They say you can only make a good first impression once, and the same is true for houses. A study by BMO Financial Group found that “80 percent of perspective buyers know if a home is right for them as soon as they step inside.” A home’s entryway plays a huge role in this decision, and can be the deciding factor in how the property performs on the market. Three local real estate agents offer a glimpse inside the eye-catching entryways of current listings, as well as tips on how to make your foyer more appealing to guests and perspective homebuyers alike.

2307 North Geyer Road

Behind the massive white columns and double front door of this Frontenac home, a sweeping, curved 2-story staircase draws the eye upward throughout the foyer. Coffered ceilings and custom moldings around arched doorways add an extra hint of architectural sophistication. One of the home’s listing agents, Melinda Johnson of Gladys Manion, says the foyer’s spaciousness and views into the attached library and dining room make the entryway truly impressive. For homes with less substantial foyers, Johnson suggests giving the room a focal point, like an entry table with a sculpture, to draw the eye.

10123 Winding Ridge

Though this Ladue home is only 23 years old, listing agent John Ryan of Coldwell Banker Gundaker says it was built to feel like an early 20th-century home in the Central West End. A grand exterior staircase leads to the front door, behind which sits a vestibule entry and wrought-iron doors. Its entryway boasts an incredible wooden staircase climbing all three levels.

Of course, not all homes have such monumental foyers. Ryan says ranch houses, especially, have low entryway ceilings that can be raised relatively easily. “This gives you a much grander feeling as you come in,” he says. “It’s more welcoming.”

16617 Caulks Creek Ridge

The marble floor, open staircase, vaulted ceilings and modern gold light fixture in this light-filled home in Wildwood give the entryway a contemporary feel. But it’s the glass ballisters on the staircase that make it open and inviting, says Linda Schasch of The Gellman Team of Coldwell Banker Premier Group. To update an entryway, Schasch recommends installing new flooring or light fixtures for an instant upgrade. Getting a new front door with decorative glass, she says, is another way to give your home more appeal.

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