I showed this new listing from my office over the weekend and just loved it! A very special home that will sell quickly!
Don’t miss this charming New England 4 bedroom home in much sought after Chevy Chase neighborhood. The updated kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counters and limestone floors, and has a small, slate floored mud room adjacent to it. Formal dining room opens to a living room with a wood burning fireplace. French doors separate the living room from a cozy den. Large family room addition has cathedral ceilings, a gas fireplace, beautiful built-in bookshelves and cabinets, French doors lead to the covered patio featuring built-in speakers that is ideal for outdoor entertaining. Large master bedroom has a wonderful walk in closet. Beautiful hardwood floors. Updated baths. Finished lower level has a rec room with a wood burning fireplace, bedroom and half bath. A second brick patio is found in the lovely fenced backyard. $649,900
Listed by Tom Kalish, Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty, 314-607-5555, email@example.com
This is the perfect country property. Located just 1 hour from St. Louis is a custom home build in 1992 located on 58+ acres. The home is over 2,600 sq feet with 4 bedrooms & 2 full baths. The centerpiece of the home is a 24’ x 16’ Great Room with a stone wood-burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings & large windows. The kitchen was renovated in 2006 & has custom hickory cabinets, stainless steel appliances, solid surface counters & a bright breakfast room. Separate dining room. The Master Bedroom features a wood-burning fireplace, vaulted ceiling & French doors. The master bath was recently renovated & includes 2 vanities, vaulted ceiling, large garden tub, separate shower, urinal & 2 large walk-in closets. Screened porch with hot tub. 3 car oversized garage. Geothermal. 1 acre stocked lake with an 18 x 30 deck. 16 x 30 lawn mower building. 32 x 32 Work Shop with 200 amp electric. 32 x 48 pole barn. 24 x 40 storage garage. 8 x 18 storage shed. Food plot with hunting shack. Rifle range.
Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International
Realty, 314-607-5555, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday night I checked out the lovely Julie Malone's SOHO Studio & Gallery to see her Apes Paint Show. The show featured works by various primates from the St. Louis Zoo. Read more HERE.
Artists- Charlie Houska and Julie Malone flank Mike Livingston
I had the treat this week to see a friend's renovation project in Ladue. The couple bought the home from the original owner and has done an outstanding job updating it while keeping the mid-century zest! The home is open and bright with new, oak hardwood floors. 2+ bedrooms on the 1st floor, 2 car tuck-under garage and a full basement. The stylish home sits on an acre and you have to love the front yard with the diagonal cut lines! Shhhh...this home could be for sale. Contact me directly for more information. The Seller is also a licensed Realtor.
Rising interest rates and continuing tight underwriting could dampen sales as the year winds down. Still, 2013 sales will be up significantly from 2012. Appreciation remains robust, largely because of tight inventories. Interest rate concerns are reducing practitioner confidence. One bright spot: pent-up buyer demand by young households. As adults under 35 start to move out of their parents’ homes, home sales stand to benefit. All trend lines are from August 2012 to August 2013.
Taken from the November issue of Realtor Magazine.
Sotheby's International Realty highlights 8 Luxury Bathroom Designs. See them all HERE.
If you have been walking around the CWE near Herbie's, you must have been wondering what was going on with the small building on the East side of the street. Well here is what you need to know!
"Conversion of a single story commercial building in St. Louis' Central West End neighborhood,to a single family residence for an Australian architect who lives in St. Louis part of the year." Read more and see more pictures HERE
Totally renovated Tower Grove home located in walking distance to Grand Ave restaurants, coffee shops and stores. Two blocks to Tower Grove Park. 2 car garage. 4 bedrooms & 2.5 baths. Main floor laundry. Nice deck and fenced backyard. This home is completely renovated though retains many of the historic features you crave for in city living: hardwood floors, pocket doors, decorative fireplaces, tall ceilings and more. The kitchen is large and opens to a breakfast/family room. The basement provides plenty of storage
Open Sun., November 10, 2013
Listed by Ted Wight and Carol Cooke, Dielmann Sothebys
International Realty, 314-607-555, email@example.com
You will love this charming home located in walkable distance to Clayton. 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Two large bedrooms are on the 2nd level and a small bedroom is on the 1st level. Hardwood floors throughout the 1st level. Brand new carpeting on the 2nd level. The entire interior has recently been professionally painted. Newer windows. Screened porch on a deck overlooks the large, fully fenced yard. 1 car garage. Full-unfinished basement with tall ceilings.
Open Tuesday, Nov 5th 11-1 PM and Sunday, November 10th 1-3 PM
Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-607-5555, firstname.lastname@example.org
You have to check out this Blog post by Michael Allen. I find it fascinating to uncover hidden treasures in our historic city. Read it HERE.
I discovered Red Fox Bakery at the Clayton Farmer's Market. Delicious and beautiful baked items. They really don't have a storefront yet so I don't know where to tell you to go now that the outdoor markets are over.
Tonight, we have seen history, in some small part, repeat itself. The figures of Lewis and Clark find a modern day kinship in the persons of Frederick Dunn and Bob Harmon. Both sets were pioneers, both succeeded because of a shared common vision with their colleague, both were greatly inspired by the future possibilities that lay before them. In short, Lewis and Clark, Dunn and Harmon ventured beyond the boundaries of the status quo. So it is no accident that Dunn and Harmon were able to capture the spirit of Lewis and Clark in that remarkable building, for they themselves possessed it.
The cathedrals of Chartres, Notre Dame, Cologne are magnificent structures. But they would not attract such attention without the harmony they possess, the harmony between art and architecture. This principle is wonderfully displayed in the Lewis and Clark library. The open space of the library, the penetrating presence of the trees and light through the windows, and the figures of Lewis, Clark, and Sacajawea all serve as a canvas for a spirit of exploration and adventure. How many other libraries can lay claim to such a backdrop? And what a fitting backdrop for a library, where minds young and old, can explore the treasures of mankind's acquired knowledge.
I think St. Louis may not realize what it possesses in the windows of the Lewis and Clark Library. Departing from the norm, they provide visual interest from both the inside and the outside of the building. Prior to this, stained glass was almost exclusively an interior interest. The library also moved a primarily religious medium into the secular world, without compromising its integrity. Sure, there are libraries out there that contain a stained glass window here and there, but they are almost always displayed as a museum piece, no different from a painting on a wall.
Very, very few libraries possess windows that are integral to the building and its identity.
I could go on and on about the stained glass and its beauty and contribution to the building, but two minutes were alloted to me and I fear that I've already abused that. We at Emil Frei would like to thank you for recognizing the work of our artists and craftsmen and for bringing attention to the great pillars of the past.
Presented by Steven Frei, September 19, 2013
Written by Aaron Frei
Read more about how this building is in danger HERE
Make sure you check out last Friday's Ladue News- I was featured in the Agent Profile! Click HERE to read.
Last night I went to CAM's "From the Collection of" art auction benefit. Board Members donated a piece from their collection to be at silent auction.
I loved the new video installation on the outside of the building by Jennifer Steinkamp.
I also was entralled by the lazer light installation by Anthony McCall. So much fun to play in!
Winterizing your home should be a priority now. I once made the big mistake of not disconnecting my hoses from the spigots. Come Spring, I turned on a hose and noticed a leak in the basement. I had a plumber replace the spigot and make the necessary repairs. What I did not realize was that as I was running the hose, water traveled across the basement ceiling into the tuck-under garage ceiling. It took a few day to happen, though the entire plaster garage ceiling collapsed. (Your should also turn off the interior shut off value and then open up the exterior value. In addition, you can also get these sock like things to cover them.)
One other piece of advice that I have learned from having just a car-port now and not a garage- don't leave things with motors, like power washers. outside in the winter. Either get them winterized or move them into the basement or both. I just know that my new power washer did not work this Spring and I had to replace it.
Here are some more tips from LeaderOne Mortgage Broker Chris Sanders, 314-222-5500
1) Cover vents around the foundation of your home.
2) Look for light shining through closed door frames, attach rubber or felt weather-stripping on the inside of the door frame to ensure a tight door seal, eliminating drafts.
3) Keep your garage door closed during cold weather. Usually, at least one of your garage walls connects to an inside the house room. A cold garage makes for a cold (inside the house) room. Some garage walls are not insulated.
4) Use wood burning fireplaces, or wood burning stove, during cold weather. The cost of the wood will easily be saved in your reduced winter heating bills.
5) When not in use, close your fireplace flue / damper. Heat escapes through an open chimney. If you have glass fireplace door covers, close them as well.
6) Open drapes and shades on sunny winter days. The sunlight coming through the windows is like getting FREE heat. Conversely, close them at night, trapping the heat indoors.
7) Caulk over window frame gaps or cracks.
8) Make sure your windows are latched when closed. This completely seals the two window panels together.
9) Have your furnace inspected and cleaned. Also, replace the furnace filter. Well worth the (approx) $100 spent. Dust and dirt are the number 1 reason for furnace trouble.
10) Look in your attic / roof. If you have less than 12" of insulation, have some added. The majority of home heating escapes there. The cost of the insulation will be saved (during the 1st winter season) in your heating bills.
11) Clean out the gutters. Clogged gutters can form ice dams, where water backs up, freezes, and seeps into the house walls.
1) Make sure everyone living in your home knows where the main water shut-off valve is located; in the event a leak occurs (water line freezes and breaks, hot water heater springs a leak, washing machine hose cracks, etc.).
2) Turn your thermostat down 3 or 4 degrees when you go to bed. You are usually covered up and won't notice the difference in the temperature. You'll notice the savings in your heating bills.
I have always been a little obsessed with Fortuny fabrics. Long considered the ultimate fabric to decorate your home. The fabric starts at $500/yard. Check out 1stDibs Fortuny offerings HERE. I am splurging and having a headboard upholstered in a more modern Fortuny fabric. Here is a pillow from David Deatherage's room in the 2013 Ladue News Decorator's Show House.
You will love this special home centrally located in Town and Country. A 2nd master bedroom suite was built-on in 2007 providing 2 master bedrooms at opposite ends of the 1st level- perfect for in-laws or couples who like a little extra space. 6,749 sq. feet of living space not counting an expansive Lower Level. Living Room with a bay window & formal Dining Room. The Great Room has vaulted ceilings, wood-burning fireplace, Brazilian tiger-wood floors, built-in bookcases & an adjoining solarium. The kitchen is updated with custom cabinets, granite counters, Dacor appliances, walk-in pantry & a large breakfast room. The new master bedroom has Brazilian cherry floors, an antique marble fireplace, bay window, large walk-in closet & a sumptuous bath featuring a whirlpool tub, large shower with multiple shower heads, heated floors, granite-topped vanities & custom tile work. The 2nd fl. has 2 bedrooms & a full bath. 1st floor laundry. 3 car garage. Gated community with pool & tennis court.
Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sothebys International Realty,
Last night I ventured out to North County to see the historic Lewis & Clark Library and hear a talk by Esley Hamilton on Frederick Dunn. It features incredible stained glass windows by artist Robert Harmon of Emil Frei & Associates and is by far the most architecturally significant building in the St. Louis County Library system. It is also, coincidentally, slated for demolition under SLCL’s 2012 Facilities Master Plan. It all comes down to politics. Other parts of the county are getting new libraries...politicians feel that there will be an uproar if North County just gets a renovation project. I don't think the City of St. Louis was unhappy with the gorgeous renovation project of our City Library!
Please take a moment to write these people to express your concern.
Your input is crucial!
To write in favor of preserving and renovating the historic Lewis & Clark Branch for future use, send a few words to:
St. Louis County Library
Lynn Beckwith, Jr. President of the Board of Trustee 1640 S. Lindbergh Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63131.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley: http://www.stlouisco.com/YourGovernment/CountyExecutive/DearCharlie
We are all so used to seeing religious scenes in stained glass. I found it exhilarating to see the Lewis & Clark depictions in stained glass. It is worth the jaunt to see these wonders- 9909 Lewis-Clark Boulevard
This home located at 12 Birnawoods in Pricewood Subdivision of Olivette looks interesting. $269,000. You may want it just for the dynamite Dining Room light fixture! See more information HERE
Listed by Dorothy Waite, West County Realty, 314-239-5213
Last month I wrote about one of Ralph Fournier's most important houses that he designed. Read more HERE. I promised to feature the great light fixtures, though forgot.....well here they are! St. Louis Mid-century design at its best!
Last week the Landmarks Association honored Mr. and Mrs. Egon Schwarz on the renovation of their Harris Armstrong house in Oakland, Missouri (Kirkwood Area). Mr Schwarz and his late wife, Dorothea, convinced Harris Armstrong to built their home on a Washington University professor's income. At first Harris said "no"....professors did not have enough money or taste to hire him, though Dorothea was persistent. The house became a little worn over the years and recently Egon and family decided to renovate the home. The home is elegant and now preserved for the future. Read more HERE
Check out this story from last week's At Home story in the St. Louis Post Dispatch by Amy Burger. It is a great example of how you can make a traditional home contemporary while still fitting in with the neighborhood. Read the story HERE
Photos by Stephanie S. Cordle
It is that time of year to harvest your basil and make pesto before its frosts. Last night, after a busy few days of socializing, I stayed in and made pesto. Some I am keeping fresh in the refrigerator (top the container with a layer of olive oil so it does not darken) and the rest I will freeze. I think I was a little heavy on the garlic....I still reeked of garlic in the morning....glad I stayed home after eating my pesto pasta!
“Frederick Dunn: St. Louis Modernist” – A Night at Lewis & Clark Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, October 23rd
Join Modern STL and St. Louis County Preservation Historian Esley Hamilton for his lecture “Frederick Dunn: St. Louis Modernist” at Dunn’s historic (and threatened) Lewis & Clark Branch Library. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Dunn was one of St. Louis’ earliest advocates for Modern design. His works, including St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Nagel & Dunn, 1939) and the National Council of State Garden Clubs Headquarters (Dunn & Stinson, 1959), are among the best in the region. Lewis & Clark Branch Library is no different; completed in 1963, it features incredible stained glass windows by artist Robert Harmon of Emil Frei & Associates and is by far the most architecturally significant building in the St. Louis County Library system. It is also, coincidentally, slated for demolition under SLCL’s 2012 Facilities Master Plan.
If you've never been to Lewis and Clark, arrive early for a (quiet) stroll through the reading room before heading downstairs to the auditorium at 7:30pm. At the conclusion of Mr. Hamilton’s talk he and Modern STL board members will lead a brief discussion on the building's future and what you can do to prevent its demolition.
For more on the library's important place in St. Louis' MCM heritage, check out Modern Stl’s article on the Lewis and Clark Branch in Docomomo US' September newsletter!
Last night I went to the preview dinner for the World Chess Hall of Fame's new exhibit- A Queen Within. This is an important exhibit for St. Louis running through April 2014. It was quite the scene at the dinner last night with fashionistas from around the globe. Tonight I am off to the Gala!
Right Bath is a sister company of Mosby Building Arts, and this morning they launched a contest to win a Right Bath.
The contest runs until Nov. 22, so if you are active on Pinterest and Facebook AND want a new bathroom for your home/condo, you might want to play!
Here are the contest details:
6000 Mergenthal, Weldon Spring, Open 1-3 PM
612 Babler Park, Wild Wood, Open 1-3 PM
10637 Ballantrae, Frontenac, Open 1-3 PM
8016 Crescent, Clayton, Open 2-4 PM
41 Northcote, Brentwood Open 2-4 PM
Yes, you have to endure more pictures of our farmhouse. Writing a blog every day is hard work. I call it "feed the monster"....I created it and it needs constant attention. Knowing that 600+ page hits a day occur...I am motivated! Don't tell anyone, though about 1/3 of my business comes from blog fans or people that have found me searching the web. Well here are some pictures to keep you engaged. They are from our (I share the farmhouse with 3 brothers and the farm as a whole with 3 other cousins) farmhouse in Pike County, MO during a recent overnight party. Yesterday's post was about the preparation for the party. City people do not understand pealing paint and spiders....I slaved since my sons went back to college getting the house ready. I promise...the last of the series. (You also could have a country retreat....call me...I have some more fabulous than this! It really is a great way to entertain and keep your family together! Think about buying one with 3-4 good friends and sharing it! OK...done with the selling!)
Time goes by quickly. I just painted the 1st fl bedroom and Living Room of our farmhouse. As I was painting, I realized that it has been over 20 years since they rooms were redone. The Living Room was sponged and the bedroom had stars stamped on the paint....very 90's.
I had a group of 16 out to spend the night at the farm last Saturday....somehow it worked with only 5 actual beds and 1 bathroom in the house. Blow up mattresses are certainly handy and everyone seems to have one except for me....I slept on the couch.
I have been seeing this soft celery green in houses that I show and love it...so I went a little overboard and painted the Living Room and Bedroom a soft green....one called Honey Dew and the other called Rubbed Sage from Sherwin Williams. In the pictures it will look like the same color, though they are very different. Believe it or not I went through 12 colors of green sample paint before I was happy.
I also painted 3 scary closets that probably have not seen a fresh coat of paint in 50 years.....and probably not again in my lifetime. It is a little disturbing to think in those terms...though mid-life does it....I need to make a point to repaint them before I get too old!
Gorgeous pillared colonial home in a private setting. Bright, impeccably maintained and open. 5 bedrooms & 3.5 baths. Gorgeous wood floors throughout the 1st level and most of the 2nd floor. Formal Living Room and separate Dining Room. Large kitchen with breakfast room that opens to a Family Room with a gas fireplace. The kitchen has white cabinets, granite counters, gas cooktop and newer appliances. The master bedroom features a vaulted ceiling, 2 walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Finished Lower Level with plenty of storage. Zoned HVAC. The backyard is fenced and features a composite deck, patio, gazebo and koi pond. 3 car garage with a hobby area.
Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-607-5555 email@example.com
No the circus is not coming to town....no this is not a picture from Arizona....no not the house in Breaking Bad where they brewed Meth....it is a home in Clayton that I drove by yesterday. Some pest control company was doing this. I hate to think what was wrong with the home. They do this in other parts of the country to treat for termite infestation....though it is the first time I have seen this here.
Charming Wildwood ranch home in a country setting with no views of other homes. Located close to everything- 1 mile from Babler Park, 4 miles from Chesterfield Valley & 20 minutes to Clayton. 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The center of the home is a private brick courtyard accessible from 3 areas of the home. The LR features a stone fireplace with a large brick hearth & a wet bar. Family room with vaulted ceiling. Large master bedroom suite with a beamed ceiling & French doors to the courtyard. Separate wing for the other 3 bedrooms with another den. Cedar deck connects to a large, flat, fenced yard. All new electric wiring & panels. Newer, zoned heating & AC. New R-60 insulation. Detached, oversized garage with hobby area. The home sits on the edge of a 1.2 acre lot with plenty of room for a fenced paddock, barn & more. The property has mature specimen trees with landscaping designed by Skip Giebel who built the special home. Cobblestone edged driveway & new, epoxy pebble walk.
Open Sunday 1-3 PM
Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-607-5555, firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out this stunning property in Benton Park....right next to Sidney Street Cafe
Listed by Kelli Graf, Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty
First time on market. on 2 acres in Kirkwood! Mid century ranch home exudes charm consistent with Kirkwood and the rural feel of the immediate area, yet 5 minute to interstate. The setting on 2 acres is incredible. 3 original ceramic baths in magnificent shape. The vaulted kitchen and dining is spacious and offers job finish wood floors, lots of windows and is open to the great room. Wall of sliding glass doors in great room with adjoining 3 season room (used as main floor family room) -FLWright style fireplace and more lighted cornices. 3 main floor bedrooms and 2 full baths on main. 1-2 more bedrooms with closets and egress windows in lower bath as well as 3rd full bath in walk out lower level. You will be as impressed in the lower level family room which also has a wall of doors to enclosed patio. The lower level is full of impeccable knotty pine walls and light floods all the rooms! Awesome view out each room of woods and beauty! $379,000
Listed by Colleen and Roe McCabe, Prudential Alliance Realtors, 636-537-0300
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Last week I had the treat of touring Cfx's headquarters in Tower Grove South. What was once a Catholic church is now a dynamic workplace for this high-caliber advertising agency. The workplace definitely sets this company apart from other firms housed in square boxes!