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Springfield Real Estate and Community Information

Springfield Real Estate and Community Information

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Located in southwestern Missouri, Springfield is a town of around 160,000 residents. The third largest city in Missouri, Springfield is justifiably proud of its thriving economy, low cost of living and scenic Ozark Mountain setting.

Springfield has a rich history in country music and many television music shows originated in the city during the early days of TV. In addition to its country music roots, Springfield is perhaps best known for being the starting point for the historic Route 66, and parts of the original road can still be seen on the north side of town.

Springfield is the headquarters for several companies and organizations, including Bass Pro Shops, O'Reilly Auto Parts and the Assemblies of God. This area has also been home to a number of famous persons, including actors Brad Pitt and John Goodman; TV host Bob Barker and golfer Payne Stewart.

Shopping and Dining

Shopping in Springfield ranges from the 150-store Battlefield Mall to small, independently-owned shops. In fact, the city boasts more than 30 shopping centers. Springfield shopping highlights include the 300,000-square foot Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, the Commercial Street historic district in downtown Springfield with its art galleries and small boutiques, and the 40,000-square foot Urban Market, a downtown emporium with one-of-a-kind furniture, clothing and decorative items.

Springfield Missouri real estate owners need never go hungry. The city offers a diverse collection of more than 800 eateries, ranging from chain restaurants to independently-owned bistros. Among the local favorites are the Springfield Brewing Company, located downtown; Maria's, also downtown, for Mexican fare; Famous Dave's for barbecue and Touch for a romantic, special occasion meal. Of course, no trip to Springfield is complete without a stop at Andy's for ice cream.

Parks and Recreation

One of the best things about Springfield MO real estate is the abundance of nearby outdoor recreational opportunities. The area is home to 92 parks, with facilities that range from hiking trails to ball fields. One of the highlights is Jordan Valley Park, located in the heart of downtown, is the site of a full schedule of concerts and events as well as two ice rinks, a cultural arts center and a rather showy fountain. There are also six recreational lakes within 100 miles of Springfield.

Springfield lies in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. In addition to the scenic rolling hills, the area offers abundant hiking, fishing and rock climbing opportunities. For a quick getaway and a country music fix, the music capital of Branson is located just 45 miles away.

Living

Springfield MO real estate runs the gamut from modest bungalows to new construction to multi-acre farms. Housing is generally more affordable here than in many other parts of the country, with an average home listing price in May, 2012 of $174,400.

Schools, Health and Transportation

Children of Springfield MO real estate owners attend the schools of the Springfield Public School District, the largest school district in Missouri, with an enrollment of around 25,000 students. The district manages 50 schools, including 38 elementary schools, 10 middle schools and 5 high schools. The area also boasts several private schools including Summit Preparatory School, Grace Classical Academy and Springfield Catholic High School.

Springfield is home to a diverse array of colleges and universities. Among these are Missouri State University; Drury University, a liberal arts college ranked by U.S. News as the #10 regional university in the Midwest; Ozarks Technical Community College and Baptist Bible College.

Springfield is a regional health care center, with six hospitals and more than 2,200 hospital beds. Two of these, CoxHealth and Mercy Health Care System, are ranked among the top 100 hospitals in the United States.

It's easy to get around Springfield. I-44 bisects the north side of town and connects Springfield with Tulsa and St. Louis. State Route 13 runs north-south through town and connects Springfield with Kansas City. Public transportation, run by the City Utilities of Springfield, offers bus service to most areas of the city. Some of their buses use eco-friendly, bio-diesel fuel.

For out-of-town trips, the 2,900-acre Springfield-Branson National Airport is located on the north side of town and offers 33 daily non-stop flights to 12 cities around the United States, including Las Vegas, Chicago, Denver, Atlanta and Memphis.

 

If you are thinking about buying or selling Springfield real estate, give us a call at (417) 894-9093 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

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Jenny & Randy Thomas
Keller Williams Realty; Team Thomas, REALTORS
2925 E Battlefield, Suite 111
Springfield MO 65804
Phone: 417-501-9988
417-883-4900
Fax: 417-447-9853

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