Armour Hills 2017 Home Sales Recap

In one of my blog posts last year, I stated that Armour Hills could be the hottest Brookside neighborhood, based on home buyer demand and prices.  I think the year end stats back up that claim!  First let’s take a look at December home sales stats for the Armour Hills subdivision:

December 2017                                                             December 2016

Median list price:       $269,950                                   Median list price:      $277,500

Median sales price:    $279,000                                  Median sales price:   $281,500

No. of homes sold:         4                                            No. of homes sold:        8

Days on market:             3                                             Days on market:           42

In both months, the median sales price exceeded the list price!  Also of note–homes went under contract within just a few days in 2017.  Below are year end comparisons:

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Brookside 2017 Home Sales Report

So how much have home values changed in Brookside since 2016? In the past five years?  I’ll give you the answers in this blog…but take a guess before reading if you like! Here’s a hint:  they have increased, not decreased.  First, we’ll start with December 2017 numbers; all figures based on the main Brookside zip code of 64113:

December 2017                                                          December 2016

Median list price:     $439,000                                 Median list price:    $335,000

Median sales price:  $442,000                                 Median sales price:  $329,248

No. of homes sold:     27                                            No. of homes sold:    20

Days on market:         29                                            Days on market:        36

In December 2017, eight homes sold at or over list price, and sixteen homes homes closed at over $400K.  Now let’s look at year end figures, with comparisons to the past five years:

2017                                                                                   2016

Median list price:       $395,000                                 Median list price:       $350,000

Median sales price:    $386,000                                 Median sales price:    $350,000

No. of homes sold:      296                                           No. of homes sold:       325

Days on market:            20                                            Days on market:            34

In one year, Brookside home values increased 10.2%. Fewer homes sold (not due to lack of demand; due to lack of inventory) and in a shorter amount of time.  (Of course home value depends on many factors, including location, condition, size, etc.) The lowest sales price in 2017 was $168,500 and the highest was $3.225 million.  

For reference, the 2015 median sales price was $329,000; 2014 was $306,500 and 2013 was $296,750.  In five years, homes have appreciated about 30%. 

I predict Brookside will have another strong year for home sales, with demand especially high in the $200,000-$350,000 price range.

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

Brookside Ready to Welcome Two New Restaurants

Brookside will welcome two new restaurants shortly…Brookside Barrio and Brookside Poultry Company are preparing to open within the next few weeks.  Similar to building a brand new house–one can aim for a firm opening date but usually it’s a fluid process, as various vendors and contractors plus new staff have to come together at just the right time before the doors open.   Often a new spot is jammed with curious foodies the first few weeks, so it can be a challenge getting the service and food in sync while everyone is talking about ‘the new place to eat’ in our neighborhood.  If you are one of the first to try one of these new places, please be patient with the dining experience!

Brookside Poultry Company is  Brookside resident Charles d’Ablaing’s first restaurant, poultryhaving worked at Chaz on the Plaza, Webster House and Rosso (now closed).  Originally from Atlanta, the chef will focus on southern cooking with an emphasis on spit-roasted chicken, duck and turkey (locally sourced), plus cheddar biscuits, marinated fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits and key lime pie.  The restaurant seats just 30 people (no reservations) and  food will be available for take out.  In addition, patrons can rent the space for private events Sundays and Mondays when it is closed to the public. Brookside Poultry Company is located at 408 E 63rd St, (63rd and Oak) in the former Oak 63 space.

barrioIn the old Julian space at 6227 Brookside Plaza, watch for the opening of Brookside Barrio, a Mexican Kitchen and Bar.  This is the third restaurant for Chris Ridler, who also owns Sol Cantina on Martini Corner and Zocalo on the Plaza.  Menu items will include  grilled skirt steak with cilantro chimichurri, fried shrimp tacos and Mexican lettuce wraps (that sounds interesting!).  Brookside Barrio will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and will have outdoor seating as well–one of the best features about that restaurant spot.

Two new dining spots coming soon to Brookside for you to try…I’m excited about both of them, especially because they are locally based operations.  Now all we need is a new opening date for Plate…….hopefully this year!

KC Restaurant Week Begins Friday

Kansas City Restaurant Week 2018 begins Friday Jan 12…and it’s not too early to make reservations today!  So many restaurants book up early.

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KCRW is a benefit for Kansas City Community Gardens.  A portion of the money raised will go to this organization that helps low income neighborhoods and communities grown food in vacant lots and gardens.  Restaurants offer a multi course lunch ($15) and/or dinner ($33) during the ten day event through special menus that you can view online.  Many of the participating eateries are locally owned, so it’s an excellent opportunity to try a new place at a bargain price!  Reservations are strongly recommended.

Here’s a list of the Brookside/Waldo restaurants that are participating:

Aixois, Avenues Bistro, Michael Forbes, Nick and Jakes, Boru, Summit Grill and Red Door Grill.

Reservations and menus can be viewed at the KC Restaurant Week website.   Special deals run through January 21, 2018.  Enjoy some good food and conversation with friends while supporting Kansas City Community Gardens!

Brookside Home Sales Report-Nov 2017

Home sales have slowed in Brookside, as they traditionally do this time of year. Very few sellers list their homes during the holiday season and through the cold months early in the year. Here are the November 2017 single family home sales stats for Brookside, using zip code 64113:

November 2017

Median list price:     $409,000

Median sales price:  $405,000

No. of homes sold:        17

Days on market:            26

November 2016

Median list price:      $350,000

Median sales price:   $349,000

No. of homes sold:        25

Days on market:            35

Technically, home prices were up 15% over last November, however there were two $1,000,000+ sales last month.  The higher dollar sales push the median price.  Let’s look at the year-to-date figures:

Jan-Nov 2017

Median list price:     $385,000

Median sales price:  $380,000

No. of homes sold:     269

Days on market:          19

Jan-Nov 2016

Median list price:     $350,000

Median sales price:  $350,000

No. of homes sold:       307

Days on market:           34

Year-to-date, home values in Brookside are up just over 8%.  Note that homes are selling faster, and sellers are getting very close to list price.  Currently there are 28 active listings in Brookside with a median price of $525,000.  Seventeen of the homes are priced over $500K.

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

Armour Hills Nov 2017 Home Sales Stats

Armour Hills in Brookside continues to be a desirable destination for home buyers–that is one reason prices continue to rise.  Looking at the year to date stats for this neighborhood shows a large increase in values compared to 2016.  It will be interesting to see what the final 2017 numbers show.  First — here’s the November figures:

November 2017

Median list price:     $346,000

Median sales price:  $341,250

No. of homes sold:       4

Days on market:         27

November 2016

Median list price:     $260,000

Median sales price:  $260,000

No. of homes sold:     9

Days on market:       35

Fewer homes sold last month, however the ones that did close were higher priced than a year ago.  The lowest sales price in November 2017 was $202,000 and the highest was $405,000.  Checking year to date figures:

Jan-Nov 2017

Median list price:     $317,250

Median sales price:  $314,250

No. of homes sold:      88

Days on market:          9

Jan-Nov 2016

Median list price:     $275,000

Median sales price:  $274,500

No. of homes sold:      82

Days on market:         27

Home prices in Armour Hills are up over 14% year to date!  Currently there are 6 active listings, with a median price of $310,950 and 46 days on market.

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

Shopgirls Now a Pop Up for Holiday Season Shopping

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I was saddened to hear that Shopgirls‘ lease negotiations fell through with landlord First Washington Realty (the out of town company that owns a large chunk of real estate along 63rd St just east of Wornall).  According to the Kansas City Star, owner Katy Hamilton wanted to remain in her longtime location at 6245 Brookside Plaza, near Foos and 5B Candle, but First Washington would not allow her to stay past the lease expiration date of Nov. 30.  Shopgirls has been in business over ten years, and is known for it’s wide variety of women’s clothing and accessories that one can’t find in a typical big box department store.  And of course, the personal service was warm, sincere and friendly.

Fortunately, local Brookside landlord Joe Zwillenberg offered Katy a pop up space to serve her customers during the busy holiday shopping season.  Starting today (12/7/17), find Shopgirls at 6304 Brookside Plaza, right above Mr Goodcents.  Hours through December are Thursdays 4-8pm, and 2-8pm Friday and Saturday.

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You can also find unique gift items and accessories at Katy’s other Brookside shop, Hamilton, at 6215 Oak.

Thank you for shopping locally owned Brookside and Waldo businesses!