brookside real estate agent: Brookside's Hat Shop - Amina Marie Millinery - 09/27/16 12:46 PM
 
The weather has finally turned cooler, and you may be thinking about adding a few new pieces to spruce up your cold weather wardrobe. How about something different? Consider a hat...made right here in Brookside at Amina Marie Millinery.
Amina's shop is in Brookside East at 633 E 63rd St. She's a KC native, grew up in Prairie Village and went to textile school in San Francisco. She loved fashion and worked in visual merchandising but really never thought about being a hat maker until a friend asked her to create a hat she could wear to Burning Man. Amina accepted the … (0 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Armour Hills (Brookside-Kansas City MO) Aug 2016 Home Sales Stats - 09/19/16 12:35 PM
 
Checking home sales for Armour Hills August 2016...a drop in prices compared to last year.  However, year to date-- home values continue to rise.  Here are the stats with commentary!

August   2016:                                                          August  2015:  
 
Median list price:      $250,000                            Median list price:        $277,500
Median sales price:  $242,000                            Median sales price:    $280,000
Number of homes sold:  7                                   Number of homes sold: 4
Days on market:             47                                 Days on market:           11
 
You can see median sales price for last month was considerably lower than August 2015.  However, in August 2016, all homes but one sold under $280K. In August 2015, fewer homes sold but at a higher median price. … (0 comments)

brookside real estate agent: All About the Brookside Neighborhood in Kansas City MO - 09/16/16 02:55 PM
Why do so many homebuyers want to live in Brookside? You need to spend a day here and find out!
As a Brookside resident for many years now, I will try to describe here why it's one of Kansas City's most popular areas to live in. It's a friendly spot, very walkable, and a convenient location near the popular Country Club Plaza and Westport areas, plus just about five miles south of the Kansas City downtown business core.
 
Most of the homes here were built in the early 1920s...therefore, so charming! The architectural detail and pride of craftsmanship is evident. Although there are … (2 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Inspecting A Brookside/Waldo Home: Five Common Issues - 09/14/16 01:12 PM
 
 
Thinking about purchasing a home located in the Brookside/Waldo area of Kansas City? It's a desirable  location:  this area features so many unique locally owned and operated businesses, restaurants and shops; easy MAX bus service to midtown and downtown; the popular Trolley Track Trail and several parks.  Homes in Brookside/Waldo were built in the 1920s-30s, so just like a human...after a while, more maintanence is needed!  Here are five common issues to expect during an inspection of a Brookside/Waldo home:
 
1) Three prong outlets that aren't grounded.  This is an easy fix, yet a common issue.  Also, sometimes there is active knob and … (0 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Brookside (Kansas City MO) August 2016 Home Sales Report - 09/13/16 02:54 PM
 
 
 
Time to check home sales stats in Brookside for August 2016.  Numbers show a drop in value compared to one year ago...but if you are a Brookside homeowner, you’ll like the year-to-date comparisons!   
 
Here is the single family home sales report for Brookside (zip code 64113) for August 2016, and comparisons to last year:
 
August  2016:
 
Median list price:               $328,900
Median sales price:           $322,000
Average days on market:     13
Number of homes sold:        30
(Lowest sales price was $225,000; highest sales price was $$835,000.)
 
The lower priced homes ($400K and less) sell faster and are in high demand.  Notice the low days on market figure (13)?  That means … (0 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Unique Brookside Themed Artwork from Farm Dog Studios - 09/07/16 03:50 PM
 
 
The thriving Brookside East area has another new tenant....Farm Dog Studios.  Amy January is working and selling her artwork now at 633 E 63rd St in Brookside.
 
If you live in Brookside or Waldo...you will appreciate these unique, modern yet nostalgic-tinged signs.  Amy got the idea from seeing subway signs promoting landmark streets...and wondered why Brookside didn't have similar themed wall art.  She made one sign for a local school auction..and people asked for more.  She knew she was on to a good idea...and created Farm Dog Studios.
 
Every sign is hand made in the Brookside space.  The process is a stencil and mask … (0 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Arbor Villa Park (Brookside) Features New Playground! - 09/06/16 05:29 PM

 
It's taken three years....and finally, we have new playground equipment in Arbor Villa Park in Armour Hills!  Special thanks to Armour Hills HOA President Tiffany Moore for soliciting PIAC funds for this project. Her hard work paid off!
 
The park features several new pieces of equipment:  a climbing structure, arch swing, and large play equipment on top of rubberized 'hills' to minimize injuries during a fall.  The new playground equipment joins the new tennis courts that were installed in the park last year.  And of course the kiddle pool is still there, now closed for the summer.
 

 
 
All kids are welcome to play … (0 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Armour Hills (Brookside-Kansas City MO) July 2016 Home Sales Stats - 08/15/16 03:56 PM
Home buyers continue to see Armour Hills as a desireable place to purchase a home...the trend continues of buyers paying more than the asking price to purchase in this Brookside neighborhood. Here are the home sales stats for June 2016:  

July  2016:                                                          July  2015:  
 
Median list price:      $254,500                            Median list price:        $274,900
Median sales price:  $256,000                            Median sales price:    $270,025
Number of homes sold:  8                                  Number of homes sold: 12
Days on market:             5                                    Days on market:           42
 
Of the eight homes that closed last month, five sold at or above list price. One home sold for $25,000 over the asking price!
 
Checking year to date figures:
 
2016, … (1 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Brookside (Kansas City MO) Home Values Up 12% YTD - 08/12/16 01:00 PM
 
 
Home prices in Brookside….up, up UP!  When will it stop?  It is still a sellers’ market, as it has been all year.  Take a look at these numbers, my friends, and the comparison to last year. You will understand why you keep hearing stories of bidding wars for homes in our neighborhood.
 
Here are the single family home sales stats for Brookside (zip code 64113) for July 2016, and comparisons to last year:
 
July  2016
 
Median list price:               $339,950
Median sales price:           $345,000
Average days on market:     28
Number of homes sold:        26
(Lowest sales price was $178,000; highest sales price was $3.246 million, the highest so far … (2 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Rockhill Gardens (Kansas City MO) Home Sales Stats Jan-July 2016 - 08/08/16 02:44 PM
 
 
Rockhill Gardens is one of my favorite subdivisions in Brookside..and buyers think so too!  The houses are selling so quickly there this year.
As we head into Fall and a (usually) slower home buying period, I wanted to update you on the home sales stats for Rockhill Gardens this year:
 
 
January - July, 2016
So far 23 homes have sold, with a median list price of $234,900 and median sales price of $237,000.
 
Note that the sales price is higher than the list price!  Why?  Because 19 of the 23 homes sold at or over the asking price.
 
Now let's look at 2015 figures:
 
January - July … (0 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Fox Sports & Activity Center Opens in Brookside - 07/30/16 12:13 PM
Another business has opened in Brookside East..this one focused on the children growing up in our neighborhood. Fox Sports & Activity Center has this goal: to engage and enhance kids' minds, bodies and spirit through holistic training.
 
Owner Caroline Fox explains that holistic training is 'the whole self' - meaning her classes and camps focus on not just skill training, but also nutrition, health and wellness. Here, it's not about 'winning', but about developing the skills needed for the game and building self esteem. She and her staff offer sports focused classes for kids up to age 11, teaching soccer, lacrosse, badminton, … (1 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Brookside (Kansas City MO) Home Sales Report - June 2016 - 07/17/16 02:37 PM
Halfway through the year, and home prices continue their upward trend in Brookside. Low inventory and plenty of demand can create a bidding war for new listings priced under $400K.  Here are the single family home sales stats for Brookside (zip code 64113) for last month, and comparisons to last year:
 
June 2016:
Median list price:               $349,000
Median sales price:           $349,000
Average days on market:    42
Number of homes sold:       41
(Lowest sales price was $183,000; highest sales price was $2 million.)
 
It’s important to note that of the 41 homes that closed in June, 22 (just over half!) sold at or above list price.
 
June 2015:
Median list price: … (1 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Brookside (Kansas City MO) Home Sales Report - May 2016 - 06/17/16 06:49 PM
 
Brookside...a sizzlin' hot neighborhood for home buyers this year!  Prices are up, demand is high.  Here are the single family home sales stats for Brookside (zip code 64113) for last month, and comparisons to last year:
 
May 2016
 
Median list price:               $364,500
Median sales price:           $360,500
Average days on market:    43
Number of homes sold:       37
(Lowest sales price was $182,000; highest sales price was $1.275 million.)
 
May 2015
 
Median list price:                $322,500
Median sales price:            $312,500
Average days on  market:     29
Number of homes sold:         46
 
Now let’s check year to date figures:
 
2016    
 
Median list price:         $373,750
Median sales price:     $367,950
124 homes sold; average 41 days on market
 
2015
 
Median list price:         $325,000
Median sales price:     $319,250
118 homes … (0 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Armour Hills (Brookside, Kansas City MO) April 2016 Home Sales Stats - 05/25/16 12:50 PM
Brookside homes continue to sell quickly this spring, and the Armour Hills subdivision is no exception. New listings go under contract almost immediately.  Here are the April 2016 home sales stats for Armour Hills:

April   2016:                                                            April  2015:  
 
Median list price:      $319,900                              Median list price:       $270,000
Median sales price:  $319,900                              Median sales price:    $267,250
Number of homes sold:  7                                     Number of homes sold:  6
Days on market:             4                                     Days on market:             24
 
You can see the big jump in median price:  five of the seven homes sold last month were at or above the list price.
 
Checking year to date figures:
 
2016, Jan-April:                                                       2015, Jan-April:
 
Median list price:      $259,750 … (1 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Brookside (Kansas City MO) Home Sales Report - April 2016 - 05/18/16 07:51 AM
We are in the peak of Spring home buying season...and I’m here to report demand is still very strong for our Brookside neighborhood.  Still not enough inventory for sale, especially in the $500K and less price catagory.  Here are the single family home sales stats for Brookside (zip code 64113) for last month, and comparisons to last year:
 
April 2016:
 
Median list price:               $375,000
Median sales price:           $371,500
Average days on market:    41
Number of homes sold:       30
(Lowest sales price was $215,000;; highest sales price was $1.1 million.)
 
April 2015:
 
Median list price:                $389,900
Median sales price:            $380,000
Average days on  market:    31
Number of homes sold:        27
 
Now let’s check year … (0 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Bier Station in Brookside--Now Offering Expanded Outdoor Seating - 05/09/16 07:06 AM

The new expanded patio is open at Bier Station!
I remember back in December 2012 when John Couture opened Bier Station in Armour Hills at 120 E Gregory . He was one of the pioneers of the specialty brew shop--and now there are almost too many to count in the KC area. Bier Station is Brookside's "Cheers" bar...friendly staff who know who you are and love talking about the beer offerings they have for sale.
 
 
There are some other changes at Bier Station besides the patio: more food on the menu, including smoked wings, sliders, flatbreads, soups, and new sandwiches. John and his … (0 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Brookside Art Fair This Weekend: April 29-May 1, 2016 - 04/27/16 11:16 AM
It's time for the Brookside Art Annual once again..April 29-May 1, 2016.  Location is the heart of Brookside at 63rd St and Brookside Blvd.  Remember to leave pets at home!
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brookside real estate agent: Brookside (Kansas City MO) March 2016 Home Sales Report - 04/18/16 11:36 AM
 
 
If you know someone who wants to buy a  house...you’ve probably heard phrases like “there are very few homes for sale” or “we have written three offers and got outbid every time” or “many homes are selling the first day on the market”..  As an agent I can tell you….it’s all true!  There is very little inventory and so many buyers!   Let’s check Brookside (zip code 64113) single family home sales for March 2016:
 
March 2016:
 
Median list price:               $389,500
Median sales price:           $384,000
Average days on market:    30
Number of homes sold:       33
(Lowest sales price was $176,000; highest sales price was $1,055,000.)
 
March 2015:
 
Median list … (1 comments)

brookside real estate agent: Brookside Farmers' Market Opens Saturday April 16 2016 - 04/07/16 12:46 PM
 
 
It's Monday...let's talk about the weekend!  Get ready for the opening of the Brookside Farmers' Market on Saturday!  At 8am, local vendors and farmers will be ready to sell the latest goodies from their gardens and farms. 
Besides fruit, vegetables and herbs, you'll also find a variety of other items: for example cage free eggs, handmade soaps, freshly baked breads and treats plus organic meats.
 
 
The Brookside Farmers' Market is family friendly and accepts SNAP dollars. Bring the kids and a couple of bags to carry your goodies back home! The Market is located at 63rd St and Wornall in the heart of Brookside.
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brookside real estate agent: Meet Sean Ackerson, new Executive Director of Southtown Council - 03/07/16 08:00 AM

 
After 29 years leading the Southtown Council organization, Marti Lee retired last year.  A new executive director, Sean Ackerson, joined Southtown Council earlier this year. He has an extensive planning and economic development background, most recently working for the City of Parkville. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Sean and his family live in Rockhill Gardens. I stopped by his office recently and we chatted about what the Southtown Council is working on.
 
Do you have any goals you want to accomplish this year?
The Southtown Council overseas seven organizations: the Southtown Council, the Southtown Council Foundation, the Brookside Business Assn and it's … (2 comments)

 
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I love to write about my neighborhood, the Brookside area of Kansas City, where I live in the Armour Hills subdivision. I keep it short, simple, and to the point with articles about general real estate topics so you have current, useful information about real estate trends and news. Sometimes I write about local politics, new homes for sale, and of course, my clients! Thanks for reading! I welcome your feedback.


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