Imagine the view from a lover’s lookout tower, gazing over expansive views of the Chesterfield Valley horizon. For the lucky homeowners of 144 South Eatherton Road, this vision is a reality, along with many other luxuries afforded by the home.

And now that it’s on the market, a new family will have the chance at the seven-bedroom, 12-bath gated French Country home, which boasts 11,000-plus square feet on 4 wooded acres. “When you’re approaching the house, the setting and curb appeal are just unbelievable,” says Andy Dielmann, owner of Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, which is representing the home. “It’s stunning from the outside. Then when you walk in, you see the incredible stone work—there are so many stone walls, as well as a custom staircase in the foyer.”

The Dick Bush-designed home’s long list of impressive features also includes an open-style entertainer’s kitchen designed by Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry; Stone Cladach Colonnade architecture throughout the interior; a massive master bedroom en-suite with a gas fireplace, wet bar, two walk-in closets, radiant-heated bathroom floors and an oversized walk-in steam shower. The lower level is equipped for entertaining, with a state-of-the-art, multi-level theater room, a collector’s wine cellar and tasting room, two wet bars, and a built-in poker table. House guests can even enjoy their own space with an in-laws’ suite with separate entrance, designer kitchenette and gas fireplace. “Everything they did was first-class,” Dielmann says. “It’s not your ordinary St. Louis home.”

While Dielmann Sotheby’s offers homes in every price range, it specializes in the luxury market, Dielmann notes. “The owner had been a realtor at one time, and knew what Sotheby’s had to offer as far as marketing, with our online presence and advertising,” he says. “When you think of Sotheby’s, you think of the luxury market and our reach to out-of-towners: Being an international company, our reach spans the world.”

Dielmann says his company’s affiliation with Sotheby’s is the best thing that happened in his 37 years in the real estate industry, offering 18 language and currency conversions on its website, as well as listings that reach buyers in far-flung markets. “If I was just small, independent Dielmann, who would have heard of us coming from New York or California? The Sotheby’s affiliation gives us advantages, and the technology they provide is unbelievable.”

With all that technology at realtors’ fingertips, they are free to focus on hands-on service to their clients, Dielmann adds. “Whether it’s a $100,000 property or a $10 million property, everyone gets that level of service. That’s what really sets us apart from other companies: We really give it our best when it comes to service to our clients. I know how important that is—and it must work, because we get so many repeat customers.”

And for homeowners thinking about putting their home on the market, Dielmann offers a bit of advice: Don’t wait. “The whole market in St. Louis has completely turned around from a few years ago,” he says. “There’s a lot of pent-up demand—a lot of buyers out there—but there’s a shortage of inventory. Spring is always the best time for the market, but I’m telling people not to wait until April or May—put it on the market now, because there are a lot of buyers now and you can get ahead of the competition.”

On the Cover: A gated French Country home at 144 South Eatherton Road in Chesterfield is listed for through Erica Willert of Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty. Price upon request. Dielmann Sotheby’s offers its clients the marketing reach of an international company, while taking pride in its individualized service. For more information, call 725-0009 or visit

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