Thursday, June 22, 2017

Just Listed: #255 Glandore Drive Unit B in Parkway South

Just Listed!  #255 Glandore Drive Unit B is tidy, move-in ready, shows pride of ownership, and sits in the most quiet and desirable corner of the highly sought-after Braeshire complex, backing woods and mere steps from the pool and clubhouse amenities. 

This 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath West County unit boasts over 1,100 sqft (not including the spacious finished lower level) in the heart of the award-winning Parkway South School District! Recent updates include fresh neutral paint throughout (17), updated fixtures, new carpet, new closet doors, and new storm door.

Heading outside, this unit offers a private outdoor living space that is fully-fenced and backs wooded common ground...

The deck and fence has been recently power-washed and boasts fresh rockscaping.  The private courtyard also features a gate with easy access to the Braeshire amenities that sit catty-corner behind the building including a swimming pool, club house, and playground...

Complete with an airy and open floor plan ideal for entertaining, generous storage and closet space, an incredible 21x16 laundry room/workshop, tiled entry foyer, sump pump, a charming fully-fenced outdoor living area, all appliances included, and easy access to the Manchester Shopping goodies like Starbucks and Costco...

... this property is the full package. It is well maintained in one of the best locations in West County, and is a total steal at $124,900.

See more photos and the MLS full listing HERE

For more information or a private showing, call Carrie Nenonen at 314.298.5275.  

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer 2017: Real Estate Market Update

Via the St. Louis Association of Realtors...
For the first time in more than a year, median home price dropped a surprising 3% -- that said, single family homes sold is up 4%. No doubt, our market is unique. While tight and competitive, we remain extremely affordable.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Geometric Accent Walls and Washi Tape

Geometric accent touches are in BIG time in 2017...
...though the expense and permanency or wallpaper is not.  Enter Washi Tape!  Creatives have taken to Pinterest in DROVES to show off their handiwork with this semi-transparent Japanese masking tape. It is inexpensive, easily removable, and comes in a vast array of colors, patterns, and textures...  

This would be a fun solution for bare dorms walls, as well!  Wouldn't it? 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Homeowners- Pay attention to your curb appeal!

Sellers and Homeowners- when it comes to curb appeal, small changes make a HUGE difference...

A few hostas, garden stones, and annuals? WOW! Amazing before and after, right? 

Envision your space, friends!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

CLOSED: Victoria Crossing In Wildwood

Nothing says "Happy Friday" like handing a Buyer the keys to their new home!  Charming Victoria Crossing closed escrow yesterday...  
A warm congratulations and sincere thank you to the S family. Wonderful family, beautiful property, flawless transaction, and a terrific kickstart to the weekend!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The century old stone spring house over Redbud Springs...

After my fun adventure a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't wait to head back for further Laumeier Sculpture Park exploration! A quiet early morning hike in the outlying wooded trails led me to...

...the 100+ year old spring house built by Joseph Griesedieck (founder of Falstaff Beer) over Red Bud Springs. Pre-airconditioning, land owners lucky enough to have a natural spring often built these shady shelters around the mouth of the spring to create a cool summer oasis for their family. While the icy cold natural spring has now bypassed the stone house by about 20 feet, my pup still enjoyed a swim and a drink! 

Too cool, literally. 😊 

Monday, May 29, 2017

TRENDING: Plunge Pools and Stock Tank Pools

If you spend time on the Internet (or touring homes like I do), you know that Summer 2017 is the summer of the POOL. Pools are making an enormous comeback, in a miniature way, via the plunge pool craze...  
Photos via Pinterest
Cannonballs may be out of the question, but these small, decorative deep pools provide the perfect place to splash around and cool off in the summer! Is it a water feature, is it a pool... plunge pools started popping up in exclusive spas and resorts years ago.  The trend has now hit the residential sector as they are inexpensive, economical, easy to maintain, and can even be customized to include fountains, spa jets, heaters, benches, lights, or even a counter-current system so one can swim laps!

As with  ALL luxury trends, the small-pool concept has also hit apps like Pinterest and Instagram in droves with a funky shabby-chic DIY twist...
Photos via Pinterest

Homeowners across the country, from rural to urban areas, are ordering stock tanks by the thousands from farm supply stores and retrofitting them with above-ground-pool pumps and filters.  This quirky upcycled backyard retreat can be easily executed for less than $600. Find tips HERE.

Having grown up in a home with... 
My now 15 year old floating in my parent's pool as a chubby little infant in 2002.

... an enormous inground concrete and tile pool, I know the expense, upkeep, and headache all-too-well.  That being said, the plunge pool trend totally changes the game, don't you think?

See more home trends HERE.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Holocaust Revisted" house in Ballwin

I have read about this Ballwin property for years but have never encountered it in person...

I stumbled upon it during showings this afternoon and I must say... it is indeed an interesting case study of the rights of a property owner versus the city they reside in. This former HS art teacher transformed his home into a piece that he named "The Holocaust Revisited" as a Holocaust remembrance. He has been fined and jailed for his work, yet the piece continues to grow. 

The traditional 2-story next door (bottom right photo) shows the dichotomy between the artist's home and the traditional West County suburban neighborhood around it.

Read more about the property HERE.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Milestone weekend in Casa de Nenonen...

"Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. 
But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.” ~ Michael Josephson
It is the tail end of a proud yet emotional weekend here in Casa de Nenonen...
To my fellow parents navigating graduation this month, Kleenex and high fives. *sigh* ❤️

Thursday, May 18, 2017

In the Garden: a more natural approach to the side yard

I adore the idea of thinking outside of the box and taking a softer, more natural approach to the traditional side yard garden path.  In lieu of concrete... 

...this Homeowner opted for natural stepping stones framed by hydrangea and fern. A breathe of fresh air!