An Overview of Wichita

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A visit to Wichita may just entice you to join the people (more than 385,000) who call Wichita home. Wichita is the largest city in Kansas and a vibrant community with an active arts scene and diverse cultural and culinary experiences.

Wichita has diverse housing options, wonderful schools, great weather and some of the friendliest people you’ll find around.

Wichita provides various opportunities for worship, excellent universities, and an array of healthcare facilities and financial institutions. And, thanks to new low-cost carriers in the Wichita market, Wichita Mid-Continent Airport provides easy and inexpensive access to any travel destination you may have in mind.

A Brief History

Wichita is a jewel in the heartland of the United States. It ís right at the point where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers meet. The “Keeper of the Plains”, a majestic and commanding figure that many people associate with Wichita, created by the late Wichita artist Blackbear Bosin, now marks the historic spot. The Wichita Indians who lived in this area gave our city its name. Later, settlers discovered this land of subtle beauty, good soil, water and abundant wildlife, which was to be named Sedgwick County.

The Air Capital of the World

Why Wichita? According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Wichita-based aircraft companies produced seven out of every 10 planes delivered in the first six months of 1998, representing 59 percent of total billings! These numbers do not include commercial jetliners.

Our Aviation Heritage

By 1916 Wichita was by far the largest city in south-central Kansas and was easily accessible to the nearby Butler County oil fields. Oilman J.M. (Jack) Moellendick met Emil Matthew Laird, a barnstorming pilot who wished to build airplanes commercially, and William Burek, manager of the Wichita Aircraft Company (which was actually a wheat field that recently had been converted to a landing strip).

In the spring of 1920, the three were joined by Laird’s brother, Charles, and they organized the Wichita Laird Aircraft Corporation and developed a two-place biplane, the Swallow. The rest, as they say, is history.

By 1929 a total of 16 aircraft factories, employing some 2,000 people, were producing one-forth of all commercial aircraft built in the USA. In addition, the city boasted 11 airports and 41 support companies.

Over the years a number of aviation pioneers, including individuals whose names would come to define the industry, established themselves in Wichita. Among these visionaries were Lloyd Stearman, Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and later Bill Lear. The Stearman company was acquired and the name changed to Wichita-Boeing.

The Second World War transformed Wichita’s aircraft plants to the status of a major industry. By 1943 fully one half of the cities 184,000 dwellers owed their livelihood to the aircraft plants. Following the war, Wichita’s plane makers successfully switched their emphasis to commercial and business aircraft, and in doing reestablished the city as the “Air Capital of the World.”

The Wichita Real Estate Market

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Wichita offers an amazingly diverse selection of homes and residential properties. As a midwest city, we have plenty of single family residences in urban, suburb, and rural locations. Homes located within the main metro area range from cozy bungalows and craftsmans to colonials in East Wichita. We have two and three story traditional brick and siding houses as well as the very popular ranch-style homes. Most homes in Wichita have basements, many of which are fully finished for added square footage.

Wichita Duplexes, town homes, and condos for sale and rent. These connected residences can be found throughout the city to suit urban or suburban living preferences.

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Wichita’s suburbs are constantly expanding and offer new homes and lots that are built to suit. Our local home builders design and construct quality houses that must stand up against the ever-changing Kansas weather: rain, sleet, snow, drought, and extreme heat and cold – sometimes all on the same day!

Wichita is located in the bread basket of the world. Surrounded by furtile farmland, we benefit from open spaces and clean air. Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate can serve our rural clients as farm, land, and ranch properties become available.