the property type, location and size. Listing prices range from $39,286 for a single bedroom home, to $209,550 for a four-bedroom. As of September 2013, 750 homes are on the market, and rent to own deals are definitely worth checking. The median age of housing in Topeka is 35 years, and the city has a rental vacancy rate of 7.3 percent.
This mid-sized city has a lot to offer when it comes to nightlife. Its a town with a strong Old West tradition that melds with modern life at places like the Wild Horse Saloon on SW Topeka or the Paradise Saloon out on Highway 40. Below the Row on SW Van Buren St. gives you some contemporary sophistication, while hangouts like the Lazy Toad or Dutch Goose Sports Bar and Grill are great places to catch the game with friends. Go north out of town to just outside of Holton and visit the Lucky Eagle Casino or check out a different scene at the Genie Hookah House on SW 21st. Whatever your pleasure, Topeka is a town with a nightlife for you.
Topeka is definitely a good option for those who love sports. Depending on the type of sport you enjoy, you can indulge in a full day of fun at the race track, located inside of the Heartland Park Topeka, which is one of the most popular entertainment options in town. Washburn University also offers a great variety of athletic events. You can also enjoy an amazing experience by watching the local womens roller derby team: the Capital City Crushers.
Moving to a new city is not always easy, and you need as much information as you can get about all your possible options. Topeka, as a big city, has a lot of housing options and purchase opportunities. Here are some of the most popular neighborhoods.
Mathews Park: This upper middle class neighborhood is home to some great public spaces such as the Oakwood Hills Park, and it is also close Shawnee Country Club, which offers one of the best golf courses in town.
Belmont: This neighborhood hosts mostly small homes--one bedroom is the average--so it is good for young professionals and students. Eastborough Park and Ripley Park are located within the neighborhood limits.
Highland Parks: Home to the Hillcrest Park and the Highland Parks High School, this neighborhood has an average listing price of $69,617. Hillcrest Parks is a great option for young couples looking to find their first home.
Tecumseh / Spencer: With some of the lowest crime rates in the area, you can find properties in this area at $147,785. The demand for real estate in Tecumseh / Spencer is above the national average. This area has three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
Elmont: This neighborhood is close to Shawnee County North Park, which is one of the biggest in the area, and is crossed by three streets (NW 78, 62 & 46). It has three elementary schools and one high school. Safety here is rated above national average.
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