Brookside Home Sales Report-June 2017

Here we are, midway through the year, and Brookside homes are still in strong demand for homebuyers, especially those under $500,000.  Let’s look at single family home sales in the Brookside zip code of 64113 for  the month of June 2017:

June 2017

Median list price:            $372,000

Median sales price:        $367,500

No. of homes sold:             40

Days on market:                 20

The lowest sales price was $168,500 and there were two sales over $1,000,000.  Checking last year stats:

June 2016

Median list price:            $344,250

Median sales price:         $342,000

No. of homes sold:              42

Days on market:                 37

Now let’s look at year to date figures:

Jan-June 2017

Median list price:             $375,000

Median sales price:          $360,000

No. of homes sold:             159

Days on market:                 18

Jan-June 2016

Median list price:            $369,000

Median sales price:         $364,500

No. of  homes sold:            166

Days on market:                 41

Technically, the year to date figures show a slight decrease in the median price compared to one year ago but that hasn’t been the usual pattern this year. Prices are generally higher than 2016.  Note the June comparisons show a 7.4% price increase compared to same time last year.  The demand is for homes priced below $500K, especially the $250-$400 range.

Currently there are 42 homes for sale in the Brookside zip code of 64113. However, the median list price is $612,450.  Over half – 25 homes – are priced over $500,000.  The higher priced homes sit on the market longer and push up the median price. The lowest priced home is $210,000 and the highest is $2.5 million.

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



Brookside/Armour Hills Home for Sale

This home is why Brookside is such a popular location for homebuyers…

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Look at that gorgeous curb appeal!  The exterior is brick and stucco, with a stamped concrete walkway and two car garage with private drive.  Built in the 1930s, this home retains so much of it’s original architectural detail and charm.

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Check out that coved ceiling with the detailed crown molding and wood wainscoting; original plaster medallion over pendant light and the arched entry. 



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Both living room and dining room have hardwood floors.  The mantel and fireplace detail is original and the newer sliding door leads to the backyard and deck.  Off this room is an enclosed sunroom with heating and cooling.


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I wanted to include a shot of this cozy breakfast room adjacent to the kitchen.  You can see the cherry cabinets, granite counters, plantation shutters–plus a half bath and office behind the kitchen area.


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Other features of this home include three bedrooms, two and a half baths and a finished basement, offered at $429,000.  Location is perfect–just a short walk to Brookside shops, the Trolley Track Trail and bus service.  Plus, very friendly neighbors ready to welcome you!

More information and photos on my website Please pass this blog link along to anyone you  may know looking for a Brookside home!

Brookside Sidewalk Sale Through Sunday


It’s time for the annual Brookside Sidewalk Sale–Thursday July 6 through Sunday July 10, 2017!

Various merchants will set up tables on the sidewalks on 63rd St east of Wornall.  You will find all sorts of bargains here:  jewelry, clothes, decor, small gifts and household goods, and some surprises–“oh, I could use one of those!”.  Plus, it’s always nice to chat with shop owners and neighbors that are browsing at the same time.  Make a day of it and stop for a snack, coffee or lunch at one of Brookside’s local eateries!

Also, the annual Shred Event is Saturday July 8 from 8am-11am in the parking lot between Commerce Bank and the tennis courts (Meyer and Brookside Road).  There is a limit on how much you can bring to shred:  two standart file sized boxes or grocery sacks.

Thank you for supporting locally owned businesses in Brookside!

Brookside Home Sales Stats – May 2017

It’s crazy out there if you want to buy a home in Brookside for under $400K!  I’m sure you’ve heard the stories from your home buyer friends–or seller friends, who receive multiple offers within a day of listing their home.  Here are the May 2017 single family home sales stats for Brookside, using zip code 64113:

May 2017

Median List Price:       $330,000

Median Sales Price:    $339,500

Number of Homes Sold:    39

Days on Market:                4

The lowest closed price was $170K; the highest was a home near 55th and Ward Parkway–$3.2 million cash. You are reading those numbers correctly–median sales price is almost $40K over asking price.  Out of the 39 homes that closed last month, 24 were at or above list price.  I’ve seen closed prices as much as $25K over list price!  Now let’s look at same period last year:

May 2016

Median List Price:               $364,500

Median Sale Price:              $360,500

Number of Homes Sold:         37

Days on Market:                       43

The number of homes sold was about the same. Last year, median price was higher because more expensive homes closed in May 2106.  Days on market was longer–that is typical for higher priced homes.  The demand in Brookside right now is for homes priced $225K-$400K.  Here are YTD figures:

Jan-May 2017

Median List Price:                $374,947

Median Sales Price:              $360,000

Number of Homes Sold:       118

Days on Market:                     18

Jan-May 2016

Median List Price:                 $373,750

Median Sales Price:               $367,950

Number of Homes Sold:         124

Days on Market:                        41

As you can see, year to date the median sales price is well below median list price–but again, when the higher priced homes sell, there is usually more bargaining in the offer.  It is the $350K and under homes that generally sell for at or over list price.

Currently there are 40 homes for sale in Brookside, with a median list price of $695,000.  Thirty four of the 40 are listed over $400K.

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


Brookside/Waldo Farmers Markets Are Open for the Season


Summertime and fresh produce from the area farmers’ markets–just can’t beat the taste of freshly picked berries, tomatoes, herbs and veggies.  Fortunately we have two farmers’ markets in the neighborhood so you can stock up twice a week!


The Brookside Farmers Market is open each Saturday at 63rd and Wornall Road.   This market features local (less than 100 miles away) vendors that sell ‘organic and non-GMO food’.  Besides fresh produce, you’ll find eggs, meat, herbs, flowers, baked goods and homemade items like soaps and crafts.  Hours are 8am-1pm on Saturdays.


waldo marketThe Waldo Farmers Market is also open for the season at 303 W 79th St, just east of 79th and Wornall next to Habitat ReStore.  Although smaller than the Brookside market, it offers a great selection of ‘local, certified organic and non-certified sustainably produced’ products, ranging from vegetables and herbs to snacks and  ice cream.  Offerings can change weekly.  This market is open every Wednesday from 3-7pm–which is so convenient if you need inspiration for a quick weeknight dinner!

Remember to bring a bag to the market to tote your goodies back home, plus cash in small bills,  and watch for pedestrians while parking.  Thank you for supporting area farmers and merchants!

Pamper Your Body-Visit SKIN in Brookside

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There is a new Brookside shop to check out—especially if you like to pamper yourself! SKIN opened last week at 6247 Brookside Blvd, on the same block as Foos and Shopgirls.


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Owner Stephanie Simkins is a native of Kansas City, and started out as a nutritionist and wellnesss coach. She progressed into skin care, doing consultations for her clients. Eventually she started making her own products and selling them online. She had retail stores in San Francisco and on the Country Club Plaza; currently the Broookside shop is the flagship operation.


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SKIN products are formulated in Overland Park and are ‘created with healing in mind’, according to Stephanie. Everything is made with organic ingredients and oils, with a specific healing component in mind. For example, there is the Seaberry Anti-Aging Face Cream and Apricot Berry Clay Face Mask. If you are planning a trip to the beach, try the After Sun Aloe and Coconut Body Lotion. Other items include soothing lip balms, soaps and bath products, make up lines and a special section for men’s grooming. There is also a large ‘lazy susan’ tray with samples of most products to try before you buy. Stephanie emphasizes that she operates a vegetarian, gluten free, certified green company, registered with  EWG and PETA.


Like so many Brookside shops, Stephanie offers friendly, personal service to every customer who walks in. She encourages browsing and can tell you about all products displayed. In addition, she does special events at the store: yoga workshops, designer trunk shows and a once a month special promotion only offered to clients on her email list.


Stephanie chose Brookside as a location for this shop as she feels “it’s a good fit. There aren’t many walkable neighborhoods in Kansas City. “ Current hours are 11-5 Monday through Saturday and noon-5 on Sunday. She hopes to expand to evening hours as well.


SKIN products make great gifts—everyone appreciates special products that are locally made without chemicals, even the guys you know! Stop by SKIN, 6247 Brookside Blvd and find something for yourself—and a special someone!





Brookside Home Sales Report – April 2017

Home prices continue to rise in Brookside.  Due to a shortage of inventory, prices are going up, multiple offers are common–especially for homes priced under $400K.  Plus, Brookside homes look extra beautiful during Spring!  Here is the April 2017 Brookside single family home sales report, using stats from zip code 64113:

April 2017

Median list price:        $399,000

Median sales price:    $360,000

Number of homes sold:    29

Days on market:               17

The lowest closed price was $237,500 and the highest was $1.5 million.  

April 2016

Median list price:        $375,000

Median sales price:    $371,500

Number of homes sold:   30

Days on market:                41

Checking year-to-date figures:

Jan-Apr 2017

Median list price:        $399,000

Median sales price:    $394,230

Number of homes sold:  78

Days on market:               35

Jan-Apr  2016

Median list price:         $379,000

Median sales price:     $375,000

Number of homes sold:   87

Days on market:                35

So far, median prices are up 5.1% this year compared to same time period in 2016. Fewer homes are selling…because there are fewer homes for sale. There is still a strong demand for Brookside properties priced from $200-$350K.  Currently there are 38 single family homes for sale in zip 64113, with a median list price of $612,425.  Over one half of the homes on the market are $500K or higher.

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