Grab Bag: Old Jamestown Gems

November 19, 2012 , In: Quick Thoughts, Residential Properties , With: No Comments

When I mention to other realtors that I live and work in North County, I’m often met with an uncomfortable combo of pity, disgust and perplexity. WHY would you want to work up there?, their faces usually say. And then I know: this person has obviously never seen Old Jamestown. Because if they had, they would totally understand why my heart still roots for this amazingly beautiful part of St. Louis.

Think what you will about the rest of NoCo, but there is simply no denying that the Old Jamestown area, bordering the Missouri River near the Confluence, is a magical place of unique natural wonders, rich history and incredible architecture. And because of that, the 63034 zip code remains North County’s strongest in terms of holding its value.

I grew up in this neck of the woods, and I know it well. So I thought I’d share some of the true gems that are for sale there right now, leaving that “castle” up above for the very end…

10 Persimmon –  This house probably won’t win any awards for curb appeal, but what it lacks in pizzazz, it more than makes up for in land and location. Sitting on 3.67 acres within walking distance of the river, this 1970 ranch has an open living area and a 3-car garage, and would make one heck of a country retreat! It’s also right next door to one of my all-time favorite properties – a fun & colorful mini farm that is sure to warm your heart! 1950 square feet, 5+3, $209,900, listing courtesy of broker/owner Dana Carlos, Assist 2 Sell. 

42 Carrico – When I say prime property, THIS is what I mean. It’s a 1959 stone ranch that comes with 24.47 acres directly bordering the Missouri River and Pelican Island. It’s a real shame that the MLS photos are so poor (and that the agent won’t take me up on my offer to do a full feature), because I’ve seen this place and it’s absolutely incredible! Not only does it look like a lodge inside, with wood ceilings and huge beams, but it also comes with a 3-acre lake, a stream and a large expanse of forest, and it’s located on the infamous Bubblehead Road! There is no basement here, likely because the property is in a flood plain, but there’s still plenty of space to work with, and loads of potential! 3025 square feet, 3+3, $499,000, listing courtesy of David Patterson, Coldwell Banker Gundaker. 

17200 Old Jamestown – I’ve driven past this cute little farmhouse hundreds of times over the years and yet I only recently learned its secret. You can’t tell from the exterior, but at the heart of this home is actually a 1790s log cabin, which once served as “the most remote outpost of civilization on the frontier!” Built by Guy Seely, one of the first land owners in North County, the cabin sat near a popular Indian trail and was often the site of conferences with Native Americans. It was also where General James Wilkinson, first governor of the Louisiana Territory, stayed for two weeks while choosing a site for what eventually became Fort Bellefontaine, the first U.S. Military post west of the Mississippi.

Of course, a lot has changed since the frontier era, and this house is now modernized and much larger. But it still has a lot of character and a nice chunk of land – 1.5 acres. Update the decor and this place could be your very own historic hideaway! And just imagine the neat old stuff you might “excavate” in the yard!  2122 square feet, 3+1, $125,000, listing courtesy of Barb Doner, RE/MAX Stars. 

4023 Fleur de Lis – If you’re looking for a huge, executive-style home at a fraction of the price you’d pay in West County, don’t miss this Spanish Revival beauty in the lovely Fleur de Lis subdivision. Built in 1978, this house sprawls to a whopping 4300 square feet and comes with 4.05 acres and a 7-car garage! The kitchen may be a bit out of date, but what do you expect for $245,000?! Seriously, this is a whole lot of nest for the money! 4 bedrooms & 3.5 baths, listing courtesy of Carol Stroker, Prudential Select. 

275 Afshari – OK, it’s finally time for the castle… If you grew up in North County (and maybe even if you didn’t), you have undoubtedly heard the name Afshari. A local character named Joe Afshari developed a number of hideous strip malls and other questionable/bankrupt ventures in the 80s & 90s, and this gargantuan local landmark is actually his private residence. Afshari created this subdivision and a few more nearby, but he built no home larger than his own – a massive all-brick structure that spans 5364 square feet! Perched prominently on a hill overlooking 2.67 acres, this one-of-a-kind house has a 20-foot octagonal fireplace and an indoor pool, but what strikes me most about it is the Graceland-style decor. I hope you like floral carpet & wallpaper! 4 bedrooms + 3.5 baths, $799,000, listing courtesy of Paul Morad, Coldwell Banker Gundaker.

If you’d like a buyer’s agent to show you any of these unique properties, give me a call!

Shannon Howard
(314) 359-5927


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