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.)

New Brookside Listing–Beautifully Updated and Move In Ready!

This is one of the prettiest and most well maintained homes I’ve ever listed….just look at that front porch that says “Come on in!”

There are so many special features in this house…first, the basics. It’s a two story, 3 bedroom, 21/2 bath home with a two car garage and private drive. Inside you’ll find a spacious living room with wood burning fireplace that leads to a bright and comfortable sunroom.

Like to cook? Plenty of counters and cabinets here, plus high end appliances! Sellers opened up the wall from the kitchen to the dining room for easy flow of guests for special celebrations and entertaining.

Upstairs, an expanded primary suite featuring a walk in closet, laundry, exercise area and custom shower/double vanity.

Now that the warmer weather is here, you’ll enjoy the private, fenced backyard with patio and wood burning fireplace. Note the garage is extra wide!

Other features include newer roof and exterior paint, climate controlled wine cellar and extra storage space under the two story addition. Truly, a very special Brookside home in an excellent location–close to Trolley Track Trail, shops and parks. 5825 McGee, offered at $549,000. Listed with Better Homes and Gardens, Kansas City Homes. Message me for more info!

Waldo Welcomes Waldo Flats!

Being a homeowner isn’t for everyone…many people prefer the “lock and go” convenience of an apartment or condo. However, there are very few apartment/condo complexes in Waldo. That recently changed as Waldo now offers a brand new apartment building, located in the heart of our neighborhood.  222 Waldo Flats recently opened at 222 W 75th St, just steps away from the lively 75th and Wornall intersection, and I stopped by recently to take a look.

Andrew Ganahl and Diane Botwin

Upon entering the spacious lobby, featuring a colorful, commissioned textile art piece,  I was greeted by co- owners Diane Botwin and Andrew Ganahl.  You may have heard of Diane—she owns several commercial properties in Waldo; Andrew is originally from California, now lives in Kansas City and has developed two apartment projects in the Crossroads.  Partnering with Slaggie Architects, they have created   sleek, modern, yet very comfortable flats.   Studios, one bedroom and two bedroom units are available.  Each comes with all the necessary appliances, including washer/dryer, and most have balconies.  There is a secured package room and bike room; parking is available for an extra fee; pets are OK and the building is wired for Google Fiber.  Littlefield Eye Associates has commercial space on the first floor, and there is another smaller spot available for retail or service business.

What impressed me about these apartments are the extra details:  not all are exactly alike. Some have darker cabinets; some have traditional white. There are high end finishes, including tiled showers, quartz counters and large windows (that open!) to bring in plenty of natural light and fresh air.  Even the smaller studio apartments “live”  like a one bedroom unit. Monthly rent starts at $1025. 

Of course, one of the best features of this building is the location.  As Diane said, “Our amenity is Waldo.  Waldo has its own personality and our building fits in.  We have a great group of multigenerational tenants; it’s very inviting to young and old.” Andrew continued:  “We wanted to be in an area where people could walk to everything”.  Within a few steps of the front door: pharmacy, grocery,  library, several restaurants, coffee shop, bike shop,  hardware store, bars and convenient bus stop. Everything Waldo is right here!

If you are interested in touring Waldo Flats, you can request an appointment or find more information on their website

Waldo Home Sales Report-Jan 2021

The cold weather and snow did not slow down home sales in Waldo last month… houses are still selling quickly! Here are the stats for January 2021, and a comparison to January 2020. The Waldo boundaries I’m using are State Line-Holmes and Gregory to 85th St.

January 2021January 2020
Median list price: $237,500$199,750
Median sales price: $237,000$196,250
No. of homes sold: 24 18
Days on market: 3 18

Home values are up almost 21% compared to a year ago! Still a lot of demand and not much inventory. The lowest closed price last month was $129,000 and the highest was $410,000. Currently there are just five listings in Waldo, with an average list price of $322,450 and five days on market.

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

Jovito’s Italian Cafe Now Open in Waldo

There are many food take out options in the Brookside / Waldo area.  Choices include traditional fast food and local eateries offering salads, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, etc.  Last month, Jovito’s Italian Café &Deli opened in the former One More Cup space on Wornall—filling a niche in the area for those wanting something a little different. And who doesn’t like Italian food??

You may remember  Jovito’s at their old location on State Line at 123rd St.  Last summer, the owners decided not to renew the lease and move to Waldo, focusing completely on take out services.  It’s still the same tasty food (and some of the same décor)—long time Kansas Citians may remember Mario’s in Westport, which closed several years ago.  Jovito’s owners bought the business and recipes for the State Line shop.  Popular items include their signature Grinder, stuffed with meatballs or sausage, and the Italian Steak sandwich.  They also have cold sandwiches, several kinds of pasta, salads with homemade dressing and a few dessert selections.  The food has that good, homecooked taste – as the recipes were handed down over the years from an Italian grandma’s kitchen!

Owner Leasa Caron says business has been very , very good!  “I wasn’t aware there was a void for an Italian sandwich shop in this area.  I’ve lived in Waldo 22 years and it’s nice to be back in the neighborhood, close to my home.  The community has made us feel very welcome.” All items are served to go, and in the warmer months there will be a few outdoor tables available to enjoy your meal in the fresh air.  At this time, it’s best to call in your order by phone—Jovito’s does work with some delivery apps but because their food is so fresh and daily specials can sell out quickly—best to call and talk to a human about your order, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.  Service is fast and friendly. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-7pm, with convenient parking in front of the store at 7408 Wornall or in the back parking lot off Washington St.  There’s a small alley off the back lot that takes you to the front of the restaurant. 

Welcome to Waldo, Jovito’s Italian Café and Deli—stop in soon to support yet another locally owned business!

Brookside Home Sales Report-Sept 2020

Hi neighbors! Interesting stats to report regarding Brookside home sales last month. In September, prices were way up compared to Sept 2019; however, the year to date numbers are holding steady. Here are the numbers for Brookside single family home sales, using the zip code 64113:

September 2020September 2019
Median list price: $417,499$347,500
Median sales price: $409,000$350,000
No. of homes sold: 38 18
Days on market: 7 4

One reason the median sales price was so high compared to last September was we had two million dollar plus closings last month. And the lowest closed price was $267,000. More than twice as many homes sold as well. Here are the TYD numbers:

Jan-Sept 2020 Jan-Sept 2019
Median list price: $395,000 $389,000
Median sales price: $400,500$380,000
No. of homes sold: 228235
Days on market: 8 21

Overall, home values are up 1.5% compared to last year at this time. The homes that are on the market are selling quicker though; approximately the same amount of turnover. Currently there are 27 active single family homes for sale in Brookside, with a median list price of $450,000 and 25 days on market. The lowest home price is $250,000 and the highest is $7.29 million. There are eight homes for sale in Brookside over the $1million mark. If you would like additional information regarding Brookside residential real estate–contact me! Happy to help.

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

New Listing! 5721 Holmes in the Brookside Area

Today I wanted to write about my new listing in the Brookside area, near UMKC. This 99 year old charming home features four bedrooms, one full bath, fenced yard, private drive and an excellent location–just a few blocks from UMKC, Whole Foods, the Crestwood Shops and Trolley Track Trail. Here’s a few photos:

Check out those garden boxes–you can grow so many vegetables and herbs here! The spacious, eat in kitchen features new flooring and a gas stove; you’ll appreciate the original built-ins around the fireplace, screened porch and hardwood floors. Offered at $265,000. Contact me for more information! 816 510 1262

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, 7400 State Line Road, Prairie VIllage KS 66208-913 981 2800.

Waldo Home Sales Report-Aug 2020

Waldo home sales are remarkably steady comparing the year-to-date figures…but in August, sold prices were way up! Here are the stats, using the street boundaries of Gregory to 85th St and State Line to Holmes, single family homes:

August 2020August 2019
Median list price: $241,200$222,400
Median sales price: $252,000$217,750
No. of homes sold: 34 38
Days on market; 5 5

In August of this year, sold prices were up over 4% of list price and 15% more than in August 2019. Homes are going under contract very quickly. Here are the year-to-date numbers:

Jan-Aug 2020Jan-Aug 2019
Median list price: $224,475$228,450
Median sales price: $229,950$228,000
No. of homes sold: 252 254
Days on market: 4 8

You can see that the median sales price is just about the same as last year, as is the number of homes sold. The highest closed price so far this year in Waldo is $520,000 and the lowest is $42,000. Currently there are 31 active listings in Waldo, with a median list price of $225,000 and 24 days on market.

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

Brookside Home Sales Report-July 2020

We are in the dog days of summer, my friends, and I’m still busy helping buyers and sellers with residential real estate! Usually, mid August to mid September is a slow period, with late summer vacations, back to school preparations, the Labor Day holiday. But this is not a normal year and so many homes in our area continue to go under contract within a few days of listing. Here’s the stats for July 2020 for single family homes in Brookside, and a year-to-date comparison:

July 2020 July 2019
Median list price: $425,000$377,500
Median sales price: $425,000$370,000
No. of homes sold: 33 36
Days on market: 5 20

Last month, a buyer paid over asking price for a $1million+ home! Usually the more expensive properties sit for several weeks; this one went for $115K over asking price! As you can see, sellers were getting at or above asking price for their homes.

And here’s where we are YTD:

Jan-July 2020Jan-July 2019
Median list price: $387,475$389,950
Median sales price: $393,750$382,500
No. of homes sold: 152 190
Days on market: 8 24

Although fewer homes have sold so far this year (partly due to the pandemic, I’m sure–sellers deciding not to move); homes are selling faster and running about 1.6% over list price compared to last July. We’ve had two $1million+ homes close this year, and overall, prices are up almost 3%.

Currently there are 22 homes for sale in Brookside, with an average list price of $974,000 and 65 days on market. That average price is so high because half of the homes for sale are priced at over one million dollars.

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

New Shop “Homesong Market” Now Open in Brookside

Brookside is known for browsing…leisurely walks through the shopping district, stopping here and there to check out the unique clothing, jewelry, art and everyday necessities.  And we have a new store to tell you about today:  Homesong Market, at 6213 Oak St. 

Homesong Market, 6213 Oak St

Owner Amanda Waters is promoting not just products here, but a lifestyle:  her philosophy states that “homemaking is heartshaping” – as you create and nurture your home and family, you can realize a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle by using well made, earth friendly and natural products.  This shop is full of items you  use everyday:  laundry baskets, linens,  produce bags, candles, stylish dog collars/leashes, incense, kitchen and gardening tools and much more.  Best sellers include the baskets, Noah bells, and cleaning products.  Amanda personally knows all the brands she sources, both overseas and domestic companies. 

Amanda Waters

How did Homesong come about?  Like so many small businesses—at the dining room table!  Amanda is a blogger, and writes about homemaking.  “I’ve always had a passion about homemaking; about creating a nurturing environment for our family. “  She decided to sell some of the products she uses in her own home as readers would ask about them.  She started a website,  filling orders and shipping from the family compound (Amanda is a mother of four) and finally decided she wanted her own space.  At Homesong Market, just about all of the products on her website are on display in the store and for sale; it’s also used as a staging spot for shipping (she will ship overseas); and there is room in the back for upcoming (when possible) special events and workshops for the public on candle making, crafts for kids, whatever creative idea she comes up with!  Another unique thing about the store is all of the actual displays (tables, shelves, chairs, etc) are second hand finds and most are available for purchase. She also hosts a flea market online sale on the first Friday of every month.

Homesong Market is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm at 6213 Oak, just south of the new Brookside Barkery location.  Stop in for a browse soon!