Waldo Farmers Market-Smaller But Still Here!

Last week I was driving along Holmes and noticed a sign for the Waldo Farmers Market. I remember a few years back when the market was operated on 79th St just east of Wornall. Now it’s at 7850 Holmes..so I pulled in to take a look.

There were just a couple of vendors there but I wanted to write about it anyway. If you don’t want a crowded atmosphere, this is it! One table was set up with prepared home made pork dumplings and vegetarian Malaysian style noodles–an easy dinner to go! The other table was full of fresh garlic, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and a few other vegetables and plants. The vendor here was Fresh From The Field in Independence.

So if you aren’t sure what to make for dinner tonight night…stop by the Waldo Farmers Market for a ready to eat meal or…get inspired! I’m thinking of fat BLT sandwiches with the fresh tomatoes! The market opens at 3pm on Wednesdays.

Rockhill Gardens Home For Sale!

Rockhill Gardens is one of the most popular Brookside/Waldo area subdivisions..and I just listed a terrific home here!  It’s located at 400 E 71st Terrace, on the corner of 71st Terrace and Oak. Check out this curb appeal!


What’s so special about this Tudor style home is that it retains the original charming details yet is updated for today’s buyer! Featuring a popular  two story, center hall floorplan, it has three bedrooms and two full baths, plus a partially finished basement.  The living room features a wood burning fireplace, and the French door opens to a cozy side room–perfect for small playroom or reading nook.


The kitchen was recently updated, with new flooring, paint, cooktop and fridge.  Extra bonus–a spacious pantry!  The attached garage is just off the kitchen.


Note the large, light filled dining room with original arched windows!


The sellers have transformed the backyard since ownership, adding a patio, fresh sod and privacy fence.


Other important updates:  newer roof, HVAC, exterior paint and sewer line.  You can’t beat this location–walk to Waldo shops, services, restaurants and Bier Station!  The address is 400 E 71st Terrace, offered at $315,000. Contact me at mary.hutchison@kansascityhomes.com if you would like more detailed information.

Waldo Home Sales Report-Jan 2017

Last year was a strong year for home sales in Waldo.  Prices were up 4.5% over 2015, more homes sold and in a shorter amount of time.  This year is off to a good start as well. Here are the single family home sales for Waldo; the geographical area I am tracking is State Line to Holmes; Gregory to 85th St.

January 2017

Number of homes sold:       25

Median list price:                  $159,950

Median sales price:              $159,900

Average days on market:          36

The lowest sales price was $73,000 and the highest was $311,000.

January 2016

Number of homes sold:       21

Median list price:                 $163,950

Median sales price:              $163,950

Average days on market:       62

Although median price was lower last month as compared to a year ago, notice how  sellers are virtually getting the list price and homes are selling twice as fast so far this year.

Currently there are 18 single family homes for sale in Waldo with a median price of $157,400 and 27 days on market. The lowest list price is $96,000 and the highest is $339,500.

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

Waldo Area Home for Sale – $109,000


Rent prices have risen so much the past few years that in some areas, your monthly mortgage payment can be less than your rent payment!  I have a new listing in Waldo, bargain priced at $109,000, that would be a great home for a first time buyer (or investor).

106 E 79th St in Waldo

106 E 79th St in Waldo

Located at 106 E 79th St, this home welcomes you with a cozy front porch–the perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee or cocktail after work!  Inside there is a spacious living room with hardwood floors; two bedrooms, one full bath and a full basement.  Bonus:  separate dining area, hard to find in this price range!  And the house is wired for Google Fiber.

Outside there is  a large deck — a comfortable spot for grilling and entertaining friends.  The private driveway leads to a one car garage, and the yard is fenced.

liv roomOne of the best features of this house is  the more expensive items have been replaced within the past 5 years: newer windows, roof and HVAC.  Desirable location–just down the street you’ll find the Waldo Farmer’s Market, Habitat ReStore, and The Bier Garden.  Also nearby are the Trolley Track Trail, grocery, Trader Joe’s, Ward Parkway Shopping Center, Waldo bars/restaurants and a bus route to the downtown/UMKC area.

Contact me for more information about this great little Waldo home. You can see more photos at my website. If you are currently renting, it may be time to consider becoming a homeowner!

Waldo Home Prices Up During Spring Buying Season


Good news to report regarding Waldo area home sales–prices are up!  Let’s check the April 2014 single family home sales stats and also compare year-to-date figures to one year ago. The boundaries I’m using for Waldo are: State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St,

In April 2014, 26 homes sold with a median price of $143,000 and 62 days on market.  The lowest home sale was $55,510 and the highest was $428,000.

In April 2013, 30 homes sold with a median price of $120,500 and 119 days on market.

Prices were way up this April and the days on market were much less.

Here are the year-to-date figures:

From January – April 2014, 81 homes have sold with a median price of $136,000 and 86 days on market.  

From January – April 2013, 80 homes sold with a median price of $110,000 and 95 days on market.

So far, Waldo home prices are up 23% from last year, and selling faster…good news for home sellers. Note the $428K sale this year is a rare higher price for a Waldo area home.

Currently there are 69 homes for sale in Waldo, with a median list price of $135,000 and 83 days on market.  (All figures taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed).

Three Bedroom Home for Sale in Brookside/Waldo Area

214 E 73rd Terr in Brookside

214 E 73rd Terr in Brookside

Today’s blog will feature a great new listing I have in the Brookside area.  The address is 214 E 73rd Terrace, priced at  $225,000.  This 1937 home is updated and move in ready–yet still has so much of the original architectural charm that Brookside buyers want.

Living room with fireplace

Living room with fireplace

On the first floor, there is a living room, dining room and a bedroom that can also be used as a large office or family room.  The kitchen has a tile floor, granite counters, two pantries  and a cute breakfast room with butler’s pantry.  There is also a half bath, which could be easy to convert to a full bath.

The second floor offers two spacious bedrooms and a full bath.  The master bedroom has a walk in closet with a built in dresser and a martini deck!  The second bedroom has built in storage benches and another large closet.

Finished basement area with fireplace and built-ins

Finished basement area with fireplace and built-ins

But wait, there’s more!  The basement is partially finished, with original built ins, new carpet and daylight windows.  Including the finished room in the basement, you have about 2000 square feet of living space!

FInally, there is a cozy screened side porch, a deck off the kitchen (faces north) that steps down to a patio, a privacy fence and a one car garage with private driveway.  You will love the location–walking distance to neighborhood shops and restaurants, close to the Trolley Track Trail and on the bus route to downtown Kansas City, the Country Club Plaza, UMKC and Crown Center.

Deck and patio in fenced backyard

Deck and patio in fenced backyard

See more pictures on my website..and contact me if you know someone looking for a nicely updated home in charming Brookside!

Waldo Area Home For Sale-$133,000 and Move In Ready!

The spring home buying season is here, and you may know someone who is actively looking for that first home.  With rent prices rising, it’s worth considering putting your monthly payment towards building some equity rather than paying someone else’s mortgage!

Western Hills home for sale

Western Hills home for sale

I have a new listing in the popular subdivision of Western Hills, near the Ward Parkway Shopping Center.  This home offers a ranch floorplan on a level lot.  There are two bedrooms and a full bath on the first floor, plus a freshly painted living room, dining room and kitchen..

The hardwood floors are in great condition, the windows are newer and the baths have been remodeled.  In the kitchen, you’ll find resurfaced countertops, a new garbage disposal and a gas stove plus refrigerator.wh kit

The lower level has been finished, featuring a second full bath, a large  family room with wet bar and a utility room–the washer and dryer stay with the property.  This house also has a dry basement system, newer plumbing, attached garage and double driveway.

Finished basement with second full bath, wet bar, fresh paint and utility room

Finished basement with second full bath, wet bar, fresh paint and utility room

The backyard is fenced, and offers a large deck, patio and southern exposure.  Western HIlls has an active homes association with neighbors who watch out for each other.  The location is great, with easy access to I-435, Target, Trader Joe’s, AMC Theaters, several restaurants and the amenities of Brookside and Waldo.

Priced at $133,000–this house is very affordable for a first time buyer!.  The address is 515 W 90th St–contact me for more details!

Fenced backyard with deck and patio--access right off the kitchen!

Fenced backyard with deck and patio–access right off the kitchen!

Brookside/Waldo Area Home For Sale

Many buyers me they want a house with ‘good bones’ — that is, a home with all the major expensive maintenance items completed.  It’s especially important to first time buyers who have to make every dollar count towards a down payment or closing costs.  They are often willing to remodel the inside of the home themselves.

Brookside/Waldo area home for sale

Brookside/Waldo area home for sale

This new listing has been very maintained by it’s current owner, who has recently replaced all of the pricey mechanical items:  the heating and air conditioning system and roof are newer; most all windows have been replaced; the electrical box was replaced and the foundation has been checked and braced.  It has a charming Tudor design, with stone and brick exterior, an enclosed side porch and a private driveway.

Living Room

Living Room

Inside, you’ll find a bedroom and full bath on the first floor, along with a spacious living room and dining room.  The kitchen has a gas stove and refrigerator–those appliances stay, along with the washer and dryer. Upstairs are two large bedrooms and another full bath.

This house does need some updating — you could spend a lot of money for a total rehab of the kitchen and baths or plan a more moderately priced project with some fresh paint, countertops and décor.  The location is very convenient–just off Holmes Road, on a bus route, within a mile or two of UMKC, the Plaza, Brookside/Waldo shops and restaurants.

For more details about 715 E 72nd St in Brownwood Park, contact me!  Offered at $132,500.

Brookside Area Home for Sale

First time buyers often want a home with ‘good bones’ as the saying goes:  newer HVAC, roof, windows, as those items are expensive to replace.  I have a listing in the Brookside area with ‘good bones’ — lots of space for the price, just needs a new owner to add decor!

Brookside Area Home for Sale

Brookside Area Home for Sale

This home has new windows, new HVAC, new hot water heater, new 100 amp electrical service and new bracing on the basement walls.  It’s a Tudor style home, with a living room, dining room, enclosed side porch, kitchen and cozy breakfast room, plus a bedroom and full bath on the first floor.  The second floor has two bedrooms, another full bath and  a large dormer for storage. There is a private driveway and fenced backyard. Built in 1935, it has many charming details: crown molding, fireplace, brick exterior, built-ins…and all appliances stay!

Conveniently located near a bus route, this home is within a couple of miles of UMKC, the Country Club Plaza, Stowers Institute, and the Brookside/Waldo shops and restaurants.

It’s a great deal priced at $119,000.  If you are currently renting, your payment could be lower than your monthly rent!  The address is 715 E 72nd St, just east of Holmes.

For more information on this home, contact me.  It will be a fine house for the next owner.

Charming Home for Sale in Brookside!

6947 Oak in Brookside

6947 Oak in Brookside

I have a great new listing in Brookside to tell you about.  Perhaps you know someone looking for a home in the area?  Inventory is low for nice, move-in ready homes and this one has many great features, plus a prime location north of Gregory.

Located on the northeast corner of Oak at 70th St, it’s a bungalow floor plan with a stucco exterior. Rare private drive (at this price!) and one car attached garage.  The garage is attached to the home with a lovely breezeway–a perfect area for outdoor dining (without the bugs!) or relaxing in the morning with a cup of coffee.

Unique corner fireplace

Unique corner fireplace

Inside, this home features two bedrooms on the first floor with a full bath, plus a living room, dining room, breakfast nook and galley kitchen.  The bath and kitchen are updated, and in the kitchen you’ll find original built-ins, including a fold out spice rack–so charming!  There are some original light fixtures too. Neutral wall colors throughout the home.

On the second floor, the master bedroom is large, also with built-ins, with a full bath that leads to a huge walk-in closet.  There is a full stone basement, newer HVAC, hardwood floors and stone fireplace.

Original built ins

Original built ins

The Trolley Track Trail, Brookside/Waldo shops and amenities are nearby, and the Metro bus stops along Oak for easy public transportation access to UMKC, Westport, The Plaza, or downtown Kansas City. This home is priced to sell at $179,000!  Contact me if you know someone who may be interested in this home~!

Master bedroom

Master bedroom