Dawn Griffin

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

dawn@dawngriffin.com / 314.413.7086

Dawn Griffin

Neighborhood History Lectures


If you’ve ever been curious about some of the oldest neighborhood buildings in St. Louis or have wanted to research the history of your own home, the Missouri Humanities Council is sponsoring two great lectures in October at Ritz Park on South Grand.

Landmarks Association Lecture: St. Louis’ Oldest Neighborhood Buildings

October 13, 2015  |  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Andrew Weil is the Executive Director of Landmarks Association of St. Louis and a Lecturer in the Sam Fox School of Architecture and Design at Washington University. Mr. Weil is an expert on the neighborhood architecture of St. Louis’ and the city’s development history. Mr. Weil has authored many National Register of Historic Places Historic District Nominations in St. Louis, including that of Tower Grove East where he resides. Mr. Weil’s presentation will focus on some of St. Louis’ oldest neighborhood buildings and what to look for in seeking them out. (More info)

Missouri History Museum Lecture: House History 101

October 17, 2015  |  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Learn how to research the history of your home with Missouri History Museum associate archivist Dennis Northcott. See what discoveries can be found about your home and its former residents in old maps, directories, census records, historic photos, and more.

A native St. Louisan and graduate of Washington University, Dennis Northcott has been on the Missouri History Museum staff since 1989 and currently is an associate archivist at the Library and Research Center. He has compiled numerous guides to the museum’s manuscript collections, including an inventory of the extensive Civil War holdings. He is the creator of the Missouri History Museum’s Genealogy and Local History Index, and frequently gives presentations and workshops on genealogy and house history research. (More info)

Fall Maintenance Checklist for Home Owners

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Temperatures are starting to cool and fall is the time to being to preparing our homes for the colder winter weather. A couple of hours attending to these main areas of your home can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

  1. Gutters: Clean gutters. You may have to do this more than once before winter if you live in an area with a lot of trees. Blocked gutters can cause water seepage in basements and damage to your foundation and soffits. These are costly repairs while the average price for gutter cleaning services in St. Louis is around $230. The price will vary widely depending on the size of your home and how many stories it is. We recommend professionals for maintenance issues that revolve ladders.*
  2. Caulk, Paint, Repair: Check exterior of your home for areas that may need caulking or repair. Windows or doors that have open joints or rotting wood need be sealed to present moisture damage and air leakage. Paint any areas that need it, properly preparing surfaces for improved longevity. Don’t forget hard to see areas, like the wooden gable vents on the roofs of older homes. Check decks, repairing or securing loose or deteriorating boards and sealing, staining, or painting as necessary.
  3. Yard: Rake and aerate the yard and apply fall fertilization. A basic fall treatment by a professional lawn care service is more reasonable than you might think. Trim shrubs and tree branches that close to the home. Heavy snow or ice could cause them to break and damage home.
  4. Hoses: Disconnect all hoses prior to the first hard freeze. Turn off the interior valves and open the exterior values. Stores hoses inside once drained.
  5. Driveways: If you have an asphalt driveway, now is a good time to seal cracks and apply a full surface sealer. Concrete driveways should also be sealed periodically with a good quality sealer. This helps limit the effects of weather and salts brought in from the street.
  6. Heating Systems: Perform routine maintenance of your heating system, including changing the filter. If you have a humidifier or electronic air filters, a professional should be called to perform a check. Contact a chimney sweep to make sure fireplaces are in good working condition. They often have coupons and specials this time of year.
  7. Foundation: Clear debris away from the foundation and ensure gutter water flow is pointed away from the foundation. The soil beneath your home shrinks and swells throughout weather cycles, so check foundation for any new cracks or expansion of existing cracks and call a professional if you notice any new developments.

*According to 2010 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over one-third of fatal falls involve falls from roofs or ladders. Out of 617 falls, 20% were from the ladder, 18% were from the roof. Be safe!

Get Up To $15,000 for Down Payment Assistance and Live on The Hill

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Learn how you can qualify for up to $15,000 down payment assistance at the Wells Fargo LIFT Program. The educational event will take place September 25-26th at America’s Center-Hall 1

You can register for the event here.

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This amazing home on The Hill is featured in the LIFT Showcase of homes. This home has a partially finished lower level with a full bath and kitchenette. It is perfect for in-law quarters or the grown child you just cannot get to leave the nest.


Bigger than it appears, this home is full of vintage charm, including the original 1948 Maytag oven, and coveted farmhouse drainboard sink! If you are a fan of the popular Retro Renovation website, you will love this home, with its unique tile work in the kitchen and the bathrooms. The first floor has 9 foot ceilings, custom archways, bay windows, and a wood burning fireplace. The lower level has a large FAMILY ROOM with vintage knotty pine and private office. A large, insulated attic offers opportunity to expand. Out back is a quaint yard and HUGE garage.



The Hill is consistently recognized as one of the best places to live in St. Louis, and for good reason. Renowned for its Italian-American history, the highly walkable area is packed with nationally recognized restaurants, markets, and shops. Mario Batali considers The Hill to be one of the country’s top “Little Italy” neighborhoods. Not only will you find a 90+ year old bakery, three Italian markets, two bocce gardens, and a gelateria, but shops like Skif Fashions and Herbaria Soaps lend a contemporary vibe that help the neighborhood continue to thrive.


The brick bungalow faces Sublette Park, host of the popular annual Fireworks display. Urzi’s Italian Market is less than 5 minute walk, and right next door you can pick up a famous thin crust pizza at Lou Boccardi’s. If you aren’t familiar with all the restaurant choices on The Hill, consider taking a Taste of The Hill Food Tour. You can see more photos at 5653southwest.com and if you are interested in looking at this home or others like it, please contact me


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11341 Cragwold in Sunset Hills Backs to Powder Valley


Looking for a home as unique as you? 11341 Cragwold is a beautiful home perched atop a bluff which overlooks the Powder Valley Conservation area. You’ll have access to miles of hiking trails and can enjoy an abundance of wild-life (think bird and deer) from Powder Valley or your own property.

This home is  ideal for entertaining with a large kitchen which walks out onto a spacious deck—great for parties or for your morning coffee. From the stunning deck, access the four season room, which provides year-round integration of nature. There is an impressive Mexican Adobe-style fireplace in the living room that means cozy winter nights. This special home was built the same way Frank Lloyd Wright built his house—on piers that go down to bedrock.

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With a new price, this is a great time to make an appointment. If you are not already working with a Buyer’s Agent, let me introduce you to one.

7 Reasons You Should Stage Your Home

If you are thinking about selling your home, don’t forget about the importance of staging your home! Staging your home can help you sell your home quicker and easier. Here are seven reasons you should stage your home:
  1. In a 2014 survey of over 3,500 homes professionally staged, over 50% sold for 10% MORE than their un-staged neighbors home.
  2. In a recent Real Estate Staging Association Survey, professionally staged homes spent 72% LESS time on the market.
  3. In a 2015 National Association of Realtor Survey, over 81% of buyers said it was easier to visualize the STAGED property as their next home.
  4. According to NAR, over 95% of buyers are online first looking at photos of the home before they go visit or call an agent.
  5. According to a 2014 Zillow survey of real estate experts, home staging was listed as a top two necessary item for sellers.
  6. Staging helps showcase a home and makes it easier for the buyers to see themselves in the space.
  7. Staging helps reduce clutter- when a buyer sees clutter they may think that the home doesn’t have enough storage space, by reducing clutter you help the buyer see a organized home with ample storage.




Staging and photos by Peek Home Styling.

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Perfectly Located 3159 Allen Ave.

Location is everything for this charming 5 bed, 2 bath cottage-style home at 3159 Allen Avenue. Located in the Compton Heights neighborhood, where the homes are known for their historic features and Victorian living while being conventionally located only 10 minutes away from everything. This home is conveniently located near Downtown, historic Soulard, South Grand, the Fox Theater, Forest Park, the Hill, and so much more!


A quick drive down the street will take you to South Grand, where the possibilities are endless. South Grand has much to offer, aside from being located next to Tower Grove Park, the street offers a wide variety of shops, and an even wider variety of cuisine! Wither you are craving Italian food, Vietnamese food, Thai food, or even some diner food, South Grand has something for you. Check out this great article that highlights a few of the great restaurants you can explore.


Also located just around the corner from this delightful home is Lafayette Square. Lafayette Square is home to the oldest park in St. Louis, as well as many historic, and stately homes. Spend the afternoon strolling through Lafayette Park before heading to 33 Wine Shop & Tasting for some wine, or Square One Brewery for dinner and a brew.


Contact me for more information on this home.

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.


Special Features at 3666 Humphrey


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.


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.


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?


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


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.


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


Photo from Tara Dennis.

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


Photo from Hello Beauty.

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

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


Find the DIY here.


Happy Organizing!