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The Ryan Tradition: A Town & Country Treasure - Ladue News: Special Features

The Ryan Tradition: A Town & Country Treasure

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 12:00 pm

If experience matters in the real estate market, then the Ryans have it covered. More than two decades ago, when John Ryan teamed up with his mother, Anne, he brought about 15 years of prior experience in commercial real estate. “We both brought a lot of diverse talents to the table,” John Ryan says. Today, the team focuses its efforts on upper-end residential properties, with an average sale price of about $1.6 million. “There are no other agents with that kind of an average,” he says. “We know the properties and the clientele. We approach it in a very businesslike way and our clients like that.”

So when they were approached about the estate property at 13398 Conway Road in Town & Country, it was a perfect fit. The original Maritz & Young home, built in the French Normandy style, is situated on 5.58 acres. At approximately 6,500 square feet, it was made for entertaining. “The current owner has retired from his business, which was event-planning,” Ryan notes. “He designed it so he could have large events here, especially outdoor parties.” The grounds feature multiple terraces, along with a newer saltwater pool and a tennis court. The outbuildings include a six-car garage and workshop, as well as an 80-foot fire engine garage. “The last owner had two fire trucks,” he explains. “But it could be used for storage, four-wheelers or anything else.”

The interior of the home was fully refurbished, and the current owner also built a substantial addition, Ryan notes. “It has everything people look for in this kind of house, including a lighting system—you flip one switch and all the lights in the house go on—and a whole-house music system with controls in many of the rooms.” The remodeled kitchen features a center island and breakfast bar, along with custom cabinetry. Finishes throughout the home pair antiques with high-quality replicas, and murals painted by Claude Breckwoldt adorn many of the walls. “Some of the rooms look almost like wallpaper, but they’re actually murals,” Ryan says. “Several ceilings have artwork, as well. It’s much more than a little faux painting here and there.”

Another highlight is the home’s library, which boasts a 12-foot ceiling with French doors on three sides. It opens to a limestone terrace that steps down to the lawn. “It’s very elegant with a European feeling. The room itself is very warm and inviting,” Ryans says. The lower level likewise is a perfect gentleman’s retreat, with a wet bar, secondary kitchen, wine cellar and family room all featuring custom casework and finishes.

Conveniently located near St. Luke’s Hospital and Maryville University, the home is on Conway Road between Highway 141 and Mason Road.

On the Cover:

At 6,420 square feet and surrounded by 5.58 acres, the home at 13398 Conway Road in Town & Country is listed at $3.895 million. Unique features of the completely refurbished property include a gated entry, custom mural paintings in many rooms, a saltwater pool and tennis court. For more information call John Ryan and Anne Ryan, The Ryan Tradition, at 993-8000 or visit theryantradition.com. Cover photos by Steven B. Smith and Steve Stelzer: Eye in the Sky

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