For sale: A custom-built home nestled in the cul de sac of a private subdivision in exclusive Huntleigh, recently named the wealthiest neighborhood in the U.S. by Wall St. Cheat Sheet. Currently on the market through The Ryan Tradition with Coldwell Banker Gundaker, John Ryan says the coveted property is just the kind of high-end residential real estate that he and his mother, Anne, have specialized in for decades.

Designed by award-winning St. Louis-area architect Lauren Strutman, the 12-year-old property at 8 Huntleigh Woods features 5 bedroom suites and 7.5 baths on 3.44 acres. “The floor plan is very current, with a main floor master suite, and family and formal living areas that blend together, making the home open, inviting and friendly,” Ryan says. “There also is a great finished lower level with a wine cellar. And for the car enthusiast, it has a four-car garage.” The house is ideal for a family, he notes, with extra space that could be utilized as additional bedrooms for relatives, nannies or guests. And bright paint colors amid traditional architecture add a whimsical touch, he says. Outdoors, woods provide privacy surrounding an open backyard with a tennis court and plenty of room for a pool, if desired, Ryan adds.

The home sits amid the 100 percent residential Huntleigh neighborhood, where Ryan also calls home and serves as an alderman. “The 3.44-acre site on this house is not unusual,” he explains. “The neighborhood has up to 20-to-30-acre properties, so you feel like you’re in the middle of the country, and yet you’re three minutes from Plaza Frontenac.”

Native St. Louisans John and Anne Ryan have combined their decades of experience to carry on The Ryan Tradition, which has provided exceptional real estate service in the city’s central corridor since 1965. “We have a long history of being involved with these properties,” John Ryan says. “We have worked with many relocating executives, as well as local families.”

And there’s good news for buyers and sellers in the high-end real estate market, he continues, as there has been an uptick in sales during the past six to eight months, while a number of valuable homes remain available for attractive deals. “The number of buyers and inventory is in balance,” he notes. “There is still tremendous value in the market.”

ON THE COVER: A custom-built home at 8 Huntleigh Woods in the desirable Huntleigh neighborhood and Ladue School District is listed at $3.295 million through The Ryan Tradition with Coldwell Banker Gundaker. Photos by Steven B. Smith. For more information, call 993-8000 or visit theryantradition.com.

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