Celebrating 100 years this September, Brookside is full of subdivisions rich in Kansas City history. Three of these historic neighborhoods are Crestwood, Countryside and Morningside. Each notable for their own distinctive features, we decided to take a closer look at why these subdivisions make up Kansas City’s best neighborhood – Brookside!
A little city of its own, the Crestwood subdivision was developed in 1920 by the J.C. Nichols Investment Company. Located just south of the UMKC campus to 56th Street between Oak and Holmes, Crestwood was designed as a “garden home” development for “high class residence purposes.” Today, the subdivision is still one of Brookside’s premier neighborhoods full of large, beautiful homes with a variety of architecture including Cape Cods, traditional Colonials and Tudor Revivals, but also Mid-Century Modern and even a home shaped like a teepee!
“These are my neighbors, my parish, my everything,” said Brookside Real Estate Owner and Broker, Jim Kraus of the Countryside subdivision. Jim has lived in Countryside all of his life and even sold his first listing there! Noted as the most walkable neighborhood just south of The Plaza, Countryside is located from 51st Street to 57th Street between Oak and Wornall. Directly east of Loose Park, Countryside is still affordable with homes ranging from $220,000 to $1,000,000 this past year. However, homes located west of Main Street are nationally recognized by the KCMO Historic Preservation Commission, meaning approval is needed for additions and the rebuild of homes.
Made up of Morningside Park, Meadow Park and Hinkle Place, Morningside is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods Brookside has to offer. Unlike streets in other Brookside subdivisions, Morningside Drive is a street that does not pick back up – making those who live on the limited street very distinctive. A unique feature of Morningside is the old Trolley Track Trail Depot located at 6000 Main Street. Now converted into a family home, many passing by would never know the rich history that lives inside the home.
Ready to see some of the historic Brookside neighborhoods for yourself? Give the Brookside Real Estate (and history!) experts a call at (816) 333-3330. We can’t wait to show you even more reasons why Brookside is Kansas City’s best neighborhood.