Yesterday I shared what you can get in a home for $150,000 across St. Louis. Today we’re looking at homes that you can buy for around $250,000.
The truth is that what you get for your money varies dramatically depending on what part of town you choose.
Here are a few representative homes that give you an idea of what $250,000 will buy you.
St. Louis City – Tower Grove South Neighborhood:
Yesterday I told you about a house that is currently listed for $158,000 just north of Tower Grover Park in the Shaw neighborhood. While that house is 2.5 stories and has tons of potential, it needs some polish to bring it back to it’s full glory.
If you can spend more, you can get a house that is already finished.
This house is located just south of Tower Grove Park in the Tower Grove South neighborhood and has been completely redone top to bottom. If you didn’t see the outside, you might think this 3 bedrooms/2.5 bathroom 2 story home was new construction. The floor plan has been opened up and all of the dark original woodwork is gone. In it’s place you find a home that bright and welcoming, while still holding onto the historic charm you find with pocket doors and 2nd floor balconies.
This house recently sold for $250,000.
Mid County – Richmond Heights:
Mid County offers many options for people who love historic homes but don’t want to live in the city. Richmond Heights offers homes in communities with good schools, easy access to highways and shopping.
This 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home has a 1.5 story floor plan with 1 bedroom & bathroom on the main floor, and 2 bedrooms plus the 2nd bathroom upstairs. While the exterior oozes Tudor charm, the interior is 100% updated. Alongside the arched openings, this home has a trendy kitchen with stainless appliances, crown molding and stylish track lighting.
This one sold in the spring for $255,000.
West County – Ballwin Area:
West County offers a lot of options for homes around $250,000 and the Ballwin area is no exception.
You can even find a rare 2 story with 5 bedrooms on the 2nd floor like this one that we have listed for $257,700. Purchased by investors, they have done all the heavy lifting on this one. The exterior has a new front balcony railing and the backyard got a new privacy fenced deck.
Inside the kitchen has been updated, everything has been freshened up and a family room was added to the basement.
With a yard perfect for the family who doesn’t want a lot of yardwork, one lucky family will soon have bedrooms for everyone in the top ranked Parkway West High School boundaries.
South County – Mehlville Area:
Buyers who can spend around $250,000 find that when they head south, they can get a newer construction home. This 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom 2 story with over 2500 sf is only 6 years old. While it doesn’t have the fancy upgrades you can find as prices go up (such as tile floors and granite counters), the open floor plan is popular and offers a welcome change from the homes built in the 1950-1970s that had walls separating each room.
This house sold a few weeks ago for $245,000.
North County – Florissant:
If you are looking for a big home, Florissant gives you a lot of house for your money.
This 4 bedroom/3.5 bathroom home with a 3 car garage and over 4000 sf is only 6 years old. It did have a lot of wallpaper to come down, but that’s easy enough to change. Floor plans aren’t.
This home sold earlier this year for $255,000.
St. Charles County – O’Fallon:
While it used to be easy to find new construction homes for $250,000, O’Fallon is one of the nicest areas where you where you can still be the first owners to live in a home.
This 2 story home is located in a popular subdivision with a community swimming pool and playground. It sold this spring for $245,000.
Choosing a Community:
When you decide to buy a home, one of the first things you need to decide is which community you want to join. There isn’t any one answer that is right for everyone.
While you can find very affordable homes all over town, you need to decide which trade-offs you are willing to make.
- Do you need a big yard?
- Do you want to be able to walk to cafes and coffee shops?
- Are you willing to drive farther to work to get a newer home?
- How important is it to be in one of the best school districts in town?
- Can you give up the master bathroom, finished basement or attached garage?
If you would like some help sorting through the issues to find the community that is the best fit for you, give us a call. We’ve got buyer specialists who can help you sort through all of the options.
Buying a home is too important to try to do it alone when you don’t have to. We’d love to help find you the perfect home in the perfect community.