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.

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-Oct 2017

The Armour Hills subdivision in Brookside has been one of the hottest locations for home buyers this year–the rising prices reflect that demand.  Here are the October 2017 home sales stats for Armour Hills, with a comparison to last year:

October 2017

Median list price:       $329,250

Median sales price:    $327,250

No. of homes sold:       8

Days on market:          47

The lowest closed sales price was $235,000 and the highest was $446,500.  

October 2016

Median list price:       $289,475

Median sales price:    $294,499

No. of homes sold:        12

Days on market:            27

Checking year-to-date figures:

Jan-Oct 2017

Median list price:       $314,750

Median sales price:    $313,250

No. of homes sold:        84

Days on market:            9

Jan-Oct 2016

Median list price:        $275,000

Median sales price:     $274,500

No. of homes sold:        72

Days on market:            25

Note that this year, sellers are getting 99% of their asking price, and prices are up 19% over 2016.  Currently there are seven homes listed in Armour Hills, with a median price of $307,000.  Two of the homes are  over $500K– that’s rare high asking price for our neighborhood.  

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

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Brookside Home Sales Stats-Oct 2017

As we wind down toward the end of the year, home sales typically slow down.  Brookside home prices continue to beat 2016–it will be interesting to see exactly how much for the year  when I post final 2017 stats in January.  For now, here is the October 2017 single family home sales report for the Brookside zip code of 64113:

October 2017

Median list price:     $399,000

Median sales price:  $395,000

No. of homes sold:       25

Days on market:           32

The lowest closed sales price was $235,000 and the highest was $646,850.

October 2016

Median list price:      $329,975

Median sales price:   $324,975

No. of homes sold:       30

Days on market:           21

Year to date figures:

Jan-Oct 2017

Median list price:        $382,447

Median sales price:     $373,750

No. of homes sold:        256

Days on market:             18

Jan-Oct 2016

Median list price:       $352,500

Median sales price:    $350,000

No. of homes sold:        282

Days on  market:            34

Year-to-date, Brookside home prices are up 6.5% over 2016 and homes are selling faster.  Currently there are 38 active listings, with a median list price of $557,000 and 56 days on market.  Note that over half – 20 homes-are priced over $500,000 with seven of those at $1 million or higher.  

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

Road Construction Along Wornall in Waldo

Wornall Road is one of the most traveled street in the Brookside/Waldo area.  I avoid driving on Wornall south of Gregory through 85th St–the road is very narrow and usually always congested.

Wornall one

You’ve probably noticed that Wornall is now down to two lanes, roughly  between 79th and 83rd Terrace with some sort of construction going on.

I called KCMO to find out what was going on.  The City has contracted with Infra Source to replace the gas lines.  Expect this area of Wornall to have  just two lanes for at least the next thirty days while the company completes it’s work.

Alternate routes include Main St, Ward Parkway, Oak and State Line.  

If you must drive along Wornall during the construction, please be considerate of the road workers, other drivers and allow for extra time.  It is an inconvenience but not worth a case of road rage!

Brookside Holiday Season Opener on Thursday 11/9/17

Time to get inspired early for holiday gift giving!  Join your friends and neighbors for Brookside’s Holiday Season Opener this Thursday, Nov 9, 2017.

Many shops and restaurants will be open with special hours and deals…start ad Wornall and 63rd St and head east along 63rd.  There will be free hot coffee and hot chocolate; live holiday music sung by local school kids and extended hours for merchants through the weekend.

Also, remember Worlds Window is hosting it’s 8th annual fundraiser for Rose Brooks.  Bring your new or gently used coats/sweaters for women and kids to the shop prior to Nov 9–then you will receive a 20% coupon to use during the Holiday Season Opener.

Thank you for supporting locally owned Brookside businesses!

Brookside Coffee Battle? Roasterie vs. Starbucks

That title is a bit misleading…there are several places you can get a  coffee  in downtown Brookside.  But the recent Kansas City Star report about Starbucks possibly moving into the Goodcents location at 6304 Brookside Plaza has many residents concerned:  will our beloved Brookside become as bland and generic as parts of Overland Park (or Lees Summit, or Olathe, etc)?  I’m optimistic this is not going to happen.

roasteri

The Roasterie Cafe in Brookside

Brookside is the first location owner (and longtime Brookside resident) Danny O’Neill chose for his coffee spot.  It was an immediate success.  (Remember when there was an ugly gas station on that corner? I do, as I was carjacked there!).  Like so many locally owned Brookside establishments (think Stuff or 5 B Candle or Worlds Window), The Roasterie Cafe is similar to a village town pub: how often do you walk in and see someone you know?  It’s a gathering place not only for liquid refreshment but so much more:  students doing homework; parents taking a break with kids; getting a project done on the laptop.   Yes, all that can happen at an anonymous Starbucks but it’s special  at Roasterie.  It’s a different  feeling  because it’s local–and I think that unique, Brookside vibe is what neighbors want to protect.  The Roasterie Cafe is a great neighbor, supporting area  community causes and being so active in the our city.  Will Starbucks do the same? Perhaps. But it’s a big step above a national when the locally based business owner  is so involved,  visible and vested in his hometown.  Mr. O’Neill  doesn’t have to answer to Wall Street investors.  He can easily partner with other local businesses, use and promote other home grown products, create special blends for area restaurants, donate gift cards to  fundraisers.  You could probably even reach him directly on the phone!  And honestly, no Starbucks anywhere will ever have the same warm sweater feeling as an organically home grown coffee shop.  

I remember years ago, when Starbucks opened at the corner of Westport Road and Broadway, just a few steps from the Broadway Cafe. There was an outcry at that time as well to keep national chains out of Westport.  After several years, Starbucks shut down and the Broadway Cafe is still going strong.  We have several chain stores in Brookside that neighbors  patronize; the mix seems to work. It is extremely expensive to open and operate your own small business, especially in a highly desirable  location with pricey rent like Brookside. Big national chains have  millions of dollars to play with.  That’s why it is imperative that we support locally owned shops, restaurants and services–here in our neighborhood and when travelling.  Brookside thrives as a destination shopping and dining area because of the unique, one of a kind places you find here….and because area residents recognize their importance and support them financially.  

roasterie cup

Would Starbucks ever create something as unique as this?

Like many Brooksiders, I enjoy a Starbucks beverage every so often.  But I’ll always stop at Roasterie over a national chain. Nothing beats the creamy foam created on their lattes! Thank you for supporting locally owned Brookside/Waldo businesses!

 

 

Brookside Trick or Treat Street Today!

bside trick treat

Here’s a quick reminder about Brookside Trick or Treat Street today, from 4-6pm, along 63rd St from Wornall east to Oak.

Hundreds of little ones will be in costume, walking along the street, visiting merchants for Halloween treats. Please be aware of extra pedestrian traffic in the area this afternoon, and avoid the intersection of 63rd St and Brookside Blvd if possible during these hours.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Annual Brookside Bluegrass Festival Saturday

This Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 is the annual Brookside Bluegrass Festival, now in it’s sixth year.  Festivities begin at 4pm outside on the church lawn, with games and food; the concert starts at 6pm.

Headlining this year is Kenny and Amanda Smith; Chamber Music and Greg Blake are also performing. Tickets are $20-$30, with proceeds going to Restoration House.

The Brookside Bluegrass Festival takes place at Wornall Baptist Church, 400 W Meyer.

Also…remember Brookside’s Trick or Treat Street happening on Oct 31 along 63rd St!