Armour Hills Home Sales Report-June 2017

Armour Hills continues to be one of the most desirable neighborhoods for Brookside home buyers–most listings do not stay on the market very long.  The stats back that up–so here’s the June 2017 home sales report for Armour Hills, with comparisons to last year.

June 2017

Median list price:       $294,950

Median sales price:    $306,000

Days on market:              34

No. of homes sold:          17

Out of the 17 homes that closed last month, 12 were sold at or above the list price.  One house sold for $15K over asking price.  Lowest sales price was $168,500 and the highest price was $450,000.

June 2016

Median list price:        $279,475

Median sales price:     $284,500

Days on market:                3

No. of homes sold:           12

You can see that even last year, many homes were selling for over the list price. Now let’s check year-to-date stats.

Jan-June 1017

Median list price:       $317,250

Median sales price:    $313,500

Days on market:             6

No. of homes sold:        54

Jan-June 2017

Median list price:        $279,000

Median sales price:     $275,000

Days on market:              16

No. of homes sold:         40

Median sales prices in Armour Hills are up 14% year to date.  Most home sales occur in the first six months of the year–we will see how the second half of the year shakes out.  There is still strong demand for well maintained, updated homes in our neighborhood.  Usually the market slows down in August through mid September–I’ll be watching to see if that is the pattern for 2017!

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





Armour Hills Home Sales Stats – May 2017

Armour Hills in Brookside — a hot location for homebuyers this spring.  Almost one half of the total homes sold this year so far in Armour Hills closed last month. And as you will see…prices continue to rise as compared to last year.  Here are the May 2017 home sales for Armour Hills, and a comparison to last year.

May 2017 

Median list price:      $325,000                          

Median sales price:  $329,225                          

Number of homes sold:  16  

Days on market:              3       

May 2016    

Median list price:       $289,900

Median sales price:   $291,000     

Number of homes sold:   9  

Days on market:              33

The lowest sales price in May 2017 was $209,500 and the highest was $407,000.  Of all the homes that sold, 13 were at or above list price, sometimes by several thousand dollars.      

Now let’s look at year to date:

Jan-May 2017

Median list price:      $322,500

Median sales price:  $323,750

Number of homes sold:  36

Days on market:             4    

Jan-May 2016

Median list price:        $269,900

Median sales price:    $267,000

Number of homes sold:  27

Days on market:             33

There has been a 21% increase in median sales price compared to last year in Armour Hills.  Are we headed for another housing bubble??   Currently in Armour Hills there are just three homes for sale, with a median list price of $389,000 and 47 days on market. 

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

Brookside Art Annual This Weekend


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!

Waldo Week Starts Saturday Feb 25, 2017

waldo-week-2017It’s time for the second annual Waldo Week, celebrating the unique neighborhood of Waldo and it’s friendly, locally owned  small businesses. Sponsored by Feast Magazine, Waldo Week gives you 25% off at participating merchants in the area, from Gregory to 85th St; State Line to Holmes. You must mention Waldo Week to receive the discount.

Waldo Week is Saturday, February 25 through Friday March 3, 2017.

Here is a partial list of businesses that are participating this year:

Co Work Waldo

Family Bicycles

Flatiron District Blow Dry Bar

Hollyday Med Spa

McLain’s Bakery

Neighborhood Cafe

One More Cup

Pampered Paws Grooming Salon

Summit Grill

The Well

Waldo Jewelers

Please support our  locally owned Waldo businesses…and receive a special discount during Waldo Week!  More information at the website.


Thoughts On Election Day



Today is one of those days I will always remember…similar to the birth of my two girls; when I found out my best friend had AIDS; my husband proposing; 9/11; seeing U2 at the Uptown Theater.  A significant day no matter what the outcome.

I’m thinking today of my grandfather, Angelo Ferrante.  He immigrated from Sicily when he was twelve years old.  I remember large family dinners in the basement of his house in St Louis–kids running around, adults smoking,  women preparing the food.  We would sit down (of course I was at ‘the kids table’) to large bowls of pasta with meatballs and pork neckbones, fresh Italian bread, Schlitz beer, watermelon.  After everyone was seated, Grandpa was at the head of the table.  We would say prayers.  He then stood up, banged his fist on the table and said “God Bless America!”.  Then we would eat.

Because of my grandfather’s deep love of the USA, the stories he told of being so poor “back  in the old country” and the way he never complained about working long hours as a barber–all of  his grandkids grew up with  a strong appreciation for being born in the USA.  I feel so fortunate, so lucky to be an American. Growing up around these Italian immigrant relatives,  seeing  their strong work ethic –it’s seared into my soul what the American Dream means and why so many others want to live here.

So especially today, I am very, very grateful to be a US citizen and have all the privileges of living in a democracy.



Share Your Opinions on Southwest High School At Nov 1 Meeting

Dr. Mark Bedell, the Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent (who started his job in July), is hosting  “Listening and Learning Tours” throughout the city this fall. Tonight he will be at the Waldo Library–wanting to hear from Brookside/Waldo area residents.

Following a brief presentation, attendees will gather into small groups and discuss ideas for how KCPS can improve and better serve the community.  If you are supportive of re-opening Southwest High School as a project based STEAM school (science, technology,engineering, art and math), here’s an opportunity to share your views.

A group of local educators and parents have teamed up with area philanthropists to create Uniting at Southwest, a  proposed “hybrid governance” authority that would re-open the now vacant school, focusing on the STEAM topics for middle and high school students.  Details of their goals for Southwest can be found on their website

The meeting starts at 6:30pm tonight, November 1, 2016 at the Waldo Library, 201 E 75th St.