Grab Bag: 3.5 Cottages + one MCM

June 2, 2014 , In: Residential Properties , With: No Comments


“It’s St. Louis Hills in North County!” That’s what a fellow architecture buff told me after her first visit to beautiful Bel-Nor. And I have to admit, I agree. I’ve loved this charming little community since I attended high school there many moons ago, and the homes are indeed reminiscent of the unique 1930s & 40s masonry often seen in south city.

This 1938 Storybook gem is an especially nice example, and it’s even sweeter considering that it offers 2179 square feet of living space and sits on a double lot! Bonus for the walking distance to UMSL & Metrolink, and the matching 2-car garage! 8105 Glen Echo has 4 bedrooms & 2 baths. It’s listed by Donna King, Prudential Alliance, for $200,000.


It’s no secret that I adore Crystal Lake Park, the 1920s resort community tucked away behind Plaza Frontenac. I wrote about a former speakeasy there last year, and now I’m pleased to share this 1931 cottage that could be absolutely wonderful with a little TLC. There’s so much to like: original woodwork, neat vintage bathrooms, expensive real estate nearby. And best of all, the house is on the market for the first time in 50 years and the price is right! 2150 Oak Dr has 3 bedrooms & 2.5 baths in 1542sf. It’s listed by Jonathan Smith, Prudential Alliance, for $175,ooo.


Here’s a property that won’t fly for probably 98% of the population, but for the 2% who get it and who need a unique live/work situation, this is one heck of a find!! The deal includes 4 buildings on .55 acre: this 1935 brick cottage above, the 1951 ranch below, a 1-car brick garage, and a HUGE workshop.


The catch, which is either good or bad depending on your perspective, is that the location is very high visibility – right near the busy Page & Warson intersection. But if a convenient mid-county locale with tons of flexible live/work space is what you want, this place could definitely be a score! 1813 & 1823 North Warson are listed together by Sara Blandino, Realty Exchange, for $284,800. Here’s the link for 1813.


What Grab Bag is complete without some mid-century modern? Here’s a quirky 1958 ranch that just hit the market today in Graeser Acres, another of my favorite subdivisions. The bumped out roofline is a newer addition but I think it’s pretty cool. I also dig the large lot, original fireplace and partial basement, especially since many of the neighboring MCMs are slabs. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to see this place in person! 39 Patterson has 3 bedrooms & 2.5 baths in 2788sf. It’s listed by Amin El Hasan, American Integrity Realty, for $239,000. 

If you’d like a buyer’s agent to show you any of these unique properties (or you have a unique/vintage property to sell), give me a call…

Shannon Howard
(314) 359-5927


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Shannon Howard

Realtor / Old House Specialist

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