The Birchfields enjoy a small-town life in a big city. A short stroll down Lindbergh Boulevard to Clayton Road, and all of their favorite shops and restaurants are right at their fingertips. Kathy Birchfield told us more about why they love Ladue.
The 3-bedroom, 4-full and 1-half bath home in Town & Country is listed for $985,000.
Story: The Black Rep looks at the holiday season from two different perspectives in this musical montage conceived and directed by producing director Ron Himes.
A 4-bedroom, 4-full and 1-half bath home in Ladue is listed for $1.195 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 4-bedroom, 4-full and 3-half bath ranch in Town and Country is listed for 1.885 million
A 2.5-story home in Ladue with 5 bedrooms and 4-full and 1-half baths is listed for $1.97 million.
For sale: A custom-built home nestled in the cul de sac of a private subdivision in exclusive Huntleigh, recently named the wealthiest neighborhood in the U.S. by Wall St. Cheat Sheet. Currently on the market through The Ryan Tradition with Coldwell Banker Gundaker, John Ryan says the coveted property is just the kind of high-end residential real estate that he and his mother, Anne, have specialized in for decades.
Story: Sarah is a photojournalist who has been on assignment covering the Iraq War. When she is severely injured by a roadside bomb, she is flown to Europe, where she is met by her partner, James. A reporter himself, James had left Iraq earlier after suffering a mental breakdown brought on by his own coverage of the war.
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.”
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.
Story: Writer Charles Bukowski (1920-94) lived most of his life in Los Angeles, and derived inspiration for many of his works from the City of Angels. He wrote during the same period as many of the Beat Generation writers, including poet Allen Ginsberg and novelists Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.
Men have it pretty easy when it comes to wedding attire: If the invitation says black tie, a tuxedo is in order, whether you own one or not. If you’re in the latter category, you must rent one. But don’t let the young guys at the tux shop rent you anything but the most traditional of tuxedos. In addition, instead of patent leather shoes that look like plastic, I recommend you wear a highly shined pair of black, lace-up dress shoes.
Set on 3 acres in Ladue, this Ralph Fournier-designed home boasts more than 10,000 square feet of living space with extraordinary details inside and out, including a full masonry exterior, Ludowici clay tile roof, two-story entry foyer and 10 fireplaces. A grand circular staircase connects three floors, with a master suite offering a library and two baths, complemented by five additional bedrooms and family space on the second and third floors. A hearth room adjoins the center island kitchen and a finished lower walk-out level includes a recreation area, fireplace and bath, along with extensive storage space. Built by Higginbotham Brothers, the home also features an elevator, 10-foot ceilings, built-in bookcases, walk-in closets, French doors and Palladian windows. A four-car garage provides plenty of space for parking, and a lighted tennis court is ready for a game when the weather turns warm.
When the Walker family moved to Frontenac five years ago, they immediately were greeted with a friendly welcome. Stephanie, a North Carolina native, is a former attorney and homemaker; and her husband Chip, originally from Virginia, is a managing director at Wells Fargo Advisors. The couple has two children, 9-year-old Thornton and 8-year-old Emmi, who attend Conway Elementary. Simon, a yellow Labrador; Macie, a Goldendoodle; and a cat, Trixie, are the family pets. Stephanie told us more about what she and her family enjoy in Frontenac.
A three-plus story home in Ladue with 15 rooms, 6 bedrooms, 7 full baths and 2 half baths is listed for $3.95 million.
In today’s economy, the success of a business is far from guaranteed. We honor local companies and institutions who are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2012.
Through the years, John Ryan and Anne Ryan have encountered the rollercoaster of highs and lows that is the real estate market. Using their decades of experience to guide clients through those ups and downs, the mother-and-son team of The Ryan Tradition continues to flourish today. “We have the hands-on knowledge to help both buyers and sellers through today’s market,” John Ryan says. “You can only go so far with data—you need to have that intuitive insight, as well.”
John Ryan and Anne Ryan of The Ryan Tradition
Story: Bingham, the worrisome president of Quail Valley Country Club, is besieged with complications. He’s found out that the scratch golfer he eagerly welcomed as a new member earlier in the year has abandoned ship and joined forces with Bingham’s cursed rival, Crouching Squirrel. To make matters worse, he learns of the defection only after he’s made a lavishly foolish bet with Dickie, his rival at Crouching Squirrel, who informs Bingham that the prized golfer is now playing for his team. And Quail Valley vice president Pamela bluntly tells Bingham that the board has decided to fire him if he doesn’t win the vaunted match after failing to do so for several years.
A STORY-AND-A-HALF HOME IN HUNTLEIGH WITH 19 ROOMS, FIVE BEDROOMS AND NINE BATHS IS LISTED FOR $4.495 MILLION.
They help you sell or buy your home, but how well do you really know your real estate agent? We went beyond listings and contracts and interviewed several local realtors to learn a little bit more about them.
Story: The women who work in the cigarette factory in Seville, Spain like to banter with the aimless men who hang around outside their business. In particular, the lusty gypsy Carmen flirts with the guys by casually mentioning she’s in the market for a new lover. She turns her eye on a junior officer named Don Jose, who has come to Seville from the country and left behind his mother and a sweetheart named Micaela. Don Jose’s superior, Zuniga, orders him to arrest Carmen after she allegedly pulls a knife on another worker, but she instead seduces Don Jose into letting her escape. He subsequently is imprisoned for dereliction of duty.