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Santa Fe Place

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Few people have heard of Santa Fe Place, so the lure of beautiful Edwardian-era homes, a vibrant neighborhood association, and easy access to downtown Kansas City and U.S. Highway 71 is lost on many potential homebuyers. "A house that costs a million bucks in Hyde Park is a fraction of that here because we're east of Prospect," says Santa Fe Place resident Louis Price. "It's a safe, solid community." And one with a rich history: In the 1830s, this land held a mill and a distillery, which sold whiskey to wagons on the Santa Fe Trail. It was later the Lockridge family farm, and the area was built on the original farm's outline, between 27th and 31st streets and Prospect and Indiana. The area was exclusively white until 1948, when an African-American physician sued to have the racist covenants nullified. "In the 1960s, this was where many of Kansas City's civil rights leaders and movers and shakers lived," says community activist and resident Durwin Rice, who bought his 104-year-old home several years ago. "Satchel Paige's daughter still lives here. This neighborhood is one of Kansas City's best-kept secrets."

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