2355 Hickory, Lafayette Square – When you see as many “rehabbed” properties as I do, you know that there can be a huge range in the quality of workmanship. That’s why I’m happy to give BIG props to Orlando Askins, a California-based realtor/developer who does the most incredible renovations in the city of St. Louis. I recently sold one of his homes in Tower Grove East (before it even hit the market) and I can’t tell you what a joy Orlando was to work with. Here’s his latest project in Lafayette Square – a big ol’ 1890s brick house that’s now super fresh and modern inside. I’ve seen it. It’s awesome!! You will be AMAZED! 3201 square feet, $375,000, listing courtesy of Orlando Askins, City Life Realty.
1626 Grant Road, Webster Groves – Oooh, what a nice surprise! This 1949 brick ranch is just a wee fella at 949 square feet, but who would guess that it’s filled with intricate stonework inside?! The rock walls stretch all the way from the living room/dining room to the breezeway, adding so much character to the house! This one just hit the market today and I bet it goes fast! 949 square feet, $154,900, listing courtesy of Philip Hunt, Prudential Advantage.
440 Hunters Hill, Chesterfield – Of all the neat houses I’ve seen over the years, 440 Hunters Hill is definitely near the the top of the list. It’s the 1920s European-style hunting lodge that I featured back in February, when it was selling as a foreclosure for $259,900. Well, somebody bought it and has since done a LOT of work, bringing this vintage masterpiece & its massive cedar shake roof back to good health. The transformation is incredible! I am totally jealous of the next owner!! 3800 square feet, $599,000, listing courtesy of Cari Knox, Esquire Realty.
201 East Holden, unincorporated SoCo – As every good gardener knows, the plants are usually the easy part. It’s the hardscaping, or the bones of the garden, that take the most time & money. Which is why I absolutely adore this sweet little fixer-upper in the Lemay area. The house was built in 1910 and has loads of charm, but the real prize here is the yard full of elaborate stone sculptures – walls, archways, planters, a bridge, even a pond! It’s like a mini version of the Black Madonna grottos! There’s even stonework on parts of the house. So come on, why not jump in there and bring this magical garden back to life! 2192 square feet, $34,900, listing courtesy of J.D. Diepenbrock, Connie Bequette Real Estate. (For better pics, check out Google Maps.)
903 Coal Bank, Spanish Lake – Speaking of gardens & fixer-uppers, I just have to share this potential mini farm in Spanish Lake. If you’re looking for a place to grow veggies or plant an orchard, you’ll appreciate this 3-acre plot not far from the Mississippi/Missouri Confluence and some of the best farmland in North County. The house was built in 1929, and it needs a bit of TLC, but I dare you to find a similar property for this price anywhere else in St. Louis! 1610 square feet, $79,900, listing courtesy of Diane Donati, RE/MAX Stars.