Thursday, May 26, 2016

St. Louis Memorial Day Weekend 2016 Happenings: May 27 - 30

The long holiday weekend is almost here, St. Louis!  As usual, the city will be buzzing with family-friendly activities. Here are a few of my favorites...

2016 Art Outside at Schlafly Bottleworks 

Schlafly Art Outside is a three-day-long alternative art fair featuring art from over 50 artists based here in the St. Louis area. Come and show your support for local art and local beer.

Art Outside is not an ordinary fair, but one that features quality art, music, and plenty of tasty food and drink from Schlafly Beer. Hosted at the brewery’s Bottleworks location in Maplewood, Missouri, Art Outside draws approximately 15,000 visitors each year.

5.27.16 - 5.30.16
Friday:  5-10 PM
Saturday: 10AM-10PM
Sunday: NOON-4PM

Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood
6260 Southwest Avenue

2016 St. Louis County Greek Fest in Town & Country

Whether you're of Greek decent or just love ethnic cuisine, the Greek Fest is a lively environment destination in which you can experience the Greek community's deeply rooted traditions, heritage, and delicious cuisine!

5.27.16 - 5.30.16
Friday-Sunday: 11:00 AM-9:00 PM
Monday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
1755 Des Peres Road

Eckert's Farm Memorial Day Festival

Eckert's Orchards in Belleville is celebrating Memorial Day with a three-day festival complete with music, food, wagon rides and special kid's activities.

5.28.16 - 5.30.16
10-5 pm

Belleville Country Store
951 Green Mount Road Belleville, IL 62220

44th Annual Gypsy Caravan at the Family Arena

Junkers, antiquers, and Pinterest fans... welcome to heaven!!  The St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association presents the 44th annual Gypsy Caravan, one of the largest antique, craft and flea markets in the Midwest. Proceeds support the STL Symphony and Education Concerts that reach and inspire upward of 40,000 students from 1,000 area schools each season.

Monday, 5.30.16
Early Bird (7:00-9:00 AM): $20
General (9:00 AM-5:00 PM): $10
Free at all times for children under age 13.

The Family Arena
2002 Arena Parkway
St. Charles MO, 63303

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Under Contract: #1115 Grandview Dr. in Kirkwood

The Seller was kind enough to allow us to hurriedly rush in the property late last night.  At 11:30 PM, we were writing a contract. By 1:30 AM, my Buyer had an accepted contract in a multiple contract situation!  THAT is how you rock the 2016 St. Louis Spring real estate market, people.  My buyer did a phenomenal job and this charming Kirkwood bungalow was well worth the effort and fight- gorgeous!  Check out more photos HERE!

We close in a few short weeks. A warm congratulations to the C clan for an exciting new chapter. 
Are you ready to shop for your dream home?  I would love the opportunity to help you!  
Learn more about me HERE or see what my clients have to say HERE.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Curb Appeal Tip: When all else fails, mulch it!

Don't underestimate the makeover power of a quick and inexpensive fresh layer of mulch, Homeowners!

Mulch is the easiest way to instantly spruce up your flower beds and borders, taking your curb appeal to the next level. Selling your house or prepping for summer soirees?  May is the time to add mulch in St. Louis.  It is great for your plants AND makes your outside space more visually appealing.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Under Contract: #2019 Pincian in Rockwood Schools

It was a fantastic morning for my Sellers on Pincian!  The property went under contract and closes escrow in July.  The new Buyer is super lucky to inherit this adorable little ranch and I am excited for the B family's next big move.  Congrats on a terrific morning, Team Pincian!

Monday, May 16, 2016

In the Press: Thanks for the quote, Money Magazine!

It was incredibly kind of Time's Money Magazine to recently quote me again...

Particularly, as it is a topic that I am so passionate about.  Becoming "house poor" is one of the most devastating financial mistakes that a Buyer can make, in my opinion.  When a disproportionate amount of one's monthly income is spent on mortgage, taxes, insurance, association fees, and utilities... it leaves room for little else.  No renovations, no Life emergency fund, no savings, no vacations, no FURNITURE. The very best way for a Buyer to avoid this financial pitfall is by controlling the conversation and being budget-focused from the get-go, at the time of preapproval!  A reputable mortgage lender will follow your lead and respect your parameters.

Affordability is an incredibly important topic in the real estate industry. Thank you for allowing me to share, Money!
Connect with Time- Money Magazine on the web HERE and on Twitter HERE for helpful financial news and tips.  

In the meantime, if you are in St. Louis and contemplating a move or have more questions about financing... I would love to help!  Learn more about me HERE, call me at 314.298.5275, or email me at

Saturday, May 14, 2016

May Scene At The Missouri Botanical Gardens

Happiness is finishing your work early on a Friday so you can sneak in an afternoon of fun! Here is a teeny peek at the May scene at the Missouri Botanical Garden yesterday...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

St. Louis Weekend Happenings: May 13 - 15, 2016

The weekend is almost upon us and check out this forecast, St. Louis...
If still making plans for the weekend, here are a few of the more notable happenings!

Sauce Food Truck Friday 
Tower Grove Park
Fri, May 13 at 4:00 pm

The 6th annual Sauce Food Truck Friday series in Tower Grove Park has begun! More than 20 trucks attend every second Friday of the month - May through October - for one of the best outdoor food events in St. Louis!

2016 Spirit of St. Louis Airshow presented by Boeing
May 14 – 15 from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Watch and enjoy many amazing pilots including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Canadian Snowbirds including the CF-18 Hornet flight demonstration. Watch them perform some of their amazing flight maneuvers in an exciting aerial ballet across the sky. The event’s popular STEM Expo, presented by MasterCard, highlights the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives of academic, business and not-for profit institutions in the St. Louis area and inspires youth to pursue these important areas.

15th Annual Art on the Square in Downtown Belleville
May 13-15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Every spring, Art on the Square transforms downtown Belleville into an alfresco gallery, with 105 juried artists from all over the world. There’s also food, music, and a children’s art garden.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Home Sweet Home, Blooms Sweet Blooms

One of the most important roles of a Realtor is to remain focused on the business aspect of our clients' move in order to protect them through the process, as let's face it... moving is emotional. From helping an eager newlywed couple plant their roots in the perfect starter to holding the hand of a recent widow closing the final chapter of a long life together... we do our best to remain supportive yet logical through an emotionally-charged transaction.

It isn't always easy, as we too are human. A skilled Realtor learns to carefully balance both aspects to be fully-supportive of our clients.

If a client is selling a property, Realtors typically refer to it as a "house" in order to help the Seller begin to remove the emotion so they can focus on the financial significance of each stage of negotiation.  If a client is making a purchase, however, we typically refer to it as a "home" as we realize it is more than just a financial transaction. Finding the right fit, both financially and emotionally, is imperative in a purchase.  

Home is a safe haven.  It meant to be the heart of a family.  It is where first steps are taken, Tooth Fairies visit, and buddies gather to cheer their favorite team to victory.  It is where one gathers with friends and family to enjoy the best of what life has to offer from Memorial Day barbecues and birthday celebrations to relaxing naps on the garden hammock.

It's the little things that make a house a home. Small things that when joined together, create the most inviting and special atmosphere that is unique to you and yours.  That becomes no more apparent to me every single May when I open my son's bedroom window to see this...
Our peony has been in bloom all week.  To most it is just a pretty pink flower, but to me it is home.  My childhood bedroom had a large blush peony bush beneath my window.  Every May I would perch my chin on the windowsill and behind the protection of the screen, curiously watch the bees buzz around the blooms as the lovely fragrance filled my bedroom and my dad tended to his vegetable garden just a few feet away.

I have planted a blush peony in every single house that Steve and I have lived in.   As a result, every May I am magically transported back four decades to the safety of my childhood bedroom.  Home is where love blooms in Casa de Nenonen, both figuratively and literally. I love this time of year!  The memories evoked not only bring a smile to my face, but also act as a terrific annual reminder of the significance of aiding people in either closing or opening a chapter on a new home.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Under Contract: #845 Woodside Trails in Ballwin (Marquette)

What a terrific swift Spring market it has been for Sellers in St. Louis!

With only 3 days on the market and multiple offers, Woodside Trails is under contract and closes escrow in early June!   Lovely unit for the new Buyer just in time for pool season and a fantastic weekend for my Seller.  I love a happy ending! Congratulations, B.

In St. Louis and curious about how much your house is worth in the current market?

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Friday, May 6, 2016

REDUCED! #2019 Pincian Drive in Fenton.

Cute as a button and move-in ready...

Price reduced and Seller replaced the basement bedroom carpet!   #2019 Pincian Drive boasts a fabulous Southwest St. Louis County location just minutes from I-44 and 141 and within walking distance of numerous playgrounds and South Buder Park. This charming ranch boasts an open floor plan, updates galore, and a sizable fully-fenced backyard in the reputable Rockwood school district.

Home features: 2 main floor bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a beautifully updated kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite countertops, and a professionally-finished lower level that DOUBLES your total living space with a sizable recreation room, recessed lighting, a basement bedroom with full bath, and oodles of storage.

Heading outside, the backyard is adorned with mature trees and lovely low-maintenance perennial landscaping. There is a deck, an organic raised-bed vegetable garden, and plenty of fully-fenced green space for your children, pets, and summer soirées.

Complete with a 1 car garage, a new roof with architectural shingles (14), new gutters with leaf guards (13), fresh paint (16), new flooring, new windows, new dishwasher (16), newer furnace, and a new sump pump (14)… this home is a complete package! Beautifully maintained and move-in ready, this property has been loved and it shows.

Now $149,900.

Call Carrie for a private tour at 314.298.5275.  See the full MLS listing HERE.


  • New roof with architectural shingles - 2014
  • Waterproofed basement and new sump pump (through PermaJack, installed below foundation footing with drain leading along walls to sump pit-has warranty for the lifetime of the home) - 2014
  • New dishwasher - 2016
  • New furnace - 2009
  • New French doors w/ enclosed dust-free blinds - 2012
  • Full kitchen remodel and reconfiguration with custom cabinetry, separate pantry, and     granite countertops - 2009
  • New windows throughout (upstairs pre-2008, basement 2012)
  • Main floor bathroom remodel (down to the studs, rebuilt with mold-resistant walls) - 2012
  • New Gutters with leaf guards - 2013
  • Backyard organic vegetable garden and spacious fully-fenced backyard with new low-maintenance perennial landscaping and installed French drain
  • New basement bedroom carpet - 2016


  • Fantastic family-friendly neighborhood includes (multiple and very close to the house) common grounds with playgrounds and basketball courts.
  • Located in the reputable and award-winning Rockwood School District.
  • Located just one block from South Buder Park with numerous playgrounds and sprawling green space.
  • Less than a 5 minute drive from Lone Elk Park and several notable Meramec Greenway running and hiking trails including Riverside Park and the Chubb and Castlewood Loop.
  • Easy access to 141, I-44, and I-270.
  • Resident access to the City of Fenton RiverChase Recreation and Community Center with 3 pools, over 5,500 sqft of fitness center, basketball courts, multipurpose rooms available for rent, and an indoor walking track.
  • Old Towne Fenton Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday from May-October with locally-grown produce, flowers, live music, and crafts.