Best of Recognition for Retirement Living in Kansas City

When McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff opened in 2013, it was immediately recognized as a Best Of Retirement Community. When the building was finished in 2014, the McCrite family invited the entire community to come and see this beautiful new establishment. Ribbon cuttings and invitations to open houses brought thousands of people to tour and see what the McCrite family designed and built for all of Kansas City to enjoy and imagine for their futures. 

This was not your grandmother’s nursing home! 


McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff redefined retirement from an antiquated nursing home model to luxury living. Everything about architecture and construction was designed to make retirement the best years of life. Amenities for active living and socialization were always at the top.

When it came time to vote for Best of the Northland, McCrite Plaza landed at the top!

There are multiple “Best Of” contests for Kansas City businesses. There are some lists in which companies can buy a position for advertising purposes, but the best and most reliable are contests that ask the public to vote for their preferences. The McCrite family and staff are so pleased to have been voted Best of the Northland in Apartment Complex, Assisted Living, Retirement/Independent Living, and Best Place to Work over the decade they’ve been open. Again, this year, The Courier-Tribune is sponsoring the annual Best of The Northland contest.  

Last year, McCrite Plaza was also voted “Best Of” in another contest created by the Kansas City Star called Kansas City Favorites. The winning category was Independent Living. 

You don’t get to the top of the list and stay there without constant investment in staff, building maintenance, new additions, and continual updating. The McCrite family is onsite daily to see that every detail is managed. Most importantly, the staff is there to make sure the residents are well cared for and living their best years!


The family’s commitment to this standard is true for their locations in Topeka, KS, and Briarcliff in the Northland. Both communities have been repeatedly awarded this honor. These are the details that keep McCrite Plaza at the top of the list every year. 

What does it mean to the public that a Retirement Community is voted the Best Of?

The Consistency of Care: Receiving this recognition year after year indicates the McCrite family’s commitment to being active in daily management. That consistency may not be present in corporately owned communities. The McCrite family has standards of care at the core of its 50-year business. 

Validation of Merit: Being among the top three winners validates the excellence and dedication of the senior living facility’s facility management. It acknowledges its commitment to providing outstanding care and services to its residents.

Quality of Life: It indicates that the Senior Living facility has been recognized for providing exceptional care, services, and amenities tailored to the needs and preferences of Seniors. This recognition suggests that residents can expect a high quality of life and a supportive environment.

Reputation and Confidence: Achieving a top-three position reflects positively on the trust and reputation of the Senior Living facility within the local community. Families often rely on such awards and recognitions to make informed decisions about the best options for their loved ones.

Competitive Advantage: This recognition can provide a competitive advantage for the Senior Living facility, attracting more residents and families seeking high-quality Senior care options. It distinguishes the facility from others in the area and can lead to increased visibility and interest.

Peace of Mind: For families considering Senior Living options, knowing that a facility has been recognized as one of the best in the area can provide peace of mind and assurance that their loved ones will receive excellent care and support.

Why is it important?


Most people are interested in reviews before making a potential purchase. Likewise, these public contests give the community an overall view of local establishments. As a person considers making a move to retirement living, these contests can be part of the overall consideration of a particular community. It becomes a piece of the puzzle. 

Of course, the number one way to make such an important decision is to come for a tour. We invite you to see why McCrite Plaza is consistently voted Best of the Northland and a Kansas City Favorite!

Call us in Briarcliff-Kansas City at (816) 888-7930 or complete the contact form below to schedule a tour and see everything McCrite Plaza Senior Retirement Community has to offer!

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