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Eureka - A Small City WIth Big Features

by Sandie Hea

Are you looking to buy a home in a small city that has big features? If so, then Eureka is just what you’re looking for.  Eureka has a small town vibe, but it offers things even larger cities don’t have. And it’s close to St. Louis, so you don’t have to go far to get to the big city life.

What makes Eureka stand out from other communities in Missouri? Six Flags St. Louis for one.  It’s the 'The Coaster Capital of Missouri’, containing thrills in the form of roller coasters such as River King Mine Train, Screamin' Eagle, and Batman: The Ride.  Its 8 themed areas will keep you busy with thrill seeking all day. But if you’re not in the mood for that much excitement, you can take advantage of other amenities in Eureka, such as the Timbers of Eureka Recreation Center and the city-wide trail system.

Another stand-out quality of Eureka is the award-winning Rockwood School District, which manages the 5 public schools in the city.

There’s more to learn about this unique city, so please visit our Eureka Real Estate & Community Information page for more details and to search for your dream home today. 

Say Thanks to Mom in St. Louis

by Sandie Hea

Have you thought of how you’re going to say “thanks” to mom this week? Thankfully, if you live in St. Louis, there’s a long list of ways you can express your appreciation for all that your mom has done.  Here are a few ideas that might help you plan the perfect day for her on Sunday.

Brunch

Sunday brunch is always a great go-to idea for saying thanks. Cafe Madeleine at the Piper Palm House is an ideal place to go, with their special Mother’s Day menu and beautiful historic setting. The Boathouse in Forest Park is also hosting a special brunch on Sunday.  Then after brunch, you can take a boat ride or explore the other attractions in Forest Park.

Spa Day

Who doesn’t enjoy being pampered at the spa? Aquarius Wellness in Richmond Heights is a highly rated day spa with a wide range of services, including deep tissue massage, facials, peels, hair removal, and other holistic wellness specialties. 

Sweets

Sweets for a sweet mom are always welcome.  Bissinger's Chocolates is the premier chocolatier in St. Louis since 1927. You’re sure to find the perfect handmade chocolate selection, which includes a wide variety of truffles, as well as their legendary chocolate dipped fruit.

No matter what you do to say thanks to mom, make sure you have a happy Mother’s Day this Sunday!

Slaying Home Buying Myths

by Sandie Hea

Some takeaways from this graphic are that interest rates are still below historic numbers.  And if you rent, it's notable that 88% of property managers raised their rent in the past 12 months.  Also, credit requirements for mortgage approval are continuing to fall.  All in all, this shows that you may be closer to being able to buy a home in St. Louis than you may have thought. Now is the time to arm yourself with information so that you can be the king of your castle!

Buy Your Next Home in Fenton, "City of Parks"

by Sandie Hea

If you plan on buying a home in the St. Louis area and are looking for a community with outstanding recreational provisions, then take a look at the Fenton, the “City of Parks.” Fenton’s nick-name is well deserved, as this small city of 4000 residents is home to 7 fully developed parks boasting a host of amenities.

One of the great parks in Fenton is Bud Weil Memorial Park.  Covering over 22 acres, this outstanding park features picnic shelters, an informational nature trail, and you can spend a day fishing in Bud Weil Lake.

If you want a park that’s more sports-oriented, then Fenton City Park is the perfect park, with its 7 softball fields, 8 soccer fields, 6 practice areas, and 2 basketball courts. Dogs are also welcome (on a leash) and you can enjoy playing with your kids on the playground.  And of course, there are sheltered areas with BBQs for having a nice gathering with friends.

The 5 additional parks in Fenton include Westside Park,  Olde Towne Plaza Riverside Park, Fenton Meramec Greenway, and Valiant Park. You can find out more information about them on the City of Fenton’s website. You can also discover more great reasons to buy a home in Fenton, as well as search for the perfect home for sale, on our Fenton Real Estate and Community Information page.

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
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Ladue Middle School
9701 Conway Rd St Louis, MO 63124
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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
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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. 

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