610 Kenilworth, Ballwin – Sometimes I could kick myself for not taking photos when I tour a house, and that’s definitely the case here. I showed this sprawling 1970s ranch a few weeks ago, and after my buyer decided it was too big for her, I came home eager to blog about it. However, when I pulled up the MLS pics, I realized that, strangely, they looked absolutely nothing like the house I had just been through!
Blame it on weird angles, I don’t know. All I can say is that this place is WAY more warm and inviting in person. The owners are obviously world travelers and it shines through in their exotic decor. They’re also dog lovers, with an incredibly large mudroom/main floor laundry that’s perfect for messy pooches (or kids). The price has recently come down, making 610 Kenilworth a great buy.
But hey, don’t believe me! Check it out yourself at today’s open house, 1-3pm! 2345 square feet, 3+3, $279,900, listing courtesy of Kathleen Pecher, Coldwell Banker Gundaker.
4125 Miami, Tower Grove South – Here’s another cool property that I showed recently, this time in South City. My buyer found the kitchen a wee bit small for his needs, but we both agreed that this 1931 bungalow has a boatload of charm. Aside from the owners’ art collection, which I’m still drooling over, I was positively smitten by two things: the one-of-a-kind, sparkly rock retaining walls outside and the colorful vitrolite tile inside. In the kitchen, the tile is kind of taupe and white with jade trim. In the bathroom, it’s dreamy purple with mint green! Seriously, there’s a lot to love about this house, including the private backyard and great location just south of Tower Grove Park. 1312 square feet, 3+1, $129,900, listing courtesy of Christopher Thiemet, Circa Properties.
9404 Parklind, Sunset Hills – There are lots of reasons why somebody might want a second home on their property – art studio, mother-in-law’s quarters, etc – but the truth is it’s not always easy to find listings that fit the bill. I stumbled upon this 1939 ranch with a separate guest house last week, and I just knew I had to share it. The MLS photos are a little cryptic, but from what I can piece together, the front house has a wealth of vintage features and the back house is recently updated. There’s also a koi pond and a fenced patio area between the two structures, making for a sweet private entertaining spot. Bring your handy, creative self to this as-is property and you just might snag a heck of a deal. 1818 square feet (main house), 3+2, $160,000, listing courtesy of Mary Stubbs, Coldwell Banker Gundaker.
225 Hemingway, Weldon Spring – I like my space & privacy, so I’m not much of a condo person. But if I had to live in a condo, I would be all over Chapter One. That’s the small complex near 94 & 40 that honors authors Ernest Hemingway and Rudyard Kipling, and also happens to offer some fabulous contemporary design. I remember when this place was built in 1983, because even then I was a real estate nerd. I begged my mom to take me through the display model, and I was definitely not disappointed. I loved the soaring ceilings, modern angles & sleek paneled walls, and all these years later I still do. This particular unit is the largest model available, offering two master suites and a huge deck. I think it may be a little pricey, but it did just hit the market 3 days ago. 1811 square feet, 2+2, $155,000, listing courtesy of Gina Koerner, Keller Williams Realty.