A few weeks ago we discussed the Brookside neighborhood in Kansas City. Just as a reminder, since I got married 31 years ago, my wife and I lived in two different houses in south Leawood. It was a great place to raise kids, with fantastic schools, access to baseball and soccer fields, and a great quality of life. I highly recommend it.
That being said, as our kids grew up and moved out of the nest, we decided that maybe we didn’t want to be out south anymore. We knew if we could find the right house, we would move. So indeed, we found a great old home in historic Leawood, one of the first four houses in the City and as far north as you can get. My daughter reminds me while we aren’t in the “city,” it sure feels a lot closer.
As my wife and I continue to re-explore parts of Kansas City, I had another opportunity to celebrate a birthday. We had heard about a Champagne bar that had opened this year in Westport, called Ça Va. So my wife, daughter, and niece headed there to check their beverages out. It was an appropriate time to celebrate with a bottle of champagne! The building has a great historic vibe to it, with an old tin ceiling and woodwork. Sorry, architects and builders, but I have yet to see someone recreate the details that come with an old building.
Next we went to Harry’s to revisit a place we hadn’t been in a long time. Tons of character and characters! We had a great table with a view onto the busy streets on an early Saturday night in Westport. It was great fun.
Finally, for dinner, we went to Port Fonda. This restaurant started out as a food truck, and they were so successful, they were able to open a full-service restaurant. I had amazing food, in a great atmosphere, with (of course) excellent company.
One of my friends on Facebook said “I’m sure this is a different Westport experience than Dan had 30 years ago,” and no doubt she was right! Don’t get me wrong – I love Johnson County. My commercial real estate business has been mostly in JoCo over the years, but as a CRE broker, it’s so exciting for me to see the changes going on in Kansas City.
I think the best is yet to come.
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I was born and raised in Kansas City. While I have had many opportunities to travel and visit other cities, it’s always great to come back to KC. I grew up in Kansas City, Mo, one block from Kansas. For all of my married life, I have owned 3 houses in Kansas, all just a few blocks from Missouri.
|Downtown Overland Park, Kansas (image source)|
I saw Overland Park when it ended at 75th & I35 or at 95th & Metcalf. To get to our first house, I had to go down a 2 lane road (119th Street), and when I stopped at 119th & Roe, it was fun to see a horse farm where the Apple store and Crate & Barrel are now. For the last 30 years I have been involved in commercial brokerage, where I have leased, sold, built and owned numerous properties, mostly in Johnson County.
And our children had grown up and moved out of our house, my wife and I decided that maybe it was time to move closer into the City. So we bought a house in Old Leawood, and moved closer into “town”.
So while I love new development, its been fun to re-explore Kansas City. Last weekend my wife and I decided to buzz over to Brookside and have a light breakfast at the Roasterie. As we sipped on our coffee and munched on a croissant, we both looked up and saw a true neighborhood. There were joggers, and bicyclists and parents with their baby strollers, and people with their dogs.
I looked up and there were houses to the North and across Brookside Boulevard. And it dawned on me that Brookside wouldn’t be allowed to be built today. Every City planner has been taught that there is no way people would buy a single family home across from retail. There must be a buffer of apartments or duplexes.
Also, all buildings should match each other in color and design. The signs must match. Let’s design retail buildings that could be in Kansas, Missouri, or California or any other state in the Country.
As developers and planners look to create the new urbanism, and are indeed having some success (Prairie Fire and Park Place). They should maybe take a long look at the designs of the past.
Clearly people do love to live, work, and shop in a true neighborhood.
|Brookside, Kansas (image source)|
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Whether you live in a climate that enables you to enjoy motorized water sports year-round or if you are getting ready to launch your watercraft for the season, it is always a good time to check one item off the “preparation list” and that is the insurance carried on your watercraft. Below is a list of items that you should consider regarding your watercraft insurance.
Is my watercraft adequately covered if it is destroyed or stolen?
The coverage for the watercraft itself is referred to as hull physical damage. Most policies cover watercraft on an actual cash value basis. In other words, if your watercraft is completely destroyed, you will receive the actual cash value of the watercraft based on replacement cost minus depreciation. It is important that you research the value of your watercraft (speak to your dealer and use the internet to arrive at a value) to confirm that your coverage level is adequate. You can also purchase a policy with an agreed value clause. An agreed value clause means you and the insurance carrier agree to the value of the watercraft and the amount shown on the policy is the amount you will receive regardless of age, etc.
Am I covered if a non-family member is injured either in my watercraft, skiing behind my watercraft, or if I hit someone in the water or another watercraft?
Coverage for bodily injury or property damage is referred to as watercraft liability. The increased exposure to you from owning and operating a watercraft is enormous. Most watercraft policies include watercraft liability automatically, although some policies require you to add specific endorsements such as coverage for water skiing. It is imperative, however, that you also carry a personal umbrella, and make sure your agent includes the watercraft on the umbrella policy.
I have added permanently attached items to the watercraft such as a trolling motor, depth finder, radios, stereo, down riggers, etc. Are these items covered automatically?
Permanently attached items (attached to the hull using bolts and brackets including slide out brackets) are covered under the physical damage to the hull section, therefore it Is important that you consider the value of these items when determining the amount of hull coverage you are purchasing.
I have a lot of equipment such as water skis, ropes, anchors, etc. that are used for the watercraft but aren’t permanently attached. Are they covered?
Most watercraft policies will include items intended for use only with the watercraft, but it is limited in scope and amount. Make sure you have added the proper amount of coverage and that you understand what type of equipment is covered.
I own significant amounts of fishing equipment. Is my equipment covered?
Many policies contain special fishing equipment coverage. The included coverage can be as high as $10,000, however, coverage is typically limited to $1,000 and this limitation does include tackle boxes. Also, with many policies, this coverage needs to be specifically added.
I store my watercraft at a watercraft warehouse for the winter. Is my watercraft covered?
Your watercraft is covered while at the warehouse, however you never want to use your insurance when someone else is liable. You will want to be sure that the warehouse is covering your watercraft for any damages that may occur while the watercraft is under their care.
There are many watercraft policies available for purchase and they do differ significantly. Many policies include special options for purchase not discussed above, which may be important to you. The above list is a guide to get you thinking about your watercraft policy. Be sure to check with your insurance agent to confirm that you are adequately covered.
|Troy Jefferson, Director of Sales|