Residing in Ladue, this French home by Maritz & Young sits at the center of a natural wonderland, like a prized keepsake. The intimacy of the gardens and appeal of a modern manse charm all who enter. Take your tea out on the multi-tiered brick patio or linger poolside and take in the scent of fresh flowers that enclose the newer stamped patio and pool house. Hot, rainy days are best spent in the serene sunroom, where raindrops beat a soothing soundtrack for lazy days. Inside the stone turret, a circular staircase enchants with wrought-iron details. The kitchen, with its honed marble counters, custom bar and butler’s pantry, creates a dream space for entertaining. Arched French doors lead to the distinguished dining room while interior brick arches invite deeper exploration. Discover the additional wing, housing a library and his-and-her offices. Retire to the master suite, capped by the home’s original timbered cathedral ceiling, and rest easy.

This 5-bedroom, 5 full-bathroom and 2 half-bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $2.499 million.

Megan Rowe & Joan Schnoebelen, 314-378-4077 (Rowe), 314-406-0005 (Schnoebelen), 314-725-5100 (office),

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