Grab Bag: just a few places I like

February 27, 2013 , In: Commercial Properties, Residential Properties , With: No Comments

Whew! Another busy week! Luckily I have awesome clients who like unique houses as much as I do!  I’ve kept you blog fans waiting long enough, so I might as well just dive right in…


210 Weiss Ave, Lemay – Looking to buy a piece of genuine local history? Here’s your chance to own one of the few remaining Turner Halls in St. Louis. Turner stands for Turnverien, a popular German physical fitness movement that boomed during the late 19th century. At one time, St. Louis had 14 Turner athletic societies – more than anywhere else in the country. Today, only the Concordia Turners, founded in 1875, carry on the tradition of “a sound mind in a sound body.”

In their heyday, Turner Halls were used as gymnasiums, kindergartens, dance halls, music venues and community gathering spaces. Obviously, I wasn’t around back then but I do have fond memories of the old North St. Louis Turner Hall, where I saw some rockin’ concerts in the 80s. It burned down a few years ago, suffering the fate that so many of these historic buildings face. Which is why I really hope somebody buys this one and preserves it!

Located just beyond the city border, Schiller’s Turner Hall was built around 1909 and comes to you today with a gymnasium, bowling alley, bar, mezzanine, 19-foot ceilings and a .64-acre lot with fenced parking. Just imagine the possibilities! 9500 square feet, $229,900, listed 6 days ago by Gregory Hayden, Luxemberg Realty. 


1515 Lafayette Ave #403, Lafayette Square – Speaking of historic buildings, here’s a great success story for local preservation! This chic condo sits in the west wing of what was once City Hospital, St. Louis’ primary public hospital from 1906 to the mid-80s, when it was basically abandoned and left to rot. It sat empty for 20 years before it was finally renovated and transformed into “The Georgian,” a unique condo community with great views and a sweet central location. And I mean sweet as in 2-3 blocks from Square One Brewery, Bailey’s Chocolate Bar and all the other fab goodies in Lafayette Square! 2+2, 1017 square feet, $139,900. Listed by Jenifer Garcia, Garcia Properties. 

Taken Summer of 2012

11120 Jerries Lane, unincorporated NoCo – If your budget is small but you still want a nice vintage house on at least an acre, don’t miss this bargain-priced 1940s gem with a phenomenal backyard! It sits in a private little corner of North County where every house is different and the lots are huge. The street has a rural vibe, even though it’s super convenient to shopping and highways. You’ll even see horses there! 3+1, 1055 square feet, $84,900. Listed 2 days ago by Sandra Marxkors, Prudential Select.


1010 Hillcrest Dr, St. Charles – Don’t let the plain exterior fool you. This 1961 ranch in the city of St. Charles has some really gorgeous living space inside. The rooms are bright & wide open, the kitchen is nicely updated, and the patio has a cozy courtyard feel. Perhaps the fact that it’s walking distance from Blanchette Park will help you forget there’s no basement. 3+2, 2247 square feet, $175,000. Listed last week by Susan Brewer, Service First Realty.


9743 Grandview Dr, Olivette – Not a subdivision kind of person? Then check out this 1934 Gingerbread charmer on a big ol’ half-acre lot in Olivette. I showed this house last year when it was on the market for a while, and it is absolutely adorable. There are so many vintage details still intact, but also some nice updates too. And no garage, but a huge parking pad and plenty of room to build. 4+2, 2332 square feet, $325,000. Listed today by Janice Parker, RE/MAX. 

If you’d like a buyer’s agent to show you any of these unique properties, give me a call! (I represent sellers too!)

Shannon Howard
(314) 359-5927


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