A Local’s Guide to the Best Neighborhoods in Wichita

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First thing’s first, welcome to Doo-Dah City! We’d love to have you here!

Now, here’s the deal: Wichita is big. It truly is a sprawling city made up of urban, commercial, and suburban districts. Frankly, looking at a map and trying to decide where to live can be overwhelming.

And that’s why, as a local born and raised here in Wichita, I’ve compiled this list for you! (Remember, this doesn’t have to be your be-all, end-all. This is simply a great way to familiarize yourself with different areas of Wichita and learn which one might be best for you. If the shoe fits, right?)

Here are seven of my favorite neighborhoods in Wichita, perfect for families and young professionals alike.

Woodlawn Village

Woodlawn Village is made up of long, winding streets lined with sycamores and oaks, plus generous families to boot. Woodlawn has great schools too, including Price-Harris Communications Magnet Elementary. They also have a lovely playground.

Plus, it’s right between Wichita Collegiate School and the Independent School, not to mention a few others. No matter what age your child is, they will have plenty of options to choose from. The Armour Bike Path runs through Woodlawn Village, so you can get out there on your bikes and have some fun.

Aside from schooling, Woodlawn Village’s homes are generally 2-3+ beds with multiple baths and large yards. There’s a small creek that runs through the center that houses a few turtles and fish. There are also several grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants nearby, too. (Including Knolla’s, some of the best pizza in Wichita.) This is a very safe and kind neighborhood—I grew up here and loved every second of it!

  • Address: Wichita, KS, 67206
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College Hill

College Hill houses are older and filled with character; definitely not of the cookie-cutter variety. Plus, everything is within walking distance to several great restaurants, as well as most of downtown Wichita. And, should you decide to move here, your neighbor will be Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House!

College Hill has lots of churches and lots of friendly neighbors. It’s personally one of my favorite neighborhoods, but that’s just me.

P.S. – College Hill has the best Halloweens around, so if you’re into spooky season, this is the place for you!

Eastborough

Eastborough is technically its own city, but it’s still a part of Wichita in my mind, so I thought it’d be worth a mention.

If you’ve got some extra income on hand, Eastborough may be the place for you! These homes are close to mansions—so gorgeous and unique. With lots of stone, brick, and statues, your home is sure to make a statement.

Located right next to Towne East Square, you’ll have easy access to any and all of the stores you love. Eastborough has a beautiful park and is also very walkable. They even have their own law enforcement!

Random warning: the speed limit in Eastborough ranges from 10mph-25mph. Many friends of mine have gotten ticketed there for speeding, so please follow the signage.

Riverside

Riverside is super charming and cute. This is a great area if you’re renting or have a smaller family.

This suburban neighborhood is fairly small, so you’ll most likely know all of your neighbors. Riverside is mostly made up of homes filled with either young professionals or small families.

Riverside’s a great spot as it’s close to the action without actually being in the action. You have easy access to Downtown, but you also have a safe and quiet home to return to at the end of the day.

With lots of parks and museums, Riverside will leave you entertained and sunburnt. There are currently five parks in Riverside alone! It can be difficult to find nature in Wichita, so if that’s a priority, consider Riverside!

  • Address: Wichita, KS, 67203
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Reeds Cove

I have family in Reeds Cove, and they’ve been there a long time and have no plans to leave! Located in Northeast Wichita, Reeds Cove was developed in 2003, so all of the houses are relatively new and in great shape.

If you are a city-slicker and want easy access to nightlife, this is not the neighborhood for you. These sweet, newer homes are perfect for families and pets. The neighborhood is very walkable, and they even have paths along the creek. Plus, a community saltwater pool for the summertime just down the road.

Did I mention it’s right next to the Redbud Trail? For any cyclists, walkers, and nature lovers out there, this neighborhood may be the one for you.

Indian Hills

This neighborhood in West Wichita lines the Arkansas River and sits on the southernmost border of Indian Hills Riverbend. It’s perfect for anyone looking to get a bit closer to nature. Sitting on the Ark River and housing Botanica, there are plenty of opportunities to bike, walk, or simply be outside.

Unlike most of the other places on this list, Indian Hills is fairly inexpensive. Plus, it’s not too far from Friends, Newman, or WSU, making it a great place to rent if you’re continuing your education.

The west side is also home to the Sedgwick County Zoo and plenty of museums on the river.

  • Address: Wichita, KS, 67203
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Delano

This former city-turned-neighborhood is rich with culture, history, and quirky shops.

If you want to be close to the Downtown action without actually being there, Delano may be the place for you! There are usually events on Douglas too, but without the hustle and bustle of Downtown. Plus, with the new stadium and Exploration Place nearby, there’s plenty to do with or without your kiddos.

There’s a fair mix of renters and owners here, though most of the buildings are smaller. You’d be hard-pressed to find a five-bedroom house here, but who really needs all that? Thanks to its proximity to Friends University, Delano is also college-student-friendly.

Sound intriguing? Don’t miss our complete guide to the Delano District!

  • Address: Wichita, KS, 67213
  • Website: Delano