waldo blog: New Local Business in Waldo: Soap Refill Station - 03/01/20 11:56 AM
There are already so many local small business owners in Waldo that I feature on this blog…and here’s another one:  Soap Refill Station, at 7441 Broadway, a few steps south of Waldo Pizza.  Soap Refill Station just opened late last month.
The concept for this business is simple and timely:  bring your own container to the shop and refill with one of their natural soaps and cleaners.  The motto is “If you clean it, we have something eco-friendly to clean it with”.  Anne Dezort, who owns the shop with her boyfriend Adam McKay, explained that many other countries have a similar type … (3 comments)

waldo blog: Major Changes Planned for 75th and Wornall Intersection in Waldo - 02/04/19 09:13 AM
As I reported last month, Waldo home prices are on the rise. And the planned Wornall Road Improvement Project will enhance the streetscape, beauty and walkability of Waldo even more, making the area even more appealing to homebuyers.
Last week I stopped by the Open House Public Meeting (at Hale Cook Elementary) to get more details on the project. Paid for with your tax dollars, this project focuses on Wornall Road from 74th to 79th St. Key improvements will be made at the heavily traveled and congested intersection of 75th and Wornall.  They include:
*enhanced “artistic” crosswalks
*new curbs and sidewalks with accent pavers
*new streetlights and traffic … (2 comments)

waldo blog: 2018: A Very Good Year for Brookside and Waldo! - 12/31/18 12:58 PM
Welcome to 2019!  I hope you are having a relaxing and healthy holiday season. Since this is the first blog of the year, I'm going to recap some 2018 highlights for the Brookside/Waldo area.  It was a successful twelve months for our neighborhood!
Many new businesses opened, and most of them are locally owned and operated. In the heart of Brookside along 63rd St, Sweet and Simple is a new edible cookie dough treat shop,  and LadyBye offers reasonably priced women’s  clothes and accessories for those interested in classic style.  Brookside Barrio and Brookside Poultry Company are two new popular eateries.    Brookside East … (3 comments)

waldo blog: Waldo (Kansas City MO) Home Sales Stats - Nov 2018 - 12/13/18 08:54 AM
Waldo has such a large range of home pricing...I think that's one reason it continues to be a popular location for buyers.  Prices are way up compared to last year. Here are the single family home sales stats for Waldo last month, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St.
November 2018                                            November 2017
Median list price:      $212,500                   Median list price:     $174,950
Median sales price:   $208,250    … (1 comments)

waldo blog: Renovation Plans Scheduled for 85th and Wornall Strip Mall - 03/02/18 03:14 PM
Today’s blog will tell you about the planned renovation changes for the southwest corner of 85th and Wornall in Waldo—where the Price Chopper is located.  This shopping area (“Wornall Village Shopping Center”) has been looking a bit shabby and run down over the years, and I’m excited share the news about the renovation!
The Tutera Group, along with Nolte and Associates are planning to refresh this area and hope to make it more pedestrian friendly.  The biggest change sounds like it will be the remodeled Price Chopper store—a total inside renovation plus moving the delivery area to the northwest corner of the … (1 comments)

waldo blog: Wornall Road Construction in Waldo - 11/08/17 11:06 AM

Brookside/Waldo neighbors, you have noticed the road construction along Wornall...four lanes are now down to two lanes, one each for north and south traffic.
Personally I avoid using Wornall between Gregory and 85th Street--it is usually very congested with heavy traffic, and the roadwork makes it worse.
I called Kansas City MO and found out that the gas lines are being replaced in this area, roughly between 79th St and 83rd Terrace.  The work will be going on for at least the  next thirty days.
So..if you must travel along this part of Wornall Road, please be prepared for delays and workers in the … (0 comments)

waldo blog: Waldo (Kansas City MO) July 2017 Home Sales Report - 08/28/17 01:00 PM
Home prices are up again in Waldo--a trend that has been consistent this year.  There is a lot of demand and not enough inventory in the $150-$200K price range..   These figures are for Waldo single family home sales, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th:

July 2017
Number of homes sold:    34
Median list price:              $149,000
Median sales price:          $162,000
Average days on market:    11
July 2016
Number of homes sold:      43
Median list price:              $165,000
Median sales price:          $166,000
Average days on market:    9
The highest price sale in Waldo last month was $320,400 and the lowest was $64,250. Note the sales price was higher than … (0 comments)

waldo blog: Waldo (Kansas City MO) Hosts "Explore Gregory" 8/19/17 - 08/14/17 10:08 AM
What is "Explore Gregory" all about?  You've seen the signs and probably got something in the mail about it. The event is happening this Saturday August 19, 2017. And the promotion refers to the street, not a person! 
From 10am-4pm, the businesses along Gregory from Oak  to Main streets welcome all visitors and shoppers for the day.  You can stop in places you've never been to before, as well as visit stores and services you frequently use.  Start the day at McLain's Bakery with breakfast and stroll over to Eclectics, Sheehan's Irish Imports, the new Nut Cup, then walk west to Studio … (1 comments)

waldo blog: New Shop in Waldo: Hawthorne and Ivy - 07/15/17 05:47 PM

There's a new boutique shop in Waldo--tucked away in a former gas station  from the 1920s!  Hawthorne and Ivy opened a couple of weeks ago at 7142 Wornall, just south of Betty Rae's and next to Michael Avery's hair salon.
You may be familiar with Hawthorne and Ivy's shop in Weston.  This is shop #3 for owner Elinor Hagan Lowe.  She started out designing custom 'mother's bracelets' , following in her mother's footsteps.  Elinor runs Paco Designs in Lenexa, then came the Weston store, and now the Waldo spot. 
Step inside and you will find all the items attractively displayed on the walls … (1 comments)

waldo blog: Waldo (Kansas City MO) 2016 Home Sales Recap - 01/23/17 08:29 AM
Another year gone...another uptick in Waldo home sales!  First we will look at numbers for Dec 2016; then move on to a 2016 wrap up with comparisons to 2015. The figures are for single family home sales, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th:

December  2016
Number of homes sold:    17
Median list price:              $179,000
Median sales price:          $179,000
Average days on market:    21
December  2015
Number of homes sold:      29
Median list price:              $179,950
Median sales price:          $179,950
Average days on market:    33
Fewer homes sold last December, but I think that was due to lack of inventory as demand was strong.  Notice how most sellers … (0 comments)

waldo blog: New Restaurant in Waldo-Features Breakfast & Home Style Cooking - 10/27/16 04:40 AM
I was trying to think of full service, big menu breakfast spots in Waldo....came up with Classic Cookie at 75th and Wornall and Game Day at 8950 Wornall. Now there is another place, Neighborhood Cafe, at 7531 Wornall next to Lew's . It opened at the end of August and is already drawing breakfast crowds on the weekends.
Neighborhood Cafe is more than just breakfast...they offer a large menu featuring 'home style' cooking: meatloaf, liver and onions, burgers, open faced sandwiches, hoagies, 'skillets' and on Sundays: all you can eat fried chicken. All of the baking is from scratch (biscuits, pies, cornbread) … (0 comments)

waldo blog: Waldo (Kansas City MO) Sept 2016 Home Sales Report - 10/23/16 08:55 AM
Time to check home sales stats for Waldo (Kansas City MO) for September 2016!
September 2016:
Number of homes sold:    34
Median list price:              $177,000
Median sales price:          $173,750
Average days on market:    31
The lowest sales price last month was $82,000 and the highest was $293,000.  Final sales price was just under 2% of list price.

September  2015:
Number of homes sold:      34
Median list price:              $130,000
Median sales price:          $129,500
Average days on market:    23
Comparing Sept 2016 to Sept 2015 finds a jump in the median sales price--however, this year more of the higher priced homes sold, raising that median price. Notice how fast homes are going under contract--within 30 … (0 comments)

waldo blog: Waldo (Kansas City MO) Home Sales Stats-July 2016 - 08/23/16 07:09 AM
Wonderful Waldo continues to be a sought after location for homebuyers...so many bars and  restaurants to explore, along with personal services, coffee shops, grocery, Trolley Track Trail and convenient bus service.  Here are the July 2016 stats for single family home sales in Waldo, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th:
July 2016
Number of homes sold:    41
Median list price:              $165,000
Median sales price:          $164,000
Average days on market:    22
The lowest sales price was $91,000 and the highest was $340,000.
July 2015
Number of homes sold:      46
Median list price:              $157,000
Median sales price:          $155,750
Average days on market:   43
As you can see from … (1 comments)

waldo blog: Fox Sports & Activity Center Opens in Brookside - 07/30/16 05:13 AM
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)

waldo blog: Annual Waldo Crawldo Pub Crawl - Sat 6/11/16 - 06/07/16 09:04 AM

It's time for that wild annual event, the Waldo Crawldo! It's tomorrow, Saturday June 11, 2016 in the heart of Waldo from 8pm-midnight.
This year's theme is Superheroes and Villains--so do dress up! Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Of course there are drink specials at each spot--ten bars are participating, including Lew's Bar and Grill, Quinton's Waldo Bar, Tanner's Bar and Grill and the Waldo Pizza Tap Room. Thank you, locally owned businesses, for hosting this event!
Please drink responsibly and remember, bars are within walking distance! Tickets in advance are less than at the door...here's the info page: www.waldocrawldo.com

waldo blog: Kansas City's Caffeine Crawl April 15-17, 2016 - 03/23/16 05:39 AM
You've heard of  boozy pub crawls...today I want to mention the sixth annual Caffeine Crawl happening next month. This outing has become wildly popular in Kansas City, and it usually sells out well before the event date...so if you are looking for something different to do on the weekend, consider joining in!
The Caffeine Crawl is a guided tasting tour of various coffee, tea, chocolate and juice shops in KC--over fifteen different spots are participating this year. Waldo hot spots Bier Station, McLain's Bakery, One More Cup, Second Best Coffee and Unbakery and Juicery are on this year's route. You do need … (5 comments)

waldo blog: Another Locally Owned Business in Waldo-Flat Iron Blow Dry Bar - 01/11/16 06:02 AM
Finally, Waldo and Brookside has its own blow dry bar!  The Flatiron District Blow Dry Bar opened in a few months ago at 7108 Wornall. Never heard of a blow dry bar?  They are different from a traditional hair salon..read on for details!  
Blow dry bars are very popular on the east and west coasts. It's a throwback to the traditional  'beauty shop' in the 1950s and 60s when women would come in once a week, get their hair 'done',  chat with friends and neighbors and pamper themselves for an hour or so.  The Flatiron Blow Dry Bar has the same goal, but with … (2 comments)

waldo blog: Updated Waldo Home For Sale - $119,000 - 11/04/15 01:10 AM
 Looking for a move in ready home in Waldo?  This may be the one!  It's a two bedroom, one full bath home full of updates and style for just $119,000!  Read on for more specifics and photos...
The front porch welcomes you into this ranch home with a full basement. There is a one car garage, shared drive and fenced yard in back with a deck.

An unusual feature for a home of this size is the separate dining room. Perfect for entertaining!   As you enter the home, the living area is to the right and the dining room on the left. Notice the … (1 comments)

waldo blog: Enjoy Live Entertainment in September at The Well in Waldo - 09/08/15 01:26 AM
A quick blog today my friends as my regular job is keeping me pretty busy! I wanted to mention some changes at The Well for September 2015. The Well Bar, Grill and Rooftop, located at 7421 Broadway,  has been a fantastic addition to the Waldo/Brookside area since it opened in 2009. The food is tasty, service is attentive, and of course, the rooftop patio is the place to hang out for a good time with friends. I often take clients there for lunch when we are out looking at homes.
Besides the friendly, open atmosphere, The Well is now offering free live … (0 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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