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! 

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!

What is “Uniting At Southwest”?

sw yard sign

You’ve probably seen these yard signs popping up about Uniting at Southwest. What’s the story? A parent-led proposal is underway to reopen the unused Southwest High School as a project-based, public high school with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) program by 2019.

 

At one time, Southwest was one of the most well regarded and respected high schools in the Kansas City public school system. The school closed in 2016, and KCPS has no plans to sell or lease it. Uniting at Southwest has the support of hundreds of local residents, former students and prospective SW school families who want to see the school reopened with this highly desirable type of curriculum. Parents have signed up over 1000 potential students via the Support Survey at the website.

 

sw schoolThe organizers behind Uniting at Southwest have funding behind them as well: several of Kansas City’s largest foundations, including Bloch and Stowers, have pledged support for the planning and renovations needed to reopen. They envision a neighborhood high school that would offer another school choice to nearby Brookside and Waldo residents, and be open to students living within the KCPS footprint. Other schools with the STEAM program have been very successful, and organizers cite High Tech High in San Diego and P-Tech in Brooklyn as models.

Local parent and enthusiastic supporter John Couture, owner of the Bier Station, says: “We have an opportunity to all come together–charter, parochial and district folks, to create something truly spectacular for our kids. It would be KC’s first project based high school.  In addition to a rigorous education, these programs provide students with the skills they’ll need to thrive in the modern economy–things like innovation, collaboration and grit”.

The next steps for Uniting at Southwest include building even more city-wide community support, and then (hopefully) working with KC Public Schools to make the vision a reality. For more information on Uniting at Southwest, please visit their website. There is also a quick survey on the site that you can complete—they welcome your support and input whether you have children or not. You are also welcome to stop by Bier Station tomorrow night (4/19/2017) between 5-9pm, 120 E Gregory,  to meet local supporters and learn more details.

As a local real estate agent and Brookside resident, I could write another blog entirely devoted to the importance of local  schools on home values and for relocating families. Providing nearby, neighborhood K-12 public schools that are diverse and high quality will be a huge benefit for our area. Reopening Southwest as a STEAM school, operated as an autonomous program under the KCPS umbrella, would be extremely beneficial for Brookside and Waldo and Kansas City in general. Please visit the Uniting at Southwest website and share your comments!

Coco – A New Shop Now Open in Brookside

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We have another unique, new shop in Brookside to check out! It’s called Coco, a women’s clothing store located at 6209 Oak. Coco is next to Itsy Bitsy Bums, and owned by the same person, Abby Flores. The grand opening was April 1.

 

coc girlsLike so many locally owned Brookside businesses, Coco makes you feel welcome the moment you walk in. Abi Wagner, Manager, Enabler and Empowerment Queen (yes that is her official title!) –greets you with a big smile, ready to help you navigate around all the pretty and practical goodies on display. Abi is on the left in the photo, and Abby Flores is on the right.

 

coco shoesAbi explained the store’s concept to me: “It’s minimalist but not basic. We have brands that fit all body types—from small to 3XL. And our prices are very reasonable. Most items fall in the $30-$50 price range”. Browsing the racks you’ll find tops, pants (including ‘magic denim’ Judy Blue jeans for $39), dresses, bralets, jewelry, purses and some gift items. The tag line for the store is “style, community and empowerment” and the clothes are selected so that the wearer will feel “amazing in your own skin, no matter what your body type” per Abby. To fulfill their commitment to the community, Abby and Abi host classes for women with options that include calligraphy, weaving, making your own bath bombs, and plans are in the works for a book club.

 

coc braletsOwner Abby Flores has a masters in art history and worked in merchandising for the Target corporation. She has a keen visual eye as her shop is serene, color coordinated, comfortable and attractive. Although she opened Itsy Bitsy Buns in 2010, it was always her goal to have a women’s clothing store as well. And like the shop next door, this one is very customer focused and on trend with what buyers are looking for now.

Coco is open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Saturdays from 11am – 7pm, just north on Oak at 63rd St.  Stop in and browse sometime–you’ll probably find something you like!

 

 

Waldo Home Sales Stats – Feb 2017

Waldo continues to be one of the hottest neighborhoods for home sales!  Every month I check the stats and prices keep rising…more units are selling.  This is going to be a very strong spring/summer for home sellers in this area:  Gregory to 85th; State Line to Gregory.  As usual, buyers want to purchase updated, well maintained homes–those sell very fast, often for over asking price.  Let’s look at activity for last month and year-to-date numbers as well.

February 2017

Median list price:       $184,700

Median sale price:     $180,000

Number of homes sold:   27

Days on market:               30

February 2016

Median list price:        $171,450

Median sales price:     $165,750

Number of homes sold:    16

Days on market:                 34

Checking year-to-date comparison:

Jan-Feb 2017

Median list price:      $169,800

Median sales price:   $165,000

Number of homes sold:    53

Days on market:                 33

Jan-Feb 2016

Median list price:      $163,950

Median sales price:   $163,950

Number of homes sold:   37

Days on market:               59

Prices are up almost 1% over last year; more homes are selling and sellers are getting very close to list price–not much bargaining room for buyers.  Currently there are just 12 homes for sale in Waldo, with a median price of $138,700 and 69 days on market.   

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

 

 

 

 

 

Brookside Home Sales Report-Feb 2017

Home sales typically start off slow every year..there isn’t much inventory, winter weather keeps people inside and motivated sellers are getting their houses primped and ready to list in the warmer months.  Still, prices are up for those homes that are selling. Here is the February 2017 Brookside single family home sales report, using stats from zip code 64113:

February 2017

Median list price:        $421,250

Median sales price:    $402,000

Number of homes sold:    14

Days on market:               43

The lowest closed price was $205,000 and the highest was $1.225 million.  Most of the homes sold were over $400K.

February 2016

Median list price:        $409,000

Median sales price:    $399,000

Number of homes sold:   15

Days on market:               89

Checking year-to-date figures:

Jan-Feb 2017

Median list price:        $399,000

Median sales price:    $393,461

Number of homes sold:   27

Days on market:               43

Jan-Feb 2016

Median list price:         $389,950

Median sales price:     $382,000

Number of homes sold:    23

Days on market:                 57

So far, median prices are up 3% over last year and homes are selling faster. There is still very strong demand for Brookside homes, especially those priced between $250-$400K.  Currently there are 28 single family homes for sale in Brookside, with a median list price of $797,500 and 60 days on market.  Twenty one of these homes are priced over $500K; eight of those are over $1million.  These stats show the demand is for homes priced under $500K–more expensive homes sit on the market longer.

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

New Ramen Bar Now Open in Waldo

boru

The much anticipated ramen bar, Boru, is now open in Waldo at 500 W75th St.  I haven’t eaten there yet–but everyone I know wants to try it! I hear it’s very busy during typical lunch and dinner hours. Another hot spot for Brookside/Waldo diners!

A little background:  Owners Andy Lock and Domhall Molloy also own the successful Summit Grill, just west of Boru.  The culinary director, Po Wang, is a native of Taiwan.

Boru’s  website offers menu details and a very helpful glossary for those folks not familiar with this type of cuisine.  Featured options include steamed baos (buns stuffed with goodies); several salads (including  cold noodle and crispy Brussel sprout ), ramen bowls with ‘add on’ options (egg, pork belly, tofu), plus a kids’ menu, full bar (with sake of course!) and happy hour specials. It all sounds delicious and so different from the usual Waldo bar food and restaurant spots.

Boru (it means bowl in Japanese) is open seven days a week at the corner of 75th and Washington– and accepts reservations through Open Table. Thank you for supporting our locally owned businesses!