Small Town Sleek: 305 W. Jackson

January 15, 2013 , In: Residential Properties , With: No Comments


I get a lot of emails from readers who absolutely love the contemporary houses I feature here. But the steep prices…not so much. The bulk of our mid-century modern homes are clustered around the expensive central corridor, beyond the budget of many buyers, so whenever I see a cool vintage property at a bargain price, I just have to share it.

Take this 1963 ranch in Owensville, about 90 minutes west of downtown St. Louis. I don’t know who had the guts to build this sleek modern house in a small town once known for its corn cob pipe factory, but whoever he or she is, I say KUDOS to you, brave soul!


The house sits on a quiet street in Owensville’s main residential area, surrounded primarily by modest 50s ranches. I wish I could tell you I have interior pics, but I don’t. All I know is the property is bank-owned, and the house is huge! It has 5 bedrooms & 3.5 baths in 2856 square feet! The lot is just under a half acre.


According to the listing agent, there’s a sunken living room, a big brick fireplace, two enclosed patios, a 2-car garage and a private courtyard. Apparently the decor is pretty dated, and the house has been vacant for quite a while, so it sounds like some love & sweat equity is definitely needed.

But that’s ok. Because the price is just $74,900!


Of course, I realize this location will be a deal breaker for most people. But if your life & work takes you out Highway 44, not far from Cuba & Sullivan, perhaps this could be a good fit. Maybe even a weekend home?

305 W. Jackson was just listed today by Archie Schaeg, Dolan Realtors. 

If you’d like a buyer’s agent to show you this one-of-a-kind vintage house, give me a call! I’d love a good excuse for a road trip!

Shannon Howard
(314) 359-5927


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Shannon Howard

Realtor / Old House Specialist

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