Brookside Art Annual- April 29-May 1, 2016

It’s time again for the Brookside Art Annual this weekend:  April 29-May 1, 2016.  This is the 31st year for the event!Hours :                                                           

Friday  5pm-9pm

Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 11am-5pm

Location is the heart of Brookside at 63rd St and Brookside Blvd.  Free childrens’ activities Saturday and Sunday; there will be food booths and live music–remember to please leave pets at home!

Play With Clay at the KC Clay Guild

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You have probably driven by the KC Clay Guild in Waldo many sits at the corner of 200 W 74th St at Wyandotte. .  The long brick building may not catch your eye…but inside, there’s a buzz of activity going on as artists and amateurs create sculptured, colorful pieces out of dull gray clay blocks.


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Josh Wood, VP at KC Clay Guild

I met with Vice President Josh Wood recently to find out more about the Guild. Wood says he ‘geeked out’ on ceramics in high school, then took a few classes in college and got hooked on the process.  He’s been with the Guild nine years (plus has a full time job in Olathe) and is still actively creating ceramic works.  He explained the KC Clay Guild was started by several local Kansas City potters in 1988.  They wanted a studio to work in  and have been at this location fifteen years.  If you’ve ever been curious about playing around with clay–or just like to collect beautifully sculptured ceramic art — this is the place to be.

The KC Clay Guild is a non profit association with about 400 members. If you want to see what working with clay is like, Wood suggests attending a Communiversity class.  Or you can check out one of their Family Fun Nights (Fridays and Saturdays) and experiment with the process.  Membership fees are very reasonable, and you’ll meet all sorts of people here: professional potters, aspiring artists, hobbyists and even kids learning the process.  All pieces are fired and glazed on site.  They offer a variety of workshops and special events, plus summer camps for kids and there is  a big fundraiser every October called Raku Night.  This is a large street party where you can create a ceramic piece, have it fired and then glazed all at one time.

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On April 30, 2016 the Clay Guild will host their first Spring Pottery Sale.  Josh commented that there are always pieces for sale on site, and  prices here are less than purchasing at an art fair. During the Spring sale there will be several artists displaying their work for sale — you may want to stop by and pick up something for yourself or as a gift!

The KC Clay Guild is open seven days a week—check out their website at for more information. And if you are looking for some unique clay art–stop by the sale on Saturday!

Armour Hills Home Sales Stats- March 2016

Plenty of buyers for Armour Hills homes this spring…not much inventory.  Updated, well priced homes go under contract within hours of listing.  Here are the home sales stats for Armour Hills in Brookside:

March  2016:                                                               March 2015:  

Median list price:      $234,975                               Median list price:     $269,975

Median sales price:  $229,475                              Median sales price:  $261,250

Number of homes sold:  6                                     Number of homes sold:  12

Checking year to date figures:

2016 YTD:   

Median list price:      $249,500   

Median sales price:    $247,000

Number of homes sold:   11

From Jan-March 2015, the median sales price was $257,250 and 18 homes had sold.    Although the stats are showing prices are lower than last year at the same time, don’t be dismayed.  These numbers show the lower priced homes that were listed and sold in Armour Hills at this time.  Prices will rise as homes continue to sell in the next several months.  Also, there are fewer homes on the market for buyers to purchase, which is why less units are selling. Believe me, the demand is there for Armour Hills/Brookside homes priced at $300K or less.  Currently there are ZERO homes for sale in Armour Hills as I write this blog….I’ve never seen that before.

If you would like more detailed information about the Brookside/Waldo home sales market, I’m here to help!  

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

Brookside Home Sales Report – March 2016

If you know someone who wants to buy a  house…you’ve probably heard phrases like “there are very few homes for sale” or “we have written three offers and got outbid every time” or “many homes are selling the first day on the market”.  As an agent I can tell you….it’s all true!  Not much  inventory and so many buyers!   Let’s check Brookside (zip code 64113) single family home sales for March 2016:

March 2016

Median list price:               $389,500

Median sales price:           $384,000

Average days on market:    30

Number of homes sold:       33

(Lowest sales price was $176,000; highest sales price was $1,055,000.)

March 2015:

Median list price:                $425,000

Median sales price:            $397,500

Average days on  market:    88

Number of homes sold:        13

Now let’s check year to date figures:

Jan-March 2016:   

Median list price:         $389,725

Median sales price:     $383,000

56 homes sold; average 34 days on market

Jan-March 2015:

Median list price:         $325,000

Median sales price:     $315,000

45 homes sold; average 81 days on market        

The median price of a Brookside single family home has jumped 21% compared to 2015, same time frame.  Homes are selling in less than half the time and more homes have sold.  The demand is very strong, especially in the $200-$400K price range.                                                                

Currently, there are 35 active single family home listings in the Brookside zip code of 64113.  The median list price is $720,000.  Why so high?  Twenty seven of the 35 listings are priced over $500K.  The lower priced homes go under contract so fast, within a day-and  most buyers want to purchase under the $500K price point.  

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

Brookside Farmers’ Market Opens Saturday 4/16/16


Mother Nature and our local farmers are preparing for another spring and summer full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. I’m getting hungry just writing about it!   The Brookside Farmers’ Market focuses on organic produce, dairy and meats, as well as homemade baked goods, with some crafts, soaps,and other items for sale. The atmosphere is family friendly, festive and often features live music.   The market opens at 8am on Saturday April 16, at 63rd St and Wornall Road.

waldo market

The Waldo’s Farmer’s Market at 303 W 79th St , now in it’s sixth year, will open May 4 from 3-7pm.  Here you will find fresh veggies, herbs, baked goods, ice cream, nuts and many other interesting locally produced items for sale. Both market accept SNAP dollars.

Remember to bring  bags to carry your purchases!


Home for Sale in Brookside East!


Regular readers of this blog know I have been writing about Brookside East since last summer….there is so much new development along 63rd St east of Oak! This area is called Brookside East and my new listing is right around the corner at 603 E 62nd St!


Step inside this three bedroom, two full bath bungalow and you will be impressed!  The living room features hardwood floors and  a beautiful fireplace.  Notice the open floor plan–the living room and kitchen lead into the dining room.  All new windows on the first floor too!



The kitchen has been updated with newer cabinets, solid surface counters, tile floor and a pantry.  Backyard and basement access are through the kitchen.  Notice all the cabinets and counter space! Plus all appliances stay, including the washer/dryer.



Walking up to the second floor….you will say WOW!  There is a loft area, perfect for an office nook.  The seller just installed a brand new bath (including Jacuzzi tub)  on this level as well.  French doors lead into the large master bedroom with a sitting area and plenty of closet / storage space.



More features to note:  updated electrical wiring, insulated walls on the second floor, exterior painted in 2013; some newer plumbing and a private drive with a one car garage. Privacy fence in the backyard with a shady patio!  This home is an excellent value, priced at $224,900.  Contact me or your real estate agent if you would like to tour this home.


Waldo Home Sales Stats – Feb 2016

Wonderful Waldo!  A popular area for homebuyers…and prices are on the upswing early in the year.  Here are the sales stats for single family home sales in Waldo, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:

February 2016:

Number of homes sold:   16

Median list price:              $171,450

Median sales price:          $165,750

Average days on market:  34

The lowest sales price was $66,100 and the highest was $340,000 (which was $10,050 over the asking price!)

February 2015:

Number of homes sold:   24

Median list price:              $154,500

Median sales price:          $148,500

Average days on market:   40

Fewer homes sold this year….due to a lack of good inventory, because demand is very strong. Notice how prices are higher than last year.

Checking year to date figures:

2016:                                                                                     2015:

Number of homes sold:     37                                       Number of homes sold:      39                                  

Median list price:                $163,950                            Median list price:              $160,000

Median sales price:            $163,950                            Median sales price:          $156,000

Average days on market:    59                                      Average days on market:    41

About the same number of homes sold year to date; median list and sales price are stronger–sellers are getting at or close to list price for the well maintained, clean and updated homes.  Investors continue to snap up lower priced homes to flip.

Currently there are 16 active single family homes for sale in Waldo, with a median list price of $137,750.

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