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.

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.

Central West End Real Estate

Do you dream of living in a walkable neighborhood that is close to art, green space and boasts gorgeous architecture? The Central West End neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri may be the perfect place to purchase your new home. With home prices on the rise once again, the timing may be right for your next purchase. According to the St. Louis multiple listing service the median home price in the Central West End is currently $205,000.

The Central West End is a gem in the heart of exceptional St. Louis living. ExploreStLouis.com declared, “Perched on the eastern edge of Forest Park, the chic Central West End is full of charming sidewalk cafés, galleries, antique shops, boutiques and pubs. It’s a little European, a little New York and totally St. Louis.”

Known for its exquisite architecture, Central West End real estate is the preferred location of upwardly mobile professionals that want to be close to the pulse of the city. Forest Park is at your fingertips, while the Delmar Loop and cultural programming of places like the Fox Theatre, Sheldon Concert Hall and Powell Symphony Hall are just a short drive away. The MetroLink train makes commuting to downtown events at Busch Stadium, America’s Center and Union Station a snap. The Central West End is truly prime St. Louis real estate.

The highlights of Central West End homes for sale are the historic mansions and the gorgeous condos. Locations like the condos at The Chase combine outstanding views with stellar amenities, while the well-kept private homes in the area provide more traditional accommodations. There is something for every taste.  Although new construction isn’t always available, there are a handful of homes currently planned for the Maryland East area. For a list of Central West End open houses, contact your Prudential Select Properties agent.

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.

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.