Waldo Welcomes Indoor Skateboard Shop and Park

DIY..do it yourself!!  That’s the mantra of new Waldo business Goofball SK8boards, LLC at 300 W. 80th St. Welcome to the neighborhood!!

Joan and Harper Rose

Married couple Joan and Harper Rose love to skateboard. Harper started the sport first, and Joan picked it up during the early days of the COVID pandemic.  They even started a zine about it, and tried skating at local outdoor parks.  But they increasingly felt unwelcome, like they were “taking up too much space” as skate culture has traditionally been focused on straight white guys.  Determined not to give up or be intimidated,  Joan and Harper decided make some changes themselves.

Initially they planned to open a skateboard company to sell boards and supplies, but a friend operating a store advised against it due to too many ongoing supply issues.  However, their friend said opening a skate park  was a great idea—that was a real need. Joan and Harper switched gears and started looking for space for an indoor park, with the goal of “providing this community with a friendly and affirming place” for all ages. Harper says “Although there is a wave of inclusivity moving across the culture, everyone interested deserves a welcoming, friendly place” for the hobby.  Both live in Waldo and found this nearby building, which was formerly used by Neal Harris, the HVAC contractors.    The slick concrete floors are perfect for skating; they’ve installed ramps and steps and are patiently waiting for city approval from KCMO to officially open the skate area.  Boards, tee shirts, and supplies are available for purchase as well, and Harper will help with skateboard repair.  Additional plans include skate lessons for kids and adults, and a zine library. “We want to cut out the intimidation factor for beginners” says Harper.  They believe this could be  the first female and queer owned skate shop in Missouri!   A film crew from Columbia MO recently stopped by to include Goofball SK8boards in a documentary about female skaters in the state.

Goofball SK8boards is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am-6pm.  There’s plenty of parking on the east side of the building at 300 W 80th St. More info available through their Instagram account or website. Welcome another small, locally owned business to Waldo!

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!

Brookside Welcomes a New Full Service Breakfast Restaurant!

The core shopping area of Brookside  offers many restaurant choices:  Italian, American, Mexican, sushi, burgers, etc for lunch and dinner.  What’s missing?  A  full service breakfast spot: welcome HomeGrown Kansas City Brookside, recently opened at 338 W 63rd St, in the former Avenues Bistro. 

Manager Mark Androes says this location is the  fourth one for the small chain; the other three are in Wichita.  Owners Jon and Lauren Rolph have a specific mission for all of their eateries:  Cultivate Kindness. They believe “if we help each other start the day right, we’re certain we will also awaken a chain of positive acts that cultivate kindness throughout our community.”  The Rolphs specifically wanted to be in the Brookside area and be part of our neighborhood.  Mark says “when people come in and are greeted with genuine kindness, we think it will spread to other neighbors and through the city”.

Mark Androes, HomeGrown Manager

HomeGrown has a cozy, warm vibe and everyone I encountered during my visit was sincerely friendly.  It’s a spacious restaurant—seating 140—with  counter spots too. Large windows frame the corner building, inviting passers-by inside.  But let’s get to the food:  HomeGrown makes most everything onsite and uses local purveyors like Shatto Milk, Farm to Market breads and Scavuzzo meats. They even make their own granola and raspberry jam.  Some of their best sellers include the avocado toast, biscuits and gravy, salsa verde pork and egg, and lemon pop tarts.  HomeGrown is open for lunch as well—serving salads and sandwiches.

A couple of other things to mention:  HomeGrown also has Family Packs you can pre order: sammies, egg bakes, pancakes and scrambles—perfect when family and friends come by for a Chiefs viewing party or the holidays.  On busy weekends when there tends to be a wait—you can hop on Yelp, put your name on the list, and know when to come in.  I also wanted to mention a unique way they spread kindness is through their kids’ menu: children color on the paper and write greetings to a friend or relative; then drop it in the mailbox on the way out. HomeGrown mails the messages! Try HomeGrown soon for a tasty breakfast or lunch. The restaurant is open seven days a week, from 6:30am-2:30pm, at the corner of 63rd St and Wornall.

Waldo Farmers Market-Smaller But Still Here!

Last week I was driving along Holmes and noticed a sign for the Waldo Farmers Market. I remember a few years back when the market was operated on 79th St just east of Wornall. Now it’s at 7850 Holmes..so I pulled in to take a look.

There were just a couple of vendors there but I wanted to write about it anyway. If you don’t want a crowded atmosphere, this is it! One table was set up with prepared home made pork dumplings and vegetarian Malaysian style noodles–an easy dinner to go! The other table was full of fresh garlic, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and a few other vegetables and plants. The vendor here was Fresh From The Field in Independence.

So if you aren’t sure what to make for dinner tonight night…stop by the Waldo Farmers Market for a ready to eat meal or…get inspired! I’m thinking of fat BLT sandwiches with the fresh tomatoes! The market opens at 3pm on Wednesdays.

Rockhill Gardens Home For Sale!

Rockhill Gardens is one of the most popular Brookside/Waldo area subdivisions..and I just listed a terrific home here!  It’s located at 400 E 71st Terrace, on the corner of 71st Terrace and Oak. Check out this curb appeal!


What’s so special about this Tudor style home is that it retains the original charming details yet is updated for today’s buyer! Featuring a popular  two story, center hall floorplan, it has three bedrooms and two full baths, plus a partially finished basement.  The living room features a wood burning fireplace, and the French door opens to a cozy side room–perfect for small playroom or reading nook.


The kitchen was recently updated, with new flooring, paint, cooktop and fridge.  Extra bonus–a spacious pantry!  The attached garage is just off the kitchen.


Note the large, light filled dining room with original arched windows!


The sellers have transformed the backyard since ownership, adding a patio, fresh sod and privacy fence.


Other important updates:  newer roof, HVAC, exterior paint and sewer line.  You can’t beat this location–walk to Waldo shops, services, restaurants and Bier Station!  The address is 400 E 71st Terrace, offered at $315,000. Contact me at mary.hutchison@kansascityhomes.com if you would like more detailed information.

Waldo Home Sales Report-Jan 2017

Last year was a strong year for home sales in Waldo.  Prices were up 4.5% over 2015, more homes sold and in a shorter amount of time.  This year is off to a good start as well. Here are the single family home sales for Waldo; the geographical area I am tracking is State Line to Holmes; Gregory to 85th St.

January 2017

Number of homes sold:       25

Median list price:                  $159,950

Median sales price:              $159,900

Average days on market:          36

The lowest sales price was $73,000 and the highest was $311,000.

January 2016

Number of homes sold:       21

Median list price:                 $163,950

Median sales price:              $163,950

Average days on market:       62

Although median price was lower last month as compared to a year ago, notice how  sellers are virtually getting the list price and homes are selling twice as fast so far this year.

Currently there are 18 single family homes for sale in Waldo with a median price of $157,400 and 27 days on market. The lowest list price is $96,000 and the highest is $339,500.

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

Waldo Area Home for Sale – $109,000


Rent prices have risen so much the past few years that in some areas, your monthly mortgage payment can be less than your rent payment!  I have a new listing in Waldo, bargain priced at $109,000, that would be a great home for a first time buyer (or investor).

106 E 79th St in Waldo

106 E 79th St in Waldo

Located at 106 E 79th St, this home welcomes you with a cozy front porch–the perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee or cocktail after work!  Inside there is a spacious living room with hardwood floors; two bedrooms, one full bath and a full basement.  Bonus:  separate dining area, hard to find in this price range!  And the house is wired for Google Fiber.

Outside there is  a large deck — a comfortable spot for grilling and entertaining friends.  The private driveway leads to a one car garage, and the yard is fenced.

liv roomOne of the best features of this house is  the more expensive items have been replaced within the past 5 years: newer windows, roof and HVAC.  Desirable location–just down the street you’ll find the Waldo Farmer’s Market, Habitat ReStore, and The Bier Garden.  Also nearby are the Trolley Track Trail, grocery, Trader Joe’s, Ward Parkway Shopping Center, Waldo bars/restaurants and a bus route to the downtown/UMKC area.

Contact me for more information about this great little Waldo home. You can see more photos at my website. If you are currently renting, it may be time to consider becoming a homeowner!

Waldo Home Prices Up During Spring Buying Season


Good news to report regarding Waldo area home sales–prices are up!  Let’s check the April 2014 single family home sales stats and also compare year-to-date figures to one year ago. The boundaries I’m using for Waldo are: State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St,

In April 2014, 26 homes sold with a median price of $143,000 and 62 days on market.  The lowest home sale was $55,510 and the highest was $428,000.

In April 2013, 30 homes sold with a median price of $120,500 and 119 days on market.

Prices were way up this April and the days on market were much less.

Here are the year-to-date figures:

From January – April 2014, 81 homes have sold with a median price of $136,000 and 86 days on market.  

From January – April 2013, 80 homes sold with a median price of $110,000 and 95 days on market.

So far, Waldo home prices are up 23% from last year, and selling faster…good news for home sellers. Note the $428K sale this year is a rare higher price for a Waldo area home.

Currently there are 69 homes for sale in Waldo, with a median list price of $135,000 and 83 days on market.  (All figures taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed).

Three Bedroom Home for Sale in Brookside/Waldo Area

214 E 73rd Terr in Brookside

214 E 73rd Terr in Brookside

Today’s blog will feature a great new listing I have in the Brookside area.  The address is 214 E 73rd Terrace, priced at  $225,000.  This 1937 home is updated and move in ready–yet still has so much of the original architectural charm that Brookside buyers want.

Living room with fireplace

Living room with fireplace

On the first floor, there is a living room, dining room and a bedroom that can also be used as a large office or family room.  The kitchen has a tile floor, granite counters, two pantries  and a cute breakfast room with butler’s pantry.  There is also a half bath, which could be easy to convert to a full bath.

The second floor offers two spacious bedrooms and a full bath.  The master bedroom has a walk in closet with a built in dresser and a martini deck!  The second bedroom has built in storage benches and another large closet.

Finished basement area with fireplace and built-ins

Finished basement area with fireplace and built-ins

But wait, there’s more!  The basement is partially finished, with original built ins, new carpet and daylight windows.  Including the finished room in the basement, you have about 2000 square feet of living space!

FInally, there is a cozy screened side porch, a deck off the kitchen (faces north) that steps down to a patio, a privacy fence and a one car garage with private driveway.  You will love the location–walking distance to neighborhood shops and restaurants, close to the Trolley Track Trail and on the bus route to downtown Kansas City, the Country Club Plaza, UMKC and Crown Center.

Deck and patio in fenced backyard

Deck and patio in fenced backyard

See more pictures on my website..and contact me if you know someone looking for a nicely updated home in charming Brookside!

Waldo Area Home For Sale-$133,000 and Move In Ready!

The spring home buying season is here, and you may know someone who is actively looking for that first home.  With rent prices rising, it’s worth considering putting your monthly payment towards building some equity rather than paying someone else’s mortgage!

Western Hills home for sale

Western Hills home for sale

I have a new listing in the popular subdivision of Western Hills, near the Ward Parkway Shopping Center.  This home offers a ranch floorplan on a level lot.  There are two bedrooms and a full bath on the first floor, plus a freshly painted living room, dining room and kitchen..

The hardwood floors are in great condition, the windows are newer and the baths have been remodeled.  In the kitchen, you’ll find resurfaced countertops, a new garbage disposal and a gas stove plus refrigerator.wh kit

The lower level has been finished, featuring a second full bath, a large  family room with wet bar and a utility room–the washer and dryer stay with the property.  This house also has a dry basement system, newer plumbing, attached garage and double driveway.

Finished basement with second full bath, wet bar, fresh paint and utility room

Finished basement with second full bath, wet bar, fresh paint and utility room

The backyard is fenced, and offers a large deck, patio and southern exposure.  Western HIlls has an active homes association with neighbors who watch out for each other.  The location is great, with easy access to I-435, Target, Trader Joe’s, AMC Theaters, several restaurants and the amenities of Brookside and Waldo.

Priced at $133,000–this house is very affordable for a first time buyer!.  The address is 515 W 90th St–contact me for more details!

Fenced backyard with deck and patio--access right off the kitchen!

Fenced backyard with deck and patio–access right off the kitchen!