Ride Your Bike from St. Charles to Creve Coeur Park

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Did you know that there is a bike path built into the Hwy 364 bridge over the Missouri River?

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The path allows cyclists and runners to get from Creve Coeur Park in Maryland Heights to the Katy Trail in St. Charles.

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With parking available at both Creve Coeur Lake and the Katy Trailhead off of S. River Road, you can easily enjoy the view from over the bridge regardless of where you live.

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Or if you want easy access without the need of a car, take a look at my new condo listing for sale in The Boulders of Katy Trail. This resort community offers a vacation lifestyle, including having bikes you can check out for a ride across the bridge.

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The Boulders of Katy Trail:

Condo for Sale: 200 Babbling Brook Ln, St. Charles MO 63303

Condo for Sale: 200 Babbling Brook Ln, St. Charles MO 63303

You don’t have to wait to go on a vacation to live a vacation lifestyle. At The Boulders at Katy Trail, you can live that life all year long.

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The indoor pool means you can play or swim laps all year long.

Condo for Sale: 200 Babbling Brook Ln, St. Charles MO 63303 Condo for Sale: 200 Babbling Brook Ln, St. Charles MO 63303

Ponds and streams run throughout the community.

Condo for Sale: 200 Babbling Brook Ln, St. Charles MO 63303
Lighted basketball and tennis courtCondo for Sale: 200 Babbling Brook Ln, St. Charles MO 63303 Putting green
Condo for Sale: 200 Babbling Brook Ln, St. Charles MO 63303
Billiards room
Condo for Sale: 200 Babbling Brook Ln, St. Charles MO 63303
Media room with movie library
Condo for Sale: 200 Babbling Brook Ln, St. Charles MO 63303
24 hour fitness room
Condo for Sale: 200 Babbling Brook Ln, St. Charles MO 63303
Clubhouse available for private parties
Condo for Sale: 200 Babbling Brook Ln, St. Charles MO 63303

There is even an off lease dog area in this pet friendly community.

Other amenities include an on-site car wash, 24 hour business center and massage room.

Be sure to check out the full information on the townhouse loft condo for sale, one of the only in the community with this floor plan and a garage.

See listing for 200 Babbling Brook Ln, St. Charles MO 63303

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I also work with buyers who want to find the home of their dreams, but don’t want to overpay.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the St Louis area, give me a call at 314-265-8073 and let’s talk about your options.

St. Louis in Pictures: Fox Park

When I was putting together the marketing for a house I sold in the Fox Park Neighborhood, I took a bunch of pictures. I used some of them in the marketing, but thought it was time to add a St. Louis in Pictures series post about the neighborhood.

Fox Park Neighborhood:

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Fox Park is located between some of St. Louis’ greatest neighborhoods with boundaries of Hwy 44, Nebraska, Jefferson and Gravois.

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Offering affordable housing, the neighborhood is just minutes from the higher priced neighborhoods of Compton Heights and Lafayette Square, and up-and-coming neighborhoods of Tower Grove East, Benton Park West and McKinley Heights.

The Fox Park neighborhood in South City was settled in the early 1880s by German immigrants. Many of these early settlers were craftsman, and the result is a neighborhood full of architectural detail.

In 1985, the Fox Park neighborhood become a Historic District. The Historic District currently includes 350 buildings. Approximately 2/3 of the buildings are 2-6 family buildings with most of the rest being single family homes and small corner stores.

The Park:

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One of the key features of the area is a park that goes by the same name as the neighborhood. A master plan was developed in 2004 to revitalize Fox Park and the neighborhood association is working to turn the plan into a reality.

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Some of the features have already been completed, including the new baseball field.

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Additional upgrades that are planned include replacing the old basketball court with a new one and adding a dog park.

And of course, every park needs a playground. Fox Park has a really nice one.

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Fox Park Farm:

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Fox Park Farm is located at 2800 Russell and has offered the neighborhood a community garden option since 1995. There are 30 plots available for resident use. When I walked by, it was filled with flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Fox Park is also home to a number of restaurants, bars and businesses including Lona’s Lil Eats, The Purple Martin, Kakao Chocolate and The Way Out Club. 

Fox Park Housing:

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Homes in Fox Park are primarily 2 story brick structures. Like this one, many were originally built as a 2 family flat and have been converted into a single family residence.

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The buildings are usually full brick construction, with either a deck, patio or sunroom addition added to the back of the house.

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While many of the homes have been updated for today’s modern standards, they usually retain the architectural detail in the foyer, stairwell, flooring and pocket doorways.

To find current homes for sale in the Fox Park neighborhood, contact Karen for a custom neighborhood search. 

SEE MORE St. Louis in Pictures community profiles:

St. Louis Arch and riverfrontSt. Louis Gateway Arch

St. Louis in Pictures - Compton Hill Reservoir ParkCompton Hill Reservoir Park

See all St. Louis in Pictures series posts…

St. Louis in Pictures: White Birch Park

It’s been a while since I posted to my St. Louis in Pictures series, but I decided to start it up again to share some of the treasures around St. Louis.

I take a lot of pictures when I’m preparing the marketing for my home listings.

I believe that home buyers care as much about the community where they will live as the exact house they choose. To help buyers see the benefit of my client’s homes, I always share pictures and information about the things that make the location so ideal.

But I end up using just a small number of the pictures that I take in the marketing of the homes. Moving forward, you’ll be seeing all of the pictures in my St. Louis in Pictures series.

White Birch Park:

It was on one of these marketing prep days that I discovered White Birch Park in Hazelwood.

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I’ve been to a lot of parks across town, but this park is one of a kind with grassy fields, playgrounds PLUS the community swimming pool, tennis courts, skatepark and disc golf.

Playgrounds:

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The park stretches all the way to the end of my client’s street. There are 2 playgrounds at this end of the park along with a paved path that takes you to the other end of the park.

See home for sale by the park: 956 Altavia Drive

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At the main entrance side of the park where parking is located, there is another playground which caters to both older and younger kids. This playground is in view of the swimming pool, so parents at the pool can keep an eye on their kids on the slides.

I impressed.

I don’t know many parks of this size that have 3 separate playground areas.

Swimming Pool and Tennis Courts:

St. Louis in Photos: White Birch Park (Hazelwood) - Arch City HomesThe swimming pool was already closed for the season when I discovered the park, so I wasn’t able to get an good pictures of the pool filled with water. I did snap this one picture that shows off the water slide and the tennis courts.

Skatepark:

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St. Louis has only a handful of skateparks, and White Birch Park has one of them.  I stopped by on a weekday morning when the skate park was empty, but I imagine it is fun to watch when the park fills up with skaters.

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Disc Golf:

Another highlight of the park is the 18 hole disc golf course over 8 acres of woods.

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What is Disc Golf?

If you are looking for a way to stay active and make new friends, disc golf might be perfect for you.

Watching this video, I think even uncoordinated me could have fun at this game!

 

St. Louis in Pictures ~ Arch Upgrades Coming Soon

St. Louis Arch - steps and downtown view

The St. Louis Arch is probably the most photographed spot in St. Louis.

Last April, I was in the area and decided to stop and take some pictures. I’m glad I did. It was a beautiful day and captured what I see and feel when I’m on the Arch grounds. My favorite shot is the one above. It helps you understand how huge the Arch is if you pay attention to the tiny people at the top of the steps. Look up and you see the viewing windows in the visitor room at the top of the Arch.

I’m also glad I captured these pictures since big improvements will be coming to the Arch grounds soon. The work will start this summer and is scheduled to be completed in 2015. You can see pictures of the planned improvements just posted at the St. Louis Business Journal.

Here are the rest of my pictures.

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St. Louis Arch with people on steps

St. Louis Riverfront sign

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St. Louis riverfront tour boat

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St. Louis in Pictures ~ Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

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Explore St. Louis:

With cold weather just around the corner, a friend and I took a drive out the the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge a week ago to take some pictures and explore the area.

On the way, we stopped and snapped a few pictures of Bob Cassilly’s Cementland through this very cool fence made from cement truck mixers and old railroad tracks.

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We also stopped at Confluence Park, where the Mississippi and the Missouri River’s merge.

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Old Chain of Rocks Bridge:

We crossed the Mississippi River via the New Chain of Rocks Bridge and parked near the Illinois entrance to the historic bridge.

The 1 mile bridge across the Mississippi is the perfect length for a nice walk. I was surprised at how much the scenery changed from one side to the other. On the Missouri side, the bridge entrance quickly has a clear view of the river. In comparison, you walk through trees and lush landscaping for a bit on the Illinois side of the bridge.

I took a ton of pictures. Here are my favorites. Click on the images to get a bigger image.

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You can see more of the pictures on my Flickr page.

To reach the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge from St. Louis, take Highway 270 north toward Chicago and exit at the last Missouri exit, Riverview Drive. Or stay on the highway and take the New Chain of Rocks bridge to the Illinois parking area.

See map…

You can seem more St. Louis pictures on my Flickr page.

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