Rockford Farms, Pike County, Missouri | Painted by Bryan Haynes

A special present for me this Holiday Season!  Local New Regionalist artist, Bryan Haynes, just delivered the painting of our family farm in Pike County. Rockford Farms is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Griffith McCune Farmstead.

The home was built in the 1850’s with a sizable smokehouse on the right. Notice the old oaks that still stand on the property. The landmark octagonal barn is circa 1900. Off to the left is the Rockford School House that was turned into a home in the 1950’s for my Aunt Bunny and Uncle Swede when they moved back to Missouri from Wyoming. On the upper left is a small, pre-fab house that my grandparents put up on the hill enjoying the best views.

Thank you Bryan for a piece of art that will be enjoyed by many generations to come.


Elvis Presley’s Honeymoon Retreat Hits the Market | Palm Springs

The King of Rock and Roll moved to the circular abode with Priscilla Presley after their Las Vegas wedding in 1967.

Named “The House of Tomorrow” by Look Magazine in 1962, 1350 Ladera Circle got its second brush with fame when Elvis and Priscilla Presley, just married, signed a one-year lease in 1966. The couple used the spacious, five-bedroom, five-bath midcentury home as their honeymoon pad in Palm Springs, California, renting it for $21,000. Today, the home asks $5,900,000.

Designed by architect William Krisel, the saucer-like abode looks futuristic even by today’s standards. Four circular living areas are stacked across three levels with walls of glass looking out over the pool terrace. The round motif continues with curved stone walls, a free-standing fireplace in the living room, and a circular kitchen island. The 5,000-square-foot residence rests on 1.16 acres and includes a private garden, tennis court, and orchard. For Elvis fans, this property is a great piece of rock ‘n roll real estate.

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Top of the Line Custom Home | 6336 Alexander Drive

Address: 6336 Alexander Drive  
Price: $1,995,000
5 Beds, 7 Baths
Living Area: 4,366 sq.ft.
Pr/Sqft: $456.93
Listed by: Doug Cohen | (314)725-9911

Douglas Properties is proud to be the builder of this custom home located minutes from Forest Park and in Clayton Schools. This is a rare opportunity to live in a new home in this subdivision. A truly special home featuring a center hall plan and 10 ft ceilings on the entire 1st floor & an open floor plan for today’s lifestyle! Features include wood floors on entire 1st floor, Markus cabinets and Wolf / Sub Zero appliances with a mud room & 1/2 bath off the kitchen.

Top of the line fixtures, master suite that comes right out of a magazine w/ morning coffee bar and luxury bath. Each bedroom is en suite, 1,300 square feet of finish in the lower level w/wet bar, fireplace & bedroom / bath brings the finish square footage to 5,600 square feet. There’s also living space on the 2nd floor of the detached garage. You will find all the high end finishes in EVERY Douglas Properties home.

Santa’s House | The North Pole

A toy-lover’s paradise nestled on 25 idyllic acres. The property includes Santa’s main living quarters, a community of elf tiny homes, a state-of-the-art toy-making facility, garage with space for an all-weather sleigh and stables that board eight live-in reindeer, plus a bonus stall for red-nosed company.

Santa’s Living Quarters

The home, constructed in the 1800s, is steeped in Old World charm but thanks to a recent renovationoffers modern-day amenities.

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Top Golf Coming to Chesterfield Valley

Topgolf has broken ground on a new entertainment complex in Chesterfield, with construction set to begin soon on the Dallas-based company’s first Missouri location.

The three-story, 65,000-square-foot venue at 16851 N. Outer 40 Road is slated to open toward the end of 2018, the company said Tuesday.

Topgolf’s Chesterfield facility, announced last year, will have up to 3,000 square feet of private event space and 102 climate-controlled hitting bays.

Topgolf, which currently operates 33 golf-themed entertainment complexes, estimates that the St. Louis area venue will draw 450,000 visitors in its first year of operation.

“There has been amazing growth throughout the Chesterfield Valley in the last few years,” Topgolf’s Chief Development Officer Chris Callaway said in a statement. “The greater St. Louis area has proven to be a great place to live and work, paving the way for us to provide its residents with a new and exciting entertainment experience.”

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