I awaken from an unexpected nap on the Sun Deck of the S.S. Catherine cruise ship. We are docked in southern France, on the Rhône River, just outside the Medieval walls of Avignon. A tarp over my lounge chair shades the sun and a gentle breeze from the dormant mistral, the famous wind of Provence, whisks away the heat. I had been replaying the morning sightseeing through groves of sunflowers and perfect picturesque villages graced with startlingly blue sky and lavender-scented air. Perhaps the dreamy glory of the moment and memory lulled me to sleep—-or maybe it was the rosé served at lunch.
In the classic fairytale Cinderella, an indentured girl who talks to mice and mops floors on her hands and knees receives a fairy godmother who turns a pumpkin into a carriage. There is sparkly glitter and some Bibbidi-bobbidies, and the whole scene is just swell. In real life, I—a regular girl who rarely touches a mop—get a quick lesson from a glass-blowing aficionado who shows me how to turn a big blob of clear glass into an adorable pumpkin. There are warnings not to burn myself, quite a bit of sweating and brightly colored bits of glass. Put quite simply, it is enchanting.
This 4-bedroom, 5 full- and 1 half-bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $2 million.
Everyone has a ‘dream house.’ What’s inside differs from person of person—a professional kitchen, cozy reading nooks, palatial pool or entertaining space to make the Joneses jealous. But real estate agents also are in on the fantasy. Here, area agents share their dream listings that are on the market now.
4 Edgewood Road
This 5-bedroom, 5 full- and 1 half-bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $1.435 million.
This 8-bedroom, 5 full- and 1 half-bathroom home in Huntleigh is listed for $2.499 million.
It's one of the 10 most haunted places in America, according to TIME magazine. The Queen Mary—now a full-service hotel and entertainment venue—is docked at Long Beach, California, and remains a fabulous and eerie visit back in time.
9804 Old Warson
3 Dunlora Lane
Millions of Americans travel for business purposes, and staying healthy is important to making the most of any trip. Jayne McAllister of Jayne McAllister Travel Wellness works with companies across the country to help ensure that employees have all the tips and tools they need to minimize the risk of becoming ill while traveling. She recently shared some advice with LN.
This 5-bedroom, 6-full and 1-half bathroom home in St. Albans is listed for $3.96 million.
The simplest fountains include only a waterproof container and pump. Add water and power for instant effect. Go one step farther by adding a float valve, a device that tops up the water automatically by operating a valve on a garden hose. Last month’s column provided simple instructions for a small self-contained water feature.
This 5-bedroom, 5-full and 3-half bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $2.2 million.
Scale, design, age and special details: It takes a particular combination of each of these elements to make a truly exceptional real estate listing—something St. Louis, and the Central Corridor in particular, is flush with. Read on to see the most impressive listings from some of the area’s top agents.
Pull into the circle drive of 28 Twin Springs Lane and step into a two-story traditional-style mansion with soaring ceilings, an expansive terrace and a sparkling pool, all situated on 3 private acres in a coveted Ladue neighborhood. If this is your idea of a place to call home, it could be yours.
24 Oakleigh Lane
Residents, shoppers and diners alike are in the lap of luxury at The Shoppes at the Crescent. The classy, urban upscale retail and residential condominium community features high-end condos with stunning views of the St. Louis skyline, and exclusive amenities, from posh boutiques and premiere restaurants to a fitness center and lush gardens—all within walking distance of downtown Clayton.
Still fresh off its chic remodel last year, the Colonial Marketplace has quickly become a boutique shopping and dining destination. The DESCO Group, which purchased the property in September 2011, brought in a unique mix of high-end shops, delectable dining and specialty services that have caught the attention of the area’s savvy shoppers. With all this buzz, the parking lot can fill up fast. But don’t worry about nabbing a space—complimentary valet service is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
24 Oakleigh Lane
24 Oakleigh Lane
24 Oakleigh Lane
This 4-bedroom, 5-full and 2-half bathroom home in Frontenac is listed for $1.595 million.
School is back in session, August is almost over and your neighbor swears she saw a brown leaf fall from the tree in her yard. But it’s not too late for one last shindig to commemorate the summer that was. Local party, catering and landscape experts spoke to LN about the best ways to throw an end-of-summer pool party, making memories that will last long after Labor Day.
For most homeowners, a pool is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, notes Bret Wood, residential pool designer at Westport Pools. That's why a cookie-cutter design just won't cut it, he says. "I don't recall ever designing or building the same pool twice. Pools are as unique as their owners and the site."