New Juicery Opens in Brookside East

Yes, it’s another blog about a new business in the thriving Brookside East area! Unbakery and Juicery  opened the last week of January at 634 E 63rd St. Not even one month old and the owner is talking of expansion!

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Unbakery and Juicery owner Robin Krause

Nestled between the Brookside Gardens event space and the new apartment complex (63 Brookside) under construction, Unbakery and Juicery is owned and operated by Robin Krause, who spent twelve years as owner of The Filling Station. Walk into this place and you just feel healthier: everything is made on site, and all of her juices and tonics have medicinal properties, incorporating natural ingredients such as coconut oil, aloe, ginger, active charcoal and chlorella. To avoid waste, Robin takes the pulp from the fruit and veggies to make raw desserts, such as apple tarts and carrot cake. Food selections include gluten frees scones and cookies, coconut yogurt parfait and granola bars, plus a few raw lunch options (falafel wrap, kale caesar salad, pad thai); protein balls and crackers. She even makes her own almond milk!

 

unbakery logoWhen I visited Robin she was juicing away…she obviously loves her work yet you can see how very labor intensive this process is. It truly benefits the customer, as everything she serves is fresh and preservative-free. I asked Robin about her unconventional logo, and she explained it stands for ‘un’ — as in unprocessed, un- dairy, and unlock the nutrients of natural, raw foods.

For caffeine lovers, she serves coffee drinks featuring locally produced Messenger Coffee and…there is a drive thru window!!! (enter the drive just west of the building, north side of 63rd St). You can also purchase bone broth from Uncommon Stock. And Robin is so committed to her business and healthy eating that she will be offering detox workshops and nutritional classes. The expansion Robin mentioned is focusing on an off site location for more juice/food prep and cooler space.

Unbakery and Juicery is open Monday through Saturday from 7am-5pm, a website is in progress; there is a Facebook page. Another locally owned business for Kansas City folks to support…welcome to Brookside Unbakery and Juicery!

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New Traffic Signals Coming to Brookside

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Looking west at Meyer and Wornall–new traffic signal coming soon!

Have you noticed the construction project underway at two key Brookside intersections? New traffic signals are being installed at Wornall and Meyer plus Wornall and 63rd St–the heart of Brookside and two of the busiest intersections in our neighborhood.

 

I stopped by today and spoke with one of the contractors about the scope of work. (Kansas City MO isn’t doing the job; the City has subcontracted the work.)  The old traffic lights are coming out, and the new ones will have updated features:  ‘talking’ signals for the deaf and lights suspended on ‘arms’ that hang over the intersections.  New crosswalk lines will be painted as well.

If the weather cooperates, both intersections should be updated and work completed within a month.  Your tax dollars at work…improving Brookside!

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Example of an ‘arm’ traffic signal

New Townhomes & Apartments Planned for Brookside

New, updated housing in older, walkable neighborhoods…there is such a high demand for it. That’s why you see old houses torn down in Leawood and Prairie Village, replaced by multi-million dollar McMansions. Real estate…it’s all about location!  But what if you don’t have a McMansion budget?  Two new developments in Brookside East may be a good option for renters and homebuyers in our neighborhood.

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John Hoffman, left and Lance Carlton of UCB Properties

 

John Hoffman and his son Lance Carlton own UCB Properties.  You may have seen some of their hew housing along the 2700 block of Charlotte, or the townhomes going up at 27th and Campbell. They also  built apartments at 2901 and 3630 Gillham.  John and Lance have two projects in the works for Brookside East that should both be ready for occupancy later this year.

 

 

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63 Brookside apartments planned for 63rd and Holmes

John says 63 Brookside is the first apartment complex built in Brookside in forty years. Located at 63rd and Holmes, it will be a three story building with 23 one and two bedroom units; rents ranging from $900-$1500. Each unit will have a balcony; pets are OK and tenants will have secured surface parking in the back. The exterior of the contemporary building will be made of brick and metal; interiors feature all electric appliances, quartz countertops and tiled baths, plus John is working with the KC Art Institute for some unique artwork in the common area and hallways. Pre-leasing should begin in March.

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New Townhomes Planned for Brookside on 63rd East of Holmes

As of now, there is no official name for the townhomes project; perhaps 63 Oak Townhomes as these units are located directly east of Heirloom Bakery at 63rd and Oak.  Each townhome will be three levels, with two bedrooms, three full baths, a ‘flex’ space on the lower level (that could be a third bedroom), a two car garage, and three private outdoor spaces (front patio, front deck off living room and back deck off the kitchen). The units will range from 1800-2000 SF and be priced in the low $400K price range with a to-be-determined monthly HOA fee. The exterior will feature a ‘modern, contemporary design’ according to John. They plan to break ground this spring and sell in the fall.

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Newer home built on the 2700 block of Charlotte

John and Lance, both from the Brookside area, emphasize they don’t build ‘cookie cutter’ homes. They think hard about “the long term effect of what we do”.  They use high quality construction materials and nicer interior finishes with high ceilings; the garages are not prominent and there are no front gutters. They want their buildings to blend in with the surrounding neighborhood and emphasize walkability for the residents…encouraging homeowners  to get out and walk or bike to enjoy the unique shops and amenities found in Brookside.

Both of these developments are coming at the right time for the developing Brookside East area. Expect to see a lot of activity regarding new retail and services, plus the  housing construction–happening along 63rd St east of Oak the next several months.

Waldo Home Sales 2015 Recap

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Wonderful Waldo!

Bright news during these drab winter days for Waldo homeowners:  prices were up in 2015!  Buyers are discovering what we already know about Waldo:  the convenient location, friendly neighbors and many locally owned restaurants and services attract homeowners to the area! Let’s look at the specific home sales stats for 2015, using the street boundaries of State Line to Holmes; Gregory to 85th St: :

In 2015:

*351 single family homes sold

*The median list price was $160,000.

*The median sales price was $162,000.

*Average days on market was 34.

*The lowest sales price was $18,000; the highest was $495,000.

Why was the sales price higher than the list price?  There are a couple of reasons: there could have been multiple offers on the property, pushing the price up or some of the closing costs were added to the sales price.

Higher prices benefit sellers as they have more equity in the home…higher prices benefit buyers as they are reassured the home is in a desirable location with values on the upswing.

For comparison, here are 2014 stats:

*340 single family homes sold.

*The median list price was $150,000.

*The median sales price was $148,725.

*Average days on market was 46.

The number of units sold increased 3.23% from 2014 to 2015; the median price jumped up by just over 9%!  I expect this trend to continue in 2016, unless there is some sort of financial crisis.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Waldo this year, you can reach me at

mary.hutchison@kansascityhomes.com for more details.

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

Armour Hills 2015 Home Sales Report

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As I was reporting monthly stats on  Armour Hills homes throughout last year, I knew the trend was rising prices.  We’ve had a big increase in our home values–that’s good news for both sellers and buyers!  Let’s take a look at the specific numbers:

In 2015:

*79 homes sold

*Median list price:  $269,500

*Median sales price: $265,000

*Average days on market: 34

The highest sales price in Armour Hills was $461,000; the lowest was $139,000.

In 2014:

*70 homes sold

*Median list price:  $239,950

*Median sales price: $236,500

*Averages days on market: 32

The highest sales price in Armour Hills that year was $474,000; the lowest was $125,000.

A few more homes sold in 2015 than 2014, and the median sales price jumped 12%!  

It’s good news for both buyers and sellers because…buyers want to purchase in an area where home values are going up (not down); and sellers want to continue to gain equity in their homes. I expect 2016 to be a strong year for Armour Hills homes sales as well.  If you are thinking of buying or selling this year…contact me for an even more detailed analysis of our neighborhood home sales  (mary.hutchison@kansascityhomes.com).

Brookside Home Prices Up Over 10% in 2015

Here we go, Brookside neighbors….a recap of 2015 home sales for our area.  The good news? Prices are up.  The bad news? Not much desireable  inventory in the critical $225-325K price range.   I am reporting closed single family home sales for the Brookside zip code of 64113:  

In 2015:

* 342 homes sold.

* The median list price was $337,750; the median sales price was $309,475.

* Average days on market:  39.  

*Seven homes sold for over $1 million. Highest sales price was a $1.8 million home on West Meyer Blvd.    

*53 homes sold for over $500K.

In 2014:

*289 homes sold.

*The median list price was $307,000; median sales price was $295,000.

*Average days on market:  41

*Two homes sold over $1 million.

*42 homes sold for over $500K.

These number show us that prices are going up, and more homes are selling.  The days on market are virtually the same (days on market is how long a home sits before going under contract).  Upper bracket buyers (for homes $500K and up) were more active in 2015 than the previous year. 

Now let’s look at a few more figures to show trending home prices.  Below are the median sales prices for each year and how many units sold:

2013:  $295,000 median sales price; 307 homes sold.

2012:  $277,000 median sales price; 296 homes sold.

2011:  $249,000 median sales price; 210 homes sold.

In 2015, prices increased in Brookside 11% over the previous year.

Since 2011, we’ve seen a 32% increase in prices in our neighborhood!!!  

We continue to have a thriving, desirable location for buyers of all price ranges  here in Brookside. For those sellers who maintain their properties, keep them updated and move in ready–expect to have a quick sale, especially in the $225-$300K price range. Lower priced homes that need a lot of updating and repair also go under contract quickly–they are ‘flipped’ by investors.

Need more detailed information about home sales in your area?  Contact me at mary.hutchison@kansascityhomes.com.

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

Welcome Flatiron Blow Dry Bar to Waldo

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Flatiron District Blow Dry Bar, 7108 Wornall in Waldo

Finally, Waldo and Brookside has its own blow dry bar!  The Flatiron District Blow Dry Bar opened in a few months ago at 7108 Wornall.  I recently stopped by to check out the shop and talk with the owner Jayme Brassell.

Blow dry bars are very popular on the east and west coasts. They are a throwback to the traditional  ‘beauty shop’ in the 1950s and 60s.  Women would come in once a week, get their hair ‘done’ for the week, chat with friends and neighbors and pamper themselves a bit!  The Flatiron Blow Dry Bar has the same goal, but with an updated, more urban vibe. Here you can get a wash, blow dry and style that will last several days says Jayme. No more washing and styling every single day!  The stylists use all organic shampoo and conditioner, and special styling techniques to keep your hair looking and feeling fresh for several days.  The process takes about 45 minutes, and includes a glass of champagne or mimosa (this is a ‘bar’ after all!) and a mini massage.  Waxing and make up services are also available.  Prices vary depending on the hair style and special packages/memberships are available.

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Stylist Karlye Buff, left and shop owner Jayme Brassell, right

Jayme moved to KC in an unusual way…she and her husband were living in New York City and she was pregnant with baby #3. They decided to get out of New York and googled ‘best places to raise a family’.  Kansas City came out on top of that list–so they picked up and moved  here, purchasing a home in old Leawood.  That was five years ago. Jayme’s shop was initially in Overland Park,  but the atmosphere wasn’t quite right.  Waldo fits the neighborhood feel and urban vibe she wanted. The local neighbors are very supportive, business is good and she loves meeting all the eclectic people who wander in. 

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The decor in the shop reflects Jayme’s love of NYC–you’ll see a subway map, Playbill covers, and New York magazines among the shabby chic furnishings. She also offers a few items from Fishs Eddy (her favorite NYC shop) for purchase, and has handmade jewelry and some RenWalla accessories on consignment. .  It’s a very comfortable and friendly atmosphere–you feel relaxed as soon as you walk in!

For an appointment at Flatiron District Blow Dry Bar, you can call or text 913 972 1400 or book directly at  facebook.com/flatironinwaldo.  Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-6pm, #flatironinwaldo on Instagram.  

Thank you for supporting locally owned businesses in Waldo and Brookside!