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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 don't usually write about my experience at a new restaurant...I'm not a foodie, I am a very picky eater!!(and picky about service too).   However, the meal my husband and I had at Plate last week was so absolutely delicious --just have to write about it.As you may have heard, Plate opened several months ago at 6201 Oak St in Brookside. It's difficult to get a reservation--they don't subscribe to Open Table.  You have to call,  leave a message, and hopefully get confirmed for the date and time you want.  We got lucky--there was a cancellation for 2 at 6pm on Saturday night.The atmosphere is cozy, comfortable, and  a little noisy when the place is full.  We were seated at the table closest to the kitchen--watching every dish that left the counter.  Our waiter, Morgan, was efficient, sin...
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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)
Brookside homes continue to sell quickly this spring, and the Armour Hills subdivision is no exception. New listings go under contract almost immediately.  Here are the April 2016 home sales stats for Armour Hills:April   2016:                                                            April  2015:   Median list price:      $319,900                              Median list price:       $270,000Median sales price:  $319,900                              Median sales price:    $267,250Number of homes sold:  7                                     Number of homes sold:  6Days on market:             4                                     Days on market:             24 You can see the big jump in median price:  five of the seven homes sold last month were at or above the list price.  Checking ye...
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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 hit the peak of the home buying season...prices still rising due to lack of inventory.  Waldo is HOT as a location for those wanting to quit renting and start earning some equity!  Here are the April 2016 stats for single family home sales in Waldo, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St: April  2016: Number of homes sold:    27Median list price:              $169,000Median sales price:          $159,000Average days on market:    7 The lowest sales price was $112,500 and the highest was $320,000. April  2015: Number of homes sold:     23Median list price:              $165,000Median sales price:          $165,000Average days on market:   10 A few more homes sold this month, and the median sales price is a bit less. Check out  the median days on market:...
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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)
We are in the peak of Spring home buying season...and I’m here to report demand is still very strong for our Brookside neighborhood.  Still not enough inventory for sale, especially in the $500K and less price catagory.  Here are the single family home sales stats for Brookside (zip code 64113) for last month, and comparisons to last year: April 2016: Median list price:               $375,000Median sales price:           $371,500Average days on market:    41Number of homes sold:       30(Lowest sales price was $215,000;; highest sales price was $1.1 million.) April 2015: Median list price:                $389,900Median sales price:            $380,000Average days on  market:    31Number of homes sold:        27 Now let’s check year to date figures: 2016:     Median list price:         $...
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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)
The new expanded patio is open at Bier Station!I remember back in December 2012 when John Couture opened Bier Station in Armour Hills at 120 E Gregory . He was one of the pioneers of the specialty brew shop--and now there are almost too many to count in the KC area. Bier Station is Brookside's "Cheers" bar...friendly staff who know who you are and love talking about the beer offerings they have for sale.  There are some other changes at Bier Station besides the patio: more food on the menu, including smoked wings, sliders, flatbreads, soups, and new sandwiches. John and his kitchen staff are currently testing new items such as seasonal salads and vegetables, and a few sweet treats. Whatever goes over well with the customers (they want feedback!) will make it to the menu.Also coming soon...
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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 definitely a seller’s market in Waldo!  Prices are up from 2015 and sellers are getting very close to asking price for their homes.  Here are the sales stats for single family home sales in Waldo, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St: March 2016: Number of homes sold:    33Median list price:              $139,900Median sales price:          $139,900Average days on market:  44 The lowest sales price was $35,000 and the highest was $349,900. March  2015: Number of homes sold:     27Median list price:              $135,000Median sales price:          $135,000Average days on market:   26 More homes are selling, at a higher price.  Checking Jan - March figures: 2016 / 2015:                                                                                    ...
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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 Brookside Art Annual once again..April 29-May 1, 2016.  Location is the heart of Brookside at 63rd St and Brookside Blvd.  Remember to leave pets at home!
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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)
You have probably driven by the KC Clay Guild in Waldo many times..it sits at the corner of 200 W 74th St at Wyandotte. .  The long brick building may not catch your eye...but inside, there’s a buzz of activity going on as artists and amateurs create sculptured, colorful pieces out of dull gray clay blocks.  I met with Vice President Josh Wood recently to find out more about the Guild. Wood says he ‘geeked out’ on ceramics in high school, then took a few classes in college and got hooked on the process.  He’s been with the Guild nine years (plus has a full time job in Olathe) and is still actively creating ceramic works.  He explained the KC Clay Guild was started by several local Kansas City potters in 1988.  They wanted a studio to work in  and have been at this location fifteen years...
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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)
Plenty of buyers for Armour Hills homes this spring...not much inventory.  Updated, well priced homes go under contract within hours of listing.  Here are the home sales stats for Armour Hills in Brookside: March  2016:                                                         March 2015:   Median list price:      $234,975                               Median list price:     $269,975Median sales price:  $229,475                              Median sales price:  $261,250Number of homes sold:  6                                     Number of homes sold:  12 Checking year to date figures: 2016 YTD:                                                                      2015, Jan-March: Median list price:      $249,500                              Median list price:      $260,000                 ...
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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)
  If you know someone who wants to buy a  house...you’ve probably heard phrases like “there are very few homes for sale” or “we have written three offers and got outbid every time” or “many homes are selling the first day on the market”..  As an agent I can tell you….it’s all true!  There is very little inventory and so many buyers!   Let’s check Brookside (zip code 64113) single family home sales for March 2016:  March 2016: Median list price:               $389,500Median sales price:           $384,000Average days on market:    30Number of homes sold:       33(Lowest sales price was $176,000; highest sales price was $1,055,000.) March 2015: Median list price:                $425,000Median sales price:            $397,500Average days on  market:    88Number of homes sold:        13 Now...
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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 Monday...let's talk about the weekend!  Get ready for the opening of the Brookside Farmers' Market on Saturday!  At 8am, local vendors and farmers will be ready to sell the latest goodies from their gardens and farms. Besides fruit, vegetables and herbs, you'll also find a variety of other items: for example cage free eggs, handmade soaps, freshly baked breads and treats plus organic meats.  The Brookside Farmers' Market is family friendly and accepts SNAP dollars. Bring the kids and a couple of bags to carry your goodies back home! The Market is located at 63rd St and Wornall in the heart of Brookside.
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By Ron Mowery, Overland Park Realtor
(The Mowery Group powered by eXp Realty)
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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)
Wonderful Waldo!  A popular area for homebuyers...and prices are on the upswing early in the year.  Here are the sales stats for single family home sales in Waldo, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St: February 2016: Number of homes sold:   16Median list price:              $171,450Median sales price:          $165,750Average days on market:  34 The lowest sales price was $66,100 and the highest was $340,000 (which was $10,050 over the asking price!) February 2015: Number of homes sold:   24Median list price:              $154,500Median sales price:          $148,500Average days on market:   40 Fewer homes sold this year so far….due to a lack of good inventory, because demand is very strong. Notice how prices are higher than last year. Checking year to dat...
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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)
You've heard of  boozy pub crawls...today I want to mention the sixth annual Caffeine Crawl happening next month. This outing has become wildly popular in Kansas City, and it usually sells out well before the event date...so if you are looking for something different to do on the weekend, consider joining in! The Caffeine Crawl is a guided tasting tour of various coffee, tea, chocolate and juice shops in KC--over fifteen different spots are participating this year. Waldo hot spots Bier Station, McLain's Bakery, One More Cup, Second Best Coffee and Unbakery and Juicery are on this year's route. You do need a vehicle to get from location to location--(carpool and meet some new friends!) however one route is bike friendly.This year's Caffeine Crawl is April 15-17, 2016 and you can buy tick...
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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)
Hello neighbors!  Have you seen the For Sale signs popping up in Armour Hills as the weather gets warmer!  Sales in Armour Hills are off to a strong start this year...let’s check the stats: February 2016:                                                      February 2015: Median list price:      $249,500                               Median list price:     $268,725Median sales price:   $247,000                             Median sales price:  $260,000Number of homes sold:  3                                     Number of homes sold:  2 Checking year to date figures: 2016:                                                                      2015: Median list price:    $249,950                                 Median list price:      $248,502                         Median sales price:  $25...
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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'm very excited to tell you about a brand new business opening in the growing Brookside East neighborhood...Golden and Pine. This is a handmade home and garden goods store, having it’s Grand Opening this Saturday March 19, 2016 from 1-5pm at 633 E 63rd St.    Owner Stephanie Agne was a dietician for several years yet home decor was her passion.  She loved working at a home store boutique in Maine, and when she and her husband moved back to Kansas City she decided to open her own place.  After looking at various KC locations, she decided on Brookside East.  Stephanie wanted a place with ‘good light’ and was excited about what was happening in the area.  She found Butch Rigby’s vision ‘inspiring’ and signed a lease in one of his recently purchased buildings.        Golden and Pine has a ...
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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)
What a beautiful day as I write this blog! The trees are flowering all over Brookside--hope we don’t get a cold snap..we are now used to 60 and 70 degree days! Checking Brookside home sales for February 2016, I am writing up the stats in a different format this time--thought it would be easier to read.  Take a look: February 2016 Median list price:               $409,000Median sales price:           $399,000Average days on market:    89Number of homes sold:       15(lowest sales price was $213,000; highest sales price was $822,000) February 2015: Median list price:                $422,000Median sales price:            $397,500Average days on  market:    88Number of homes sold:        13 (Note the number of homes sold and median sales price are very similar to 2015.) Now let’s check year...
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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)
 After 29 years leading the Southtown Council organization, Marti Lee retired last year.  A new executive director, Sean Ackerson, joined Southtown Council earlier this year. He has an extensive planning and economic development background, most recently working for the City of Parkville. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Sean and his family live in Rockhill Gardens. I stopped by his office recently and we chatted about what the Southtown Council is working on. Do you have any goals you want to accomplish this year?The Southtown Council overseas seven organizations: the Southtown Council, the Southtown Council Foundation, the Brookside Business Assn and it's CID; the Waldo Business Assn and it's CID and the Troost Ave CID. My goals are to continue doing what we do well and evalua...
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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)
 Yes it's Waldo Week in Kansas City!  You are going to spend money this week on food,  services, coffee, etc--why not spend it in Waldo? Waldo Week is happening through Friday March 4, and some merchants are offering a 25% discount in their stores and restaurants. Some of the businesses participating include Waldo Pizza, Euston's Waldo Hardware, One More Cup, Family Bicycles, and 75th Street Brewery.  Please support our small local business owners and take advantage of Waldo Week through Friday. Small local businesses typically offer the friendliest service, they employ our neighbors and give Waldo it's unique urban vibe. Keep your dollars in our nieghborhood!
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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)
Home sales typically start off slow every year..that’s what is happening in Brookside as we kick off housing market reports for 2016.  Why are sales sluggish?  I’ll provide some answers after reporting Brookside home sales (using zip code 64113) for January 2016:  In January 2016, eight homes sold.  The median list price was $369,500 and the median sales price was $367,500.  Average days on market:  25.  The highest sales was $441,500 and the lowest was $262,500. In January 2015, nine homes sold. The median list price was $325,000 and the median sales price was $315,000.  Average days on market:  24. Stats were about the same as a year ago, as in number of homes sold and days on market. You’ll notice that median sales price jumped up. (Brookside home prices rose 11% from 2014 to 2015.) ...
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