5 Reasons You’ll Love the Brookside/Waldo Neighborhood

5 Reasons You’ll Love the Brookside/Waldo Neighborhood


New to the Kansas City area? Or just looking for a fresh place to live?

Brookside/Waldo is a fun, funky family neighborhood located right on the edge of downtown Kansas City.  Known for its trendy, locally-owned shops, art galleries, and renovated older brick homes, it is the perfect setting for both young professionals and busy families alike.

Here are 5 great reasons why you’ll love rediscovering the Brookside/Waldo neighborhood.

Easy access to downtown Kansas City.

Brookside/Waldo is a stone’s throw from the Plaza, located in the area of 63rd St. between Main Street and Wornall Road. It’s about a 5-minute drive (2.5 miles) from downtown Brookside to the Plaza, depending on traffic.

Tons of entertainment choices.

Besides being easy access to downtown Kansas City, Brookside has over 80 shops, restaurants, and service providers of its own—while Waldo has another 600 businesses available for you to enjoy. The region features everything from the Roasterie Café—the #1 in 10 Best Coffee Shops in Kansas City for the 5th year in a row—to the Blue Grotto, serving hand-shaped Neapolitan pizzas fired in a 900° F wood-burning oven, with a selection of hand-picked wines.

It’s an original J.C. Nichols creation.

Famous Kansas City developer J.C. Nichols designed the beautiful Brookside shopping district in 1919—when it had the original Dime Store and Brookside Theatre. (Yep, he’s the same guy that also designed the Plaza.) Today, shoppers still enjoy the historical shopping square, only now it’s filled with new discoveries—such as the Brookside Barkery & Bath, Carmen’s Café, the Leopold Gallery, and Pickerman’s Soup & Sandwich Shop.

Classic, old-world architecture.

Both Waldo and Brookside enjoy a long history—and the homes still retain the brick architecture and mature, sweeping trees of yesteryear. In fact, Waldo was founded in 1841, when Dr. David Waldo purchased the 1,000-acre tract that eventually became today’s neighborhood. Love history? Check out the Wornall and Majors House Museums—and see what life was like here 150 years ago.

Proximity to Loose Park.

Just a few blocks over at 51st St. and Wornall Road is Jacob L. loose Park, the 3rd largest park in Kansas City with 75 acres of lake, tennis courts, rose gardens, and even a waterpark. It was originally the site for the battle of Westport, and features a walking path with several Civil War markers that describe that historic event.

Your ReeceNichols REALTOR is a Brookside/Waldo specialist—and knows many other interesting neighborhoods in the Kansas City metro area. Call us today for help finding the right “neck of the woods” for you!