Waldo Holly Jolly Shopping Crawl- Sat Nov 29, 2014

WaldoHollyJollyPoster Ready to get a jump on your holiday shopping?  Waldo is ready for you! This Saturday November 29 is the Waldo Holly Jolly Shopping Crawl from 10am-2pm.  Over 30 different participating merchants are offering discounts, freebies and holiday deals. 

Here’s a short sample of the specials:  $3 pints at 75th Street Brewery; 20% off at Garza’s Goodies; free appetizer at The Well; discount off salon products at Chop Tops Hair Company; free chair massage at The Healing Place….besides shopping for others, there are deals you can take advantage of for yourself as you cruise through the stores!

In addition, you can earn Waldo Bucks:  Get a punch card at any participating store or restaurant, have the card stamped at three business for $10 in Waldo Bucks or five businesses for $10 Waldo bucks.  A nice payback for supporting local Waldo merchants!

Details on all the specials are available at www.waldomo.com/holiday.  Saturday is also Small Business Saturday nationwide…please support a small, locally owned business near you this weekend. Small businesses generally offer you the most eclectic selection of merchandise and the best customer service!

Brookside Home Sales Report-Oct 2014

Home sales in Brookside continue to slow down, as is usual this time of year.  As we get into colder weather and the holiday season, buyers have other things on their minds. It’s very difficult to look at homes when darkness falls at 5pm!  Here are the home sales stats for the Brookside zip of 64113 from October 2014:  

In October 2014, 25 homes sold.  Median list sales price was $340,000, and median sales price was $320,000 with an average of 41 days on  market.  The lowest priced home sold  was $158,000 in Armour Hills and the highest was $615,000 in Romanelli Gardens.  

In October 2013, 23 homes sold.  The  median list and sales price were the same:  $279,000 and 35 days on market.

Virtually the same number of homes sold compared to a year ago, but the sales price was higher.   

Looking at year to date figures:

From Jan – October 2014, 244  homes have sold at a median sales price of $307,000 and 37 days on market.

From Jan – October 2013, 271 homes sold at a median sales price of $298,000 and 46 days on market.  

So far this year, the trend has been fewer homes sold and prices are up.  There is still a lack of updated, well maintained homes in the $200-$225K price range in Brookside.  It is encouraging that home values continue to rise, so we continue to make up equity lost during the housing crash during the recession.

Currently there are 81 single family homes for sale in the Brookside zip code of 64113 with a median list  price of $384,950 and 80 days on market.  Of the 81 homes for sale, 24 are priced over $500K and 9 are priced over $1 million.   (All figures taken from Heartland MLS and deemed reliable but not guaranteed).

Welcome a New Salon in Brookside – Bona Terra

Bona Terra Salon, 414 E 63rd St

Bona Terra Salon, 414 E 63rd St

“Gotta get a haircut.”  How you feel when that time comes? Do you prefer to stop by a chop shop and get in, get out? Or do you like to take the time to enjoy the experience, relax and enjoy a head massage, discuss new style options, pamper yourself a bit?

You may have noticed a new salon in Brookside called Bona Terra (the name means ‘good earth’ in Latin), located at 414 E 63rd St (in the old Blockbuster building). I stopped in recently and talked with Kate Aguilera about her new business. She is so enthusiastic and excited about having her own shop. You definitely feel a fresh, sophisticated yet comfortable vibe when you walk in the store: this is an Aveda ‘concept’ salon, meaning only Aveda products are used and sold here. In the lobby, you’ll find shampoos, conditioners, skin care items and some very cute holiday gift packages– all organic products in recycled packages.   And a very friendly staff to help you!

bona productKate is a K State grad who worked for many years in the advertising and communications industry. Throughout her high school and college days, she styled hair and make-up for her friends. Growing up, her mother was a great influence: she was always very conscious of how she presented herself as a woman to the world–professional and fashion conscious. When Kate and her husband decided to move back to KC from Topeka, they wanted to live in Brookside and send their daughter to St Peter’s School. Her parents bought the building and Kate opened the salon as manager.

Kate Aguilera, Salon Manager

Kate Aguilera, Salon Manager

So what makes this shop different? Kate sets a high bar for her stylists: all must attend Aveda training classes, dress well, and maintain a superior level of customer service and knowledge. Every client has a consultation before the service, and after each haircut–a complimentary make-up touch up. You won’t find loud music and gossip in this salon–Kate wants you to have a total lifestyle experience, not just a haircut. She wants each customer to leave feeling refreshed and confident about the way they look. Prices are competitive with other salons in the area. Bona Terra offers nail and make up services as well, with other body treatments coming in the near future.

Stop in and check out Bona Terra at 414 E 63rd St. Welcome Kate and her staff to Brookside. Browse the Aveda products for gift ideas–or pick up a gift certificate for holiday gift-giving. Also, mark your calendar for their Grand Opening Celebration from noon-5 on December 7.  Thankfully the eyesore of that vacant Blockbuster building is gone..and we have a new business in Brookside!

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Brookside’s Holiday Season Opener Nov 13, 2104

brookside holidayEven though you may still be scheduling your Thanksgiving plans, it’s time for Brookside’s Holiday Season Opener–tomorrow, Nov 13, 2014 from 6-9pm at 63rd St and Brookside Blvd.  It may be a bit chilly but the atmosphere will be warm and festive..plus you’ll enjoy  complimentary coffee and hot chocolate from the Roasterie and Michael Forbes Grill!

Choirs from area schools will serenade shoppers and  bring out the holiday spirit  as you stroll through the shops, checking out special deals and admiring the special seasonal window displays.  Bring any gently used winter coats or sweaters you may have and drop them off at World’s Window–they are collecting outwear for Rose Brooks Center–and you’ll get a 20% off coupon to use in the store.

For a complete list of store specials and other goodies being offered, click on this site: www.brooksidekc.org.  Remember, locally owned businesses generally offer the best customer service and the most interesting, eclectic gift choices.  Support Brookside merchants and start your shopping tomorrow evening.  You may even find a little something for yourself!

 

Four Bdrm Brookside Home for Sale – $219K

Armour Hills Gardens home for sale!

Armour Hills Gardens home for sale!

If you are looking for a four bedroom home in the Brookside area…you know they can be hard to find (unless you have a pretty high price range!).  My new listing in Armour Hills Gardens offers a lot of space for the price, along with four true bedrooms!

julie livBuilt in 1946, the home is located in Armour Hills Gardens, between Oak and Holmes on E 66st St.  There are two bedrooms on the first floor, plus a full bath and this cozy living room with built-ins on either side of the fireplace.

julie kitThe kitchen was completely remodeled a few years ago–check out the long granite countertop, new cabinets, plus stainless steel appliances and several windows that overlook the fenced backyard.  The kitchen also leads into the dining room.

julie screenHere is one of my favorite features about the house:  the screened-in porch!  The doors are directly off the dining room–making it a perfect spot for entertaining guests or relaxing after a long day.

julie famOn the second floor…another two bedrooms and full bath, plus a rare family room!  This area is large–approximately 22×15– it’s a great spot for a media/game room.

A few other features:  one car attached garage and full walk out basement.  This home is near St Peter’s Church/School, bus route, and Brookside shops and amenities.  Asking price is $219,000.  If you know someone who wants to live in Brookside–please link them up to this blog or have them contact me!

Armour Hills September 2014 Homes Sales Stats

PrintSome interesting home sales statistics to report for Armour Hills in Brookside today–I am blogging information for September 2014 and year to date figures.  Although we are in the typically slower season for home sales (after the spring/summer rush)– some new listings are going under contract very quickly.  Let’s look at the numbers:

In September 2014, six homes sold with a median sales price of $272,000 and 4 days on market. The median list price was $275,000.  The difference between list and sales price was just a bit over 1%.  Three of the six homes we under contract within  a day or two of  hitting the market.  What does this mean?  There are buyers who are ready to buy now, if the house is well priced and move-in ready. It’s obvious these buyers were ready to jump on any new listing that fit their criteria.  (In addition, we had our highest Armour Hills sale so far this  year, at an eye popping $474,000-cash!).

In September 2013, five homes sold with a median sales price of $258,000 and 4 days on market.  The median list price was $ 272,000.  Again, three of the five homes were under contract within a day of going up for sale.  

Now let’s compare year-to-date figures:

For the first nine months of 2014, 49 homes sold with a median price of $243,000 and 28 days on market.

For the first nine months of 2013, 62 homes sold with a median price of $250,000 and 20 days on the market.

We see a slip in average sales price and fewer numbers of homes selling in YTD numbers.

Currently there are 18 homes for sale in Armour Hills, at a median price of $225,000.  The lowest list price at $160,000 and the highest at $375,000.

(All stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed)

The 2014 World Series–And The Winner Is:

 RoyalsIn a week it will be over. The souvenirs in the discount bin, the parade completed, personal Royals jerseys  stashed away until next April.  Today we wonder, who will win the 2014 World Series?  Of course we believe it will the our Royals.  But you know we’ve already won.

We’ve won because of the incredible ride the team, the fans, the City has been on since last month. We  feel,  inside ourselves,  the sparkle in Hosmer’s eyes, the power in Butler’s swing, the confident Cain catches.  We have become them and they us.   We are drunk on the Royals booze–the bitter and the sweet–as we go about our daily routine.

And so we wait.  We plan our  calendar around these last games.  We hope, we pray, we will watch with friends, we will wear our gear.  It’s almost over.  No matter the score,  we all won in this unforgettable Royals baseball season.