Brookside Home Sales Report-March 2018

The busy spring home buying season is here and buyers are hungry for fresh listings, especially those priced at $350K or less.  Let’s take a look at the Brookside home sales report for March 2018, using the main Brookside zip code of 64113:

March 2018                                                                 March 2017

Median list price:       $429,000                                Median list price:       $395,000

Median sales price:    $394,000                               Median sales price:    $395,000

No. of homes sold:         23                                       No. of homes sold:        23

Days on market:             14                                       Days on market:           34

Notice the median sales price is virtually the same as a year ago, and number of homes sold is the same.  Homes this year went under contract in a shorter amount of time–just two weeks. The lowest sales price last month was $255,000 and the highest was $1.1 million.

Year to date figures below:

Jan-March 2018                                                           Jan-March 2017

Median list price:      $387,450                                   Median list price:       $397,000

Median sales price:   $373,000                                 Median sales price:    $394,000

No. of homes sold:         52                                        No. of homes sold:      50

Days on market:            25                                          Days on market:          37

Although the median sales price is lower YTD this year compared to last, I don’t think that signals an overall slump in sales prices.  We have such a wide range of prices in Brookside–I think the lower median number reflects more ‘lower’ priced homes selling, and that’s where the demand is (not for $500K and over).  Also, note the trend of more homes closing and going under contract in a shorter amount of time compared to 2017 YTD.

Currently there are 33 active listings in zip code 64113.  The median list price is $529,950 and 33 days on market. Prices range from $$249,000 up to $2.89 million.  Sixteen homes are priced over $500K.

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


Bella Napoli Changes It’s Coffee Bar

You may have heard Bella Napoli is ‘closing’ it’s coffee bar. Not true!  It’s the concept and  hours that are changing!

JakeStarting today, Monday April 16, the coffee bar will open at 10am, along with the deli and market.  You can get coffee (or expresso, latte, etc) but no pastries or drinks with syrup.  Owner Jake Imperiale says he’s changing the concept to “do it the Italian way” –meaning no coffee ‘to go’.  Come in, order your beverage; it will be served on china  and then you can sit down at a table  and take the time to really enjoy your beverage.  (And if you’ve ever been to Italy, you know that is the true Italian way to have a coffee.  Linger  and appreciate your drink, take the time to chat with your companion or sit and contemplate the day.)

BellaNapoliBella Napoli has been a Brookside fixture since April 2001.  It’s here you will find fresh Italian deli meats, cheeses and sandwiches, along with imported wines, olive oil, vinegar, pastas, olives and other treats.  Lunch and dinner are also offered, in a cozy, comfortable, space.  There are plenty of places to get a ‘grab and go’ coffee in Brookside–now when you want to relax and savor the real Italian experience, come to Bella Napoli. New hours are 10am-9pm Monday though Thursday; Friday and Saturday 10am-10pm; closed on Sunday.

Thank you for supporting locally owned Brookside/Waldo businesses!



Brookside Farmers’ Market Opens Saturday

farmerAnother sign of Spring!  The Brookside Farmers’ Market opens this weekend, Saturday April 14, 2018 for the season.  Location is the same:  southeast corner of 63rd and Wornall, at Border Star elementary school.  

There are many farmers’ markets in the metro area; what makes this one a bit different is that all vendors live within 100 miles of the market and the goods they sell are “organic and sustainable”.  Besides fresh herbs, vegetables and flowers, there are various meats for sale, baked goods, snacks, and some vegan/gluten free items.  The market accepts KS Vision and MO SNAP forms of payment.  It’s helpful if you bring your own bag to the market!

With the crazy weather we’ve had, there may not be an abundance of fresh produce on opening day. However, there is always something tasty to purchase!

Thank you for supporting our local Brookside Farmers’ Market. Hours are 8am-1pm every Saturday through October.

Brookside Home Sales Stats-Feb 2018

It’s early in the year, however home buyers are out shopping–traffic during open houses is very heavy!  There still isn’t very much inventory in the highly sought after $200-$350K price range — and those that do pop on go under contract almost immediately.  Here are the February 2018 single family home sales stats for Brookside, using zip code 64113.

February 2018                                                       February 2017

Median List Price:    $349,950                           Median List Price:      $421,250

Median Sales Price:  $320,000                          Median Sales Price:   $402,000

No. of homes sold:        11                                  No. of homes sold:        14

Days on market:            9                                    Days on market:             43

Although the median sales price was much lower than last year, consider that in Feb 2017, more expensive homes sold, including a $1.2 million dollar property.  Here are year-to-date figures:

Jan-Feb 2018                                                               Jan-Feb 2017

Median List Price:     $399,900                              Median List Price:       $399,000

Median Sales Price:   $376,000                             Median Sales Price      $393,461

No. of homes sold:          27                                    No. of homes sold:         27

Days on market:             9                                       Days on market:             43

The highest sales we’ve had so far this year is $1.7 million in January.

Currently there are 32 homes listed in 64113, with a median sales price of $469,750 and 25 days on market. The lowest priced home is $259,950 and the highest is $2,890,000.  Just one half of the homes listed are under $450,000.  

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

Brookside St Pat’s Parade on Saturday

brookside st patsThis Saturday, March 10, 2018 is the 38th Annual Brookside St. Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade!  Even if you are not Irish, join your neighbors and friends for this family friendly event, starting at 2pm.

The parade route is:

Starting from 65th St and Wornall Rd, north on Wornall to 63rd St; east on 63rd St to Main; south on Main St to Meyer; west on Meyer ending at Brookside Plaza.

Please arrive early!  If you are driving, park several blocks from the route and note that residential streets will be very congested.  Street closures will begin early afternoon.  Watch for pedestrians, strollers, lots of kids running around and huge, colorful floats!  Expect traffic delays and street closures in this area through late afternoon.

Be sure to stop in for lunch or refreshments at the nearby Brookside businesses–and check out some of the new shops in the area:  Skin, Lady Bye and Design in the City.


Armour Hills Home Sales Stats-Jan 2018

As I write this blog, I am looking ahead wondering if Armour Hills will again be one of the most desirable neighborhoods for buyers in 2018. Last year the average days on market for a new listing in Armour Hills was just 7, and median home prices increased 14.9% over 2016. Those numbers say a lot about how strong this neighborhood is.

Let’s take a look at the stats for last month:

January 2018                                                                  January 2017

Median list price:     $289,975                                      Median list price:      $329,475

Median sales price:  $284,500                                      Median sales price:   $327,500

Days on market:            5                                                Days on market:            18

No. of homes sold:        4                                                No. of homes sold:          4

Although the median home sales price was much lower than 2017, that reflects the fact  lower prices homes sold last month.  Still, three of the four homes that sold were at or above list price. The highest sales price was $340,000 and the lowest was $185,000.  I believe Armour Hills will again be a strong destination for home buyers this year.

Currently there are five active listings in Armour Hills, with a median price of $345,000 and 71 days on market.  

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

Home For Sale in Brookside East

Know anyone looking for a Brookside home?  This new listing of mine could be the one!



This house features a bungalow floor plan, with two bedrooms on the main level and a spacious master suite on the second floor.  It’s updated and move in ready:  refinished hardwood floors, fresh interior paint featuring a formal living and dining room, plus cozy side screened porch.  All windows have been replaced as well!




Check out this kitchen–newer cabinets, backsplash, solid surface counters and Hansgrohe faucet over the sink.  The back door leads to a yard with deck and one car garage.  





You will love this huge master suite on the second floor!   Newer windows fill the bedroom with lots of natural light. The full bath offers a dual vanity, easy to clean Onyx shower, jetted tub and walk in closet!!!  



Other improvements include a new roof, new sewer line, updated electrical work, radon system installed and refinished hardwoods.  Very desirable location near UMKC and a few blocks from the growing Brookside East area featuring several shops, restaurants, bakery and services.  Offered at $245,000.  This house has the charm and updates a Brookside buyer wants!  

Contact me for more information. Come home to Brookside!