Sly James prepares move to Union Hill
The Kansas City Star
Mayor Sly James said Thursday morning he thinks he has sold his house in Hyde Park and soon will be moving to another house.
The location: Union Hill.
“I love the neighborhood,” James said.
The house will be smaller than the Hyde Park one.
So what happened to the potential of moving to a downtown location that James had been looking for?
The mayor said at least one downtown housing unit had been sold before he could get it, partly because his house hadn’t sold.
As he quickly noted, that’s a good thing, showing that the downtown housing market has a good pulse.
Here’s a brief quotation from the mayor on his current house from a recent Star story.
“Our five-bedroom home was built in 1908 in Hyde Park and is a variation on the Kansas City original shirtwaist house. I’ve always thought the house was the perfect fit for the neighborhood, with its historic features and overall charm. The cut stone of the outside of the house really adds to the curb appeal. From the porch to the foundation to the exterior walls, each stone is unique, and you can see the meticulous handiwork of the builders who used their own elbow grease to construct it.
“Previous owners of the house are an impressive bunch: Mack B. Nelson (of Long-Bell Lumber and also owner of the former Designers’ Showhouse at 5500 Ward Parkway); George E. Muehlebach (president of Muehlebach Brewing Co.); Henry Patche (former owner of the Genesy Electric Lantern Co.); and Carl Cleveland Jr. (CEO of Cleveland Chiropractic College of Kansas City).