5740 Central Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64113

 

5740CentralFRONT2I have a thing for old houses and the people that love them. There is something about a well-loved, lived in home. It gets me every time. This listing is a project – there are endless possibilities for what the right person could do with this old house. I attended high-school just down the street at St. Teresa’s Academy, and many of my friends grew up on this block.

 

This family lived here for over 40 years. The lady of the house told me some pretty good stories. For example, on the corner of 58th and Central, just off Wornall, while most kids were having lemonade stands, her daughter opted to have a Beer Stand. It did quite well until her parents realized where their supply was going.

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The family enjoyed walks to nearby Loose Park to feed the ducks and enjoy the outside. The proximity to the Trolley Trail and Plaza made this neighborhood even more appealing for them. Still, to this day, neighbors pick flowers from the lilac bush in the front yard.

 

 

 

 

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This is a true double lot in an incredible area of Kansas City. The house has good bones, and needs the right buyer to come in and turn it into something amazing. You can imagine the potential – a charming white picket fence along the property line, an open kitchen and dining room with the mud room in the back, an inviting sun porch on the main level and a fixed up sitting room on the master. You can choose to expand the upstairs or keep the sun deck.

 

 

 

 

 

Plus, the extensive train tracks in the basement come with the house. If you want to take a look or know a good investor, please contact me at 816-401-6514 or sporto@reeceandnichols.com.  Check out all the other things I offer as a real estate agent by clicking here. 

 

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Cauliflower What?!

Cauliflower rice.

That’s what I said and I am sticking to it. It is a paleo staple, which is weird considering they probably didn’t use food processors to turn cauliflower into rice in paleolithic times. 

It is perfect for times like last night. I made an awesome chicken stew from one of my favorite cookbooks but it could have really used…what are those things called? Oh yeah, carbs. It could’ve used a big fat carb. Maybe even just a piece of bread so I could practice the italian art of scarpetta (soaking up sauce with bread). It just could’ve used something. Fortunately, I had something. 

There are two different versions for making cauliflower rice that I have tried. The first is what I did last night. I bought cauliflower, chopped off the root part, and put it in chunks in my food processor. You protein shake freaks can use your Ninja or blender. Pulse it, and turn it into a rice-like consistency. (Takes about 15 seconds) Meanwhile, heat up a diced onion in some coconut oil on your stove. Throw some chopped garlic in there. Then push the onion to the side after its slightly browned and add the cauliflower. You may need to add more oil. Heat it up for a good five minutes, stirring while you go. There you have it – cauliflower rice, part I. Add salt, pepper, anything you want to spice it up depending on your main dish.

We put it in the bottom of our bowls, and spooned our stew over it. Delicious. 

Keep in mind my husband is Italian, from Jersey, says “col-ee-flower”, and still loves this stuff. 

Another option for the lazy version of me that I believe tastes GREAT is cauliflower rice, part deus, oven style. 

Heat oven to 475. 

You start off the same way. Chop, food process for 10-15 seconds. Then put it in a big bowl. Add some melted coconut oil or your fat of choice, season with salt, pepper, whatever you want. Toss it all together. Then put it on a cookie sheet (note to self – maybe line that cookie sheet for easier clean up). Spread it all out evenly, and roast it for 20-25 minutes. 

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Seriously, even the dog begs for it. 

Great Guide to Kansas City Neighborhoods

Thinking about moving to the middle of America? Or are you already here, and wondering which neighborhood is right for you? I think this is a good overall general description of Kansas City neighborhoods and can point you in the right direction no matter which side of State Line Road you are considering.

Click here for a good overview! 

Let me know if you are interested in understanding a bit more about any of these neighborhoods – it is easy for me to tell you the average price of a home, what homes are for sale, or how to turn your monthly rent payment for an apartment in Westport into a monthly mortgage payment for a house in nearby Hyde Park.

 

Kansas City – better to buy than to rent…

I love my jobs…all of them. But perhaps my most favorite thing to do lately is help first-time buyers. There’s just something about showing someone who has paid so much in rent for so long the road to home ownership. Maybe it’s because I’ve been there before. I bought my house when I was 25. I rented it out when I lived elsewhere, but always came back to preferring to pay off my own mortgage rather than someone else’s. 

Truilia funds seasonal studies on the top markets to buy in versus markets you should rent in instead. New York is where you should rent. Guess what city made the top 5 to buy in? You got it – this real estate agent’s favorite city! Kansas City – one city, two states, part cow-town, part metro, total awesomeness. 

Check out an article about the study by clicking here or just copy and paste this link into your browser: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140226-907183.html 

I love helping people take their monthly rent money and turn it into a mortgage payment instead. I also appreciate you referring anyone to me. You can check me out here. 

 

 

 

Jambalaya yum yum yum

I ate really great junk food during the Superbowl, and boy, did I pay for it. One of my friends told me maybe if I didn’t eat healthy, then I wouldn’t have those problems. Another person told me that people in the paleolithic times didn’t really live that long, and did I really want to die in a few years?

The plain and simple reason why I eat clean is because of how horrible I feel when I don’t. Yes, it helps that my jeans fit again after 5 years of pretty much not being able to button them. It also helps that my stomach doesn’t ache. 

Last week my husband decided to defrost sausage and chicken and said, as he left for work, that we would come up with something to make out of it. Jambalaya. Obvy. 

I basically used this recipe and added shrimp to it. I also threw it all in the crockpot. Thanks PaleoOMG for another good meal that lasted for a few good rounds of leftovers as well. 

Jambalaya
 
Ingredients
  • 2 andouille sausage, sliced
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (I’m Italian, I add 5) 
  • Dice an onion and a green pepper or really any kind of vegetable you have on hand
  • 1 head cauliflower, riced (Cauliflower is a rice substitute in the paleo world. You can do this multiple ways – by putting it in the food processor and then roasting it with some olive oil/coconut oil and salt and pepper or by sautéing) 
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained (i dig the fire roasted from trader joes) 
  • 1 cup chicken broth (i recommend low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • cracked red pepper, some chili pepper, sriracha! 
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Want to cheat with spices? You can buy a jambalaya spice mix. Cheater. You can also top with some sliced avocado. YUM. 

Directions: Turn your slow cooker/dutch oven/really big pot on high and heat it up with some olive oil in it. Cook the garlic, onion, and pepper and any other veggies you got going on. Let em cook while you dice up your cauliflower in your food processor. Throw that in there OR see below. 

Add all the meat. 

Add tomatoes, paste, spices. Stir it all up. Cover and cook 5-8 hours on low. If you do this on the stove you can reduce your cooking time to just an hour, but I like to do it on a simmer and cook it all day. 

 
CAULIFLOWER OPTION – another way to do the cauliflower is to chop it all up and roast it in your oven. Then you can add it to your bowl and pour the jambalaya mix over it.
 
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Arlo Joseph Guthrie Francisco Porto – (Arlie Joe) July 10, 2001 – January 19, 2014

Arlo Joseph Guthrie Francisco Porto – (Arlie Joe) July 10, 2001 – January 19, 2014

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To the Dog-in-Chief, Master of the House, my main man (sorry LD), my best friend, and the coolest dog anyone could ever dream of…

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I was blessed with King Arlo of Arno, the Ozarks & Armour Hills when I was a college senior and Student Body President at the University of Denver. Lucky for us, there was a house full of girls and a campus full of students that didn’t mind when you came along to everything in my backpack or got tied to a tree outside what was then the “GCB”. Back then, you were only 8 lbs.

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Thanks for brightening our world the first day we began 13 years of morning walks on September 11, 2001. That day was horrible for the world, and I knew you were like sunshine when somebody on campus thanked me for walking you because you made “a very sad day a little brighter”. When my dad first heard that I got a dog, he told me I had to give you back. Thanks for showing him you were a keeper.

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Thanks for always being happy to see me, never judging me, and being my road-trip buddy while I drove back and forth to Kansas City from Denver, sometimes in cars that could barely fit the size of your very large head. Thanks for testing out the dog treats I would make you, even if I was just sneaking vitamins into you. Thanks for dealing with that whole hydrotherapy stint I made you do – I have a feeling maybe it helped you live just a little bit longer.  That, and the massages, and the homemade doggy ice cream.

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You know what else? Thanks for being bad at that stupid doggy day care I sent you to – they got closed down a few years after for being jerks. We showed them. Besides, you had a home to guard.

Thanks for listening to me memorize the Restatement of Contracts during law school, for moving from apartment to apartment with me, and for exploring the Cherry Creek Trail and the Rocky Mountains. Thanks for studying each Friday with me in the courtyard while I shared my Greek salad with you. Thanks for loving snow. You will always be a Colorado dog and may there be tons of fresh powder in your heaven.

You will also always be an Ozarks dog. Thanks for loving the lake and Dude Ranch Road as much as I do, for teaching everyone how to swim and for guarding the dock, for chasing ducks and trying to eat catfish, for resting your head on me. Thanks for staying up late with me on the bunkhouse deck, for waking me up early to catch the sunshine, and for making sure I could never peacefully go for a boatride. Thanks for helping me find my first house – it was bought purely with you in mind.

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Thanks for being there for me through all those boyfriends. You really showed them who is boss. I think it is quite possible you waited for me to meet and marry LD before you decided it was time to go on your final walk. You know he loves rubbing your butt as much as I do.

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Thanks for living with my parents when I moved to France. I didn’t want to miss your birthday that year, so I sewed you a really cool patriotic bed. The only night I ever left you alone was the night my dad had his heart attack, and from then on, you proved to be even more incredible than before. Thanks for comforting me in a time I thought would be impossible for me to feel any relief. Thanks for giving me something to rely on, to rest on, to cry on, to hold, for getting me through.

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Thanks for never judging me, and being ok moving in with my mom for a few years while I chased my goals in DC. What’s amazing is that you still loved me as much as you did every time I came home, and then moved right back in with me into our house three years ago. Thanks for inventing new games, still playing with your old toys, and scaring the shit out of anyone that walks by our house. Thanks for drinking from sprinklers, hopping in fountains, and killing the animals that eat our garden. Thanks for protecting us.

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Thanks for being the handsome dog that inspires everyone to ask me, still even last week, “What kind of dog is that?” Thanks for making me laugh, when at the ripe age of 90, you were still trying to hump other dogs; for teaching yourself, in the past year, how to open toilet seats to satisfy your never-ending thirst, how to climb on the counter top to get any leftover food because you were always hungry, and for figuring out how to open cabinets. You let me live my life the way I wanted to – never dull, always moving, always something going on.

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Thanks for resting peacefully, Arlo Dude. Thanks for being you and loving me just the way I am. I knew you waited until we were at yours and mine and my dad’s favorite place to begin to die. May you finally catch that squirrel, that duck, and that rabbit. May you be getting an eternal butt scratch and still go on morning walks, this time with the Doc instead of me.

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Today I feel as if I may never be okay without you right next to me as I work, as I eat, as I sleep. I hope you know how much better and more enriched my life was because of you. Judging from the last 48 hours of texts and phone calls and cards, you made a lot of people’s lives a little bit better.

Rest well, Arlo. When I meet you at the rainbow bridge, you better be ready to run with me again.

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His favorite spot at the lake (when not in the lake or on the deck)

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My view every morning for the past 13 years

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Of course Arlo was a King for Halloween

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Freshly cut.

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He never wanted to come inside, even in the rain.

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On his deck

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I also wanted to say thanks for letting me give you that ridiculous lion hair cut. 

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Happy times with Arlo and Pal

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King Arlo of Armour Hills in one of his fountains

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Swimming

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At the old house with his new best friend

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On top of the bed I Made him

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Selfies while driving

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His favorite bush to hide in.

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Thanks for urinating on the Romney sign.

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Driving in the mini-cooper

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Fall at the lake

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One of my all-time favorite pics – he loved to dig and didn’t realize there was a clover on his nose.

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Once a colorado dog, always a colorado dog.

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my favorite men

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Walking thru snow

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Finding the snow in our Arno Road house

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At his favorite fountain at 69th and Rockhill

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Swimming laps

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Opening Day last year – 2013

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Helping with the garden

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His spot on the deck

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Trying to keep an old dog warm

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Still spry for squirrels

the best damn healthiest chili I ever did have

I love cooking – and one thing I love during these cold months is chili. Although today feels a bit like Spring…I have a feeling it won’t last. 

Oh, chili…my mom’s chili, Cincinnati chili with noodles, Woodyard BBQ’s chili because nothing is better, the white chicken chili that got me 1st place in the Jackson County Court chili cook-off, really any kind of chili just thrown in my crockpot and then covered with cheese and sour cream and…wait. No, I actually don’t like that.  But I do like anything you can make in the morning, throw in the crockpot, and then when you get home in the evening not only does your house smell like you were slaving away all day, but dinner is ready. 

This chili is awesome. 

I have now cooked 3 different paleo-style chili’s. I love them all, but this one remains superior.  We ate it two days in a row, and I was craving more but there just wasn’t any left. I added some of my own things to this recipe, but it is adapted from a great Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo. You don’t need a side and I recommend making double. 

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Bison Butternut Squash Chili

Ingredients:

3 cloves garlic, smashed (Please note: when a recipe calls for 3 cloves garlic I automatically always add at least 2 more. I’m Italian. Garlic makes life better)

1 tablespoon smoked paprika 

2 tablespoons chili powder 

1 tablespoon chipotle powder (I can never find this, so I just add a bunch of other spices that smell hot.)

1 tablespoon cinnamon 

I also added some cumin, all spice, and sriracha (I add it to everything). 

1 tablespoon 100% cocoa powder (I used carob powder)

1 1/2 tablespoons sea salt

2 tablespoons black pepper

32 oz diced tomatoes- canned or 4 cups fresh, diced

1 lb bison stew meat  (I used ground bison and browned it beforehand)

1 lb ground beef (I added this to the recipe and browned it before as well)

2 cups butternut squash, peeled (Feel free to buy this and peel it yourself, but you’re CRAZY. Go to Trader Joe’s and buy the frozen bags)

1 onion, diced

1 bell pepper, diced into 2- inch pieces ( same as above)

Directions:

Mix the garlic and all the spices together. 

place the meat, squash, onion, and bell pepper in a slow- cooker and cover with the tomato and spice mixture (above). Stir it all up really good. 

cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours (Those squash pieces definitely took me a long time) Top with some avocado slices and sriracha if you need more spice. 

*NOTE: Don’t have a slow cooker? Use an enameled cast iron pot in an oven at 300 degrees F for 4-6 hours. 

Sidenotes: I always turn my slow cooker on before I start prepping. This allows it to heat up. I always pam my slow cooker, because it helps. I also stir occasionally and think this recipe definitely needs it. I also added water to the crockpot after all the ingredients because it looked a little heavy.