When Country Club Plaza was first under construction in the early 1900s, nobody thought that it would become the beautiful and functional residential and commercial space it is today. People regularly called the construction Nichols' Folly as a reference to what they thought was developer Jesse Nichols' undoing. Nichols had set out to create a shopping plaza that was specifically built to accommodate cars, unheard of and unprecedented at the time. An additional aspect that garnered name-calling and doubt was the decision to design the space after one of Kansas City's sister cities, Seville, Spain. Nichols imported some architectural pieces from Europe while building others like Giralda Tower and Seville Light in homage to the Spanish originals.
Luckily for residents living Country Club Plaza apartment rentals, Nichols' doubters were wrong and the shopping plaza became hugely successful. Although other shopping plazas have since adapted for cars, the mythical statues, unique architecture and beautiful vegetation keep Nichols' idea more popular than ever.
Regardless of people's knowledge of the area's origins, there's plenty of fun to have in Country Club Plaza. Dozens of restaurant choices give everyone something they'll enjoy. Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue is a Kansas City institution that ships its expertly prepared barbecue dishes around the world. But renters in Country Club Plaza apartments don't need to wait 3 to 5 days for shipping because this award-winning eatery is just down the street. With ribs, pulled-pork and brisket, you'll find something you like that really tastes like Kansas City. There are plenty of other dining choices in the neighborhood ranging from specialty hamburgers to gourmet wine bars.
In addition to restaurants, the place that was built as one of the first outdoor malls in America has plenty of retail stores. Famous for a store with the name "New York" in it, designer and Kansas City native Kate Spade has a retail presence in Country Club Plaza. Originally anchored by F.W. Woolworth, Country Club Plaza is now known as the spot for upscale retail with Saks Fitth Avenue and Halls Plaza as the new cornerstones.
For young couples and recent graduates looking to live in a lively fun community, there is no neighborhood better than Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.