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December
5

Shelter Pets

According to estimates by the ASPCA, more than 6 million animals in the U.S. enter a shelter each year. In honor of Celebrate Shelter Pets Day on Monday, December 5, follow these helpful tips to adopt a pet.

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November
21

Christmas Tree Farms St Louis

A beautifully decorated tree can really make your space feel more like home this holiday season. You can haul out a plastic tree, but it's just not the same as getting a fresh one directly from a tree farm. There are plenty of places to get a Christmas tree near Saint Louis homes for sale. Here are our favorite Christmas tree farms in the area.

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November
7

Saint Louis Tech

Over the years, St. Louis, Missouri, has established its position as one of the country's up-and-coming leading tech hot spots. With a 64 percent annual growth in tech job postings, St. Louis is the 12th fastest-growing city for IT hiring in the US. 

Our real estate agents know that this makes the city an attractive locale for anyone wishing to establish or grow a career in technology. Here are a few reasons the St. Louis area will remain a popular tech hub. 

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October
17

Farmhouse Decor

The materials used for farmhouse decor complement a variety of aesthetic preferences, and the distressed hues and finishes add an extra special touch. The National Association of REALTORS® even reports that the farmhouse style is the most popular home trend in Missouri.

You can find farmhouse-inspired pieces at various retailers, craft markets, and secondhand shops. Here are a few ways our real estate agents encourage you to integrate farmhouse decor into your home. 

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October
3

St Louis BooksIn St. Louis, the era of the neighborhood bookstore is far from over. There are still plenty of local shops and cafes where you can pick up the newest release from your favorite author or fall in love with some entirely new writer or genre. As avid readers, our real estate agents know the feeling!

National Book Month is coming up fast, and there are lots of places for you to indulge your cravings in and around St. Louis. Small, local businesses help these communities thrive, and that includes scads of booksellers. There just might be special events or deals on the way for this month's celebrations, too.

Here are just a few of the area's many bookshops for you to visit:

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September
19

HVAC Service

Your HVAC system is one of those appliances it's easy to forget about until it stops working. However, when it stops working, it can be a major problem, and you can be left without heating or cooling at the most inconvenient times. Unfortunately, many people wait until this point before taking action.

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September
6

Mini Golf

There are some truly outstanding golf courses in the St. Louis area, but the Gateway City has something else that it doesn't often get credit for... mini golf! The best miniature golf courses in the St. Louis area offer endless family-friendly fun, and our real estate agents are here to share their favorites. 

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August
15

St Louis HikesHere in the St. Louis area, we're lucky to have some truly amazing hiking trails right in our backyard. Of course, summer in St. Louis can get a little toasty, which is why this is a great time of year to hit the trail bright and early!

After all, there may be no better way to start your day than with a brisk sunrise hike. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite early morning hiking trails in the St. Louis area.

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August
1

St Louis Brewery

St. Louis is known for being the home of Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest brewing company. But it's the city's small-scale craft breweries that have really been getting attention lately. The readers of USA Today ranked St. Louis as the city with America's Best Beer Scene two years in a row.

Our real estate agents couldn't agree more. That's why we're excited to share some of these exciting brewery events in St. Louis this summer. 

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July
18

bathroom updates

Make spa-style relaxation part of your daily routine by upgrading your bathroom. If you're considering a bathroom remodel, our real estate agents recommend these luxurious upgrades.

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July
5

St Louis Restaurants

St. Louis is known for many things, but it's increasingly gaining a reputation for its culinary scene. New restaurants are opening on what feels like a weekly basis, and Food & Wine magazine recently called St. Louis "the next great food city."

Our real estate agents love to see our city getting some much-deserved recognition! If you're looking for a taste of what St. Louis has to offer, try one of these exciting new local eateries. 

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June
20

Garage Tips

Need extra space in your home? A detached garage can have a lot more uses than just parking your car or providing extra storage. Here are a few suggestions from our real estate agents for making use of the extra space in your detached garage.

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June
6

St Louis Waterfalls

You might think that you would have to travel far from the big city to experience the natural beauty that Missouri is known for, but there's plenty of nature to see without ever leaving St. Louis! Few scenes can match the majesty of a waterfall, and there are quite a few waterfalls – both natural and man-made – that you can experience near St. Louis homes for sale on a warm, sunny day. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 St. Louis waterfalls that you'll love to visit this summer.

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May
16

Plants Growing

If you are a first-time homebuyer, one of the things you might be excited about is that you can have a yard big enough for a garden. Our real estate agents can help you find the perfect property where you can grow your own vegetables and work on a new hobby for years to come. Get started with these easy-to-grow plants perfect for the area's climate.

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May
2

St Louis Brunch

Mother's Day is right around the corner. It's an opportunity to spend some quality time with your mom and to reflect on the impact she's had on your entire life. 

If you're looking for a place to spend time with mom this Mother's Day, our real estate agents have a few ideas. Check out these great Mother's Day brunch restaurants in the St. Louis area!

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April
18

Spring Cleaning

Longer days and warmer weather are almost here, making it an excellent time to make a plan for your spring cleaning. When compiling your list of spring cleaning tasks, it's easy to stick with the same chores.

Our real estate agents know that it's easy to inadvertently overlook an area needing cleaning when it isn't typically on your to-do list. Here are some spots to clean and organize this spring.

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April
4

St. Louis Greenhouses

Spring is in the air! Our real estate agents always look forward to the gardening season in the St. Louis area, and it's finally time to start planting. 

If you have a green thumb and are looking for the best source for your plants, seeds, and seedlings this spring, we have a few ideas. These are some of the best greenhouses and garden centers in the St. Louis area. 

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March
21

Botanical Garden Missouri

The Missouri Botanical Garden is easily one of the top-ranked gardens of its kind in the United States, and our real estate agents never tire of exploring this unique place. With spring finally here now is a great time to plan your visit!

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March
7

St. Louis Rivers

With the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, St. Louis has long been a popular spot for outdoor exploration. In fact, this is the same place where Lewis and Clark started their legendary journey in 1804! Our real estate agents have some tips on the many ways that you can enjoy and explore the rivers around St. Louis.

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February
21

St Louis Restaurants

Missouri is famous for its delicious downhome barbecue, but our real estate agents know there's more to it than that. If you want a true taste of all of the rich culinary diversity that Missouri has to offer, one of the best places to be is none other than St. Louis.

This city of more than 300,000 people has attracted world-famous celebrity chefs and local restaurateurs eager to make their mark, starting with their own hometown. St. Louis is also a local leader in professional conventions and sports venues, so it is no surprise there is always demand for great food.

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February
7

Chess Hall of Fame

If chess had a "greatest hits" collection, this would be it. Our real estate agents will be among the fans celebrating Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture at the World Chess Hall of Fame, only minutes from St. Louis homes for sale

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January
3

St Louis Orchestra

Our real estate agents missed a lot of things in 2020, but few losses were felt more deeply than missing live music from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. We were overjoyed to learn that the orchestra was returning for the 2021-22 season. 

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December
20

2022 St. Louis

The market is likely to remain strong for sellers in 2022, according to the latest predictions. But to get top dollar for your home, you need to play an active part in getting the property ready for listing and in mapping out a strategy for selling it.

Here are seven tips that can make your house a standout among Saint Louis homes for sale

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December
6

St Louis Museums

The holiday season is upon us, and we all have someone on our list who's a little bit harder to shop for. A museum membership is always a great gift idea for that tough-to-buy-for person who doesn't need another sweater or bottle of wine. 

Luckily, we have an abundance of outstanding museums here in the St. Louis area. Consider gifting a membership to one of these local museums.

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November
22

Appliance Upgrades

If you're selling your home now or plan to in the future, outdated appliances can make prospective buyers turn away from your home to look at another house with newer ones. Buyers can replace your appliances when purchasing a home, but they usually don't want to go to the trouble or expense to do so. And even if you're planning to stay in your home awhile, outdated appliances can make your home less attractive and functional than it could be.
  
Here's what you need to know about appliance upgrades that can boost the value of your home:

  • Think of What Fits Your Home
    Consult one of our real estate agents to find out what type of appliances are popular in your home's price range. While you want to make your home more valuable, you don't want to price yourself out of the neighborhood.
      
  • Look for Energy Star Appliances
    Appliances with the Energy Star sticker or tag meet strict energy-efficiency requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They'll help you save money on your energy bill, and when you're selling your home, they'll appeal to prospective buyers. Leave the Energy Star sticker on your appliances, so buyers know they'll save as well.

What to Replace  

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November
1

St Louis FilmOne of the reasons our real estate agents love St. Louis so much is all the wonderful local events. It seems that any time of year, from spring to winter, there's a fun celebration to attend. If you're a film lover — or even someone who just enjoys the occasional movie — then the 30th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival is an upcoming event you won't want to miss.

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October
18

Fall Interior Design

Fall is here, and so is a new wave of interior design trends. According to our real estate agents, this season's design ethos is all about comfort and self-expression. Let's delve into 5 of the most popular interior design trends this fall, how we've seen them applied in many of our St. Louis homes for sale, and how you can bring these ideas into your home. 

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October
4

Route 66

Is there a more iconic American highway than Route 66? Known as the Mother Road, the Will Rogers Highway, and the Main Street of America, U.S. Route 66 was part of the original United States highway system established in 1926.

Quite a bit of the original highway is still in use here in Missouri.

In the St. Louis area, two different roads that were part of Route 66 during different eras are home to numerous attractions that tell the story of America's past. These are our real estate agents' favorite roadside attractions on Route 66.

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September
20

Fence TipsThere are dozens of reasons to build a fence, and when done properly, it can add tremendous value to your home. But there are also several factors that will affect your decisions. We would like to make you aware of them before you make your plans. If you're considering one of the lovely St. Louis homes for sale, you may want to think about fencing before you buy. Here's what to know before adding a fence to your property.

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September
7

St Louis Coffee

From the perfect morning pick-me-up to the ideal place to unwind after work, the coffee shops of the St. Louis area have something for everyone. The best coffee shops offer more than just your favorite drinks by fostering a sense of community, hosting fun special events, and making everyone who stops by feel like a regular. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 6 one-of-a-kind coffee shops that you'll love visiting around St. Louis.

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August
16

Saint Louis Wineries

Who says you have to travel to Napa Valley to sample some of the best wines in the country? If you're looking at Hermann homes for sale, you absolutely need to visit the Hermann Wine Trail while you're in the area. Traveling the trail is easy, you buy your tickets online in advance, then you start your day at any of the participating wineries. At the first winery, you get a souvenir wine glass, which you use at each of your additional stops. Here's a closer look at each of the wineries along the trail.

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August
2

Natural Light Tips

A healthy dose of natural light is an easy way to help any space look its best. Natural light illuminates the room, making it look larger and more inviting; high levels of natural light also boost your body's production of serotonin, one of the chemicals associated with happiness and better mood levels.

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July
19

St Louis Breweries

It's no exaggeration to say that St. Louis is home to one of the best brewing scenes in the entire country, offering both big-name breweries and a collection of beloved craft breweries. The craft breweries of St. Louis double as community gathering places, bringing people together through distinctive brews, delicious food, live music, and fun special events. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 popular local breweries where you can start your St. Louis craft beer journey in style.

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June
21

Upcycle St. Louis

If you enjoy browsing vintage furniture and tend to see it for its potential, you might enjoy upcycling furniture. Upcycled furniture can be funky, trendy, or even classy with the right touch, and that one special piece might be great for starting a conversation with your guests or perfect when staging your home for sale, according to our real estate agents. Here are a few tips for giving tired outdated furniture new life.

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June
7

St Louis Summer

Summer might mean a break from school, but it doesn't mean learning has to stop. Our real estate agents share some great events and activities around St. Louis where your kids can keep the fun and the learning going all summer long.

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May
17

Home Inspection Tips

When purchasing a home, ordering a home inspection is an essential item to add to your to-do list. Our real estate agents know that a home inspection is vital for revealing major and minor issues with a home. While a home inspection will cost you, detecting issues now can help you save money in the long run and give you peace of mind about the property you are buying. Here are some home issues detected by a home inspection. 

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May
3

St Louis BBQBarbecue is a truly American cuisine, and our real estate agents know nowhere else does it like Missouri!

When you move to Missouri, you're on your way to the American heartland of barbecue. This Midwest state is famous for "burnt ends," flavorful bits of meat cut from the fattier portion of a smoked brisket. You'll see this taste sensation offered up as a sandwich, a platter, and all kinds of other ways.

Smoked pulled pork is also popular, with or without coleslaw on top.

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April
19

St Louis Historic AreasAs the Gateway to the West, the St. Louis area has plenty of history to delight local history buffs. Our real estate agents share some fascinating background on these historic neighborhoods surrounding St. Louis homes for sale.

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April
5

Golf in St Louis

National Golfer's Day is coming right up on April 10th. And after spending a long winter mostly indoors, our real estate agents are eager to enjoy a day on the links and some glorious spring sunshine in the St. Louis area. Plan your next golfing trip at one of these local courses. 

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March
1

St Louis Pie Bakeries

Our real estate agents agree math class would have been more interesting if it included "pie" instead of "pi." Celebrate National Pi Day on Sunday, March 14, with a slice of your favorite flavor from one of these top bakeries around St. Louis. While it might be a math holiday, we still consider it an excuse to check out local bakeries throughout the St. Louis area. 

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February
15

Birdwatching St Louis

Whether you've been birdwatching as a hobby for years or you're looking for a fresh, fun, socially distanced way to enjoy the great outdoors, the St. Louis area is loaded with great places to go watch the birds. Countless species of birds pass through our area throughout the year, so there's always something new to spot. Our real estate agents have all the delightful details on 6 of the best places to go birdwatching around St. Louis.

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February
1

VA Loan Tips

Are you an active or retired military member with your eye on one of the wonderful St. Louis homes for sale? Uncle Sam wants to help make your dream of homeownership come true. Our real estate agents share significant changes to the VA loan program taking effect in 2021 and how they benefit you.

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January
19

St Louis Hot Chocolate

Friday, January 31st, is National Hot Chocolate Day, and our real estate agents can't wait to huddle over a hot cup of cocoa. As we grow older, there's just something about a hot chocolate on a cold winter day that feels cozy and nostalgic. If you're interested in sipping your way down memory lane, head to these cafes near St. Louis for National Hot Chocolate Day.

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January
4

Home Improvement Projects

While the cold winter months are ideal for cozying up on the couch, sometimes it feels good to be productive. A little home maintenance will also ensure your home looks its best if you list it among the St. Louis market and surrounding area. Whether your home is in St. Louis County, Franklin County, or even further north in St. Charles County, our agents encourage you to work on these home improvement projects this winter. 

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December
21

Interior Design Trends

With 2021 fast approaching, we're excited to see what trends will catch on in the new year. With so many people spending extra time on home projects in 2020, we're expecting even more homeowners to take on home improvement projects to make their home extra special for themselves or to get it ready to list. Our real estate agents were so inspired by these St. Louis homes for sale, they decided to put together a list of their predictions for what trends you can expect to see more of in 2021. 

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December
7

St Louis Shop Local

The holidays have certainly snuck up on us, and if you're like many of our real estate agents, you need to get a lot of gift shopping done. Instead of heading to the big box stores, we encourage you to shop local this holiday season at these stores around St. Louis, St. Charles, and Washington.

  1. St. Louis Art Supply — 4532 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63108
    If you're searching for a gift for the art enthusiast in your life, head down to St. Louis Art Supply. Stocked with world-class products, St. Louis Art Supply sources limited edition and small-batch supplies from exceptional independent workshops worldwide. They carry everything from acrylic and oil paints to pencils, writing paper, and even books. Stop by for a cup of coffee in their Cornflower café and ask them which gifts will help unleash your recipient's creative side.


  2. Looking Glass Designs — 1917 Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104
    One-of-a-kind gifts are some of the best presents to receive, and Looking Glass Designs is prepared to help you create a customized gift for the hard-to-please. Their products are either created in-house or by local artists, which means every gift is uniquely St. Louis. They also take care of personalization and customization via in-house laser engraving, embroidering, and monogramming. Visit their shop to discover the serving trays, cutting boards, coasters, earrings, glasses, and more that can be customized for your friends or family.


  3. Loyal Bella Co. — 120 Elm St., Washington, MO 63090
    As you're shopping for gifts, don't forget about your four-legged family member! Loyal Bella Co., just around the corner from riverside Washington homes for sale, has the perfect gifts for any pet. Take a walk into this boutique store in historic downtown Washington, and you'll find toys, treats, and a variety of other pet supplies. Consider grabbing a few fresh baked cookies to put in your pet's stocking. They also sell people-friendly gifts too, such as sweaters, ornaments, and jewelry.

    While you are exploring downtown Washington, be sure to check out other local favorites like Neighborhood Reads and The Painted Home.

  4. Bowood — 4605 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63108
    Grabbing gifts for the gardener in your life hasn't been easier than at Bowood Garden + Supply. This St. Louis staple has a vast selection to choose from. Along with garden supplies, plants, and containers, they also sell dried and preserved florals, books, tools, and holiday wreaths. If the aspiring planter in your life has a not-so-green thumb, buy them a gift certificate for one of Bowood's creative classes, such as watercolor cardmaking or a create your own terrarium workshop.


  5. Happy Camper Clothing & Co. — 510 S. Main St., St. Charles, MO 63301
    It's a safe bet that any gift you buy from Happy Camper Clothing & Co. will make your recipient, well, a happy camper! This small screen-printing company based near our St. Charles homes for sale has the coziest sweatshirts, t-shirts, hoodies, and beanies this side of the Missouri. If you can't get out to their storefront, you can always shop on their Etsy page and have your gift sent right to the recipient.


    Make the most out of your holiday shopping trip in downtown St. Charles and find more gifts at shops like Main Street Books or Addy's Floral.

Would you love to move into a new home before the New Year? We can help. Contact us today to tour our St. Louis homes for sale.

November
16

Painting Tips

With the average cost of painting the interior of a home running approximately $959 to $2,772, handling the job yourself is an excellent way to save a few dollars. Our real estate agents know that a fresh paint job is appealing to potential buyers and ensures your home's spaces look bright, inviting, and clean. Here are a few tips to following from painting pros for expert-level results. 

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November
2

St Louis Free Activities

We couldn't begin to count all the reasons our real estate agents love to call St. Louis home. But one thing we especially appreciate about the Gateway City is that it's an amazing place to explore on a budget. From historic architecture and iconic landmarks to spectacular parks and museums, you'll find no shortage of free things to do in St. Louis. 

  1. Gateway Arch - St. Louis, MO 63102
    It won't cost you a dime to gaze at our city's most instantly recognizable attraction. Built in the 1960s, the iconic Gateway Arch commemorates St. Louis's role as the gateway to westward expansion during the 19th century and stands as an architectural marvel as well as a beloved monument. The 630-foot-tall curved stainless steel monument is part of Gateway Arch National Park, including a free museum and beautiful green space overlooking the Mississippi River. If you'd like to take the tram to the top, there will be a slight admission fee. 

  2. Forest Park - 5595 Grand Dr., St. Louis, MO 63112
    To say that Forest Park is big would be doing it a disservice. The park spans 1,326 acres, about 500 more than New York's Central Park. With ponds, lakes, and streams, open meadows, shady woods, and manicured gardens, it's the best place in St. Louis to experience the tranquility of nature. One of the park's most famous attractions is the pavilion dating back to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Forest Park is also home to the St. Louis Art Museum, which is open to the public free of charge. The park is located in Western St. Louis, just minutes from many St. Louis homes for sale

  3. St. Louis Science Center - 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
    Originally founded as a planetarium in 1963, the St. Louis Science Center is one of America's great free museums. You can still visit the planetarium, of course, but the science center also offers more than 700 hands-on exhibits and displays. You can see prehistoric dinosaur bones, explore the vastness of space, and learn more about everything from plants and animals to skyscrapers and the weather. 

  4. Soulard Farmers Market - 730 Carroll St., St. Louis, MO 63104
    The Soulard Farmers Market has the distinction of being the oldest public market in St. Louis, and some claim it to be the oldest market in the U.S. west of the Mississippi. It's been going strong since 1779, and this vast indoor and outdoor space is the best place in town to find fresh and unique foods, not only from local farmers but from all around the world. If you're looking for more free things to do in the Soulard neighborhood, the nearby Anheuser-Busch Brewery, just a mile away, offers free tours.

  5. St. Louis Zoo - 1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110
    The St. Louis Zoo has earned a reputation as one of America's best zoos, and admission is always free. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and provides a home for 13,000 animals of more than 500 species. Aside from being an incredible free attraction, one thing that really makes this zoo stand out is its reputation as a leader in animal management, research, conservation, and education. 

Contact us to learn more about life in St. Louis, MO. We happen to think it's a very special place to call home, and our team of dedicated real estate agents can't wait to help you find your dream home in the Gateway to the West!

October
26

Kitchen Backsplash St Louis

When potential buyers look at St. Louis homes for sale, the kitchen is always a focal point. Whether you're thinking about selling your home soon or you just want to make your kitchen look great, updating the backsplash is an excellent place to start. 

This small area that peeks out between your appliances and cabinets might seem like an unimportant detail. However, it actually has a major impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen space. 

Our real estate agents have shown many homes with gorgeous backsplashes... and a few that didn't quite do the trick. The following five tips will help you make sure your kitchen looks great when you're done with your update.

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October
20

Bakeries Near St Louis

Pour a glass of milk and leave room for dessert — October is National Cookie Month! Instead of waiting until Halloween to satiate your sweet tooth, our real estate agents encourage you to embrace National Cookie Month and sample a few of the finest baked goods in St. Louis.

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