In 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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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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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.
There's no limit to what delights you can find near St. Louis homes for sale when you know where to look.
Let's visit just a few of the award-winning restaurants found here at "The Gateway to the West."
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If you're planning to move to Missouri from out of state or are already a resident of the Show-Me State who's looking to move to another area, larger cities such as St. Louis or Jefferson City probably come to mind. Those are certainly popular places to live but don't overlook the state's charming small towns. They have many amenities to offer, such as scenic views and access to state parks, and they're often located within an hour or less of a major city.
Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following small towns in Missouri you'll want to move to in 2022:
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.
The Wagamama – 5836-38 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109
The first coffee shop of its kind in St. Louis, The Wagamama is a dog-friendly coffee shop located near St. Louis homes for sale that allows you to bring well-behaved four-legged friends into the shop while you enjoy a great cup of coffee. Savor some delicious coffee in the indoor seating area, on the outdoor patio, or in the off-leash Barkyard, where both you and your pup can make some new friends.
underGROUNDS Espresso Bar – 120 W. Front St., Washington, MO 63090
With small-batch coffees and ingredients sourced mostly from local farmers markets, underGROUNDS Espresso Bar is your source for outstanding coffee near Washington homes for sale. Try an espresso flight to sample the best that this neighborhood coffee shop has to offer, and enjoy delicious, sweet treats from a variety of outstanding local vendors.
Latte Lounge – 2190 N. Waterford Dr., Florrisant, MO 63033
For the true coffee connoisseur, it's tough to top the experience at the Latte Lounge. This little shop, located near Florrisant homes for sale, offers a variety of ways to enjoy top-quality coffee. Try a coffee flight to sample five of your favorite latte varieties in one sitting, or order a split cup drink for easy sipping of two different lattes. With a mix of variety and quality, this shop has quickly established itself as a local favorite.
Catalyst Coffee Bar – 1223 Pine St., St. Louis, MO 63103
Operated in collaboration with Art St. Louis, a local non-profit dedicated to showcasing the work of local artists and bringing beauty to St. Louis communities, Catalyst Coffee Bar is so much more than just a wonderful place to enjoy your favorite coffees. It's a space where local artists and community members can build connections, get to know the vibrant St. Louis arts scene, and enjoy a carefully curated selection of coffee that always features something new to try.
Rise Coffee – 4176 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
Founded in 2013 as both a community gathering space and coffee shop, Rise Coffee has grown into a St. Louis favorite. A newly added outdoor patio space provides a new way to enjoy a great cup of coffee and listen to live performances from local musicians every weekend. There's also a full breakfast, lunch, and brunch menu when you're hungry.
Maypop Coffee & Garden Shop – 803 Marshall Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119
Coffee, gardening, great people... what's not to love? Maypop Coffee & Garden Shop blends those passions into one unique experience, all located close to Webster Groves homes for sale. The coffee shop features all of your favorite specialty drinks and baked goods from sustainable, local bakeries. While you're there, be sure to check out the greenhouse, which features a trendy selection of plants that can brighten any garden.
On the hunt for the perfect St. Louis home near all of your favorite coffee shops and dining destinations? Our local real estate team has you covered. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the St. Louis, MO area.
As we return to the workplace and travel becomes more frequent, many of us will be faced with the dilemma of pet care. If you are considering one of our St. Louis homes for sale, you are probably looking at a new community. You might not know your neighbors well enough to ask them to look after your dog. A kennel may work once in a while, and pet daycare could be an option. But our real estate agents suggest you consider another solution: a pet sitter who can come to your home. But where do you begin? These simple tips can get you started:
If a new neighborhood is in your future, contact us. Our real estate professionals will be happy to help you find the perfect home for you and your family, including the furry members.
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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As 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.
Are you and your family ready to make some history of your own in St. Louis? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group for all your real estate needs.
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.
We may not be able to calculate pi, but we can help you find your St. Louis home with a kitchen perfect for pie baking! Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group for all your real estate needs.
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.
Tower Grove Park – 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
Tower Grove Park is one of many great birdwatching destinations located near St. Louis homes for sale. This park is located across the street from the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and the combination of two well-maintained outdoor spaces attracts hundreds of species of birds to this small area. Tower Grove Park is also home to the Gaddy Wild Bird Garden dribble fountain, a unique water feature that attracts even more birds to the area.
Carondelet Park – 3900 Holly Hills Dr., St. Louis, MO 63116
Carondelet Park is a beautiful green space with proximity to two rivers, making it a hot destination for birds and birdwatchers alike. It's one of the larger city parks in St. Louis, with more than 175 acres of beautifully maintained green space. More than 160 species of birds have been documented at this location, making it a popular stop along the Great Missouri Birding Trail.
Schulze Nature Preserve – 370 M E Frick Rd., Washington, MO 63090
For birding fun near Washington homes for sale, try a trip to Schulze Nature Preserve. This natural area is one the smaller side for a nature preserve at just over 22 acres, making it easy to explore in one day. But don't let the smallish size fool you! This is an amazing place to see a wide variety of bird species, along with beautiful flora and diverse local wildlife.
Forest Park – 5595 Grand Dr., St. Louis, MO 63112
Forest Park is widely considered the best park for birdwatching in St. Louis, thanks to its expansive 1,300-acre size and prime location in the city. More than 200 species of birds have been documented here, and the park is open every day of the year. Like some of the other parks on our list, Forest Park can be quite busy on weekends, making weekday mornings the ideal time to visit for birding.
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area – 801 Strotdtman Rd., St. Louis, MO 63138
The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is a massive natural space stretching over 4,300 acres, with a wide variety of trails to explore while you go birdwatching. This lovely green space attracts an expansive collection of species, with 279 bird species documented to date. The conservation area features a unique collection of ecosystems, which help attract the many diverse bird species that visit.
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center – 11715 Cragwold Rd., St. Louis, MO 63122
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is a great place to visit for a family birdwatching trip, with various educational exhibits and attractions that will appeal to kids of all ages. The conservation center is largely made up of woodlands, with three main trails that allow you to explore the area and find the perfect places to spot birds.
Ready to find a home of your own near all of the outdoor attractions around St. Louis? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the St. Louis, MO area.
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.
What Is a VA Loan?
Before reviewing the changes, it's helpful to clarify what constitutes a VA loan and how it differs from other mortgages. First of all, only active service members, veterans, and eligible surviving spouses can apply for a VA loan.
Some people mistakenly believe funding for the loans actually comes from the Department of Veterans Affairs or VA. Private institutions, such as banks and mortgage companies, are still the ones issuing the loans. The difference is that the VA guarantees a portion of the loan, making it easier for the borrower to obtain more favorable terms.
Benefits of VA Loans
If you're looking at some great Washington homes for sale with the intent of using a VA loan, you still have to go through the traditional steps: Get prequalified and preapproved, make an offer, have the home appraised, and complete the closing.
Here are the ways a VA loan truly works to your advantage:
What's New in 2021
So what are the specific changes to the VA loan program going forward in 2021?
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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.
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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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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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.