Armour Hills Home Sales Stats-March 2017

Not a lot of activity in Armour Hills in March regarding  sold homes–however, that is normal as the first couple of months of the year are not popular times to list homes due to traditionally cold weather.  Still, there was an increase in median sales price!  Let’s look at the March 2017 home sales for Armour Hills, and a comparison to last year.

March 2017

Median list price:      $325,000

Median sales price:  $325,000

Number of homes sold:  5

Days on market:             6

March 2016

Median list price:       $234,975

Median sales price:   $229,475

Number of homes sold:  6

Days on market:             39

Four of the five homes that sold last month in Armour Hills were over $300K, pushing the median sales price up. Notice it was only a few days before the new listings went under contract.

Now let’s look at year to date:

Jan-March 2017

Median list price:      $395,000

Median sales price:  $395,000

Number of homes sold:  50

Days on market:             37

The lowest sales price so far this year $205,000 and the highest was $440,000.

Jan-March 2016

Median list price:        $389,500

Median sales price:    $382,000

Number of homes sold:   57

Days on market:              34

So far, prices are up 29% over first quarter 2016.  However, most of the increase is due to more expensive homes selling this year over same period one year ago.  Currently in Armour Hills there are four homes for sale, with a median price of $312,000 and 18 days on market.

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

Brookside Home Sales Stats-March 2017

We are all in  the typically strong Spring home buying season and inventory is still pretty low compared to demand.  However, I know sellers are busy getting their homes ready to list and the next couple of months will bring even more houses for sale.  Here is the March 2017 Brookside single family home sales report, using stats from zip code 64113:

March 2017

Median list price:        $395,000

Median sales price:    $395,000

Number of homes sold:    34

Days on market:               28

The lowest closed price was $200,000 and the highest was $803,000.

March 2016

Median list price:        $384,250

Median sales price:    $379,500

Number of homes sold:   34

Days on market:              28

Checking year-to-date figures:

Jan-Mar 2017

Median list price:        $394,230

Median sales price:    $397,000

Number of homes sold:  50

Days on market:             37

Jan-Mar 2016

Median list price:         $389,000

Median sales price:     $382,000

Number of homes sold:   57

Days on market:              34

So far, median prices are up 3.2% the first quarter of 2017 compared to first quarter 2016.  Fewer homes for sale means less for buyers to chose from and prices get pushed up.  There is still a strong demand for Brookside properties priced from $200-$350K.  Currently there are 34 active single family home listings in Brookside, with a median price of $772,000.  Most of the active listings-21 homes-are $500K and more; 9 properties are priced over $1million.

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

What is “Uniting At Southwest”?

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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!

 

 

Centered Spirit-Now Open in Waldo

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With all the current chatter about health insurance, premiums, who’s covered, rising costs–it can be just another source of stress to our already fast paced lives. If you want to investigate a different style of taking care of your mind and physical body, consider a visit to Centered Spirit, a new Cultural and Holistic Center in Waldo.

massage roomCentered Spirit believes in “the body’s innate wisdom and natural ability to find health and achieve balance”. Alex Jackson has been practicing traditional Mayan medicine for fourteen years, first in a Brookside office location. He and his wife Emilie opened Centered Spirit in January 2017. Alex works with patients regarding digestive disorders, muscle pains, anxiety, female health issues, depleted energy and offers several types of traditional therapies, such as Maya Abdominal Massage, cupping, holistic counseling, acupuncture and herbal remedies.  Alex explains that “different life events can trigger physical changes in your body as well as emotional stress.”  He takes the time to “assess, connect and heal” with the goal of solutions that will work for each unique person for the long term.

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Their expanded facility at 8131 Wornall has four treatment rooms plus an infrared sauna as well as a larger community area for classes and teaching. To celebrate Emilie’s native country of France, they have opened a French tea room in the building which Emilie operates, featuring several imported teas from France (also sold by the ounce). Emilie recently wrote about the health benefits of tea for Evolving in Kansas City.   Both Alex and Emilie love promoting different cultures — they have travelled extensively to places like Belize, Mexico and Guatemala. Artwork they have purchased while roaming the Earth hangs throughout the building, and the couple loves sharing their passion for other cultures through food, art and healing traditions.  Centered Spirit also offers workshops for the public; the next one is April 1-2, 2017 titled “Life On Purpose”.

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Centered Spirit is located at 8131 Wornall–that is the southeast corner of 81st Terrace and Wornall. If you would like to find out more about their services–stop by for a cup of tea! Or contact Alex Jackson at 816 225 9393. The Centered Spirit blog, with their event listings, is posted at www.centeredspiritblog.wordpress.com.

Authentic French Bakery Opens in Waldo

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Attention all fans of authentic French breads and pastries….we now have a local resource for freshly baked croissants, baguettes, macaroons and puff pastry!  Cecile Rocher recently opened Gabrianna, A French Bakery, based in her home in Rockhill Gardens.  After reading this blog, you will be ready to call and make an order!

 

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Some background on the baker:  Cecile, from Brest, a town in Brittany in the NW part of France, was a teacher and had the itch to travel.   Working through the French government, she got a teaching job in New Orleans.  It was there she met her future husband, Thomas.  Together they moved for jobs to Washington DC.  After having twins, the family  wanted to move back to Kansas City, her husband’s home town, to be close to relatives.   Cecile has been baking since she was ten years old (she was in charge of dessert) and decided to open Gabrianna after purchasing their home in Brookside.  As she explained to me:  “In our family, we love food.  We love it for the taste and conviviality.  When I was young we would all eat together and talk about the day.  My parents and sister –we still talk about food when we speak on the phone!” 

Gabrianna opened in December and word is spreading fast  about the delicious, truly home made treats Cecile bakes.   In addition to croissants, macaroons, quiche and baguettes, Cecile makes sweet and savory puff pastry, cookies, tarts, brownies and sandwiches, plus there are some gluten free options.  Prices are very reasonable; for example, a croissant is $2 and a baguette is $3.   She will accept small orders for just a few items or cater a special luncheon or event…and she offers delivery to certain area locations.   If you check her Facebook page regularly, often she will mention she has a few goodies left at the end of the day for sale..so you can swing by and pick up a couple of fresh croissants or a baguette to enjoy that same evening.  If you do plan to make an order, Cecile requests at least a 24-48 hour notice.

Cecile absolutely loves her baking business, and her enthusiasm is infectious.  As we were talking, she often mentioned her love of baking and sharing her love of food with new people.  Try Gabrianna, A French Bakery soon and indulge in some delicious, authentic French pastries!  You can reach Cecile through her Facebook page or at 504 638 4929.  Thank you for supporting Brookside/Waldo locally owned businesses!

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Brookside’s Natural Juice Shop

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Simple Science Juices in Brookside

 

Simple Science Juices opened in Brookside last July…and I just discovered it a month or so ago! I think this spot hosted a custom tee shirt shop many months ago. Natural, organic juice shops are as hot as craft breweries in Kansas City—now our Brookside core shopping strip has one.

 

 

juice-coolerThis is the third location for Simple Science Juices; the other two are in the Crossroads district and  Overland Park. You may have seen their products sold at the Farmers Markets in Brookside and OP. These cold pressed juices (8 oz and 16 oz) are  created at an Overland Park kitchen, made fresh each day. All are gluten, soy and dairy free. The stores also feature smoothies, cold coffee beverages, paleo bites, and some salads and entrees: pad thai, salmon and quinoa, roasted veggie salad (a best seller) plus bars and snacks. I tried the 8 oz ($5) Fiber dragon fruit smoothie, and it was delicious. Complete descriptions of all items are found on the website.

 

Simple Science Juices was founded by Steve Spangler, who had a soccer career with Sporting Kansas City. He was fighting several ailments through traditional medications that were only treating symptoms, not the cause of his problems. A change in lifestyle that included drinking cold pressed juices, enabled him to eliminate meds and become much healthier, as he focused on natural foods and vitamins for his body. One phrase printed on their marketing materials emphasizes this change: “Let food be thy medicine, let medicine by thy food”.

 

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Simple Science Juices is open at 112 W 63rd St Monday through Saturday from 7am-7pm and Sunday from 10am-6pm. There is seating in the shop and parking in back and on the street. Simple Science Juices also offers home delivery of their products through a subscription service.