Waldo Fall Festival Happening Sat 9/15/18

September is full of outdoor festivals in the KC area, and one of the most family friendly is the Waldo Fall Festival, happening this Saturday, Sept 15, 2018 at the southeast corner of 75th and Wornall in the parking lot, from 10am-5pm.

waldo fall festivalNow in it’s 26th year, the Waldo Fall Festival is a celebration of the wonderful, eclectic Waldo neighborhood:  lots of local music playing throughout the day, local vendor booths, food trucks, rides and games for the kids and …no admission charge!  It’s a fun time for all ages.

Because the intersection of 75th and Wornall is usually heavily congested with cars during a normal day…on Sept 15 it will be even more challenging to work around. Bike or walk to the festivities (take the Trolley Track Trail!) — or if you drive, park a few blocks away.  Be extra aware of more foot traffic around the stoplights here and watch for little kids, bikes, scooters, etc.  

Celebrate cooler weather, visit with neighbors and friends at the Waldo Fall Festival this Saturday!

 

 

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Flying Horse Taproom-Now Open in Brookside East

Another locally owned and operated business recently opened in Brookside East–Flying Horse Taproom at 600 E 63rd St.  I stopped by recently and talked with General Manager Philip Nixon.  The food looked so good I came back for dinner later that evening!

taproomHere’s the scoop on the bar and what’s on tap:  twenty-one craft beers, seven wines (that will rotate), Second Best Coffee Cold Brew and Lucky Elixir Kombucha.  Coming soon:  unique “oak barrel conditioned” cocktails.  I tried two drinks:  the Cucumber Ginger Lemonade and Strawberry Basil Gin. Delicious and refreshing!  Nixon emphasized they support locally based purveyors, including Restless Spirits Distilling Co, Tom’s Town, Second Best Coffee and Glace Ice Cream (Nixon is working with Brewery Emperial and Glace for a special beer inspired flavor).  

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Philip Nixon, General Manager

As for the food…there are a couple of unique options on the appetizer menu, including the popular Beer Mug Pretzel from Pretzel Boys, ‘Nduja Dip (prosciutto, spices, peppers mixed with goat and cream cheeses) and Cheese Curds.  There are several salad options featuring homemade dressings.  And the flatbreads…with fresh ingredients and house made red sauce. We tried the Four Cheese Sausage Kale and The Classic; other options include Brookside Brie, the Cubano and a Thai Chicken Basil.  For lighter appetites–it’s easy to fill up sharing a salad and flatbread.

Longtime Brooksiders may remember this spot at a Mobil gas station; current owner Trey Sabates (who owns Brookside Wine and Spirits next door), had the old tanks removed, teamed up with some friends and turned the station into the restaurant with a cozy patio in front.  Inside, there is a full bar, several tables and artwork from Sabates private collection on the walls.  Nixon has an extensive background in food service and trains the staff well–our waiter was sincere, friendly and attentive.  

The Flying Horse Taproom is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-11pm and Sunday from 11am-9pm.  Happy hour features $1 off all menu items and food is available to go.  Stop by and welcome Philip and the staff to the neighborhood!

 

Waldo Home Sales Report – July 2018

Waldo home values continue their upward climb compared to one year ago…demand is very strong for the moderately priced houses you can find in this area. Here is the July 2018 single family home sales report for Waldo, using the boundaries of Gregory to 85th St and Holmes to State Line:

July 2018                                                                 July 2017

Median list price:      $215,000                            Median list price:     $149,725

Median sales price:   $210,000                           Median sales price:  $162,000

No. of homes sold:       43                                    No. of homes sold:    30

Days on market:           8                                       Days on market:       5

The lowest sales price last month was $47,000 and the highest was $460,000.

Year-to-date stats below:

Jan-July 2018                                                       Jan-July 2017

Median list price:     $199,900                          Median list price:      $175,000

Median sales price:   $200,000                         Median sales price:   $176,000

No. of homes sold:      237                                No. of homes sold:       243

Days on market:        15                                    Days on market:          15

Compared to the same time period last year, Waldo sales prices are up 13%! Currently there are 27 active listings, ranging in price from $115,000 to $398,000 and 27 days on market. 

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

Brookside Home Sales Stats-June 2018

We are halfway through the year and Brookside home sales continue to be very strong, especially in the under $500K price range.  Inventory is generally lower than last year.  Here is the single family home sales report for last month, and a YTD comparison for the main Brookside zip code of 64113:

June 2018                                                                               June 2017

Median list price:      $410,000                                Median list price:     $372,000

Median sales price:    $395,000                              Median sales price:  $367,500

No. of homes sold:        39                                        No. of homes sold:   40

Days on market:            19                                         Days on market:     20

The lowest closed sales price last month was $165,375 and the highest was $1.2 million. 

Below is year-to-date comparisons:

Jan-June 2018                                                                  Jan-June 2017

Median list price:      $399,900                                     Median list price:     $375,000

Median sales price:   $390,000                                   Median sales price:   $360,000

No. of homes sold:     141                                            No. of homes sold:      157

Days on market:         14                                               Days on market:          20

The lowest sales price so far in 2018 was $168,500 and the highest was $1.6 million.  Median home prices are up 8% compared to last year!  Will prices drop the second half of the year, when sales traditionally slow down?  Watch this space for the monthly numbers!

Currently there are 61 active single family home listings in Brookside, with half of those priced over $500K; nine listings over $1million.  Median price is $565,000 and 39 days on market.

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

 

Waldo Home Sales Report-May 2018

Double digit increases in home values continue in the Waldo area…when is the market going to slow down in this super hot neighborhood??  Here are the May 2018 single family home sales stats for Waldo, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:

May 2018                                                            May 2017

Median list price:    $221,750                           Median list price:     $187,450

Median sales price:   $221,000                         Median sales price:   $189,250

No. of homes sold:     36                                   No. of homes sold:      44

Days on market:       10                                     Days on market:         12

Prices were up 16% over same period last year, and most sellers continue to get more than asking price for their properties.  Here are the year-to-date figures:

Jan-May 2018                                                  Jan-May 2017                      

Median list price:      $195,000                     Median list price:     $175,000

Median sales price:    $197,000                    Median sales price:    $177,000

No. of homes sold:     147                              No. of homes sold:      157

Days on market:         15                                Days on market:         26

Fewer homes are available to buy, so prices are trending upward due to lack of inventory.  Home values are up 11% YTD over last year, with most homes selling for over asking price and in a shorter period of time.  Currently there are 21 single family homes for sale in Waldo, with a median list price of $269,900 and 23 days on market. 

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

Brookside Home Sales Report – May 2018

Up, up, up….Brookside home values continue to rise in this busy spring/summer buying season.  There is always a lull around Memorial Day..still, due to lack of inventory, prices keep going up because there aren’t enough homes for sale to meet demand, particularly in the under $400K price category.  Here are the home sales stats for May 2018, using the main Brookside zip code of 64113:

May 2018                                                                              May 2017

Median list price:     $374,500                                     Median list price:    $332,500

Median sales price:  $383,500                                   Median sales price:  $341,500

No. of homes sold:      29                                               No. of homes sold:    40

Days on market:          9                                                 Days on market:        4

Homes are still selling in a very short amount of time after they are listed; and sellers are often paying over asking price, possibly due to bidding wars. The highest sale last month was $1.4 million, and the lowest was $221,000–which was $11K over the list price. 

Here are year-to-date stats:

Jan-May 2018                                                                        Jan-May 2017

Median list price:    $399,900                                       Median list price:      $379,995

Median sales price:  $383,500                                   Median sales price:   $360,000

No. of homes sold:      101                                               No. of homes sold:      119

Days on market:         10                                                   Days on market:          18

So far this year,  prices are running 6.5% over the same period last year–and selling quicker.  Currently there are 49 listed single family homes in Brookside, with a median price of $544,000 and 31 days on market. Just 17 of those homes are priced under $400,000.  The lowest list price is $229,000 and highest is $4.25 million.

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

Legendary KC Small Shop Closing Soon

sheehans store

After 33 years of serving Kansas City residents, Sheehan’s Irish Imports is closing at the end of the month.  It’s current location is on the border of Brookside and Waldo, at 410 E Gregory.  

Sheehan’s Irish Imports is one of those classic, family owned small businesses.  Daughter Katy Sheehan told me her mother Peggy started selling Irish products as a hobby out of her home in 1985. As the business grew, Pryde’s offered her a space in the corner of their building in Westport. The next move was to a larger, free standing store at 1412 Westport Road, then a final move to the Brookside/Waldo location in 2015. Katy and her sister Molly have operated the store for the past several years.

sheehans katyLike every other retail business, Sheehan’s has been affected by globalism and online sales. Katy says “these days, you can find Irish products everywhere”–for example, the popular Inis perfume they carried can now be ordered through Amazon or found in various other local tourist shops.  Katy and Molly enjoyed running the store, getting to know customers, promoting Irish products and offering excellent client service.  Now it’s time for a new adventure, as Katy says one of her goals in retirement is to visit every U.S. national park.

From now until closing June 30, 2018, everything on the store is on sale — 40% off.  You can browse through Irish CDs, religious items, baby clothes, keychains, jewelry, hats, caps and of course, warm Irish sweaters (this winter, you’ll appreciate that bargain sweater bought on a 90 degree day!). Thanks to the Sheehan family for their decades of serving KC residents!  And as a final note, Katy told me KC Needlepoint is moving from 105 E Gregory into this space. 

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