New Rotary Club Started for Brookside/Waldo Area Residents

Would you like to get more involved with your Brookside/Waldo neighbors? Are you thinking it’s time to meet some new friends and network with other professionals? Then you may be interested in finding out more about the new Waldo-Brookside Rotary Club.

Dan Ryan (an Armour Hills resident) was a member of the KC Plaza Rotary Club. The Plaza group had been discussing the concept of starting another club, so Dan and several other members started on the paperwork and recruitment. They decided a Rotary Club with an early evening meeting time and no meal expense could bring the Rotary experience to a broader group of people.   Thus, the Waldo-Brookside Rotary Club was born.

angieAngie Gutierrez is the chapter President, and we recently met at the Roasterie so she could pass along details of the group and it’s purpose. Rotary club objectives include “the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life” and “the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service”.

As the members of the Waldo-Brookside group network with each other and get a feel for their club’s ‘personality’, they will create plans to give back to the community where they live and meet.  Although this new club is still working out what specific ways they will  help our neighborhood, it could include a theme project like “schools” — which would mean promoting scholarships, cleaning up school grounds, funding needed school materials, etc. Each Rotary chapter decides for itself the community services it will provide.

The requirements for membership are simple: professional adults (this group tends to fall between the ages of 25-50), dues (currently $50 per quarter), and regular attendance at the weekly meetings.   This Waldo/Brookside Rotary Chapter meets each Wednesday at 5:30pm at The Well in Waldo for one hour…Angie is very conscious of keeping the meetings on track and on time! The usual agenda will include discussing projects and often feature a guest speaker. Everyone is welcome to stay and socialize after the business meeting if they like, as Angie describes their meetings as a ‘happy hour type of club”.

You probably know someone who is involved with the Rotary organization. If you are interested, contact Angie at angiemgutierrez@gmail.com. Or, you can just stop by one of the Wednesday night meetings to get a feel for the group—everyone is welcome!

Waldo Area Homes Rising in Price

Wonderful Waldo…buyers are snapping up homes quickly in this area!  Let’s look at the home sale statistics for February 2015, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory south to 85th St:

In February 2015, 23 homes sold.  The median list price was $149,000 and the median sales price was $141,000.  The highest priced home sold at $373,000 and the lowest at $18,000.

In February 2014, eight homes sold.  The median list price was $115,000 and the median sales price was $105,000. 

That is quite an increase–however, part of the surge is due to many more homes selling this year and at higher prices. 

Checking year to date figures:

In January/February 2015, 35 homes sold. The median list price was $131,950 and the median sales price was $135,000, with 41 days on  market.

In January/February 2014, 24 homes sold. The median list price was $119,000 and the median sales price was $115,000, with 87 days on market.

The median sales price was higher than the median list price because one home sold for $24,000 over the asking price!  It was a foreclosure and several offers pushed the price up.

Currently there are 44 homes for sale in this area of Waldo, with a median sales price of $136,000.

(All information taken from Heartland MLS, deemed reliable but not guaranteed)

Brookside Home Sales Report – February 2015

Brookside home sales continue to rise into this new year…prices are up compared to 2014.  Here are the stats for single family home sales in the main Brookside zip code of 64113, starting with February sales:

In February 2015, 13 homes sold in the Brookside area.  The median list price was $425,000 and the median sales price was $397,500.  Average days on market: 88.

In February 2014, 11 homes sold.  The median list price was $289,950 and the median sales price was $283,000.  Average days on  market:  28.

Strictly looking at the numbers, one could say home values jumped a whopping 40%, comparing the two months!  That is not the norm for our neighborhood, although prices are rising.  In February 2015, there were 9 sales over $350K; 4 of those sales were over $550K.  One year ago, just 4 sales were over the $390K price.  Because the majority of sales this year were over that $350K price, the median price jumped way up. Also, the more expensive homes take longer to sell (notice the 88 days on market for Feb 2015 vs 28 days on market for Feb 2014).  

Checking year to date figures:

In Jan/Feb 2015, 22 homes sold with a median list price and median sales price of $350,000 and 81 days on market.

In Jan/Feb 2014, 24 homes sold. The median list price was $289,950 and median sales price was $283,000 and 30 days on market.

Currently there are  66 single family homes for sale in Brookside (zip 64113) with a median list price of $425,000 and  50 days on market. Thirty five of these homes are priced over $400K, and eight are priced over $1,000,000.  There is still a shortage of updated, move-in ready homes in the $250-$350K price range in our area.

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

Armour Hills Home Sales Stats – February 2015

I am late in posting about Brookside home sales for the month of February 2015–it’s already April! Today we’ll examine stats for the Armour Hill subdivision; next week I will publish information on the Brookside zip code of 64113 and the Waldo area.  Armour Hills is the largest subdivision in Brookside, with just over 1000 homes.  

In February 2015, two homes sold with a median sales price of $232,000 and 48 days on market. The median list price was $242,500. 

In February 2014, three homes sold with a median sales price of $228,500 and 28 days on market.  The median list price was $239,500.

So far in 2015, six homes have sold with a median sales price of $232,000 and a median list price of $242,450 with 26 days on market.

For the first two months of 2014, seven homes had sold with a median sales price of $232,500 and a median list price of $239,500 with 14 days on market.

The difference in sales price amounts to a 1.5% increase compared to last February.  Year to date, compared to 2014, there is an insignificant difference in final sales price; however,  homes are sitting on the market longer before an offer is acceptedThat is normal for the colder weather months, and for homes that may need some updating.

Right now we have 10 homes for sale in Armour Hills, with a median sales price of $260,000 and 29 days on market. (All stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed)

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!

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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!