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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 12:00 pm

From historical architectural gems to luxurious modern mansions, some of the area's most sought-after high-end properties are on the market. And with historically low interest rates, the timing is better than ever to make one of these your 'dream' home.

1300 Log Cabin, Ladue

Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a rare panoramic view of the custom-designed landscape at 1300 Log Cabin Lane in Ladue.

Built in 1958 and renovated inside and out in 2010, this contemporary home features heated Portuguese limestone floors, split-faced Georgia marble walls, an 800-bottle wine room and a custom chef’s kitchen. Outside, a gas firepit, screened porch and pool are surrounded by lush landscaping on 3 acres. “The original owner took seven years to plan the home, and the current owner perfected it to today’s lifestyle,” notes Helen Costello of Laura McCarthy Real Estate. “Each room epitomizes the comfort of splendid finishes and inspired design.”

The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home is on the market for $2.595 million.

“It is truly a stunning contemporary home that is rare in the St. Louis housing market,” Costello says.

4 Briarbrook Trail, Des Peres

A one-of-a-kind Old World-style Tuscan mansion with modern amenities sits on a private street in Des Peres.

"Attention to detail is evident throughout the property," says Karen Hoemeke of Coldwell Banker Premier Group.

Those signature touches begin on the 5-year-old, 8,800-square-foot house’s exterior, which features tumbled stone and stucco, a copper turret roof and a solid mahogany front door. Inside, a two-story grand salon with a 20-foot bay window wall showcases more intricate touches, from the cast stone fireplace to solid, hand-scraped hickory hardwood floors and a spiral staircase.

Rooms with a view exist throughout the home, from the eat-in kitchen overlooking the back veranda, pool and putting green, to the main floor master suite’s bay window view of the backyard. The master also features a walk-in closet, a spa-like bathroom suite with a Jacuzzi tub that has a waterfall, and a French door to the backyard veranda.

The five-bedroom, 6.5-bath home also has a three-car garage and a finished lower level, including a recreation room, stone fireplace, full bar, media room with a 100-inch screen and theater seating, full bathroom and workout room.

300 S. McKnight Road, Ladue

Built in 1926 and designed by Maritz and Young, historic architectural details have been maintained throughout a nine-bedroom 'English countryside-style' home at 300 S. McKnight Road in Ladue.

The unique design starts with a soaring entryway, dramatic wrought-iron spiral staircase and arched, leaded patio doors, which provide a stunning view of the garden, notes Marge Kubik of Gladys Manion. “From the moment you step into this home, you feel the grandeur and craftsmanship.”

There are two master bedrooms, connected by a dressing room. A sitting room and private screened porch offer a relaxing space off one of the suites.

The home, offered at $2 million, also boasts seven fireplaces, two additional staircases, stone porches, floor-to-ceiling and bay windows, and a four-car garage with a charming upstairs carriage house.

“Every time I step into the home, I discover another interesting nook or cranny that I hadn’t seen before,” Kubik says. “I don’t think you will find anything like it in St. Louis.”

6 Countryside Lane, Frontenac

As you drive down Countryside Lane in Frontenac to the No. 6 circle drive, a three-story brick mansion will take your breath away, according to Diane Gorris of Prudential Alliance Realtors.

A massive, elegant front entry welcomes guests into a two-story foyer and great room with a gas fireplace and walls of windows overlooking the salt water pool and gazebo, great for entertaining. And even more areas of the property are made for entertaining, Gorris adds, such as the formal living and dining rooms, large, updated kitchen and brightly lit breakfast room with doors that open onto a newer deck. The lower level also features a master suite with double-closets, a bubble tub and shower, double-sink vanity and heated floors. The second floor has four additional bedrooms and two Jack and Jill baths.

Other amenities include a den, three-car garage and lower level, complete with a wood-burning fireplace, recreation room, full-size kitchen, bedroom, bath and second laundry area.

Built in 1989, the 9,000 square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bathroom and two-half-bath home on a private acre is listed at $2.2 million.

24 Fordyce Lane, Ladue

A great hall with a cathedral ceiling is the centerpiece of a custom home designed by Massachusetts architect Graham Gund at 24 Fordyce Lane in Ladue.

“This is a significant home on an extremely private 3.2-acre property,” John Ryan of Coldwell Banker Gundaker notes.

Built by Higginbotham Bros., the 24-year-old estate features exceptional millwork, casework and hardware. Playing off a variety of geometric shapes, the home also includes custom circular windows and octagonal living and dining rooms on either side of the great hall. The master suite continues the octagonal design with two dressing rooms and a luxury bath.

Additionally, the 4,000-square-foot home, listed at $2.15 million, has two bedroom suites and an oversized two-car garage, with a gardener’s room and second floor office, four fireplaces and an elevator.

15 Ladue Lane, Ladue

Constructed in 1974 by a renowned art collector, 15 Ladue Lane is a private oasis, says Gai Lowell of Janet McAfee Real Estate.

Gardens designed by Vivian Gellman and a 6-foot, serpentine-style brick wall create a private outdoor living space, complete with a pool, slate patio and pool house.

Inside, the six-bedroom, eight-bath home was recently remodeled, with a built-in 300-gallon salt water fish tank highlighting the family room. “Everyone stops and is entranced by it,” Lowell says.

Another unique area of the home is the almost 30-foot gallery hall, which has exceptional art lighting and opens to a 21-foot octagonal room featuring a 12-foot domed ceiling with a skylight. “The effect is highly dramatic upon entering the residence,” Lowell notes.

This 7,500-square-foot home on two acres is listed for $2.5 million.

2019 S. Warson Road, Ladue

Nestled into a secluded wooded area off Warson Road in Ladue, a renovated two-story Colonial home offers comfort, as well as luxury, according to Jody Carr of Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty. “It is very warm and inviting, with a beautiful, casual elegance.”

After an extensive three-year renovation, the ’60s-era property more than doubled in size to 12,000 square feet with the addition of a large family room and first-floor master suite, featuring heated limestone floors. Natural light floods the rooms through 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. Outside, new walking paths wind from the limestone patio and pool to fresh flower gardens.

The home, which is on the market for $4.5 million, has five bedrooms with five full baths, as well as four half baths. Other amenities include 11 fireplaces, an attached four-car garage and a detached one-car garage.

“It’s a very unique property,” Carr says. “You have to see it to believe it.”

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