Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Staging Advice: Pay attention to your exterior living spaces!

Sellers- don't ignore the outside living space of your home as we charge full-speed-ahead into the swift Spring market! A few strategically placed items not only catch a Buyer's eye, but beckons them to pull up a chair and stay for awhile.

Warm and inviting spaces like this SELL houses, friends. What a difference!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Just Listed: 3200 Edgar Avenue in Historic Maplewood

In the heart of Historic Downtown Maplewood and within walking distance of the popular Downtown business district, the Metrolink station, and the Maplewood Aquatic Center...

#3200 Edgar Ave exemplifies Old World Charm with all of the modern day updates and amenities! This adorable 1940 bungalow boasts tasteful interior d├ęcor, a fully-fenced yard with sun room and deck ideal for entertaining, and an amazing location within walking distance of the Downtown Maplewood shopping district and Metrolink. 

This property features: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, a sizable living room, an enormous updated eat-in kitchen with pantry and an attached sunroom, and a tidy full walkout basement to maximize your storage space. 

Architectural goodies include: stunning original hardwood floors and millwork, 4 pristine original stained glass windows, all doors in their original state with functional crystal knobs in pristine working order, a phone nook, and more. 

Complete with: fresh paint (15), a home security system, new fixtures, a new stack (14), new hardscape and landscape (14), new roof and gutters (13), a new front porch flooring (13), and raised bed planters for those with a green thumb…this home is a complete package! Gorgeous property in desirable Maplewood with amenities and walking goodies galore like these fabulous businesses...

 Offered for $154,900.  

View full MLS listing HERE.  Call me at 314.452.7675 for more information or a private showing.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Just Listed: 630 Emerson, Unit 307 in Creve Coeur

Sleek, stylish, and the best location in the Central Corridor just minutes from Clayton, Downtown, and the Airport…

#630 Emerson- Unit 307 boasts cool modern loft living in the heart of the Central Corridor and reputable Parkway North School District. Urban living with suburban amenities and appeal- the best of both worlds! This corner property boasts stylish interior decor, numerous custom updates, and a fabulous open floor plan ideal for entertaining. There is no doubt why the Summit Lofts are so sought after, as in addition to the location and school district, residents also have access to a private gym, pool, climate-controlled underground parking complete with TWO parking spaces for this unit, and a GORGEOUS clubhouse with pool table, sundeck with an outdoor summer kitchen, and a full indoor kitchen/party room!

Architectural goodies include: Exposed duct work, cherry hardwood floors, modern top-of-the-line fixtures, a private balcony with a pool view, 2 bedrooms including a sunny master separated from the rest of the unit with modern industrial barn doors, a spacious custom organized master closet, 2 baths decked out from floor to ceiling with rare marble, an open living room/dining room/ kitchen combo area showcasing a ventless gas fireplace, custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and a granite island with a built-in wine fridge.

Complete with a sizable climate-controlled storage unit, wonderful security, and 2 underground parking spaces … this home is a complete package! Just minutes from Clayton, Downtown, and the airport.  

Offered for $254,900.

See the full MLS listing with ALL photos HERECall or text Carrie at 314.452.7675 for more information or a private showing.  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Just Listed: #429 Briarchase Place in Lake St. Louis

Cute as a button and move-in ready..

#429 Briarchase Place boasts a fabulous Lake St. Louis location just minutes from I-40 and the Page Extension, tucked away in the heart of the popular Briarchase subdivision with community amenities galore! This meticulous ranch boasts an open floor plan, updates galore, and a sprawling backyard within SIGHT of the subdivision playground and walking trail.

Home features: 3 sizable bedrooms including a private Master Suite, 2 bathrooms, a sunny great room with vaulted ceilings and fireplace, a sizable updated eat-in kitchen with pantry, and a tidy basement with oodles of storage, bath rough-ins, and the potential to DOUBLE your finished living space!

Complete with:  2 car garage, a new roof with architectural shingles (14), fresh paint (15), new flooring (14), new dishwasher (13), and maintenance-free living from the inside to out … this home is a complete package! Beautifully maintained by the original owner and move-in ready, this home has been loved and it shows.  Offered for $169,900.

See the full MLS listing HERE or call Carrie directly at 314.452.7675 for more information or a private showing!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A weekend in Memphis including a tour of the eccentric Graceland.

Last weekend, Steve and I snuck away for Valentine's Day fun in Memphis...

We stayed in a lovely Downtown hotel on the National Register of Historic Places with original art deco touches around every corner...

We toured some of the city's most famous historic spots including Sun Studio...

We enjoyed unseasonably warm 65 degree weather over long walks on the picturesque Mississippi Riverfront...

We indulged in romantic dinners...

We danced to amazing blues music on the rowdy Beale Street...

We fell in love with GORGEOUS historical architecture...

... and we enjoyed all of the goodies that Memphis is famous for, including the Duck March at the Peabody...

That all being said, NO trip to Memphis is complete without a visit to...
Simpy, you have to do it at least once in your life.  

While I had previously visited the Graceland Estate, Steve had never been so a tour was in order.  The Colonial Revival mansion is over 17,000 square feet of perfectly-preserved Elvis Presley eccentricities.  There are truly no words to describe the Graceland time-capsule.  

A peek at our visit...
If seeking a fun weekend getaway from St. Louis, Memphis is a GREAT option.  Just 4 hours on I-55 South, the city overflows with history, music, food, and fun!  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Just For Fun: Force bulbs to bloom indoors to cure the Winter Blues!

Have a case of the winter blahs?  Need a little Spring inspiration?
Bulbed perennials like tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, paperwhites, and irises do NOT need the nutrients of soil and can be forced with an empty vase, a couple inches of decorative rock, a handful of flower bulbs, water filled to the bottom of the bulbs, and a sunny spot.  

My tulips burst yesterday and I couldn't be happier!  I have already started two more vases to ensure fresh flowers in my house until Spring.

Click HERE for helpful tips on how to start your own indoor bulb blooms.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

St. Louis Weekend Happenings: February 13-15

Whether spending the holiday with a loved one or with your friends,  St. Louis has a LOT going on this Valentine's Day/President's Day Weekend. If you remain undecided as to how to spend your weekend, here are a few ideas:

For those seeking romance in a cozy place to wine and dine your honey...  

St. Louis Magazine recently named The Most Romantic Tables In St. Louis By Number HERE!  In addition, THESE are FEAST Magazine's top picks for the 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in St. Louis,  released just 5 days ago!

For those seeking family- friendly fun...

HERE is a link to a wide variety of unique weekend happenings via the Riverfront Times. From Eagle-watching and new art exhibits to new Omnimax flicks and theater productions... there is something for EVERYONE.

For those ready to whoop-it-up... 

Soulard's Mardi Gras will be in FULL FORCE this weekend, with the Mayor's Ball and a weekend long street party! Click HERE for the weekend schedule.

That all being said, whatever your mission this weekend, it is time to start planning NOW. Reservations will be few and far between, as people will be hitting the town in record number. Have a great (and safe) weekend, however you choose to spend it, my friends!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Coming soon in Kirkwood...

Today I was in curb appeal and wraparound porch HEAVEN in Kirkwood. This gorgeous listing is coming April 1st, just in time for you to enjoy our warm St. Louis summer in your new pool! 

Email me at for more information.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Winter Curb Appeal Tips- it matters, Sellers!

Is your house listed right now or do you have plans to list your home soon, as we continue to battle Winter?  If so, this blog entry is for you!

Perhaps the biggest challenge to a Winter Seller, despite a smaller Buyer Pool, is the inability to visually capture a Buyer immediately.  The fact is, curb appeal matters. The 1st impression is almost always the lasting impression when it comes to real estate.  First impressions are everything and achieving a welcoming curb appeal during the gray winter months can be TOUGH!

Studies show that a Buyer typically decides within two minutes whether they like your home or not, as they start forming their opinion before they even walk through the front door!  Hence, it is VITAL for your home to be as presentable as it can be to ensure a quick sale at a top dollar price.

During the Spring and Summer months, I recommend fresh mulch, flowers, and colorful touches to my clients.   Unfortunately, however, during the gray winter months... a Seller doesn't have those options.  Hence, a warm and inviting curb appeal may be difficult to achieve during the Winter!  Do not fret, however.  Over my 13+ years in the business, I have compiled numerous winter curb appeal tips that I pass along to my Sellers to amp up the marketability of their properties during the colder months.

Curb appeal matters to you too, Winter Sellers.  Do NOT ignore it or you are kissing money goodbye.

If you are waiting for the SPRING to sell, HERE are some tips for my Spring Sellers!