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 – June 2018

Halfway through 2018 and Waldo home values are as sizzling hot as the outdoor temperatures!  Closed sales prices are regularly above asking price.  Let’s look at the numbers, using the Waldo street boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:

June 2018                                                June 2017

Median list price:     $200,000               Median list price:    $185,000

Median sales price:  $219,000               Median sales price:  $194,000

No. of homes sold:    31                         No. of homes sold:    45

Days on market:        35                          Days on market:      3

The main reason the days on market last month were so much longer was due to one house that sat for sale for over six months.  Most Waldo area homes sell in under seven days.   The lowest sales price in June 2018 was $35,500 and the highest was $405,920.  Below are year-to-date comparisons:

Jan-June 2018                                            Jan-June 2017

Median list price:      $197,000                Median list price:    $175,000                       

Median sales price:   $199,500                Median sales price:  $177,500

No. of homes sold:       180                     No. of homes sold:    205

Days on market:           15                        Days on market:     18

Fewer homes have sold this year due to a lack of inventory, and that’s pushing prices up–over 12% increase over last year.  Currently there are 29 single family homes for sale in Waldo, with a median price of $249,000 and 23 days on market. The lowest list price is $134,900 and the highest is $485,000.

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

 

 

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Brookside East Welcomes New Businesses

butch photo

 

 

The Brookside East area continues to grow,  with more businesses on the way! Developer Butch Rigby recently finished adding a second story on to 633 E 63rd St and has several new tenants lined up for the building:

New Strong and Counseling Services LLC  –  counseling

Wize Webz – advertising/web marketing office

Architexture Salon – hair salon

Vijay Home – home furnishings shop/design studio/showroom (Sept opening)

This building is already home to several thriving businesses, including BKS Artisan Ales, Can I Have A Bite?,  and Farm Dog Studios.

Rigby is also renovating additional buildings along E 63rd St,  and is now working on 701 and 751 E 63rd St.  The updates will feature a mid-century modern theme, with green and brown tones and rustic wood; new glass exterior and new plumbing and HVAC.  He’s hoping for more retail and restaurant space here along with office tenants, with a focus on locally owned businesses and entrepreneurs.

If you haven’t been on 63rd St east of Oak lately–take a trip!  Thanks to Butch Rigby, many new businesses and eateries to explore!

Brookside Home Sales Stats-June 2018

We are halfway through the year and Brookside home sales continue to be very strong, especially in the under $500K price range.  Inventory is generally lower than last year.  Here is the single family home sales report for last month, and a YTD comparison for the main Brookside zip code of 64113:

June 2018                                                                               June 2017

Median list price:      $410,000                                Median list price:     $372,000

Median sales price:    $395,000                              Median sales price:  $367,500

No. of homes sold:        39                                        No. of homes sold:   40

Days on market:            19                                         Days on market:     20

The lowest closed sales price last month was $165,375 and the highest was $1.2 million. 

Below is year-to-date comparisons:

Jan-June 2018                                                                  Jan-June 2017

Median list price:      $399,900                                     Median list price:     $375,000

Median sales price:   $390,000                                   Median sales price:   $360,000

No. of homes sold:     141                                            No. of homes sold:      157

Days on market:         14                                               Days on market:          20

The lowest sales price so far in 2018 was $168,500 and the highest was $1.6 million.  Median home prices are up 8% compared to last year!  Will prices drop the second half of the year, when sales traditionally slow down?  Watch this space for the monthly numbers!

Currently there are 61 active single family home listings in Brookside, with half of those priced over $500K; nine listings over $1million.  Median price is $565,000 and 39 days on market.

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

 

Brookside’s Sidewalk Sale Starts Today!

Brookside Sidewalk Sale

The annual Brookside Sidewalk Sale starts Friday July 6, through Sunday July 11, 2018.

Stroll along the 63rd St sidewalks and browse the bargains…many merchants set up items just outside their doors, with more sale items inside the cool air conditioned stores. I always find great deals during the sidewalk sale…it’s worth the trip!  You’ll find discounts on various merchandise from 40-75%!

Also happening on Saturday–the Shred It for area residents.  From 8am-11am, bring papers for shredding (up to two boxes per person) to the parking lot behind Jalepeno’s for safe and secure shredded disposal of documents and various personal papers.

Thank you for supporting local Brookside businesses!  It seems like summer is passing so quickly…..

 

 

 

Classic Cookie Now Open For Dinner

One of Waldo’s best breakfast and lunch spots–The Classic Cookie–is now open for dinner!  The Italian themed menu is served Thursday through Saturday, 5-10pm.

classic cookie

 

Local owner Leslie Stockard started the business in 1998.  The daytime menu features the famous cookies of course,  plus simple breakfast favorites like pancakes and biscuits and gravy; for lunch, there’s simple sandwiches, soups and salads. The food tastes like your Mom made it just for you!

I haven’t stopped by to try the dinner menu but it sounds delicious:  several starters, like meatballs, mushroom turnovers and a Tuscan bean dip.  There are soups and salad, plus several main courses including pastas, Parmesan chicken and meatloaf..plus beer and wine.  Gluten free pasta is available along with many vegetarian options.  Finally…there are a few desserts!

Stop in and try the new dinner menu the locally owned and operated The Classic Cookie, 409 W Gregory in Waldo.

 

 

Waldo Home Sales Report-May 2018

Double digit increases in home values continue in the Waldo area…when is the market going to slow down in this super hot neighborhood??  Here are the May 2018 single family home sales stats for Waldo, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:

May 2018                                                            May 2017

Median list price:    $221,750                           Median list price:     $187,450

Median sales price:   $221,000                         Median sales price:   $189,250

No. of homes sold:     36                                   No. of homes sold:      44

Days on market:       10                                     Days on market:         12

Prices were up 16% over same period last year, and most sellers continue to get more than asking price for their properties.  Here are the year-to-date figures:

Jan-May 2018                                                  Jan-May 2017                      

Median list price:      $195,000                     Median list price:     $175,000

Median sales price:    $197,000                    Median sales price:    $177,000

No. of homes sold:     147                              No. of homes sold:      157

Days on market:         15                                Days on market:         26

Fewer homes are available to buy, so prices are trending upward due to lack of inventory.  Home values are up 11% YTD over last year, with most homes selling for over asking price and in a shorter period of time.  Currently there are 21 single family homes for sale in Waldo, with a median list price of $269,900 and 23 days on market. 

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

Armour Hills May 2018 Home Sales Report

Armour Hills continues to be one of the most desirable neighborhoods for Brookside home buyers.  Most homes are under contract within a few days of listing.  And many homes sell for over the asking price.  Let’s look at the specific stats:

May 2018                                                                     May 2017

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

Median sales price:   $320,000                             Median sales price:   $327,500

No. of homes sold:         7                                       No. of homes sold:     17

Days on market:           2                                         Days on market:         3

Although the median sales price was lower last month–buyers are still snapping up new listings within a couple of days.  Here are year-to-date numbers:

Jan-May 2018                                                         Jan-May 2017

Median list price:     $306,0000                        Median list price:         $320,000     

 Median sales price:   $309,500                        Median sales price:      $322,500

No. of homes sold:     28                                    No. of homes sold:        37

Days on market:        6                                       Days on market:           4

Although YTD prices are running behind 2017, homes are still selling fast and generally, for over asking price. The highest sale in Armour Hills so far this year was $465,000 and the lowest was $180,000.  Currently there are 9 homes for sale in Armour Hills, with a median list price of $339,000 and 27 days on market.

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