Sunday, October 23, 2016

Golden Rule of Renovation: It must get (far) worse before it gets better!

As the weather cools and our renovation focus shifts back to the interior of our house for a bit... 
A new basement makeover project kicks off in Casa de Nenonen this week with a LOT of inspiration from Pinterest.  Eventually, the full project overview will make it to the blog, but in the meantime, this is one of the plans that I am most giddy for.  

Farewell to the dark, useless closet under the stairs.  Hello light, storage, and practical use of space!

Who knew that the love for demolition is genetic? 😉

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Boo at the Zoo is back TODAY, St. Louis!

Haunted Hallow, Sinister Swamp, and Master Weaver's Giant Spider Web...

I swear, I adore the St. Louis Zoo! Sport your costume and explore the Zoo after dark during the special Halloween evenings: Boo at the Zoo Nights! This non-scary, child-friendly Halloween experience is filled with laughs and adventure. Wander the park at night, hear silly stories by the campfire, enjoy live music, and more.

While all children under the age of 12 will receive a small treat bag upon exiting, Boo at the Zoo Nights is not a trick-or-treating experience. This event is the perfect way to enjoy the Halloween season without the scare or sugar-overload!

Nightly, October 18-30, 2016
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

$6/member; $7/non-member; children under 2 are free
$1 discount for children 2 to 12 in costume

Parking is free - details on the website.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Just For Fun: Halloween Light Show near Lindenwood Park

Locals- has anyone visited #6632 Bancroft Ave. in South City during the month of October?  Imagine being 8 years old again and walking up to this house to trick-or-treat...


Their incredibly impressive (and terrifying) Halloween light show is viral on YouTube. This is last year's show. Apparently, the lights run nightly during Halloween week and the Homeowner has yet to post what 2016 has in store. NOTE: The house is a stone's throw from Ted Drewes, so celebrate the scare with a pumpkin concrete.  The perfect October evening with the family, right?

If interested, see the Homeowner's past displays HERE.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Top 8 Agents in the Month of September

I was tickled pink to wake up to this shoutout from the Coldwell Banker Gundaker Corporate Centre today. What a fantastic 3rd quarter it was for me, both personally and professionally. A warm thank you to my wonderful clients for their trust and confidence! This totally made my morning...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Autumn Curb Appeal in St. Louis...

One of my absolute favorite aspects of having a Buyer-heavy Fall season is enjoying neighborhood autumnal sights! While many homes take the SPOOKtacular approach to October, other local Homeowners stick to the basics and keep it classic.  

How lovely are these porches that I encountered this week... 

Often times, less is more and the most simple changes pack the biggest visual punch! If you don't like to decorate-to-the-max, consider small seasonal changes to amp up your Fall curb appeal: a fresh autumn wreath, dress up your current established topiaries, yank your summer-tired urn plantings in lieu of a simple pumpkin, or replace your flower bed annuals with mums.  

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Under Contract: #1117 Windyoak Dr in Ballwin (Parkway South)

The 2016 Fall real estate market in St. Louis has been incredible thus far, with no sign of slow down! This is the 4th contract that I have negotiated this week...

It has been a super busy week of house tours and negotiation, but my clients just contracted this lovely move-in ready split in Ballwin (Parkway South).  Every single square foot of this cutie has been renovated and it is the perfect match for my clients down to the large corner lot and terrific deck for entertaining their family and friends.

This one closes escrow in November.  A HUGE congratulations to the H family. What a terrific way to end the week!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Under Contract: 2719 Sundance Court in Wildwood

Late last night, my Buyers contracted the most gorgeous home...

This private retreat, while five minutes from all of the Wildwood amenities, is nestled within 3 lovely wooded acres with nature views from every single window.  The best of both worlds!  More impressive than the grounds, however, is the interior.  Almost 3500 sqft of updates galore, including a brand new farmhouse kitchen that would drive the Pinterest crowd wild.  After only 2 days on the market, the listing agent fielded 4 competing contracts and ours beat out the competition at 10:30pm last night.  Yes!

A huge congratulations to the W family for this special purchase, which closes escrow in November.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Under Contract: #1210 Wicklow Rd, Unit H in Parkway South

Nothing says "Happy Sunday" like a steamy mug of Sumatra with skim, a loyal pup at your feet, and heading over to a Seller's house to place an "Under Contract" rider.  The absolute best!
Wicklow sold yesterday with less than two weeks on the market and closes escrow in November!  This timely sale is a true testament to the power of Sellers 100% dedicated to the process.  So wonderful to work with, they took every ounce of advice that I gave them and prepared their property like true champions. The payoff is a quick sale as we venture in to Fall.  Yahoo!

A HUGE thank you and congratulations to the H family! I love my time spent with you and can't wait to see what the next few weeks bring as we secure your forever home.  Fantastic weekend!  

Saturday, October 1, 2016