Podcast: Ted Wight on Real Estate Radio

Grant Money for First-Timers & Deck Safety Month by Real Estate Radio Network

First-Time-Buyers Grant Funds! Kate Reese Joins us Deck Safety Month…is your deck up to code? With Mark Goodman Featured Agent is Ted Wight with Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty Open Houses from: Lita Kolkmeier, Sarah Francois, Randy Mitchell, Anne Valenza, Lisa Menichino, Andrea Liebermann, Jennifer Piglowski & Jeannie Piglowski

Ted’s interview starts at around 34:00

A Renovated Gem Overlooking the Missouri & Mississippi River Valleys in Castlereigh Estates | 70 Kings Drive | Sotheby’s International

Perched on the top of a ridge that overlooks Pelican Island with the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers beyond is this stunning Mid-century contemporary home designed by Rudolph A. Matern.

This home has recently been completely updated & renovated and basically shows like new! The Living Room and Dining Room open to each other & feature a gas fireplace and an expanse of windows that looks north to the beautiful view with Alton in the distance.

Brand new bright, open kitchen with quartz counters, wood cabinets & skylights. Great entertainment room with beamed ceiling, bar & gas fireplace. Large den/office with built-ins & vaulted ceiling. Master bedroom with adjacent walk-in closet & sliding doors to the terrace. Lovely gardens throughout the grounds. Decks, pergolas & outdoor patios make this an oasis & fun for entertaining.

Oversized 2-car garage is attached to the home. Also on the property is an outbuilding that can hold 3 cars. 30 minutes from Clayton & Downtown.

QUICK FACTS:
Address: 70 Kings Dr, 63034
Price: $349,000
Website: 70Kings.com
3 Beds, 3 Baths
Living Area: 2,815 Sq. Ft.
Lot Size: 3.59 Acres
Pr/Sqft: $123.97
Listed by: Ted Wight, CELL | EMAIL

An excerpt from a brochure for the neighborhood:

Land is a good investment. Castlereigh Estates comprises some 800 acres which will be made available for you to build your town house with country atmosphere.

Now it can be sold. The location you have been admiring. If you like a beautiful park-like yard and lots and lots of space. May I ask you to see this property and buy today for tomorrow’s happiness.

It will pay to come out and see these beautiful homesites whether you buy or not. Another chance like this may not come along for years.

If you are tired of City confinement be sure to see this beautiful estate. The rustic beauty invites you to a life of uncluttered simplicity. It is like a diamond in the rough.

Beautiful Castlereigh Estates located between Old Jamestown Road and the rustic rocky cliffs along the Mississippi just above the City of Alton. In the summer of 1803 our third President, Thomas Jefferson, sent out an expedition consisting of 45 men headed by Lewis and Clark and known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition to discover the location where the Missouri River emptied into the Father of Waters. They followed the Ohio River until they reached the Mississippi. Then they worked their way North until they reached the mouth of the Missouri River. Their goal reached, they spent the Winter on the Illinois shore. Just opposite the mouth of the Missouri, a point which may be seen from the bluffs of our Castlereigh Estates, on May 14, 1804 this little group of men broke camp and proceeded up the Missouri to discover the headwaters of this great river.

Click here for the original PDF with annotation.

Another article from Popular Science, circa 1956. 

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Luxury Living | Church Conversions | Sotheby’s International Extraordinary Living Blog

Luxury Living | Church Conversions – Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

What’s old is new again. Discover churches that have been renovated, restored and transformed into unique and captivating residences. $948,000 USD | Annapolis, Maryland | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty Originally built in 1895, this historic church in Downtown Annapolis was converted in 2003 by architect John Pill.

$249,000 USD | Clarksville, Missouri | Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty

This Georgian-style building used to serve as the Grace Church and was built in 1940.  Now a home and art gallery, the property still features the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, preserved walnut wainscoting and one of the pews provides seating at the 10-foot dining table.  In addition, it has a barrel roof, five-foot porthole windows and locally-made walnut cabinets.

Grace House was also just featured in The Week’s May publication: “Best properties on the market”.

COME ON IN, THE WATER’S FINE: DIPPING A TOE IN THE WET ROOM TREND | Next Project Studio

To those of us with an extremely fastidious, Pine Sol-peppered upbringing, the term “wet room” strikes fear: just picture a soaking wet Golden Retriever having a good shake in your pristine bathroom! I shudder to think.

Thankfully, we’re wrong on this one: a wet room is not, in fact, a room that is wet. Rather, it’s an ingenious turn in bathroom design that allows for a bathtub and a large shower to coexist in the same water-friendly space. Picture, if you will, opening the glass door in a frameless shower and entering a massive tiled shower room, and off to one side of this shower room is a stunning soaking tub.

The design has been a popular one in other parts of the world, specifically Japan and Scandinavia (and Europe in general, in recent years), but it is just now gaining wider traction in the United States. Its original appeal in the U.S. was in Universal Design, as it features a curbless shower and is more easily navigable in a wheelchair, but the past couple of years have seen its allure spread into broader bath design applications.

The practicality of this setup is undeniable. You no longer have to worry about stepping out of your bathtub and dripping all over the place. And if your child splashes too much during bath time, who cares? It’s all tiled. It also allows two people to get ready at the same time without being in each other’s way.

From a design standpoint, too, it’s a wonderful solution. According to Dana King, lead designer at Next Project Studio in St. Louis, “fitting everything from a client’s wish list into the space is now much simpler, especially in tighter quarters.” The need for the entire space (sans ceiling, of course) to be tiled lends itself to a much larger canvas for tile design options. There’s also plenty of wall space for various shower fixture options and trendy bathtubs.

The clean lines and often abundant use of glass in this bathroom design make allow it to fit many unique styles, from contemporary to farmhouse. Its space-saving nature and fresh aesthetic make it a standout choice in many homes.

Fullerton’s Westminster Place (1892) | 4411 Westminster | Mary H. Semple House

Excerpts of “Architecture of the Private Streets of St. Louis. The Architects and the Houses they Designed” by Charles C. Savage 1987

Only recently has the name Fullerton’s Westminster Place been revived, reflecting an awareness of the origins of this once private street. A neighborhood association, reinstated only within the last two decades, recognizes that the two blocks, 4300 and 4400 Westminster, contain more residences of architectural interest than any other comparable blocks in the city. Nearly every important architect working on the turn of the century is represented here.

J.S. Fullerton bought this property in 1882 from the Charter Oak Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut, which had surveyed the land and been holding it since 1877. Before that, it had been, like Vandeventer Place, part of the “Grand Prairie” common fields. As with Lucas Place, through traffic was restricted rather than cut off, and there was no elliptical greensward, or median park. Deed restrictions were established: No dwelling could be built on a lot fewer than 60 front feet; No dwelling could cost less than $10,000; And no dwelling could be in front of a 25 foot setback line. Pitzman Surveyed for many of the architects and the clients built here.

Fullerton commissioned W. Albert Swasey to design the subdivision’s gates, 1893, at Boyle Avenue on the eastern end and at Taylor on the west, and its first houses. Designed and built between 1892 and 1895, these houses number 13 today, although Swasey claimed in 1900 to have been commissioned to design fourteen. As a group built in the first half of the nineties, all variations of one another in plan and elevation and all from the same drawing board, these houses are not without interest. They are even more remarkable because their elevations clearly reflect the sequence of the national trends in style — Romanesque, Italian Renaissance, and colonial Georgian.

Several of these houses are in the Romanesque-French Renaissance style with prominent round tower and arcaded porch, forerunners of Grable & Weber’s No. 4411, whose lot Pitzman surveyed for Mary H. Semple in 1891. Weber’s hand is recognizable in the firm’s more classical mode.

In 1887 Grable and Weber received the commission. Alfred Grable had practiced architecture in St. Louis for more than thirty years, but his association with Auguste Weber was of recent origin. The firm’s reputation relied on their elegant walls, poplar wood trim, and oak pews contributed to its beauty. Large wrought iron chandeliers equipped with electric lights hung from the ceiling. Natural light streamed through the two rows of windows on the east and west walls.

You can quite literally own a piece of history.

www.4411Westminster.com   |   $1,295,000

Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-607-5555, [email protected]

STL -> Palm Springs | The Kaufman House | The Parker | ST LOUIS STYLE

I had the treat of going to Palm Springs last weekend for the first time.

A St. Louis couple recently bought a stunning Mid-Century home in the Rancho Mirage area and hosted a gaggle of us. It is rumored that The Obamas may build a house in their enclave. Carol Channing is a neighbor as was the late Zsa Zsa Gabor who’s stunning round house is currently on the market. While it was raining in St. Louis, I was hot and dry in the desert.

A highlight of the trip was an architectural tour that featured The Kaufman House designed by Richard Neutra. The Kaufmans also built Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania. It was also fun seeing The Parker designed by Jonathan Adler & other area hotspots.

I will be back!

Tennessee Williams Festival | Multiple Events | Art & Lifestyle | The .ZACK & SLUMA

Tennessee Williams Tribute: Magic of the Other

May 3 – 7, 2017 @ The .ZACK (3224 Locust, 63103)

Tennessee Williams Tribute: Magic of the Other features scenes, songs, and poetry as interpreted by special guests including Lara Teeter, Elizabeth Teeter, Anita Jackson, Michael James Reed, Jeremy Lawrence, Stellie Siteman, and a surprise vocalist from the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. This program will again be curated by Thomas Keith, editor of the continuing series of Williams’s newly collected works for the New Directions Press in New York.

Immediately following the program on May 7th is the closing night party.

Find tickets here.

Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter

May 5–July 23 @ Saint Louis University Museum of Art
Wednesday – Sunday from 11am to 4pm
Opening Reception May 5, 5-8pm

The remarkable showcase, Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter, is a major coup for St. Louis. These 18 deeply personal paintings, only once before shown outside of Key West, illustrate how Williams’s magical poetry brilliantly suffuses every art form he undertook.

Exhibited at the St. Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA), they are on loan from the Key West Art & Historical Society and the owner of the paintings, Williams’s longtime friend David Wolkowsky.

Admission is free. For tickets to the panel discussion on May 6, click here.