In terms of character, cost & location, I happen to think Overland’s classic downtown district is one of St. Louis’ most under-appreciated gems. It has all the right bones to be awesome, if only the right creative people would step in and reinvigorate the real estate. Beyond the main Woodson Road corridor, there’s also an interesting commercial stretch along Lackland just waiting to be redeveloped, and that’s where you’ll find this 1946 streamline moderne delight…
It’s just as fabulous from the front as it is from the back, and for some reason makes me think of Pee Wee’s Playhouse! It’s currently zoned commercial but perhaps it could also be used for live/work space? 9628 Lackland has 2883sf and a 5-car parking lot. It’s listed by Nancy Harrison, Jenah Realty Group, for just $80,000.
Right across the street, another intriguing property is also available, and it’s definitely ideal for live/work. Built in 1930, it was a tavern/restaurant for many decades and is nearly ready to become one again. The upstairs apartment has been dramatically updated with sleek, modern features, while the downstairs is freshly renovated and just needing some finishes touches. 9623 Lackland has 6075sf and 25 parking spaces. It’s listed by Arsen Amirdjanian, New World Realty, for $299,900.
If you need even more space than that, take a look at the historic Henry Wallis estate nearby. Built in 1906 and originally enveloped by a vineyard and orchard, this gracious old building was used as a funeral home from 1950 until recently. It’s basically a farmhouse with a mid-century addition on the back – perfect for a retreat center, bed & breakfast or wedding/event venue. Just think of what you could do with 70 parking spaces! There’s even an additional .83 acres available if you’d like more land. 9709 Lackland has 8030sf and a 2-car garage. It’s listed by Patrice TenBroek, RE/MAX Results, for $199,000.
Also in the 63114 zip but on the east side of town (closer to Clayton), you’ll find another 1940s building with Deco flair. It has great visibility, just a stone’s throw from 170, and you could easily use it for live/work. The interior has been nicely updated and offers lots of possibilities, including potential cash flow from existing tenants. 2729 Brown has 3300sf and is listed by Arsen Amirdjanian, New World Realty, for $199,900.
Finally, here’s a property you will either love or hate. It’s still 63114 but sits right near the busy Page thoroughfare. I mean right near. Built in 1935, I’m sure it was once a peaceful little gingerbread surrounded by other homes, but today most of the neighbors are businesses and this property has C2 zoning itself. If you want live/work with a massive studio/garage and you don’t mind a busy location, this just might be the one for you! 1813 North Warson has 4 buildings, .55 acre and a total of 3187sf. It’s listed by Sarah Blandino, Realty Exchange, for $199,900.
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! Inventory & interest rates are down so it’s a wonderful time to list!!