Local Housing Market Continues Upward Trend

The St. Louis Area Local Housing Market Continues Its Upward Trend

Statistics from Mid America Information Systems (MARIS) indicate that sales of homes in existing inventory are on the rise. After experiencing an uncertain housing market in previous months, this is welcomed news for both purchasers and sellers.  Now is the time to let Prudential Select Properties help your dreams come true.

Why now? The chart below shows more home increasing being sold and the average sales price of St. Louis real estate rose from $136,100 in January 2012 to $175,703 in June 2012.* This increase in both “closings” and pricing indicates a return to a potentially healthier real estate marketplace for consumers.

One of the reasons for this shift has to do with inventory. In months previous, the market had been flooded by foreclosures and short sales, which drove down home values.  With the decrease in potential return from their investment, sellers who were not in the high risk category may have chosen to wait.  As the inventory of real estate potentially decreases in upcoming months, home prices will rise and confidence will grow. More homes will be bought and sold.

What does this mean to you as a buyer or seller?  As confidence increases in the economy, existing homeowners will naturally be more willing to list their homes for sale. A wider selection of properties will be available to those seeking to make a purchase.  Additionally, sellers can potentially reap the benefits of a healthier real estate market when they list their home for sale.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell, your Prudential Select Properties realtor can guide you through the process and do all the research for you. Our knowledgeable agents pride themselves in keeping up-to-date on all the latest trends of St. Louis homes for sale.  If you would like to list your home or attend a St. Louis open house, we’d love to help you.  Visit DiscoverStL.com for more information.


Hazelwood, Missouri Real Estate

Currently, the median sales price for a home in Hazelwood, Missouri is $80,600, according to Zillow.com.  This is down from earlier in 2012.  Now would be a great time to check out the value of Hazelwood, Missouri real estate.

Nestled along one of the main transport veins of St. Louis County, Hazelwood provides quick access to the airport and St. Louis City via Lindbergh Boulevard and Interstate 270. Living in Hazelwood offers amenities all within easy reach. Major department stores, grocers, recreation facilities, schools (Hazelwood School District) and churches are all conveniently located in the neighborhood. Nearly everything you need is at your fingertips in this North County portion of St. Louis real estate.

Active homeowners and families will enjoy the many fee-based or publicly available services offered by the local municipality.  According to hazelwoodmo.org, the city sports “two recreation centers, complete with rental facilities; the senior citizen transportation service; one outdoor swimming pool; 16 community parks; a fishing pond; an 18 hole Disc Golf Course; and a Sports Complex for organized baseball and softball competition.”  [hyperlink: http://www.hazelwoodmo.org/index.php/city-government/departments/parks-recreation.html]  Whether you are single, raising a family or celebrating your golden years, Hazelwood has something fun waiting just for you.

Living in a neighborhood that is convenient also makes traveling to nearby scenic sites a breeze.  Just across the river, you can explore the Great River Road that takes you through the quaint towns of Elsah and Grafton, Illinois.  Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, is just a short commute, along with the historic St. Louis riverfront.

Hazelwood homes for sale range from post-war ranch styles to new construction. No matter what size or style you desire, your Prudential Select Properties agent can offer a wealth of information on Hazelwood open houses and expertly guide you to just the right fit.  Call us today or visit DiscoverStL.com for your local choice in St. Louis real estate.



Mehlville, Missouri Real Estate

Now is the time to buy Mehlville, Missouri real estate. According to statistics from the website Zillow.com [hyperlink: http://www.zillow.com/local-info/MO-Mehlville/r_46488/%5D, home prices in Mehlville, Missouri are at the most affordable rate they have been since 2008 with the median sales price for a Mehlville home to be $123,700.

Mehlville, Missouri is conveniently situated in St. Louis County along Interstate 55 and Interstate 270 in St. Louis County.  This St. Louis real estate offers convenience and affordability. With less than a 20-minute commute to the City of St. Louis, Mehlville is a strategic location for commuters that value their time.  Another bonus to living in Mehlville is the cost of living.  Bestplaces.net cites that the cost of living in Mehlville is 7.40% less than the average rate in other parts of the country. [http://www.bestplaces.net/city/missouri/Mehlville]

Green space abounds in this part of St. Louis County.  Jefferson Barracks County Park and Clydesdale County Park are both located nearby.  Honor is paid to our military just outside of Mehlville at the spacious and well-maintained Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Animal lovers will enjoy Grant’s Farm, which is only a short drive away.

Mehlville homes for sale come in a variety of styles with the focus being on a traditional ranch or bungalow style home with yard space. The public school in the area is the Mehlville School district.  Their website describes the district size as containing, “one early childhood center, 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, along with additional alternative learning programs.”  [hyperlink:  http://mehlvilleschooldistrict.com/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=232776&sessionid=d4013a4b47b08f3fb7934489de467021&sessionid=d4013a4b47b08f3fb7934489de467021] An assortment of private schools can also be found in St. Louis County.

As proven experts in St. Louis real estate, your Prudential Select Properties realtor can help you find the right home.  Whether you wish to attend Mehlville open houses or broaden your search to include other neighborhoods in the area, your Prudential Select Properties realtor can provide a wide selection of home buying options.  Call us today or visit DiscoverStL.com to learn more.



Arnold, Missouri Real Estate

An easy 30-minute commute from downtown St. Louis, Arnold is a cozy city located in Jefferson County, Missoui.  “Situated along Interstate 55 at the confluence of the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers, Arnold is a suburban community, so close to it all,” said Mayor Ron Counts on the city’s website (www.arnoldmo.org).

Convenience and accessibility make Arnold real estate a desirable location for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.  Although it is filled with amenities you’d expect from St. Louis real estate like shopping in nearby South County Center (Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney and many others), Arnold still manages to maintain its small town attitude.  It’s a place where folks are sure to welcome visitors with a friendly smile and firm handshake.

Arnold is located in the well-respected Fox School District and also contains a handful of private religious-based schools. Activities abound for children, families and singles. Parks and recreational facilities to include the Pomme Creek Golf Course are readily available. The Arnold Recreational Center boasts “a state of the art facility” that “features a two court gym, indoor leisure pool, fitness center, party room, track, locker rooms, three meeting rooms, outdoor leisure pool” and more, as shared at the www.arnoldmo.org website.  The Jefferson Community College and Jefferson County Library are in the same location as the Recreational Center and easily accessible from Route 141. (hyperlink  the city link above to http://arnoldmo.govoffice2.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={DD90A810-868D-4CA9-A652-B0A27122AEA2})

Arnold, Missouri homes for sale come in variety of price ranges with a focus on ranch style homes and subdivision neighborhoods. Being that it is a fairly young city, you may find that the majority of the housing available is under 40 years of age.  We invite you to visit the www.discoverstl.com website for an easy to use search that will help you explore the area and look for Arnold open houses.

Town & Country Real Estate

Town and Country is a well-established neighborhood located in West St. Louis County. Surrounded by lush St. Louis real estate, it is considered to be one of the more highly desired neighborhoods in the St. Louis area.

The city is conveniently located near both I-270 and Interstate 40.  This prime location allows for a comfortable commute to downtown St. Louis, Clayton, Lambert International Airport and more. Shopping and other services are at your fingertips. Chesterfield Mall is just a short drive away, while professional office space is readily available within the city. Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and St. John’s Hospital are located within close proximity, as well.

Several well-established private institutions of higher learning are either located either in Town and Country or nearby.  Principia College, Missouri Baptist University and Maryville University are all highly respected, along with the private high school offerings of Christian Brothers College High School and Visitation Academy. According to the Town and Country government website, “Town & Country is primarily served by the Parkway School District with a small portion of the city in both the Kirkwood School District and the Ladue School District.” (http://www.town-and-country.org/FAQ.aspx#schools)

Abundant green space encompasses Town and Country real estate, which creates the perfect atmosphere to unwind. Pristine architecture and carefully maintained landscapes are the hallmark of this gorgeous neighborhood. Golf lovers will enjoy the amenities of the Bellerive Country Club, while nature fans will be enamored by the parks in the area.

You will find that Town and Country homes for sale come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Whether you seek spacious accommodations or a cozy hideaway, your Prudential Select Properties agent can find the best home for you. Our highly trained staff can guide you through Town and Country open houses or arrange for a private showing of homes selected just for you.

Visit DiscoverStL.com for more information on Town and Country, real estate listings, open houses and more!

St. Charles, Missouri Real Estate

If you are looking for St. Louis real estate that is rich in architecture and filled with fun things to do, historical St. Charles is the place to be.

Settled in 1769 by Louis Blanchette and named “Les Petites Cotes,” this river town was an important location for trading and exploration. In 1804, St. Charles was the launching site for the Louis and Clark Expedition and would later serve as the first state capitol of Missouri.  The legendary Daniel Boone settled in the area, which would forever associate St. Charles as a cornerstone of the American pioneer spirit. (Historical information obtained from www.stcharlescitymo.gov.)

The explorer in everyone will enjoy the rolling hills and scenic trails of St. Charles County. A favorite of bikers and hikers alike, the Katy Trail runs through the area and along a portion of the Missouri River.  A map of strategic access points and tourism information can be found at www.bikekatytrail.org. For those that enjoy tent camping, be sure to check out the well-maintained Klondike Park, which is accessible from the trail (near Augusta) or by car on Highway 94.

A favorite of Missouri wine lovers, the area is home several vineyards. St. Charles real estate is surrounded by retail wineries like Augusta, Montelle, Mount Pleasant, Little Hills, Sugar Creek, Chandler Hill and the Yellow Farmhouse offer tastings and a selection of delicious beverages.  For a romantic getaway, bed and breakfast accommodations can also be found in a handful of towns.  DiscoverStL.com has a page dedicated to the many wonderful St. Louis area wineries.

St. Charles is strategically located near an abundance of golf courses, recreational areas and gorgeous green space.  From historical buildings to new architecture, you will find that St. Charles homes for sale are available in every size and design. Be sure to check www.discoverstl.com for St. Charles open houses and current listings. Click here for a video of the St. Charles area.


Des Peres, Missouri Real Estate

If you are looking for a well-establish neighborhood that combines convenience with stellar amenities, Des Peres is your perfect location.  Des Peres is strategically nestled along Manchester Road runs east to west through the majority of St. Louis. Conveniently located near I-270 and between U.S. 40 and I-44, the city is surrounded by prime St. Louis real estate and is considered to be a highly desirable neighborhood.

The love affair with the open road is an integral part of the rich history of the St. Louis area. History buffs will find it interesting that Manchester Road is also “a part of the ‘Original Route 66,’” according to the City of Des Peres website. (www.desperesmo.org)   From the 40s through the 60s, residents enjoyed watching movies from their cars the Manchester Drive-In, which is now demolished. (http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/19793)

The location of Des Peres is what makes it perfect for enjoying St. Louis living at its finest.  Churches, restaurants, hospitals, corporate offices and the West County Mall are easily accessible.  Antique collectors and fans of boutique shops will enjoy the cozy stores that dot the landscape of Manchester Road.  Access to quality education via private and public school systems makes Des Peres very family-friendly.

Des Peres real estate has many amenities. You will find individual and family memberships at The Lodge, the recreational center for the city, to be fairly priced with discounts offered to seniors.  Whether you are looking to get a work out at the fitness center or sign up a youngster for a summer camp, activities for people of all ages are plentiful. Music fans will enjoy the Summer Concert Series. The Christmas season is also well-celebrated and provides fun activities for children. (www.desperesmo.org)

If you’d love to learn more about Des Peres homes for sale, please visit www.discoverstl.com for a list of helpful agents that can help you find Des Peres open houses. Or you can watch a video about Des Peres here.