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Have Fun in St. Louis With These Upcoming Events

by Sandie Hea

The great thing about living in St. Louis is all the amazing events!  There’s no end of fun and excitement to be had in this city.  Here’s a few upcoming events you’ll want to check out.  You can find even more events coming up here.

Shake 38 Shakespeare Festival | APRIL 19 TO APRIL 23

Come celebrate the 38 plays of Shakespeare with this unique event. Since 2010, SHAKE 38 has gone from being a 38-hour performance by 200 artists to a five day event, starting today, that attracts over 1500 artists from across the region. 

Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit | APRIL 20, 10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM

The Missouri History Museum brings the “Main Street of America” to life with this recurring exhibit. Discover how Route 66 changed the St. Louis area while you learn about the route’s motels, custard stand, and tourists traps. Enjoy artifacts from the era such as gas pumps and roadside signs.

2017 ThurtenE Carnival | APRIL 21 TO APRIL 23

For the 110th  year, the oldest and largest student-run carnival invites you to return for exciting rides, live music, and great food.  This year features new attractions that the whole family will enjoy.  Come to Washington University in St. Louis for this century-old tradition of fun.

Discover the Outstanding Parks of St. Louis

by Sandie Hea

Have you visited one of the many amazing parks in St. Louis lately? The City of St. Louis boasts 108 parks covering over 2956 acres, so you’re sure to find the perfect park to fit your needs.  Of course some of our parks are world famous, like the Arch and Forest Park which attract millions of people per year.  But there are so many other great parks to explore that maybe you haven’t discovered yet.  You can find a full list of parks in St Louis at www.stlouis-mo.gov/parks/parks/browse-parks. Here are a few you might want to explore soon.

Francis Park

Located in the beautiful St. Louis Hills, this 60 acre park features handball, racquetball, and tennis courts, along with a soccer field and 2 softball fields and a playground.

Ray Leisure Park

A great park that features an old playground that still has a rocket slide from the original park built in 1958. There’s also a softball field, boxing gym, indoor pool, and community center.

Cherokee Park

This is ideal park for playing baseball, soccer, or softball, or just enjoying some time with your kids on the playground. You can relax under the shade of the trees and enjoy the views of the historic Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery.

Buyers and Sellers Act Now - Home Prices on the Rise

by Sandie Hea

The Federal Housing Finance Agency just released their quarterly Home Price Index. They compare home prices across the nation regionally and by state.  What did they reveal?

Home prices on average rose by 6.15% across the nation.  And in Missouri, the rise was slightly higher at 6.2%.  Only 4 states saw a drop in prices. What does that mean for buyers and sellers in St. Louis?

If you’re a first time buyer, this means that now is the ideal time to buy a home. Prices will only increase, so the longer you wait, the more you’ll pay. And if you plan to sell your home and relocate to another state, depending on where you go, you could really pay more. Some states are seeing even higher increases, such as Oregon and Washington at over 10%.

Now is the time to act if you’re buying or selling a home in St. Louis.  Home buyers can take advantage of our powerful home search tool to find the perfect home for sale. If you’re selling your home, find out your home’s value with our free market valuation at StLouisHomeValues.net.

Have a Fun and Happy Easter With These Local Events

by Sandie Hea

Easter is just around the corner, and now is the time to start celebrating the holiday in the St. Louis area. There will be plenty of Easter events to entertain your whole family.  Here’s a few of the top Easter events that promise to bring a smile as you celebrate the holiday.

Hare in the Air Egg Hunt | Saturday, April 1

Bring the kids to Logan University for this free event as the Easter Bunny arrives by helicopter! There will be plenty of fun in store for the little ones, such as the egg hunt, a petting zoo, balloon artists, costumed characters, and a police car.  Bring your baskets at 9:00am to register in person.

Children's Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza | Saturday, April 15

This free Easter egg hunt is for kids under 10 and will be held in White Birch Park in Hazelwood at 10:00am.  The kids will be divided into age groups and can enter to win a bike.  And of course the Easter bunny will be there to greet them.

Tween Egg Hunt |  Friday, April 7

We can’t leave out the older kids! Bring your 10-14 year old kids to Deer Creek Park in Maplewood for an evening twist on the egg hunt. There will be a pizza dinner, followed by an evening egg hunt by flashlight. Admission is $7 per person, and residents of Maplewood and Richmond get a $2 discount.

You can find more Easter events in the St. Louis area here.

Have a fun and happy Easter!

 

Find the Best Schools in St Louis

by Sandie Hea

If you have children in school and plan to move to St. Louis, then you certainly want to find the best schools to move near to. Greatschools.org has rated the best schools in St Louis based on reviews and test scores, along with other factors.  15 schools in their list ranked a perfect score of 10!  A further 17 schools rated an 8 out of 10.  Take a look at the full list of schools in St. Louis and their rankings.

Here’s the top 4 schools on that list and searches for homes near those schools.

Conway Elementary School
9900 Conway Rd St Louis, MO 63124
Find Homes For Sale Near Conway Elementary School

Ladue Middle School
9701 Conway Rd St Louis, MO 63124
Find Homes For Sale Near Ladue Middle School

Old Bonhomme Elementary School
9661 Old Bonhomme St Louis, MO 63132
Find Homes For Sale Near Old Bonhomme Elementary School

Crestwood Elementary School
1020 South Sappington Rd St Louis, MO 63126
Find Homes For Sale Near Crestwood Elementary School

Find Your Perfect Home in Mid County Missouri

by Sandie Hea

Mid County is the ideal place to find the perfect home.  Mid County contains a number of great communities, each with their own special qualities that makes each one a great place to buy a home for their own reasons. Whether you choose to buy a home in Brentwood, Clayton, De Peres, Kirkwood, Maplewood, Richmond Heights, or Webster Groves, you’re sure to find the perfect community.

Brentwood is home to around 7600 people and enjoys a low crime rate. There’s also great shopping at The Galleria, along with outstanding dining at California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and more.

Clayton is a friendly community where you can enjoy the shopping for antiques on Clayton Row, or relax in one of the 10 parks in the area.

De Peres offers shopping at West County Center, along with great restaurants and 6 parks.

This is just a sample of all that Mid County has to offer.  Visit our Mid County Real Estate & Community Information page for a complete overview and links to pages about each community, along with links to search for the home of your dream in each community. 

The Top Restaurants in St Louis

by Sandie Hea

With all the things that make St. Louis the perfect place to buy a homes, the one thing you can count on is the amazing food.  Every year, TripAdvisor.com comes out with their list of top restaurants in St. Louis.  Here’s a few of the great places to eat in St. Louis that made the list by food type.

BBQ

Bogart's Smokehouse

Bogart’s tops the list for best BBQ in St. Louis, featuring pulled pork, smoky beef brisket, apricot bruleed ribs, moist turkey and pastrami. Chef Skip Steele has been making BBQ delights since he was 14 and opened his first bbq store in college, and his experience shows.

Italian

Charlie Gitto's

Charlie Gittos is the go-to in St Louis for the best authentic Italian food around. It offers the quintessential classic Italian atmosphere and cuisine, with dishes like Penne Borghese, Homemade Manicotti, brick oven pizzas, chicken, beef, seafood and veal entrees. Diners also comment about the excellent wait staff and maître d’ that completes the experience.

Chinese

Corner 17

For the best Chinese food in St. Louis, Corner 17 is the place.   Diners rave about the “bubble tea” and how you can watch them make the noodles, which speaks to how fresh the food is. Along with a contemporary atmosphere and fast service, this is the perfect place in St Louis to get outstanding Chinese cuisine.

Sell Your Home Faster

by Sandie Hea

If you plan on putting your home on the market in St Louis this spring, you no doubt want to sell it as fast as possible, and make as much money as you can. But that takes preparation and planning.  Here are a few sure ways to make sure your home is ready for the spring selling season.

Boost Curb Appeal

This is a must.  People will often drive by your home before even requesting a showing. You need to make sure your home looks its best on the outside.  Power wash the sidewalks and driveway, along with the siding.  Make sure the yard is mowed and landscaping is done. Clean the windows.  And paint the front door and trim and stain or paint the porch if you have one.

Make Your Porch Inviting

Even if you have a tiny porch, add a clean doormat and potted plants.  If there’s enough room you might add a couple of pieces of neat porch furniture.  Make sure the porch light is on at night in case buyers drive by.

Clean the House

Make the floors shine and get those windows sparkling clean.  This is the cheapest way to help your home sell faster.  If you have a large house, you may want to hire help for tough messes. The extra cost will be worth it.

Get Rid of Clutter

This is not quite as easy as cleaning, but just as important.  Put your personal items in storage along with artwork and decorations.  Make your home appeal to as many people as possible.  You’re moving into a new home as well, so that will be your new place for your personal items.

Of course there are a lot of things that go into selling a home in St Louis. But if you start off with these few tips, your home will sell faster and make more money.

 

Your Dream Home Awaits in St Louis!

by Sandie Hea

If you plan on buying a home in Missouri, then take a look at all that St Louis has to offer!  St Louis is certainly one of the great American cities, and for so many reasons.  It is the economic and cultural heart of Missouri because of its multi-faceted economy that focuses on tourism, manufacturing, transportation, and service industries.

St Louis is a shopping and dining paradise.  Whether you shop at the St. Louis Station, Central West End, Cherokee Antique Row, Chesterfield Mall, West County Center,  St. Louis Mills, Plaza Frontenac, or Saint Louis Galleria, you’re certain to find almost anything you’re looking for.

And if it’s great food that you crave, then you’ve certainly found a home in St. Louis. You can spend the rest of your life here discovering amazing new cuisine. World class restaurants like Bogart’s Smokehouse, Broadway Oyster Bar, Sugarfire Smoke House, and Charlie Gitto's are just a few names in a long list of dining experiences waiting for you.

And of course, the over 100 parks in St. Louis are what make this great city really stand out as an American treasure, especially the Gateway Arch. 

If St Louis sounds like the perfect place to buy your dream home, then visit our St. Louis Real Estate & Community Information page to find the perfect home for sale in St Louis.  Or feel free to call us today at 314-951-1908.

Here are some extraordinary homes for sale right now in St. Louis!

SHUT OFF WATER BEFORE VACATION

by Sandie Hea

How many stories have you heard of a burst pipe and a flooded house when someone returned from vacation?  Every insurance adjuster has heard hundreds of these so before going on vacation, turn off the main valve.  In less than a minute, you can eliminate the most common cause of home damage. The main shutoff is typically in the basement.  If these haven't been "exercised" in awhile, you may encounter a few drips when you first turn it off.  Wait a few minutes to be sure the drips have stopped completely

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