Live in Brookside and you can walk to just about anything that you need from auto mechanics, to dry-cleaners, to the grocery store, bars, restaurants, and even to some every popular coffee shops. The area is known for it's historical homes built in the 1920's era, the trolley trail, the shops, and the very mature trees.
The homes in this area vary in size, designs, and price. This is not a cookie cutter type of neighborhood. Take a drive through the many streets in this area and you will see a large variety of paint colors and styles. Some choose to embrace the history of the home, while others go the route of modernization. The collection of differences is a fun site to see and experience.
The trolley trail no longer has the tracks or the trolley and is instead a stretch of land running approx 5.2 miles from south of the Plaza area to south of Waldo. It connects some ever popular areas such as UMKC, Brookside and Waldo. This trail is heavily used by runners, walkers, bikers, Mommy's, kids, and dogs. Some use it for leisure or exercise, while others actually use it to commute to work or school. It's common to walk the trail to the shops for a shopping or dining experience as well. Being able to walk to many of the local eateries is a major attraction to those who reside here.
If you have been in the area then you will know and remember the large mature trees. Many residents have a love-hate relationship with these. They are old and need some love. They can withstand a lot of force, but sometimes just the fact that they are up to 100 years old can force them to lose a branch here and there, which can create extra yard-work. On the upside, they do provide lots of shade and an everlasting beauty. In fact, they are so beautiful that many people have a stamp of Brookside and trees in their memory.