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Save Big this Summer – at the Brookside Sidewalk Sale and Market Days!

The sun is shining, and things are heating up in Brookside! We can’t think of a better way to spend your summer days than by throwing on your walking shoes and heading to the heart of Kansas City – for big savings at the Brookside Sidewalk Sale and Brookside Market Days!

Voted Best Neighborhood in Kansas City, Brookside is home to over 80 unique shops, restaurants and service providers from award-winning restaurants to luxury pet stores – Brookside has it all!

This year’s annual Brookside Sidewalk Sale takes place Thursday, July 11th through Saturday, July 13th at participating Brookside businesses. Help your neighbors and shop local with discounts, in-store savings, special merchandise and more!

The summer shopping fun doesn’t stop there! Brookside merchants and restaurants are teaming up with the Brookside Farmers Market for Brookside Market Days. Every Saturday this summer, receive special discounts, offers and sales at local shops and restaurants when you visit the Brookside Farmers Market.

Open every Saturday this summer from 8:00am – 1:00 pm, the Brookside Farmers Market offers a wholesome atmosphere featuring live music, fresh produce and local organic products. This family-friendly environment is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained while you search for your local treasures!

Some special Brookside Market Days offers include:

Be on the lookout for more special offers to come!

Mark your calendars and get ready for a summer of savings in Brookside! While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by 9 W 63rd St and visit your friends at Brookside Real Estate – when the flag is up, we’re open.

Happy Summer!

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2019 Summer Events in Kansas City

It’s summer time in Kansas City and this year KC has it all! With the help of Visit KC, the Kansas City lovers of Brookside Real Estate are here to keep your calendar full of some of our favorite festivals, events and celebrations of the season.

KC Live! Hot Country Nights

Hot Country Nights – May 30-August 15 (Weekly): An annual Kansas City favorite, take on the heat of Hot Country Nights at Power & Light District every Thursday night. With live music from headliners including Midland, Brett Young and Justin Moore, we know we’ll be attending a few free Hot Country Nights this summer!

First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District: Nothing says Fri-yay like free First Fridays in the Crossroads! No two First Fridays are the same thanks to a wide-ranging mix of art galleries, boutiques, food trucks and more. This event held the first Friday of every month offers something for all in one of KC’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival – June 11-July 7: This summer, enjoy Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s presentation of Shakespeare in Love. The weekly reoccurring free performance at Southmoreland Park entertains a modern audience while giving greater insight into Shakespeare’s most well-known play, Romeo and Juliet.

Boulevardia – June 14-15: KC’s Stockyards District in the West Bottoms transforms into one of Kansas City’s favorite festivals hosted by Boulevard Brewing Co. Complete with concerts, food trucks, a family carnival, beer stations and more!

KC RiverFest – July 4: Celebrate the Fourth of July at Berkley Riverfront Park! This festival begins with a day of activities, food, live music and more. Once the sun goes down, enjoy one of the largest fireworks shows in the Midwest!

Grand Carnivale – July 14-August 4: Experience Worlds of Fun like never before and celebrate different cultures around the world, including Italy, France, China, India and Germany. From unique foods and drinks to games, crafts, live music and entertainment – the Grand Carnivale has something for everyone.

Ethnic Enrichment Festival – August 16-August 18: Diverse Kansas City cultures representing dozens of countries unite at historic Swope Park for a weekend full of native foods, crafts, ethnic music and dancing. This event is one of the largest festivals of its kind featuring more than 60 different cultures.

Kansas City Irish Fest – August 31-September 2: Embrace KC’s Celtic heritage with three days of fun at Crown Center. With over 30 bands on seven stages, special performances, activities for the kids and more, your Celtic Pride is sure to shine this summer at KC Irish Fest!

KC Beer Fest – September 14: Craft beer lovers, this event is for you! Head out to Power & Light District for over 200 craft beers from familiar local names including KC Bier Co, Martin City Brewing Co, Cinder Block Brewery and more.

Plaza Art Fair – September 20-22: End summer and welcome fall with this nationally recognized, nine-block art event held at Country Club Plaza. Gather with friends and family and join over 250,000 for a weekend of art, live music, food and drinks from a range of KC restaurants.

Have a fun-filled summer, KC!

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Brookside: A Neighborhood Full of Historic Homes

A special community rich in history and neighborhood charm, Brookside is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Kansas City. Full of well-built single-family homes, each house in Brookside is unique from the other. Ranging in style from smaller American Tudors and Craftsman Bungalows to larger Colonial Revivals and American Georgian styles, the Brookside gurus at Brookside Real Estate are here to tell you the history behind the houses that make Brookside one-of-a-kind.

American Tudor

Influenced by timber-framed cottages built during the reign of the Tudor dynasty in England, European architects brought the Tudor style to America toward the end of the nineteenth century. Built with a combination of late Medieval and early Renaissance styles, American Tudors are characterized by their steeply pitched gable roofs, elaborate stone and brickwork, and exposed wood framework.

Craftsman Bungalow

Dating back to the 18th century, the term “bungalow” derived from the word “bangla” comes from the Indian province of Bengal. Built low to the ground with large porches sheltered by wide overhanging eaves, bangla houses were originally built as one-story rest houses for travelling British colonial authorities. Fast forward to the early 1900s in the United States, the simple, folksy design of bungalows suited the arts and crafts movement perfectly, as they could be built without an excess of materials or effort. Meeting the needs of young first-time home buyers, the popularity of Craftsman Bungalows took off with relatively few built after 1930.

Colonial Revival

One of the most popular residential architectural styles in United States history, the Colonial Revival movement origins back to the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, giving many Americans inspiration to look back at the colonial period. These timeless, substantial homes declare the owners have a solid foundation and traditional values. Typically two stories, Colonial Revivals are characterized by their rectangular mass with symmetrical windows and elaborate front doors accented with columns or pilasters.

American Georgian

Another one of America’s most consistently popular styles, the Georgian style utilizes many of the trademarks of Renaissance design. The term “Georgian” refers the design aesthetic developed during the reigns of Kings George I through George III. The sophisticated style was inspired by the traditions of Rome, Greece and the designs of Italian Renaissance architects. Similar to the Colonial Revival, the classic American Georgian house is rectangular or square in shape, made of brick or stone, featuring symmetrical shuttered windows and columns.

Regardless of which unique style you choose, one thing is for certain – in Brookside, your house will quickly become your home. With tree-lined streets featuring large sidewalks and local shops within walking distance, Brookside is truly the definition of a community.

Looking to own one of Brookside’s historic homes and become a member of this one-of-a-kind neighborhood? Give the home pros at Brookside Real Estate Company a call at (816) 333-3330 or stop by our storefront office at 9 W 63rd St – when the flag is up, we’re open!

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Brookside Featured on The Cover of 435 Magazine Best Neighborhoods 2019

Have you seen the March edition of 435 Magazine? If so, you may have noticed our charming Brookside neighborhood featured on the cover of this Best Neighborhoods 2019 edition! Listed one of five best Kansas City neighborhoods for the “forever home” buyer, this comes as no surprise to all of us here at Brookside Real Estate Company.

In the 435 Magazine Best Neighborhoods 2019 feature written by Sherry Kuehl, she states, “The move-up or ‘forever home’ buyer is seeking more – as in more square footage, a more prestigious address and more amenities and perks.”

Kuehl goes on to describe Brookside as a, “Charming neighborhood featuring tree-lined streets and homes that date back more than 100 years with varied architectural character – from bungalows to Tudors.” She continued, “The close proximity to the Plaza and downtown with restaurants and shops just a stroll away help make Brookside a sought-after neighborhood.”

“We couldn’t agree more,” said Brookside Real Estate owner and broker, Jim Kraus. “I’ve been in the Real Estate business here in Brookside for over 20 years now and the community continues to astonish everyone with its consistent appreciation of home values,” he continued, “Everyone wants to live in Brookside. What’s not to love?”

The year of the “balanced” market, 2019 is shaping up to be a good year for both sellers and buyers. With over 30 years of combined professional experience, the agents at Brookside Real Estate have all the tools needed to help navigate you through the madness of Spring Market!

Now is the time to join our community and see for yourself why Brookside is continually listed as one of Kansas City’s Best Neighborhoods! Give us a call at (816) 333-3330 or stop by our storefront office located at 9 W 63rd St in the heart of Brookside – when the flag is up, we’re open.

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10 Tips to Get Your House Ready to Sell This Spring

Getting ready to sell your house this spring?

It’s time to get to work! Putting your house on the market entails a lot more than just propping up a “For Sale” sign on your front lawn. Before you put your house on the market, take a look at Brookside Real Estate’s 10 tips to get your house ready to sell for top dollar!

1. Focus on Curb Appeal: First impressions are everything. Regardless of how much effort you put into the interior of your home, the exterior is the first thing potential buyers see. Give your house a good power wash and fix the little things – touch up your paint and replace rotting trim. And don’t forget about your lawn! Keep your grass mowed and put down some fresh mulch – you never know who may be driving by.

2. Declutter Living Areas: When it comes to getting your house ready to show, less is more – you’re trying to sell your house, not your stuff! Start off with a clean sweep of counters, tables, windowsills and all other visible areas. Then, move on to hidden items in drawers, closets and cabinets. Next, take a look at the furniture around your home and ask yourself if each piece is adding to the overall ambiance. If not, get rid of it or move it to the basement for the time-being! Everything in your home is coming out anyway, so consider it pre-moving.

A featured home by Brookside Real Estate3. Depersonalize Your Space: Now that you’ve decluttered, it’s time to depersonalize your space. When potential buyers come into your house, they want to be able to picture themselves living in the home. This step includes removing personal items, family photos and any other bold artwork/furniture that could make your house seem too lived in. The goal is to create a blank canvas, so home buyers can project their own visions of living there.

4. Paint Walls to Neutral Tones: Freshly painted rooms make everything look fresh and clean! Stick to neutral colors – you may prefer bright and bold colors, but that doesn’t go for everyone. Light and neutral colors also allow buyers to envision what the walls will look like with the color of their choice. Keep in mind, your prospective buyers are mentally noting all of the jobs they will need to take care of once moving in.

5. Touch Up Scuff Marks and Loose Handles: Even if you’re not doing a full-on repainting project, pay close attention to scrubbing and touching up doors, walls and baseboards to make your house look especially cared-for. Fix any loose handles and replace missing lightbulbs. The small details matter. You don’t want the buyer to stop and wonder what else is broken in the home.

6. Add Greenery: Another small detail that goes a long way- green is good! Plants create a warm, welcoming environment. Add a touch of greenery to each room to keep a consistent welcoming environment throughout the entire home. Consider adding a bouquet of flowers to the dining table and a bowl of fresh, colorful fruit in the kitchen.

A newly remodeled home of Brookside Real Estate7. Deep Clean: Clean, clean, clean and then clean some more! You want your house to be spotless. Give the bathrooms special attention – making sure everything sparkles. Complete your initial deep cleaning and continue to maintain the cleanliness each day. This way you won’t feel panicked when a call for a showing comes through.

8. Complete a Smell Test: Now that you’ve deep cleaned the house, have an unbiased third party in to detect any lingering odors. Even the slightest foul odors can be a deal breaker, and the biggest problem is you may not even notice them. Many buyers are on to “masking techniques” including plug-in deodorizers and candles, so it’s important confirm all odors are eliminated prior to adding pleasant scents.

9. Complete Research on Staging: If you’re like most people, there’s a good chance your furniture has been arranged the same way for a decade. Although this can be fine in some cases, there may be a better way to stage your house you haven’t thought of. Do a quick search on home staging – you’ll find free advice and information to get your home ready to sell. Making rooms look larger is key!

10. Find a Great Real Estate Agent: Unfortunately, integrity can be a bit lacking when it comes to the real estate business. At Brookside Real Estate, integrity is a way of life! This is an earned and prized professional trademark for our team of Realtors – and an implied promise that we go above and beyond the ordinary to enhance your experience using our experience – from day one, to closing. Click here to learn more about our team of agents!

Now that your home is market ready, leave it to the experts at Brookside Real Estate in Kansas City to take it from here! Give us a call at (816) 333-3330 or stop by our storefront office at 9 W 63rd Street – when the flag is up, we’re open!

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Kansas City Winter Storm Power Outages: What to Do to Stay Safe

At the peak of Kansas City’s past weekend winter storm, 160,000 Kansas City Power & Light customers were without power. This is still the case today for a handful of those customers. Being without a steady supply of heat impacts not only you and your family, but your home can suffer from dampness – damaging walls, floors and plumbing. With another round of winter weather set to hit this coming weekend, it’s important to be prepared.

Take a look at Brookside Real Estate’s tips to keep your family and home safe during a winter power outage.

  • Stay Warm: Dress in layers and huddle under extra blankets with your family members and pets to share body heat. Use towels or blankets to block any drafts around windows and doors. Find the warmest room in your house to stay in.
  • Keep Your Food Cold: Food can stay frozen 24-36 hours if the refrigerator/freezer doors remained closed. For refrigerated items, consider using coolers with ice to preserve the more important items. It’s also important to stalk up on non-perishable foods such as bread, peanut butter, canned tuna, trail mix, protein bars and more prior to the start of the coming storm.
  • Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Although tempting, don’t attempt to make makeshift heaters like clay pot heaters or use a gas stove to stay warm. We suggest having your fireplace and chimney cleaned before using. Fires and carbon monoxide are both very serious risks.
  • Prevent Additional Damage: Unplug all appliances and electronics to avoid a surge when the power comes back on. If you have electric heat, keep all water taps on a slow drip to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. NOTE: if your power goes out while you’re cooking, disconnect your stove immediately.
  • Consider Purchasing an Emergency Generator: Generators can supply enough power to keep our households operating until the electricity returns. Having a portable electrical generator on hand in the event of a major power outage can help your family weather the storm.
  • Stay with Someone Who Has Power: If the temperature dips as low as predicted, and you do not have a generator, it might be best to leave your home. In the case of evacuation, turn off the main breaker, circuit breaker panel or power supply box. Turn off the water main and drain all water from the system. If you have a gas heater, turn out the pilot light. Lastly, be sure to remove all valuables off the basement floor in the case of flooding.
  • Back in Business: When the power comes back on, verify once more that all appliances and electronics have been unplugged before turning the main power switch on to prevent power surge damage. Turn the water supply back on, keeping the taps on the lowest level of your home closed to allow air to be released out of the upper taps. Keep your heater slightly above normal temperature for a few hours to help your house dry. Don’t forget to check your food supplies for spoilage.

Be safe and stay warm this weekend, Kansas City!

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Why You Should Sell Your Home in 2019

Take a look at this recent article from U.S. News:

“Few people are predicting that 2019 will be a record-breaking year for home prices.

But relatively speaking, 2019 might be the best time for you to put your house on the market. Especially if you’re on the fence about selling this year or next, Nick Ron, CEO of House Buyers of America, recommends going with the devil you know rather than the devil you don’t.

“I think it’ll be better than 2020 and 2021 – who knows what’s going to happen in those years,” Ron says.

Home price growth slowed in the second half of 2018, with fewer buyers entering the market, at least partially due to rising interest rates issued by the Federal Reserve. In 2019, consumers shouldn’t expect homebuyers to flood the market again and drive prices through the roof, but it’s also unlikely to be a crisis for home sellers.

If you bought your house in the last year or two, still love it and don’t want to part with it, go ahead and wait another five years before revisiting the thought of selling. But if you’re weighing your options to sell, considering selling this year or maybe the year after, don’t play the waiting game. Here are four reasons to sell your house in 2019.

New buyers are still entering the market. As interest rates rise, some buyers will hesitate to make an offer on a home or apply for a mortgage, so be ready to see occasional drops in buyer activity. And if your house is at the higher end of the price range in your market, you should expect less buyer interest than before. Ron notes the combination of rising mortgage rates and home prices exceeding buyers’ budgets are what has caused the slowing of homebuyer activity in recent months.

But with available housing inventory remaining low, even with rising interest rates, buyers who are ready to make a purchase will still shop for homes. The biggest wave of new homebuyers will be among millennials, who are mostly first-time buyers. In a Harris Poll survey of 2,000 U.S. adults commissioned by real estate information company Trulia, more than one-fifth of Americans between ages 18 and 34 said they plan to buy a home within the next 12 months. Already, millennials make up the largest share of homebuyers at 36 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors, which released the number in March 2018.

The bottom line: While houses may sit on the market for a few more days on average compared with 2017 when the market was white-hot, buyers remain active and it’s still possible to profit from your home sale.

Interest rates are still low-ish. Mortgage interest rates are rising, reaching 4.87 percent in November for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, per data from Freddie Mac. While rates are at their highest level since February 2011, they remain much lower than the historic high of more than 18 percent in 1981.

It’s important to keep in mind that while mortgage rates tend to mirror the Fed’s interest rate activity, mortgage rates are based on the market in that moment, your financial status and the property you’re looking to purchase.

Just because the Fed raises rates at one meeting doesn’t mean mortgage rates will follow that exact pattern. “Not every Fed increase is passing on (to) a mortgage rate,” says John Pataky, executive vice president and chief consumer and commercial banking executive at TIAA Bank.

A sudden leap in mortgage interest rates is unlikely in 2019, though Pataky notes that you should be ready to see rates continue to climb. “We do expect over the next 12 months that mortgage rates will continue to drift higher,” he says.

If you’re looking to get the lowest interest rate possible on your next house, try to make a deal sooner rather than later.

You have high equity. Homeowners who bought during the recession or shortly after benefitted from historically low interest rates and, up until around 2015, lower home prices that were still in recovery mode. If you fall into that category, your home equity has risen with nearly every mortgage payment, each renovation you made to the house and all the other houses on the block that sold for a higher price.

The higher your equity in your home, the more you net from the sale, which can easily go toward the down payment on your next house. The larger your down payment, the better you look to lenders and the lower your interest rate will be, and the less likely you’ll need to increase monthly payments with private mortgage insurance.

Selling in 2019 vs. 2020. If not selling your home in 2019 means putting your house on the market in 2020, the sooner option is the best one. In a survey of 100 U.S. real estate experts and economists by real estate information company Zillow, released in May, almost half expect the next recession to occur in 2020. Another 14 percent believe the recession will hold out until 2021, while 24 percent of panelists expect the recession earlier – sometime in 2019.

Whether you believe the recession is imminent or a long way off, current real estate patterns indicate a sudden upswing in activity or prices is unlikely in the near future. Real estate markets tend to operate on a cycle of their own, the length of which varies by market but can be between 10 and 16 years total and flow from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market with a period of balance in between.

“It doesn’t look like there’s anything on the horizon that’s going to cause a big spike in home prices or increase demand dramatically,” Ron says.”

Looking to sell your home in 2019? The experts at Brookside Real Estate are here to help! Give us a call at (816) 333-3330 or stop by our storefront office at 9 W 63rd St – when the flag is up, we’re open!

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Get to Know Brookside’s Mural Artist Ruthie Ozonoff

Have you seen the new addition to Brookside? Located at 63rd and Brookside Blvd., across the street from The Roasterie Café, the new “Always and Forever Brookside Postcard” mural is the current talk of the town! We took the time to get to know artist Ruthie Ozonoff, to find out a little more about her and how this beautiful mural came to be.

Ruthie has been drawing, painting and creating art since she could pick up a pencil! In 2016, she took her skill set to the next level by graduating from The University of Kansas with her BFA in Illustration and Animation. Now, Ruthie looks forward to everything coming full circle when she paints her own mural on KU’s campus this coming spring!

Ruthie has painted a number of well-known murals in the Kansas City area including: “Kansas City I’m so in Love” at the Imagine That! Art Studio in the Crossroads and “Where KC Plays” for KC Parks and Recreation in the West Bottoms. You can also find her work in Liberty, MO at MelRoe’s School of Dance. Visitors come from near and far to take photos in front of her renowned art!

Ruthie and her Finished Masterpiece!

Ruthie was commissioned by the business owners at 63rd and Brookside Blvd. to paint a mural tying into Brookside’s upcoming 100th birthday on September 1, 2019. She presented the charming idea of a postcard mural – allowing visitors to make themselves the message of the postcard! The mural also includes the date that Brookside was established – September 1, 1919. The commissioners were thrilled with the idea and after weeks of hard work, the “Always and Forever Brookside Postcard” mural made its big reveal!

Having spent her childhood in Brookside, Ruthie could not be more excited to have her artwork on display in her old stomping grounds. “I’m just really glad that I had the opportunity to give a special gift to the Brookside area for everyone to enjoy and interact with,” said Ruthie. “I’ve always wanted to impact people positively through my work, so I hope people will cherish this mural and it will become a special part of the community,” she continued.

We have a feeling Ruthie’s wish to impact the community is one that will come true. Thank you for using your skill to add yet another wonderful component to Brookside, Ruthie!

Next time you’re in the Brookside area, be sure to stop a take a picture in front of Ruthie’s postcard mural! While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by 9 W 63rd St and see your friends at Brookside Real Estate. When the flag is up, we’re open!

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Brookside – Your One-Stop Destination for The Holidays!

The holiday season is here! The air is filled with cheer and Christmas lights are already twinkling in Brookside! For years, holiday shoppers have flocked to Brookside for the best in local shopping. Home to over 70 shops, restaurants, boutiques and small businesses, and of course, your friends at Brookside Real Estate! We’re here to fill you in on our favorite go-to spots for all things holiday!

The STUFF Sisters: Sloane & Casey Simmons

a store named STUFF: Locally owned and stocked with plenty of locally made art and gifts, STUFF is Brookside Real Estate’s pick for one-of-a-kind, handmade holiday gifts. Whether you’re looking for a bigger more extravagant gift, or some unique stocking stuffers, STUFF is sure to have something for you!

The New Dime Store: A Brookside local staple, The New Dime Store is, “Brookside’s everything store.” Browse through an assortment of gifts or pop in for the Christmas essentials – decorations, wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbon and holiday cards – there’s something for everyone at The New Dime Store!

Carmen’s Café: Wanting to host a holiday party? Let Carmen’s take care of you! Carmen’s Café offers a private dining room featuring an open kitchen and full bar for parties with up to 85 guests. Rather host your holiday party at your home? Carmen’s Café can cater your event! With the ability to customize the perfect menu and accommodate most any budget, your guests are sure to be pleased with Carmen’s! For more information about events and catering, click here.

Brookside Barkery & Bath

Brookside Barkery & Bath: Your furry family members deserve extra love during the holidays as well! The best local shop for all your pet’s needs is Brookside Barkery & Bath! Treat your furry friend to a pet stocking filled with all-natural holiday treats and toys. While you’re at it, bring the whole family in on December 7th and take a family photo with Santa! Click here for more information.

Charlie Hooper’s: The #1 destination for Brookside Real Estate owner, Jim Kraus, Charlie Hooper’s is Brookside’s original neighborhood bar and grille! With two private event areas to host your holiday party: The Trophy Room seats up to 50 people and can accommodate up to 100 for a casual cocktail party. Perfect for a smaller holiday party, The Tap Room seats up to 20 and can accommodate up to 30. Click here for more information.

Although these are just five of 70+ options, one thing is for sure – Brookside is your one-stop destination for the holidays! Don’t miss out on Small Business Saturday this November 24, 2018 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Not only will shoppers be supporting local businesses, they’ll also enjoy an assortment of refreshments and gift wrapping at various businesses!

While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and see us at 9 W 63rd St – the home of Brookside Real Estate. When the flag is up, we’re open!

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Brookside Voted KC’s Best Neighborhood!

The people have spoken: The Pitch “Best of Kansas City” winner for Best Neighborhood is none other than (drum roll please): Brookside! It’s true, Brookside Real Estate’s namesake neighborhood edged out noteworthy neighborhood finalists including Hyde Park, Union Hill, Waldo and Westport in The Pitch’s annual competition to find KC’s best. Of course, the team at Brookside Real Estate recognized this quite some time ago – and now we’re here to share our top 5 reasons why Brookside is truly Kansas City’s very best neighborhood!

1. A Great Place to Walk: When you live in Brookside you’re just a hop, skip, jump or short walk away from anything and everything you want or need! Get some fresh air while you grab a cup of coffee at The Roasterie, take your furry friend on a walk to The Barkery for a treat, stop in the Brookside Market for some gourmet groceries, or meet your friends at Brookside Barrio for the happiest of happy hours. Brookside residents know there’s no need to drive – they just slip on their walking shoes and make the quick trip to “downtown” Brookside!

2. Brookside is Local: Another favorite aspect of Brookside is all the locally owned shops and businesses. Living Local is a wonderful attribute that sets Brookside apart from most other KC neighborhoods. In fact, just about any time you set foot into a shop along the Brookside shopping promenade, you’re bound to be greeted by a smiling and familiar face! Home to over 70 unique shops, restaurants, boutiques and small businesses, you can’t help but support local business, local families, local products and/or local makers any time you shop in Brookside.

3. Community: Contrary to most neighborhoods today, Brookside is truly the definition of a tight-knit community. That community-connectedness is especially on display during events like Brookside’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Brookside Art Annual. Newer events like Trick or Treat Street, Sip & Shop and Brookside’s Holiday Season Opener give newbies a chance to get to know the community. Many of the residential streets of the neighborhood throw summer or fall block parties – closing streets for daytime games and lasting into the night with music, food and fun activities for both young and old. It’s just what you’d expect from this family-friendly neighborhood that has a little bit of something for everyone!

4. Unique Architecture: Full of well-built single-family homes, each house in Brookside is unique and almost all have a rich history. Ranging in style from smaller American Tudors and Craftsmen Bungalows to larger Colonial revivals and American Georgian styles, no two houses are the same in Brookside. Interested in taking a peek inside a Brookside home or two? We know just who to call!

5. Increasing Property Values: Home values in Brookside have increased 9.5% over the past year and are predicted to rise another 3.5% within the coming year! When you choose to buy a home in Brookside not only do you get to enjoy this special community on an everyday basis – you’re also making a smart financial decision.

Are you looking to become a part of Kansas City’s Best Neighborhood? Give the home pros at Brookside Real Estate Company a call at (816) 333-3330 or stop by our storefront office at 9 W 63rd St – when the flag is up, we’re open. We can’t wait to share even more reasons why Brookside is KC’s Best Neighborhood!