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BLAKE YOUDE has been named executive director of Access Academics, a program that supports at-risk middle school students. Previously, Youde served as deputy superintendent of institutional advancement for the St. Louis Public School District.
Quality homes in the communities of Clayton and Ladue are at the top of everyone’s wish list, according to our survey of some local realtors. Read on to see why the following neighborhoods are expected to be sales hotbeds in the coming year.
A STORY-AND-A-HALF HOME IN ELLISVILLE WITH 21 ROOMS, SIX BEDROOMS AND SEVEN BATHS IS LISTED FOR $1.2 MILLION.
Recently, Coldwell Banker Gundaker agent Carla Borgard helped a couple move out of their Town & Country house into a villa nearby. The couple had lived in their home for 42 years, but now in their early 70s, the upkeep and daily trek up and down the stairs to their basement tuck-under garage was too much. “I don’t know how they did it for this long,” Borgard says. “Their new villa was move-in ready with very little maintenance needed, and they’re very happy.”
While a return to the boom days of the real estate market might still be a long way off, local agents are coming up with a lot of creative ways to make it work. These are the top agents from area agencies for 2011.
Dudley and Beth McCarter have lived in Creve Coeur for 24 years, and before that, lived just north of the community. The couple, both attorneys, have three daughters: Katherine, 23; Libby, 21; and Emily, 17.
A STORY-AND-A-HALF HOME IN CREVE COEUR FOR $1.095 MILLION
Expecting another baby and you’ve run out of bedrooms? Stepping on your children’s toys as you try to navigate through a cramped living room? Local realtors offer advice for those young families who are growing out of their current homes and looking to upgrade to bigger and better.
A Higginbotham Brothers home in Richmond Heights’ Sedgwick Place neighborhood is the subject of this year’s ‘real home critique.’ The 1 ½ story, 3,500 square-foot home in the Ladue School District features crown molding throughout. It has been extensively updated in the five years since the current homeowners purchased it, with improvements to many of the floors and walls, as well as complete remodeling of the kitchen.
A Williamsburg Colonial home in Frontenac has been recently updated with refinished hardwood floors throughout, a freshly painted interior with updated moldings, new fixtures and a gym on the lower level. The eat-in kitchen has custom cabinets, a large center island and a planning desk. The floor plan flows into a hearth room with a well-appointed fireplace. A light-filled family room has a fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases and opens to a deck with charming views of the professionally landscaped one-acre lot.
First solo bike ride, first kiss, first job—we never forget these momentous events. But for a dedicated real estate agent, perhaps no first is as thrilling as that first big sale or buy. Below, agents at some of the top companies in town remember their first time.
The extension of the first-time homebuyer tax credit is bringing about much-needed activity in the local real estate market. “It’s certainly been a positive factor in creating some activity early on,” says Janet McAfee agent Katie Kirk. “I’ve seen first-time homebuyers who may have been on the fence, but because of the extension, are now moving forward and making a purchase this spring.”
Carney's Kids Foundation benefited from a Spooktacular Night of 1,000 Laughs at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Clayton. Creatively costumed guests raised more than $50,000 to help support special needs children at Litzsinger School; Half the Sky Foundation for babies and children in China who wait to be adopted, and for those who will spend their childhoods in orphanages; The St. Louis Crisis Nursery; Delta Gamma Center, Rainbows for Kids, Ranken Jordan, and Special Needs Advocacy for Parents.
Saint Louis Crisis Nursery’s Razzle Dazzle Ball was ‘A Wildly Elegant Affair,’ with 510 guests sporting everything from exotic animal prints to black-tie elegance. A tropical rainforest cocktail party with live animals, specialty drinks and a silent auction preceded dinner and the presentation of the H.U.G.S. & K.I.S.S.E.S. Awards. John Carney served as emcee and Julie Buck Brooks as honorary co-chair.