Holiday Shopping Season Kicks Off Tonight in Brookside

Brookside holiday opener

Today is  the Annual Holiday Season Opener to kick off the shopping season in Brookside!  Starting at 5pm stroll through the Brookside shops and check out the special deals and discounts.

Be sure to stop by and check out the live music and  local schools’ children’s choirs getting you in the holiday spirit–from 6:30-7:30pm at the small park west of Starbucks on 63rd St.  There will be giveaways as well, plus refreshments from The Roasterie, Price Chopper and Michael Forbes.

Thank you for supporting our locally owned Brookside businesses during the holiday shopping season!  This event extends through Sunday!

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Waldo Home Sales Stats-Sept 2018

And the Waldo home values keep rising in 2018….so much demand, not enough inventory.  Here are the single family home sales stats for last month, using the boundaries of Gregory, 85th St, State Line and Holmes Road:

Sept 2018                                                                         Sept 2017

Median list price:     $195,000                                   Median list price:      $190,000

Median sales price:    $195,000                                Median sales price:    $202,000

No. of homes sold:       33                                          No. of homes sold:     33

Days on market:          30                                            Days on market:        10

The lowest sales price last month was $97,500 and the highest was $425,500.

Checking year-to-date numbers:

Jan-Sept 2018                                                                  Jan-Sept 2017

Median list price:     $198,000                                    Median list price:    $175,000

Median sales price:   $199,000                                  Median sales price:  $179,900

No. of homes sold:     305                                           No. of homes sold:    309

Days on market:         19                                             Days on market:       12

Number of homes sold and days on market are fairly consistent; prices are up over 10% compared to last year.  Currently there are 39 single family homes for sale in Waldo, with an average list price of $210,000 and 35 days on market.  The lowest list price is $85,000 and the highest is $415,000.

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

Another New Small Business Opens in Brookside East

Specialty small businesses make Brookside and Waldo thrive as a unique residential and shopping district.  Today’s blog post welcomes a newcomer located in the growing Brookside East area:  Chanee Vijay Textiles Studio and Showroom moved into the former Golden and Pine space at 633 E 63rd St, suite 100 last month.

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Chanee Vijay

Owner Chanee Vijay, a Kansas native, started her career in corporate marketing.  She always had a creative side that needed an outlet…so she started creating beautiful patterns on organically grown fabric with screen and block printing.  She sold the hand printed textiles through her Etsy shop, and as the business grew, through her own website.  When Better Homes and Gardens magazine featured her work and home in Charlotte, NC, the business really took off.

She moved back to KC from California, where her studio was in the garage.  Chanee was thrilled to secure a larger studio space with a retail showroom here in Brookside.  She explained:  “Over the past ten years, my husband and I have moved five times, and I’ve never had enough space to display my designs.  I love the creative energy and entrepreneurial culture I’ve found in Brookside East.  Now I have the space to welcome clients and increase production for new wholesale clients”.

chanee colorsThe organic hemp and linen fabrics are imported from Europe; then Chanee hand paints her designs in micro batches using water-based, solvent-free inks.  Her mom, Phyllis, sews the pillows, throws, tote bags, pouches, aprons, napkins and tablecloths displayed in the store.  The hand-mixed colors are muted earth tones with all designs uniquely hers.  Every piece is designed for longevity and is machine washable!  Chanee can  customize the pillow designs by color, size and ground cloth type.  Prices range from $40-$175, with designer trade discounts available. 

Because all of the products are created in this working studio, the showroom is only open to the public on Thursdays from 10-5 and by appointment (via the website,).  Hopefully the showroom hours will expand next year.  chanee windows

Unique accessories can ‘make’ the room decor–if you are looking for some fresh textiles to warm up your space (or need a handmade, one of a kind gift!)  stop in and see what’s on display at Chaney’s shop.  You can also see her work  via her instagram account @chaneevijay.

Waldo Home Sales Report-Aug 2018

Waldo home values up again..I think I’ve been reporting that every month this year I share the stats!  August was no exception. Here is the single family Waldo home sales report for August 2018, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:

August 2018                                                              August 2017

Median list price:    $198,000                                Median list price:    $176,000

Median sales price:   $192,000                              Median sales price:  $179,000

No. of homes sold:      37                                        No. of homes sold:   34

Days on market:         28                                         Days on market:    9

The lowest sales price last month was $108,500 and the highest was $355,000.

Here are year-to-date stats:

Jan-Aug 2018                                                      Jan-Aug 2017

Median list price:    $199,975                          Median list price:    $175,000

Median sales price:   $202,750                        Median sales price:   $177,500

No. of homes sold:    266                                 No. of homes sold:     272

Days on market:        16                                    Days on market:     14

Prices are up 14% over last year, and many buyers continue to pay over list price.  Houses continue to go under contract within about two weeks of hitting the market. Waldo is a hot neighborhood!

Currently there are 30 active single family listings, with a median list price of $217,000 and 33 days on market.

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

 

 

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!

 

 

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.)