Boulevard Heights, St. Louis Real Estate

If you are looking for a nice neighborhood that is home to green space, quality necessary services and is filled with pedestrian paths, check out Boulevard Heights, Missouri. The Boulevard Heights Neighborhood Association claims that Boulevard Heights is the safest residential neighborhood in the entire city of St. Louis. Many cops, firemen and city employees that have to live in the city due to residency requirements live here. Compared to other St. Louis city neighborhoods, Boulevard Heights is most reminiscent of the county or a mid-century suburb.

Boulevard Heights is a neighborhood in south Saint Louis, Missouri bound roughly by Holly Hills/Loughborough on the north, highway 55 on the East, the St. Louis city limits (Weber Road) on the south and Gravois Road on the West.

Boulevard Heights neighborhood has mixed architecture styles including gingerbread-style cottages, mid-century ranches and two-stories, duplexes, large homes with turrets, post-war frame houses and more. Though most homes in the neighborhood are brick, some near the southern edge are just sided. The site of the former city greenhouses was converted to a new housing area called Boulevard Heights. It has lots available for constructing new single family homes and already has constructed new town homes and condos.

A section of the Great Rivers Greenway trail called River Des Peres Greenway passes through Boulevard Heights. What was once a boring stretch of unused land now has a trail flanked by trees that is often filled with bikers, dog walkers and joggers enjoying the paths and adding vibrancy to the area. The River Des Peres Greenway trail runs along River Des Peres extending from Lansdowne Avenue to Interstate 55 along the River des Peres, with a one-mile neighborhood connector—the Christy Greenway stretching from Germania Avenue to Holly Hills Boulevard.  The greenway also connects to the on-street Bike St. Louis system at Holly Hills Boulevard and the Lansdowne MetroLink station.

Though not actually part of Boulevard Heights, the large and beautiful Carondelet Park sits on the northern edge of the neighborhood. Walkers and joggers will love the newer jogging trail that has been added. Similarly the newly expanded Loughborough Commons shopping center is enjoyed by Boulevard Heights residents but is not actually part of Boulevard Heights as it sits on the Eastern edge of the neighborhood.

Some of the businesses in Boulevard Heights include: Gyro Company, Apollonia, The Haven, Garavaglia’s Hilltop Inn, The Sno-Cone stand at Morgan Ford and Loughborough, QT, Papa Johns, China King, Elicia’s Pizza, South Side Cyclery, Marketplace Café, Plumbers Supply, Dollar Tree, Auto Zone, Save-A-Lot, Pizza Hut, Club Fitness, CVS and Steak and Shake to name a few.

Interested in seeing Boulevard Heights real estate or checking out some Boulevard Heights open houses? Contact a Prudential Select Properties agent today.

Chesterfield, Missouri Real Estate

If beauty and amenities are at the top of your list, consider buying your next home in Chesterfield, Missouri.  According to the St. Louis multiple listing service, the median price for a home in Chesterfield, Missouri is $270,000.  Now is an opportune time to purchase your home before prices possibly climb higher.

Chesterfield real estate is best known for its luxurious housing of the finest quality, along with one of the more preferred public school systems in St. Louis County, the Parkway and Rockwood School Districts. It is considered a highly desirable area to live by St. Louis locals.

The styles Chesterfield homes for sale come in a variety of designs and sizes. “Some of the St. Louis area’s finest single-family homes, apartments, and condominiums can be found gracing the lush wooded landscapes of Chesterfield. A myriad of home styles are offered, ranging from Colonial to Tudor to French to contemporary,” as shared on the City of Chesterfield’s website.

Nurturing arts and culture is a key to the success of this blossoming portion of St. Louis real estate.  The city’s website proudly shares that they received the 2011 Creative Community Award by the Missouri Arts Council for their efforts in making art a priority and valuable part of the community. City recreational services are also bountiful and include an aquatic center, athletic complex, amphitheater, parks and more. There is also a “Bikeable Walkable Community Plan,” which will appeal to any lover of the outdoors.

Businesses thrive spectacularly in the area.  What once was prone to flooding in the area known as the “Chesterfield Bottoms” along THF Boulevard off Highway 40 is now a showplace of retail stores and restaurants called the Chesterfield Commons. Chesterfield Mall at Highway 40 and Clarkson Road is also a thriving retail/restaurant area.

For a list of Chesterfield open houses, contact your Prudential Select Properties agent or visit www.discoverstl.com.

O’Fallon, Missouri Real Estate

Looking for just the right neighborhood in the St. Louis area?  According to the St. Louis multiple listing system, the median sale price for a home in O’Fallon, Missouri is $136,500.  O’Fallon was rated as one of the Best Places to Live in 2012 by Money Magazine.  “Job seekers with families would do well to consider O’Fallon, a super-safe St. Louis suburb that has one of the highest projected rates of increases in employment in the state, top schools, and affordable homes …,” stated money.cnn.com.

Just outside of St. Louis real estate in St. Charles, County, O’Fallon is a rapidly growing community with a solid infrastructure that includes highway updates.  “The City of O’Fallon takes pride in fostering a pro-business atmosphere, working in concert with our manufacturers, retailers and service providers,” states the city’s website. [http://www.ofallon.mo.us/about-ofallon]. Ample opportunity for the purchase of acreage makes this area viable for new business. The city supports existing businesses with an exceedingly useful business directory with mapping on their site.

O’Fallon, Missouri real estate is also highly desirable for homeowners that desire to spend less for larger and newer homes that what may be found in neighboring St. Louis County. A bounty of updated facilities makes O’Fallon an attractive option for growing families. An active parks and recreation department in O’Fallon incorporates athletics with cultural programming, while the Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center provides a water park atmosphere. Several private and public golf courses are located in St. Charles County, as well.  O’Fallon, Missouri is located in the Fort Zumwalt School District.

There are many opportunities to build a new home in O’Fallon. Developments that have new construction are Hampton Woods and The Estates at Magnolia, Walden Pond and others. Older O’Fallon homes for sale come in a wide range of prices and styles. For a list of O’Fallon open houses, please contact your Prudential Select Properties agent.

St. Peters, Missouri Real Estate

Do you have a growing family that is looking for a safe neighborhood with quality education and plenty of things to do?  Consider choosing your next home in St. Peters, Missouri.   According to the St. Louis MARIS multiple listing service, the median sale price for a home in St. Peters is $137,000, which makes this city in St. Charles County a great value.

Located just a short drive from the heart of St. Louis real estate, Money Magazine has named St. Peters as one of “The Best Places to Live” more than once with the most recent nomination being November 2012, according to St. Peters Patch.com.  Perhaps the secret to the city’s success is a healthy parks and recreational department.  According their website, “the City of St. Peters has about 1,000 acres of parkland, the world-class Rec-Plex recreation and fitness center, an arts center, kids’ camps, Veterans Memorials, an 18-hole golf course, and a number of affordable or free events.”

St. Peters real estate encompasses the Fort Zumwalt and Francis Howell school districts.  Additionally, there are several private schools in the area.  St. Charles Community College and Lindenwood University are both in St. Charles County and offer well-rounded curriculums.   Other universities like Missouri Baptist University, Maryville University and Webster University also have satellite campuses in the county.

St. Peters also boasts a healthy retail and business environment, which includes anchor stores like Macy’s, Dillards, Sears and JCPenney at Mid Rivers Mall.  Other stores in the area include Costco, Walmart Supercenter, Kohl’s and more.

A quick search at discoverstl.com reveals that St. Peters homes for sale reveals a diverse real estate landscape that includes starter homes, traditional ranch structures, villas and high-end new construction.  The website also allows users to search specifically for St. Peters open houses. For more information, contact your Prudential Select Properties agent or visit www.discoverstl.com.

Ellisville, Missouri Real Estate

Combining a country flavor with the best of suburban living, Ellisville, Missouri offers reasonably priced housing in one of the more favored areas of West St. Louis County. According to the St. Louis MARIS multiple listing service, the median sale price for a home in Ellisville, Missouri is $160,000, just up from last year.

Nestled between Wildwood and Ballwin, the City of Ellisville website shares some intriguing history about this portion of St. Louis real estate.  The history of the community actually dates back to pre-1900.  The area was originally “settled by Captain James Harvey Ferris of Kentucky before 1837.”  Later, he sold the property to William A. Hereford in sometime between 1842 and 1843. Hereford would name the city after “his former post office in Ellisville, Virginia.” It wasn’t until 1932 that it was incorporated in order to “create a public school district for Ellisville children.”  Since that time, Ellisville has grown to 9,000 plus residents, according to the Ellisville website.

The community maintains its original charm by not allowing itself to be solely confined to the typical suburban concrete and asphalt design. Although the city has a healthy retail and business infrastructure, Ellisville real estate includes access to healthy park system that takes advantage of the beauty of the natural landscape. For instance, Bluebird Park, which also serves as the community center hub, is nestled amongst rolling hills.  During various times of the year, you may find artistic programming and even a farmer’s market here.

Perhaps one of the most favored aspects of the community is the dedication to quality education. Ellisville is included in the Rockwood School District, which is highly prized as providing a top-notch curriculum.

However, the attractiveness of Ellisville may be the affordability. A quick tour of the Prudential Select Properties (PSP) website at www.discoverstl.com reveals that a select portion of Ellisville homes for sale may even be available under $150,000 presently.  Contact your local PSP agent for a list of Ellisville homes for sale and open houses.

University City, Missouri Real Estate

For those that crave a neighborhood that is culturally rich and vibrant, University City, Missouri real estate is a fantastic opportunity for your next home. According to the St. Louis MARIS multiple listing service, the median sales price for a home in University City is currently $216,500, which is up from the past year.  If you’ve been hesitating to explore your options, the New Year is a great time to begin your journey.

Famous for its fantastic restaurants and live music scene, University City is a hub for artistic endeavors.  An area known as the Delmar Loop that integrates University City with the edge of St. Louis City is a favorite for those that love to explore small shops or feast on multicultural flavors.   “An energizing and eclectic entertainment and shopping district, The Loop offers six blocks of exhilarating retail, restaurants, live music, café culture, and even a Walk-Of-Fame,” boasts visittheloop.com.

The love affair with this unique section of St. Louis real estate began around the time of the 1904 World’s Fair that was held in nearby Forest Park.  According to www.ucity.org, magazine publisher Edward Gardner Lewis purchased the land to be known as University City in 1902 and opened the still undeveloped “residential community with comfortable homes for people of an upper middle class” to campers for the event. Lewis would later build the headquarters for his magazine empire in University City, which currently serves as City Hall.

University City homes for sale range greatly in pricing and architecture, which is reflective of the different neighborhoods that make up this older community.  Whether you desire cozy affordability or something of an ornate size, you can find it in “U City.” Your Prudential Select Properties agent can create a personalized list of University City open houses and property for sale. Visit us at www.discoverstl.com for more information.

Imperial and Kimmswick, Missouri Real Estate

History and progress intersect in the Kimmswick and Imperial neighborhoods of Missouri. A short drive from St. Louis, the area is rich in history and offers affordable housing options.  According to the St. Louis multiple listing service, the median sale price for a home in Imperial, Missouri is $144,500.

Located strategically along the Mississippi River and near railroad lines, this portion of St Louis real estate was a stopping point for trading in the 1800s, as shared on www.visitkimmswick.com.  “Kimmswick was founded by Theodore Kimm in 1859,” who was “a successful St. Louis dry goods merchant,” states the site. By the mid-1800s, the website states that Kimmswick “flourished with an iron forge, grist mill, limestone quarries, brewery and large greenhouses that shipped fresh flowers to St. Louis.” At one time, there was even an amusement park on the location and visitors enjoyed the benefits of natural spring water.

Although Kimmswick has changed since those early settlement days, a movement has been made to restore the historical heritage. Today, Kimmswick is a hub of historical activity that includes tourism, retail and festivals.

Imperial real estate and Kimmswick are closely connected.  According to Wikipedia.com, nearby Imperial “was originally known as West Kimmswick.”  History buffs will be interested to learn that Imperial is home to the Mastadon State Park, which features information and displays of fossils key to the area. Birdwatching and hiking are also available.

For those seeking to relocate to the community, the majority of available housing is currently located in Imperial. Home prices typically run from the mid-$100,000s to $300,000 from frame and/or brick structures with a fair amount of newer construction available, especially in the Mayfield Farms Estates subdivision that is in the area of Old Highway M and Kneff Road. Your Prudential Select Properties agent can help you located Imperial open houses or Imperial homes for sale. Please contact us for a personalized home buying or selling plan or click to see homes for sale and open houses in Imperial and Kimmswick.

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.