As I continue my Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time series, today I’m sharing one of my all time favorite pizza places, Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante in Midtown.
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I have been eating at Vito’s ever since I discovered they delivered to my CWE condo. I’ve moved away from their delivery area, and miss it every time decide I want a pizza delivered to my home.
I love the Italian sausage pizza, but I think my favorite ingredient is the portobello mushrooms. I’m not sure exactly what they saute the mushrooms in before they go onto the pizza, but it makes them taste amazing.
I’m also a fan of pesto sauce instead of marinara….you can see the green pesto at the edges if you look closely. Seriously, who doesn’t like basil!
Your meal also comes with these fabulous rolls…probably made from the same dough as the pizzas.
And you really can’t go wrong with the caprese salad.
Vito’s is also a family owned business. My favorite kind of place.
Living in the Central West End:
Vito’s is located just east of the popular Central West End district 1 block from the Fox Theater.
It’s a great place to live.
The neighborhood is filled with restaurants, shops and recreation. It includes stops to the MetroLink train that can take you downtown to a ball came, or can get you to the airport without the need for an Uber ride.
It’s also home to IKEA, Cortex and the BJC medical center.
With 74% of homes rented, 39% of adults with graduate degrees and 93% of the households without children, there has been a steady demand for home purchases by buyers and investors in the CWE for years.
Central West End Demographics:
There are a wide range of home prices in the Central West End in St. Louis.
In 2015, there were 84 single family home and 146 condo sales listed by an agent.
Single Family Home Sales Prices in 2015:
- $100,000 or less – 5%
- $100,000 – $200,000 – 5%
- $200,000 – $300,000 – 25%
- $300,000 – $400,000 – 14%
- $400,000 – $500,000 – 17%
- $500,000 – $900,000 – 17%
- $900,000 – $1,800,000 – 8%
Condo Sales Prices in 2015:
- $100,000 or less – 3%
- $100,000 – $200,000 – 38%
- $200,000 – $300,000 – 38%
- $300,000 – $400,000 – 12%
- $400,000 – $500,000 – 8%
- $500,000 – $800,000 – 6%
- $900,000 – $1,100,000 – 1%
The vast majority of properties are historic, though there are also a number of condos available that are around 30 years ago.
Are You Thinking About Moving?
I specialize in selling St. Louis region homes regardless of whether they will be the hot listing to hit the market or if they have a challenge that makes it much harder to sell.
I also work with buyers who want to find the home of their dreams, but don’t want to overpay.
I have done kitchen updates in every home I have owned. In the first home, I just painted the original wood cabinets, replaced counters and floors, and reglazed the olive green oven so it was a shiny black.
With each home, the remodel became a little bigger.
More about my kitchen remodels:
There is no doubt that a moderate to full kitchen remodel can transform your home.
But nothing transforms an older home like opening up the walls and creating a kitchen that is open the the adjoining living spaces.
The pictures above are of the kitchen remodel I did in my current home. I removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room, moved the sink and dishwasher to the new half wall, added a raised serving bar which also hides things like the soap dispenser from full view and removed the historic cubby that was designed for a 42 inch stove.
Here are a few more pictures to show you what this kitchen remodel did to transform my home.
I decided that I really didn’t need a space for a large table, but I did want a big pantry. So I added a pantry cabinet in the adjoining breakfast room. The next project is to build a L-shape window seat next to the pantry for extra storage.
I just listed a home that is one block away with the same original floor plan as my house. This home has an updated kitchen, but the kitchen was kept separate from the dining room.
This kitchen has nice cabinets and a great work triangle for cooking efficiently. Many people would leave this kitchen exactly the way it is. But for someone who wants a bigger kitchen with more counter space, you can see the potential by simply opening up the wall and adding more cabinets to connect the two sides.
Every real estate agent working in the St. Louis area will tell you that the local real estate market is hot.
Homes in popular areas that have the features buyers want and are priced right sell fast.
Many properties are selling at full listing price or even over asking price if there are multiple offers. New listings are coming on the market every day, pushing up their neighborhoods with prices never before seen.
But I like to back up anecdotal impressions with real facts. Impressions aren’t always accurate.
The St. Louis Association of Realtors started publishing snapshot infographics for the local housing market trends this year. I missed posting the report last month, so today I’m giving you both January and February 2016 housing market trends.
St. Louis Real Estate Report – January 2016:
St. Louis Real Estate Report – February 2016:
The facts back up what agents in the trenches are feeling.
St. Louis home sales are strong. Homes are selling faster and sale prices are up compared to last year.
The vast majority of buyers are purchasing homes under $200,000, so there is a big opportunity if you want to sell in this price range. While there are fewer buyers for more expensive homes, there are also fewer options available for these buyers. Higher price buyers can be picky, so these homes need to be in pristine condition to make them sell fast and for top dollar.
Homes that need work or lack something buyers want still sell, but they need top notch marketing and realistic listing prices.
Hire Me to Sell Your St. Louis Home:
I specialize in selling homes regardless of whether they will be the hot listing to hit the market or if they have a challenge that makes it much harder to sell.
I have a track record of successfully selling challenging homes. I’ve sold homes in flood zones, homes without basements and homes that need a lot of updates.
In the last 3 years, I have sold 92% of the homes I was hired to sell. Not a single client fired me and then hired an agent who was able to get the house sold. Compare that to only 75% of the listed homes selling in the overall market, and you have a much better chance of success if you hire me. Especially with a challenging home.
If you are thinking of selling a home, give me a call at 314-265-8073 and let’s talk about your options.