California Mod Revisted: 9124 Rott

May 25, 2012 , In: Field Notes, Residential Properties , With: No Comments

I wrote about this house back in January and I’m bummed to see that it’s still unsold after 200 days on market. I showed it again this week, and though it’s definitely not a project for the faint-hearted, it does have tremendous potential to be one heck of a rockin’ pad.

Sitting on 1.25 heavily wooded acres adjoining Laumeier Sculpture Park, it’s a 1954 California-style modern ranch that is completely oriented toward the natural surroundings. Huge windows line the front and back walls, creating lovely vistas in each room. And the design is actually pretty smart, because you can open windows on both sides and get amazing air flow.

When people talk about houses being site-specific, this is definitely what they mean. This house and this property just make sense together. Which is why I would really hate to see this place bulldozed for a McMansion.

St. Louis has lost so many of its mid-century modern treasures. How great it would be for someone to love this house and bring it back to life!

The price has dropped from $199,900 to $169,000, and apparently that’s firm. I think it’s still a bit high, and so has every client I’ve shown it to. The house is basically a gut rehab, and I would advise any buyer to seek a good structural inspection before buying this property. Just to make sure.

Still, for the right price and with a lot of work, it could be AWESOME! There’s an inground pool buried back in the woods, and you can literally walk from the yard right into Laumeier.

So what do you say? Are you ready to rescue this modern gem?

Listing courtesy of Kelli Ewen, RE/MAX Select, (636) 779-8080. More photos and info available here.

If you’d like a buyer’s agent to show you this one-of-a-kind vintage property featuring 3 bedrooms & 1 bath in 1,274 square feet, I’d be happy to help!

Shannon Howard
(314) 359-5927


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