Monday, April 20, 2015

Name those blooms- Identify The Most Common Midwest Spring Flowering Trees & Shrubs

While it seemed like it would never arrive, Spring has definitely sprung in St. Louis! Colorful blooms abound in the city, leaving me SO inspired to spend time in my yard during this time of the year.  Our city is in FULL BLOOM- just lovely!

Steve and I have one general rule when it comes to trees in our yard: we never cut one down without replacing it.  It not only maintains our curb appeal, but also our utility bills and privacy.  Unfortunately, as we live in a 45 year old house, we have had to do a lot of cutting of our property's original plantings over the last 12 years.  Currently, we have 2 trees that have reached the end of the road, including our gorgeous front yard redbud.  It saddens me, as the tree provides amazing color every April.  In addition, it has been the boys' favorite climbing tree over the years and acts as home to my songbird feeder... 

My babies back in 2010- so little. =(  

The plan is, of course, to replace it with another Spring-flowering tree so I have been on the lookout!  As I venture the city for work, I pay extra close attention to the Spring blooms to make the decision easier.

In fact, Spring is the IDEAL time to identify trees in the Midwest, as most ornamental trees are in full show-stopping bloom!  Curious of the identity of the glorious blooms that you currently see around town?  This guide will help!


Bradford Pear Tree

Red Bud Tree

 Crabapple Tree

White Dogwood Tree

Pink Dogwood Tree 

 Weeping Cherry Tree


Lilac Bush 

Ornamental Cherry Tree 

Snowball Bush aka Viburnum 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CLOSED: 6404 Cates Ave #3E in the U City Loop

My Buyers closed on this gorgeous University City condo this morning, almost 1,900 sqft in the heart of the Loop! It is an incredible unit, both inside and out, with a large private deck and mere steps from all of the goodies that the Loop has to offer.  With this being their 3rd transaction with me, these clients are almost like family.  I so shared their excitement this morning and cannot wait to see everything once settled!  CONGRATS J and T. =)

Friday, April 10, 2015

St. Louis Weekend Happenings: April 10-12


An Evening of Art in the CWE
5:30  - 8:30 pm - Central West End

Sip and stroll along the shops and galleries on McPherson in the CWE  to celebrate the openings of new art shows at Duane Reed Gallery, Philip Slein Gallery, Charlie Houska,  and the Open Projects + Gallery with complimentary cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres.

More info HERE.


Repeal of Prohibition Beer Festival
12-5PM - Schlafly Bottleworks

Celebrate the Anniversary of the End of Prohibition at Schlafly Bottleworks in Historic Downtown Maplewood!  

$25.00 in advance or $30.00 the day of the event. Price includes a commemorative tasting glass and samplings of over 30 beer styles including plenty of Schlafly favorites and great beer styles from our guest breweries. Live music will be provided by Swing DeVille. 

More info HERE or call (314) 241-2337


The Twisted Belly Barbecue Blowout
Friday, April 10th from 4pm to 10 pm and Saturday, April 11th from 11am to 8pm.

Chesterfield Amphitheater.

The Budweiser BBQ Series continues! Here, competitors will prepare chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.  You’re guaranteed to have a finger lickin good time as the competitors are working towards hopefully earning a grand prize payout of $10,000 at the final competition later this year.

Admission is FREE and you’ll be able to purchase samples from several different competing teams, along with beer, soda, water and liquor.

More info HERE.


Queeny Park Art Fair
Friday, April 10     5pm - 9pm
Saturday, April 9  10am - 6pm.
Sunday, April 10  11am - 4pm.

This weekend, the annual Art Fair is coming to Queeny Park! Featuring fine arts and crafts from 130 artists from around the country, this show goes on all weekend, rain or shine, in the climate-controlled Greensfelder Recreation Center at Queeny Park.

Admission is $5 at the door, benefiting the Student Scholar Fund.  Parking is free

More info and a coupon for admission is HERE.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fair St. Louis 2015 Concert Lineup on Art Hill

Fair St. Louis will once again be in Forest Park this year, as the Arch Grounds construction continues.  The 2015 4th of July weekend concert lineup on Art Hill was announced yesterday, and it ROCKS...

Mark your calenders St. Louis!  Fair St. Louis is not only free, but family-friendly.  NOTE: The nightly concerts will be followed by fireworks.



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

St. Louis Magazine's Real Estate April Edition is OUT!

Each year, I eagerly await the April edition of St. Louis Magazine as it is always an incredible wealth of valuable local real estate information.  This year, I was also named a 2015 recipient for the St. Louis Magazine Five Star Award...
This is my 6th time to receive this honor.  

Simply, there is nothing more that I prize professionally than the relationship between me and my clients.  Hence, to be among less than 5% of local  Realtors to be recognized for delivering outstanding service and client satisfaction to the St. Louis community is a dream and tremendous honor for me.  I would feel lucky to receive this honor ONCE, so to be a 6-time recipient over the last 13 years is incredible.

To my 2014 friends and clients- I extend a sincere moment of gratitude this morning for your support, continued business, and referrals.  The fact that you took the time to deliver high satisfaction ratings of my services means the world to me!  

To my current and future 2015 clients- I highly recommend you pick up the April edition of St. Louis Magazine.   From the current neighborhood crime statistics to local hidden gems.. this edition is overflowing with valuable information!

What a great way to start the day... thank you, friends.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Just For Fun: Scenes of early Spring

Spring manages to breathe new life into everything, doesn't it?  As the days get longer and the temperatures begin to soar... sure signs of Spring are blossoming everywhere in Casa de Nenonen and around St. Louis!  A teeny peek...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Under Contract: #3200 Edgar Avenue in Maplewood

It was a terrific weekend for the owners of #3200 Edgar in Maplewood!  The property SOLD and closes escrow in May.  A warm congratulations to my Sellers and good luck on their cross-country move!  

Learn more about this gorgeous 1940's bungalow HERE, just steps from Historic Downtown Maplewood.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Under contract: 6404 Cates Ave #3E in the UCity Loop

My client contracted the coolest University City condo this afternoon, in the heart of The Loop!  Gorgeous open space with a huge private deck and the location of a lifetime... this unit has EVERYTHING.  Congrats, CONGRATS to my Buyers on an exciting new move!  

It closes escrow in April.  Learn more HERE.

St. Louis County Tax Tip- review your 2015 reassessment!

Heads up, St. Louis‬ County Homeowners!

Tax talk is no fun, though tis the season!  If you have not yet been notified... 2015 property reassessments have been recently released by the St. Louis County Department of Revenue. The County Assessor is required by Missouri state law to reestablish the fair market value of all real property as of January 1 of every odd year. The reassessed value is then applied to the tax rates.   How does this personally affect you?  It is highly likely that your property taxes will either go up or down depending on your fluctuation.

To review your latest valuation, visit  and search for your property by owner name or address search.  Do you feel like your new valuation is unfair or unjustified?  You may APPEAL!  To appeal your valuation online, visit for more information.