Centered Spirit-Now Open in Waldo

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With all the current chatter about health insurance, premiums, who’s covered, rising costs–it can be just another source of stress to our already fast paced lives. If you want to investigate a different style of taking care of your mind and physical body, consider a visit to Centered Spirit, a new Cultural and Holistic Center in Waldo.

massage roomCentered Spirit believes in “the body’s innate wisdom and natural ability to find health and achieve balance”. Alex Jackson has been practicing traditional Mayan medicine for fourteen years, first in a Brookside office location. He and his wife Emilie opened Centered Spirit in January 2017. Alex works with patients regarding digestive disorders, muscle pains, anxiety, female health issues, depleted energy and offers several types of traditional therapies, such as Maya Abdominal Massage, cupping, holistic counseling, acupuncture and herbal remedies.  Alex explains that “different life events can trigger physical changes in your body as well as emotional stress.”  He takes the time to “assess, connect and heal” with the goal of solutions that will work for each unique person for the long term.

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Their expanded facility at 8131 Wornall has four treatment rooms plus an infrared sauna as well as a larger community area for classes and teaching. To celebrate Emilie’s native country of France, they have opened a French tea room in the building which Emilie operates, featuring several imported teas from France (also sold by the ounce). Emilie recently wrote about the health benefits of tea for Evolving in Kansas City.   Both Alex and Emilie love promoting different cultures — they have travelled extensively to places like Belize, Mexico and Guatemala. Artwork they have purchased while roaming the Earth hangs throughout the building, and the couple loves sharing their passion for other cultures through food, art and healing traditions.  Centered Spirit also offers workshops for the public; the next one is April 1-2, 2017 titled “Life On Purpose”.

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Centered Spirit is located at 8131 Wornall–that is the southeast corner of 81st Terrace and Wornall. If you would like to find out more about their services–stop by for a cup of tea! Or contact Alex Jackson at 816 225 9393. The Centered Spirit blog, with their event listings, is posted at www.centeredspiritblog.wordpress.com.

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Waldo Home Sales Stats-April 2019

We are in the middle of the peak Spring home buying season…yet sales are down in Waldo.  Prices are up, though.  Is the slowdown a lack of inventory, lack of demand or is Waldo following the national trend of fewer home sales?  Time will tell. Here are the stats for single family  home sales in Waldo, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:

April 2019                                                            April 2018

Median list price:        $239,000                      Median list price:      $209,975

Median sales price:    $220,000                     Median sales price:    $212,500

No. of homes sold:      31                                  No. of homes sold:       44

Days on market:         9                                      Days on market:         30

The lowest closed price last month was $95,000 and the highest was $382,000-highest sold price this year so far.  Below are year-to-date figures:

Jan-April 2019                                                      Jan-April 2018                                                   

Median list price:        $222,500                        Median list price:     $189,950

Median sales price:      $217,700                      Median sales price:    $193,000

No. of homes sold:         92                                 No. of homes sold:       120

Days on market:            16                                  Days on market:          16

Home prices are higher 12.8% compared to same time last year, even though fewer homes have sold.  Demand is still high for the well maintained, updated and move in ready homes.  Currently there are 23 single family homes for sale in Waldo, with a median list price of $255,000 and 14 days on market.

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

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-April 2019

Armour Hills continues it’s upward climb in home values again last month, with values way up YTD.  Let’s take a look at the numbers in this large Brookside subdivision of just under 1000 homes:

April 2019                                                             April 2018

Median list price:      $358,700                            Median list price:      $318,500

Median sales price:    $366,250                          Median sales price:    $339,500

No. of homes sold:     10                                       No. of homes sold:        8

Days on market:          2                                       Days on market:              6

Nine out of the ten homes that closed last month sold at or above list price.  And here are the year-to-date figures:

Jan-April 2019                                                             Jan-April 2018

Median list price:      $347,500                                   Median list price:     $300,000

Median sales price:   $350,000                                  Median sales price:   $304,500

No. of homes sold:       23                                           No. of homes sold:        22

Days on market:           31                                           Days on market:            6

So far this year, home values up 14.9% in Armour Hills!  The sellers’ market continues for this neighborhood.  Currently there are ten homes listed, with a median price of $366,975 and 24 days on market.

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

Brookside Home Sales Report-April 2019

Home sales and values continue to surge in Brookside during the traditional strong spring home buying season.  Here are the stats for single family home sales last month in Brookside, using the zip code of 64113:

April 2019                                                                       April 2018

Median list price:       $425,000                                     Median list price:     $389,450

Median sales price:    $420,000                                   Median sales price:   $388,500

No. of homes sold:         31                                            No. of homes sold:       22

Days on market:             9                                               Days on market:          5

The lowest closed sales price last month was $241,000 and the highest was $1.6 million. Three homes sold in April over the $1 million mark.  

Here are year-to-date comparisons:

Jan-April 2019                                                                  Jan-April 2018

Median list price:     $395,000                                    Median list price:       $387,450

Median sales price:   $390,000                                   Median sales price:    $378,000

No. of homes sold:      83                                             No. of homes sold:     74

Days on market:          38                                             Days on market:         12

Although days on market was longer, prices are up 3.3% compared to 2018.  The strongest demand, as usual, is for homes priced under $400,000.  Currently there are 51 active listings, with a median list price of $464,950 and 45 days on market.  Eight homes are priced over $1 million.

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

 

Rockhill Gardens Home For Sale!

Check out my new listing in Rockhill Gardens–one of the most popular subdivisions in the Brookside/Waldo area!

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Built in 1939, this house has so many of the original charming architectural features: Stone front, hardwood floors, arched doorways and original doorknobs and doorplates.  The living room flows easily into the dining room–which features French doors leading to a large patio! 

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This bonus room off the living room can be used as a media room, office or playroom.

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Here’s another special feature:  current owners turned the breakfast room into a convenient first floor laundry.

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Upstairs:  three large bedrooms and several closets for extra storage. The basement is semi-finished.  The backyard is fenced, plus the shed (wired with electricity) stays with the property. The large patio is perfect for cookouts and friends and family gatherings.

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Know someone who may be interested in this home?  Contact me for details!  The address is 643 E 73rd Terrace in Kansas City MO, offered at $289,000.

 

Happy Bottoms Moves To Waldo

You may have noticed a new occupant in the former Habitat ReStore space at 303 W 79th St. It’s not a business that is open to the public, however it does provide an important community service. Happy Bottoms is a diaper bank, getting families in need diapers through several social service agencies in the six county area.

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Stacks of diapers at Happy Bottoms, and their van

Current Executive Director Jill Gaikowski is the founder of Happy Bottoms. In the fall of 2009, a friend alerted her to the urgent need for donated diapers to help families in the area. Jill started a diaper drive and eventually collected 16,636  diapers, stacking up in her basement! Having found her calling, she opened a non profit organization dedicated to collecting and distributing diapers to those in need. The original warehouse location was in Lenexa; Happy Bottoms recently moved to the Waldo location for more space.  Currently they are renting the building but hope to purchase it at some point.

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Business and Communications Manager Beth Canipe

Business & Communications Manager Beth Canipe explained how the non profit works: the diapers are acquired through purchases (at reduced rates) and donations. The diapers are distributed through 37 area social service agencies  (government programs such as WIC and SNAP do not allow diapers to be purchased under federal programs).  Those families who qualify can get  50 diapers per month. Happy Bottoms also provides potty training education for parents and potty training kits.

As with most non profit programs, volunteers are always welcome! You can volunteer to help as an individual or through a “corporate engagement” program—Happy Bottoms will come to your office and set up wrapping stations to bundle up the diapers for distribution.  Monetary donations are always needed. I especially like the suggestion of donating to Happy Bottoms in honor of Mother’s Day coming up this weekend!

Find out more information on Happy Bottoms and how to donate or volunteer at their website.

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Diaper Bundle Stations at Happy Bottoms

Brookside Art Fair This Weekend 5/3-5 2019

It’s time once again for the Brookside Art Annual!  Still going strong in it’s 34th year!

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Centered around 63rd St and Brookside Blvd, this event features traditional and unusual art from makers around the country.  You’ll see everything from pottery to photography; scrap sculpture to clothing; jewelry to watercolor paintings.  Hours are 5-9pm Friday, 10am-9pm Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.  Saturday and Sunday afternoon feature activities for the kids; during all art fair hours, enjoy food and drink from Brookside eateries including Charlie Hoopers, Avenues Bistro and Cosintino’s Market.

Be extra careful if you are driving to the event; best to park a few blocks away and walk to the Art Annual.  And remember to please leave pets at home.  

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-March 2019

Regular readers of this blog will know how much the home values in the Armour Hills subdivision of Brookside have risen over the past few years. So far in 2019, Armour Hills is beating Brookside as a whole for the increase.  See stats below!

March 2019                                                        March 2018

Median list price:     $339,900                        Median list price:     $269,500

Median sales price:   $327,000                       Median sales price:  $265,500

No. of homes sold:        7                                  No. of homes sold:      14

Days on market:          69                                   Days on market:           6

Here are YTD figures:

Jan-March 2019                                               Jan-March 2018

Median list price:     $339,900                      Median list price:     $289,475

Median sales price:   $327,000                     Median sales price:  $287,000

No. of homes sold:        13                              No. of homes sold:     16

Days on market:             81                             Days on market:        14     

Prices are up 13.9% YTD whereas the entire Brookside neighborhood (using zip 64113)   dropped just over 1% same period. However, the Armour Hills sample is much smaller and there is such a huge range of home prices in Brookside (from the $200s into the millions) that this could just be a fluke. We are just now into the busy spring buying season–and I know the demand is strongest for homes priced under $400K–which is just where Armour Hills prices fall.  The numbers should even out more as the year goes on.

Currently there are 11 homes for sale in Armour Hills, with a median list price of $360,000 and 17 days on market.

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