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 Report-June 2019

Halfway through the year, Waldo home sales are still going strong!  Prices continue to rise and most homes are going under contract within a week of listing. Below are the stats, using the street boundaries of Gregory to 85th and State Line to Holmes:

June 2019                                                                June 2018

Median list price:     $215,000                            Median list price:     $194,000

Median sales price:    $213,000                          Median sales price:    $205,000

No. of homes sold:       37                                    No. of homes sold:      33

Days on market:         7                                        Days on market:          35

The numbers are showing us that prices are up, and homes sold faster than June 2018.  Let’s see where Waldo is year-to-date:

Jan-June 2019                                                       Jan-June 2018

Median list price:     $230,000                        Median list price:    $200,000

Median sales price:   $228,000                     Median sales price:   $200,500

No. of homes sold:      164                                  No. of homes sold:      182

Days on market:          10                                   Days on market:          16

The highest sold sales price so far this year in Waldo is $382,000 and the lowest is $26,000–that’s quite a range!  YTD, values are up just over 11%

Currently there are 38 single family homes for sale in Waldo, with a median list price of $234,500 and 20 days on market.

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

 

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-June 2019

As a Brookside neighborhood (Armour Hills is one of the larger subdivisions in the area), buyers are still snapping up homes quickly–yet the market does appear to be slowing down..probably usual mid July slump as so many people head out of town on vacation. Here are the stats for June home sales in Armour Hills:

June 2019                                                                    June 2018

Median list price:     $329,000                                 Median list price:     $315,000

Median sales price:    $329,000                               Median sales price:     $322,500

No. of homes sold:        9                                          No. of homes sold:      8

Days on market:          24                                           Days on market:          6

Last month, the average days on market were longer, but still sellers are getting very close to list price.  The lowest closed sale in June was $293,000 and the highest was $358,000.  Here are YTD figures:

Jan-June 2019                                                            Jan-June 2018

Median list price:     $347,500                                 Median list price:     $314,900

Median sales price:   $350,000                             Median sales price:     $315,000

No. of homes sold:      43                                         No. of homes sold:      37

Days on market:         24                                          Days on market:         5

Home values up 11% compared to the same period last year.  I don’t think that percentage will be sustained through the end of the year. Currently there are 9 active listings in Armour Hills, ranging from $239,000-$379,500 and 57 days on market.  Median list price is $284,950.

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

Brookside Home Sales Report-June 2019

We are halfway through the year…how are Brookside home sales holding up compared to last year?  Sales are still strong and prices up.  Read on for details…I am using the main Brookside zip code of 64113 (State Line to Oak; 55th to Gregory) for these stats.

June 2019                                                           June 2018

Median list price:      $369,000                       Median list price:     $412,500

Median sales price:   $370,000                       Median sales price:  $397,000

No. of homes sold:       31                                 No. of homes sold:     40

Days on market:           11                               Days on market:           16

Median sales price was down almost 7% compared to last year…however, in June 2018 there were three million dollar sales (just one last month) and more homes sold.  Still, many sellers getting at or over asking price!  Here are the YTD figures:

Jan-June 2019                                                       Jan-June 2018

Median list price:      $395,000                          Median list price:       $399,450

Median sales price:    $389,807                         Median sales price:   $386,750

No. of homes sold:        154                                No. of homes sold:    144

Days on market:           28                                   Days on market:       14

Prices are a little higher than last year and sellers getting very close to asking price and more homes sold YTD.  Currently there are 41 active single family homes listed in Brookside, with a median list price of $424,950 and 62 days on market.

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

 

 

 

Brookside Sidewalk Sale July 11-13, 2019

It’s time for another summer ritual…browsing the bargains at the Brookside Sidewalk Sale!  Seems it’s always hot and humid during sale days…but worth the trip to check out all the sale merchandise, special discounts and in-store specials while supporting our locally owned businesses.

The sale starts today, Thursday July 11 and runs through Saturday. Start out at 63rd and Wornall to browse the shops, working your way east to Main St.  Brookside Sidewalk Sale

And remember to stop off for a snack or leisurely lunch or dinner while you are shopping as well!

Waldo Welcomes a New Restaurant-Brick+Mortar

You may have heard that a new restaurant opened in the former Tanner’s location in Waldo…it’s called Brick+Mortar.  I stopped by last week to check out the space and was quite surprised…the food on this menu is not your usual bar and grill fare, which is what I was expecting.  Read on for details!

Brick tables and bar

First, a bit of background:  This is the second location for a Brick+Mortar, following the first in Santa Monica and a third  planned for Pittsburgh.  The two owners, Travis Lester and Justin Schafer, started a restaurant company called BRG, with seven other concepts and restaurants.  They chose to expand into Kansas City, bringing a west coast vibe to the midwest. Surrounded by neighborhoods and other local business, Waldo seemed like a great location to settle into.

Brick muralWalking into Brick+Mortar, you’ll find two large garage door windows opening to the street; several TVs, two bars and a small outdoor patio.  There’s a large mural dominating one wall, featuring the skyline of Kansas City. General Manager Brandi Wilmes says “Our atmosphere is for everyone, with a female driven environment. With our elevated bar food menu, we think it’s a place everyone will find welcoming. We have a full scratch kitchen, everything is made fresh in house including our hand cut pastas and the chitarra has become one of my favorite menu items.  Our mixologist worked at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and has created a more sophisticated bar menu including our most popular drink-  the Flower Bomb”. That’s  a tequila based cocktail with citrus and in house made ginger syrup. The “bomb” aspect of the drink comes from the flower garnish that is the “buzz button” : a szechuan flower that creates a strong tingling, numbing and mouth-watering sensation, fully opening your tastebuds to the unique flavor.  Popular food menu items include the ahi tuna poke, the in-house rotisserie chicken with mashed potatoes and grilled fish tacos.  There’s also hamachi crudo, octopus, amazing burgers and several small plates. Brisket is ground in house—served with fresh cut fries. Brandi also mentioned the atmosphere is “energetic and new, with entertainment 5 days a week”, which could be a live band or DJ.

Brick+Mortar has some great food specials on Monday ($1 burger) and Tuesday ($2 tacos) 6pm-close with the purchase of a drink. Wednesday’s special is “boards and bottles”- ½ priced bottles of wine and ½ priced cheese, charcuterie and brie boards.  They are open seven days a week, with happy hour Monday-Friday from 3-6:30, a late night kitchen menu from 11pm-2:30am, and brunch 10am-4pm every Saturday and Sunday.

Brick+Mortar is located at 7425 Broadway, just south of The Well.  Chances are their menu has something that will catch your eye the next time you are looking for a new place to eat!

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Waldo Home Sales Report-May 2019

I remember a time not that long ago when I would show homebuyers in Waldo a pretty nice, small 3 bedroom, one and a half bath home in Waldo for under $200K near 75th and Wornall. Not anymore–buyers are having to go farther south and/or east, plan fix up projects or get less square feet for that price.  Waldo home values continue to rise at a fast pace. Here are the stats, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:

May 2019                                                                  May 2018

Median list price:     $229,950                               Median list price:      $224,700

Median sales price:    $227,500                            Median sales price:    $227,000

No. of homes sold:       40                                       No. of homes sold:      40

Days on market:          4                                           Days on market:          9

Prices rose over last May, and homes went under contract faster. The lowest sales price was $49,950 and the highest was $375,000.  Here are year-to-date figures:

Jan-May 2019                                                            Jan-May 2018

 Median list price:     $225,000                                Median list price:     $195,000

Median sales price:    $219,950                              Median sales price:     $195,000

No. of homes sold:       132                                      No. of homes sold:          161

Days on market:          10                                        Days on market:           15

Fewer homes have sold YTD, but home prices up 12.79% over last year.  There is still a huge demand for well maintained, move in ready homes in Waldo, especially near the bustling 75th and Wornall intersection. Being close to restaurants, shops, services–on just about every Waldo homebuyers wish list!  Currently there are 32 homes for sale, with a median asking price of $242,475 and 29 days on market.

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

 

 

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-May 2019

I’m still amazed at how quickly Armour Hills home values have shot up since the recession–home ownership is a good investment!  Houses are still selling very quickly at close to asking price.  Here are the numbers:

May 2019                                                                   May 2018

Median list price:     $365,000                                Median list price:     $325,000

Median sales price:   $359,000                               Median sales price:   $320,000

No. of homes sold:      12                                          No. of homes sold:    7

Days on market:           8                                           Days on market:       5

Most new listings went under contract within a week of hitting the market. The highest closed price last month was $460,000.  Below are year-to-date figures:

Jan-May 2019                                                          Jan-May 2018

Median list price:       $350,000                            Median list price:       $312,000

Median sales price:    $355,000                            Median sales price:    $310,000

No. of homes sold:      35                                        No. of homes sold:  29

Days on market:           26                                       Days on market:      5

At almost the halfway point in the year, Armour Hills home prices are up 14.5% over same period last year.  Are you surprised that your property tax assessment is climbing so quickly?? Currently there are 7 active listings, with a median price of $296,500 and 30 days on market.

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