Thursday, October 16, 2014

St. Louis Weekend Happenings: October 17- 19, 2014

Boo at the Zoo Nights
Nightly, October 17-30, 2014
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Explore the Zoo after dark during the special Halloween evenings: Boo at the Zoo Nights! This non-scary, kid-friendly Halloween experience is filled with laughs and adventure. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Children 12-and-under will receive a treat bag upon exiting. Boo at the Zoo Nights is not a trick-or-treating experience.

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

Parking is free - South Lot only. (North Lot and North Entrance will be open on select nights: Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 30.)

More info:

Harvest Festival at Laumeier Sculpture Park
Sunday October 19

Hosted by Sauce Magazine and Laumeier Sculpture Park, the 2014 Harvest Festival celebrates the best Autumn has to offer: delicious eats from St. Louis area restaurants, a farmers’ market featuring fresh local produce, arts and craft wares, family activities, live Bluegrass music and all of Fall’s splendor in Laumeier’s beautiful outdoor setting.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for Laumeier Members, and children ages 10 and under free. Buy tickets at the door or online

Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road
St. Louis, MO 63127

More info:

Town and Country Fall Festival with Fireworks
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Celebrate the beginning of Fall in gorgeous Town and Country with pony rides, bounce houses, restaurant booths, crafts, a pumpkin patch, fireworks, and MORE!

Location and more into here:

Westport Brewfest
Saturday, October 18, 2014
2:00pm - 6:00pm

Calling all beer lovers!  Celebrate several of the country's finest brews all in one stop! Patrons can expect to enjoy live music brought to you by the Jive and Wail and other fun surprises. Discounted general admission tickets and VIP tickets are now available below. Tickets will also be available the day of the event for $25. Admission includes a commemorative sampling mug, all beer sampling and live entertainment. Food will be sold separately.

Westport Plaza*
Outdoor Village
111 West Port Plaza Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

*Event entrance will be in the front of the Plaza
next to St. Louis Bread Co.

More info:

City of Chesterfield Taste of Trucktober 
Saturday, 10/18/14

This family-friendly event will host an array of 23 gourmet food trucks including Seoul Taco, Sarah's Cake Shop, Steak Louie, Guerrilla Street Food,  The Cheese Shack, and more!  This event also features live music, games and karaoke. 

Chesterfield Amphitheater (631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield)

More info:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spooky October Fun in Des Peres

 Last week on my Facebook page... 

... I expressed that the month of October is always a little more fun for Realtors, thanks to the creativity of local homeowners.  This rang true when I passed this teeny Des Peres street on the way to show properties in Kirkwood last week!

While I wouldn't recommend this "spooktacular" exterior decor if your house is on the market, it got me in the Halloween mood- I had to share!

Friday, October 3, 2014

St. Louis Weekend Happenings: October 3 - 5

The weekend forecast is amazing, St. Louis! Grab the family and enjoy one of the many family-friendly events going on in the Metro.

Food Truck Friday sponsored by Sauce Magazine

This is your last opportunity to enjoy the 4th season of Food Truck Friday in Tower Grove Park with music by Miss Jubilee. 

Friday, October 3 from 3:30 to 7

Tower Grove Park

4256 Magnolia Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Truck lineup and more info can be found HERE.

Oktoberfest at Union Station

Munich on the Mississippi!  Oktoberfest at Union Station offers two stages featuring live performances showcasing German culture throughout the day and night. The main stage features live music by the likes of 20-piece Deutschmeister Brass Band and Uber Cool. While the German Cultural stage hosts live displays of various facets of Germany's rich culture like Dance Troupes, contests, choral performances, and more.

October 3, 2014 from 3pm -11pm

October 4, 2014 from 11am-11pm

1820 Market Street

Ticket and event information HERE.

Taste of Benton Park

Come enjoy the best of Benton Park at this street festival including music from Scandaleros and Jake's Leg and cuisine from Benton Park's finest, including Frazer's, Sidney Street Cafe, Jax Cafe, Blues City Deli, Mud House, Luvy Duvy's, Spare No Rib, Melt, Yemanja Brasil, Ernesto's, Peacemaker's, Choice, Capitalist Pig, Benton Park Cafe

October 4, 2014 from 10am - 6pm

S Jefferson Ave at Arsenal St

Saint Louis, MO 63104

More information HERE.

Grovefest 2014
The 9th annual Grovefest features a multitude of different street vendors, live music and all-around entertainment. Sponsor Urban Chestnut is also unveiling a special brew for the occasion, so make sure you start your October right with one of the biggest STL events of the year.
October 4, 2014 from 2pm-10pm
In the Grove Neighborhood on Manchester
More information HERE.

31st Annual Belleville Chili Cookoff

In Belleville, Illinois- just 20 minutes from the Arch- there will be more than 60 vendors selling various types of chili, desserts, kabobs, treats, and more! The live entertainment will consist of Smash Band, Permanent Groove, and Rat Rod Kings. On Saturday, there will be a Chili Chase 5K Run/ Walk and the 8th Annual Jr. Idol, singing contest.

October 4, 2014 from 11am - 10pm

More information HERE.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The architectural "eye candy" of the French Quarter in New Orleans...

Last weekend, I enjoyed a "Girl's Getaway" to one of my favorite cities...

...New Orleans!   

I have true appreciation for a city that embraces its culture and history by preserving the original architectural integrity of the buildings within it.  As far as architecture goes, New Orleans is world famous for its vast array of unique architectural styles that directly reflect the city's multicultural heritage, history, and flavor.

I have visited New Orleans several times over the years and the ritual for my 1st morning there pretty much remains the same:   I rise extra early for a long morning walk alone down their gorgeous Mississippi Riverfront...  

I pop into the infamous Cafe du Monde for a to-go cup of chicory Cafe Au Lait and an order of fresh beignets... 

I then enter the French Quarter, nibble on my breakfast, and I get lost for a few hours. From Creole Cottages and Shotguns to Double-Gallery Houses, there is something beautiful, interesting, and impressive around every single corner!  New Orleans is a real estate lover's dream, particularly for those of us who are innately drawn to historic architecture.

Here is a peek at my early morning walk this year...

It never ceases to amaze me that despite the amount of times I have done this trek... I always mange to see something new?!  Gorgeous city, New Orleans is.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome October...

Just for fun- A spooky scene ushers in October this morning at Casa de Nenonen, thanks to a little help from my boys!  Welcome October.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Just Listed: 7 Summersweet Lane in Ballwin (Parkway West)

Beautifully maintained in the award-winning Parkway West School District and in Ballwin (63011), 
one of Time Money's "Top 50 Best Places To Live in America"...

Note: to view photo slideshow above, you must be on a computer not mobile device.

#7 Summersweet Lane boasts a fantastic Ballwin location, tucked away on a private cul-du-sac with community amenities galore.  This handsome 4 bedroom, 2 bath brick ranch features storage galore and terrific “no-stair-living” sprawling over 2,000+ sqft.

Home features:  Traditional foyer with slate tile.  Updated eat-in kitchen with 42” cabinets, recessed lighting, and granite countertops.  A main floor Master Suite with a dressing area, his and hers closets, Corian countertops, and private backyard access.  A formal living room and dining room ideal for entertaining.  A main floor family room with recessed lighting and a wood-burning fireplace with blower.   Main floor laundry.  An awesome 20x18 bonus room, ideal for a home office or study.

Heading outside, the sizable lot boasts mature vegetation, professional perennial landscaping, a deck for entertaining, and an inground sprinkler system all backing wooded common ground.  A peaceful retreat for a nature-lover!

Complete with a 2 car garage with loft storage, Pella windows with enclosed blinds, a new water heater, 6 panel wood doors, Energy Star AC, and fresh paint… this home is a complete package! Move-in ready and maintenance-free with an amazing West County location near 141 and Clayton Road. 

Offered for $224,900 and OPEN this Sunday, 9/28 between 11-1.

To view the full MLS listing, including ALL of the photos and stats,  visit :

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Closed: 220 Canary Lane

#220 Canary Lane closed today!  I have such respect and adoration for this family after numerous transactions over the years, and am super enthusiastic about their new chapter! 

A warm congratulations and THANK YOU to the B Family for allowing me the opportunity to represent the three of you in this super special sale. =)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

St. Louis Weekend Happenings: September 19 - 21, 2014

There is a lot going on this weekend, St. Louis! If looking for something fun and affordable to do, below are a handful of my local family- friendly favorites happening this weekend...

Taste of St. Louis 2014
The award-winning Taste of St. Louis is a celebration of the best food, art, music, and culture that our great city has to offer. Big Head Todd and The Urge play this year, while celebrity chefs Tyler Florence and Duff from Ace of Cakes will be in attendance!  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. Note the new West County location, locals.

Friday, September 19, 2014 4:30pm - 10pm
Saturday, September 20, 11am - 10pm
Sunday, September 21, 2014 11am - 9:00 pm

Full weekend schedule here: 

FREE Admission

Chesterfield Central Park
16365 Lydia Hill Dr
Chesterfield, MO 63017

For more info: or 314.534.2100

42nd 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 19 & 20  

Full weekend schedule 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 19 - 21

Full weekend schedule here: 

FREE Admission

For more info:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coming soon in West County- Parkway West

This handsome 4 bedroom, 2 bath Ballwin ranch is coming soon in the reputable Parkway West School District! The property sits on a private cul-du-sac that backs lovely wooded common ground and boasts over 2,000 square feet, a main floor master and laundry, a gorgeous updated kitchen, and a fireplace.

For more information, call me at 314.298.5275 or watch for my blog updates over the next 2 weeks. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Real Estate Tip: Fall is the time to think Spring blooms.

Plan to list your house in the Spring? Plant bulbs now for Spring color in your garden. 1st impressions are everything, Sellers!