Brookside Betty’s Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Brookside Betty’s, the retro style dress shop at 6215 Oak is celebrating it’s one year anniversary this week with a themed event: Enchantment Under the Sea. Never heard of Brookside Betty’s? Well, here’s a bit of background on this cute, locally owned shop at the bustling corner of 63rd and Oak.  If you like comfortable, mid century modern type dresses–this is the shop for you! 

Jacqui Brewer, owner of Brookside Betty's

Jacqui Brewer, owner of Brookside Betty’s

Owner Jacqui  Brewer was a world history and government teacher at St Teresa’s Academy. Working in retail throughout her student years, she kept thinking about the need for a dress shop in the neighborhood. Every day she would drive along Oak St towards STA and noticed the vacant store front. Every day she thought about opening the dress shop. Finally, she decided to quit her teaching job and made plans to have her own store.   dress twoThe front door greets you with a sign: Come in, it’s not as expensive as it looks. And that’s true! Most of dresses, made in the US and Europe, are priced between $55-$150. There are a variety of fabrics, prints and solids in the style of the 1940s through the 1960s, plus a few ‘little girl’ dresses. Jacqui will work with special orders for unique events and weddings.  You’ll also find really fun accessories here: some jewelry, unique luggage tags, coin purses, and a retro inspired laptop bag that can double as a handy make up tote!

accessoriesHaving been in business a year now, Jacqui decided to celebrate her success with the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. Current customers, as well as perspective shoppers, are welcome to come by and join in the festivities.  The event begins at 7:30pm Saturday May 30. Regular store hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am-6pm and Saturdays noon-5.  The warm spring weather we have is perfect for dress shopping–stop in Brookside Betty’s and slip into something stylish and comfortable you’ll wear through the fall months! dress one

Waldo Home Values Continue to Rise – March 2015 Home Sales Stats

Waldo home values continue to rise in 2015, compared to one year ago.  Buyers love this area’s convenient location to most parts of the metro area, the  locally owned businesses and charming homes with friendly neighbors. There is a lack of inventory as well–for updated and well maintained homes in the $170-$220 price range.  Let’s look at the single family home sales for the Waldo area for March 2015, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St. 

In March 2015, 30 homes sold with a median list price of $135,000 and a median sales price of $137,000 with 30 days on market. 

In March 2014, 34 homes sold with a median list price of $140,000 and a median sales price of $140,500 with 84 days on  market. 

Why was the March sales price higher than the list price?  Could be that some homes had multiple offers, pushing the price up; or the buyer added some closing costs to the price to finance the charges.  Days on market (the number of days a house is on the market before a contract is confirmed) is less than half of March 2014.

 Checking year to date figures: 

From January through March 2015, 69 homes sold with a median sales price of $145,000. 

From January through March 2014, 58 homes sold with a median sales price of $136,500. 

Prices in Waldo are up 6.2% so far this year! 

Currently there are 37 single family homes for sale in Waldo, with a median list price of   139,900  and 40 days on market.

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

Street Festival Closes Ward Parkway in Brookside on Saturday

Hello neighbors!  Today’s blog is a quick one to remind you about the Cycle in the City street festival on Saturday May 16. Note that  Ward Parkway, between Gregory and Meyer Circle, will be closed from 11am-7pm.  Gregory and 63rd St will not be closed, but traffic on those blocks will be extra heavy due to the rerouting of Ward Parkway traffic.

cycle oneThis is the first year for the  Cycle in the City festival in Kansas City.  It’s a free, family oriented event that promotes walking, biking, jogging and skating.  I have a personal comment to insert here:  I am a supporter of street festivals, however I am tiring of having yet another event (in addition to all the major runs that go through Brookside) that closes down a major street in our neighborhood for several hours on a weekend.  I hope the Cycle in the City organizers move this festival to another part of the metro in 2016, as we already  have plenty of residents who bike, walk, skate and jog through our neighborhood on a daily basis, no ‘extra’ promotion of these activities is needed.

I will also mention another big event for Waldo happening Saturday:  the Hopfest Craft Beer Festival, from 2-6 at the Waldo Outdoor Pavilion at The Well, 7421 Broadway.  Over 50 breweries will be represented, along with some home breweries, plus live entertainment and food trucks.  Admission is $40 per person.

Enjoy your weekend in Kansas City!

Brookside Home Sales Stats – March 2015

We are right in the middle of the busy Spring home buying season in Brookside.  Sales are ahead of last year at this time.  Open house traffic is very strong–there are many buyers ready to purchase but not enough move in ready homes in the $200-$350 price range. This pushes prices up! Let’s look at the stats for March 2015 single family home sales in the Brookside zip code of 64113:

In March 2015, 23 homes sold in the Brookside area.  The median list price was $290,000 and the median sales price was $282,000.  Average days on market: 60.

In March 2014, 19 homes sold.  The median list price was $325,000 and the median sales price was $322,500.  Average days on  market:  89.

Checking year to date figures:

From January through March 2015, 45 homes sold with a median list price of $325,000 and median sales price of $322,500 and 81 days on market.

From January through March 2014, 43 homes sold. The median list price was $299,950 and median sales price was $295,000 and 49 days on market.

Although the median sales price this March was much lower than one year ago, overall year-to-date home prices are increasing compared to last year.  We have such a wide variety of pricing here that you get a better picture of the trends looking at YTD stats than monthly sales. So far in 2015, the lowest sales price was $170,000 and the highest was $1,075,000.  

Currently there are 70 single family homes for sale in Brookside (zip 64113) with a median price of  $495,000 and 31 days on market. The lowest list price is $159,900 and the highest is $4,450,000.

(All statistics taken from Heartland MLS and deemed reliable but not guaranteed).

Waldo Farmers Market Opens 2015 Season Today–Heirloom Bakery on Saturday!

Waldo Farmers Market

Waldo Farmers Market

Today, Wednesday May 6, is the opening day for the 2015 season of the Waldo Farmers Market.  I remember when this market started five years ago–and it’s getting better every year!

Conveniently located at 303 W 79th St next to Habitat ReStore, this market offers plenty of free parking and shade during the hot summer months.  Here you will find fresh produce, meats, and eggs plus flowers, breads, jams, herbs, skincare items and delicious home made ice cream!  The fresh tastes you experience with these locally grown foods is worth the visit. Plus the vendors can vary week to week, so there is usually something new to try.  Hours are 3pm-7pm.

heirlooom twoAlso this Saturday May 9, Heirloom Bakery and Hearth opens at 401 E 63rd St (at Oak).  You may have enjoyed their baked goods (mmm…the salted oatmeal cookie!) at the Brookside Farmers Market–now  they will operate a location in the neighborhood. Hours this weekend are Saturday 7-4 and Sunday 8-3.  It’s great to have another locally owned business operating in Brookside!


Armour Hills Home Sales Stats – March 2015

PrintArmour Hills home sales are sizzling hot this spring!  Sales so far this year are almost double of 2014.  Let’s examine the numbers:

In March 2015, twelve homes sold with a median list price of $265,000; median sales price of $257,500 and 42 days on market.

In March 2014, three homes sold with a median list price of $325,000;  median sales price of $325,000 and two days on the market.

So far in 2015, eighteen homes have sold with a median sales price of $257,000.

In the first three months of 2014, ten homes sold with a median sales price of $239,950.

We’ve had a big jump in the number of homes sold compared to last year.  Overall, the median sales price is much higher as well.

Open house traffic is very strong in our neighborhood, and any new listing that pops on the market has several showings in the first couple of days.  Currently there are 10 active listings in Armour Hills, with a median price of $267,500 and 23 days on market. I expect the figures for April 2015 to be just as strong.

Brookside Art Annual 2015–About the Food Options….

Brookside artIf you have never been to the Brookside Art Annual…this is the weekend (May 1-3, 2015) to go!  The weather should be perfect.  Hours are Friday 5-9pm; Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.  Booths are staged between 63rd St and Meyer Blvd around the tennis courts…and remember to leave your pets at home as the aisles are very crowded with humans and special art!

The main food area on 63rd St near Mr Goodcents is always crowded (the PortAPottys and tables are here) and offers goodies from Brookside Market, Avenues Bistro and usually Michael Forbes Grill (since this restaurant recently closed due to a fire, I’m not sure if they will operate the booth).  However, the less crowded area for food is the south area of the booths by Meyer Blvd.  Here is the Carmen’s Café stand, featuring their tasty chicken spedinis…and usually a refreshing alcoholic beverage of some sort.  I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!  Next door to Carmen’s is  Charlie Hooper’s booth.  So remember to check out this food spot if the other area has long lines. 

This is the 30th year for the Brookside Art Annual.  You can purchase a commemorative poster at the information booth inside the tent. Activities for the kids are available Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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