Monday, September 1, 2014

Under Contract: 220 Canary Lane in St. Charles

This meticulously maintained property, just MINUTES from Historic Downtown St. Charles, went under contract this morning and closes in September.  A warm congratulations to the B Family!

Learn more about the property and see all of the photos HERE.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

5 Fun St. Louis Labor Day Weekend 2014 Happenings!

Labor Day Weekend 2014 is here, and what's not to love?! It's a chance to slow down and appreciate our "laborers". The kiddies 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? Below are 5 of my favorite St. Louis Labor Day 2014 activities / festivals / events...

1) Labor Day Parade

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.

September 1 at 9 a.m.

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.

2) The Japanese Festival at the Botanical Garden

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.

August 30:  10-8 
August 31: 10-8 
September 1: 10-4

3) 97th Annual St. Louis Greek Festival in the Central West End

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 97th 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.

Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1.

Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m

4) Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede's Landing

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.

$13 admission charge for the main stage shows only.

The music runs from 3-Midnight,  August 29- September 1

5)  Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park

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.

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

Event flyer with a $1 coupon for admission:$1Off_Coupon-8-14.pdf

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Weekend happening: Festival of Nations 2014

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 23 and 24

Tower Grove Park on the City’s Southside.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Closed: #320 Alverston Court in Ballwin (Marquette)

Meticulous West County property
An amazing couple with a wonderfully supportive family
A super grateful Realtor!

A warm congratulations and THANK YOU to D and L on your successful closing today! I appreciate your confidence and am fortunate to have you both as friends.  So excited for you! =)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Just For Fun: Au revoir Summer 2014... it was swell.

 Well, it is official...

...the boys are back in school, preempting the formal farewell to Summer 2014.  What can I say?  Bittersweet, as Summer 2014 was lovely.  The weather was incredibly mild, my business was swift, and the time spent with my family was priceless.

Here is a teeny tiny peek at Summer 2014 in Casa de Nenonen, as we head into my favorite season in St. Louis... 

The middle of August is traditionally super busy for parents.  In the meantime,emotion has been high here in St. Louis over the last week as the world watches.  As we round the corner into Autumn and as the "normal" school year schedules resume, I wish each of you a touch of calm and peace.

Thanks for the fun, Summer 2014!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New client recommendation on LinkedIn...

I am not going to fib, this new recommendation that I received on my LinkedIn brought a little tear to my eye.  There is not doubt that some transactions are more challenging than others, particularly when the obstacles are out of your control.

Some complicated situations were thrown our way towards the tail-end of this closing.  Blythe and family were total troopers and working with them was a dream.  Thank you SO much for not only the business Blythe, but for your words.  It means so much to me!!

Connect with me on LinkedIn HERE.  Read more of my client testimonials HERE.

Monday, August 11, 2014

THIS is the Ferguson, Missouri that I know and love.

I originally wrote this blog post about Ferguson back in October of 2009.  I figured if there was ever an appropriate time to update and resurrect it, it is today. Ferguson, and St. Louis as a whole, has received extensive worldwide press over the last week in regards to riots and looting in response to the untimely death of local boy,  Mike Brown.   
Resurrecting this post serves as a gentle reminder from this Native St. Louisan, who suffers from a heavy heart this AM:  Ferguson, MO is not a war zone.  It is a beautiful community with caring residents, a rich history, and stunning historic architecture.  North County- I and your city rally around you and pray for peace and real conversation. 

When most St Louisans dream of sipping lemonade on the porch swing of a stunning 100+ year old century home like this...... 

...Webster Groves often comes to mind.

While Webster is indeed the home to a number of GORGEOUS century old properties, this particular home is in fact in Ferguson, MO- a suburb just NW of Downtown. For locals who are not familiar with Ferguson, their first visit to the area is often a surprising one!  Those of us in the real estate industry are well aware of the area's rich history, awesome hidden gems, and lovely historical properties. I felt compelled to share!

In the late 19th century, overcrowding, congestion, and unhealthy conditions in the City of St. Louis prompted urban residents to seek more quiet surroundings to raise their families. Both Webster Groves and Ferguson were developed around the same  time,  on opposite sides of the region, as a result of that congestion Downtown.

St Louis developers were initially drawn to both areas, due to their location directly on railroad lines, allowing a simple commute to the city. Webster sat on the Pacific railroad line to the southwest of the city, while Ferguson sat on the Wabash railroad line to the northwest of the city. Both areas offered residents superb housing options in a country-like atmosphere, as well as a swift commute to downtown St. Louis jobs.

As both cities were developed at the same time for virtually the same purpose and demographic... the architectural styles and finishes are almost identical.  Many of the homes originally built in Downtown Historic Ferguson are still there today, including the one at the top of this blog post.

Here is a peek at some of the other historic architectural goodies in Ferguson, via photos that I copied this AM directly from the St. Louis MLS system.  This, locals/nationwide/worldwide audience, is also Ferguson, Missouri...