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Ted Wight is a Broker- Salesperson with Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty. Ted is the #1 agent in the office & a top-ranked realtor in the St. Louis area.
If you think I have a little more kick in my step these coming days, it is because I have my new Nespresso VertoLine procured from Sur La Table. Thank you Richard and Shahrdad for telling me about it! I first experienced Nespresso coffee at their display booth at the World's Cup Village last summer while in San Francisco. I wanted one of their machines, though it just did espresso and cappuccino. I wanted a regular cup of coffee easily in the morning. The new VertuLine machine makes regular coffee and espresso....different-sized cartridges.
Gracious Hillcrest home combines classic historic detail with solar technology. This meticulously maintained 3000+ sq. ft./4 BR/2.5 bath home is move-in-ready. Center hall plan with 2-story addition. Master bedroom suite is unparalleled. Large clothes closet in entry hall leads to full bathroom with his/her sinks, separate shower and tub. Windows look out on Concordia Park, one of few homes on street with unobstructed view. Updated kitchen includes granite countertops, cook’s 6-burner gas stove and desk space. Formal DR and LR with gas FPL and unique stained glass windows. Basement is partially finished. Rear door access to mud room with built-ins. Back roof has a solar array professionally installed in 2011 reducing electric bills by approx 35% per year. Charming gated entrance in front yard. 2 car detached gar. All windows have been replaced. The well-maintained gardens take advantage of their southern exposure and view of Concordia Park.
Listed by Ronna Pohlman, Dielmann Sothebys International Realty, 314-725-0009
With breathtaking views of Chesterfield Valley, this 11,000+ sq ft French Country Estate sits atop 4+ wooded acres. This Dick Busch architected property features a grand foyer which opens to an impressive sitting room. An intimate dining room w/ fireplace & French doors leads to gracious outdoor living. The gourmet kitchen adjoins a cozy hearth room w/ timber trussed ceilings & fireplace. Main floor master en-suite showcases 3 fireplaces, wet bar, his/her walk-in closets, and an oversized steam shower. The 2nd level offers 5 impressive bedrooms w/ private baths & an expansive game room. A large bonus room, private office, guest bed & bath round out the 3rd level. Hidden above the 3rd level discover an astronomy lover’s lookout tower. The lower level boasts a state-of-the-art multi-level theatre; fitness center; family room; wine tasting room; 2 wet bars; & rec area. A 5-car garage w/ porte-cochere; detached in-law apartment; & an elevator complete this home’s distinctive features.
Listed by Erica Willert, Dielmann Sothebys International Realty, 314-725-0009
Completely updated ranch home. 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. 1,835 sq. feet with another 460 sq. feet in the finished Lower Level. Charming living room with a large picture window and a wood-burning fireplace. Separate dining room. Eat-in kitchen with new stainless steel appliances. Gorgeous hardwood floors throughout the main level. Two full baths on the main level that have been updated- including granite floors. 3 large bedrooms. Main floor family room. Finished lower level with recreation room, office, ½ bath and plenty of storage. New, high-efficiency, low-e windows throughout the home. 2-car tandem, tuck-under garage with a new, insulated garage door. New gutters with leaf guards, electric panel, light fixtures & much more! Close to Clayton, Ladue and 12 minutes to the airport.
My new listing at 7200 Princeton in University City has 3 stunning bathrooms that feature gorgeous Vitrolite tiles. Did you know that the top-specialist/ restorer of Vitrolite is located right here! Check out the website HERE.
This lovely home will be open this Sunday, March 9th from 1-3 PM
Classic University City home with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Bright living room with gas fireplace- adjoining sunroom and den. Gorgeous hardwood floors and architectural details. Renovated kitchen with granite counters, custom cabinets, stainless steel refrigerator & oven. Large breakfast room. 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms and two full baths. Finished lower level with a family room, office and full bath. Zoned AC. Fenced backyard, brick patio and 2 car garage. Cool Virtolite tile has been restored in the bathrooms. Close to Lewis and Jackson parks.
STL-Style Blog reports that a McBride Homes development is going up on the Mississippi River Bluffs in South St. Louis. It will be next to the Mississippi Bluffs condo building and a historic mansion. We should call it "Ballwin on the River"!....ugh...with the main front elevation feature being a garage.
Read more HERE......wish it was something more like the Mississippi Bluffs condo building....see it HERE
Commissioned in 1970 by the St. Louis Art Museum, James Marchael’s original exhibit captured the character of St. Louis’ architecture. "Revisiting" is an exhibition of Marchael’s black and white photography along with a selection of current images depicting both continuity and change in St. Louis' architectural heritage.
Well I went on my first cruise last week. It was nice to get away from the Winter in St. Louis again. I feel Spring is emerging! The birds were very noisy this morning.
My feelings about cruises are sort of mixed. I went with a friend from Ft. Lauderdale who used to live in St. Louis. The cruise line was MSC (Italian) and our boat was only a year old- The Divina. I found myself wandering around the 24-hour buffet all of the time....it seemed I had to go through it to get anywhere on the boat. Luckily I had some self control, though feel like I ate 6 meals a day. There was a nice gym on the boat and I made an effort to go everyday. I found lifting free-weights challenging with a shifting boat.
I was eager to take advantage of the shows on the boat, though knew I was in trouble after the first night. The program said that the ship was putting on a production of Wonderland. I was excited since I had heard the music from the Broadway show (Adapted from Alice in Wonderland). We rushed through dinner so we could get a good seat. Well, the boat's Wonderland had nothing to do with the musical. I kept wondering when they performers would start to sing something from it. There was a man dressed up like Johnny Depp from the movie....who waved his arms a lot. A quasi group of performers did acrobatics as a scary Tweedle Dee and Twidle Dum pranced around waving their arms a lot. Finally an Asian diva came out to sing a song....I forget what she sang, though it was not from the Broadway show and was thick with an accent. The whole performance closed with the ensemble doing Gangnam Style. The next night was a pirate-themed show which I did not see. I hear it was the same show as Wonderland- just in pirate costumes.
A high-light was seeing Leslie Jordan perform. I love his story-telling.
We went to the French side of St. Martin and had a lovely afternoon on the beach. San Juan, Puerto Rico was charming. Our third desination was an island in the Bahamas. This island is owned by Norwegian Cruise Lines and is solely for cruise lines to use. It was a little fabricated and almost looked like a Christo installation with 1000+ blue lounge chairs lining the beach.
I am back! Ready for the Spring real estate market!
The other day I had the treat to see William Shearburn's new gallery located on the first level of the Dorchester at 665 S. Skinker. Philip Durham of Studio Durham designed the new space. It is gorgeous with views of Forest Park. See more on Studio Durham's site: HERE. Check out William Shearburn Gallery's site: HERE
Yes I have been on a cruise this week. I know.... I was just in Puerto Vallarta. My last trip for a while and will jump right into the Spring real estate market.
San Juan was lovely. We went to this one restaurant that served authentic Puerto Rican food. Probably the best thing I have eaten on the whole trip. A braised beef served in wood dish lined with mashed plantains.
The other day I was looking for a place to have lunch and decided to try Meshuggah Cafe in The Loop. I must have walked by this place a hundred times over the years and never ventured in. I had a delicious Curry Chicken Flatbread Pizza. Try it! Find out more HERE
Lovely 14 year old townhome in the fashionable Central West End. Walk to restaurants, coffee shops, BJC, Forest Park, The Metrolink and soon Whole Foods! This is an end unit, so you get plenty of light from windows on 3 sides. 3 bedrooms & 2 full baths and 2 half baths. Open floor plan with hardwood floors. Living room with gas fireplace. Dining room is open to the Living Room. Gorgeous eat-in kitchen with a center island, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and custom wood cabinets. The kitchen has doors that lead to your private patio. The 2nd floor features a master bedroom suite with Brazilian cherry floors, built-in entertainment center with bookshelves, a large walk-in closet and gorgeous bath with double marble vanities. Second floor laundry. Two more bedrooms are on the 2nd level & another full bath. The lower level is finished with a family room, gas fireplace, bar and half bath. Fee simple with low monthly fees. Bonus 2nd patio offers an extra private outdoor space. Zoned HVAC. 2 car oversized heated garage entering into the kitchen. A nice pool is located in the development.
I know everyone in St. Louis is worrying about the affects of this harsh winter on our beloved bamboo groves....well at least some of us are!
Our local bamboo expert, Alan Lorence, provided me with this information. Check out Alan's blog HERE
Rough winter for bamboo for sure. In general, there are a few levels of damage that occur to the arboreal (tree-like) bamboos:
1) Leaf burn. This is when parts of leaves get that dried, light green/gray look, or possibly brown, but parts of the leaf stay green and healthy.
2) Leaf kill. Entire leaves get dried, crispy, curly. Interior parts of larger bamboo plantings may still have leaves that are undamaged or only slightly burned. All of my bamboos show this kind of damage this year (Yellow Groove is in this category)
3) Culm kill. Not only do all of the leaves on a culm die, but the dormant leaf buds are killed too. I suspect that all of my plantings have some culms that have been killed and will need to be removed after it warms up. (Yellow Groove is probably in this category too.) Note that some bamboo growers have observed that dead culms take on a darker color, and will start to smell like alcohol once it warms up a little -- the sugars in the dead culm have started to ferment.
4) "Top kill". Everything above ground has died, no culms survived. The rhizomes will still produce new shoots, but they probably will be smaller than the previous years'. I suspect that I have a few species that are in this category. The black bamboo is a good example of this. This could happen to a small or young planting of Yellow Groove, if it's not dense enough to self-shelter some of the innermost culms.
5) Rhizome death. If it get brutally cold and there is no snow cover, all of the rhizome buds can be killed too. This results in a dead plant that won't come back. This will never happen in St. Louis, or if it does, we have more things to worry about than how our bamboo is doing.
For the shrubby bamboos (like the big-leaved varieties you got from me last year) you've definitely got leaf kill, but will have to wait until spring to see if they'll leaf back out. I'll probably shear all of the leaves off but leave the culms standing. If they don't start releafing I'll cut them down to the ground before they start shooting.
For groundcover species (which typically topkill every year anyway) I just mow them to the ground before they start shooting.
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Photo by JJ Lane – Be Lovely Photography
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The other night I met some new clients at Taha'a Twisted Tiki on Manchester in The Grove. On a cold winter night, it was fun have a tropical drink. The atmosphere is fun and the back patio will be the place to be when the weather gets warm. I have to rave about their Edamame Hummus Dip....very good! I also had some hamburger sliders. This restaurant is from the same people who own Sub Zero and the new Gamblin's Whiskey House in the CWE.
Imagine living on Benton Park on a peaceful cul de sac of only ten houses overlooking the park and you are at 3144 Illinois. Minutes from downtown, neighboring Soulard, Lafayette Square and Tower Grove, as well as all major highways. Built in 1896, this handsome home features spacious, well-proportioned rooms with wonderful natural light from tall, arched windows. Remarkably, many of the original architectural details are intact, such as 6 operable pocket doors, stick & ball fretwork in the living room, two decorative fireplace mantels, and faux wood grain paint on second floor woodwork. The ceilings on the first and second floors are over 11 feet, many with tall doors with transoms. The floor plan adapts comfortably from 3 to 5 bedrooms, depending on family room and private office usage. Most rooms have Ethernet outlets. Recent improvements include painting throughout and new exterior concrete steps. Benton Park is a sought-after urban, yet quiet, vibrant neighborhood.
Listed by Katie Kurtz, Laura McCarthy, 314-725-5100
Puerto Vallarta always seems like a sure bet for weather at the end of January. This was my 6th year going and it is always perfect. This winter is especially needed it! Click HERE for pictures of our lovely villa!