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Welcome to the Neighborhood: EB and Co.

New to 63rd Street – Brookside Real Estate Company wants to welcome EB and Co.!

The perfect addition to Brookside, EB and Co. owner, Emily Bordner, has a mission to, “celebrate all the ways accessories empower confidence and inspire individuality.” We recently spoke with Emily to learn more about her new business and why she chose to open in our favorite neighborhood – Brookside!

Tell us a little bit about your background: Are you from Kansas City? What made you decide to open your own shop?

I grew up in Lee’s Summit, but have lived in the KC area most of my life. I’ve been in business for seven years working with different local retailers. Then I had my first personal location as a booth in the Made in KC Marketplace on the Plaza. We’ve been there for just over a year. I have loved having a space there and after getting a taste of that, I knew I had to save up to open a store of my very own. It just felt like that was the next natural progression.

Emily Bordner

Do you design/create your own jewelry pieces? If so, do any of the pieces have a story behind them? 

It’s really a combination. I’ve designed some of the jewelry myself in addition to wholesale many pieces. I’m most proud of the collaborative pieces, which I design with local bloggers and have handmade in Los Angeles. The bloggers and I sit down and think about what’s missing or lacking in the market right then.

Our Shelby pieces were fun. We were trying to come up with something dainty with minimal sparkle that works great for the office or if you’re looking to hit a happy hour. They’ve been our best-selling pieces of jewelry so far! I also design all of the the leather goods, which are all currently manufactured in Kansas City. 

What can customers expect when they shop at EB and Co.? 

We want people to have a chill experience in a modern but welcoming environment. We want people to not feel pressured and take the time to try things on as much as they want. We were able to capture this relaxed and fresh feeling with our hand painted mural, a space to have an Instagram moment and tons of approachable stylish pieces. We aim to have a range of options. We have classic, trendy and multigenerational pieces. We also offer complimentary gift-wrapping which people seem to really like.

Why did you decide to open your shop in Brookside?

I have always loved Brookside and spent a great deal of time there in college when I worked at Bella Napoli, which was such a rewarding experience. Supporting local businesses is a real matter of pride in Brookside. It’s just a fun, exciting place to be. When the space became available, I just had to move on the opportunity to be part of this great community.

What’s your favorite thing about having your shop located in this area? 

I love being among so many long-term shops that span generations from Design in the City to World’s Window to Brookside Toy and Science. As the new kid on the block I have so many wise mentors for neighbors to learn from.

Next time you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by Emily Bordner’s new shop and see for yourself why we love EB & Co.! While you’re here, pay a visit to your friends at Brookside Real Estate Company located at 9 W 63rd St – when the flag is up, we’re open!

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Brookside – Full of Subdivisions Rich in History

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!

Crestwood

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!

Countryside

“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.

Morningside

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.

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Support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with Bags of Fun KC

Recognized nationally every September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a campaign organized to increase awareness of pediatric cancer and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

Almost every day in Kansas City a child is diagnosed with cancer. In 2018 alone, there were more that 16,000 children and adolescents diagnosed and nearly 1,200 children who lost their battle to cancer. With no current cure, it is still the largest killer of children in the United States.

Children undergoing cancer treatments spend an average of 120 days in the hospital. These children can often become depressed, isolated and fearful. Thankfully, a local nonprofit foundation held near and dear to the hearts of everyone here at Brookside Real Estate Company is doing something about this.

Bags of Fun KC/the Gabby Krause Foundation delivers the power of play to children fighting cancer and other long term, life threatening illnesses. Director, Louisa Weinrich explained, “A bag of fun is a backpack filled to the brim with 12-15 items picked specifically for each child’s needs, interests and treatment plan. Each bag of fun is filled with hours of distraction, educational items, as well as items that encourage socialization and items that bring comfort. Not only do bags of fun give the children something to focus on during their treatments, but they also give the families of these children the sense that someone else cares.”

We at Brookside Real Estate have proudly been a local partner of Bags of Fun KC/the Gabby Krause Foundation since their inception in 2011 and have had the pleasure of providing over 200 bags of fun to sick Kansas City children and their families. “All of us here are extremely passionate about helping bring a smile to the faces of these KC children who are being treated for long term, life threatening illnesses,” said Brookside Real Estate Owner and Broker, Jim Kraus, “The opportunity for Brookside Real Estate Company to partner with this organization means a lot to all of us, and we enjoy the opportunity to help spread the word throughout Kansas City and beyond about the fine work this organization does for young cancer patients and their families.”

If you would like to find out how you can help Bags of Fun KC/the Gabby Krause Foundation or sponsor a bag of fun for a child, you can do so by going to their website: www.bagsoffunkansascity.org

 

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Luxury Condo Living in the Heart of KC!

Are you looking to live in one of the finest condominium homes in Kansas City? Look no further than gorgeous condo 305-A located in Hemingway Plaza. With unique features and amenities, after just one look we know you’ll love this one-of-a-kind home.

This Plaza condo has artisan craftsmanship including hardwood accents, textured walls and stone flooring that will make you feel like you’re in a Colorado chalet. Featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a beautiful open floor plan, the 1,808 square foot condo will take your breath away. “The living space has been maximized to its full potential. A condo like this is very hard to come by in Kansas City,” said Brookside Real Estate Company’s Owner and Broker, Jim Kraus.

“We love the Plaza living!” said the current homeowner. “This is the perfect home for entertaining guests. We always have family over for Thanksgiving and go up on the rooftop patio to watch the Plaza Christmas lights turn on.” He continued, “In the fall we love walking across the street to the Plaza Art Fair! We really enjoy living right in the middle of the Kansas City Plaza action.”

The perfect mix of privacy, community and security – this home is the ideal living arrangement. While you have all of the privacy you need in your condo, you’ll also have a strong sense of community with your neighbors. In addition to community and privacy, you can rest easy knowing there is 24-hour security watching the Hemingway Plaza entrances.

More exclusive features include:

  • Custom chef’s kitchen with Viking stainless appliances
  • An enormous center island
  • Built in surround sound speakers
  • Exercise room
  • Valet parking optional
  • Additional storage optional
  • Beautiful rooftop patio overlooking the Plaza

Take a look at the rooftop patio in the videos below:

Ready to see condo 305-A at Hemingway Plaza for yourself? Contact Jim Kraus at 816-806-7653 or stop by our storefront office located at 9 W 63rd St – when the flag is up, we’re open!

Click here for more listing information.

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Brookside Real Estate Partners with KC Pet Project this Summer!

This summer, when you buy or sell a house with Brookside Real Estate, we’ll make a $100 donation to KC Pet Project!

We know what a monumental moment it is to buy or sell your home. This summer, when you buy or sell a home with Brookside Real Estate, your life-changing decision will not only affect you, but also the lives of animals in the care of KC Pet Project.

Caring for over 10,000 animals a year, KC Pet Project is the third largest no-kill, open admission animal shelter in the United States. With each home bought or sold by Brookside Real Estate this summer, a $100 donation will be given to help provide medicine, veterinary care, vaccines, food and resources to help KC Pet Project save a record number of pets who have nowhere else to turn.

To kick off this exciting and meaningful partnership, Brookside Real Estate Company’s Owner and Broker, Jim Kraus recently presented an initial check for $1,000 to KC Pet Project’s Chief Communications Officer, Tori Fugate.

“We’re very excited to be partners with Brookside Real Estate Company this summer. A donation program like this definitely impacts our organization. This $1,000 kickoff donation will help us provide life-saving vaccinations for 40 new pets coming into our shelter, which is the average number we intake on a daily basis.” – Tori Fugate

With KC Pet Project’s main adoption center currently located in a 50-year old reconverted storage shed, Brookside Real Estate could not be more excited for KC Pet Project’s groundbreaking new Kansas City Campus for Animal Care opening later this year. The facility, located in Swope Park at the corner of Gregory Boulevard and Elmwood Avenue, will be one of the premier animal sheltering facilities in the United States.

“KC Pet Project’s programs and services are making history in Kansas City. This new, beautiful facility is exactly what the staff and pets deserve! We’re especially excited to help Kansas City pets find their fur-ever homes.” – Jim Kraus

To promote this partnership with KC Pet Project, Brookside Real Estate is promoting the donation program not only on the website and in social media, but also in the above billboard located on the corner of Wornall Rd and Gregory Blvd.

Said Brookside Real Estate Company’s Owner and Broker Jim Kraus, “KC Pet Project is a great organization – and we’re definitely a group of pet lovers here at Brookside Real Estate. And, as Realtors, we spend a fair amount of our day thinking about houses and homes. It just seemed natural to help KC Pet Project in their mission of finding forever homes for our four-legged friends. After all, a house truly becomes a home with the addition of beloved pet.”

Ready to buy or sell your home and make a difference in the lives of KC’s homeless pets? Give the pet lovers 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!

To learn more about KC Pet Project and the great work they do, visit their website here.

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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!