In the 1920s, when many prominent St. Louisans were looking for a serene and private place to build their country estates, it was the rolling meadows of Huntleigh that most enchanted them. Perfect for horseback riding but still convenient to the city, this mid-county enclave attracted some of the area’s most affluent residents, notable among them August A. Busch, Sr.
Mr. Busch was an avid horseman. So much so that he and Edward E. Bakewell founded the Bridlespur Hunt Club in 1927, at #1 Squires Lane in Huntleigh. At their first official running of the hounds in May 1928, the men wore “smart pink coats with collars of robin’s egg blue” while the ladies were adorned in “high silk hats with mesh veils.”*
This sporting tradition continued until the 1940s, when Bridlespur was relocated to St. Charles County. But left behind was a magnificent treasure – a 10,000-square-foot brick villa that has been a private residence ever since. Situated on 3.1 lush acres not far from Lindbergh & Manchester, this one-of-a-kind home was recently renovated top to bottom, and just hit the market last week for a cool $2 million.
Even if you can’t afford the price tag, at least enjoy the beauty of this magnificent local landmark…
Listing courtesy of Wayne Norwood, Gladys Manion Inc., (314) 721-4755. More photos and info available here.
If you’d like a buyer’s agent to show you this exceptional estate, which also comes with a pool and cabana, I’d be happy to help!
*Quoted from “Under the Influence: The Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty” by Peter Hernon & Terry Ganey