About Mary Hutchison

Every day I'm driving around my cherished neighborhood of Brookside (and Waldo)...observing what's going on, watching new businesses move in and out, and touring homes (I'm a Realtor with BHG Real Estate-Kansas City Homes). Starting this blog about Brookside/Waldo is a way I thought I could promote the area and spark some discussion about what's happening here...and what's going to happen. Your comments are welcome.

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

Family bicycles

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 www.facebook.com/EverythingWaldo/.  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.)

Worlds Window Annual Benefit Event on Thursday

worlds window

For the past month, Worlds Window in Brookside has been collecting new and gently used women’s clothing for their annual fundraiser to benefit Rose Brooks.  It’s your opportunity to shop for ‘new’ clothes of all styles while supporting a local non-profit organization.

On Thursday May 11, 2017, stop into Worlds Window from 5-8pm.  There is a $10 admission fee.  Shop the donated clothes, neatly displayed on hangers, conveniently priced at $10 per item.  In addition, Worlds Window will offer treats, special discounts on regular merchandise and special prizes during the shopping event.

Worlds Window is located in the heart of Brookside at 332 W 63rd St.  Remember, other Brookside shops are open late on Thursdays as well!  Thank you for supporting locally owned Brookside businesses and Rose Brooks!

Waldo Home Sales Stats-March 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.  These figures are for single family home sales, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th:

March 2017

Number of homes sold:    35

Median list price:              $175,000

Median sales price:          $175,000

Average days on market:    39

March 2016

Number of homes sold:      31

Median list price:              $134,900

Median sales price:          $135,000

Average days on market:    31

The highest price sale in Waldo in March was $480,000 and the lowest was $105,000.

Here are year-to-date comparisons:

Jan-March 2017

Number of homes sold:    85

Median list price:            $172,900

Median sales price:        $170,400

Average days on market:  33

Jan-March 2016

Number of homes sold:    63

Median list price:             $149,950

Median sales price           $149,950

Average days on market:   41

Median prices are up 13.6% this year as compared to the first quarter in 2016. More homes are selling and in a shorter amount of time. And sellers are getting offers at or very close to the asking price…this has been happening for several months now!

Currently in Waldo, there are 11 single family homes for sale at a median list price of $224,900 and 24 days on market.

 

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

Brookside Art Annual This Weekend

art-annual-poster

It is one of the best art fairs in Kansas City–the Brookside Art Annual, happening this weekend, May 5-7, 2017 at 63rd St and Brookside Blvd. What makes this one special? Not as crowded as the Plaza Art Fair and the art is more affordable.  It has a more neighborhood vibe…

Artists from around the US will display their unique creations:  jewelry, painting, sculpture, photography, clothing, leather goods and pottery.  Free children’s’ activities take play during the day on Saturday and Sunday; there are also food booths for snacks and meals.  Saturday morning from 8:30-10:30am, enjoy a pancake breakfast from Chris Cakes–$5 per person, cash only.

 

Hours for the Art Annual are Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10-9 and Sunday 11-5. PLEASE NO PETS in the tents. Be extra aware of foot traffic in the area–best to park a few blocks away on one of the lovely residential streets and walk to the festivities.

Thank you for supporting local artists and businesses in Brookside!

Armour Hills Home Sales Stats-March 2017

Not a lot of activity in Armour Hills in March regarding  sold homes–however, that is normal as the first couple of months of the year are not popular times to list homes due to traditionally cold weather.  Still, there was an increase in median sales price!  Let’s look at the March 2017 home sales for Armour Hills, and a comparison to last year.

March 2017

Median list price:      $325,000

Median sales price:  $325,000

Number of homes sold:  5

Days on market:             6

March 2016

Median list price:       $234,975

Median sales price:   $229,475

Number of homes sold:  6

Days on market:             39

Four of the five homes that sold last month in Armour Hills were over $300K, pushing the median sales price up. Notice it was only a few days before the new listings went under contract.

Now let’s look at year to date:

Jan-March 2017

Median list price:      $395,000

Median sales price:  $395,000

Number of homes sold:  50

Days on market:             37

The lowest sales price so far this year $205,000 and the highest was $440,000.

Jan-March 2016

Median list price:        $389,500

Median sales price:    $382,000

Number of homes sold:   57

Days on market:              34

So far, prices are up 29% over first quarter 2016.  However, most of the increase is due to more expensive homes selling this year over same period one year ago.  Currently in Armour Hills there are four homes for sale, with a median price of $312,000 and 18 days on market.

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