Dawn Griffin

Saint Louis City-Focused Broker/Salesperson
GRI, e-Pro, Licensed REALTOR®

dawn@dawngriffin.com / 314.413.7086

Dawn Griffin

Attic Conversions: The Perfect Flex Space

Increasingly home buyers are looking for flex spaces to use for work, personal interests, or guest accommodations. Sometimes a space will need to perform all of those functions. Attics can be a great solution. According to industry statistics, attic conversions can typically return 77 – 83% of your investment upon resale.  An attic remodel also can avoid many of the zoning restrictions attached to adding on.

Our listing at 2416 McNair in Benton Park, has a finished third level. This space has the advantage of higher ceilings than many attic conversions. It has ample storage and nice lighting, making it great for an office, art studio, media room, yoga — whatever fits your needs. Consider all the possibilities and perhaps some of these ideas will inspire you.


The third floor of our listing at 2416 McNair awaits your personal touches

Home Office by Clarendon Hills Architects & Building Designers Michael Abraham Architecture
Contemporary Home Office / Guest Room by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Home Gym by Thornhill Interior Designers & Decorators Sisters in Sync Design
Art Studio by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Dumican Mosey Architects
Eclectic Bedroom / Hangout Space by Mineral Wells Architects & Building Designers Hopkins Designs
Music Room / Contemporary Family Room

The rehabbed home at 2416 McNair has more to offer than just its attic flex space. The chef’s kitchen is complete with a deluxe appliance package including a wine cooler in the center island. Two bedrooms/two baths are on the second floor. From the second floor deck there are stunning views of downtown. Original wood floors throughout and exposed brick provide historic charm. All in the Benton Park neighborhood, close to great restaurants. Contact us if you would like to learn more about this fantastic property.

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Special Features at 3666 Humphrey

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Well this beauty sold before we could even share all the special features with you. But we’ll soon have more listings similar to this historic rehab in Tower Grove South. Below we’ve highlighted some of the unique characteristics often available in homes of this era.

This property offers a flexible space to use as a media room, art studio, office, workout room, or guest quarters. No one will be relegated to the basement at 3666 Humphrey, with its large and wonderfully lit third floor.

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French doors from the second floor master bath provide access to a cozy screened-in sunroom — a perfect spot to do morning yoga or relax with a good book from the Carpenter branch of the St. Louis Public Library or Dunaway Books, both within easy walking distance.

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What’s not to love about this enormous built-in butler’s pantry, which offers storage and loads of charm, and is located in a cheery breakfast nook?

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Other special features include a waterfall staircase, two gas fireplaces, original hardwoods, stained glass, antique lighting fixtures, and whirlpool tub. The kitchen has new granite and stainless appliances.  Additional space was added to the garage so it easily accommodates three cars, or two cars plus bikes, strollers, and lawn gear.  Just steps away from South Grand Business District, this property still provides a quiet backyard sanctuary with a nice deck, beautiful mature yard, and “green” alley with new pavers. With all these special features, this home sold quickly. 

Again, we specialize in unique historic properties in walkable neighborhoods. Check out our current listings or contact us if you wish to sell your home. Our market knowledge can really make a difference for you.

New Listing Open House: 12166 Hibler

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OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, August 23, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

This beautiful 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home at 12166 Hibler in Creve Coeur, sits in a lovely neighborhood with mature trees. The fenced back yard is perfect for entertaining and has a tree ideal for a swing. The interior is freshly painted and offers a bright and airy floorplan on the main level with a classic white kitchen and granite counters. The lower level is partially finished and offers all kinds of possibilities. The four upper bedrooms are large and have hardwood floors. The current owners commuted to St. Charles and downtown St. Louis and this central location with convenient highway access was perfect.

Hibler is served by the public Parkway School District. Creve Coeur has a number of private elementary and middle schools including Our Lady of the Pillar, and four private high schools (Saint Louis Priory School, De Smet Jesuit High School, Chaminade College Preparatory School, and Whitfield School).  

Several wonderful parks are near this home, with Millennium being one of the largest. This 25 acre park has a paved walking trail, two playgrounds, a pavilion and a seasonal splash pad. Conway Park is also nearby and has a dog park, tennis courts, playground, and historic cabins.

You can also enjoy one of the largest parks in the St. Louis County Parks System, Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park. It has the lake, picnic areas, an archery course, and golf course. A walking trail winds around the lake and events are held throughout the year. Set within beautiful Upper Creve Coeur Park is Go Ape, Missouri’s first and only treetop adventure course. The course includes the first skateboard zip line in the Midwest!

If you are looking for a spacious and well-maintained home close to parks, shopping, and great schools, 12166 Hibler could be the answer. Interested? Stop by our open house this Sunday, August 23, for more information. 

Please visit 12166Hibler.com or feel free to reach out to me with any questions to learn more.

Easy Ways to Organize Your Space

Do you ever wonder if people are opening the drawers and cabinets when they tour your home? The answer is, yes! Clutter can be distracting to potential home buyers. That is why it’s important for you to clean and organize your home before putting it on the market. Even the smallest spaces can make an impact.

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Here are 5 quick and easy ways to help organize and de-clutter your home.

1. Use a silverware organizer to keep your toothbrush and bathroom needs organized.

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Photo from Little Penelope Lane.

2. Use Command Hooks to organize everything in your kitchen.

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Photo from Tara Dennis.

3. Use a corkboard covered in linen to organize necklaces.

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Photo from Hello Beauty.

4. Use a magazine holder to organize spaghetti boxes or foil and plastic wrap.

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Photo from Pinterest and Chica and Jo.

5. Lastly, DIY your own drawer organizers a few tools from Lowes.

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Find the DIY here.

 

Happy Organizing!

What Does Contingent Upon Kick Out Mean?

3411 Halliday Ave is listed in the MLS as Contingent With Kickout. What does that mean? It means that the home is still available for viewing and buying.

The seller of this home has accepted a contract from a buyer who also has a home to sell. The offer that buyer submitted has a “Kick-Out” clause in it. This means that the seller has an opportunity to accept a different from a buyer and “kick-out” the first contract.

So, if this home is speaking to you, COME SEE IT! It could be yours!

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6054 Mardel Ave

When searching for your new home, is location your top priority? Are you searching for a perfect neighborhood that fits all of your needs? 6054 Mardel is just what you need!

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Located just 15 minutes west of Downtown St. Louis, you are surrounded by the convince of the city while also being in the fresh and friendly Lindenwood Park Neighborhood. An involved community hosts annual bloc parties and yard sales making it easy to get to know people.

This beautiful home is located within walking distance of Target, Starbucks and Schnucks! You can find plenty of family owned restaurants and shops only a few blocks away, as well as other favorites like Ted Drews!

Just a short walk from Tilles Park, Francis Park, and Lindenwood Park, where you can find many baseball fields, tennis courts, soccer fields, skating courts, and of course playgrounds! Perfect for a sunny afternoon out.
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Come by our Open House this Sunday 5/3 from 1-3pm, or give me a call for more information on how you can be a part of this wonderful neighborhood.

Open Houses Sunday April 19th, 2015 in St Louis

Now is the perfect time of the year to buy your new home! With the weather warming up in St. Louis, there are plenty of open houses each weekend for you to view.

Here’s a list of just a few of the amazing properties you can tour this weekend:

6615 Fyler

$135,000 – 2 Beds/2 Baths – Open House Sunday from 1-3pm

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5234 Schollmeyer Ave

$134,900 – 2 Beds/1 Bath – Open House Sunday from 12:30-2pm

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5216 Bancroft Ave

$149,900 – 2 Bed/2 Bath – Open House Sunday from 1-3pm

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5609 Devonshire

$150,000 – 2 Bed/1 Bath – Open House Sunday 1-3pm

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2328 Esther Ave

$154,900 – 3 Bed/2 Bath – Open House Sunday from 1-3pm

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New Listing: 3251 Indiana Ave. Near Antique Row

 

3251 Indiana Ave. is a charming 2 bed, 1.5 bath (with a HUGE 2-car garage) home in the exciting and lively Benton Park neighborhood. Conveniently located between Benton Park and Cherokee Street’s Antique Row, there is never a dull moment in this neighborhood. Whether you’re looking to spend the afternoon in the park, or browsing Antique Row, you’ll fall in love with this neighborhood.

 

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Take a short walk down the street, and you will find yourself in the middle of Historical Cherokee Street. There you can shop at a wide variety of thrift and antique stores, such as the Purple Cow, and Retro 101. After you’re done browsing the amazing shops, you can stop and enjoy a great cup of coffee at Mud House, or a variety of delicious baked goods from Whisk Bakery.

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For more information about your new home in the Benton Park neighborhood, call 314-713-7086.

 

Live Near the Awarding Winning Tower Grove Park: 3411 Halliday $298,000

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3411 Halliday is a beautiful 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is located in the Tower Grove East neighborhood. This home is only a 6 minute walk to the beautiful Tower Grove Park.  Whether its jogging or relaxing this park has everything you are looking for: a wading pool, playgrounds, tennis courts, ball fields, picnic tables and pavilions perfect for BBQ’s, and myriad shade trees great for napping under.

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You can move into the neighborhood just in time for Food Truck Friday, which kicks off May 8th.

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3411 Halliday is also within walking distance of many amazing restaurants, for example, The Shaved Duck , featured on the Food Network, is just around the corner.

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Feel free to reach out to me to learn more: 314-413-7086

Live Near the Loop: 7426 Lynn Avenue, $99,000

This little gem is close to the Delmar Loop, UMSL and the airport. 7426 Lynn has everything you need under $100,000 starting with the romantic Craftsman curb appeal.

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With warmer weather quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to get out and explore the city, and what better area to spend an afternoon than University City? This area is most notably known for being the home to the Delmar Loop, but this city has so much more to offer. Here are just a few of the yearly events University City holds each year:

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Forest Park is another aspect of University City that everyone enjoys. Forest Park has something for everyone, from the Muny, to the Art and History museum, to the Zoo there is never a dull moment.

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University City is known as home to the Loop. The Loop has something for everyone to enjoy, every day of the week. Whether you are looking to enjoy some BBQ at Salt and Smoke, catch Chuck Berry preform at Blueberry Hill, or watch a movie at the Tivoli Theatre, you are sure to have a great time.

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Ready to call University City your new home? Then we have the perfect home for you! Located at 7426 Lynn Ave., this home offers 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Contact me for more information.