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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Last year was a strong year for home sales in Waldo.  Prices were up 4.5% over 2015, more homes sold and in a shorter amount of time.  This year is off to a good start as well. Here are the single family home sales for Waldo; the geographical area I am tracking is State Line to Holmes; Gregory to 85th St.January 2017Number of homes sold:       25Median list price:                  $159,950Median sales price:              $159,900Average days on market:          36The lowest sales price was $73,000 and the highest was $311,000.January 2016Number of homes sold:       21Median list price:                 $163,950Median sales price:              $163,950Average days on market:       62Although median price was lower last month as compared to a year ago, notice how  sellers are virtually get...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Armour Hills was a hot location for homebuyers in 2016: many sellers got close to asking price; some homes had bidding wars!  Median prices were up almost 3% over 2015.  I think 2017 will be a strong sales year for our neighborhood as well.  Let's check the January 2017 sales for Armour Hills in the Brookside area of Kansas City:January 2017Number of homes sold:        4Median list price:                  $329,475Median sales price:               $327,500Average days on market:         18January 2016Number of homes sold:         2Median list price:                    $264,475Median sales price:                 $269,155Average days on market:          39More expensive homes closed last month, pushing the median price higher.  Although only two homes sold in Jan 2016, one of them went for...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
 It’s time for the second annual Waldo Week, celebrating the unique neighborhood of Waldo and it’s friendly, locally owned  small businesses. Sponsored by Feast Magazine, Waldo Week gives you 25% off at participating merchants in the area, from Gregory to 85th St; State Line to Holmes.You must mention Waldo Week to receive the discount. Waldo Week is Saturday, February 25 through Friday March 3, 2017.     Here is a partial list of businesses that are participating this year:Cowork WaldoFamily BicyclesHollyday Med SpaMcLain's BakeryNeighborhood CafeOne More CupPampered Paws Grooming SalonSummit GrillThe WellWaldo Jewelers  Please support our  locally owned Waldo businesses...and receive a special discount during Waldo Week!  More information and the complete list of businesses offering d...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
It's a new year for home sales and already--there is a lot of demand but not enough inventory.  This will be a short blog as there is no need to check  year-to-date figures.  Here is the January 2017 single family home sales report for the Brookside zip code of 64113:January 2017:Number of homes sold:      13Median list price:                 $395,000Median sales price:              $388,500Average days on market:        36January 2016:Number of homes sold:         8Median list price:                  $369,500Median sales price:               $367,500Average days on market:        25It looks like a significant jump in the median sales price compared to Jan 2016, however last year the highest sales were in the $440s; this year there was a $1.175 million sale plus two others in the $600s ...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
 Attention all fans of authentic French breads and pastries....we now have a local resource for freshly baked croissants, baguettes, macaroons and puff pastry! Cecile Rocher recently opened Gabrianna, A French Bakery, based in her home in Rockhill Gardens. After reading this blog, you will be ready to call and make an order!Some background on the baker: Cecile, from Brest, a town in Brittany in the NW part of France,  was a teacher and longed to travel. Working through the French government, she got a teaching job in New Orleans. It was there she met her future husband, Thomas. Together they moved to Washington DC. After having twins, the family wanted to move back to Kansas City, her husband's home town, to be close to relatives.   Cecile has been baking since she was ten years old (sh...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
  Simple Science Juices opened in Brookside last July…and I just discovered it a month or so ago! I think this spot hosted a custom tee shirt shop many months ago. Natural, organic juice shops are as hot as craft breweries in Kansas City—now our Brookside core has one. This is the third location for Simple Science Juices; the other two shops are in the Crossroads district and in Overland Park. You may have seen their products sold at the Farmers Markets in Brookside and OP. These cold pressed juices (8 oz and 16 oz) are all created at an Overland Park location, made fresh each day. All are gluten, soy and dairy free. The stores also feature smoothies, cold coffee beverages, paleo bites, and some salads and entrees; pad thai, salmon and quinoa, roasted veggie salad (a best seller) plus b...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
It’s finally open…the Red Door Woodfired Grill opened in the old Blue Grotto location on December 29—exact address is 6324 Brookside Plaza, next door to the Brooksider. I haven’t eaten there (yet!) –but did stop by to take a look at the space and menu. If you’ve been to the Leawood location, you will recognize the menu at the Brookside spot. Specialties include jalapeno dipped fried chicken (served on Thursdays), whiskey soaked prime rib (Sunday’s special), plus meatloaf (owner’s recipe) and wood fired wings (with ancho chili rub, baked, then grilled). McGonigles created a special blend of meat for the burgers ($5 on Mondays). No frozen meat or heat lamps here, proclaims a blurb on the menu, and the wood used under the grill is pecan, oak and hickory. There’s a large bar with TVs in all...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Another year gone...another uptick in Waldo home sales!  First we will look at numbers for Dec 2016; then move on to a 2016 wrap up with comparisons to 2015. The figures are for single family home sales, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th:December  2016 Number of homes sold:    17Median list price:              $179,000Median sales price:          $179,000Average days on market:    21 December  2015 Number of homes sold:      29Median list price:              $179,950Median sales price:          $179,950Average days on market:    33 Fewer homes sold last December, but I think that was due to lack of inventory as demand was strong.  Notice how most sellers are getting asking price for their homes.  Here are year to year comparisons: 2016 Number of homes sold...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
  It’s that time to look at 2016 home sales stats for Armour Hills in Brookside.  Overall, prices are up!  Let’s look at the December 2016 sales, and then move on to a 2016 recap. Dec 2016:                                             Median list price:      $277,500                          Median sales price:  $281,500                          Number of homes sold:  8                                 Days on market:             42                                                                                                                        Dec 2015:       Median list price:       $296,000Median sales price:   $298,000     Number of homes sold:  7    Days on market:             28 Although median price was lower than last year, three of the eight homes that closed were sold at or...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
If you know someone who bought or sold a house in Brookside last year...you probably heard stories of how ‘hot’ the market was.  Many homes sold for over list price; buyers often faced multiple offers on the same home. In this blog, we’ll look at the December 2016 home sales and a year end recap, with a comparison to the last few years as well.  Overall, median home prices continue to rise in Brookside! I’m using the main Brookside zip code of 64113 for this report, single family home sales. December 2016 Median list price:               $335,000Median sales price:           $329,248Average days on market:     36Number of homes sold:        20(Lowest sales price was $162,000; highest sales price was $770,000). Seventeen of the twenty homes closed sold for under $450,000--that brings dow...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
   It's time for Kansas City Restaurant Week once again!  It starts Friday, Jan 13 and continues through Jan 22, 2017.  Partcipating restaurants are donating a portion of their earnings during the event to these local organizations: Boys Grow, Children's Center for the Visually Impaired, and Cultivate Kansas City. You can choose from over 140 restaurants this year--a complete list can be found at the website.  Lunches are $15; dinner is $33, and diners will choose from special menus.  This is an excellent way to try new dining spots in all parts of the metro area.  Bonus:  most of the restaurants are locally owned! Reservations are recommended through Open Table.  Call some friends, choose a new place to try and enjoy KC Restaurant Week!
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Welcome to 2017!  It's my first blog post of  the year, and again I'm focusing on the another business opening in Brookside East. This one isn't a restaurant or shop.  It's a non-profit organization: Jewish Family Services, or JFS, is  scheduled to open January 17, 2017 at 425 E 63rd St. JFS actually started as a support system for immigrants 115 years ago. You may be familiar with their main building at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, and they also started Menorah Hospital. They chose Brookside East as a second location to deliver better access to clients who live in this area and rely on bus transportation. This building also allows for a much larger food pantry and extra space for growth.  JFS is a non profit , United Way organization, funded by donations and grants. Th...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Even during the traditionally slower Fall home buying season...Armour Hills continues to be a hot  area for homebuyers.  Prices continue to rise compared to 2015.    Let’s look at the numbers: Nov  2016:                                                          Nov  2015:   Median list price:      $260,000                            Median list price:        $274,950Median sales price:  $260,000                            Median sales price:    $276,000Number of homes sold:  9                                   Number of homes sold:   4Days on market:             35                                 Days on market:              70 Although median price was lower than last November, five of the homes sold at list price or over list price.   Checking year to date figures: 2016, Jan-Nov:      ...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Homebuyers continue to seek out Waldo as a place to live!  Sales continue to outpace last year and prices are up.  Here are the November 2016 stats for single family home sales in Waldo, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th:November 2016 Number of homes sold:    29Median list price:              $175,000Median sales price:          $172,000Average days on market:    15 The lowest sales price last month was $86,000 and the highest was $345,000.  November  2015 Number of homes sold:      14Median list price:              $157,475Median sales price:          $162,500Average days on market:    24 Twice as many homes sold this November compared to 2015; median sales price jumped up as well. Also, houses are going under contract faster. Now let’s compare year-to-da...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
   As we come to a close on a very active real estate market for Brookside...prices are continuing to rise as demand is still strong, particularly in the $400K and less price range.   Here is the single family home sales report for Brookside (zip code 64113) for November  2016, and comparisons to last year: November 2016 Median list price:               $350,000Median sales price:           $349,000Average days on market:     35Number of homes sold:        25(Lowest sales price was $202,000; highest sales price was $750,000). You can see that sellers are getting virtually the asking price during contract negotiations.  Eleven of the homes that closed last month were at or above asking price.  November 2015 Median list price:                $315,000Median sales price:            $312,000...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
 It's time for the annual Kristkindl Markt in Brookside this weekend!  If you aren't in the holiday spirit due to this unusually warm weather...this event will help you out! Hosted by the Country Club Congregational Church, this German themed celebration is fun for all ages.  There's a tented Biergarten with plenty of beer, live music and German food, plus homemade cookies for sale, the always popular Gingerbread House making area for kids and several vendors selling crafts and gifts.    Hours are Friday 5-9, Saturday 10-7 at 205 W 65th St in Armour Hills. The narrow neighborhood streets will be crowded with vehicles, pedestrians and traffic...please park several blocks away and walk to the  church.     Everyone is welcome! 
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Is Armour Hills the hot neighborhood for Brookside buyers this year?  Seems that way, as once again the median sales price is over the list price!  Because I live in Armour Hills, I can tell you buyers are very attracted to the area because of the central location to the Brookside shops, convenient Metro bus service, the revitalized park in the center of the 'hood, easy access to the Trolley Track Trail  and the wide range of prices.  Here are the numbers:October 2016Ten homes sold. Median list price was $294,974. Median sales price was $304,999, with 34 days on market. Seven of the ten homes sold at or above asking price, with one home closing at $25,500 over the list price. October 2015Five homes sold. Median list and sales  price was $249,000 with 8 days on market. Comparing year-to-...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
 Another new boutique has opened in Brookside East...just in time for holiday shopping!Katy Hamilton, owner of Shopgirls at 6245 Brookside Plaza , opened HAMILTON last month at 6215 Oak Street, just south of Season + Square. It's a cozy and welcoming space, perfect for browsing and checking out items you'll want to buy for yourself and others.The tagline "neighborhood style for all" reflects her products: she features men's and women's clothes from local designers, Charlie Hustle tee shirts, locally made jewelry (including unique necklaces featuring letter charms from the KC Star printing presses), Kansas City skyline socks, candles with surprising scents and other uncommon items. At stores like this, it's always interesting to see how the owner has made the space unique: Katy used disc...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
 I was trying to think of full service, big menu breakfast spots in Waldo....came up with Classic Cookie at 75th and Wornall and Game Day at 8950 Wornall. Now there is another place, Neighborhood Cafe, at 7531 Wornall next to Lew's . It opened at the end of August and is already drawing breakfast crowds on the weekends.Neighborhood Cafe is more than just breakfast...they offer a large menu featuring 'home style' cooking: meatloaf, liver and onions, burgers, open faced sandwiches, hoagies, 'skillets' and on Sundays: all you can eat fried chicken. All of the baking is from scratch (biscuits, pies, cornbread) and breakfast is served all day. No matter when you choose to dine here....the server brings you a cinnamon roll with water upon being seated! Like the original Lees Summit location, ...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Time to check home sales stats for Waldo (Kansas City MO) for September 2016! September 2016: Number of homes sold:    34Median list price:              $177,000Median sales price:          $173,750Average days on market:    31 The lowest sales price last month was $82,000 and the highest was $293,000.  Final sales price was just under 2% of list price.September  2015: Number of homes sold:      34Median list price:              $130,000Median sales price:          $129,500Average days on market:    23 Comparing Sept 2016 to Sept 2015 finds a jump in the median sales price--however, this year more of the higher priced homes sold, raising that median price. Notice how fast homes are going under contract--within 30 days of listing.                                                       201...
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