Many neighborhoods have one – that unique, mysterious home unlike any other in the area. Often they’re tucked away, hidden even, drawing endless questions about who lives there, who built the house, and of course what it looks like inside.
In my neighborhood, that mystery property is 500 Estelle Avenue, a grand 1912 home that sits on 2+ acres and pretty much dwarfs every other house in the immediate vicinity. It’s located on a quiet block just beyond the Old Ferguson West National Register Historic District, so it’s off the radar even for many locals. But if you’re an adventurous soul looking for a new project, come take a peek at this place and I guarantee you’ll be intrigued….
Built by an executive for Missouri Portland Cement, this house is remarkable for several reasons. One, it’s made mostly from concrete. Two, it’s a rare example of Craftsman style in Ferguson. Three, it has one of the largest lots in town. And four, it’s astonishingly original in terms of woodwork, architectural details and light fixtures…
When I first saw the interior nine years ago, I was absolutely blown away! The owners at the time were only the second family to own the property in nearly a century, and the house was so original there were still functional gas sconces!
The current owners did a bit of repairing & updating, including a lovely remodel of the upstairs bath, but there’s still a boatload of original character here, and plenty of updates & fixes you will probably want to make yourself. Not just inside but outside too…
This property includes two lots for a total of 2.2 acres, which is large enough to plant a massive garden, build another garage or install your own mini golf course! And don’t forget: EarthDance, home of Missouri’s oldest organic farm, is just blocks away! Same for the Ferguson Farmers Market and all the restaurants & live concerts of Ferguson Citywalk!
The potential here is tremendous! So if you appreciate old-timey things like push button light switches, antique door knobs and secret servant bells, by all means do NOT miss my open house this Sunday!! Original vintage homes like this do not come along very often!
500 Estelle Avenue has 3 bedrooms & 2 baths in 2198 square feet. It’s listed by me for $164,500 and is OPEN SUNDAY, 8/10, from 1-3pm.
For more info or to arrange a private showing, give me a shout! I live a block away and I can tell you all about my friendly neighborhood!