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.

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.

Benton Park, St. Louis, Missouri Real Estate

Are you looking for a location in the City of St. Louis, Missouri that is rich in history and culture? Then the Benton Park neighborhood might just be for you!  According to the St. Louis MARIS Multiple Listing Service, the median list price for a home in Benton Park area of St. Louis, Missouri is $112,000, which makes it a great choice for those seeking something extra in their next home.

Just a short drive from the Arch near Interstate 55 and Gravois, there is plenty to do in this historic section of St. Louis real estate. Along with the rich architecture, perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the area is its eateries.  Gus’ Pretzels may be one of the more well-known St. Louis institutions that are a product of Benton Park, which according to Wikipedia.com has been open since 1920.

The Blues City Deli draws crowds nearly every Saturday afternoon for their scrumptious sandwiches and toe-tapping Blues music.  Lovers of fried chicken have been known to come from all around to dine at Hodacks, while the Benton Park Café offers its own brand of live music and cuisine.

According to BentonPark.com, “One of the best known areas of the Benton Park neighborhood is the Cherokee Antique Row.”  Shops and eateries line this unique district.  Culture and art can be found throughout Cherokee Street, which includes the well-known Casa Loma Ballroom that has hosted dancers for many years.

For homebuyers that seek a touch of art with a stately presence, you may find that turn of the century Benton Park homes for sale are often brick and multi-level.  Whether you design to modernize with a custom rehab or find a finished home with original architectural features, your Prudential Select Properties agent is here to help.  We invite you explore the charm and elegance of Benton Park open houses other real estate in this historic area.

An Exciting New Brand In Real Estate

We are pleased to announce HomeServices of America, Inc.™, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and Brookfield Asset Management, announced on October 30th, 2012 that they have partnered to introduce Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices®—a new franchise brand that joins the existing brands and affiliate networks of Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices® combines the financial strength of both organizations, coupled with the operational excellence of HomeServices and superior real estate franchising experience of Brookfield. The combined networks of more than 53,000 Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate agents generated in excess of $72 billion in residential real estate sales volume in 2011, and operate across more than 1,700 U.S. locations.

“Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is a new franchise brand built upon the financial strength and leadership of Brookfield and HomeServices,” said Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. “I am confident that these partners will deliver value to the residential real estate industry, and I am pleased to have Berkshire Hathaway be a part of the new brand.”

“We are honored and proud to be entrusted with the use of the Berkshire Hathaway name as our new real estate franchise brand,” said Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of HomeServices. “We will convey the strength of Berkshire Hathaway’s reputation and its associated principles of integrity and financial stability in everything we do.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices® unites proven operational excellence, demonstrated integrity and the reputation of Berkshire Hathaway—among the world’s most admired companies, according to Fortune’s 2012 ranking—to deliver its real estate franchise offering in the market. This combination enables brokers and affiliates to attract and retain the best agents to provide superior customer service and to drive performance and profitable growth. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices® will be available in 2013.

“The strength of the Berkshire Hathaway name, coupled with the operational excellence of HomeServices and the franchising experience of Brookfield, positions Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices® as a leading real estate franchise in the U.S., building on our traditions of exceptional client service and innovation. Brookfield is excited to be a partner in creating a home for the best real estate brokers and agents in the country,” said Bruce Flatt, Brookfield Asset Management CEO.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices® will be led by an experienced management team including Earl Lee, Chief Executive Officer; Stephen Phillips, Chief Operating Officer; Brian Peterson, Chief Financial Officer and Aleya Chattopadhyay, Chief Marketing Officer.

“As the real estate market resets and builds, this is the perfect time to start a new chapter with such exceptional companies as Brookfield, Berkshire Hathaway and HomeServies of America,” said George Bruns, CEO of Prudential Select Properties. “We look forward to our future with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices® and the resulting exposure it will bring to homes listed with our agents.”

Coming Soon to St. Louis, A New Brand in Real Estate

We are excited to announce the name of a new brand: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices®. Earlier this year, Brookfield embarked on a search for a compelling brand to support the conversion of Prudential Real Estate franchise members and enable franchise expansion. HomeServices is providing this new brand called Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices®. The new partnership combines our franchise system Prudential Select Properties, with one of the most respected, like-minded companies in real estate – HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. Together, we share core values and our long-term belief and commitment to the residential real estate market.

This new brand joins an existing franchise family that includes Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices® will be available in 2013. The new partnership is in the process of putting together a franchise disclosure document and over the coming months, it will unveil the new visual identity and logo, announce new partners, and provide new details on the overall value proposition.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices® is grounded in the financial strength and the deep traditions of HomeServices and Brookfield. The brand brings together proven operational excellence, demonstrated integrity and the Berkshire Hathaway reputation — one of the world’s most trusted and valued companies — to deliver the best and most respected real estate offering in the marketplace.

The new partnership is among the few companies to be entrusted to use the Berkshire Hathaway brand name with consumers, and will convey the strength of Berkshire Hathaway’s reputation through its core values of integrity, stability and longevity. We believe this is the best possible combination in the industry, based on qualities that are essential to our affiliates: financial strength, unparalleled reputation, operational excellence plus the foundational values of trust, integrity, stability and longevity.

Brookfield and HomeServices have formed a joint venture (HSF Affiliates LLC) and will operate the affiliate networks of Prudential Real Estate, Real Living Real Estate and the future Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices® brand. HomeServices and Brookfield have joint ownership of the new company, with HomeServices having a majority share.

Earl Lee will lead HSF Affiliates LLC as chief executive officer, Stephen Phillips as chief operating officer; Brian Peterson as chief financial officer and Aleya Chattopadhyay as chief marketing officer. Ron Peltier is chairman and CEO; Robert Moline is president and COO. The company will be based in Irvine, California.

HomeServices is the nation’s second largest, full-service residential brokerage firm with 26 real estate companies, more than 350 offices and more than 16,000 agents. In 2011, the company generated nearly $32 billion in closed sales. HomeServices has been a valued member of the Prudential Real Estate network for many years. In addition to owning a network of independent residential real estate brokerage companies that have retained their original market branding, HomeServices’ network contains several Prudential Real Estate franchises including Prudential California Realty, Prudential Carolinas Realty, Prudential Connecticut Realty, Prudential First Realty, Prudential Northwest Realty Associates, Prudential Northwest Properties, Prudential Rhode Island Realty, Prudential York Simpson Underwood Realty, and Prudential Yost & Little.

The announcement does not introduce any immediate changes to our business processes, resources or interaction with Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate affiliates. The two networks will continue to operate independently. Work continues on Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices® value proposition and brand position. Over the coming months the new partnership will unveil its visual identity, new partners and value proposition offering as well as more detail on our conversion plan.

We believe that timing couldn’t be better for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices®. U.S. real estate is finally showing signs of stabilization after five long years of struggles. Housing inventory is falling around the country and home prices are firming in many markets. Consumers are returning to the market but, understandably, they are cautious. The stage is set for a new brand – one that delivers superior service, integrity and professionalism. The brand is right for today and tomorrow.