Wornall Homestead is located in the Brookside area of Kansas City, Missouri. Bounded by 57th Street, Wornall Road, 63rd Street, and the Trolley Trail, we are a J.C. Nichols development with historic homes and wonderful neighbors. The neighborhood takes its name from the John Wornall Home, a brick homestead built in 1858 which still stands today and is open for tours. Like the Wornall Home, many of the homes in our neighborhood were built over 100 years ago, cared for and often restored to their original glory.
We are fortunate to be surrounded by so many other historic neighborhoods, all charming in their own right. We have Countryside to the North, Brookside Park to the Northeast, Morningside to the Southeast, Greenway Fields to the Southwest, and Country Club to the Northwest.
The neighborhoods around us make up an area of the city called Brookside, a historic walkable district with many local shops and amenities. We are situated approximately one mile south of the famous Country Club Plaza and just two blocks away from 75-acre Loose Park and its famous Rose Garden.
The Brookside area and surrounding neighborhoods make up what is collectively known as the Country Club District, a world-renowned residential district that is the largest planned community built by a single developer in the United States. That developer was J.C. Nichols, noted for his subdivision planning philosophy that influenced other famous neighborhoods throughout the country, such as Beverly Hills. He advocated a gridiron street layout while maintaining the preservation of trees and natural contours. Today, we enjoy his timeless design and the character of our neighborhoods.
What’s in the Neighborhood?
Wornall Homestead is a remarkable neighborhood. Historic homes with large setbacks, mature tree-lined streets, a high degree of walkability in all directions, great people of all ages and walks of life, a centrally accessible and desirable location, and low crime rates. We have it all!
The 6.5-mile Trolley Track Trail forms the Eastern border of our neighborhood and was built upon a former streetcar line. Because of this, it has gradual elevation changes and is a great trail for biking and walking.
Loose Park is a 75-acre park that borders 55th street, two blocks from Wornall Homestead. It is the third largest park in the city, and features inner and outer perimeter trails, tennis courts, a large shelter, picnic tables, a splash park, the famous Rose Garden, a garden center, and other amenities.
Head North on Wornall and you’ll find the Country Club Plaza, just one mile from Wornall Homestead. The “plaza,” as it is affectionately called by Kansas Citians, is a 55-acre outdoor shopping district modeled after Seville, Spain. There are plenty of options for shopping, dining, and sightseeing, with large fountains, trails along Brush Creek, and statues throughout.
Head South on Wornall just two blocks and you’ll arrive at the Brookside shops. Here you’ll find tons of local boutiques and restaurants, including Julian (operated by a James Beard award winner for best chef), as well as some typical services like a barber shop, grocery store, bank, and tennis courts
We also have a small 1.5 acre park inside our neighborhood which was recently renovated to add lighting and a new children’s playground. Nearby is the famous sledding destination known as Suicide Hill, as well as a baseball diamond and sand volleyball court within Brookside Park.
A few great schools are all within a mile of Wornall Homestead as well. These include Border Star Montessori (public), Pembroke Hill Lower School (private), Visitation (private), and St. Theresa’s Academy (private).
What’s a Short Drive?
Wornall Homestead is in the center of it all! Get downtown in ten minutes by heading North on Southwest Trafficway or Broadway, go West for a couple of minutes to get to Kansas, head south on Wornall to get to I-435 and connect to the suburbs, or take a five-minute drive East to get to Highway 71 for accessing the Missouri suburbs and the stadiums.
The Waldo area, just a couple miles South and centered on 75th Street and Wornall, is full of charming houses and a large business district, including local favorites such as Waldo Pizza, The Classic Cookie, The Well, 75th Street Brewery, Bier Station, Kansas City Bier Company, and District Pour House.
A few miles East of us is the 1800 acre crown jewel of the Kansas City Parks system. Swope Park contains the Kansas City Zoo and Starlight Theater, as well as tennis courts, trails, soccer fields, playgrounds, a disc golf course, a nature center, museums, a cricket field, and the PGA event caliber public golf course Swope Memorial, among other amenities.
Although Kansas City clears snow, all of the streets in Wornall Homestead are not considered the city’s highest priority. Therefore, we provide additional snow removal services any time a minimum snowfall amount is met to ensure that our residents can safely access their homes and reach cleared roads throughout the city.
The City of Kansas City offers weekly trash and recycling pickup, periodic leaf and brush collection, bulky item collection, and various other solid waste services that you can read more about on the city’s Public Works page.
Some residents opt for additional services, such as: