Home to charming, desired neighborhoods anchored by beautifully constructed homes and a historic shopping district
Designed by legendary American real estate developer Jesse Clyde “J. C.” Nichols in the 1920s, Brookside is quintessential Kansas City, comprising one portion of the sprawling master-planned Country Club District alongside neighborhoods like Mission Hills and Prairie Village. It is a collection of many smaller neighborhoods (ex. Armour Hills, Morningside, Romanelli Gardens, Wornall Homestad, and Country Club & East Brookside neighborhoods), and represents the general area from State Line to Troost (W to E) / Gregory Blvd to 55th St (S to N). With an engaging, slightly urban feel blended with architecturally-stunning historic homes, Brookside real estate is always in high demand.
Despite the town's relaxed vibe, Brookside is brimming with exciting festivals, colorful parades, holiday events, shops, and restaurants—all centrally located and accessible within its collection of neighborhoods. Brookside's signature shopping district was the first of its kind in Kansas City, predating the Country Club Plaza. Today, Brookside is home to over 80 unique shops—each one intent on maintaining the overall charm and vibe of this historic area.
Amid a housing boom, Brookside has become an increasingly popular place for adults and families to live, and currently around 110,000 people reside here. People who live in Brookside appreciate the diverse historic neighborhoods, located in a centralized and highly desired area of Kansas City.
Exceedingly walkable, the central shopping district makes it easy for people to meander from store to store without breaking a sweat. Brookside is also home to trendy coffee shops, classy eateries, and popular events like the Brookside Art Fair, which attracts crowds of locals and creatives.
A variety of shops and restaurants line Brookside's central downtown district. You could spend several outings strolling through the area, sightseeing, shopping, and trying out dozens of different spots. Popular shops in Brookside include the fine art gallery , flower shop, and the mom n' pop toy store
is a neighborhood landmark, a popular sports bar for locals eager to get out of the house and enjoy the big game on one of their 50 HD TVs in a casual hangout serving classic American grub. Like Brooksider, is a Kansas City institution serving more than 100 different types of beer. It's another great local place to watch sports while dining on comfort food. Afterward, enjoy a game of darts or shuffleboard on the bar's all-season patio.
Festive and kid-friendly is always a good bet for authentic Mexican food, especially if you like it spicy—after all, their slogan is "mo hotta, mo betta!" If you prefer something different, try taqueria-inspired a pioneer of innovative Mexican cuisine with a fantastic bar and outdoor seating.
Before or after a long day of shopping, retire to the cozy interior of for a coffee beverage and freshly-baked goods—or visit to satisfy your sweet tooth. For over three decades, Foo’s has fostered a reputation for serving the best custard in town.
Festivals and special events are a big deal in Brookside since they create opportunities for the community to gather for food and fun. is one of the town's biggest events, regularly uniting more than 70,000 patrons from all over Kansas City to celebrate art for three days straight.
Close to 200 of the top artists from across the U.S. are hand-selected to participate. The selection process is carefully curated to ensure the art offerings are fresh and innovative year after year.
St. Patrick's Day is one of those holidays that often gets overlooked—rest assured, that’s not the case in Brookside. The town's annual is a huge celebration that kicks off a spirited week of fun in Kansas City. The family-oriented event hosts over 100 organizations from around the city to march or ride along in the parade. Entries include lots of dogs, Irish Setters, Irish dancers, drill teams, bands, classic cars, and tons of creative floats.
Finally, if you enjoy grocery shopping with a side of live music and kid-friendly activities, you'll likely become a regular at the . In 2003, a group of local farmers united to create a wholesome community that encourages sustainable practices.
Multiple markets are scattered across Kansas City, with the one in Brookside conveniently located within the heart of the town's central shopping district. The best part is, the markets are open year-round with an indoor facility utilized during the winter months.
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