Monday, April 24, 2017

Just For Fun: Spring in Casa de Nenonen

Sweet Spring, I missed you and the return of the simple pleasures of life outside of work that I enjoy so much:  Time in my garden, bird song, sunrise breakfast on the deck accented with the herbs and greens I grow myself, lazy late night meals under the stars with my family,  more time in the woods spent lost in nature with my pup, and more hours of gorgeous sunlight. 🎔

Spring is indeed a time of regrowth and renewal and the energy is contagious!  I missed it dearly.

While I have always enjoyed the fun resurgence and swift pace of business that the Spring market delivers each year professionally, personally, life has felt a bit like a high speed train recently, as well.  My oldest graduates in a couple of weeks and has chosen Bradley University for his next journey...

My youngest has taken high school by storm, rocking drum line, varsity wrestling, and this exciting (yet frightening) new venture...

Typically, Spring is pretty much "business as usual" for our family, but this one has caused much pause and reflection as we carefully document the tides of change...

Life is happening for my babies and it is happening quickly. The past few months have been eye-opening to how little time I have left with these two as they tiptoe closer to Adulthood every single day.  Bittersweet.  *sigh*

Anyhoo, as we quickly barrel ahead towards Summer 2017, here is a teeny tiny peek at a slice of Spring here in Casa de Nenonen. ..

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Got Dandelions? Win the battle once and for all!

Curb appeal is KING during the Spring market! Buyers love wildflowers, but not this kind, Sellers. 😉  
Get rid of them, once and for all!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

New Listing: 14904 Greenberry Hill Court in Chesterfield (Parkway West High School)

Located in the reputable Parkway School District...

#14904 Greenberry Hill Court is located in the heart of West County in the award-winning Parkway West district with Chesterfield amenities galore. This handsome home boasts over 3,500 sqft of finished living space on a picturesque cul-du-sac lot adorned with mature perennial landscaping. Walk to West Middle, Parkway West High, and the West High School Fall Homecoming Parade that runs behind the house in the Brook Hill Subdivision!

Home features:

Curb appeal galore including a charming and gracious front porch flanked by azaela and large enough for family al fresco dining.

•FOUR sizable bedrooms starring a private main floor Master Suite retreat with an enormous walk-in closet, private bath with double sinks, and French doors out to the garden.

• Three full baths and one half bath including a spa-like lower level bathroom with giant Jacuzzi soaking tub.

• A gracious formal living room and dining room ideal for entertaining.

• A main floor laundry mud room with ceramic tile flooring, a separate closet, and plenty of hanging space.

• A main floor family room with a wood burning fireplace.

• A sizable eat-in kitchen with ceramic tile floor, a center working island with generous storage, 42” cabinets, double ovens, and natural light galore through the oversized picture window that overlooks the garden.

• A glassed-in three-season room with a skylights and a garden view.

• A finished basement with oodles of room including TWO rec rooms, a separate office, a wet bar, a full bath, and two MASSIVE storage areas. Plenty of room for a pool table, gym, playroom, craft room, or theater.

Complete with a 2 car garage, hardwood floors, a lush fully-fenced private lot, hardwood floors, a tankless H2O Heater, the most gorgeous cul-du-sac lot in the neighborhood, an inground sprinkler system, and nationally-recognized schools...

This home is a complete package! #14904 Greenberry Hill Court has been beautifully maintained yet boasts the layout, lot, location, and space to create the home of your dreams!  Move in just in time for summer to begin.

Offered for $399,900. See the full listing and all photographs HERE.  
NOTE: Showing do NOT begin on this property until Sunday, April 23. 
Please call Carrie Nenonen for a private tour at 314.298.5275

Summer Fun in Chesterfield :

Movies and Concerts Under the Stars at the Chesterfield Amphitheater

What better way to spend a summer evening than watching a movie or taking in a free concert under the stars. There is a combination of fixed and lawn seating at the venue. You can bring your own refreshments (NO GLASS) and the concession stand will be open with food and drinks.

Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center

Scream your way down thrilling water slides, enjoy a relaxing float around a lazy river, or dive into a competition pool at the Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Monday-Friday: 12pm-8pm
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: 10am-8pm
1/2 Price after 5:00 pm
Visit for pool hours, swim classes and water events.

Summer Concert Series and Food Trucks at Faust Park

Faust Park opens at 5:30 p.m. for seating. Concessions are available beginning at 5:30 p.m.. All concerts are from 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Beer, wine, soda, water, popcorn, and candy are available for purchase along with area restaurants offering food at affordable prices, so no need to bring your own! Food trucks will be at all the summer concerts.

June 6: Bob Cuban 
June 13: Fanfair 
June 20: Trilogy 
June 20: Spectrum Band 
July 11: Abbey Road Warriors 
July 18: Volcanic Ash
July 25: Radiogram
August 1: Butch Wax
August 8: Laythom andHolmes
August 15: Billy Peek

Chesterfield 4th of July Celebration
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 6:30 PM
West Chesterfield Mall Parking Lot near Dillard’s and Macy’s

Come join us for the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration that has grown to be the biggest and best fireworks show in the metropolitan area! The Main Stage will present a FREE concert starting at 7:30 pm featuring Fat Pocket. Come and enjoy listening and dancing to the music until the fireworks show begins at 9:30 pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The Kids’ Zone will be open 6:30 to 9 with activities and entertainment. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments, or purchase food and drink from various vendors and food trucks.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Luston Home in Webster Groves

I spy with my little eye...

... a rare Lustron home with the original enameled steel siding AND roof! These prefab houses were developed in the post-World War II era in response to the shortage of homes for returning GIs.  There were only 3k constructed nationwide between 1948-50. St. Louis has only of the healthiest remaining inventories in the country!  Fun find today.

Here is an interesting piece if interested in learning more about the history of Lustrons...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Checklist For Homeowners

It has been a busy week here in Casa de Nenonen. As Steve and I frivolously begin to prepare our own home for warmer weather, we have a rotating door of contractors visiting this week to do everything from power wash the exterior to aerate and fertilize the lawn.  

While I take a lot of pleasure in this aspect of the process (my herb starters-hurray!)...
The money and time-management of the other projects I find not-so-fun.  That being said, I have learned over 20+ years of home ownership that being proactive in the Spring almost always reduces an enormous amount of headache in the Summer and Fall.  I will also note that my weekend showings served as a terrific reminder (aka a serious kick-in-the-pants) to get started as 5 of the 11 properties that I showed in the rain this weekend had wet basements.  ALL FIVE OF THEM HAD GUTTERS OVERFLOWING WITH LEAVES.  Not a coincidence, friends. Read more about preventing water in your home HERE.

As we get periodic breaks in the rain, place your focus here Homeowners:

Clean Home Exterior:               
_ Clear all gutters, downspouts, and exterior drains of debris
_ Clean siding (TIP: if you have this professionally done like we do every other year, generously spray your plants with the hose right before the power washers arrive to protect your landscape from absorbing the chemicals.)
_ Decks and Porches: Clean, make repairs,stain
_ Patios: Clean and repair as needed
_ Windows and Screens: Clean and make repairs

_ Rake Leaves
_ Aerate, fertilize, and seed lawn
_ Prune shrubs (tip for pruning grasses HERE)
_ Remove weeds
_ Mulch garden beds 

_ Check Sprinkler system
_ Schedule termite and pest inspection
_ Service your mower, have blades sharpened 
_ Check fences and gates
_ Seal driveway
_ Test outdoor lighting 
_ Inspect concrete for patching needs
_ Inspect brick for tuck pointing needs
_ Check roof for damage
_ Repair peeling paint 
_ Stain or reseal exterior wood 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My 7th St. Louis Magazine Five-Star Award!


Week made! ♥

What an honer and privilege to receive my 7th Five-Star award,  featured in the fresh-off-the-presses April edition of St. Louis Magazine. A warm thank you to my 2016 clients for their positive reviews.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Architectural Goody Alert! Rare Crown Glass "bullseye" window.

It doesn't happen often...

... but I stumbled upon a hand blown Crown Glass "bullseye" window pane this AM! The center area where the punty was connected was considered an imperfection at the time and typically resmelted or used in a low end applications like a rear transom. 

This window, however, is front and center on a late 19th century Victorian.  I have only seen 2-3 in St. Louis over the last 15 years so I had to share. So rare, so interesting. ❤ 

Monday, March 13, 2017

A weekend in Chicago: Art, Architecture, and Anniversary fun!

If you follow me on Instagram, you are aware that my husband recently surprised me with a long weekend trip to Chicago to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary...  

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NOTE: Despite numerous trips to Chicago over the years, we have never taken the Amtrak. What an incredible alternative to driving and flying?!  The ride was comfortable, scenic, and oh so EASY.  Once in the city, Uber was a dream.  Highly recommend.

Blessed with a gorgeous and unseasonably warm forecast... Executive level room at the historic Palmer House, circa 1875...
... and sought-after tickets to Hamilton ...
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 ... it truly was a weekend to remember!  Yes, Hamilton lives up to the hype.  It was incredible.

We enjoyed the sights under blue sunny skies...
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Shared a number of memorable meals...

Soaked in the historic architecture...

 ... and shared many lazy hours at the museums...
 Steve certainly knows how to make a girl feel appreciated and loved, not just this weekend but every single day.  I am so fortunate. 🎔

While the entire weekend was perfection, one of the highlights for me was an afternoon in Oak Park...
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If you have read my blog for awhile, you know my love for historic homes and my affinity towards local real estate when I travel. That being said, however, I have a pronounced connection with Frank Lloyd Wright homes and always have.  The fact is, I am the daughter of two FLW aficionados. I grew up touring his properties and enjoying books of his work, which sat on the coffee table of my childhood home.

Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867-1959, was the ultimate trailblazer in American architecture.  I have toured HUNDREDS of late 19th century homes over 15+ years as a Realtor and none of them aesthetically compare to a FLW home. His design was way before its time-  clean, seamless, practical, thought out, and purposeful.  I highly recommend reading "Loving Frank" for a closer peek into the his life and work. Entertaining read about a very complicated yet brilliant man.

Personally, I have always been drawn to the symmetry, simplicity, utility (genius built-ins), and organic nature of his design. Wright strived to have the interior and exterior of a home interact with one another to create a harmony of space and nature, achieved by the use of angles and intricate stained glass.  The end result? Clean and bold geometric design drenched in painted natural light.  Truly glorious!

Per the video above, the property in Oak Park is significant as it is the VERY first home that he built and is essentially where his career began .  While the property is not as pristine and original as many of the other FLW homes I have toured, it is no less important.  In fact, Steve and I found it interesting that MANY of the features of this home are key elements in most of the FLW designs to follow, like the signature fireplace nook.

This property uniquely offers a $5 press pass, allowing me to share photos with my blog.   Um, yes please.  Without further ado, here is teeny peek inside the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio through my eyes, friends.

The residential home:

The attached work studio:

There are many spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Chicago area.  I highly recommend touring one (or more) the next time that you are in the area!  Regardless, I had to share.

Thank you for a wonderful getaway, Chicago...

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Happy Anniversary and THANK you for the weekend of a lifetime, Steve!
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