Thursday, September 22, 2016

CLOSED: #526 N Kirkwood, 3B in the heart of Kirkwood

Oh happy day for my client!  North Kirkwood closed today, thus beginning a new chapter for my Seller.  This special client has closed a total of three transactions with me over a short period of time and I cannot express how much I appreciate her trust and confidence. 

C- you are so brave, so courageous.  I not only appreciate your business... I appreciate your friendship. Congratulations, friend. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Just Listed: #1210 Wicklow Rd, Unit H in Parkway South

Welcome to one of the most fantastic deals in West County...
Just listed!  #1210 Wicklow Rd, Unit H boasts three finished levels and is tucked into one of the most serene wooded corners of the highly sought-after Braeshire community in the award-winning Parkway South School District.

This spacious move-in ready 2 bedroom/ 2 full bath unit is over 1,100 square feet, not including the finished basement and the private fully-fenced patio. Unit goodies include an open and airy floor plan, modern updated fixtures, thermal windows and doors, beautifully updated bathrooms, a finished lower level overflowing with living and storage space, an impressive amount of natural light, and all appliances included.

Heading outside...

The fully-fenced private outdoor space walks out onto green common ground and is a short walk to the Braeshire amenities including a swimming pool, club house, playground, and lovely wooded grounds...

This property has easy access to 141 and I-270 and is mere blocks from some of the most popular shopping and dining destinations in West County...

Complete with a 1 year home warranty, this property is well maintained, has an excellent West County location, and access to some of the best public schools in the city! It is a total steal at $119,900.

See more photos and the MLS full listing HERE. 

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

In St. Louis and ready to make a move?  Let's connect!

Friday, September 16, 2016

St. Louis Weekend Happenings: September 16 - 18, 2016

Rain, rain go away... the weekend is here and it is time to PLAY!  There is a lot going on this weekend, St. Louis! If seeking fun and affordable family-friendly events, below are a handful of my local favorites happening this weekend...

Taste of St. Louis 2016
The 12th annual award-winning Taste of St. Louis is a celebration of the best food, art, music, and culture that our great city has to offer. Reel Big Fish and Jerrod Niemann play this year, while notable local chefs battle it out in high-pressure cooking competitions.   There is something for everyone at the event, as the array of activities and participants continues to grow each year. 300,000 patrons enjoyed Taste last year.

Friday, September 16 from 4:00pm - 10pm
Saturday, September 17 from 11am - 10pm
Sunday, September 18 from 11am - 7:00 pm

FREE Admission

Chesterfield Amphitheater in Central Park and Chesterfield Village

For more info: or 314.534.2100

Event map and directions here:

44nd Annual Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race
The oldest and most well-attended free hot-air balloon event in the WORLD is this weekend! The Balloon Glow will be on Friday evening on Central Field (the site of the Race) and will be a walk through event only -- not a drive through event. The Balloon Race will take place on Central Field by the Jewel Box in Forest Park, on Saturday afternoon. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is free, open to the public, and welcomes over 130,000 visitors every year.

September 16th and 17th 

Print/view the full 2016 program here:

Forest Park- Central Field
5595 Grand Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63112

FREE Admission

For more info:  

Collinsville Italian Fest
For over 25 years, Collinsville IL has been celebrating the Italian culture and heritage that the city was built on. Dance, stomp grapes, Bocce, and "mangia bene" during their annual Italian Fest in downtown Collinsville, Illinois.  Plenty of parking is available throughout downtown Collinsville, but please note that the festival closes the streets from Morrison (IL-159) to Seminary.

September 16-17

Full weekend schedule here: 

FREE Admission

For more info:

Friday, September 9, 2016

Top 10 Home Design Trends for 2016 per Pinterest 100

If you are a Pinterest user (find me HERE), you know that you can spot trends forming on the site LONG before you see them plastered across the internet.   For that reason, I have always enjoyed peeking in on the Pinterest 100 , as it is a fascinating highlight of what is trending right now on Pinterest.

As far as home design goes in 2016 (Home Decor category), Pinterest users have spoken and these are the top 10 hot trends as highlighted by and with photos taken directly from the site as trending. How many of these design elements  have you incorporated into your own home?

Gray, Gray, and more Gray 

Graphic Throw Pillows 

Hacks and Methods of hiding cords 

Black Accent Walls 

Gallery Walls & Woven Wall hangings 
DIY Space-saving solutions 

 Artisan Goods and Textiles 

Metallic Wallpaper 

White-washed Scandinavian Design 

Geometric Tile 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Under Contract: #526 N Kirkwood, 3B in the heart of Kirkwood

What is the best way to celebrate Labor Day weekend as a Realtor?  To sell a property, of course!

Just 24 hours after showings began, North Kirkwood sold with multiple contracts!  The preparation and marketing strategy of this listing was a true team collaboration with my Seller and was wildly successful.  A HUGE congratulations to the C Family, who eagerly anticipates the quick closing in two short weeks.  Happy Labor Day, indeed!

If in St. Louis and considering a move... the 2016 market is still hot!  Let's connect...

Friday, September 2, 2016

5 Fun St. Louis 2016 Labor Day Weekend Happenings

Labor Day Weekend 2016 is here, and what's not to love? It's a chance to slow down and appreciate our "laborers". The kids are off of school, most adults have the long weekend to play, and it is the last "hurrah" before we charge into the cooler weather and slower pace of Fall.

Labor Day Weekend, particularly in St Louis, is always full of amazing family-friendly activities. If you want to get out, hit the city, and do something other than enjoy the last weekend of pool season... the possibilities are endless.

Need help planning your long holiday weekend? Besides a busy game weekend for the Cardinals and the Reds, the opening of the Great Godfrey Corn Maze, and extended hours at the St. Louis Zoo, below are 5 of my favorite St. Louis Labor Day 2016 activities...

Labor Day Parade

September 5 at 9AM

Thousands of local union members will march through downtown St. Louis for the annual Labor Day Parade. An awesome way to kick off the weekend and show your pride /support our local workers.

The parade begins at 13th and Olive. It then makes its way down Tucker Street, past St. Louis City Hall and west on Market Street to 15th Street.

The Japanese Festival at the Botanical Garden

September 3-5

Each Labor Day weekend, the Missouri Botanical Garden hosts one of the largest and oldest Japanese Festivals in North America. In addition to taking in the beauty of the Botanical Gardens, visitors can enjoy Japanese music, art, dance, food, and entertainment including Origami demonstrations, a traditional tea ceremony, and live Sumo wrestling.

Tickets to the festival are $15 for adults and $5 for children and Garden members.

More info:

St. Louis Greek Festival in the Central West End

September 2-5 

If you love authentic Greek food, and who doesn't, than a visit to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is in order for you this weekend for their 98th Annual festival. Enjoy music, dancing and some of the best Greek food you'll find anywhere. Be sure to utilize the free parking in the BJC Parking Garage.

More Info:

Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede's Landing

September 3-4, 3pm-12am

The Big Muddy Blues Festival is a free, outdoor music festival featuring local and nationally known Blues artists that hosts over 60,000 people annually. The musicians perform on three stages set up throughout the cobble stoned streets of the Landing. Dozens of local restaurants provide food and drink, and the music is the best around! Amazing way to support our local talent.

$8 admission charge or a 2 day pass for $15

More info:

Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park
September 2-4th

$5.00 admission

Friday:  5pm - 9pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm.
Sunday: 11am - 4pm.

All within the climate-controlled comfort of the Greensfelder Recreation Center, and with more than 130 juried artists from 20 states... the Art Fair at Queeny Park is one of the most reputable, longest-running art fairs in the bi-state region.

More info: 

Event flyer with a $1 coupon for admission:$1Off_Coupon.pdf 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Just Listed: 526 North Kirkwood Rd, 3B in the heart of Kirkwood

#526 N Kirkwood, 3B is move-in ready, epitomizes pride of ownership, and boasts a highly desirable Kirkwood location within walking distance of the historic downtown goodies in the sought-after Homewood complex.

This lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath upper floor unit is over 1,300 sqft with a secure underground garage space, a sizable private storage unit, and no-stair living. Unit goodies include an open and airy floor plan, fresh paint, neutral decor, modern fixtures, a GORGEOUS fully-updated kitchen with crown-adorned 42" cabinets and all stainless steel appliances included, closets galore including a sizable pantry, an impressive amount of natural light, and an in-unit laundry with a brand new front-loading washer and dryer. This is also one of the only complex units with a converted porch into a bonus room, ideal for an office, playroom, or casual den!

Kirkwood is one of the most desirable suburbs in St. Louis, known for rich tradition, lovely architecture, and a vibrant yet quaint downtown area.  The public schools are nationally-recognized and the city amenities are almost too plentiful to list...

You can close on this unit before Fall arrives! Walk downtown on Saturday morning for an alfresco breakfast, a steamy chai, the morning paper, and farmer's market fun...

Live the dream, friends. 
Make it your new reality, your new lifestyle! 

See the full listing HERE.  For more information or a private showing, call Carrie Nenonen at 314.298.5275.  
In St. Louis and ready to make a move?  Let's connect!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rule of Real Estate: Nearby Parks Add Value

According to HouseLogic...
... a desirable public park boosts the property value of nearby homes by a whopping 8-20%!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Weekend happening: Festival of Nations 2016

The International Festival of Nations is this weekend and the forecast is looking ideal to enjoy it!  This super family-friendly event in Tower Grove Park is St. Louis’ best attended annual multicultural celebration. The festival offers amazing multi-cultural entertainment /activities, an international bazaar with unique gifts from around the world, and over 40 ethnic food booths to delight the palate. 


Saturday (10am-7pm) and Sunday (10am-6pm) - August 27 and 28

Tower Grove Park (directions and festival map HERE)


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Effective vs Chronological Property Age and Project Time:Installation of Concrete Curbing.

In real estate, properties age in two ways: chronologically and effectively. Chronological age is the time from when a house was built to the present day. Effective age, on the other hand, refers to how old the home appears to be and how it functions in the realm of modern day standards, codes, and amenities.

The process of maintaining the effective age of a property as it ages chronologically is a continuous process and can be challenging if a Homeowner purchases an older home already behind on updates. Just like people, age looks VERY different from property to property, depending on how it was built, the amount of proactive maintenance, and what it has endured over the years.  Effective age can be significantly higher or lower than chronological age.

As of this summer, we have been in our house for 13 years. That is typically the timeframe that major, major renovation time hits as the life of household systems and big ticket items starts to age cycle: roofs, bathrooms, HVAC systems, water heaters, windows, etc. Steve and I were compelled to sit down this summer to discuss and decide what our next life move will be: commit to another substantial chunk of time in this house and take on the next level of renovation or consider a move. The choice was easy. We love our house and it suits our family needs perfectly- we stay!

Over the years we have shifted projects back and forth from the interior to the exterior as the need arose. This Fall, we have committed to serious exterior renovation to the front and backyard, more specifically via hardscape.  Nothing can transform the appearance and functionality of a property exterior like a new hardscape design.  That being said, it is costly, permanent (or at least not easily changed), and can solve or create issues with grade or drainage so you do NOT jump into these projects haphazardly.

Project 1 is a small one in the big picture, but important as it directly affects our curb appeal.  One of the things that we liked about the property when we purchased it was the free-flowing front garden bed defined by natural rock...

13 years later, however, it needed revamping.  Many of the rocks were split and in need of replacement. I wanted to maintain the feel but redefine the lines a tad to accommodate my well-established plants.  Hence, the beds needed an entire overhaul. We chose to go the installed concrete curb route and couldn't be happier! The process is quick, easy, and gives you total control of shape and color with only a 24 hour cure time. ... 

It is also durable and incredibly affordable at only $8.50/ft which includes your choice of color, shape, and surface texture. The size and design choices are endless, from classic brick to more textured stone. A teeny peek at the process...

We paid our chosen company (a referral from a friend) $150 for the back-breaking task of removing and hauling away the existing landscaping rock...

Once they regraded the soil and established the new lines of the beds...

... upon our approval, they began the project. See the type of machine used here.

After the machine pours the curbing, another person follows behind to surface it.  Rather than being stained, the concrete itself is tinted so it will never wear over time.  We chose the 18 inch paver stamp in the gray tinted concrete to coordinate with our gray roof and front porch slate (project HERE)...

From start to finish, the project took approximately 4 hours and we are tickled pink with the result!  

Far more tidy look and more effective at retaining our mulch and preventing further bed erosion.  They poured approximately 82ft.  At $8.50/ft, the cost of the curbing was $697.

The next project is to fill in the extended beds with soil and remulch as we head into Autumn...

If considering this project in St. Louis, I highly recommend calling Archway Lawncare and Landscaping.  They were not only incredibly professional and easy to work with, but their work at our property was impeccable!

Nitty Gritty...

Archway Lawncare and Landscaping