Grab Bag: A Fresh Crop for the New Year!



Well, hello there! Happy 2015! I hope you’re staying warm despite this yucky weather. Me, I’m still braving the cold to show & sell houses!

I’ve been especially focused on live/work properties lately, so that’s where I’ll start our Grab Bag today. This multi-family Maplewood gem, above, is such a unique find! Built in 1904, it sits right at edge of the city border, providing easy access to both downtown Maplewood and South City – except with no 1% earnings tax! You can rent out the first floor commercial space for $1000 and live in the apartment upstairs, or use the full building as your very own live/work space. Overall you’ve got 4284 square feet to work with, plus a lovely deck and a nice big yard too! 3368 Oxford is listed by Patrice TenBroek, RE/MAX Results, for $250,000.

A fantastic estate, just waiting for you, your family and friend

I’ve been driving by this place for weeks, wondering exactly what the story is. It’s a big sprawling property that almost reminds me of Graceland, except it’s located – not very conspicuously – on a very busy stretch of road in St. Charles County. It is commercial? It is residential? Now I know. Apparently it started life as a Colonial-style farmhouse in the 1920s and has since grown to become one serious compound, complete with an inground pool, pool house with full kitchen, and 12-car garage! There’s also a hot tub solarium with its own fireplace, a luxury office suite, even a custom playhouse with matching dog houses!! Clearly no expense was spared here, and that plus the prime location, comes with a hefty price tag of $899,999. But hey, just think of the parties you could have! 8439 Mexico has 4 bedrooms & 6 bathrooms in 4260sf. It’s listed by Barb Herbert & Delaine Bryant, BHHS Select, for $899,999. Make sure you check out the video tour!


Elsewhere in St. Chuck, here’s a sweet little gem on the opposite end of the spectrum. Built in 1855 as the African Methodist Episcopal Church of St. Charles, this unique building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is likely the earliest black church in the area. It was constructed of hand-hewn timbers and handmade bricks by the slaves who eventually worshipped there, and is considered a significant example of local antebellum architecture and African-American history. Inside its 18-inch thick walls, a major renovation took place in 1947 and the property has been a residence ever since. Yes, it’s kinda small and quirky but I think you will absolutely LOVE the charm & character. I know I do! 554 Madison has 2 bedrooms & 1 bath in 1112sf. It’s listed by Dilla Goedert, CBG, for $135,000.


If you’ve visited my blog before, you know I’m a sucker for houses that look one way on the outside and then offer a complete surprise inside. Well, this regal home in the Central West End certainly does not disappoint. Would you ever guess the interior looks like THIS?? 4632 McPherson


Apparently this 1902 abode was converted to a live/work space, allowing you to run a posh gallery or boutique on the main floor and then head upstairs at the end of the day to your equally stunning residence. Contemporary is the key word here, so don’t expect much historical flair. But if you’ve got the right product to sell, this location could be straight up fabulous! 4632 McPherson has 2 bedrooms & 3 baths in 6180sf. It’s listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s, for $699,000.


Looking for something equally surprising but at a much lower price point? Then don’t miss this 1941 bungalow in Brentwood! Somebody blew out the ceilings on this brick charmer, giving it a loft-like look and a much more modern vibe. There’s also an inground pool out back! 8905 Moritz has 3 bedrooms & 2 baths in 1291sf. It’s listed by Robert Frisella, RE/MAX Suburban, for $249,000.


Finally, what’s a Grab Bag without some fantastic vintage kitchens? Both of these just happen to be on the same street in Holly Hills, and both are also duplexes with income potential. But all I really want to know is which kitchen makes you drool the most? This emerald green 1920s glory above, or the 1950s metal marvel below?

Kitchen - This is a 1950 Kitchen with all modern updated electri

I’m pretty keen on both but I think #2 is the winner. Or should I say #3679?! 3679 Wilmington has 2 bedrooms & 2 baths in 2150sf. It’s listed by Leonmarie Benner, RE/MAX Results, for $170k. 803 Wilmington has 4 bedrooms & 2 baths in 2208sf. It’s listed by Jamie Benack, St. Louis Property Investments, for $124,900. 

If you’d like a buyer’s agent to show you any of these unique properties, give me a call. I’m also available to assist sellers!

Shannon Howard
(314) 359-5927

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Shannon Howard

Realtor / Old House Specialist

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