Waldo Home Sales Report-Feb 2020

How’s everybody doing?  Trying to stay positive?  I’m continuing to work, rarely go into the office anymore (and I miss it!!) but still servicing my buyers and sellers.  I continue to see homes in the Brookside/Waldo area go under contract…and some are just sitting.  Let’s take a look at the February stats for single family home sales in Waldo:

February 2020                                                         February 2019

Median list price:    $204,000                                  $230,000                

Median sales price:  $210,250                                 $231,500

No. of homes sold:     14                                               12

Days on market:         16                                                41

And here are the YTD comparisons….

Jan-Feb 2020                                                            Jan-Feb 2019

Median list price:    $205,000                                   $219,900

Median sales price:  $206,000                                 $215,000

No. of homes sold:     31                                                33

Days on market:         22                                                 21

It’s interesting that median sales prices dropped in both categories.  Traditionally the first couple of months of the year aren’t as strong for sales as the warmer spring and summer months.  Waldo home values had huge gains last year. We’ll see how that changes with the current pandemic crisis.  I see new listings popping on, and many houses that were under contract are now back active–some buyers may have lost jobs, and/or decided to put off big purchases.

Currently there are 21 active single family homes listed in Waldo, with a median list price of $269,950 and 32 days on market.  That list number is skewing high as there are three homes listed over $400K, and one of them is $525K (that one for sale since last Fall) which is on the more expensive side for Waldo.  

I’ll keep reporting home sales on the blog but since I’m staying in as much as possible, no other Brookside/Waldo news to report on at this time.  Please try and support the our local restaurants as much as possible during this difficult time..!

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

 

Brookside Home Sales Report-Feb 2020

This is my first blog post in several days, and since then the Corona virus has taken over our everyday lives.  I plan to continue to post home sales stats; as far as reporting on new businesses and events in the Brookside/Waldo area–that news is on hold, since most of it right now consists of shops and restaurants shutting down.  I know our neighbors and residents will support our local businesses as much as possible as we get through this day to day.  Please patronize CurbsideKC !  Here are the February home sales stats for Brookside, using the zip code 64113 for stats:

February 2020                                                  February 2019

Median list price:       $359,975                        $374,999

Median sales price:   $354,500                         $355,000

No. of homes sold:             16                                 13

Days on market:                 43                                 76

Closed sales prices were virtually unchanged from a year ago, and a few more homes sold.  Now let’s compare year-to-date figures:

Jan-Feb 2020                                                         Jan-Feb 2019

Median list price:          $369,900                          $374,999

Median sales price:      $370,000                           $355,000

No. of homes sold:          23                                         23

Days on market:             44                                          76

So far this year, sellers are getting very close to asking price — and we are still seeing multiple offers on some properties.  That may change as the economy continues to slide downward.  Currently there are 24 active single family homes for sale in Brookside, with a median list price of $527,500 and 37 days on market. Six homes are priced over one million dollars; half are over $500.,000.

In the upcoming weeks, the sales numbers will reflect any big changes in the market and I will report my thoughts as well!

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

Fiddly Fig Closing in Brookside, Moving to South KC

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For the past 25 years, The Fiddly Fig has been a fixture in Brookside, located at 22 W 63rd St.  This historic brick building was a police/fire station back in the early days of our neighborhood.  Owner Sheryl White and her father purchased the building in an auction in 1995 and have been there every since.

Recently, White sold the building to local businessman Joe Zwillenberg.  She wasn’t thinking of selling, but he made her an irresistible offer.  The Fiddly Fig will move to it’s new location at 9716 Holmes on March 20.  Right now, everything is on sale at the store.

I stopped in last week to use a gift certificate I had won in a raffle.  I always enjoyed shopping there.  In addition to the beautiful fresh flowers, there was always an assortment of unique gifts and accessories, jewelry, baby gift items, candles and table decor.  During the holidays, the shelves were stocked with unusual ornaments, decorating items and gifts, all attractively displayed in the back rooms of the shop.  It was another locally owned boutique, with excellent friendly service. 

No word yet on what will house the new space. Zwillenberg owns a lot of buildings in Brookside, including the one across the street where Mike’s Liquors and Jimmy Johns are located.  Hopefully another unique shop or service will take over the space.  I’ll be watching for updates!  Thank you,Fiddly Fig, for your many years of being a treasured Brookside shopping destination!

Brookside St Pat’s Parade-This Sat 3/14/20

UPDATE 3/12/20

THE BROOKSIDE PARADE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

 

Come out and celebrate with your friends and neighbors…at the annual St Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade this Saturday, March 14.  This is the 40th year for the parade!

2020-parade-map

As of this writing, the parade is still going forward, despite the unfavorable weather forecast.  Sponsored by the Brookside Business Association, this event is geared towards families and is a great way to kick off the Spring season.  The parade starts at 2pm and lasts at least two hours; it’s full of floats, Irish dancers, marching bands, huge puppets, stylish cars and just about anything else! 

Please be award that on Saturday, many streets will be blocked off early and residential streets will be clogged with parked cars. Watch for extra pedestrians, strollers, kids, pets, etc. around the route. Come early and have lunch in one of the many Brookside eateries–make a day of it!  Thank you for supporting Brookside and our locally owned businesses.

 

Soap Refill Station Opens in Waldo

There are already so many local small business owners in Waldo that I feature on this blog…and here’s another one:  Soap Refill Station, at 7441 Broadway, a few steps south of Waldo Pizza.  Soap Refill Station just opened late last month.

Soap refill Station

The concept for this business is simple and timely:  bring your own container to the shop and refill with one of their natural soaps and cleaners.  The motto is “If you clean it, we have something eco-friendly to clean it with”.  Anne Dezort, who owns the shop with her boyfriend Adam McKay, explained that many other countries have a similar type of business, and they regularly used one while living in California.  Anne and Adam opened the first Soap Refill Station in Springfield, MO and it became very popular—people from Kansas City would drive to Springfield specifically to refill their bottles and jars! There is a second location Sante Fe, New Mexico and this is their third store.  Waldo was chosen as the site after much research and consultation with area residents and  the Waldo CID, which was “very helpful”.

Soap CenterSo here’s how it works:  bring in your jar, bucket, bottle, whatever  (you can also purchase them at the store or take from the donated containers basket) and browse the shop, filling up on what you need:  there are cleansers for your face/ body, laundry, and home.  Weigh the contents on the scale and pay by the ounce—you can purchase as little as one ounce of product just to give it a trial run at home, or stock up large jugs to last several months.  All soaps have no artificial scents and many are allergen free.  There is also a “house brand” line of products that are mixed in Springfield.  Annie and Adam also carry several essential oils if you do want to scent the soaps you buy.   Both are very customer service oriented and will walk you through the options as to what would work best for your specific cleaning needs. This shop is perfect for your own personal shopping or to purchase special, unique scented gifts for friends and family. And of course, it’s very environmentally friendly!

Soap AnneAnne says ” We firmly believe that what we are doing is making a difference. We just want to be a utility for those who are already trying to make less impact on the planet. In less than two years our three shops together have kept over 30,000 containers out of the landfills, waterways, and even recycling centers.”

  Soap Refill Station is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-6pm; hours may expand in the future. The shop is just south of Waldo Pizza at 7441 Broadway.  Please stop in and welcome Adam and Annie to the Waldo community!

Soap jugs

 

Waldo Home Sales Report-Jan 2020

It’s a new year and the buyers are out, searching for homes to purchase!  Inventory across the city was at a record low last month–less than two months’ supply!  I expect Waldo will be another hot spot for buyers in 2020.  

Below  are the stats for January 2020, and a comparison to last year. I’m using the Waldo boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th Street.  Year-to-date comparisons will resume next month.

January 2020                                                             January 2019

Median list price:     $205,000                                  $219,900

Median sales price:     $197,500                              $206,100

No. of homes sold:        17                                             21

Days on market:           35                                             21

The highest closed price was $295,000 and the lowest was $42,000.  Although the overall sales price was lower than last year–the winter months are not very popular for buying homes and houses can set longer, with prices being reduced.  We will see if Waldo is as hot of a market this year as it was last year as we get into the warmer weather.

Currently there are 17 active single family homes listed in Waldo, with an average price of $255,000 and 77 days on market.

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

 

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-Jan 2020

As we are so early into the year, not many stats to report regarding home sales…the home buying season is just getting started!  So, here is the short report for the Armour Hills subdivision of Brookside:

January 2020                                                               January 2019

Median list price:      $433,000                                     $289,975

Median sales price:   $433,000                                    $275,500

No. of homes sold:            1                                                 2

Days on market:              44                                                55

Just one home closed last month, on the upper end of the price point for Armour Hills.  As is typical, it takes longer for homes to sell during the winter months.

Currently there are four active listings in Armour Hills, with a median price of $369,975 and seven days on the market.

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