Come preview this beautiful renovation in Tower Grove East on Friday, September 21, 2007 from 5:30-7:30PM.
Inside it is a classic beauty with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, functioning pocket doors and granite, stainless kitchen. At $219,900, it is priced to sell before winter. Walking distance to parks and the amenities of Shenandoah crossings.
I have this wonderful, wonderful listing in the heart of Tower Grove East–my neighborhood, my favorite neighborhood. And as I have had showings or open houses I always get the same comment about the street. Granted no one just comes out and says, “I don’t want to live here because there are too many black children playing outside.” But that’s the gist, in fact let me copy and paste some of the agent feedback.
the area was not as appealing to my single young female buyer
The street is a big concern, the neighborhood was very “alive”
Now, let me be very clear, I am not saying these agents are racist. I am saying that their clients are. The agents are simply repeating the feedback.
If you are just not feeling the house, fine, no problem. If you think there is price issue–OK. That’s what negotiation is for. If you won’t get out of the car because there are children playing or people sitting on their front porches, then you have an issue.
I am particularly incensed because I held an open house there today and one person who walked through asked me what I thought of the neighborhood as she wrinkled her nose and nodded to homes the next door.
WHAT DO I THINK OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD????
I think that I live four blocks away and that I walked from my house passed this house last night on my way to Tanner B’s and back in the dark. I think that I passed several people I didn’t know but said hello to and I felt safer walking down the street in the dark knowing that there were people outside using the street, sidewalks and porches.
(OK, I didn’t say that. I just kept smiling and nodding until she left. Very disappointed in myself for that. Hence, the rant.)
From the chapter on Sidewalks in Jane Jacob’s classic, The Death and Life of American Cities.
The problem of sidewalk and doorstep insecurity is as serious in cities which have made conscientious efforts at rebuilding as it is in those cities which have lagged. Nor is it illuminating to tag minority groups, or the poor, or the outcast with responsibility for the danger. There are immense variations in the degree of civilization and safety found among such groups and among the city areas where they live. Some of the safest sidewalks in New York City, for example, at any time of day or night, are those along which poor people or minority groups live.
I get the safety concerns. But I think they need to be founded not just based on who you see outside. I am relatively sure that if the 5 or 6 kids outside would have been Caucasian it would have been endearing. In fact, these visitors may have even perceived it as a safe neighborhood because there were children outside.
OK, so it looks like The Grove is starting to stick. But do we really have to use Groovin the Grove?? Not sure why that bugs me. But it does, especially when used within marketing remarks on a home for sale in the neighborhood.
This weekend it’s time for Grove Fest 2, I’m looking forward to it. Just in the last year, since the last Grove Fest, this area has changed and welcomed multiple new bars, businesses and restaurants. Come down to the action and look for me at one of the Roller Derby events!
That is a total of 1,528 projected to open by 2010. Right now sales are slow, averaging about 39 a month. There is a bright side. According to John Monshausen, Vice President of Development for Jacob Development, “If you go to any major city, 2% (of the population) wants to live downtown.” The population of the whole metropolitan area of St. Louis is approximately 2.7 million, so that 2% would equal about 60,000 residents.
If you want a condo downtown now would be a good time to buy. Developers are offering more incentives and upgrades in order to sell so the circumstances favor the buyer. However, it looks like those circumstances will persist for a while so if you are buying downtown be sure you can commit to at least 18-24 months. With so many new projects planned, it looks like it will be some time before the resale market downtown takes off.
Henry Shaw gave the citizens of St. Louis the grand pleasure park, known as Tower Grove Park, in 1868. The park is home to softball, soccer, tennis, corkball and frisbee games, as well as to the strollers, joggers, and picnickers who revel in the fanciful Victorian pavilions and sculptures Shaw commissioned.. and in the more than 8,000 trees and shrubs he imported from around the world.
I walk my dog every day (ok, not quite everyday) in Tower Grove and Saturdays are my favorite. M-F walks are for exercise and the park is usually full of other dogs and people out for walks and jogs. Saturday is different though; it is much more casual and there lots more going on.
Saturday Farmer’s Market: Local and organic produce
Air Cooper: That’s my dog and his favorite part of the park
Yoga in the park
If living near the park is something you might want to do, check out these listings in Tower Grove East.
I’m an experienced Saint Louis Realtor specializing in St. Louis City as well as neighborhoods like Webster Groves, Maplewood, Clayton, University City and Ladue. With an undergraduate degree in Education and Master's in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development — I have the heart of teacher.
I have been immersed in Residential Real Estate, helping home buyers and sellers understand the market, manage the ambiguities and negotiate the best terms for themselves. I am consistently voted a 5-Star Agent by clients and featured as one of St. Louis' Best Agents in Saint Louis Magazine.