“Micro Event Space” Opens in East Brookside

Cocoa Spaces, 912 E 63rd St

Every so often, you may have a need for a smaller, special gathering—perhaps a retirement party, baby shower, going away get together, intimate wedding, family reunion; or perhaps a small meeting, business brainstorming retreat or indoor photo shoot.  You don’t want the restrictions and pricing of a hotel meeting room or restaurant, yet no one’s personal home is quite right.  Consider East Brookside’s newest business:  Cocoa Spaces, a “micro event space” that could be just what you are looking for!

Porshia Mitchell

Owner Porshia Mitchell is an electrical engineer by trade, and she always loved being the planner for her friend’s gatherings.  “I love the idea of bringing people together to celebrate”, she says, and had been pondering the idea of opening up such a space for a few years. When she turned 30, she was looking for a space to celebrate with her friends and had trouble finding such a spot. Her passion project turned into a reality when Cocoa Spaces opened at the end of July.    Located at 912 E 63rd St at Harrison, the event venue offers 1300 SF, equipped with a kitchenette, mobile bar, TV and sound system, tables, chairs, and a small lounge area; it is ADA accessible.  Cocoa Spaces comfortably holds 50-60 people at tables or reception style.  Porshia has a list of vendors you can work with for décor, music and accessories; regarding food and liquor, bring in your own or use a caterer.   Parking is available  in front, on the street and east of Rockhill Road. Rental prices vary depending on how long you want the space; there is a three hour minimum.

I asked Porshia how she came up with the name Cocoa Spaces.  “As a black woman in the world, I’m here to take up space—I can do whatever I put my mind to!”  Then she added, “And I love chocolate!” There is a real need for these “micro spaces” for various events involving  friends, family  or co-workers, especially with the holiday planning season coming up!  Remember Cocoa Spaces the next time you are looking for a small, customizable space for a gathering.  Porshia grew up nearby and wanted to be in this area—support local!  Learn more about Cocoa Spaces on their website or follow them on Instagram @cocoaspaces.

Updated Brookside Bungalow for Sale-Close to Streetcar/Whole Foods

This house is a rare find….a four bedroom bungalow, just over 2000 SF and move in ready! As you can see, very attractive curb appeal!

5618 Cherry St, Kansas City MO FOR SALE

Step inside to the first floor, featuring hardwood floors, living room with fireplace, spacious dining room, two bedrooms and full bath.

Living Room with Fireplace
Dining Room

The kitchen…is spectacular! Recently renovated, sellers have added all new appliances, marble backsplash, quartz counters, custom hood over gas stove and a separate beverage fridge.

Newly Remodeled Kitchen, with Plenty of Countertops and Cabinets

Surrounded by windows, the breakfast nook is full of natural light and leads to a large deck overlooking the back yard.

So much space in this upstairs primary suite! Vaulted ceilings, a walk in closet with laundry, and bathroom with shower and tub. The smaller bedroom on the second floor could be used as office space.

Plenty of grassy area in the fenced backyard for pets or garden; easy access to the lower level garage too!

5618 Cherry St…just a few blocks from Whole Foods, the future streetcar stop; close to Brookside, Crestwood Shops, Loose Park and the Trolley Track Trail! Offered at $419,000. Contact me for more information-Mary Hutchison, Better Homes and Gardens-Kansas City Homes.

Brookside Home Sales Report-July 2022

We have some interesting home sales stats for this month’s Brookside home sales report–a big increase in price compared to last year, but fewer homes sold. Let’s take a look at the specifics; I am using the main Brookside zip code of 64113 for this info, single family homes:

July 2022July 2021
Median list price:$540,000$434,500
Median sales price:$530,000$460,000
Days on market: 3 3
No. of homes sold: 35 28

Home values rose 15% compared to July 2021, yet many buyers ended up paying just under the list price last month–whereas last July, when interest rates were much lower, buyers were paying over asking price. Homes are still going under contract quickly–within a few days. Last month, four homes closed over $1,000,000; the highest closed sale was $1.7 million and the lowest sale was $310,000. Now let’s look at the year-to-date numbers:

Jan-July 2022Jan-July 2021
Median list price:$495,000$450,000
Median sales price:$510,000$478,000
Days on market: 2 2
No. of homes sold: 181 196

These figures show a 6.5% increase in home prices YTD compared to the same period in 2021; buyers paying about 3% over asking price. Fewer homes sold so far this year; this could be a result of the higher interest rates that started in the Spring. Currently there are 14 active single family homes for sale in Brookside, with an average list price of $429,950 and 20 days on the market.

(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.  

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.)

Brookside Home Sales Report-March 2022

The number of available homes for sale in Brookside keeps shrinking. New listings priced under $500K are barely on the market for 48 hours. And with rising interest rates, some potential sellers may decide to stay put instead of buying something else with a much higher monthly payment due to rising rates. So, let’s take a look at the numbers:

March 2022March 2021
Median list price:$481,000$427,400
Median sales price:$512,500$430,000
No. homes sold: 20 26
Days on market: 2 2

The lowest closed price last month was $276,000 and the highest was $1,075,000–and that was $25K over the list price! Prices are up 19% compared to March 2021.

Here are the year-to-date stats:

Jan-March 2022Jan-March 2021
Median list price:$500,000$400,000
Median sales price:$535,000$410,000
No. homes sold: 49 55
Days on market: 4 2

There have been five $1,000,000+ sales this year so far; 30 homes sold over $500K. Buyers regularly pay over asking price and values are up 30% over 2021. Currently there are only seven listings in the main Brookside zip code of 64113, and four of those homes are priced over $1,000,000..so the average list price is $1,099,000!

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

Brookside Home Sales Report-February 2022

Last month’s snow storms seem so far away, as Spring is here! I hear the birds chirping in the early morning hours–wake up everyone! Home prices aren’t falling like the snow did, interest rates creeping up like the tempertures–it’s going to be another hectic spring for homebuyers and sellers. Here are the stats for single family home sales in Brookside, using the main zip code of 64113:

FEbruary 2022February 2021
Median list price:$550,350$380,000
Median sales price:$538,575$392,350
No. homes sold: 16 16
Days on market: 54 2

Last month there were two $1,000,000+ sales; one of those homes had sat on the market for almost a year. There were several homes that closed over $500K+ last month, so that accounts for the big jump in median sales price and longer days on market. Here are the year to date numbers:

Jan-Feb 2022Jan-FEb 2021
Median list price:$570,800$395,000
Median sales price:$550,000$397,200
No. homes sold: 29 29
Days on market: 46 3

Just looking at the numbers, you could say home prices are up 38% over last year. But the several, higher closed sales prices in February pushed the median price up. The same number of homes sold; days on market longer as a few of the homes took a while to go under contract.

Currently there are just five homes for sale in Brookside’s zip code of 64113, at a median price of $1.1 million! Two of the homes are just over one million dollars; one is $4,000,000. Those new, moderately priced listings that go on the market every week are getting snapped up so fast in bidding wars. Hence, not enough inventory for buyers.

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

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day Early in Brookside This Saturday

*UPDATE!* Due to weather conditions, the Parade has been rescheduled for Saturday March 19 at 1pm. The route remains the same.*

It’s been two years since the parade happened in Brookside (and you know why) so this year’s celebration will be extra special: people want to get outside and socialize! Plus this is the 40th anniversary of the event, officially called the St. Patrick’s Day Warm Up Parade.

One of the things I like best about this parade is you can get pretty close to see all the floats, musicians, dancers, cars and participants along the route. Over 100 businesses and organizations are participating, so there is a lot to see! This is a family affair and everyone is welcome. The parade starts at 2pm Saturday March 12; be aware that several Brookside streets will be blocked off before 2pm for staging and crowd control. Watch for strollers and pedestrians! I’m posting the parade route below.

Plan on spending Saturday in Brookside! Support our local businesses by coming early for breakfast or lunch; stay after for a beverage, dinner or shopping. It will surely be a festive atmosphere all day Saturday in Brookside!

Feel Like A Massage? Try Crossing Paths Massage Therapy

“Treat yo’self” – one of the memorable lines from the TV series Parks and Recreation.  We all feel the need to pamper ourselves every so often, and there’s a new massage therapy studio in Brookside that will do just that!  Crossing Paths Massage Therapy opened recently in east Brookside,  at 751 E 63rd St.

When I heard about Crossing Paths, I had tto indulge in a massage for myself—research for the blog of course! I had the basic 60 minute relaxation massage, and it was…wonderful!  A couple of days later I called Stephanie Cross, the owner, for more information about her and her business.

Stephanie Cross

Stephanie started as a nail technician, yet always had it in the back of her mind that she also wanted to do massage therapy.  She enrolled at WellSpring School of Allied Health (massage therapy is their main program) and graduated in September 2019.  While working at The Elms Hotel  and Spa, she decided to open her own studio as well after seeing a friend’s space in the building—“I really like the vibe of Brookside”.  She also wanted to make more of a personal connection with her clients, as the people she sees at the Elms are more transient.  “I have seen the change massage therapy can make in your life and wanted to offer those services to regular customers”. 

Stephanie offers 60, 90 and 120 minute relaxation and therapeutic massages.  All include hot towels and aromatherapy.  She offers add-ons including  foot and back scrubs, CBD  and cupping therapy.  Services are offered Saturday through Tuesday, and gift certificates are available (still looking for a Valentine’s day gift??).  The studio entrance is on the south side of the building, easily accessible on the ground floor and right next to the covered (free) parking garage.  The best way to reach Stephanie is via text (417 894 2456) or  her Facebook or Instagram (@crossingpathslmt) page.  Mention this blog post and get $10 off your first massage, valid through June 1st.

Next time you need to treat yo’self, try Crossing Paths—another locally owned and operated Brookside business!

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-2021

Hi Neighbors! Our subdivision had a healthy increase in home values last year, with most properties going under contract within a couple of days. Prices will not be going down in 2022–that’s a pretty safe prediction! Here are the numbers:

Year20212020201920182017
Median list price365000345000339450315000314500
Median sales price380000344000340000315000312500
Days on market372197
No. homes sold7099828093

The increase in value from 2020 to 2021 was 10.4%, and the increase from 2017 to 2021 was 21.6%. I find it interesting that fewer homes sold; homeowners are staying put in our beautiful neighborhood! The highest sales price last year was a whopping $703,000, and the lowest was $212,000. Note most buyers are paying over list price.

The busy buying and selling season is just a few weeks away–if you plan to be a buyer / seller, now is the time to plan and plot strategy!

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