Spring Garden

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Spring is my favorite time of the year, though it is a little stressful. Of course the real estate market is going crazy and my staff and I are scurrying from early morning until night. I also get a little overwhelmed by what I need to do in my garden. Mother’s Day is next Sunday and I have to get zinnia seeds planted, containers filled with soil and plants & get some new bushes planted. Then I have to worry about my farm gardens which I am going to need to tend to this week. I am sure the weeds are knee-high. Everything will get done and the gardens will be splendid.

I did a quick walk in the garden this morning with my coffee and could hear the turkey gobbling in the woods. They come up to greet me periodically which I really enjoy. The deer also come up to greet me….I enjoy looking at them, though wish they would be happy with just eating grass.  I put a pot with a new Split-leaved Japanese Maple in the yard to see if I would be happy with the location. Of course, a friendly deer enjoyed eating it overnight. It would have been less expensive to get the deer a table at Tony’s!

Red Horse Chestnut

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Woodland Hyacinths

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Sedum and Coral Bells- Light and Dark

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28 Carriage Lane, Central West End: For Sale!

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A Gorgeous CWE Condo

Stylish condo located in the prime area of the fashionable Central West End. You will find this gorgeous property in the courtyard area behind the Maryland Plaza condos. Contemporary, open space with a stunning kitchen featuring granite counters, designer appliances and custom cabinets. ½ bath on the first floor. You will find magnificent dark hardwood flooring throughout the first and second levels. Upstairs is a bright master bedroom, substantial closet space and sliding doors that lead to a large deck. The master bath features a marble shower with seamless glass. 1 reserved, covered parking spot. In-unit laundry. Walk to Forest Park, a movie theater, grocery stores, restaurants, boutiques & art galleries. Wait until you see the European-styled courtyard out your front door!

Take a look at more pictures by clicking here.

Listed at $315,000 by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-607-5555, ted@tedwight.com

Frontenac Home Master Bathroom: Before & After

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Small Changes, Big Differences.

As you may have seen this week I recently got a new listing: 10636 Ballantrae, in fabulous Frontenac. Late last Fall I met with the owners to discuss what needed to be done in order to get their house on the market. Although brass is showing up again in new bathrooms, I though the brass made this bathroom look dated. It is astonishing how big of a difference changing fixtures can make. What do you think? Comment below, I’m curious to see what everyone else thinks!

 

Update On Endangered Harris Armstrong Building via NEXTSTL

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In an interesting update by nextSTL, we have learned that the Harris Armstrong building that we just talked about here it going to be demolished and a 4-unit townhome will be built in it’s place.

I generally am happy to see new developments, especially considering that it will put $3.6M into the area, but I always hate to see significant buildings destroyed. As you may read in the article below, the building has suffered from water damage and was unlikely to make a recovery without a full rehab.

Anyway, please take a look at the nextSTL article below to see more about the plans for the site.

Townhomes Planned for Harris Armstrong Home Site in Clayton

Open House this Sunday, April 24th! 1-3 PM

Open houses this Sunday from 1PM-3PM

This Sunday will be a busy one, please share with all who are interested!

Castlereigh Estates: A Gem Overlooking the Missouri & Mississippi River Valleys – For Sale!

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Perched on the top of a ridge that overlooks Pelican Island with the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers beyond is this stunning Mid-century contemporary home designed by Rudolph A. Matern. The Living Room and Dining Room open to each other & feature a gas fireplace and an expanse of windows that looks north to the beautiful view with Alton in the distance. The property is 3.59 acres & the home is 2,815 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms & 2.5 baths. Bright, open kitchen with granite counters, wood cabinets & skylights. Great entertainment room with beamed ceiling, bar and gas fireplace. Large den/office with built-ins & vaulted ceiling. Master bedroom with adjacent walk-in closet. Lovely gardens throughout the grounds. Decks, pergolas & outdoor patios make this an oasis & fun for entertaining. Oversized 2-car garage is attached to the home. Also on the property is an outbuilding that can hold 3 cars. 30 minutes from Clayton & Downtown.

Take a look at more pictures by clicking here.

Listed at $349,000 by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-607-5555, ted@tedwight.com

 

From the original brochure… I have attached the original’s in PDF form below…

Land is a good investment. Castlereigh Estates comprises some 800 acres which will be made available for you to build your town house with country atmosphere.

Now it can be sold. The location you have been admiring. If you like a beautiful park-like yard and lots and lots of space. May I ask you to see this property and buy today for tomorrow’s happiness.

It will pay to come out and see these beautiful homesites whether you buy or not. Another chance like this may not come along for years.

If you are tired of City confinement be sure to see this beautiful estate. The rustic beauty invites you to a life of uncluttered simplicity. It is like a diamond in the rough.

Beautiful Castlereigh Estates located between Old Jamestown Road and the rustic rocky cliffs along the Mississippi just above the City of Alton. In the summer of 1803 our third President, Thomas Jefferson, sent out an expedition consisting of 45 men headed by Lewis and Clark and known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition to discover the location where the Missouri River emptied into the Father of Waters. They followed the Ohio River until they reached the Mississippi. Then they worked their way North until they reached the mouth of the Missouri River. Their goal reached, they spent the Winter on the Illinois shore. Just opposite the mouth of the Missouri, a point which may be seen from the bluffs of our Castlereigh Estates, on May 14, 1804 this little group of men broke camp and proceeded up the Missouri to discover the headwaters of this great river.

Click here for the original PDF with annotation.

Another article from Popular Science, circa 1956. 

Harris Armstrong Designed Home, Kirkwood FOR SALE

Photographs of a home on Woodleaf Court in Kirkwood, Missouri for Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty, agent Ted Wight

528 Woodleaf Ct. Kirkwood, MO 63122

Esteemed architect Harris Armstrong designed all of the homes in this charming cul-de-sac in 1952. Kirkwood awarded Woodleaf as a Neighborhood of Distinction. The home has 3 bedrooms. The open living room & dining room feature beamed vaulted ceiling, an expanse of windows looking out to the backyard, Vermont cast insert wood-burning fireplace & a door leading to the expansive deck. The current owners put on an addition of a family room. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. The master bedroom is apart from the other bedrooms & has a private bathroom & large closet. Oak flooring throughout. The home sits on a larger lot than the other homes on Woodleaf with over a half an acre from 2 parcels. The landscaping is lush creating a tranquil & private backyard. New furnace & hot water heater. Newer windows. Finished Lower Level. 1 space carport. 2,491 sq. ft. of living space.

Open Sunday, April 24th 1-3 PM

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Listed at $312,000 by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-607-5555, ted@tedwight.com

10636 Ballantrae Drive, Frontenac FOR SALE

Ballantrae 10636 high-1Magnificent executive home located in the premier Frontenac neighborhood of Ballantrae. This home sits on a lovely 1.23 level, acre lot & features 9,400 sq. feet of living space. Large foyer with a grand staircase. Formal Dining Room & Living Room with fireplace & bay window. The 2-story family room has a fireplace, wet bar & French doors that leads to a large deck. The kitchen features granite counters, plenty of cabinets, new double ovens, gas range, walk-in pantry & a bright breakfast room. The main floor master suite has a study/library with fireplace, large bedroom, fireplace & a bay window. The master bathroom features marble tile, dual vanities, Jacuzzi tub & separate shower. Walk-in closet. The 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The Lower Level has a full walk-out with an expanse of windows & doors that lead to a patio, custom millwork, fireplace, tall ceilings, bath, kitchenette & an unfinished area ideal for an extra bedroom. Main floor laundry. 3-car garage.

www.10636ballantrae.com

Listed for $1,495,000 by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-607-5555, ted@tedwight.com

Frontenac Named The ‘Happiest’ Small City in the Entire U.S.

Photographs of a farm on Ballantrae Drive in Town & Country, Missouri for Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty Agent Ted Wight.

Zippia analyzed thousands of small towns across America to determine “where it’s all rainbows and sunshine.”

From STL Today

When it comes to finding your happy place, a small town and a short drive are crucial. And money doesn’t hurt, either.

So what could be happier than Frontenac, which sits at No. 1 on the “These are the Happiest Towns in Amerca.” For good metropolitan measure, Glendale checks in at No. 3 on the happy list.

From Zippia

There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into the most recent census data to help you identify which places in the United States have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which U.S. places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Frontenac, Missouri, the happiest place in America.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Small Towns across America”:

  1. Frontenac, MO
  2. Oak Hill, TN
  3. Glendale, MO
  4. Grimes, IA
  5. New Albany, OH
  6. Sherman, IL
  7. Montana City, MT
  8. Medina, WA
  9. Forest, VA
  10. Sugarcreek, OH

Speaking of Frontenac…

I recently got a fabulous new listing in Frontenac, check it out here. Ironically it’s nearby to the image above which is a home I sold previously.