Realty Round Up will be a weekly column here at The Home Place so all you real estate enthusiasts out there get excited. This is how it works - each week I will feature a different neighborhood some I have been to and others not. I will begin with a brief description of the place and what I like (or think I would like) about the area - favorite shops, parks, proximities etc. I will then select four currently listed properties (across four different price ranges) in the set location and feature them here. If you are at all like me I am always curious to know what it would be like to live someplace else and this column is intended to let us all dream a bit. I would love suggestions on where to feature so please comment and email. I hope you enjoy!
Webster Groves is a historic suburb located 10 miles southwest of downtown St. Louis and just a ten minute drive from our current house. Home to my favorite ice cream shop in St. Louis - Serendipity (second only to Seneca Farms in Penn Yan, NY) - I plan on frequenting the area much more regularly now that the weather is beginning to warm up. With its tree lined streets and abundance of historic homes, the town is beyond charming so much so that in 2008 Family Circle magazine ranked it as one of the Top 10 places to raise a family. It has two small downtown areas, Old Orchard and Old Webster, that are connected by Webster University, a private institution of roughly 21,000 students. Other notable places include:
- The Block Restaurant - half butcher, half neighborhood restaurant.
- Webster Groves Bookshop - an example of how I think all book stores should be
- Straub's - an iconic St. Louis fine grocer
House #1: $0 - $250,000
The biggest selling point for me on this house is its location as it is just one block from Old Webster. I also love the large covered outdoor space. In St.Louis it gets ridiculously hot and being in the shade is a must.
House #2: $250,000 - $500,000
Again location is pretty ideal with this one as it is just a few blocks to Old Webster. Also I think you could do something pretty cool with this kitchen like paint the cabinets a color, change the railing on the stair and add a bigger table. Usually, I am a fan of large open plan kitchens but I like the cozy, almost den like feel of this one with its built in bookcase and casual dining arrangement.
House #3: $500,000 - $750,000
The biggest draw of this house for me is definitely its curb appeal and the backyard. Its elevation reminds me of the house from Father of the Bride and who doesn't love that movie. Also I really like all the big trees on the property .
House #4: $750,000 - $1,000,000
This is one big house and while I have no idea what I would do with this much space it could be great for a (extra) large family. I think its main pluses are that while being a sizable house it still has character and is welcoming and its abundance of windows as the presence of natural light can never be under appreciated.
Have a good weekend!