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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 prices continue to rise in Brookside.  Due to a shortage of inventory, prices are going up, multiple offers are common--especially for homes priced under $400K.  Plus, Brookside homes look extra beautiful during Spring!  Here is the April 2017 Brookside single family home sales report, using stats from zip code 64113:  April 2017 Median list price:        $399,000Median sales price:    $360,000Number of homes sold:    29Days on market:               17 The lowest closed price was $237,500 and the highest was $1.5 million.   April 2016 Median list price:        $375,000Median sales price:    $371,500Number of homes sold:   30Days on market:              41 Checking year-to-date figures: Jan-Apr 2017 Median list price:        $399,000Median sales price:    $394,230Number of homes sol...
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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)
Worlds Window in Brookside is hosting its annual fundraiser for Rose Brooks on Thursday May 11, 2017.  It's your opportunity to support a local women's shelter and spruce up your wardrobe at the same time! For the past month, Worlds Window has been collecting donated new and gently used clothing for this event. Tonight, from 5-8pm, stop in and browse among the hundreds of women's clothing options while enjoying treats, discounts on regular merchandise and special drawings for customers. All donated items are $10.  Worlds Window is located at 332 W 63rd St in the heart of Brookside. Thank you for supporting locally owned businesses and the Rose Brooks organization!
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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)
Waldo continues to be a hot spot for homebuyers this year!  As prices keep climbing in the 64113 zip code to the north, those who want to buy on a more modest budget look south to 64114.  These figures are for single family home sales, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th:March 2017 Number of homes sold:    35Median list price:              $175,000Median sales price:          $175,000Average days on market:    39 March 2016 Number of homes sold:      31Median list price:              $134,900Median sales price:          $135,000Average days on market:    31 The highest price sale in Waldo in March 2017 was $480,000 and the lowest was $105,000. Here are year-to-date comparisons: Jan-March 2017 Number of homes sold:    85Median list price:            $172,900M...
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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)
   A sure sign of Spring in Brookside!  The Art Annual is happening this weekend, May 5-7, 2017, at Brookside Road and 63rd St. Artists from around the US will display their home made creations:  pottery, painting, photography, jewelry, sculptures, clothes, leather goods--it's all here under the tents.  Besides wandering amoung the booths, you can bring the kids for free childrens' activities Saturday and Sunday and enjoy snacks and food from local restaurants.   Hours are Friday 5-9pm; Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. PLEASE do not bring pets into the tents and watch for pedestrians and extra traffic around the 63rd and Brookside Rd area. More details at:www.brooksidekc.org
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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)
   Buyers are snapping up new listings in Armour Hills this spring! Most new listings go under contract within the first few days of hitting the  market.  Let’s look at the March 2017 home sales for Armour Hills, and a comparison to last year.  March 2017                                               Median list price:      $325,000                          Median sales price:  $325,000                          Number of homes sold:  5  Days on market:             6                               March 2016         Median list price:       $234,975Median sales price:   $229,475     Number of homes sold:  6  Days on market:             39 Four of the five homes that sold last month in Armour Hills were over $300K, pushing the median sales price up. Notice it was only a few days before the...
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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 all in to the typically strong Spring home buying season and inventory is still pretty low compared to demand.  However, I know sellers are busy getting their homes ready to list and the next couple of months will bring even more houses for sale.  Here is the March 2017 Brookside single family home sales report, using stats from zip code 64113:  March 2017 Median list price:        $395,000Median sales price:    $395,000Number of homes sold:    34Days on market:               28 The lowest closed price was $200,000 and the highest was $803,000.  March 2016 Median list price:        $384,250Median sales price:    $379,500Number of homes sold:   34Days on market:              28 Checking year-to-date figures: Jan-Mar 2017 Median list price:        $394,230Median sales price:    $3...
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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 probably seen these yard signs popping up about Uniting at Southwest. What’s going on? A parent-led proposal is underway to reopen the unused Southwest High School as a project-based, public high school with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) program by 2019. At one time, Southwest was one of the most well regarded and respected high schools in the Kansas City public school system. The school closed in 2016, and KCPS has no plans to sell or lease it. Uniting at Southwest has the support of hundreds of local residents, former students and prospective SW school families who want to see the school reopened with this highly desirable type of curriculum. Parents have signed up over 1000 prospective students via the Support Survey at the website. The organizer...
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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 have another new shop in Brookside to check out! It’s called Coco, a women’s clothing store located at 6209 Oak. Coco is next to Itsy Bitsy Bums, and owned by the same person, Abby Flores. The grand opening was April 1. Like so many locally owned Brookside businesses, Coco makes you feel welcome the moment you walk in. Abi Wagner, Manager, Enabler and Empowerment Queen (yes that is her official title!) –greets you with a big smile, ready to help you navigate around all the pretty and practical goodies on display. Abi explained the store’s concept to me: “It’s minimalist but not basic. We have brands that fit all body types—from small to 3XL. And our prices are very reasonable. Most items fall in the $30-$50 price range”. Browsing the racks you’ll find tops, pants (including ‘magic de...
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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)
Not a lot of activity in Armour Hills in February in terms of sold homes--however, that is normal as the first couple of months of the year are not popular times to list homes due to traditionally cold weather.  Still, there was an increase in median sales price!  Let’s look at the February 2017 home sales for Armour Hills, and a comparison to last year. Feb 2017                                            Median list price:      $314,500                          Median sales price:  $314,500                          Number of homes sold:  5                                 Feb 2016         Median list price:       $249,500Median sales price:   $247,000     Number of homes sold:  3    That’s quite a jump in the median price for one year--however, larger and more expensive homes closed thi...
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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..there isn’t much inventory, winter weather keeps people inside and motivated sellers are getting their houses primped and ready to list in the warmer months.  Still, prices are up for those homes that are selling. Here is the February 2017 Brookside single family home sales report, using stats from zip code 64113:  February 2017 Median list price:        $421,250Median sales price:    $402,000Number of homes sold:    14Days on market:               43 The lowest closed price was $205,000 and the highest was $1.225 million.   February 2016 Median list price:        $409,000Median sales price:    $399,000Number of homes sold:   15Days on market:               89 Checking year-to-date figures: Jan-Feb 2017 Median list price:        $399,000Me...
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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)
  This Saturday, March 18, 2017 is the 37th Annual St Patrick's Warm Up Parade in Brookside!The parade begins at 2pm and will run at least 90 minutes.Participants will begin lining up along Brookside Road in Armour Hills a couple of hours before starting time. The parade begins at 65th St and Wornall Road and winds through the heart of Brookside along Wornall, 63rd St, Meyer and Main. A route map is posted at www.brooksidekc.org.Join us in Brookside for this family friendly event!  Please plan to park a few blocks away and walk to the route. All of the side streets will be clogged with parked cars. Watch for extra pedestrians, strollers, kids, bicycles...drive slowly!Thank you for supporting our locally owned Brookside businesses during this special event!
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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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