Brookside Farmers’ Market –Searching for Community Groups to Participate

farmerA sure sign of Spring is the opening of the Brookside Farmers’ Market.  Although we are a few weeks away from the 2015 season, I wanted to blog about the special opportunity the Market provides for non food-related vendors.

Besides the booths that offer locally sourced (within 100 miles) produce, meats and baked goods, the Market has a community tent open to groups in the area.  In the past, organizations such as Powell Gardens and  the KC Food Circle have set up shop in the space, along with  furniture makers, composters, pet adoption services, cooking demos and other vendors.  BFM is actively looking for new community groups to display this year.  The space is free if there are no sales conducted in the tent.  Now is the time the board of the Brookside Farmers Market is taking applications for this space.  If you are interested, go to the website for details and the application.  It takes about two weeks to process the paperwork, and applications are always welcome.

The 2015 season of the Brookside Farmers Market opens April 18, and continues every Saturday through November 21, from 8am-1pm.  


Beautiful Four Bedroom Brookside Home for Sale

432 W 62nd St in Brookside
432 W 62nd St in Brookside

The couple who is selling this home fell in love with Brookside during the Art Fair a few years ago.  They are from Detroit, jobs were bringing them to the Midwest, and they had never been to Kansas City.  They wanted to buy a home in a vibrant, lively area, within an easy walk or bike ride to shops and amenities.  After I showed them several homes in the Brookside area, this is the one they chose.  Now their careers are taking them to another state, and although they are sad to leave our neighborhood–their well loved and cared for home is on the market, ready for new owners.

gThis is a three story home that feels welcome and comfortable when you walk in the front door.  It offers four bedrooms, three full baths and one half baths, a two car garage, second floor laundry and it is move in ready!

Isn’t this a fantastic kitchen?  So spacious, with plenty of (granite) counter space, a pantry, large island plus a desk area.  Right next to the kitchen is the mudroom with cubbies and a bench–the perfect spot to land when coming in from the garage.  Easy to hang backpacks, keys and store messy boots!


Here’s a photo of the master suite.  This large room leads to a master bath with shower, double vanities and a walk in closet, customized by Kansas City Closets.

oI think this is my favorite room in the home.  It’s  a bright and sunny nook on the second floor, with windows on two sides.  This is the perfect spot for a small office, reading room or child’s playroom.  Through the door to the left is the family room, featuring a home theater –all components stay with the property.

xAlso off the kitchen is this cozy covered porch, ideal for outdoor dining and entertaining.  The yard has been recently landscaped, and large trees trimmed away from the house.

Another unique feature is the third floor, with two bedrooms and a full bath.  The current owners loved this space for frequent family visitors, who had their own private retreat at the top of the steps.  This area could also be used for teens, a homework area, or more formal work from home office space.

eA few other benefits this home offers:  “The Nest” thermostat, an energy saving device that is controlled via a phone app; zoned HVAC and roof (both less than 8 years old); fresh interior paint; new carpet in master bedroom; hardwood floors and a stone basement. Of course the best feature may be the location…just a short walk up the street to all the amenities Brookside offers: grocery, independently owned shops and boutiques; post office, restaurants, Farmer’s Market, bus stop and the Trolley Track Trail. Offered at $430,000

I am really going to miss this family when they move on…but I know the next owners of this home will love it as much as they did!  Contact me if you would like to tour this property in person.

Brookside 2015 St Pat’s Parade This Saturday!

brookside st pat paradeSunny and 65 degrees…that’s our perfect weather forecast for Brookside’s 35th Annual St Patrick’s Warm Up Parade on Saturday March 14!  This is the best St Pat’s parade … because it’s so family friendly, you can sit and watch on the curb (or bring a chair!) and it’s easy to see the decorated floats and vehicles up close.


Start time is 2pm.  Here’s the route:

Begin at 65th and Wornall; north on Wornall to 63rd St; east on 63rd to Main St; south on Main to Meyer Blvd; west on Meyer to Brookside Road.  Last year the parade lasted over two hours!  This year I am extra excited about the festivities as I’ll be in the parade with my colleagues at Better Homes and Gardens – KC Homes.  We’ll be in a Jeep with the “Househunters” theme.

A few reminders:  traffic will be blocked along the streets mentioned above for most of the afternoon; residential side streets will be full of parked cars. Please watch for pedestrians, kids, bikes and be patient if you will be driving through Brookside on Saturday.  Happy St Patrick’s Day to all–come celebrate with us in Brookside!


New Businesses Coming to Brookside/Waldo

A brief blog today with information on two new businesses coming to Brookside and Waldo….

Future Site of BKS Nails

Future Site of BKS Nails

The former James Hallmark shop at 6245 Brookside Blvd, vacant for over two years now, will soon house BKS Nails, a salon offering manicures, pedicures and waxing services.  Owners of this shop also own and operate Plaza Nails (on the Country Club Plaza) and Oak Nails (across from the UMKC admin building).  Look for this shop to open next month.

Do you remember PIzza Manifesto? That short-lived pizza joint opened last year next to the Chipotle at 75th and Washington, just west of Wornall.  It was recently announced that Pizzeria Locale will be going into that space at 505 W 75th St.  This ‘fast casual’ restaurant will offer built your own 11” Neapolitan-style pizzas, along with a few salads and sides options. Pizzeria Locale started in with locations in Denver and Boulder, then formed a partnership with Chipotle.  The KC location will be the first outside of Colorado.

No word yet on an official opening date for the eagerly awaited Heirloom Bakery and Hearth at the corner of 63rd St and Oak…

Waldo Home Prices Rise – Jan 2015



Although the cold winter weather that won’t seem to leave… house hunters are out,  snatching up homes in the Waldo area.  In 2014, Waldo home prices rose 2.89%–to a median sales price of $144,000 with 46 days on market, and 330 homes changed ownership.  Let’s look at the January 2015 home sales stats for Waldo–I am using the street boundaries of State Line east  to Holmes, and Gregory south to 85th St:

In January 2015, 15 homes sold with a median list price of $147,500 and a median sales price of $151,000 with 46 days on market.  

In January 2014, 15 homes sold with a median list price of $132,500 and a median sales price of $129,500 with 87 days on  market.  

Why was the sales price higher than the list price ?   A few reasons:  there could have been multiple offers on the property; the buyer may have financed some closing costs into the loan by adding to the list price; or some other type of  negotiation regarding repairs following inspections.  The takeaway here is that buyers are willing to pay the initial list price–or very close to it–for the best homes that come on the market. Comparing the numbers, home values up 11% over last year.

Overall, Waldo homes sales are off to a strong start in 2015!  Currently there are 29 single family homes for sale in Waldo (the boundaries I described above) with a median list price of $144,900 and 41 days on market.

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

Armour Hills Home Sales Stats – Jan 2015


How many new neighbors will we have in Armour Hills in 2015?  Seventy homes changed owners last year.   Let’s see how many properties closed last month in Armour Hills, and check the pricing.  Buyers are actively looking for homes to purchase and open house traffic is strong–yet  there is  a lack of good inventory.

In January 2015, four homes sold with a median sales price of $210,000 and 23 days on market. The median list price was $210,000. Three of the four homes sold were at list price, the fourth was just $500 under list.

In January 2014, four homes sold with a median sales price of $232,500 and 10 days on market.  The median list price was $235,000.

I am not concerned about the drop in median sales price from one year ago–notice the homes that sold were at full price.  January is traditionally a slow month for purchases. However, there is a strong demand for homes–proven by the fact that the units  sold last month were at asking price!

Right now we have  8 homes for sale in Armour Hills, with a median list price of $265,000 and 32 days on market.  The lowest list price is $210K and the highest is $319,950.

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




Brookside Home Sales Stats – Jan 2015

It’s a brand new year for home sales in Brookside!  In 2014, 291 single family homes sold in our Brookside zip code of 64113.  That’s about 24 per month.  We are getting off to a slower start in 2015–that’s because there is a lack of desirable inventory in the $200-$350K price range.  Let’s look at the numbers:

In January 2015, eight homes sold in the Brookside area.  The median list price was $279,500 and the median sales price was $275,000.  Average days on market: 23.

In January 2014, thirteen homes sold.  The median list price was $299,950 and the median sales price was $295,000.  Average days on  market:  38.

Bonus numbers!  Note the wide range of prices in our zip code:

Highest closed sales price in 2014 was $1.445 million; lowest was $160,100.

Highest closed sales price in January 2015 was $930,000 and lowest was $170,000.

Although we are behind compared to one year ago, I’m not concerned.  January is typically a slow month for home sales, and inventory is still low.  The busy spring buying season is just around the corner so these numbers will go up as we head into warmer weather.

Currently there are 60 single family homes for sale in Brookside (zip 64113) with a median price of  $409,000  and  123 days on market. That higher median sales price reflects the lack of lower priced inventory–those homes get snapped up quickly and the higher priced homes sit on the market longer. The lowest price listed home is $$210K; the highest is $4.450 million.

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