Peek Inside This Armour Hills Landmark Home

Armour Hills Landmark Home

Armour Hills Landmark Home

If you’ve ever walked, biked or driven past this house at 48 E 68 St in Armour Hills…it  surely  made you stop and gaze at it’s stunning curb appeal.  This is the home of my neighbors Jackie and Dave, and I’ve been wanting to write a short blog about this house for a long time.  Every time I am driving home potential homebuyers around Armour Hills, they comment on how uniquely beautiful this house is as we go by.

Original tile work on back patio

Original tile work on back patio

Built in 1925 in the Spanish Mission style, this house was a model home for JC Nichols as he was developing the Armour Hills subdivision.  The exterior is all stone, with a red clay tile roof.  It features a wrap around porch, a tile walkway and a basement garage. This photo is original tile work laid into the back yard patio.

Dave has done some research on the original owners.  Ernest and Zanah Portley lived here, and Mr Portley was an owner of the Wakefield Mantel and Tile Company located in downtown Kansas City. It was the largest tile importer in the US, and employees installed tile in the Phillips and Muehlebach Hotels, as well as Fairyland and Electric Park.  (I wonder if the company had anything to do with the elaborate tile work on the Country Club Plaza–could not confirm that hunch.)

Original tile work, cabinet and lighting from 1925

Original tile work, cabinet and lighting from 1925

What is so fascinating about the inside of this house is that so much of the original tile work has been preserved.  The bathrooms had tile all the way to the ceiling!

Other photos pictured below  are from the breakfast room.  Having a breakfast nook is common in this area–what is different here is the tile mural on the wall, the tile on the shelves above the radiators, and the large fireplace in this room.  Also note that original black and mustard colored tile floor.

Tile work on top of the breakfast room radiator

Tile work on top of the breakfast room radiator

 

 

Fireplace in breakfast room

Fireplace in breakfast room

On wall of breakfast room

On wall of breakfast room

Ernest died before Zanah, who lived in the house until 1984.  Their son went to Rockhurst High School and College, and died tragically at age 25.  Jackie and Dave bought the house in 1999, and have remodeled and/or updated each room, taking care to preserve the original craftsmanship when possible.  If tile work and light fixtures needed to be replaced, Dave purchased specially made replacements that matched the original decor.

Fireplace in Living Room

Fireplace in Living Room

This photo shows the large fireplace in the living room–just look at the detail in the stonework!

My estimate as to the market value of this home?  Priceless!

Armour Hills Home Sales Stats – Aug 2013

Every month I post home sales statistics for Armour Hills and the Brookside zip code of 64113.

Starting this month, I’ve got a simple and easy to read chart for the stats, showing all the information I used to post in paragraph form (click on the chart to increase its size, then lick on your “back” button to return to this page).

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Click on the chart to view full size, then click on your “back” button to return to the post.

I think this looks much better: As is the usual pattern, sales are slowing down as we head into the end of the year.  The average list  price in August is virtually unchanged from 2012, although the average sales price is up almost $10,000.  Year-to-date shows the biggest change, as  the average  Armour Hills home sales price is way up over last year.  Just about every month this year,  prices are up in our neighborhood from 2012.

As of this writing, there are 15 homes for sale in Armour Hills, with an average list price of $245,206 and 48 days on market.  Good news for home sellers and home buyers!

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

2012 Armour Hills Holiday Lighting Contest Winners!

It was a difficult task to single out just three homes for the annual Armour Hills Holiday Lighting contest this year!  Mistie and I spent a couple of hours driving around the neighborhood, making notes, comparing homes.  Thanks to everyone who participated–even if it was just a small string of lights, it makes our subdivision bright and festive!

Here are the winners of the contest:

First Place:  206 E 68 St,  Luke and Allison Bauer

206 E 68 St

206 E 68 St

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Place:  201 E Winthrope, Jason and Andrea Solarino

Second Place

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Place:  221 E 68 Terrace, Douglas Swink and Ryan Grove

221 E 68 Terrace

221 E 68 Terrace

Tree Planting Project in Armour Hills

Fellow Armour Hills residents…and Brooksiders who enjoy our neighborhood–I wanted to write this short blog with an update on the tree planting and pruning project for our subdivision.

Armour Hills in Brookside

Armour Hills in Brookside

The $90,000 in PIAC funds we secured (thanks to Armour Hills board member Gunnar Hand), along with an additional $45,000 from the city of Kansas City MO (thank you City Forester Kevin LaPointe) will be used to kickstart this project.   KCMO will prune all trees (NOT those on private property) starting from the north side of Gregory Blvd into Armour Hills as far as the budgeted money will allow.  The City Forester will also work with our contractor Greg VanBooven to prune the smaller, juvenile trees at the same time.

Planting of new trees will bring in the spring of 2013, starting on the south side of 65th St, moving south until the funds are gone. This part of the plan will include a new tree in Arbor Villa Park along the Edgevale Road boundary close to the playground.

Note if there is a tree planted on the easement in front of your house, we will ask you to maintain the tree once it is planted by watering frequently so it can get established in it’s new home.

Watch for more information on the project in the Armour Hills Clarion and on our Facebook and website pages.  Special thanks to board member Gunnar Hand for securing public funds for this project!

Armour Hills Home Sales Stats October 2012

Finishing up the tenth month of the year…home sales in Armour Hills continue to outperform 2011, however in October there was a lower average sales price.  Let’s check the stats:

In  October  2012, 5 homes sold.  The average list price was $211,780 and the average sales price was $201,720. Average days on market:  61.

In October 2011, 4  homes sold.  The average list price was $233,175and the average sales price was $223,525.  Average days on market:  93.

The average sales price for October 2012 is lower than what’s been trending this year, but last month  there was one sale at $80,000, which is unusually low for our area.  This  sale  brought the average price down.  Still, comparing to 2011, one more home sold  and days on market are down by 30 days over last year!

Year to date, 67 homes have sold in Armour Hills, at an average sales price of $218,202 and  76  days on market.  From January–October 2011, 48 homes sold at an average price of $212,643 and 119 days on market.  We are experiencing lower days on market and an average sales price that’s higher than last year.  This trend has been consistent since January.

I think we are past the bottom of the housing market in Armour Hills, and on an upward trend that should continue…if interest rates stay low and the economy stays on the  recovery track.

Interested in home prices and sales trends in your area?  Email me and I’ll provide  the information.  In a few days I will post home sales stats for the Brookside zip code of 64113–also showing better sales activity than last year.

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

Armour Home Sales Up Again in September

Hello neighbors!  Good news to report about Armour Hills homes sales again. Prices and number of units sold continue to increase.  Read the details below for Armour Hills home sales, September 2012:

In  September 2012, 10 homes sold.  The average list price was $209,365 and the average sales price was $203,460. Average days on market:  48.

In September 2011, 4  homes sold.  The average list price was $226,600 and the average sales price was $217,375.  Average days on market:  89.

The average sales price for September 2012 is lower than what’s been trending this year, but last month  there were two sales below $100K, which is very low for our area.  These sales brought the average price down.  Still, comparing to 2011, more homes sold and less time on market!

Year to date, 62 homes have sold in Armour Hills, at an average sales price of $219,531 and  77  days on market.  From January-August  2011, 44 homes sold at an average price of $211,872 and 125 days on market.  We are experiencing lower days on market and an average price over $7000 higher than last year!

Interested in home prices and sales trends in your area?  Email me and I’ll provide  the information.  In a few days I will post home sales stats for the Brookside zip code of 64113–also showing higher sales prices.

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

Armour Hills Homes Assn Meeting Sept 2012 Recap

Here’s a brief recap of the Armour Hills homes association meeting last night.  You can always check out our Facebook page and website for the more updates!

*The tree trimming project (for younger trees in easements) will begin in late fall when all leaves are fallen.  Our vendor will start with trees on the north side of our boundary and work south.  After this project is done, we’ll work with the city on a plan to trim the older, taller trees in the neighborhood.  PIAC funds have been approved for this project!

*Residents should watch for a survey that will come out in the next Clarion (due in October) and be sent to our email list.  The board really wants your feedback on a few issues as we plan for future projects in Armour Hills.

*The Ice Cream Social was a big success, and the board will consider having this event on Sunday (instead of Friday) from now on.

*New landscaping has been approved for parts of the Trolly Track Trail that runs through Armour Hills.  Tiffany Moore is working with the ATA on this project.

*Remember our Annual Meeting is November 15–more details about the agenda will be published in next month’s Clarion.

This is just a brief recap of some of the issues we discussed.  All residents are welcome to our meetings–the next one is October 16, 7pm at Country Club Congregational Church.

Armour Hills Home Sales Stats Aug 2012

Hello neighbors!  Didn’t it feel good to pull out a sweater or jacket this morning on the way out the door?  You can smell Fall blowing into Brookside!  And we are going into one of the prettiest time of years to walk our neighborhood.  The drought may negatively affect autumn tree colors this year..we will see soon.  Now, let’s check home sales statistics for last month:

In  August  2012, 8 homes sold.  The average list price was $245,925 and the average sales price was $234,809. Average days on market:  48.

In August  2011, 10  homes sold.  The average list price was $223,425 and the average sales price was $214,835.  Average days on market:  91.

WOW!  Average days on market was almost half of the 2011 figure, and average price was up almost 9%!

Year to date, 52 homes have sold in Armour Hills, at an average sales price of $222,622 and  83 average days on market.  From January-August  2011, 40 homes sold at an average price of $211,322 and 125 days on market.

HIgher prices and less days on market is good news for sellers–and for buyers.  Why?  Sellers are starting to recoup some of the equity lost during the housing crash and homes aren’t sitting on the market as long. Buyers can feel confident they are buying in a desirable neighborhood with rising home values.

Interested in home prices and sales trends in your Brookside area?  Email me and I’ll provide  the information!
(All statistics taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed)

Armour Hills Freedom Parade 2012

Boy it was hot yesterday  morning for the annual Armour Hills Freedom Parade…but we had a great turn out anyway!  Some excellent costumes and decorated bikes and wagons this year!  Below are a few pictures I took during the festivities.  Special thanks to Cosintino’s Market for donating cookes to our event. ..and thanks to all of our residents who participated!

                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Very soon I will be taking lessons on how to post pictures on this blog that are attractively arranged for your viewing pleasure!!

 

Armour Hills Homes Assn Board Meeting June 2012

Hi neighbors!

Here’s a brief recap from the Armour Hills homes association board meeting on June 19, 2012:

*Mark your calendar for July 18, we are hosting a special security meeting for residents at the Country Club Congregational Church at 6pm.

*We will also host the annual Armour Hills Freedom Parade on the Trolley Track Trail July 4.  Gather at the south end of the trail near Gregory at 9:30, parade begins at 10am.  Prizes and refreshments included!

*Troy Schulte, Kansas City MO City Manager, will be our featured speaker at the Annual Meeting in November.

*Our tree planting project will begin in the Fall.

*We are applying for new PIAC funds to make improvements in Arbor Villa park.

*Melissa Saubers is working on improved communication via social media for our residents.  She is working on a Facebook page, the Clarion and our website.

*Remember the annual Ice Cream Social is September 7.

Our next meeting is July 17, 7pm, at the Church.  All residents welcome!