Armour Hills Home Sales Stats-Aug 2018

Quite a few homes closed in Armour Hills last month–our subdivision continues to be one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Brookside!  Below are the stats and year-to-date comparisons:

August 2018                                                              August 2017

Median list price:     $327,450                          Median list price:    $285,000

Median sales price:    $322,500                       Median sales price:   $285,000

No. of homes sold:       10                                 No. of homes sold:    11

Days on market:          22                                  Days on market:        19

It’s unusual for there to be such a large difference in the YTD sales price–over $37,500–however last August, more of the lower priced AH homes closed.  The lowest price last month was $217,500 and the highest was $370,000.

Now for year-to-date numbers:

Jan-Aug 2018                                                    Jan-Aug 2017

Median list price:     $315,000                       Median list price:     $315,000

Median sales price:  $320,000                       Median sales price:    $312,500

No. of homes sold:      55                               No. of homes sold:     71

Days on market:         10                                 Days on market:        7

Home values are up 1.5% over last year at this time and fewer homes have sold–the days on market are about the same.  Note actual sales prices are over list price for the year–indicating strong buyer interest and multiple offer situations.

Currently there are 6 homes for sale in Armour Hills, with a median list price of $394,950 and 53 days on market.

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



Waldo Serve Day -Sat Sept 8

Have some spare time and want to give back to your community?  Waldo Serve Day is this Saturday, Sept 8, 2018.  There will be several places where you can volunteer for a few hours to help improve our local area.

Meet at HJ’s Youth and Community Center, 6425 Wornall,  at 8am for breakfast; there you will be assigned a project location…  possibly be Hale Cook Elementary, Cleaver YMCA, graffiti clean up, etc. Work till 11:30am, then back to HJ’s  for lunch if you like.  

There are a few more details on the  HJ’s event calendar. This event is hosted by Restore Community Church in Waldo.


Big Splash Car Wash in Waldo-Under New Management

Today’s blog is about a locally owned business at 8320  Wornall Rd:  Big Splash Car Wash.  The business is under new ownership and recently celebrated a grand ‘reopening’. 

big splash

Claire Cunningham and her husband Jason own several of these car washes around the KC area—other locations include Overland Park,  Westport and a new site opening in Grandview this Fall.  Claire explains the design of the property is for “easy in and easy out to get your car washed. There are three entrance lanes including a special lane for members only”.  Drivers stay in the vehicle as it goes through the wash, and free DIY vacuums are available.  The car wash is designed to service up to 150 cars an hour (!!).  I used the wash a couple of weeks ago and was finished up, including vacuuming my car interior, within 20 minutes.

At Big Splash, you can stop in for a one time wash or purchase a membership and they have several packages available.  I did a quick run through called the “Splash ‘N Dash” for $8, which washed the outside with a jet dry.  The machines did a pretty good job for the price of the wash.

One thing to note if you want to try Big Splash:  the never ending road construction along this part of Wornall can make it tricky to find the entrance to the business.  It’s been frustrating for the owners!  So be aware of the road blockage and work vehicles as you get closer to the location. Big Splash is located on the west side of Wornall, near McDonald’s.

Big Splash Car Wash  is a good alternative to the total self-service wash farther north on Wornall at 74th St, and less expensive than the full service Waterway on State Line Road.  Stop in and try it—support our locally owned Waldo businesses!

Shopgirls Relocated to Brookside East

The popular Brookside women’s clothing store, Shopgirls, is now located in the fast-growing Brookside East area of Brookside, at 6215 Oak.

You may remember late last year, the landlord for the previous Shopgirls location at 6245 Brookside Plaza (near Foos) declined to renew the lease.  (Another women’s clothing store, Lady Bye, is now in the old Shopgirls spot.)  During the busy holiday shopping season, Shopgirls had a temporary pop up store above Jalapeno’s.  

If you are looking for the  new Shopgirls spot, note that the signage above the awning visible to the street says HAMILTON.  However, inside you’ll find the same unique jewelry, accessories and fashionable women’s casual clothes that were in the old location…and of course, the same personable service!

Thanks for supporting locally owned businesses in Brookside and Waldo!

Waldo Home Sales-2017 Year End Recap

Wonderful Waldo finished the year strong in terms of rising home values…will report on those stats in the latter part of the blog.  Prices have been on a steady rise the past few years.  First, let’s examine the figures for December 2017 with comparisons to last year.  I’m using the boundaries of Gregory to 85th St, State Line to Holmes:

December 2017                                                     December 2016

Median list price:       $164,950                          Median list price:    $179,900

Median sales price:     $161,500                         Median sales price: $179,000

No. of homes sold:      32                                     No. of homes sold:    17

Days on market:          37                                     Days on market:       21

Although the median price dropped compared to 2016, more home sold that were in the lower price range for Waldo. That affects the median sales price.  

Here are 2017 the year end stats:  Continue reading

Welcome 2018 at the Waldo Ball Drop

UPDATE 12/31/2017



It’s the last blog of 2017!  And what a year it has been for our Brookside/Waldo neighborhood.  Home prices have been way up, and we welcomed many new small businesses!


Yes, it’s going to be frigid cold on New Year’s Eve this year however–you are welcome to bring a warm beverage and ring in 2018 at the annual Waldo Ball Drop.  Meet your friends and neighbors at 75th and Wornall by the fountain just before midnight–and watch the lighted ball drop down.  

Thank you for reading my blog, thank you for supporting local Brookside/Waldo businesses and …happy 2018 to all!

Holiday German Festival and Market This Weekend in Brookside

kris market


This is the 25th year for the annual Kristkindl Markt at the Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ in Brookside at 205 W 65th St.  Everyone is welcome!

If you’ve never been to this event–you are in for a good time.  Authentic German food is available for purchase, plus (of course) there is a biergarten!  Local vendors host several craft and gift booths, and the live music and caroling will get you in the holiday spirit. One of the more popular activities is the make-your-own gingerbread house for the little ones, with proceeds going to Operation Breakthrough.

The church is located in surrounded by homes and narrow streets, so please plan accordingly–walk there accessing the Trolley Track Trail or MAX bus; or plan to park a few blocks away.  Hours are Friday Dec 1, 2017 5-9pm and Saturday Dec 2 10am-7pm.