Grab Bag: Big Yard Bliss

February 6, 2013 , In: Residential Properties , With: No Comments

I don’t know if it’s the winter blahs, or the fact that bare trees are revealing more of our neighbors than we’d usually prefer, but I’ve been getting lots of requests for big, private, wooded yards lately. I dug through my list of favorite properties and came up with several great options, which of course are also vintage and fabulous to boot…


656 Hurstgreen, Webster Groves – Talk about a show place! This 1948 gem inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright sits on a lush one-acre lot in the prime Old Westbury subdivision. It’s one of those rare homes that really offers a fluid connection to the outdoors, with gorgeous natural light, pleasant views and a wide open layout that flows seamlessly to the exterior living spaces. Even if the price is too high for your budget, you really should check out the pics. 3160 square feet, 4+3, $559,000. Listed by Becci Lauber Sasser, Keller Williams. 

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30 Bellerive Acres, Bellerive – If you’re the type of person who only searches for homes in certain zip codes, chances are you’ve missed this lovely little NoCo neighborhood, which is actually its very own village. Situated directly next to UMSL, it’s a small, upscale enclave that was built around the old Bellerive Country Club, and it’s currently yielding some very cool properties at bargain prices. This one was built in 1928, so it’s one of the earlier houses in the subdivision. And though it could use some cosmetic updating, it’s still a neat old place nestled on a wooded half acre. 2716 square feet, 4+4, $189,900. Listed by Margaret Liggett, Laura McCarthy. 


583 Oak Ridge, Eureka – If you’re looking to be wrapped in the warm embrace of Mother Nature, this 1980 contemporary in Eureka sits right in the sweet spot. Resting high above 8.71 acres, it has spectacular views in every direction and also comes with a passive solar greenhouse, an inground pool, a steam shower and a nicely updated kitchen. I’m not sure why it’s still on the market after 200+ days (price??), but if seclusion & style is what you want, this unique home certainly delivers. 2400 square feet, 3+3.5, $339,000. Listed by Betsy Brueggeman, RE/MAX. 


1980 St. Peters Howell, unincorporated St. Chuck – For vintage fans, finding a neat older house in St. Charles County can often be a challenge. But let me tell you, this 1966 ranch totally fits the bill! Despite some newer carpeting and modern updates, it still has some great mid-century flavor. And the lot – WOW!! It’s 1.52 wooded acres backing to a golf course and a lake, and it is absolutely gorgeous!! Seriously! I’ve always liked this part of town because it has a rural, out-of-the-way feel, but every time I drive by this house and catch a glimpse of that beautiful vista, I like it even more! 1685 square feet, 4+2, $244,900. Listed by Evelyn Krazer, Sunshine Realty.


1901 Parkton Way, Barnhart – Well, the good news about this one-of-a-kind Gothic Victorian home is that it’s still in good condition after 153 years. The bad news is it’s completely engulfed by a 1970s subdivision. Even so, the history here is amazing, dating back to the mid-1800s when the O’Fallon family owned much of the land that’s now Barnhart. It was James O’Fallon, a farmer and cattle rancher, who built this 13-room brick estate. He also happened to be the grand-nephew of William Clark (as in Lewis & Clark). As you can probably tell, there’s plenty of space here – 5000 square feet inside the house and nearly an acre outside. The first floor even has 14-foot ceilings! 1901 Parkton Way has 5 bedrooms & 2 baths. It’s listed by Bill Hund, Realty Executives, for $289,900.

If you’d like a buyer’s agent to show you any of these unique properties, each graced with ample yard space, give me a call!

Shannon Howard
(314) 359-5927


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