There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
525 East Argonne Drive
It's the return of a Ladue News original: The Real Home Critique. This year, we take you to two area homes in need of some expert advice. Local realtors recently visited the properties to suggest ways to make the homes move-in ready.
Originally from the Springfield, Ill., area, Alex and Meghan Haycraft moved to St. Louis in 2011 looking for a home that would give them a taste of the outdoors, while still offering a convenient location. They found it in their craftsman home in Manchester, where they frequently welcome Alex’s 4-year-old son, Myles. Alex, a web developer at Soft Surroundings who plays in the band Park, and Meghan, a scientific IT customer advocate at Monsanto, also are raising two dogs, Dexter and Felix. We asked Meghan about the neighborhood highlights.
When St. Louis native Erica Willert and husband, Bryan, returned to the States after five years living in Shanghai, they chose University City for their new home because of its diversity and multicultural character. Bryan is executive VP of Willert Home Products and president of the company's Shanghai operations, while Erica is an agent with Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty. Sons Grant and Luke are members of the So iLL Rock Climbing team, avid snow-skiers and are keeping up on their Mandarin at St. Louis Modern Chinese School on the weekends. We asked Erica about what her family enjoys most in the neighborhood.
When the Pisarkiewicz family was searching for a new home 10 years ago, Webster-Shrewsbury native Dave initially didn’t want to move so far from the city. But Chicago-born Jennifer convinced him that Chesterfield wasn’t as far as he imagined—in fact, their proximity to Highway 40 made his commute an unbeatable 10 minutes! Along with kids David and Lauren, they’re happy Chesterfield residents to this day. We asked Jennifer what they love most.
A 3-bedroom, 3-full and 2-half bath home in Clayton is listed for $999,000
A 7-bedroom, 5-full and 2-half bath home on 1.5 acres in Kirkwood is listed for $1.699 million.
Famed guests, historical scandals, prominent owners—if these walls could talk, the stories would surely be varied and eyebrow-raising. Real estate professionals and home owners share details about these historical, on-the-market properties.
A 4-bedroom, 5-full and 2-half bath home in Town and Country is listed for $1.595 million
Nestled in the most coveted local neighborhoods, these stunning manses boast historical charm with modern luxuries. Fall in love with the property that could become your dream home.
A University City, 6-bedroom, 4-full and 1-half bath home with 4,000 square-feet is listed for $1.495 million.
When you request the best, these area real estate agents don’t disappoint. Sitting in St. Louis’ most desirable zip codes are these impressive on-the-market homes, featuring ample square footage, impeccable details and luxurious amenities. If you’re looking to have it all, your search might just be over.
Katie McLaughlin and Megan Rowe, Laura McCarthy Real Estate
1751 North Woodlawn Ave., Laura McCarthy Real Estate
A nine room, 3-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath condominium in Clayton is listed for $2.1 million.
Any city is bound to have a few desirable nooks and crannies, but according to these real estate professionals, St. Louis is jam-packed with ideal neighborhoods. Before you buy, see which areas these agents prefer and why.
A 4-bedroom, 3-bath home in Clayton is listed for $1.35 million.
From luxurious interiors and lavish landscaping to coveted locations, these multi-million-dollar estates will turn your head. Here, feast your eyes on some of the top local home sales from the past year.
You wouldn’t trust a stranger with your money, but how much do you know about the person helping you make the biggest purchase of your life? LN asked six area real estate agents about local favorites and the like so you can see what makes these professionals tick. (Hint: The Cardinals might have been mentioned once or twice…)
You voted, we listened! Ladue News readers know what they like; and with this year's Platinum List, you've made your voices heard. This list compiles the best of St. Louis.
A two-and-a-half story home in Town & County with 11 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 4 full- and 2 half-baths is listed for $2.695 million.
Getting what you want always starts with knowing where to look. And the real estate market is no different. “Having an extensive conversation with clients to determine their priorities and lifestyles when considering a new home is the primary step in the search process,” says Kathy Crane of Laura McCarthy Real Estate. Here, local real estate agents have given us insights into good places to start your home search, depending on your family’s priorities.
Patty and Tim Ivey and their two children, Lucas, 13, and Emma, 11, have enjoyed living in Ballwin for nine years. Wally, a mixed breed dog adopted from St. Louis County Animal Control, and Cosmo, a guinea pig adopted from Petco, also are part of the family. Patty, originally from Edwardsville, Ill., works at Rodgers Townsend;, and Tim, a Clayton native, is part of Wells Fargo Advisors. Patty told us more about what she and her family like about living in Ballwin.
Shannon Parker, originally from Bellevue, Neb., has called Brentwood home since 1994. She is a technical writer with Trustforte Corporation; and her kids, Lucy Bloomstran, 11, and Reid Bloomstran, 9, attend Wilson School. We spoke with Shannon about what she and her family love most about living in Brentwood.