Wichita can be broken down into six geographic regions, each with a wide diversity in size and character of the homes. Wherever you are, you’ll be close to shopping, schools, parks and medical facilities.
The Riverside area is located close to downtown and along the Arkansas River where some of the most charming neighborhoods contain mostly older homes. Further to the north are located newer homes and combined with the older, smaller homes along I-235 to the west, the median price is about $60,000. Both commercial and residential growth around 21st. Street N. and Maize Road has been phenomenal.
Northeast Wichita stretches from along I-135 to some of the most prestigious residential developments in the far northeast pushing the median price of homes well above $100,000. Wichita State University lies in this area effecting the housing market significantly. Some of the grandest old homes are located in the College Hill area. Some of the city’s most accelerated commerical and residential growth is occurring in the far northeast area.
East Wichita stretches from the Downtown area to the Sedgwick/Butler County line. Older, blue-collar neighborhoods are located near to the Downtown area and the areas toward Boeing and McConnell Air Force Base. Newer, suburban homes are located further east. The median price of homes in the east area is about $60,000.
West Wichita is undergoing rapid growth with most of the homes west of I-235 being some of the newest in Wichita with the median price just over $100,000. Young families are everywhere in West Wichita with half the households supporting young children. There is also growth in commercial development with several new shopping centers. The zoo and the airport are located in the west area of Wichita.
Located in Southeast Wichita are several of Wichita’s aircraft plants including: Boeing, Cessna’s east plant and Raytheon as well as McConnell Air Force Base. Median prices for homes in the Southeast area is approximately $50,000.
Many of the homes in this area are older, built in the 1950s and 60s. Even older are the homes in the picturesque blocks closer to the downtown area and around Friends University, just south of Douglas and west of Seneca. Further to the southwest there are newer neighborhoods. Median prices for homes in this area are about $50,000.
At one time, the finest homes in the city clustered around the downtown area. Some of the old residences are being restored, most of them i the ornate Victorian style of the original construction. Homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places are scattered throughout the neighborhood.