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June
20

How to Utilize a Detached Garage

Garage Tips

Need extra space in your home? A detached garage can have a lot more uses than just parking your car or providing extra storage. Here are a few suggestions from our real estate agents for making use of the extra space in your detached garage.

  • Home Gym
    Gym memberships are expensive, but fortunately, your detached garage may provide just the space you need. The ceilings in garages are typically high, providing plenty of space for taller equipment. Turning your detached garage into a gym also requires a few renovations. Durable flooring, access to electricity, and maybe a space heater in the winter are about all you need.

  • Dance Studio
    Like a home gym, a dance studio makes itself at home easily in a detached garage. You'll likely want to get some portable dance flooring tiles to give yourself the correct type of floor to dance on, and you can mount mirrors and possibly a barre on the garage walls. Like the home gym, a dance studio will benefit from the high ceilings and wide floor space in a garage.

  • Art Studio
    Do you need a place where you can be alone with your art? A detached garage makes a perfect art studio. The concrete floors and unfinished walls in most garages make it easy to make a mess and even easier to clean it up. Be aware of where the nearest water source is when you're planning your art studio, though, as access to water will be important for art as well as for cleanup.

  • Workshop
    Do you find it difficult to find a good place for your workshop? The mess and the noisy equipment may have your workshop banned from the house, in which case the detached garage is the next best thing. Concrete floors make for easy cleanup, and being separate from the house will prevent the noise from ignoring anyone inside.

  • Garden Zone
    Do you love to garden? If so, you probably always need more space than you have. Consider taking over your home's detached garage as a catch-all place for all your garden needs. In that space, you'll be able to set up a potting bench, a nursery with lamps to help baby plants grow, and an organized storage area for all of your garden tools and supplies.

  • Play Room
    A detached garage makes a perfect place to set up a rough-and-tumble playroom. Because there's so much space and it's almost like being outside, there's more room for activities such as jumping rope and roller skating, making a garage playroom almost a necessity in poor weather. Temporary flooring and tumbling mats will make the garage an inviting space for when the kids want their own space.

  • Office Space
    St. Louis homes for sale are especially appealing when they have office space! It may require a little bit more remodeling, but if you're hurting for a good place to work from home, consider converting your detached garage into usable office space. It'll enable you to have a quiet place to work away from the rest of your family members. You'll probably want to finish the space with flooring, walls, and climate control. You could even consider making the garage into a tiny apartment or carriage house that could be rented out. 

A detached garage is an often overlooked way to maximize the available space in your home. If you're looking for a way to boost your home's value, contact us today to discuss how to best put that detached garage to work.

June
6

Visit These St. Louis Waterfalls This Summer

St Louis Waterfalls

You might think that you would have to travel far from the big city to experience the natural beauty that Missouri is known for, but there's plenty of nature to see without ever leaving St. Louis! Few scenes can match the majesty of a waterfall, and there are quite a few waterfalls – both natural and man-made – that you can experience near St. Louis homes for sale on a warm, sunny day. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 St. Louis waterfalls that you'll love to visit this summer.

  • Missouri Botanical Garden Waterfall – 4344 Shaw St., St. Louis, MO 63110
    The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest botanical gardens in the country, covering 75 acres in the heart of St. Louis. You can easily spend a full day or more exploring all of the sights, including the spectacular waterfall which pours down amid the natural beauty of the gardens. Summer is one of the best times of year to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden, with so many plants in full bloom.

  • Climatron Waterfall – 4344 Shaw St., St. Louis, MO 63110
    Also located at the Missouri Botanical Garden you will find the Climatron Waterfall, which is so unique that it deserves its own entry on the list. That's because the Climatron where the waterfall is located is essentially its own part of the gardens, a half-acre, domed environment where more than 160,000 tropical plants flourish. So if you're making the trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden, set aside some time to see the waterfall and plants at this unique attraction.

  • Cascades at Forest Park – 5595 Grand Dr., St. Louis, MO 63112
    Located within Forest Park, the Cascades waterfall was constructed nearly a century ago and still remains a popular attraction to this day. While this waterfall was built rather than formed by natural processes, it was created in a way that makes it feel like part of the park's natural scenery. The waterfall was originally constructed to replicate the World's Fair Cascades, which were once located on Art Hill.

  • Kiener Plaza Waterfall – 500 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63101
    Found between the Gateway Arch and the Gateway Mall, Kiener Plaza is a small city park covering just under two acres. The park features a very large waterfall, along with a beautiful fountain located nearby. Stop by during the summer holidays to see the flowing waters dyed with gorgeous colors to commemorate each special day.

  • St. Louis Zoo Waterfalls – 1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110
    The St. Louis Zoo is actually home to three distinct waterfalls, spread throughout the zoo's habitats. You'll discover the first waterfall at the South Entrance on Government Drive. There are also two waterfalls located within the animal habitats, perfect for a family visit to the zoo. With more than 18,000 animals, the St. Louis Zoo offers plenty more to see after you've experienced the waterfalls.

  • Citygarden Waterfall – 801 Market St., St. Louis, MO 63101
    Part park, part sculpture garden, Citygarden is a slice of natural beauty located in the heart of downtown St. Louis. In addition to the sculptures and fountains, Citygarden is home to a long, 6-foot tall waterfall that cascades down into a pool that is 180 feet long.

Ready to buy or sell your next home close to St. Louis? Our local real estate team is here to help you accomplish your goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the St. Louis area.

May
16

New to Gardening? Try These Easy-to-Grow Plants

Plants Growing

If you are a first-time homebuyer, one of the things you might be excited about is that you can have a yard big enough for a garden. Our real estate agents can help you find the perfect property where you can grow your own vegetables and work on a new hobby for years to come. Get started with these easy-to-grow plants perfect for the area's climate.

  • Bush Beans – Bush beans are probably the safest bet if you want to grow a vegetable that you can't mess up. Plant them. Keep the weeds away and watch them grow!

  • Corn - Corn, along with beans and squash, make up the three sisters of the garden. The corn creates the foundation for the beans to grow around, and the squash creates the base. When all three are cooked together, you have succotash.

  • Peas – Peas are exceptionally easy to grow but difficult to harvest. Since you can eat them right from the garden, you will often find children grabbing handfuls for a quick snack. Watch out for the adults too!

  • Cherry Tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes are almost as hard to harvest as your peas. Once you get a few on the vine, though, you can harvest them for a salad or as a garnish for one of your home-cooked meals.

  • Summer Squash – Summer squash is also extremely easy to grow and is known as one of the staples for many families who garden from year to year. You can find various types of squash growing at many St. Louis homes for sale.

  • Garlic – Garlic is similar to onions and will produce a strong odor as it matures. It is easy to grow and you can harvest it as you need it.

  • Cucumbers – Cucumbers look a lot like squash, but the plants have smaller leaves. Both squash and cucumbers grow quickly once they begin to appear on the vine. Harvest them when they are mid-size for the best texture and taste.

  • Radishes – Radishes grow very fast. You may be able to plant and harvest twice during the summer months if they don't get too hot.

  • Leafy Vegetables – Leafy vegetables like lettuce and kale are easy to grow and will provide you with everything you need for a tasty summer salad.

  • Garden Herbs - No garden is complete without a little flavor. Many herbs are easily grown in your garden or in small pots in your kitchen. Rosemary, oregano, basil, parsley, and thyme can all be grown in your garden and harvested fresh whenever you need them. 

Other Tips for Your First Garden

Besides picking out the right plants to grow in your first garden, you also have to keep in mind how you'll keep pests away from your sprouting plants. In our corner of Missouri, rabbits, squirrels, and even deer are known to cause havoc in some gardens. Luckily, there are a couple of ways you can keep them at bay and protect your garden.

  • Fencing – a variety of materials can help you keep any pests away. 

  • Hot Pepper Sauce – Sure, you might like spicy food, but rabbits don't. Mix a hot pepper sauce with dish soap for a natural (and spicy) way to deter them from your garden.

  • Identify the Plant Pests Like the Most - Are pests targeting one plant in particular? Head to your garden store and see if you can surround this plant with chicken wire to give it extra protection.

If you're ready to dive into gardening and are looking for the perfect home, contact us today. We can help you find a yard perfect for your gardening goals. 

May
2

Mother's Day Brunch Spots in St. Louis

St Louis Brunch

Mother's Day is right around the corner. It's an opportunity to spend some quality time with your mom and to reflect on the impact she's had on your entire life. 

If you're looking for a place to spend time with mom this Mother's Day, our real estate agents have a few ideas. Check out these great Mother's Day brunch restaurants in the St. Louis area!

  • The Wheelhouse - 1000 Spruce St, St. Louis, MO 63102
    Located in a downtown renovated industrial space, The Wheelhouse is a perfect Mother's Day brunch spot. The kitchen opens at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday, offering up brunch staples like waffles, Benedicts, and omelets. The Wheelhouse is also open late on Fridays and Saturdays, with a full bar and an assortment of creative pub grub. It's a great place to take your mom that's just minutes from many St. Louis homes for sale

  • Chris' Pancake & Dining - 5980 Southwest Ave, St. Louis, MO 63139
    It's right there in the name. If you're in the mood for pancakes, there's no better place than Chris' Pancake & Dining. This beloved institution has been serving St. Louis breakfast for more than 25 years, including classic pancake, egg, hash brown, and meat combos. Breakfast is served all day (during open hours, 7 am to 4 pm), so there's never a bad time to enjoy a great Mother's Day breakfast. Chris' serves some excellent mimosas as well. 

  • Living Room Coffee & Kitchen - 2810 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143
    Some of the best coffee in the St. Louis area is made and served at Living Room Coffee & Kitchen. This local small-batch coffee roaster does all their own roasting in-house, and you can really taste the freshness in your cup. They also serve some tasty breakfast and lunch fare, including sandwiches, burritos, and several healthy vegan and vegetarian options. Living Room Coffee & Kitchen is located in Maplewood, a short drive from St. Louis and a stone's throw from countless Maplewood homes for sale

  • Turn - 3224 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63103
    Offering healthy, delicious takes on classic American comfort food, Turn is a can't-miss option for Mother's Day brunch in St. Louis. Avocado toast, biscuits and gravy, brioche French toast, and grilled salmon sandwiches are just a few highlights of their brunch menu. The folks at Turn also serve excellent espresso drinks, as well as boozy brunch drinks, including bloody Marys and a next-level blood orange mimosa. 

  • Prasino St. Charles - 1520 S 5th St #110, St. Charles, MO 63303
    Prasino St. Charles is an outstanding brunch spot that offers up an eclectic assortment of locally sourced farm-to-table food. Breakfast is served daily until 3 pm, and lunch is served starting at 11. Omelet and eggs Benedict options are breakfast highlights, while the lunch menu includes some excellent tacos, flatbreads, and salads. Be sure to check out these St. Charles homes for sale nearby.

  • Egg - 2200 Gravois Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104
    Nationally recognized and routinely ranked as one of the best breakfast/brunch restaurants in St. Louis, Egg is the perfect place to enjoy brunch on Mother's Day. This cozy contemporary-industrial diner serves killer breakfast food, often incorporating global flavors. Unique omelet specials are offered daily. Everything is made from scratch in-house using local eggs, produce, and meats. 

  • Olivino Tasting Bar - 120 W Main St, Washington, MO 63090
    Enjoy a delicious brunch combined with a cooking demonstration when you stop by Olivino Tasting Bar near Washington homes for sale. The secret behind the tasty brunch fare? The olive oil, which is all available for purchase! Take your mom there to celebrate Mother's Day, or surprise her with one of their gift baskets. They also have another location in the St. Charles area. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in St. Louis. If you're ready to find your dream home here in Missouri, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

April
18

Don't Forget These Spots While Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Longer days and warmer weather are almost here, making it an excellent time to make a plan for your spring cleaning. When compiling your list of spring cleaning tasks, it's easy to stick with the same chores.

Our real estate agents know that it's easy to inadvertently overlook an area needing cleaning when it isn't typically on your to-do list. Here are some spots to clean and organize this spring.

  • The Crevices in Your Furniture
    When you vacuum your furniture or wipe it down, it's typical to focus on the upholstery since it's the area that you sit on and see the most. However, make sure that you also clean the crevices of your furniture. Use your vacuum cleaner's crevice tool to get into these tight spaces. You should also lift your cushions up so that you can clean the areas behind and underneath them. 
  • Your Washer and Dryer
    Your appliances often accumulate lint, dirt, and other laundry debris around them. If possible, pull your washer and dryer completely out so that you can clean underneath and around them. This will make it simple for you to sweep and mop the areas that formerly housed the appliances. If moving your appliances isn't an option, your vacuum's most narrow crevice tool can be used to vacuum under the appliances and in tight areas between them. Make sure to also clean your dryer duct. There are attachments that attach to your vacuum so you can extend the vacuum into the duct to remove as much lint as possible. 
  • Your Garbage and Recycling Cans
    Garbage and recycling cans are often sticky and smelly, thanks to leaking trash bags and product residue left in items thrown into the cans. While it's not hard to clean them, it's a task many homeowners overlook. Begin by donning a pair of gloves; remove any debris or trash in the cans. Then, spray the interior with your water hose. Combine four cups of water with half a cup of blue Dawn dish detergent. Use an extendable scrub brush to apply the cleaning solution and clean the inside of your garbage can. If there's still debris in the can, you may want to lay down a tarp or large trash bag, so the debris doesn't get in your yard. Rinse the inside of the can out. Use your cleaning solution to then scrub the outside of your trash can before giving it a final rinse. 
  • Your Windowsills, Window Screens, and Window Coverings
    While many homeowners clean their windows in the spring so that dirty windows don't obstruct their home's natural light, it's common to overlook the other parts of your window. An extra benefit of this task is that if you're adding your home to the list of St. Louis homes for sale, potential buyers will find a home that's meticulously cleaned more attractive. Some curtains and drapes require dry cleaning, while others may be washed. Follow the laundering instructions for your set. When you take them down, dust your curtain rod with a wet cloth. Remove all your window screens. Then, vacuum them to remove dirt and debris. Spray vinegar on the screens and wipe them. You can then spray them off with your water hose before drying them. Open your windows, and vacuum your windowsills. Sprinkle a little baking soda before spraying a little vinegar. Scrub your windowsills to remove grime and mildew. Wipe them with a warm, wet cloth when you're done before drying them with a clean towel. 

Planning on completing extra spring cleaning tasks to get your home ready for the market? Contact us to get started!

April
4

St. Louis Greenhouses for Your Gardening Goals

St. Louis Greenhouses

Spring is in the air! Our real estate agents always look forward to the gardening season in the St. Louis area, and it's finally time to start planting. 

If you have a green thumb and are looking for the best source for your plants, seeds, and seedlings this spring, we have a few ideas. These are some of the best greenhouses and garden centers in the St. Louis area. 

  • Bowood Farms - 4605 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63108
    The family-owned Bowood Farms Garden Center was established in 2006. They offer some of the healthiest, high-quality plants around. The garden center also includes a studio space that often hosts art and gardening classes, and an organic cafe where you can grab a healthy bite to eat just minutes from these St. Louis homes for sale

  • Garden Heights Nursery - 1605 S Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63117
    From plants and seeds to pots and decor, Garden Heights Nursery has all your lawn and garden needs covered. This modern garden center also offers a wide range of potted plants and is a great place to find a gift for a plant-lover in your life. Garden Heights Nursery is nestled in the vibrant St. Louis suburb of Richmond Heights, within walking distance of many Richmond Heights homes for sale

  • Fendler Nursery & Garden Center - 1803 Lemay Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63125
    Fendler Nursery & Garden Center has been one of the best family-owned nurseries in St. Louis since it first opened its doors in 1954. It's a great place to find colorful flowering plants to liven up your landscape or pick up all the seedlings you need for this year's vegetable garden. Fendler Nursery also offers excellent customer service, with friendly staff who will help you find whatever you're looking for. 

  • Jost Greenhouses - 12340 Eckelmann Ln, Des Peres, MO 63131
    Established in 1984, family-owned Jost Greenhouses is a great place to fulfill all your landscaping needs near Des Peres homes for sale. They offer a tremendous range of perennials, groundcovers, grasses, and shrubs, with a special focus on plants that are native to the Midwest. Just about everything you see here is grown in-house, either in the 24,000 square foot greenhouse and neighboring 2-acre outdoor growing space or on their much larger farm in Chesterfield. 

  • The Potted Plant - 524 S Main St, St. Charles, MO 63301
    The Potted Plant is a boutique garden shop that offers a well-curated selection of seeds, seedlings, and potted plants. There's a great variety of pots, botanical-themed decor and gifts stocked as well, and the on-site florist also creates amazing floral arrangements for any occasion. It's a fun place to simply browse. The Potted Plant is just minutes from many St. Charles homes for sale, in the historic Main Street district of St. Charles. 

  • Daniel's Farm & Greenhouses - 352 Jungermann Rd, St. Peters, MO 63376
    A staple of the community of St. Peters, Daniel's Farm & Greenhouse has an incredible selection of lawn and garden essentials. Whether you need topsoil and mulch to get your garden back in shape, or trees and shrubs to spruce up your landscape, you'll find everything you need here. Located a stone's throw from some lovely St. Peters homes for sale, Daniel's also offers delivery and installation of all landscape features. 

Contact us today to learn more about all the opportunities that springtime brings in St. Louis, including an opportunity to find your dream home. Our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

March
21

Saint Louis in Bloom: Spend the Day at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden Missouri

The Missouri Botanical Garden is easily one of the top-ranked gardens of its kind in the United States, and our real estate agents never tire of exploring this unique place. With spring finally here now is a great time to plan your visit!

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is our nation's oldest continuously operated botanical garden and one of the largest. The herbarium at the Missouri Botanical Garden includes more than 6.6 million specimens, second only to the New York Botanical Garden. 

The Missouri Botanical Garden is conveniently located on Shaw Boulevard in St. Louis, so be sure to pay it a visit while you're looking at St Louis homes for sale. These are some of the highlights of the garden:

  • Experience the Climatron
    One of the most recognizable features of the Missouri Botanical Garden is the geodesic dome conservatory known as the Climatron. It opened to the public for the first time in 1960 and was the world's first geodesic dome to be used as a conservatory. The structure reaches 70 feet high and 175 feet across, enclosing a tropical rainforest-like interior that spans a half-acre and remains warm, lush, and green year-round. Inside, visitors can observe 2,800 plants of more than 1,400 different tropical species.

  • Explore the Japanese Garden
    The 14-acre Japanese Garden within the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest of its kind in North America. The plants, waterfalls, and islands in this majestic garden are each carefully placed, reflecting hundreds of years of Japanese gardening traditions. The official name of the garden is Seiwa-en, which means "garden of pure, clear harmony and peace."

  • Shop and Dine
    It takes a long time to explore all 79 acres of the Missouri Botanical Garden. You might get a little hungry! Luckily there are some great eats at Cafe Flora, the garden's on-site restaurant, which serves a tasty assortment of sandwiches and salads, as well as local craft beer and wine. Before you leave the garden, be sure to peek into the Garden Gate Shop, which offers souvenirs, including an amazing selection of live plants. 

  • Ride the Tram
    Narrated tram tours of the Missouri Botanical Garden offer a chance to see the gardens while resting your feet in a comfy tram car. Departing several times a day from the garden entrance, tram tours last 25 to 30 minutes and include expert narration from your tour guide as you meander through various garden areas.

  • Play in the Children's Garden
    The Missouri Botanical Garden is a great place for children to play, learn, and develop a closer relationship with the natural world. In particular, the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden provides some amazing opportunities for kids. Tickets are available for various interactive exhibits, themed play areas, and fun educational programs that allow kids to get some hands-on experience in the gardens. 

  • Tour the Gardens Virtually
    Although it's best to visit a place like the Missouri Botanical Garden in person, we understand that it isn't always possible. Fortunately, the garden provides some great resources for those who wish to explore from the comfort of their own homes. Virtual tours of the Missouri Botanical garden include drone videos, 360-degree tours of the Climatron, and even informative videos about the ongoing care that goes into making the garden a reality.

Contact us today to learn more about the unique attractions in St. Louis, Missouri. When you're ready to start finding your dream home in the St. Louis area, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

March
7

6 Ways to Explore Saint Louis Rivers

St. Louis Rivers

With the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, St. Louis has long been a popular spot for outdoor exploration. In fact, this is the same place where Lewis and Clark started their legendary journey in 1804! Our real estate agents have some tips on the many ways that you can enjoy and explore the rivers around St. Louis.

  1. Columbia Bottom Conservation Area – 801 Strodtman Rd., St. Louis, MO 63138
    With more than 4,200 acres of natural beauty to discover and a convenient location near St. Louis homes for sale, the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is the perfect place to start exploring St. Louis rivers. There's an extensive out-and-back trail system that allows you to discover the vast natural beauty of the floodplain, a boat ramp that provides access to the Missouri River, and a separate access point for paddlers who want to explore the Mississippi River.

  2. Audubon Center at Riverlands – 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, MO 63386
    Located just a 30-minute drive from the heart of St. Louis, you will find the wonderful Audubon Center at Riverlands, your gateway to the mighty Mississippi River. If you love bird watching, this is the place to be. In addition to 8.5 miles of trails, it's home to a unique Avian Observatory with viewing scopes, picnic areas, and a helpful, knowledgeable staff to help you make the most of your time at the Audubon Center at Riverlands.

  3. Jones-Confluence Point State Park – 1000 Riverlands Way, West Alton, MO 63386
    A short trip south from the Audubon Center will take you to the beautiful Jones-Confluence Point State Park, where the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers converge. This is the very spot where Lewis and Clark began their exploration of the western United States, with stunning views that make it a popular place to visit to this day. Hikes here present endless photo opportunities, and you may even spot a rare bald eagle as you travel the trails.

  4. Big Muddy Adventures – 4662 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
    We've talked about plenty of ways to spend time near the rivers, but what about when you want to spend some time on the water? Let the expert team at Big Muddy Adventures be your guide as you paddle along the great rivers of Missouri. Enjoy a quick, invigorating paddling trip that lasts a few hours, or go for a big adventure with a multi-day expedition that includes dinners on a private island. Big Muddy Adventures also operates a guide shop where you can pick up maps, gear, books, and even boats for your river explorations.

  5. Sioux Passage Park – 17390 Old Jamestown Rd., Florissant, MO 63034
    No matter the season, Sioux Passage Park offers ample outdoor activities with views of the Missouri River all around you. During the winter, it's a designated winter sports area, with activities like sledding, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling permitted. During warmer seasons, the park offers nearly 200 acres to explore, with horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and camping among the most popular activities. It's also a great spot for a family outing near Florissant homes for sale, with picnic shelters, playgrounds, tennis courts, and some of the best disc golf in the St. Louis area.

  6. Katy Trail – St. Charles, MO 63304
    Did you know that the area near St. Charles homes for sale is home to the longest developed rail-trail in the entire country? Boasting 240 miles and 26 trailheads, this trail is perfect for hiking or biking. Not only that, the Katy Trail travels right alongside the Missouri River, making it a great way to take in views of the river while you explore! 

Ready to buy or sell your next home close to all of the outdoor adventures around St. Louis? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the St. Louis area.

February
21

Award-Winning Restaurants to Try in St. Louis

St Louis Restaurants

Missouri is famous for its delicious downhome barbecue, but our real estate agents know there's more to it than that. If you want a true taste of all of the rich culinary diversity that Missouri has to offer, one of the best places to be is none other than St. Louis.

This city of more than 300,000 people has attracted world-famous celebrity chefs and local restaurateurs eager to make their mark, starting with their own hometown. St. Louis is also a local leader in professional conventions and sports venues, so it is no surprise there is always demand for great food.

There's no limit to what delights you can find near St. Louis homes for sale when you know where to look.

Let's visit just a few of the award-winning restaurants found here at "The Gateway to the West."

  • Tompkins Riverside – 500 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301
    Tompkins Riverside prides itself on locally sourced ingredients that come together in an elegant, historic atmosphere. Its high-end dishes are frequently paired with a wide range of premium wines. Ideal for a date, the vibe of Tompkins is "cultured, yet casual." Many entrees incorporate fresh produce from local farms, and the service is reputed to be excellent – a top pick near St. Charles homes for sale.

  • Prasino – 1520 South 5th Street #110, St. Charles, MO 63303
    Also located in St. Charles, Prasino offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner with exquisite selections from an expansive menu. "Prasino" is the Greek word for green, and seasonality is the core experience in this local, organic, sustainably sourced kitchen. The menu changes on both a weekly and a seasonal basis but always provides you with an authentic encounter with the flavor of the region.

  • Cowan's Restaurant – 114 Elm Street, Washington, MO 63090
    Cowan's Restaurant has been a local institution for generations. It is known for its homemade meals ("just like Mom used to make") as well as its pies, winners of many local, state, and national awards. Cowan's has made a name for itself as the "Home of the Mile High Pie" and is one of the leading family-friendly places to dine near Washington homes for sale, providing a full kids' menu.

  • The Tavern Kitchen & Bar – 2961 Dougherty Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63122
    The Tavern Kitchen & Bar stands out as a top St. Louis selection for celebrating a holiday, having a romantic evening, or impressing a client. A striking combination of modern aesthetics and classic service. Menus are seasonal, with an anchoring presence of top USDA prime cut steaks, seasonal produce, and vintage wines.

  • The Block Restaurant – 5800 Southwest Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63139
    A restaurant, butcher, and bar that bills itself as "a neighborhood establishment," The Block Restaurant has been led by in-laws Marc and Brian and their wives since 2011. Both graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, they offer a family-style dinner menu with full to-go service, curbside, or takeout. All meats are butchered on-site, and the seared pork chop is one of the most popular entrees.

Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group to learn more about Missouri homes and neighborhoods.

February
7

Visit the World Chess Hall of Fame's Latest Exhibition

Chess Hall of Fame

If chess had a "greatest hits" collection, this would be it. Our real estate agents will be among the fans celebrating Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture at the World Chess Hall of Fame, only minutes from St. Louis homes for sale

History of the World Chess Hall of Fame

  • The museum's story begins in 1986 when it was first established as the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame. At the time, the fledgling collection was small enough to be housed in the basement of the United States Chess Federation headquarters in New Windsor, NY.

  • Four years later, the U.S. Chess Trust bought the museum and relocated the collection to Washington, D.C. Over the next ten years, acquisitions included the 1993 World Team Chess Championship trophy won by the U.S. and U.S. Chess Hall of Fame inductee plaques. 

  • Once again, the museum moved, taking up residence in Miami, FL, in 2001. Along with a new multi-million dollar home, the museum gained a new name and became the World Chess Hall of Fame. While the collection continued to grow, the museum ultimately closed in 2009.

  • During the interim, St. Louis became a hot spot for chess thanks to the international reputation of the city's Chess Club and Scholastic Center. Local philanthropists Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield generously funded the museum's move to the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis.

The Museum Today

  • Visitors to the three-story museum, across the street from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center, are greeted by the World's Largest Chess Piece as certified by Guinness World Records. Measuring 20' tall, this massive king is made from African sapele mahogany and weighs in at 10,860 pounds.

  • The third floor holds the World and U.S. Halls of Fame, with plaques corresponding to each member. Each year, the World and U.S. Chess Federations make their respective nominations to the U.S. Chess Trust, which conducts a vote for final approval. 

  • The museum's collection supports its two-fold mission: document the history of chess and explore its influence on art and culture. Artifacts include trophies, scoresheets, photographs, and chess sets connected to significant players and events. Other items include unique, and novelty chess sets, such as one designed by artist Emil Pott for iconic jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co.

  • There's always something going on at the museum, which hosts a number of fundraisers, lectures, musical performances, and other special events. Examples include the Music Series and Composer Series along with Jingle, a holiday pop-up, and the Spooky Scavenger Hunt for Halloween.

Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture

  • In honor of the museum's first decade in St. Louis, Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture is a retrospective of the 50 exhibits featured over that span. More than 120 artifacts and artworks are on hand, many of them representing legends of the game, such as Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, and Garry Kasparov. A number of artifacts are on loan from notable collections and institutions around the country.

  • Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture is on display through Sunday, July 17. A special reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. Admission to the museum and the reception is free, with a suggested donation of $3 per person and $5 per family. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Be king or queen of your own "castle" in St. Louis. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group and declare "checkmate" on your real estate goals. 

January
3

About the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

St Louis Orchestra

Our real estate agents missed a lot of things in 2020, but few losses were felt more deeply than missing live music from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. We were overjoyed to learn that the orchestra was returning for the 2021-22 season. 

If you're new to St. Louis—or have simply never had an opportunity to watch the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra perform in person—it's an experience you simply must-have. The winter months are the perfect time to see a concert, so let's take a moment to get to know the SLSO. 

History of the St. Louis Symphony

The St. Louis Symphony traces its roots back to the founding of the St. Louis Choral Society in 1880. The St. Louis Choral Society merged with the St. Louis Musical Union 10 years later, forming what would eventually become the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

With a history that can now be traced back more than 140 years, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in America. In that time, the SLSO has made more than 100 recordings resulting in 60 Grammy Award nominations and nine wins. It has earned a reputation as one of America's finest orchestras. 

Meet Your Musical Director

The SLSO has a long and storied history of accomplished musical directors, beginning with Joseph Otten, who served in that role from 1880 to 1894. The latest, Stéphane Denève, who now guides the orchestra into its 142nd season, is no exception. 

Stéphane Denève served as a guest conductor with the SLSO eight times before joining as a full-time musical director. Born in France, Denève also serves as musical director of the Brussels Philharmonic and shares his time between the two cities. 

Spectacular Powell Hall

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra first performed at Mercantile Library Hall, and later moved around to various venues throughout the city, including the St. Louis Grand Exposition Hall. It found its permanent residence in Powell Hall beginning in 1967. 

Located just minutes away from these St. Louis homes for sale, Powell Hall is a resplendent theater with stunning architecture and state-of-the-art sound. The 2,689-seat hall was originally constructed in 1925 and served as a theater for Vaudeville shows and silent movies in its early years. 

Upcoming Performances

There's a lot to look forward to from the SLSO this year! In addition to resuming its regular schedule this season, the orchestra will also be picking up its Movie Magic series, in which the musicians perform a classic film score while the original movie is projected as a backdrop. 

Check out the full calendar of upcoming events on the SLSO website, and get your tickets now to these exciting performances this winter: 

  • Stéphane Conducts Brahms: Musical Director Stéphane Denève brings Johannes Brahms' First Symphony to life for two performances on January 7th and 8th. 

  • Romeo and Juliet: Stéphane Denève conducts the SLSO featuring virtuoso violinist Augustin Hadelich through the music of Romeo and Juliet, including Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Concert: The SLSO performs music honoring Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday, January 17th. 

  • Harry Potter in Concert: The orchestra performs John Williams' classic score to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I on January 21, 22, and 23 as the film is projected on a screen behind them.  

St. Louis has always been one of America's great hubs for art and culture, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is just the tip of the iceberg. Contact us today to learn more about life in St. Louis, and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in St. Louis today. 

December
20

7 Tips to Help Sell Your Home in 2022

2022 St. Louis

The market is likely to remain strong for sellers in 2022, according to the latest predictions. But to get top dollar for your home, you need to play an active part in getting the property ready for listing and in mapping out a strategy for selling it.

Here are seven tips that can make your house a standout among Saint Louis homes for sale

  1. Engage a real estate agent who knows your neighborhood.
    Most homeowners avoid the hassles involved with selling their homes themselves and engage an experienced real estate agent who is familiar with properties in their neighborhood. A real estate agent will advise you on asking price, marketing, and negotiation strategy. For instance, an agent will research how much homes like yours are going for in your area, so you know how much to ask. An agent will also negotiate an offer, including clauses and contingencies in the purchase agreement; explain paperwork you may not understand; and deal with the home inspection, commissioning repairs, or negotiating credits with the seller.

  2. Declutter the house.
    This is the first step before staging. A potential buyer won't be in love with all your beloved stuff, so pack it up and store it in the garage or basement, so your home presents a neutral aspect. Put away personal effects such as photographs and mementos. You don't have to leave the home bare, but do go minimalist so potential buyers can imagine themselves and their furnishings in your home. 

  3. Get professional help staging your home.
    You can try doing this yourself, or for best results, hire a professional. Stagers help you showcase your home in a strategic manner, sometimes working with your furnishings or bringing in other furnishings that might look better.

  4. Map out a marketing strategy.
    If you have a real estate agent, use the agent's expertise to develop a marketing strategy. You'll need good quality pictures -- better than those you take on your phone -- with good lighting. Pictures should look professional to show off your home to the best advantage. If you have an agent, your home will be listed on the MLS database. 

  5. Plan on how to show your home.
    One disadvantage of selling your home yourself is having to show it to potential buyers. Home shoppers sometimes feel inhibited or intimidated with the owner present -- yet another advantage of having an agent to show the home for you. 

  6. Work on a negotiating strategy with your agent.
    If you get an offer, you need to discuss with your agent how to strategize -- that is, whether to agree to repairs, to lower the price, or stand firm and entertain other offers. 

  7. Get ready for the closing.
    You may need to agree to repairs and fulfill certain contingencies for the closing. Your real estate agent will help you know what to expect and guide you through this process step by step.

Our real estate agents can answer your questions about selling your home in 2022. Contact us today. 

December
6

Museum Memberships in St. Louis to Gift This Holiday Season

St Louis Museums

The holiday season is upon us, and we all have someone on our list who's a little bit harder to shop for. A museum membership is always a great gift idea for that tough-to-buy-for person who doesn't need another sweater or bottle of wine. 

Luckily, we have an abundance of outstanding museums here in the St. Louis area. Consider gifting a membership to one of these local museums.

  • City Museum - 750 N 16th St., St. Louis, MO 63103
    Opened in 1997, the City Museum is equal parts museum and playground. The museum is housed in a repurposed industrial space in the Washington Avenue Loft District, just minutes from many St. Louis homes for sale. Inside, pieces of old cities have been used to create tunnels, bridges, galleries, and secret passages. It's truly a wild, creative space unlike any other. Membership to the City Museum includes unlimited visits, as well as rooftop access during the museum's regularly scheduled rooftop music sessions. There's even a rooftop Ferris wheel!

    Starting Price: $55

  • Missouri Historical Society - 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112
    Consisting of several sites in and around Forest Park, the Missouri Historical Society is a vital organization dedicated to preserving Missouri's history and making it available to the public. Membership provides access to the Missouri History Museum, the Soldiers Memorial, and the Missouri Historical Society Library & Research Center. Members also get early or exclusive access to tours, lectures, and premiers, as well as subscriptions to the society's two magazines, Currents and Gateway. 

    Starting Price: $75

  • St. Louis Art Museum - 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110
    The St. Louis Art Museum is one of the premier art museums in the United States. A three-story facility that houses paintings, sculptures, and other artistic and historical treasures worldwide, it's a vast museum with a collection spanning 5,000 years of human artistry. The museum offers several membership levels. Basic membership includes free admission for two adults per visit, plus additional perks like members-only virtual programs and exhibition previews and discounts on parking, shopping, and dining. 

    Starting Price: $65

  • St. Louis Zoo - 1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110
    With its naturalistic exhibits and an innovative approach to wildlife care and conservation, the St. Louis Zoo has been open for more than 100 years, and it attracts over 3 million annual visitors. It's truly an exceptional wildlife attraction, home to more than 12,000 animals of around 500 different species. A zoo this vast almost requires repeated visits, so it's a good thing that members get 36 member tickets and free parking for six visits. When you give a membership as a holiday gift, it also comes with a free collectible giraffe ornament. 

    Starting Price: $79

  • National Museum of Transportation - 2933 Barrett Station Rd., St. Louis, MO 63122
    A unique museum dedicated to America's transportation heritage, the National Museum of Transportation is the largest museum of its kind in the world. The museum's rail and transit collection spans more than 190 exhibits, ranging from locomotives and trolley cars to classic race cars and fire trucks. Perks of being a member depend on the level of membership you give, but even the most basic level includes free admission for a member and up to five guests per visit. Higher levels include additional perks like complimentary mini train ride tickets and free access to the Creation Station.

    Starting Price: $68

Contact us today to learn more about spending the holidays in St. Louis, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in the St. Louis area. 

November
22

What Appliance Upgrades Add Value?

Appliance Upgrades

If you're selling your home now or plan to in the future, outdated appliances can make prospective buyers turn away from your home to look at another house with newer ones. Buyers can replace your appliances when purchasing a home, but they usually don't want to go to the trouble or expense to do so. And even if you're planning to stay in your home awhile, outdated appliances can make your home less attractive and functional than it could be.
  
Here's what you need to know about appliance upgrades that can boost the value of your home:

  • Think of What Fits Your Home
    Consult one of our real estate agents to find out what type of appliances are popular in your home's price range. While you want to make your home more valuable, you don't want to price yourself out of the neighborhood.
      
  • Look for Energy Star Appliances
    Appliances with the Energy Star sticker or tag meet strict energy-efficiency requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They'll help you save money on your energy bill, and when you're selling your home, they'll appeal to prospective buyers. Leave the Energy Star sticker on your appliances, so buyers know they'll save as well.

What to Replace  

  • Refrigerator
    Kitchens can make or break a sale, so if you have money to spend, this is an excellent place to start. An upgraded refrigerator that has French doors, as well as built-in filtered water and ice dispensers, will appeal to the majority of buyers. The same is true of a stainless steel finish, which remains extremely popular. If you're thinking of going for a high-tech option like a TV-embedded fridge, it may not be a wise move unless you have a luxury home.

  • Laundry sets  
    An appliance upgrade is definitely in order if your washer and dryer don't match. Not only does this make the set less attractive, but it also makes a buyer immediately realize that one appliance is older than the other. This makes them likely to wonder just how old it is and how long it will keep running efficiently. Aside from a nice, matching appearance, buyers want high-efficiency front-load and top-load units. And if you have a large home that might appeal to families, a large capacity washer and dryer is a good investment.

  • Stove  
    A stove that's built-in will be more popular than a standalone one. And buyers also appreciate flat tops and stoves with self-cleaning functions since they're easy to keep clean. And if you have some gas utilities, gas stoves generally appeal to serious cooks.

  • Appliance sets   
    Retailers often discount sets of appliances, so they can help you save money while ensuring that you have matching sets. For example, a kitchen appliance set may include items such as a stove, refrigerator, built-in microwave, and dishwasher. While there's usually no need to select the most expensive options with every imaginable bell and whistle, the cheapest set is usually not the best choice either. Instead, choose a mid-range set that will appeal to a larger number of buyers.

Contact us if you'd like to visit St. Louis homes for sale or, if you're selling your home, to receive expert advice on what kinds of upgrades can help boost its value. 

November
1

About the 30th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival

St Louis FilmOne of the reasons our real estate agents love St. Louis so much is all the wonderful local events. It seems that any time of year, from spring to winter, there's a fun celebration to attend. If you're a film lover — or even someone who just enjoys the occasional movie — then the 30th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival is an upcoming event you won't want to miss.

History of the Festival

The St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) was founded in 1992 and has been held every year since. The founders intended the festival to promote and present new and interesting films in order to preserve movie-making as an art.

The first few St. Louis International Film Festivals were held in April, but in 1995, the event moved to November. In 1998, the festival grew large enough for its headquarters to move to the Central West End. Well-known films featured over the years include Kinsey, which was screened in 2004, and Up in the Air, featured in 2009.

Attending the Festival

This year, the St. Louis International Film Festival is scheduled for November 4th - 21st, 2021. Screenings will take place at various locations on the following dates and times.

  • Landmark's Tivoli Theatre: 6350 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130
    Screenings will take place at Landmark's Tivoli Theatre November 4th - 14th and 19th - 21st.

  • Brown Hall Auditorium, Washington University: 1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130
    The Brown Hall Auditorium will hold screenings November 5th - 6th, 12th - 14th, and 19th - 21st.

  • Winifred Moore Auditorium, Webster University: 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
    Visit the Winifred Moore Auditorium between November 5th - 14th for screenings.

  • St. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art: 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
    Screenings will take place at the St. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art on November 4th and 11th.

In addition to screening this year's featured films, the festival will also host the screening of several films released in 1971. You can catch these Golden Anniversary screenings at the St. Louis Public Library's Auditorium on weekend afternoons.

You can see a list of the films featured in this year's festival on the event website. Tickets and passes will also be available through the website. 

Awards

Various awards will be given throughout the St. Louis International Film Festival. These include awards for the Best Documentary Short and the Best Short Short. There will also be an award for Best Live Action Short and another for Best Animated Short.

If you're looking at St. Louis homes for sale, make sure you take a break to attend the St. Louis International Film Festival. Stop by to see one film, or see how many you can catch throughout the festival. This is just one of many awesome fall events in St. Louis. Contact us if you're new to the area and looking for the perfect place to call home. Our real estate agents will be happy to guide you.

October
18

Fall 2021 Interior Design Trends

Fall Interior Design

Fall is here, and so is a new wave of interior design trends. According to our real estate agents, this season's design ethos is all about comfort and self-expression. Let's delve into 5 of the most popular interior design trends this fall, how we've seen them applied in many of our St. Louis homes for sale, and how you can bring these ideas into your home. 

  1. Earth Tones
    Fall's stunning orange and brown color palette is providing inspiration for some homeowners in 2021. In addition to rich chocolates and muted apricots, many choose to add soothing blues and verdant greens to their homes. These hues evoke the natural world. 

    Because many of these colors are very close to neutrals, they are very easy to incorporate into almost any room. Repainting the walls is the most obvious way to do this, but it isn't the only way. A small touch like a mist-colored vase or some mossy green curtains can go a long way. 

  2. Soft, Cozy Fabrics and Textures 
    In stressful times, people often try to make their homes as comfortable and welcoming as possible. This might be why homeowners are currently so eager to add soft textures to their living rooms, bedrooms, offices, and other living spaces. At the moment, most use discreet, removable items like blankets and rugs for this purpose instead of permanent fixtures like carpeting or upholstery.  

    It's easy to bring this trend into your home with a single shopping trip. Look for throw blankets and decorative pillows, especially ones made of materials like wool, flannel, and sherpa. 

  3. Dividers 
    In the past, homeowners often wanted to open up every space as much as possible. This is no longer the prevailing trend. Instead, many people are adding room dividers (screens, shelves, and other partitions) to their homes to break up those open spaces and create more intimate areas without having to actually build new walls.  

    If this idea appeals to you, experiment with different types of room dividers. An elegant folding screen, sturdy bookshelf, or long silky curtain can break up those large rooms and add some additional function or decoration to the space, depending on what you prefer. 

  4. Natural Finishes and Other Elements 
    Homeowners are also taking cues from nature when adding furniture and fixtures to their space. Faux stone finishes, light natural woods, and other rustic accents are becoming increasingly common this season, especially in conjunction with nature-inspired color schemes. Together, these two design choices amplify each other and create an even more sense of soothing respite within the home. 

    Countertops, mantlepieces, coffee tables, and other focal points are great places to incorporate natural elements into your own home. 

  5. Vintage Furniture and Housewares 
    Finally, fall 2021 has also brought an increased interest in vintage furniture and homeware pieces. After spending so much time in their homes over the last year and a half, homeowners see their interior spaces as an extension of themselves. This has led to an interest in personalizing spaces with art, furniture, or knickknacks from the past, especially if these items are family heirlooms. 

    These days, it's easy to find as many charming old items as your heart desires – if you can't find exactly what you want at local thrift stores and garage sales, hop online and see what's listed on sites like eBay and Craigslist. 

No matter how you choose to decorate the inside of your home, the most important thing is that you feel happy and at ease there. If you're in the market for a new home, contact us today. 

October
4

St. Louis Stops Along Route 66

Route 66

Is there a more iconic American highway than Route 66? Known as the Mother Road, the Will Rogers Highway, and the Main Street of America, U.S. Route 66 was part of the original United States highway system established in 1926.

Quite a bit of the original highway is still in use here in Missouri.

In the St. Louis area, two different roads that were part of Route 66 during different eras are home to numerous attractions that tell the story of America's past. These are our real estate agents' favorite roadside attractions on Route 66.

  • Crown Candy Kitchen - 1401 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis, MO 63106
    The oldest soda fountain in St. Louis, Crown Candy Kitchen offers an experience that truly feels like stepping back in time. Crown Candy Kitchen is located just minutes from many St. Louis homes for sale, on a street that was part of Route 66 from 1926 to 1928. But the shop dates all the way back to 1913, and they've been serving great malts, shakes, BLTs and roast beef cheddar melts ever since.

  • Missouri History Museum - 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112
    You'll learn about every era of Missouri's past at the Missouri History Museum. That certainly includes the Route 66 period, but the museum—itself a St. Louis monument dating back to 1866—also offers exhibits on everything from the Lewis and Clark era to the Jazz Age. Photos and collections from the Missouri Historical Society are also housed here.

  • Donut Drive In - 6525 Chippewa St., St. Louis, MO 63109
    Coffee and donuts from the iconic Donut Drive In have fueled many weary travelers on their way out west. This St. Louis staple has been serving classic baked goods for more than 70 years now, and they don't show any signs of slowing down. 

  • Crestwood Bowl - 9822 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63126
    You'll see the historic sign for Crestwood Bowl blinking from a mile away, inviting you to take a break from the road and bowl a few rounds. That sign was originally erected in 1957 and later restored in 2012 thanks to a grant from the National Park Service. The interior of the bowling alley, including its sports bar and lunch counter, doesn't appear to have changed much either.

  • Route 66 State Park - 1628, 97 N Outer Rd., Eureka, MO 63025
    With a visitor center inside a former roadhouse built in 1935 on the original Route 66, Route 66 State Park offers more than its fair share of history. You'll find a lot of classic artifacts and memorabilia on display here, and the outdoor portion of the park is a great place to stretch your legs on some picturesque nature trails. The park is just minutes from many Eureka homes for sale

  • Jesse James Wax Museum - I-44, Stanton, MO 63079
    The Jesse James Wax Museum is the kind of kitschy roadside attraction that could only exist along Route 66. You'll just have to visit in person to see the wax figures and learn the "true" story of how Jesse James faked his death and spent his last years living in a cabin at the site of the present-day museum. A short drive from these Stanton homes for sale, the site also includes Meramec Caverns. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the St. Louis area. Our city has been central to American history from pioneer times right to the present. day

September
20

5 Things to Know Before Installing a Fence

Fence TipsThere are dozens of reasons to build a fence, and when done properly, it can add tremendous value to your home. But there are also several factors that will affect your decisions. We would like to make you aware of them before you make your plans. If you're considering one of the lovely St. Louis homes for sale, you may want to think about fencing before you buy. Here's what to know before adding a fence to your property.

  1. Know the Rules
    Local governments and homeowners associations often have complicated regulations with respect to height, materials, and placement. Before you have your heart set on a particular design and style, make sure you understand all restrictions and limitations. Be aware of easements. Information regarding access through the property should have been disclosed in the closing documents when you purchased the house. If they aren't listed or are incomplete, property deeds on file through the county describe nonowner rights of usage. Our real estate agents can order a title report during the purchase process and advise you accordingly.

  2. Check with your Neighbors
    A fence along your property line can affect them, too. On the positive side, they may agree that a fence would be beneficial to both parties and agree to share the expense of both building and maintenance. If, however, they regard a fence or wall an encroachment on their rights or block a view, you may be asking for a longstanding feud. Talk before you plan. They may not appreciate a wall but would be fine with another type of fence. Whether or not they have legal rights, a simple conversation might help you avoid conflict of any kind.

    It's also important to verify property lines so that you don't inadvertently build on part of their property. 

  3. Match the Fence to its Purpose
    Picking a type of fence is easier when you consider why you want one in the first place. If for example, you wish to have your dog roam in the fenced-in yard, make sure it can't dig under it, wriggle through it or even jump over it. If you need the neighborhood children to stay off your lawn, you may need a short garden fence. Different materials provide different barriers, and it's important that the fence you build provides the benefits you are seeking. If your goal is privacy, you may wish to consider a hedge instead of a fence, but that will provide little in the way of security. 

  4. Consider the Cost
    A brick wall may cost $45 or more per square foot, while stone costs upwards of $80 per square foot. Fencing costs also vary according to materials from $5 to $20 per linear foot, and lumber costs are rising. Consider the length of the fence. Will it surround a large property or just circle a small yard? You may need to mix fence types in order to address your needs economically as well as functionally. Rural properties may benefit from wire fencing to block wildlife, but make sure you don't disturb migration patterns or access to water. 

  5. Learn about Required Maintenance
    Wooden fences require a good deal more upkeep than alternative materials but cost far less than most to construct. The beauty will fade when slats warp or decay. You'll need to make regular repairs to keep it looking attractive. Vegetation must be trimmed around the base of the fence. All of these issues should be discussed with your neighbors before you come to a decision.

Contact us for more information about the St. Louis real estate market. Our agents look forward to hearing from you. 

September
7

One-of-a-Kind Coffee Shops Near St. Louis

St Louis Coffee

From the perfect morning pick-me-up to the ideal place to unwind after work, the coffee shops of the St. Louis area have something for everyone. The best coffee shops offer more than just your favorite drinks by fostering a sense of community, hosting fun special events, and making everyone who stops by feel like a regular. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 6 one-of-a-kind coffee shops that you'll love visiting around St. Louis.

  • The Wagamama – 5836-38 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109
    The first coffee shop of its kind in St. Louis, The Wagamama is a dog-friendly coffee shop located near St. Louis homes for sale that allows you to bring well-behaved four-legged friends into the shop while you enjoy a great cup of coffee. Savor some delicious coffee in the indoor seating area, on the outdoor patio, or in the off-leash Barkyard, where both you and your pup can make some new friends.

  • underGROUNDS Espresso Bar – 120 W. Front St., Washington, MO 63090
    With small-batch coffees and ingredients sourced mostly from local farmers markets, underGROUNDS Espresso Bar is your source for outstanding coffee near Washington homes for sale. Try an espresso flight to sample the best that this neighborhood coffee shop has to offer, and enjoy delicious, sweet treats from a variety of outstanding local vendors.

  • Latte Lounge – 2190 N. Waterford Dr., Florrisant, MO 63033
    For the true coffee connoisseur, it's tough to top the experience at the Latte Lounge. This little shop, located near Florrisant homes for sale, offers a variety of ways to enjoy top-quality coffee. Try a coffee flight to sample five of your favorite latte varieties in one sitting, or order a split cup drink for easy sipping of two different lattes. With a mix of variety and quality, this shop has quickly established itself as a local favorite.

  • Catalyst Coffee Bar – 1223 Pine St., St. Louis, MO 63103
    Operated in collaboration with Art St. Louis, a local non-profit dedicated to showcasing the work of local artists and bringing beauty to St. Louis communities, Catalyst Coffee Bar is so much more than just a wonderful place to enjoy your favorite coffees. It's a space where local artists and community members can build connections, get to know the vibrant St. Louis arts scene, and enjoy a carefully curated selection of coffee that always features something new to try.

  • Rise Coffee – 4176 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
    Founded in 2013 as both a community gathering space and coffee shop, Rise Coffee has grown into a St. Louis favorite. A newly added outdoor patio space provides a new way to enjoy a great cup of coffee and listen to live performances from local musicians every weekend. There's also a full breakfast, lunch, and brunch menu when you're hungry.

  • Maypop Coffee & Garden Shop – 803 Marshall Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119
    Coffee, gardening, great people... what's not to love? Maypop Coffee & Garden Shop blends those passions into one unique experience, all located close to Webster Groves homes for sale. The coffee shop features all of your favorite specialty drinks and baked goods from sustainable, local bakeries. While you're there, be sure to check out the greenhouse, which features a trendy selection of plants that can brighten any garden.

On the hunt for the perfect St. Louis home near all of your favorite coffee shops and dining destinations? Our local real estate team has you covered. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the St. Louis, MO area.

August
16

Plan a Trip to the Hermann Wine Trail

Saint Louis Wineries

Who says you have to travel to Napa Valley to sample some of the best wines in the country? If you're looking at Hermann homes for sale, you absolutely need to visit the Hermann Wine Trail while you're in the area. Traveling the trail is easy, you buy your tickets online in advance, then you start your day at any of the participating wineries. At the first winery, you get a souvenir wine glass, which you use at each of your additional stops. Here's a closer look at each of the wineries along the trail.

  • Adam Puchta Winery: 1947 Frene Creek Rd., Hermann, MO 65041
    Founded in 1855, Adam Puchta Winery is the oldest continually owned family winery in the US. They focus on making balanced wines, and their winemakers are experts at helping visitors expand their palate and discover new flavors. Some of their best-known wines are their Vidal Blanc and Chardonel.

  • Bias Vineyards: 3166 Highway B, Berger, MO 63014
    As a small, family-owned winery located near Berger homes for sale, Bias Vineyards offers a quiet, welcoming atmosphere where you can really focus on the wine. Their land offers a lovely view of the Missouri River Bottomlands, and their vineyards are visible from the tasting room. Bias Vineyards makes a variety of red and white wines, along with some fruit wines like their Apple Weisser Flieder and Strawberry Weisser Flieder. 

  • Curling Vine Winery: 485 Booneslick Rd., New Florence, MO 63363
    Curling Vine Winery was opened in 2016 by a couple who both grew up in the wine industry. Their tasting room is just off the I-70 and is a popular stop for travelers. Its natural wood decor really sets the mood for an enjoyable tasting. Guests really enjoy the Norton, which is made with Missouri's official state grape. 

  • Dierberg Star Lane Tasting Room: 338 E. First St., Hermann, MO 65041
    The Dierberg Star Lane Tasting Room allows guests to enjoy the fine wines created by Dierberg Estate Vineyards and Star Lane Vineyards in California. This adds some variety to the Hermann Wine Trail, which otherwise features local, Missouri wines. 

  • G. Husmann Wine Company: 302 E. First St., Hermann, MO 65041
    The G. Husmann Wine Company was founded in 1859 and continues to produce lovely wines, most of which are named after the Husmann family members. The Louise Husmann is a dry white with hints of lemon zest and grapefruit. The George Husmann is a deep red with aromas of blackberry and spice. For something lighter, you may want to try the Cuvee of Hermann, which offers a balance of floral and fruity notes.

  • Hermannhof Winery: 330 E. First Street, Hermann, MO 65041
    Just down the street from G. Husmann Wine Co, you'll find Hermannhof Winery. This winery's stone cellars are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Their wine is also exceptional. Along with a tasting, you'll get to enjoy some chocolate and crackers. 

  • Robller Vineyard: 275 Robller Vineyard Rd., New Haven, MO 63068
    Robller Vineyard is celebrating 30 years of operation in 2021, and they'd love you to celebrate with them. Their tasting room is set along rolling acres of countryside and of course, beautiful New Haven homes for sale. Robller makes an excellent Norton with a robust flavor profile. They are also known for their fruity wines, like their Sweet Sunset White, which has hints of pineapple and other tropical fruits.

Our real estate agents highly recommend taking the time to tour the Hermann Wine Trail while you look at Saint Louis homes for sale. Take your time, sip some wine, and enjoy the scenery. If you're still looking for an agent to represent you, don't hesitate to contact us.

August
2

How to Add More Natural Light To Your Home

Natural Light Tips

A healthy dose of natural light is an easy way to help any space look its best. Natural light illuminates the room, making it look larger and more inviting; high levels of natural light also boost your body's production of serotonin, one of the chemicals associated with happiness and better mood levels.

Our real estate agents suggest exploring options to increase the natural light in your home before you put your home on the market. Here are a few ways to boost your property's natural light. 

  1. Choose Colors That Reflect Light
    When choosing paint colors for your home, stick with light hues that will reflect the light that enters the room. Darker hues absorb light, making the room feel smaller and more compact. If you're dealing with a room that you want to leave a darker color, try painting the ceiling, doors, and baseboards in a light color to lighten the room's look. 
  1. Add More Mirrors
    Mirrors are an excellent alternative for sleek wall decor and for maximizing a room's natural light. For the best results, position the mirror on a wall across from a window. It will reflect the sunlight the enters the room, instantly increasing the size of the space and enhancing its appearance. The same concept also applies to shiny or reflective pieces of home decor. If you already have a mirror in a room or prefer to consider other options, add decorative pieces crafted from shiny metals or with metallic finishes. These additions instantly brighten the atmosphere in the room. 
  1. Reconsider Your Furniture
    Instead of choosing furnishings crafted from dark wood tones and materials, opt for lighter tones. These light colors are another way to reflect the light already in the room. If you're craving a darker alternative, one solution is to use your throw pillows and decorative blankets to decorate in patterns or colors that aren't as effective at reflecting light. Or make sure that the largest pieces of furniture are in lighter hues.
  1. Install Larger Windows
    If you're willing to explore more drastic alternatives, install larger windows or new doors in the room. Saint Louis homes for sale that have new, energy-efficient windows are also appealing to potential homebuyers. The presence of more windows is a fantastic way to permanently increase the natural light in your home. Or, if you simply want to replace a window, look for a design with lots of exposed glass. Bay windows and bow windows are both excellent possibilities. 
  1. Wash Your Windows
    Even a property that's filled with windows will have insufficient amounts of natural light if the windows are dirty. Washing the interior and exterior of your windows is a simple way to make sure that dirt and grime aren't preventing outside light from penetrating your home. 

Interested in a property with more windows or even a sunroom? Contact us to start your search!

July
19

Your Guide to St. Louis Breweries

St Louis Breweries

It's no exaggeration to say that St. Louis is home to one of the best brewing scenes in the entire country, offering both big-name breweries and a collection of beloved craft breweries. The craft breweries of St. Louis double as community gathering places, bringing people together through distinctive brews, delicious food, live music, and fun special events. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 popular local breweries where you can start your St. Louis craft beer journey in style.

  • Center Ice Brewery – 3126 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103
    When you're in the mood to enjoy an excellent craft brew and watch the St. Louis Blues, it's hard to top the experience at Center Ice Brewery. The bar is made of wood from the old St. Louis arena, while everything – from the decorations to the names of each brew – has a St. Louis Blues theme. Center Ice Brewery is also known for its diverse selection of ales, lagers, and IPAs.

  • Side Project Cellar – 7373 Marietta Ave, Maplewood, MO 63143
    The Side Project Cellar is the tasting room for the award-winning Side Project Brewing company, with a convenient location close to Maplewood homes for sale. The Cellar, as it's commonly known, is a Belgian-style beer bar where every beer is cooled to its ideal temperature for drinking. The menu is extensive, with a selection of Side Project's best brews and various unique beers imported from around the world.

  • 4 Hands Brewing Co. – 1220 S. 8th St., St. Louis, MO 63104
    The theme at 4 Hands Brewing Co. is collaboration, as the team here works with local businesses and artists to create unique brews that you won't find anywhere else. Visit the taproom to sample 14 beers on tap, many more available by the bottle, and delicious food from local vendors. Upstairs at the taproom, visitors of all ages can enjoy some old-fashioned fun with free-to-play skee ball and old-school arcade games.

  • Rockwell Beer Co. – 1320 S. Vandeventer Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
    For a truly unique St. Louis brewery experience, a trip to Rockwell Beer Co. will not disappoint. The tasting room here is built from repurposed shipping crates, with distinctive décor and indoor/outdoor seating that's perfect for enjoying a cold brew on a hot summer day.

  • Perennial Artisan Ales – 8125 Michigan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111
    Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 craft breweries in the entire country, Perennial Artisan Ales is one local brewery that you definitely won't want to miss. The Perennial Artisan Ales tasting room is located right next to the brewery and features a variety of "tasting room only" Perennial brews that you won't find anywhere else. Tours of the brewing facilities are also available every Saturday afternoon. Consider stopping by for one if you're in the area looking at St. Louis homes for sale.

  • UCBC Grove Bierhall – 4465 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
    The Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has three great locations where you can enjoy their beer around the city, including the wonderful UCBC Grove Bierhall. Enjoy the best brews from UCBC in an open, industrial-style bierhall built in a historic paper company building. The beer here is brilliant, and the food is just as great. 

  • Schlafly Bankside – 920 S Main St., St. Charles, MO 63301
    Schlafly
    has been a local favorite on the brewing scene since 1991. Their most recent location Schlafly Bankside opened in 2020, conveniently close to St. Charles homes for sale. The taproom offers a huge selection of beer and food options that are sure to please. Check out their website to see what is currently on tap.

  • John G's Tap Room – 109 W Main St., Washington, MO 63090
    John G's Tap Room serves up local brews and classic American dishes with a convenient location right on Main Street. Augusta Brewing Company beer, which is based in Augusta, can be found here on the lengthy beer menu. While on the food menu, items include options like toasted ravioli, crab cakes, and juicy burgers. Stop in after looking at Washington homes for sale, or place an order on Grubhub. 

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the craft brews and outstanding food around St. Louis? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell real estate throughout the St. Louis, MO area.

June
21

Start Upcycling Furniture With These Tips

Upcycle St. Louis

If you enjoy browsing vintage furniture and tend to see it for its potential, you might enjoy upcycling furniture. Upcycled furniture can be funky, trendy, or even classy with the right touch, and that one special piece might be great for starting a conversation with your guests or perfect when staging your home for sale, according to our real estate agents. Here are a few tips for giving tired outdated furniture new life.

  1. Look for Good Bones
    When you're on the hunt for vintage furniture to upcycle, try to see past the current finish (or lack thereof), and instead look at the bones of each piece. You'll want furniture that is sturdy and made of real wood so that it'll stand up to the demands of a makeover and a new life. Look also for interesting features such as mid-century modern styling or interesting curves and carvings that painting and distressing would highlight.

  2. Find a New Purpose for Old Things
    Part of the fun of upcycling furniture is thinking outside of the box. There are a lot of old pieces that don't necessarily have a purpose anymore, but you can make a trendy new purpose with a little creative thinking. For example, vintage crates can be stacked to use as bookshelves, a cozy little vintage dining table would make a great desk, and that vintage radio or record player could find new life retrofitted as a wine rack or liquor cabinet.

  3. Update the Look with a Little Paint
    Typically vintage furniture is cast-off not because it no longer functions, but because the finish has become scratched and worn. Purists will repair or refinish a valuable piece, but you can give the more mundane pieces exciting new life with a little color. Perhaps the piece is perfect for your current look but needs a facelift with a new coat of paint. For something a little more interesting, you can opt for shabby chic with a distressed look, or aim for more urban with stenciled accents.

  4. Stick to the Style
    While mixing and matching can be cool and trendy, you won't do the furniture any favors if you don't work with what you've got. Different pieces have different looks, and your upcycling will be the most successful if you stay true to the style. Furniture with straighter lines, such as mid-century modern, will look better with clean paint or geometric stenciling, for example. Furniture with graceful lines, carved details, or even simple country style will pair well with distressed finishes.

Upcycling furniture can be very rewarding, and you may find that your thrift store score ends up being one of your favorite pieces after a little (or a lot of) TLC. Just remember, if you'll be using the piece to stage your home for sale, that buyers tend to react more favorably to a neutral decor when browsing St. Louis homes for sale. For more information about how to stage a home for success on the sales market, contact us today.

June
7

Fun Summer Learning Opportunities Near St. Louis

St Louis Summer

Summer might mean a break from school, but it doesn't mean learning has to stop. Our real estate agents share some great events and activities around St. Louis where your kids can keep the fun and the learning going all summer long.

  1. Camp Gator - Krekel Civic Center, 305 Civic Park Dr., O'Fallon, MO 63366
    While kids would probably love it if there were an actual alligator in attendance, that's about the only thing they won't find at Camp Gator. The one-week sessions for elementary- and middle-schoolers, which run through August 13, are chock-full of activities such as crafts, games, cooking, and swimming. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., with before- and after-care available. Fees per child are $125 for residents near O'Fallon homes for sale and $139 for non-residents.

  2. Camp Kennedy - Kennedy Recreational Complex, 6050 Wells Ave., St. Louis, MO 63128
    Baseball and swimming are summer traditions around St. Louis homes for sale. Kids can enjoy both at Camp Kennedy, held at the impressive recreational complex of the same name. Nature programs maximize time spent outdoors as kids learn more about the world in which they live. A special event cookout, another warm-weather favorite, is the highlight of the week. One-week sessions for kids ages 5-12 are scheduled through August 6. Price is $80 per child, with Sunrise/Late Day Club memberships available for an additional fee. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable lunch, snack, and beverage each day.

  3. Play-Well TEKnologies Summer Camp - The Pavilion at Lemay, 305 Gregg Rd., St. Louis, MO 63125
    When you're a kid, there's nothing better than LEGO®, unless you combine it with Pokémon. Play-Well TEKnologies Summer Camp provides tens of thousands of LEGO® parts that kids can use to design and build Poké balls and other game-related objects. Your kids will have so much fun that they won't even realize they're learning useful engineering concepts. The camp, geared toward kids ages 5-9, is scheduled for July 12 through July 16 from 9 a.m. - noon. The fee per camper is $165.

  4. Abra-Kid-Abra Summer Camp - 803 Lafayette Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119
    What kid isn't spellbound watching a magician make objects disappear and reappear? They'll be ready to take center stage themselves after Abra-Kid-Abra Summer Camp. Week-long camps, taking place through August 6, feature different themes such as Math-E-Magic, where the tricks revolve around the power of numbers. At the end of the week, campers show off their new skills at a show for parents. Camps are also held at The Pavilion at Lemay and St. Louis Community College-Meramec, with all locations just minutes from Webster Groves homes for sale. Visit Abra-Kid-Abra's website for schedule and prices.

  5. COCA Summer Arts Camp - Center of Creative Arts, 6880 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130
    When kids can express themselves creatively, it boosts their confidence and self-esteem. COCA Summer Arts Camp offers an incredible variety of week-long programs through August 20. Campers from ages 3-18 can explore interests including singing, dancing, painting, filmmaking, fashion design, and just about any artistic pursuit that captures their imagination. Visit the website for a full listing of camp themes and prices.

  6. Four Rivers YMCA Summer Day Camp - 400 Grand Ave., Washington, MO 63090
    No matter what your kids are interested in they are sure to enjoy the Summer Day Camp offered by the Gateway Region YMCA. Activities range from arts and crafts, nature activities, swimming, and more. Plus, each week has its own special theme and the convenient location is close to many Washington homes for sale. Learn more about registering for this day camp on the Gateway Region YMCA website.

Planning a summer change of address around St. Louis? Whether you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group and let us handle the tough stuff. 

May
17

Top Issues a Home Inspection Might Detect

Home Inspection Tips

When purchasing a home, ordering a home inspection is an essential item to add to your to-do list. Our real estate agents know that a home inspection is vital for revealing major and minor issues with a home. While a home inspection will cost you, detecting issues now can help you save money in the long run and give you peace of mind about the property you are buying. Here are some home issues detected by a home inspection. 

  1. Problems with the Grading
    If the grading of the home's lot isn't scaled correctly, this can cause water to flow towards your home. Your foundation and crawlspace may have excessive levels of moisture; this can cause the frame of your home to rot or lead to the formation of mold. The placement of the windows and doors can also shift, eventually causing the home to appear uneven. 
  1. Issues with the Roof
    A home's roof is a common source of issues during a home inspection. Since the roof covers such a large surface area, it's easy for a shingle or two to be damaged during a storm. This can allow water to seep in and damage the home's underlayment or ceiling. Or, the roof itself may be nearing the end of its lifespan. Your home inspector will also examine the components around the roof, like the gutters. It's common for gutters to be clogged and require cleaning. Or, a downspout might not be long enough to properly re-direct water away from your home. 
  1. Trouble with the Windows
    Many home inspections reveal problems in and around the windows. If the windows are older, the problem may be that they aren't very energy efficient. Or, the windows can have cracks around them that need to be sealed. Problems with the windows can raise the home's heating and cooling costs and impact the air quality. St. Louis homes for sale with new, energy-efficient windows will have lower energy bills than those with older components. 
  1. Complications with the Plumbing
    During the inspection, your inspector will run the faucets and examine the pipes for signs of a leak. They'll also see that the drains are draining correctly. A home's plumbing system is fairly comprehensive, making plumbing issues extremely prevalent. 
  1. Defects in the Home's Exterior
    A home's exterior is another common source of issues detected in a home inspection. Wood homes must be closely examined for signs of rot and mildew. Vinyl siding homes may have sections that are damaged and require replacement. Stucco must be correctly installed, or it will present an opportunity for moisture to enter the home. 
  1. Unauthorized Additions
    Many cities require a permit for home additions and certain renovations. These projects must also be completed according to the local building code, or the home will potentially have illegal modifications. Fixing illegal improvements is expensive and time-consuming. An inspector will look for signs of shoddy work and discrepancies among the home's construction. 

Are you ready to start shopping for your next home? Contact us today to get started!

May
3

St Louis BBQ Spots to Celebrate National BBQ Day

St Louis BBQBarbecue is a truly American cuisine, and our real estate agents know nowhere else does it like Missouri!

When you move to Missouri, you're on your way to the American heartland of barbecue. This Midwest state is famous for "burnt ends," flavorful bits of meat cut from the fattier portion of a smoked brisket. You'll see this taste sensation offered up as a sandwich, a platter, and all kinds of other ways.

Smoked pulled pork is also popular, with or without coleslaw on top.

As good as homestyle cooking can be, sometimes nothing but the best barbecue restaurants in Missouri can satisfy your craving.

No matter where you are in The Show-Me State, you have options! At the heart of it all lies St. Louis, our barbecue capital. There's never been a better time to taste what it offers than National BBQ Day, which is celebrated every year on May 16

Let's check in with some fiery local barbecue joints in the St. Louis area:

  1. Hazel's Back Porch BBQ – See Website for Current Food Truck Location
    Once found on Jefferson Street, now mobile throughout Washington, Hazel's Back Porch BBQ is a beloved place to find top-quality barbecue within a short drive from Washington homes for sale. It is cheered for its specialty items like Back Porch Nachos with brisket, pulled pork, or turkey, the meat and potatoes combo, macaroni and cheese, and the Texas toast sandwich stacked with a mighty half pound of your choice of meat.

  2. Salt + Smoke – 501 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301
    With four locations throughout St. Louis (including one coming soon) and one in St. Charles, Salt + Smoke has what you need when you want mouth-watering barbecue. Touting ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked wings, pulled chicken, and even more, it's also known for a delicious assortment of side dishes that create classic flavor combinations. On historic Old Main Street, it's a great place to visit while touring St. Charles homes for sale.

  3. Adam's Smokehouse – 2819 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63139
    Adam's Smokehouse is a leading pick for barbecue near St. Louis homes for sale. You can make your order by phone, online, or in-person for carryout, curbside, or in-person dining. This small, family-owned business has made its name with unforgettable food and friendly service. You won't want to miss the tri-tip sandwich!

  4. Bogart's Smokehouse – 1627 South 9th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104
    Bogart's Smokehouse will tempt your taste buds with barbecue that keeps you coming back. It's so good that it also has its own successful line of rubs and spices for home-cooked meals. With sandwiches and platters and meat by the pound, it stands out for its fresh pastrami and its Old Joe Platter featuring a full slab of ribs.

  5. Ethyl's Smokehouse & Saloon – 8505 Veteran's Memorial Parkway, O'Fallon, MO 63366
    Ethyl's Smokehouse & Saloon has been a part of the community since 1926 when operated under the name of the Wildwood Saloon. Still a colorful aspect of the neighborhood near O'Fallon homes for sale, it is a fun and welcoming place – and one of the only barbecue restaurants around that offers smoked catfish. It also has an impressive roster of sandwiches and a unique take on smoked barbecue pizza.

Ready to learn more about life in St. Louis? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group to discover St. Louis real estate.

April
19

About the Historic Neighborhoods in St. Louis

St Louis Historic AreasAs the Gateway to the West, the St. Louis area has plenty of history to delight local history buffs. Our real estate agents share some fascinating background on these historic neighborhoods surrounding St. Louis homes for sale.

  • Lafayette Square
    As the oldest historic district in St. Louis, Lafayette Square carries a strong aura of tradition. With its candy-colored, two- and three-story Victorian homes, Lafayette Square is also a visual delight. These homes, affectionately referred to as the "painted ladies," are a major reason why Better Homes & Gardens once recognized the district as one of the country's "12 Prettiest Painted Places." Lafayette Square, located just three blocks south of downtown, is the site of beautiful Lafayette Park, a 30-acre oasis that holds the title of oldest urban park west of the Mississippi River.

  • Old North St. Louis
    At its inception in 1816, Old North St. Louis was founded as a village on a parcel of land alongside the Mississippi River. One novel feature was the establishment of three circles of land designated for public use. By 1841, Old North St. Louis was absorbed as an official neighborhood of St. Louis. By the time the new century arrived, 14th Street had become a major commercial district, attracting shoppers from miles around with its numerous furniture, clothing, hardware, and grocery stores.

  • The Hill
    If you're a fan of Italian food, chances are you're already familiar with the Hill. Before the Civil War, the area drew scores of immigrants to work in the clay mines. Many Italian immigrants arrived in the area during this time. Today, the Hill is a modern foodie's delight, with its assortment of authentic bakeries, grocery stores, and trattorias. The Hill also proudly claims major league baseball legends Joe Garagiola and Yogi Berra among their own.

  • St. Charles
    Over the years, St. Charles has been known by different names that reflect the changing influences. In 1769, the city was called Les Petites Cotes, which translates to "The Little Hills." Later it became San Carlos Borromeo, with the current name of St. Charles originating shortly after Lewis and Clark began their historic journey here. Between 1821 and 1826, St. Charles served as Missouri's first capital, and the legend of Daniel Boone includes stories of his time as a resident. Today, more than one million visitors each year come to enjoy the beauty and history of the area around St. Charles homes for sale

  • Washington
    German immigrant Gottfried Duden was enchanted by the area, which reminded him of the lush natural beauty of his homeland. Duden composed glowing reports of his experience, which inspired many of his fellow countrymen to follow his path. In 1854, John B. Busch established a forerunner of his family's brewing dynasty when he started bottling the first Busch Beer just minutes from Washington homes for sale.  

Are you and your family ready to make some history of your own in St. Louis? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group for all your real estate needs.

April
5

Golfer's Day: 6 Golf Courses Near St. Louis

Golf in St Louis

National Golfer's Day is coming right up on April 10th. And after spending a long winter mostly indoors, our real estate agents are eager to enjoy a day on the links and some glorious spring sunshine in the St. Louis area. Plan your next golfing trip at one of these local courses. 

  1. Birch Creek Golf Club - 499 N Service Rd, Union, MO 63084
    With a course layout designed to be accessible to golfers of all skill levels, Birch Creek Golf Club is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable golf courses in the St. Louis area. Subtle rolls and breaks, along with multiple pin placement areas on each green, make it fun as well as challenging. Birch Creek Golf Club is located less than an hour from St. Louis and just minutes from many Union homes for sale

  2. Florissant City Golf Course - 50 Country Club Ln, Florissant, MO 63033
    First opened in 1964, Florissant City Golf Course has been one of the top courses in Missouri for more than 50 years. It has a championship par 72 layout, with rolling, always interesting terrain the provides endless challenges. With many Florissant homes for sale nearby, the Florissant City Golf Course is less than 30 minutes from the heart of Downtown St. Louis. 

  3. Eagle Springs Golf Course - 2575 Redman Ave, St. Louis, MO 63136
    A favorite among St. Louis golfers for many years, the Eagle Springs Golf Course offers an 18-hole championship course that plays to par 72 from the back tees, as well as a 9-hole par 3 golf course. Both offer engaging play and splendid scenery, and the Clubhouse Restaurant offers great food and service on their outdoor patio. Plus, there are numerous beautiful St. Louis homes for sale in the area. 

  4. Bogey Hills Country Club - 1120 Country Club Rd, St. Charles, MO 63303
    Bogey Hills Country Club has been one of the top courses in the St. Louis area for half a century, with beautifully maintained greens and fairways. The country club is also known for outstanding food, drinks, and service. Be sure to check out these St. Charles homes for sale a stone's throw from the Bogey Hills Country Club. 

  5. Old Warson Country Club - 9841 Old Warson Rd, St. Louis, MO 6312
    Located on land that was once a cattle farm going back to 1812, the Old Warson Country Club was established in 1953 and has been a vital part of the St. Louis golfing community ever since. Numerous high-profile tournaments have graced its fairways, and the course has a beautiful layout that continues to challenge and reward pro golfers and weekend enthusiasts alike. 

  6. Pevely Farms Golf Club - 400 Lewis Rd, Eureka, MO 63025
    Scenic, challenging, and well kept, the course at Pevely Farms Golf Club was designed by the famous golf course architect Arthur Hills on land that was once a dairy farm. It's one of the best public courses in the St. Louis area, with gently gliding terrain and tee times open to the general public seven days a week. Pevely Farms Golf Club is located near numerous Eureka homes for sale and just a half-hour outside St. Louis. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the St. Louis Area!

March
1

Celebrate Pi Day at These St. Louis Bakeries

St Louis Pie Bakeries

Our real estate agents agree math class would have been more interesting if it included "pie" instead of "pi." Celebrate National Pi Day on Sunday, March 14, with a slice of your favorite flavor from one of these top bakeries around St. Louis. While it might be a math holiday, we still consider it an excuse to check out local bakeries throughout the St. Louis area. 

  1. Glady Fay's - 1381 High St., Suite 111, Washington, MO 63090
    At Glady Fay's, everyone is family ... literally. The cafe is named for Gladys Fay Anderson, who taught her culinary secrets to her 10 children, one of whom will likely greet you when you walk in the door. The turnover-style hand pies are perfect grab-and-go snacks when you're viewing Washington homes for sale. Pies are also available by the slice and in mini four-inch versions. Glady Fay's is open weekdays from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  2. The Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery - 6116 Second St., Kimmswick, MO 63053
    After developing a devoted fan base for her baked goods through craft shows and festivals, Mary Hostetter realized her dream of opening The Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery in 1985. Her signature Levee High Caramel Apple Pie has received the seal of approval from no less than Oprah Winfrey, who featured the pie as one of her "Top 100 Favorite Things for the Holidays." Hours are 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  3. Pie Oh My! - 2719 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, MO 63143
    One cannot live on sweet pies alone, no matter how delightful it may sound. Pie Oh My! has the savory side covered with quiche and frozen, ready-to-bake chicken pot pies that make a great dinner after a day of touring Maplewood homes for sale. When it's time for dessert, Pie Oh My! features not one but two sizes of individual pies in a weekly rotating assortment of flavors. Pie Oh My! is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

  4. Sweet Things Bakery - 3224 Rue Royale St., Saint Charles, MO 63301
    Beth Thompson's homemade baked goods were so popular that she quickly outgrew her rented kitchen space. After 10 years in Ferguson, Beth opened Sweet Things Bakery in New Town, right down the street from Saint Charles homes for sale. Everything, including the customer's favorite mini-pies, is made from scratch in small batches using the highest quality ingredients. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday.

  5. Russell's Café & Bakery - 952 Brookwood Center, Fenton, MO 63026
    Russell Ping saw his future when he was in the fourth grade, selling his homemade chocolate chip cookies outside the neighborhood pool. A dozen or so years later, the budding entrepreneur partnered with his mother to open Russell's Café & Bakery, just minutes from St. Louis homes for sale. Success led to the addition of a dinner restaurant and pizza joint, both serving Russell's delicious baked goods. Hours are 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday.

  6. Nathaniel Reid Bakery - 11243 Manchester Rd., St. Louis, MO 63122
    Armed with a diploma from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, Nathaniel Reid worked in some of the finest pastry kitchens around the world. When it was time to break out on his own, he came home to open Nathaniel Reid Bakery, serving the community around Kirkwood homes for sale. The luscious apple pie croissant is a delightful mashup of two pastry favorites. Nathaniel Reid Bakery is open for carryout and curbside orders from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

We may not be able to calculate pi, but we can help you find your St. Louis home with a kitchen perfect for pie baking! Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group for all your real estate needs.

February
15

Where to Go Birdwatching Near St. Louis

Birdwatching St Louis

Whether you've been birdwatching as a hobby for years or you're looking for a fresh, fun, socially distanced way to enjoy the great outdoors, the St. Louis area is loaded with great places to go watch the birds. Countless species of birds pass through our area throughout the year, so there's always something new to spot. Our real estate agents have all the delightful details on 6 of the best places to go birdwatching around St. Louis.

  1. Tower Grove Park – 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
    Tower Grove Park
    is one of many great birdwatching destinations located near St. Louis homes for sale. This park is located across the street from the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and the combination of two well-maintained outdoor spaces attracts hundreds of species of birds to this small area. Tower Grove Park is also home to the Gaddy Wild Bird Garden dribble fountain, a unique water feature that attracts even more birds to the area.

  2. Carondelet Park – 3900 Holly Hills Dr., St. Louis, MO 63116
    Carondelet Park
    is a beautiful green space with proximity to two rivers, making it a hot destination for birds and birdwatchers alike. It's one of the larger city parks in St. Louis, with more than 175 acres of beautifully maintained green space. More than 160 species of birds have been documented at this location, making it a popular stop along the Great Missouri Birding Trail.

  3. Schulze Nature Preserve – 370 M E Frick Rd., Washington, MO 63090
    For birding fun near Washington homes for sale, try a trip to Schulze Nature Preserve. This natural area is one the smaller side for a nature preserve at just over 22 acres, making it easy to explore in one day. But don't let the smallish size fool you! This is an amazing place to see a wide variety of bird species, along with beautiful flora and diverse local wildlife.

  4. Forest Park – 5595 Grand Dr., St. Louis, MO 63112
    Forest Park
    is widely considered the best park for birdwatching in St. Louis, thanks to its expansive 1,300-acre size and prime location in the city. More than 200 species of birds have been documented here, and the park is open every day of the year. Like some of the other parks on our list, Forest Park can be quite busy on weekends, making weekday mornings the ideal time to visit for birding.

  5. Columbia Bottom Conservation Area – 801 Strotdtman Rd., St. Louis, MO 63138
    The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is a massive natural space stretching over 4,300 acres, with a wide variety of trails to explore while you go birdwatching. This lovely green space attracts an expansive collection of species, with 279 bird species documented to date. The conservation area features a unique collection of ecosystems, which help attract the many diverse bird species that visit.

  6. Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center – 11715 Cragwold Rd., St. Louis, MO 63122
    Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
    is a great place to visit for a family birdwatching trip, with various educational exhibits and attractions that will appeal to kids of all ages. The conservation center is largely made up of woodlands, with three main trails that allow you to explore the area and find the perfect places to spot birds.

Ready to find a home of your own near all of the outdoor attractions around St. Louis? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the St. Louis, MO area.

February
1

What You Need to Know About VA Loans in 2021

VA Loan Tips

Are you an active or retired military member with your eye on one of the wonderful St. Louis homes for sale? Uncle Sam wants to help make your dream of homeownership come true. Our real estate agents share significant changes to the VA loan program taking effect in 2021 and how they benefit you.

What Is a VA Loan?

Before reviewing the changes, it's helpful to clarify what constitutes a VA loan and how it differs from other mortgages. First of all, only active service members, veterans, and eligible surviving spouses can apply for a VA loan.

Some people mistakenly believe funding for the loans actually comes from the Department of Veterans Affairs or VA. Private institutions, such as banks and mortgage companies, are still the ones issuing the loans. The difference is that the VA guarantees a portion of the loan, making it easier for the borrower to obtain more favorable terms.

Benefits of VA Loans

If you're looking at some great Washington homes for sale with the intent of using a VA loan, you still have to go through the traditional steps: Get prequalified and preapproved, make an offer, have the home appraised, and complete the closing.

Here are the ways a VA loan truly works to your advantage:

  • You can obtain a VA loan without a down payment. Many people cite the difficulty of saving for a down payment as the biggest obstacle toward purchasing a home.

  • Mortgage insurance is a requirement for home loans secured with less than 20 percent down. Even without a down payment, mortgage insurance is not attached to VA loans thanks to the VA's guarantee.

  • VA loans are not a one-time-only deal. You can use your VA entitlement for home purchases throughout your lifetime. Keep in mind, though, that VA loans are meant to buy a primary residence in "move-in ready" condition.

  • Previous foreclosures or bankruptcies don't preclude eligibility for VA loans.

  • There's no prepayment penalty for VA loans, so you can save money by making additional payments and retiring the loan early.

What's New in 2021

So what are the specific changes to the VA loan program going forward in 2021?

  • Until this year, National Guard members, including reservists, had to have at least 90 days of active duty to qualify for a VA loan. Under a new law, members are eligible with 90 days of service. The one caveat is that at least 30 of those days must be consecutive.

  • There is no cap to the amount of money a home buyer may borrow under a VA loan. Previously, however, limits were set to how much the VA would guarantee without a down payment. Those limits have now been eliminated for those with full VA loan entitlement. While this affects many VA loan applicants, there are two instances where VA loan limits still apply. One is in the case of those who have previously defaulted on a VA loan. The other is with homeowners who have one or more VA loans currently active.

Ready to start your search for a new home? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group to get started.

January
19

Local St. Louis Cafes for National Hot Chocolate Day

St Louis Hot Chocolate

Friday, January 31st, is National Hot Chocolate Day, and our real estate agents can't wait to huddle over a hot cup of cocoa. As we grow older, there's just something about a hot chocolate on a cold winter day that feels cozy and nostalgic. If you're interested in sipping your way down memory lane, head to these cafes near St. Louis for National Hot Chocolate Day.

  1. The Washington Coffee Shop — 2 E. Fifth St., Washington, MO 63090
    If you're in town at the tail end of January looking for Washington homes for sale, be sure to warm up with a cup of cocoa from The Washington Coffee Shop. This local hotspot is serving up espresso drinks, fresh-pressed sandwiches, and of course hot chocolate. Be sure to check out their daily baked goods and find the perfect one to pair with your beverage!


  2. Frontier Perk Café — 336 S. Main St., Saint Charles, MO 63301
    Nestled in the heart of historic Main Street is Frontier Perk Café. Surrounded by some of the town's most unique boutique shops, Frontier Perk Café is a great place to settle in for breakfast, lunch, or just a grab-and-go cup of joe. On National Hot Chocolate Day, treat yourself to one of their decadent hot chocolates, made with a house-blended cocoa powder and topped with marshmallows, whipped cream, and peppermint pieces. Drop-in while you're touring Saint Charles homes for sale and fuel up for the rest of your showings.


  3. Meshuggah Café — 6269 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130
    Since 1992, they've been brewing up coffee and culture for all walks of life. Whether you're in the mood to hear a local musician, check out local art, play a board game with friends, or read a book with your coffee, Meshuggah Café welcomes you to come and catch some chill vibes. A hot chocolate pumped up with a flavor shot of Irish cream, pumpkin, or caramel will start your National Hot Chocolate Day on the right foot. Just make sure you grab a Brown Suggah Bagel to go with it.


  4. Foundation Grounds — 7298 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, MO 63143
    If you haven't sat out on the patio of Foundation Grounds Coffeehouse and sipped a warm cup of their tasty drinks, you're missing out. From house blends of coffee to hot chocolate, lattes, and more, the only way you can make your afternoon better is to add a tasty cup of soup, quiche, or their famous Goo Balls to your hot cocoa order if you arrive a little early to your Maplewood homes for sale appointment.


  5. Catalyst Coffee Bar — 1223 Pine St., St. Louis, MO 63013
    Handcrafted beverages are always ready for your enjoyment at Catalyst Coffee Bar. An extension of Art Saint Louis, Catalyst helps beautify the community with every dollar earned. What better way to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day than by savoring a delicious cup of cocoa that also supports the art community of St. Louis?

Ready to cozy up with some hot chocolate in a new home? Let us help you heat up your search. Contact us today to schedule warm and welcoming tours of our St. Louis homes for sale.

January
4

Home Improvement Projects to Work on This Winter

Home Improvement Projects

While the cold winter months are ideal for cozying up on the couch, sometimes it feels good to be productive. A little home maintenance will also ensure your home looks its best if you list it among the St. Louis market and surrounding area. Whether your home is in St. Louis County, Franklin County, or even further north in St. Charles County, our agents encourage you to work on these home improvement projects this winter. 

  1. Declutter and Organize
    Winter is a perfect time to declutter and organize your belongings. You likely have some new holiday gifts that you need to make room for, and there's no better way to start the New Year than with an organized space.

    You can either tackle one room at a time, or you may declutter categories of stuff. For example, you might declutter all the clothing in your home or all your paperwork and mementos. Get rid of anything you no longer use, that you have too much, or that you haven't used in more than a year (aside from seasonal items).

    Once you know what you're left with, you can organize your belongings with containers, shelves, rods, and hooks. Our real estate agents know that a well-organized home also looks larger and more appealing to potential buyers. 
  1. Replace Old Hardware
    Old hardware, like your door hinges, cabinet knobs, doorknobs, and door levels, can quickly make your space look dated. Give your home an instant facelift by replacing these items. You can replace most old hardware with a screwdriver, drill, screws, and wood putty. 
  1. Service Your Ceiling Fans
    Did you know that you need to change the direction of your ceiling fans during the winter months? When the weather is cold, you want your ceiling fans to operate in a clockwise direction, so it pushes warm air down. You can adjust your ceiling fan's direction by using the direction switch on your fan's motor housing.

    While you're changing your fans' directions, give them a thorough dusting. Dust the fan blades with a microfiber cloth or duster that will prevent the dust from scattering. Wipe down the fan pulls with a damp cloth. 
  1. Repair Any Wall Blemishes and Touch Up Your Paint
    If you've got some areas with scrapes or holes, winter is a fantastic time to patch these blemishes and touch up the paint. You'll be spending a lot of time indoors, and you want your home to look as inviting as possible.

    You can fix most small wall defects with a layer or two of spackling compound. Once it dries, sand the area smooth and add a fresh coat of paint.
  1. Change the Batteries in Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
    Keep your family safe by changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Once the units have fresh batteries, test them to make sure they're working properly. If necessary, install additional detectors in your home.

    You should have a smoke detector in each bedroom, in the hall outside every sleeping area, and on each level of your home. There should be a carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home and in your garage. 

Ready to explore new properties for your family? Contact us today!

December
21

Interior Design Trends to Pay Attention to in 2021

Interior Design Trends

With 2021 fast approaching, we're excited to see what trends will catch on in the new year. With so many people spending extra time on home projects in 2020, we're expecting even more homeowners to take on home improvement projects to make their home extra special for themselves or to get it ready to list. Our real estate agents were so inspired by these St. Louis homes for sale, they decided to put together a list of their predictions for what trends you can expect to see more of in 2021. 

  1. Coastal Themes
    Tranquility is going to be a very popular theme in 2021, especially considering the year we had. Many of us were forced to skip our beach vacations in 2020, so it wouldn't be surprising to see subtle coastal design themes pop-up in homes this year. Whether it's tropical leaves or flowers or the right mix of calming aquas and blues, pay attention to calming coastal design trends in 2021. This is a great option for those who love the beach and are looking to personalize their home office. 

  2. Rustic Vogue
    For those who like a charming look mixed with a bit of upscale character, rustic vogue is definitely going to be the design trend for you. This look is usually best in homes that already have some rustic character, such as old doors or original floorboards. Simply add some upscale furniture, neutral colors, and some bright statement pieces to create that upscale cottage feel. To achieve this look, be sure to check out thrift stores for that one-of-a-kind look!

  3. Pure Vintage
    Vintage designs and timeless looks will always be in style. Working antique furniture or pieces of architectural salvage into your living space is a great way to create a classic look. They really don't make furniture like they used to, so repurposing old pieces can really make a statement in your home.

  4. Textured Walls
    We expect to see textured walls continue to increase in popularity next year. Stone, marble, and wooden beams all significantly impact perception and can really add a classy touch to any room. Textured walls change the ambiance of the room in a big way. Best of all, they're generally easy to install and can hide cracks, dents, and holes in your drywall.

  5. Houseplants
    Get ready to step up your house plant game in 2021 because they're coming back in a big way. Retro 1970's hangers, unique succulents, and big blooms -- adding some green into your living space can definitely liven things up. They can also go a long way towards boosting your mood. Just make sure you buy plants that require little maintenance and are hard to kill.

Looking for a new home in the area for you to try new home improvement projects on in 2021? Contact us today!

December
7

Shop Local This Holiday Season at These Stores Near St. Louis

St Louis Shop Local

The holidays have certainly snuck up on us, and if you're like many of our real estate agents, you need to get a lot of gift shopping done. Instead of heading to the big box stores, we encourage you to shop local this holiday season at these stores around St. Louis, St. Charles, and Washington.

  1. St. Louis Art Supply — 4532 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63108
    If you're searching for a gift for the art enthusiast in your life, head down to St. Louis Art Supply. Stocked with world-class products, St. Louis Art Supply sources limited edition and small-batch supplies from exceptional independent workshops worldwide. They carry everything from acrylic and oil paints to pencils, writing paper, and even books. Stop by for a cup of coffee in their Cornflower café and ask them which gifts will help unleash your recipient's creative side.


  2. Looking Glass Designs — 1917 Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104
    One-of-a-kind gifts are some of the best presents to receive, and Looking Glass Designs is prepared to help you create a customized gift for the hard-to-please. Their products are either created in-house or by local artists, which means every gift is uniquely St. Louis. They also take care of personalization and customization via in-house laser engraving, embroidering, and monogramming. Visit their shop to discover the serving trays, cutting boards, coasters, earrings, glasses, and more that can be customized for your friends or family.


  3. Loyal Bella Co. — 120 Elm St., Washington, MO 63090
    As you're shopping for gifts, don't forget about your four-legged family member! Loyal Bella Co., just around the corner from riverside Washington homes for sale, has the perfect gifts for any pet. Take a walk into this boutique store in historic downtown Washington, and you'll find toys, treats, and a variety of other pet supplies. Consider grabbing a few fresh baked cookies to put in your pet's stocking. They also sell people-friendly gifts too, such as sweaters, ornaments, and jewelry.

    While you are exploring downtown Washington, be sure to check out other local favorites like Neighborhood Reads and The Painted Home.

  4. Bowood — 4605 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63108
    Grabbing gifts for the gardener in your life hasn't been easier than at Bowood Garden + Supply. This St. Louis staple has a vast selection to choose from. Along with garden supplies, plants, and containers, they also sell dried and preserved florals, books, tools, and holiday wreaths. If the aspiring planter in your life has a not-so-green thumb, buy them a gift certificate for one of Bowood's creative classes, such as watercolor cardmaking or a create your own terrarium workshop.


  5. Happy Camper Clothing & Co. — 510 S. Main St., St. Charles, MO 63301
    It's a safe bet that any gift you buy from Happy Camper Clothing & Co. will make your recipient, well, a happy camper! This small screen-printing company based near our St. Charles homes for sale has the coziest sweatshirts, t-shirts, hoodies, and beanies this side of the Missouri. If you can't get out to their storefront, you can always shop on their Etsy page and have your gift sent right to the recipient.


    Make the most out of your holiday shopping trip in downtown St. Charles and find more gifts at shops like Main Street Books or Addy's Floral.

Would you love to move into a new home before the New Year? We can help. Contact us today to tour our St. Louis homes for sale.

November
16

Painting Tips from the Pros You'll Want to Try

Painting Tips

With the average cost of painting the interior of a home running approximately $959 to $2,772, handling the job yourself is an excellent way to save a few dollars. Our real estate agents know that a fresh paint job is appealing to potential buyers and ensures your home's spaces look bright, inviting, and clean. Here are a few tips to following from painting pros for expert-level results. 

  1. Make Sure You Start with a Smooth Surface
    Before you start painting, see that you have a smooth surface for the job. Use the spackling paste to fill in any holes or imperfections in your drywall. If you have holes larger than six inches or so, you'll need to patch them using a drywall patch before covering the area with spackling paste. Once the paste dries, sand it using fine-grit sandpaper on a sanding pole. Press the sandpaper along the wall vertically, then horizontally, using gentle pressure to create a smooth surface. Wipe the walls with a damp cloth before you start painting to remove any leftover dust and grime from the sanding process. 
  1. Properly Prepare the Room
    Don't start sanding or painting until you've prepared the room. Move all the furniture to the center of the room, and cover it with drop cloths. Make sure to tape the dropcloths together at the bottom so that dust and splatters don't get in. Cover your floors with canvas drop cloths. They'll protect your floors much better than old bedsheets or plastic drop cloths. Tape them down around the edges so that they don't come up as you walk on them and turn into a trip hazard. See that you also cover any light or wall fixtures that you're not removing. 
  1. Use Painters Tape or a Quality Angled Paint Brush
    You'll likely have some areas that you want to keep a different color, like your baseboards or wooden trim. Protect these areas with painters tape if you have an unsteady hand; check that you firmly press the tape down so that it keeps paint from seeping underneath it. Or, if you have a steady hand, invest in a small, quality, angled paintbrush. This will allow you to paint around these areas with precision. 
  1. Do One Wall at a Time
    When painting, you might be tempted to do all the edges in a room and then go back and do the bulk of the walls. Instead, do one wall at a time so that you don't inadvertently wind up with wall edges that are a slightly different hue. Doing one wall at a time makes it easier for you to produce a seamless look that will help your home stand out against other St. Louis homes for sale. The color along your walls and edges will be even and professional looking. 
  1. Wash Your Paint Rollers Before Using Them
    A paint roller is an excellent way to reduce the amount of time it takes to paint a room. Before you get started, wash the rollers in your sink with a squirt of liquid soap. As you wash the roller, run your hands up and down the surface to remove any loose fibers. Rinse the roller well to remove all traces of the soap. You can start using them immediately (even if they're still wet). 

Ready to swap your home for another space? Contact us today to get started!

November
2

St. Louis on a Budget: 5 Free Things to do in the Area

St Louis Free Activities

We couldn't begin to count all the reasons our real estate agents love to call St. Louis home. But one thing we especially appreciate about the Gateway City is that it's an amazing place to explore on a budget. From historic architecture and iconic landmarks to spectacular parks and museums, you'll find no shortage of free things to do in St. Louis. 

  1. Gateway Arch - St. Louis, MO 63102
    It won't cost you a dime to gaze at our city's most instantly recognizable attraction. Built in the 1960s, the iconic Gateway Arch commemorates St. Louis's role as the gateway to westward expansion during the 19th century and stands as an architectural marvel as well as a beloved monument. The 630-foot-tall curved stainless steel monument is part of Gateway Arch National Park, including a free museum and beautiful green space overlooking the Mississippi River. If you'd like to take the tram to the top, there will be a slight admission fee. 

  2. Forest Park - 5595 Grand Dr., St. Louis, MO 63112
    To say that Forest Park is big would be doing it a disservice. The park spans 1,326 acres, about 500 more than New York's Central Park. With ponds, lakes, and streams, open meadows, shady woods, and manicured gardens, it's the best place in St. Louis to experience the tranquility of nature. One of the park's most famous attractions is the pavilion dating back to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Forest Park is also home to the St. Louis Art Museum, which is open to the public free of charge. The park is located in Western St. Louis, just minutes from many St. Louis homes for sale

  3. St. Louis Science Center - 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
    Originally founded as a planetarium in 1963, the St. Louis Science Center is one of America's great free museums. You can still visit the planetarium, of course, but the science center also offers more than 700 hands-on exhibits and displays. You can see prehistoric dinosaur bones, explore the vastness of space, and learn more about everything from plants and animals to skyscrapers and the weather. 

  4. Soulard Farmers Market - 730 Carroll St., St. Louis, MO 63104
    The Soulard Farmers Market has the distinction of being the oldest public market in St. Louis, and some claim it to be the oldest market in the U.S. west of the Mississippi. It's been going strong since 1779, and this vast indoor and outdoor space is the best place in town to find fresh and unique foods, not only from local farmers but from all around the world. If you're looking for more free things to do in the Soulard neighborhood, the nearby Anheuser-Busch Brewery, just a mile away, offers free tours.

  5. St. Louis Zoo - 1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110
    The St. Louis Zoo has earned a reputation as one of America's best zoos, and admission is always free. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and provides a home for 13,000 animals of more than 500 species. Aside from being an incredible free attraction, one thing that really makes this zoo stand out is its reputation as a leader in animal management, research, conservation, and education. 

Contact us to learn more about life in St. Louis, MO. We happen to think it's a very special place to call home, and our team of dedicated real estate agents can't wait to help you find your dream home in the Gateway to the West!

October
26

5 Tips for Picking a New Backsplash

Kitchen Backsplash St Louis

When potential buyers look at St. Louis homes for sale, the kitchen is always a focal point. Whether you're thinking about selling your home soon or you just want to make your kitchen look great, updating the backsplash is an excellent place to start. 

This small area that peeks out between your appliances and cabinets might seem like an unimportant detail. However, it actually has a major impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen space. 

Our real estate agents have shown many homes with gorgeous backsplashes... and a few that didn't quite do the trick. The following five tips will help you make sure your kitchen looks great when you're done with your update.

  1. Learn the Backsplash Basics
    The first thing you'll want to do is review the basics of backsplash design. Begin by sizing up your space. Multiply the height of the area by the width to get the total square footage. This is the total amount of materials you'll need. Make sure you add at least 10%, so you have enough extra tile to cover any mistakes. If you're thinking about adding any elaborate designs to your backsplash, make sure you put them in the primary focal points. This is typically the space above your kitchen sink and above the range. Small kitchens can also benefit from a backsplash that extends around the room. While this will make the project more expensive, it adds a contemporary look and also creates an optical illusion that makes the space look larger.
  1. Consider Total Cost and Durability
    When choosing your materials, make sure you consider the overall cost and how well it will stand up to the test of time. For example, glass backsplashes are stunning, but many homeowners find this option overly expensive. Natural stone will also create a striking look, but you'll have to seal it every year. If you want a durable material that's reasonably priced and easy to clean, consider choosing ceramic tiles. Porcelain is another great choice. It's made from clay, just like ceramic, but it's denser. This makes it more resistant to moisture and less likely to suffer damage. 
  1. Beware of Over-Matching
    It's natural to feel like you want everything to match, but if you match your tile too much, you'll end up with a boring, uninspired look. Instead, have some fun playing with patterns or adding in some complementary colors. 
  1. Invest in Good Grout
    You might think that your color and pattern choices are the most important, but you'll also want to pay attention to the grout you choose. The grout is the backbone of your backsplash, so don't make the mistake of skimping on this critical detail. 
  1. Don't Forget About Maintenance
    If you want your backsplash to keep looking as great as it did when it was first installed, you'll need to keep up with maintenance. Sealing your backsplash is critical. The recommended frequency of this task will depend on the material you choose. If you build your backsplash out of slate, marble, or granite, you'll need to re-seal it once a year. Opt for travertine, and you'll be able to extend this to once every two years. 

Are you thinking about buying or selling a home in the St. Louis area? CB Premier Group can help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

October
20

National Cookie Month: Bakeries in St. Louis and Surrounding Areas

Bakeries Near St Louis

Pour a glass of milk and leave room for dessert — October is National Cookie Month! Instead of waiting until Halloween to satiate your sweet tooth, our real estate agents encourage you to embrace National Cookie Month and sample a few of the finest baked goods in St. Louis.

  1. Kim's Bakery – 13357 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
    Next time you're in the area touring Chesterfield homes for sale, treat your loved ones with the special hand-made, low-sugar cookies from Kim's Bakery. Using natural and premium ingredients, they bake each batch from scratch, just like your granny used to make them. Options include classic walnut cookies, oatmeal cookies, marble cookies, and more! Sample all twenty-four of Kim's cookies throughout National Cookie Month.

  2. The Cakery Bakery – 1420 Tamm Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139
    The Cakery is one of the sweetest places to order up sugary-goodness for your special event. Thankfully, you don't have to wait for the next wedding or retirement party to taste their exceptional buttercream sugar cookies. The Cakery can whip up dozens of different cookies in all kinds of shapes, colors, and themes. Far from the standard birthday and baby shower varieties, The Cakery's talented bakers accept custom orders for just about anything. Order up jersey-shaped cookies to support your favorite team or pink ribbon cookies for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No matter which batch you order, The Cakery offers one of the most unique ways to celebrate National Cookie Month.

  3. Pint Size Bakery & Coffee – 3133 Watson Rd., South City, St. Louis, MO 63139
    If you're searching for South City's best-baked goods, there are no better bakeries in the area than Pint Size Bakery. Don't let the name fool you — their small batches deliver larger than life flavor. Their extensive menu includes a variety of cookies, including Breakfast Cookies made with applesauce, several different Tea Cookies, brownie and cookie Brookies, a zillion different shapes of Decorated Cookies, and their signature Quart-Size Cookies and Sammie Cookies. With fresh Kaldi's Coffee always brewing, Pint Size Bakery is a great place to catch breakfast during National Cookie Month.

  4. Sucrose – 700 S. Fifth St., St. Charles, MO 63301
    Locally sourced ingredients merge with exceptional baking talents to produce superior baked goods at Sucrose, an artisanal bakery just around the corner from St. Charles homes for sale. Don't walk into Sucrose expecting run of the mill chocolate chip cookies. Their reliance on seasonal ingredients can be tasted in their constantly evolving menu. Order up one of their French macarons in varieties like vanilla bean, hibiscus rose, and dulce de leche, and you'll immediately notice their attention to classic technique and emphasis on taste.  

  5. Federhofer's Bakery – 9005 Gravois Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123
    A lot has changed in 54 years, but the cookies at Federhofer's Bakery are still just as delicious as they were in 1966. Serving up your favorite cookies for all occasions, National Cookie Month is the best time to try Federhofer's selection if you haven't yet. Place an order for one of their assorted trays so you can sample their varieties. Make sure to note which ones you can't get enough of — Federhofer's will be taking orders for Christmas cookies before you know it!

  6. Schulte's Bakery – 1100 W. 5th St., Washington, MO 63090
    When a bakery has been in business for over fifty years, you know it's got to be good! Locals rave about the sweet treats Schulte's Bakery whips up near Washington homes for sale. While you can't go wrong ordering anything off their menu, if you're there for National Cookie Month, be sure to try out their chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, or a classic sugar cookie. All of their baked goods are freshly made, have no preservatives, and are the original recipes handed down from the founder Leo Schulte. 

Are you searching for a home with a cozy kitchen that's perfect for baking cookies? We can help! Contact us today to tour our St. Louis homes for sale.

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