Centered Spirit-Now Open in Waldo


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.


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

Armour Hills Home Sales Stats – May 2017

Armour Hills in Brookside — a hot location for homebuyers this spring.  Almost one half of the total homes sold this year so far in Armour Hills closed last month. And as you will see…prices continue to rise as compared to last year.  Here are the May 2017 home sales for Armour Hills, and a comparison to last year.

May 2017 

Median list price:      $325,000                          

Median sales price:  $329,225                          

Number of homes sold:  16  

Days on market:              3       

May 2016    

Median list price:       $289,900

Median sales price:   $291,000     

Number of homes sold:   9  

Days on market:              33

The lowest sales price in May 2017 was $209,500 and the highest was $407,000.  Of all the homes that sold, 13 were at or above list price, sometimes by several thousand dollars.      

Now let’s look at year to date:

Jan-May 2017

Median list price:      $322,500

Median sales price:  $323,750

Number of homes sold:  36

Days on market:             4    

Jan-May 2016

Median list price:        $269,900

Median sales price:    $267,000

Number of homes sold:  27

Days on market:             33

There has been a 21% increase in median sales price compared to last year in Armour Hills.  Are we headed for another housing bubble??   Currently in Armour Hills there are just three homes for sale, with a median list price of $389,000 and 47 days on market. 

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

Brookside Home Sales Stats – May 2017

It’s crazy out there if you want to buy a home in Brookside for under $400K!  I’m sure you’ve heard the stories from your home buyer friends–or seller friends, who receive multiple offers within a day of listing their home.  Here are the May 2017 single family home sales stats for Brookside, using zip code 64113:

May 2017

Median List Price:       $330,000

Median Sales Price:    $339,500

Number of Homes Sold:    39

Days on Market:                4

The lowest closed price was $170K; the highest was a home near 55th and Ward Parkway–$3.2 million cash. You are reading those numbers correctly–median sales price is almost $40K over asking price.  Out of the 39 homes that closed last month, 24 were at or above list price.  I’ve seen closed prices as much as $25K over list price!  Now let’s look at same period last year:

May 2016

Median List Price:               $364,500

Median Sale Price:              $360,500

Number of Homes Sold:         37

Days on Market:                       43

The number of homes sold was about the same. Last year, median price was higher because more expensive homes closed in May 2106.  Days on market was longer–that is typical for higher priced homes.  The demand in Brookside right now is for homes priced $225K-$400K.  Here are YTD figures:

Jan-May 2017

Median List Price:                $374,947

Median Sales Price:              $360,000

Number of Homes Sold:       118

Days on Market:                     18

Jan-May 2016

Median List Price:                 $373,750

Median Sales Price:               $367,950

Number of Homes Sold:         124

Days on Market:                        41

As you can see, year to date the median sales price is well below median list price–but again, when the higher priced homes sell, there is usually more bargaining in the offer.  It is the $350K and under homes that generally sell for at or over list price.

Currently there are 40 homes for sale in Brookside, with a median list price of $695,000.  Thirty four of the 40 are listed over $400K.

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


Brookside/Waldo Farmers Markets Are Open for the Season


Summertime and fresh produce from the area farmers’ markets–just can’t beat the taste of freshly picked berries, tomatoes, herbs and veggies.  Fortunately we have two farmers’ markets in the neighborhood so you can stock up twice a week!


The Brookside Farmers Market is open each Saturday at 63rd and Wornall Road.   This market features local (less than 100 miles away) vendors that sell ‘organic and non-GMO food’.  Besides fresh produce, you’ll find eggs, meat, herbs, flowers, baked goods and homemade items like soaps and crafts.  Hours are 8am-1pm on Saturdays.


waldo marketThe Waldo Farmers Market is also open for the season at 303 W 79th St, just east of 79th and Wornall next to Habitat ReStore.  Although smaller than the Brookside market, it offers a great selection of ‘local, certified organic and non-certified sustainably produced’ products, ranging from vegetables and herbs to snacks and  ice cream.  Offerings can change weekly.  This market is open every Wednesday from 3-7pm–which is so convenient if you need inspiration for a quick weeknight dinner!

Remember to bring a bag to the market to tote your goodies back home, plus cash in small bills,  and watch for pedestrians while parking.  Thank you for supporting area farmers and merchants!

Pamper Your Body-Visit SKIN in Brookside

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There is a new Brookside shop to check out—especially if you like to pamper yourself! SKIN opened last week at 6247 Brookside Blvd, on the same block as Foos and Shopgirls.


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Owner Stephanie Simkins is a native of Kansas City, and started out as a nutritionist and wellnesss coach. She progressed into skin care, doing consultations for her clients. Eventually she started making her own products and selling them online. She had retail stores in San Francisco and on the Country Club Plaza; currently the Broookside shop is the flagship operation.


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SKIN products are formulated in Overland Park and are ‘created with healing in mind’, according to Stephanie. Everything is made with organic ingredients and oils, with a specific healing component in mind. For example, there is the Seaberry Anti-Aging Face Cream and Apricot Berry Clay Face Mask. If you are planning a trip to the beach, try the After Sun Aloe and Coconut Body Lotion. Other items include soothing lip balms, soaps and bath products, make up lines and a special section for men’s grooming. There is also a large ‘lazy susan’ tray with samples of most products to try before you buy. Stephanie emphasizes that she operates a vegetarian, gluten free, certified green company, registered with  EWG and PETA.


Like so many Brookside shops, Stephanie offers friendly, personal service to every customer who walks in. She encourages browsing and can tell you about all products displayed. In addition, she does special events at the store: yoga workshops, designer trunk shows and a once a month special promotion only offered to clients on her email list.


Stephanie chose Brookside as a location for this shop as she feels “it’s a good fit. There aren’t many walkable neighborhoods in Kansas City. “ Current hours are 11-5 Monday through Saturday and noon-5 on Sunday. She hopes to expand to evening hours as well.


SKIN products make great gifts—everyone appreciates special products that are locally made without chemicals, even the guys you know! Stop by SKIN, 6247 Brookside Blvd and find something for yourself—and a special someone!





Waldo Home Sales Report-April 2017

Waldo continues to be a hot spot for homebuyers this year.  As prices keep climbing in the 64113 zip code to the north, those who want to buy on a more modest budget look south to 64114.  Those first two sentences exactly what I wrote for the March 2017 stats report.  It’s a trend!!!  These figures are for Waldo single family home sales, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th:

April 2017

Number of homes sold:    43

Median list price:              $165,000

Median sales price:          $170,000

Average days on market:    4

April 2016

Number of homes sold:      29

Median list price:              $169,900

Median sales price:          $169,000

Average days on market:    12

The highest price sale in Waldo last month was $468,500 and the lowest was $54,000. Note the sales price was higher than list price–because 32 of the homes that closed were at or over the asking price.

Here are year-to-date comparisons:

Jan-April  2017

Number of homes sold:   120

Median list price:            $165,000

Median sales price:        $170,200

Average days on market:  31

Jan-April  2016

Number of homes sold:    100

Median list price:             $169,450

Median sales price           $169,450

Average days on market:   40

Prices are up, homes are selling very fast and sellers are getting sticker price.  Waldo is a a very desireable location for homebuyers! Currently in Waldo, there are just 13 active single family homes for sale at a median list price of $142,000 and 14 days on market.

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



It’s Bike to Waldo Week Through Saturday

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Family Bicycles in Waldo

We’ve had some beautiful Spring days that are perfect for bike riding–this week you can celebrate bicycle-friendly Waldo during Bike to Waldo Week, now through Saturday May 20, 2017.

Bike to various Waldo businesses and receive special discounts on food, beverages and services.  Participating retailers include Family Bicycles (of course!), One More Cup, KC Bier Co, Betty Raes, Crows Coffee and CoWork Waldo.  If you post a photo with the hashtag #biketowaldo, you will be entered into a special $50 drawing!

More details at  If you are in a vehicle driving around Waldo this week, please be extra considerate of bikers and give them a friendly wave!  Thank you for supporting locally owned Waldo businesses! 

Brookside Home Sales Report – April 2017

Home prices continue to rise in Brookside.  Due to a shortage of inventory, prices are going up, multiple offers are common–especially for homes priced under $400K.  Plus, Brookside homes look extra beautiful during Spring!  Here is the April 2017 Brookside single family home sales report, using stats from zip code 64113:

April 2017

Median list price:        $399,000

Median sales price:    $360,000

Number of homes sold:    29

Days on market:               17

The lowest closed price was $237,500 and the highest was $1.5 million.  

April 2016

Median list price:        $375,000

Median sales price:    $371,500

Number of homes sold:   30

Days on market:                41

Checking year-to-date figures:

Jan-Apr 2017

Median list price:        $399,000

Median sales price:    $394,230

Number of homes sold:  78

Days on market:               35

Jan-Apr  2016

Median list price:         $379,000

Median sales price:     $375,000

Number of homes sold:   87

Days on market:                35

So far, median prices are up 5.1% this year compared to same time period in 2016. Fewer homes are selling…because there are fewer homes for sale. There is still a strong demand for Brookside properties priced from $200-$350K.  Currently there are 38 single family homes for sale in zip 64113, with a median list price of $612,425.  Over one half of the homes on the market are $500K or higher.

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