Springfield makes some pretty darn nice 1911s, I just picked up a Mil-Spec (and love it) which is one of their lower-end models, you'd want to check out some of the higher end ones such as:
Springfield Armory Operator
Springfield Armory Loaded
These can be had for significantly less than a Kimber. Springfield has a great reputation, too - but not Kimber's nostalgia and cult following, heh.
You also may want to consider picking up a Mil-Spec and then adding the bells and whistles as you go, as I'm doing.
Best of luck in your search.