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 Zillow.com, the median sales price for a home in University City is currently $245,000, according to the St. Louis multiple listing service. 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.

Kirkwood, Missouri Real Estate

From the 119-year-old train station to the bustling business district filled with restored architecture, Kirkwood, Missouri is a community steeped rich in history.

A short commute from downtown St. Louis, the accessibility of Kirkwood has always appealed to those seeking something more from St. Louis real estate.  “As the first planned suburb west of the Mississippi River, and an early railroad commuter suburb, Kirkwood owes its very existence to the railroad,” according to the City of Kirkwood website.

It is this accessibility and the smart design of the walkable community that continues to attract new residents.  For instance, quaint shops and restaurants line Kirkwood Road, along with nearby housing that ranges from urban condos to historic homes.  For those interested in fresh produce, the Kirkwood Farmer’s Market on East Jefferson is a favorite of residents and visitors alike.

Kirkwood real estate is the perfect mixture of history and progress. Bountiful amenities can be found around town. Residents have access to a vast assortment of facilities to include a community center with an ice rink, gym, theater and more.  If you are a nature lover, be sure to check out the plentiful parks and the community garden.

Educational institutions include the Kirkwood School District, St. John Vianney High School (a private Catholic institution), St. Peter School (Catholic preschool and elementary education), Christ Community Lutheran School (K-8), nearby St. Louis Community College-Meramec and others.

Experience the richness of an established community by choosing Kirkwood for your next home purchase. Your Prudential Select Properties agent can help you live your dreams by introducing you to the variety of Kirkwood homes for sale. Your PSP agent will also be happy to guide you through a list of Kirkwood open houses that is customized to your specific needs.  Let us be your local choice for the finest in St. Louis real estate.

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.

Affton, Missouri Real Estate

Clean living and family values are the hallmark of Affton Missouri. According to the St. Louis multiple listing service, the median sales price for a home in Affton, Missouri is $108,000.  This is down slightly, which makes Affton a good prospect for a new home with other areas of St. Louis real estate increasing in price.

The history of Affton, which dates back to the mid-1800s, can be found on the AfftonChamber.com website. The website also states, “There is no city hall since Affton is not a city, but a neighborhood with a very strong identity.”

Affton is home to the popular Grant’s Farm, which is “the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family.”  This destination is a popular stop for young families, who enjoy experiencing the many animals living there. According to the website, the farm was “founded” by Ulysses S. Grant. His historical home is located on the property.

Actor John Goodman is a notable citizen of the area. According to Esquire.com, “Goodman was born and raised in Affton, Missouri …”  Goodman is known for his many movie roles, along with his longstanding portrayal of the husband in the TV sitcom “Roseanne.”

For families with children, various educational opportunities are available. The Affton School District provides kindergarten through high school public education. Various parochial schools are also in the area. Health enthusiasts will enjoy the paved path of Grant’s Trail, which crosses through a portion of Affton, Missouri real estate and along Grant’s Farm. St. Louis County also maintains the Affton White-Rodgers Community Center, which boasts a fitness center and gymnasium.

Due to the cozy neighborhood size, Affton homes for sale can be limited. It may be advisable to seek the assistance of a skilled real estate agent. Your Prudential Select Properties agent can help identify Affton open houses and help you explore the neighborhood.

Brentwood, Missouri Real Estate

Are short drive times at the top of your list? Affordable housing and a close commute to St. Louis city makes Brentwood, Missouri a great place to purchase your next home. While prices have risen in some areas of St. Louis real estate, 2013 remains a good time to purchase in Brentwood. The median sale price for a home in Brentwood, Missouri is $145,000, according to St. Louis multiple listing service.

Brentwood real estate has a lot of offer those that seek convenience.  Nestled along S. Brentwood Boulevard and Manchester Road, Brentwood is strategically located in easy reach of U.S. Route 40. Business is bustling, which makes finding your favorite restaurant or retail location a breeze. Eateries are plentiful and include deli, takeout, restaurant and fast food options.  The Whole Food Market acts as a gathering place for the health conscious and those seeking prepared meals with an artisan flare. The good life is also reflected in nearby REI, which features a climbing wall and gear for outdoor enthusiasts.  Other prime retail locations are also plentiful.  (The Saint Louis Galleria Shopping Mall is just down the road, as well.)

Brentwood does a lot to support a healthy community. “Quality parks and access to recreation facilities improve property values, provide citizens the opportunity to come together socially and are a great source of pride for the community,” states the brentwoodmo.org website. Features include the Ice Arena and Brentwood Recreational Complex, along with various parks.  According to the website, Brentwood also teams up with neighboring Maplewood and Richmond Heights to offer expanding recreational options.

Styles of Brentwood homes for sale vary from condos to even a limited number of new structures. Older brick bungalows reflect the stability and charm of the area.  For a list of Brentwood open houses, contact your Prudential Select Properties agent or visit www.discoverstl.com.

Wentzville, Missouri Real Estate

Do you dream of moving out of the city and into a progressive town that still maintains strong family values?  Check out the affordability and tranquility of Wentzville, Missouri, which is situated in the area of Highway 40 and Interstate 70.  According to the St. Louis multiple listing service, the median sale price for a home in Wentzville, Missouri is $155,000.

Although Wentzville real estate has experienced some of the same challenges with home values as the rest of the area, the sale price of Wentzville homes for sale are on the rise. It may be a fabulous time to consider relocating to this advancing area in St. Charles, Missouri.  Committed to progress, the City of Wentzville website states that “according to the 2010 Census, Wentzville is the fastest growing city in the state of Missouri with an increase in population of 322%.”

As this location outside western St. Louis real estate matures, it remains committed to updating resident services.  Currently, the city is moving forward with the new Splash Station Aquatic Center.  Existing city amenities include playgrounds, sports fields, amphitheater, fishing, senior center, recreation center, outdoor swimming, trails and more.

For those with children, public education is offered through the Wentzville R-V School District. Various private schools are also available in the area, along with assorted university opportunities in neighboring towns in St. Charles County. Abundant choices for retail shopping, groceries and dining out are featured along Wentzville Parkway. Various medical services are located in town with the local hospital being provided by the nearby city of Lake St. Louis.

Homes for sale in the area include ample new construction. However, the budget minded will find that there are established houses available under $100,000 in certain areas.  You can search for Wentzville open houses and Wentzville Real Estate at www.discoverstl.com or contact your Prudential Select Properties agent for a personalized introduction to the area.

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.

Bridgeton, MO Real Estate

Looking for St. Louis real estate? Have you taken a look at Bridgeton, Missouri? According to the St. Louis multiple listing service (MARIS), the median sale price for a home in Bridgeton, Missouri was $121,000 in 2012. With its strategic location to Lambert International Airport and ease of access to the inner transportation core of St. Louis County, Bridgeton is a great place for your next home.

Located inside the triangle of Highway 270, Highway 70 and Lindbergh Boulevard, the beauty of Bridgeton real estate is the commute to nearly anywhere in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Business owners also appear to understand the importance of the location of the area. You will find many newly updated or constructed retail stores in the area, along with various established anchor stores like Lowe’s and the recently built Wal-Mart. Bridgeton also supports many smaller mom and pop stores that help create a friendly neighborhood atmosphere nestled in the heart of highly accessible St. Louis real estate.

The affordability of Bridgeton homes for sale offers a unique opportunity for first time homebuyers, seniors and growing families.  Services like an indoor pool, gymnasium, workout, golf and planned activities make finding something for any age of resident an inviting experience.   The city website (www.bridgetonmo.com) proclaims the municipal Berry Hill Golf Course is “one of the finest nine-hole courses in the Gateway section of the PGA.”

Access to public transportation is also a benefit of living in the area.  Bus service is available throughout the main corridors of the city via MetroBus with connections to MetroLink at Lambert Airport, along with the helpful Metro Call-A-Ride services.

Bridgeton homes for sale may include newer construction and post war ranch styles, along with commercial properties. Sunday afternoons are a great time to view Bridgeton open houses.  Be sure to check out Discoverstl.com for helpful web search that can help guide you or call your local Prudential Select Properties agent for more information.

Wildwood Real Estate

Looking for St. Louis real estate that combines rustic scenery with top-notch amenities, then you may want to consider Wildwood, Missouri. According to the St. Louis multiple listing service (MARIS), the median sale price for a home in Wildwood, Missouri in 2012 is $295,000. Wildwood blends a touch of city and country living where housing options range from elegant new neighborhoods to original farm houses with acreage. The community offers a diverse mix of residential and business settings, as well as being home to highly rated and recognized schools.

Wildwood is a young and thriving city that was incorporated in 1995 by resident funding, according to the City of Wildwood’s website.  What makes Wildwood most picturesque is the ability of its residents and planners to intermix an urban sensibility with the natural beauty of the area. One of the greatest examples of this municipal symmetry is the Wildwood Greenway, which is a 7-mile, asphalt trail that provides stunning views of the area. The city itself is 67 square miles and includes eleven square miles of natural area including Babler State Park, Rockwood’s Reservation and Range, and Greensfelder County Park.

Living a healthy life and taking advantage of the great outdoors appears to be a part of the community culture.  Rather than a pre-fab indoor mall, residents are treated to a very walkable shopping district known as Wildwood Town Center, which includes the Wildwood City Hall under construction. Everything from a well-stocked Dierbergs to various other small merchants selling beverages, food and retail items can be found here.

Education is also an important part of the neighborhood.  Wildwood real estate is included in the esteemed Rockwood School District. St. Louis Community College also houses the Wildwood Campus near the Wildwood Family YMCA.  A limited number of private schools are also within the city or nearby.

Because the area grew from incorporation, you will find that Wildwood homes for sale may vary in size and design.  Newer construction is abundant. Condominium living is also an option. Although the area continues to grow, undeveloped acreage is still available.

If you’d like to learn more about the area, Wildwood homes for sale, or Wildwood open houses, please contact your Prudential Select Properties Agent. We’d love to help you find your next home.

Creve Coeur, Missouri Real Estate

Creve Coeur, literally broken heart in French, gets its name from a legend of an Indian princess whose heart was broken by a French trapper. She leapt from a ledge overlooking Creve Coeur lake which then reconfigured itself in the shape of a broken heart. Now Creve Coeur is one of the most prime locations to live with a variety of businesses, a community center, ice rink, and golf course.

Creve Coeur, Missouri is one of the premiere neighborhoods in West St. Louis County.  According to the St. Louis multiple listing service, the median sale price for a home in Creve Coeur is $215,500. While some portions of St. Louis real estate may now be on the decline, statistics on Zillow show that prices are up for Creve Coeur by .6% over the course of one year.

Perhaps some of the success of the area can be contributed to their constant diligence to planning and improvements.  As you drive down the main drag on Olive Boulevard, you will see that the city has made substantial upgrades throughout to lighting, sidewalks and the overall aesthetics of the area.  Newer commercial and residential developments are a positive sign of progressive growth.  The city’s website (www. creve-coeur.org) proclaims that “Creve Coeur is a key node for technology, life sciences and health services in St. Louis.”  The site cites that the major corporations residing in Creve Coeur includes “Monsanto Corporation’s world headquarters, the Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprise and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. “

Growing families will find that the educational institutions contained in or nearby Creve Coeur real estate are of an excellent quality. Ladue and Parkway are the public school districts. Both have an excellent reputation.  Activities for people of all ages are plentiful, which includes an aquaport, dog park, ice rink, golf course, bountiful parks and more.

Centralized access to Interstate 270 and Highway 40 make the location ideal of homebuyers seeking an easier commute.  Creve Coeur homes come in a variety of styles from elaborate mansions to comfy ranch homes of a more traditional approach. Condos and villas may also be available. Contact your Prudential Select Properties agent for a list of Creve Coeur open houses.