Shellfish in Brookside? Have A Taste of the Ocean at Earl’s Premier

It’s soooooo hot……are you desperate for something new and refreshing to send a cool chill through your skin?  I’ve got a suggestion:  stop in Brookside’s newest restaurant, Earl’s Premier, and enjoy a tasty frozen gin and tonic at the bar.  They sell a lot of them these days, over 1800 glasses just last month!

Cory Dannehl and Todd Schulte

Come for the G&T, stay for the food!  Earl’s emphasis is on very fresh seafood: start with the oyster bar, stocked by a company that represents 30 small independent oyster farms. “We are very lucky to have this connection”, explained co-owners Todd Schulte and Cory Dannehl.  “They don’t supply to big chain restaurants.  Our oysters are delivered three times a week, usually within 36 hours of being pulled out of the ocean”.  Other popular menu items include a New Orleans-style Po’ Boy sandwich, mussels, shrimp cocktail, clam chowder, a blue crab guacamole, the Piri Piri spiced chicken plus nightly specials.

You probably heard Todd’s name associated with various restaurants in the KC area:  Joe D’s Wine Bar in Brookside, the Happy Soup Eater and Happy Gillis Café in Columbus Park. Most recently he worked with Christopher Elbow.  Cory supplied beer to Todd’s work spots  via Central States Beverage and the two became friends.  They both traveled to coastal areas and “liked that lifestyle.  We wanted to bring a small, independent seafood place to Kansas City.  And we wanted it to be a neighborhood place, where people can stop in, hang out, have some good seafood.”  Both live in Brookside and were familiar with the former Chai Shai space, knowing it would be just right for the type of place they wanted to open.

Let’s get back to the frozen G&T and what inspired that drink:  Cory and Todd were visiting Austin, and found a bar that was serving a frozen gin and tonic.  Somehow they procured the recipe and purchased the machines to make the drink for Earl’s.  It’s a very precise recipe and has to be mixed and chilled just right to keep the consistency of the drink.  Of course they use local J Rieger and Co gin!   Earl’s also has a few other signature cocktails and a large selection of beer, wine and hard liquors. 

Earl’s Premier, 651 E 59th St

Earl’s Premier takes reservations and because it’s a small restaurant, tables fill up quickly.  You can eat at the bar or on the patio if there is space—there are plans to install a roof and enclose the outdoor space next month for more seating.  Stop in and check out Earl’s Premier—located at 651 E 59th St.  They are open Tuesday through Saturday, and plan to start Sunday brunch sometime this month. The staff is friendly and welcoming—you’ll love the small neighborhood vibe of the place as well as the food!

Waldo Home Sales Report – June 2022

Halfway through the year for Waldo home sales and the stats are showing a bit of a slowdown to what we’ve been experiencing for the past several months: buyers are still paying over the asking price, and newly listed homes going under contract within 48 hours. Yet the number of units sold — big drop. Here are the details for single family homes in Waldo; I use the street boundaries of Gregory to 85th St and State Line to Holmes:

June 2022June 2021
Median list price:$240,000$255,000
Median sales price:$250,000$270,000
No. homes sold: 27 49
Days on market: 2 2

There was a 7.4% drop in median sales price compared to June 2021 and fewer homes sold. Part of the reason for this could be the interest rate hikes that started this Spring–that can have an affect on buyers’ budgets. Here are the year-to-date numbers:

Jan-June 2022Jan-June 2021
Median list price:$250,000$255,000
Median sales price:$275,000$265,000
No. homes sold: 149 195
Days on market: 2 2

This chart shows us the number of units closed is down 23% compared to last year, and prices are up 3.7%. Fewer units available for sale pushed the closed price higher as some houses are still experiencing multiple offers for the well maintained, well priced properties.

Currently there are 13 homes listed in Waldo, with a median list price of $314,900 and six days on the market.

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

Armour Hills Home Sales Report- June 2022

Home values in Armour Hills continue to rise, and last month we had the third highest closed sale ever–it’s very rare for an Armour Hills house to sell for over $700K but it happened again! Here are the stats for this Brookside subdivision:

June 2022June 2021
Median list price:$390,000$337,500
Median sales price:$430,000$347,500
No. of homes sold: 9 8
Days on market: 2 2

Overall, home values are up 23% compared to June 2021! The highest sale last month was $701,000 on a list price of $660,000. The lowest sale was $365,000.

Here are the year-to-date numbers:

Jan-June 2022Jan-June 2021
Median list price:$395,000$365,000
Median sales price:$420,000$367,450
No. of homes sold: 43 34
Days on market: 2 2

Compared to the first six months of last year, home values are up 14%; buyers are paying 6% over asking price. With interest rates rising, we’ll see how the end of the year shakes out–if prices come down somewhat. There is still a lot of demand so I don’t foresee a big plunge in home sales at all. Currently there are five homes listed in Armour Hills with an average price of $405,000 and ten days on the market. The ten day figure shows you that at least some homes are not going under contract within 48 hours of listing. Of those five homes, all listed within the three weeks, three of them have had price reductions.

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

Brookside Home Sales Report-June 2022

Here we are at the halfway point of home sales this year…and my, how the market has changed since January! Primarily regarding the higher interest rate. There is still quite a bit of demand though, and prices are still rising. Let’s take a look at last month’s stats first for Brookside, using the primary zip code of 64113:

June 2022June 2021
Median list price:$459,950$482,000
Median sales price:$485,000$500,000
No. homes sold: 26 38
Days on market: 2 2

The highest sale last month (and so far for 2022) was $2.85 million, which was $101K over the list price! The lowest closed price was $340,000. Final sales prices were about 3% below last June.

Here’s a look at year-to-date numbers:

Jan-June 2022Jan-June 2021
Median list price:$489,250$470,250
Median sales price:$500,500$482,763
No. homes sold: 146 168
Days on market: 2 2

Overall, buyers are still paying just under 4% over the asking price; and home values are up 6.74% compared to the first half of 2021. We’ve had fewer sales this year; most Brookside houses are still going under contract within 48 hours of listing. Currently there are 14 active single family home listings in Brookside, with an average list price of $487,500 and nine days on the market. Prices range from $300K to $4,000,000.

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

New Feature at Leopold Gallery-Open to All!

How many times have you walked past Leopold Gallery…but didn’t stop in?  Perhaps you thought “well I can’t afford anything here” or “I don’t know anything about art”.  That’s what stopped me from browsing the gallery…until Paul Dorrell, President, invited me for a visit.  “I’ve got a new feature to show you—come on by!”.  And I did, thinking…this is a gallery, I’m not obligated to make a purchase…and I love browsing through art museums…I should have checked this place out years ago!

Paul grew up in Leawood  and studied art history at KU.  After a season on a fishing boat in Alaska, he worked as Assistant Director at the Hill-Stead Museum of French Impressionism in Connecticut, where he learned volumes about the art world. He moved back to Kansas City in the late 80s, met his wife Annie, and opened his gallery to primarily represent Missouri and Kansas artists.   His first space was at the old Hotel Savoy, followed by a place in  the Crestwood Shops.  After outgrowing that space, he moved to this location on 63rd St in 2007.  Leopold Gallery has over 8000 clients, and the majority of his sales are over the phone or online.  You’ve probably seen works from the artists he reps at the University of Kansas Health System, Arrowhead and Kaufmann stadiums, the Prairie Village Shops, Kansas State University, Disneyworld and even in some Marvel movies!  He’s also working on providing art for the new Ben Stiller comedy High Desert, coming this fall to Apple TV.

Paul Dorrell, Leopold Gallery

 Inside Leopold Gallery, you’ll see a broad range of works, including abstract, landscape and conceptual art. Chances are there is something you will enjoy looking at or thinking about. Paul gives back to our community as well. He established the Leopold Gallery Educational Foundation and actively works with Sumner and Paseo Academy art programs.  

So what is the new feature in the gallery?? It’s a two story slide!  He wanted to install a slide a year ago, inspired by his visit to the eclectic Meow Wolf space in Santa Fe.  “I want to make adults feel like kids again, and remove the intimidation that people can feel in a gallery” says Paul. He welcomes  all ages to take the plunge from the first floor to the lower level.  The ride is pretty slick and fast, surrounded by flashing lights all the way down… it’s fun and different and just a very welcoming feature of this space. Plus, there is no charge to enjoy the ride!

Stop in and say Hi to Paul, take a slide ride and enjoy the art the next time you are strolling by Leopold Gallery, 324 W 63rd St. Hours are 10am-6pm Monday through Friday, and 10-5 on Saturday.  

Time for the annual Brookside Sidewalk Sale!

Come out to support your local merchants this weekend…and pick up some hot summer deals! The Brookside Sidewalk Sale is happening Thurs/Fri/and Sat, July 7-9, 2022.

Browse the shops along 63rd St and find a little something for yourself or a special friend. You’ll find discounts and sales a plenty! And remember to take a break by grabbing a beverage or meal at one of Brookside’s fine restaurants and eateries.

The Shred Event is also happening on Saturday July 10, starting at 8am in the parking lot behind Jalapeno’s. More info here!.

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-May 2022

Last month we had a record high sale price for a home in Armour Hills; it was a flipped property by an investor. And the buyer paid over asking price! Here are the details:

May 2022May 2021
Median list price:$385,000$365,000
Median sales price:$429,000$363,000
No. homes sold: 11 9
Days on market: 2 2

Buyers paid an average of 11% over asking price; a few more homes sold compared to May 2021. The highest sold price was $713,000, which was $28K over the list price! The lowest closed price was $360,000. Here are the year-to-date numbers:

Jan-May 2022Jan-May 2022
Median list price:$397,000$367,450
Median sales price:$419,000$379,000
No. homes sold: 34 26
Days on market: 2 2

Breaking down these numbers, buyers are paying about 5.5% over asking price and home values are up just over 10% compared to the same period last year. Currently there are four active listings in Armour Hills, with a median list price of $500K and 13 days on the market.

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

Waldo Home Sales Report-May 2022

With interest rates on the rise, will the hot Waldo housing market slow down? Personally, I don’t think so. There may be fewer multiple offers and perhaps price reductions, but there is still so much demand for houses in Waldo, especially priced under $300K. Here are the stats for May, using sales in the street boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St, single family properties.

May 2022May 2021
Median list price:$297,500$265,000
Median sales price:$318,000$278,500
No. of homes sold: 26 32
Days on market: 2 2

Buyers paid almost 7% over asking price last month with their offers; and compared to a year ago, values are up a whopping 14%! Below are the year-to-date numbers:

Jan-May 2022Jan-May 2021
Median list price: $250,000 $250,000
Median sales price: $278,000 $264,500
No. of homes sold: 119 148
Days on market: 3 2

These figures show us that fewer homes have sold this year; still prices up 5% over 2021. The lowest closed price so far this year is $45,000 and the highest is $650,000. Currently just twelve active single family house listings, ranging in price from $217,950-$535,000 and 12 days on the market.

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

Brookside Home Sales Report-May 2022

May is one of the busiest months for home sales–and although Brookside had fewer closed transactions last month, prices are still way up. Here are the stats for single family home sales in Brookside, using the main Brookside zip code of 64113:

May 2022May 2021
Median list price:$462,000$509,000
Median sales price:$487,400$530,000
No. homes sold: 36 47
Days on market: 2 2

Although overall, home values were down compared to May 2021, buyers still paid about 5% over asking price. The lowest closed sale last month was $360K and the highest was $1,575K ($75,000 over list price!). Here are the year-to-date numbers:

Jan-May 2022Jan-May 2021
Median list price:$489,900$450,000
Median sales price:$515,000$464,000
No. homes sold: 121 130
Days on market: 2 2

Following the YTD trend, buyers are paying about 5% above asking price and values are 10% higher over last year. We will see in the coming months if the higher mortgage rates slow down the Brookside market and/or affect the prices. I am seeing some price reductions in Brookside and homes staying on the market longer…one thing for sure, the market is always changing!

Currently there are 17 active listings in Brookside, ranging in price from $365K-$4,000,000. Five homes are priced over $1million; only three are listed under $400,000.

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

Unique Collectibles Store Opens in Waldo

Here’s yet another unique, friendly, locally owned business you should know about in Waldo:  PKTC Collectables at 218 W 74th St.  The name of the shop says it all:  owners Scott Saunders and Dione Woods sell collectibles of all kinds:  sports jerseys, comics, action figures, trading cards, posters, Funko Pops and a lot more! 

Scott and Dione have been friends for over 20 years.  Both are into collectibles: Scott had sports memorabilia and Dione collected comic books and action figures.  The pair was celebrating Scott’s birthday in Las Vegas and were talking about collectible shops—how they usually sold “only comics” or “only sports stuff”; they wondered, why not sell everything in the same place?  After scouting the metro area for a suitable location, a friend who owns this building offered them a spot.  PKTC Collectables opened April 5.

Scott Saunders and Dione Woods

“We love the neighborhood”, Scott says.  “We have awesome neighbors, everyone is so friendly and we got a big welcome from the Waldo Business Association.  Nearby business owners have come by to introduce themselves.”  Dione continued:  “We get a lot of foot traffic in this location—especially the kids walking home from school or just out and about.  We cater to the young collectors by offering lower priced cards for them, chatting with them—we even offer a free pack of cards to kids who bring in a report card with a 3.0 or higher grade point average”.  They also have special promotions for adults: for example, to celebrate Father’s Day, wear an ugly tie and stop by for a free doughnut.  Women are a big part of their customer base as well:  the signed Travis Kelsey jersey is the #1 seller for the ladies! 

The shop features action figures, cards, sports shirts, framed posters and Funko Pops.

Store merchandise comes from their own personal collections and what they can find on Facebook, at garage/collector sales and Ebay.  If there is a particular collectible you are looking for, they will try to find it for you.  This is a really fun store to browse in—Scott and Dione offer all kinds of interesting merchandise, at all price ranges.  They love to talk shop and know the collectible market very well.  They will accept consignments as well.  Stop in to say hi to the guys:  hours are 10am-7pm Tuesday through Friday and 11am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.  Check out their Facebook and Instagram pages too. Welcome to Waldo, PKTC Collectables!