Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Would you seek a Chupacabra? Grand Victorian Estate in Maplewood, UP FOR SALE.

 World, meet 2637 Roseland Terr. Maplewood, MO 63143. My Chupacabra (more on that in a bit), one of favorite house of all time and my personal adversary for the last 90 days. Marketing this home to the masses has proven to be a bit of a challenge. No, it isn't the paint. The owner hasn't deferred maintenance, there ARE updates galore, there IS plenty of parking, the systems are all updated & the grounds are beautifully landscaped. The challenge has come as a result of potential purchasers' and their real estate agents' perceptions about the available housing stock in Maplewood.

Maplewood is quickly becoming one of the most sought after inner-ring(inside the 170 Loop) suburbs in St. Louis' Central Corridor. Its charming main street, superior walk-ability, award winning restaurants, historic architecture, central location and competitive pricing (think Clayton, Richmond Heights and Webster)is all extremely attractive to today's buyer. Not to mention, the City of Maplewood is extremely active in promoting and strengthening the community. Yay, Maplewood!

The housing stock is beautiful, and highly irregular. The variations in style and size encourage the inclusion of all types of people, from different economic backgrounds, with various tastes AND add to the overall visual interest of the neighborhood. There are small bungalows, 2 story traditional houses, Victorian houses, frame houses, brick houses, yellow brick houses, historic homes, newer infill and more housing styles I forgot to mention here. Literally, something and somewhere for everyone. However, a lot of the houses being historic do have a slightly antiquated floor plan and can be limiting on square footage, and lot size. I would say that the majority of houses in Maplewood never exceed a square footage of 2,400.

Which, now brings us to the Roseland home. Why would anyone have a problem finding a buyer for a nearly perfect house,located in the heart of all the awesomeness? The answer is, I doubt many people (long time residents included) even know that a house this size, this awesome, this rich with history (it was originally owned by the founder of Maplewood), with ROCKSTAR Parking, and such an expansive yard exists in Maplewood. In other words, "Not everyone wants to hunt a Chupacabra". Meaning, not everyone is prepared to seek out something that they believe has only existed in their mind's eye. I call houses of exceptional character, Chupacabras (creatures of legend). Many people have heard about one, dreamed one could exist, know someone who has seen one, but very few have laid their eyes on one themselves. Get it? I mean most people say, "I saw a lot of houses like that in BLAH" and they head there. Very few say, "I want to love where I live, and I will seek out the perfect house". Very few people will actually hunt the Chupacabra for fear of disappointment.

Then I realized, maybe my marketing was the problem. I was marketing to the masses, to the largest possible audience (your agent should be doing this). When I should have been focusing on the individuals, the passionate, the history buffs, the seekers and the people who want to live what they love. So, if you know someone who may have been hunting, and they would LOVE a house like THIS. Could you please introduce them? You could be responsible for helping one person solve their own personal Chupacabra mystery.

For questions concerning 2637 Roseland, or Chupacabras please contact:

Leigh Maibes, RE/MAX Results

Monday, May 13, 2013


$499,999 , 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 1 half baths, 3,276 square feet

Leigh Maibes | RE/MAX Results, 4700 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109 314-352-7770 | (314) 324-3322
2637 Roseland Ter, Saint Louis, MO
5BR/3+1BA Single Family House
offered at $499,999
Year Built 1881
Sq Footage 3,276
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3 full, 1 partial
Floors 3
Parking 2 Car garage
Lot Size 17,102 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month


Welcome to Ellendale Home Place, a true Victorian estate built in the 1870's. This home boasts 3 bedrooms & 2.5 bathrooms, and an additional guest suite located on the 3rd floor, complete with another full bathroom. Built in the 1870's it was owned by James Sutton, the founder of Maplewood and it was later passed to his daughter, Kay Sutton Thomas. It was Kay who later renamed the estate. This home is the second oldest house in Maplewood, and it has been lovingly restored by the current owner who expertly blended historic details with modern updates. Historic features include: Nearly 11 ft. ceilings, a grand staircase, historic wood-work, pocket doors, butler's pantry, formal living room & parlor. Updates include: Period style siding, newer roof, addition of a 2 CAR GARAGE, creation of a Master Suite, second floor laundry, updated kitchen, updated electrical and MUCH MORE! The grounds are not to be missed, enjoy landscaping with something of interest during all 4 seasons. Located just a block from all the wonderful specialty shops, fine dining & casual cafes that Manchester has to offer. Centrally located, making almost any commute a breeze!
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- Basement - Breakfast nook - Dining room
- Family room - Living room - Master bath
- Mother-in-law unit - Office/Den - Storage space
- Sun room - Walk-in closet - Dishwasher
- Dryer - Garbage disposal - Microwave
- Refrigerator - Stainless steel appliances - Stove/Oven
- Washer - Balcony, Deck, or Patio - Garden
- Lawn - Pond - Yard
- Air conditioning - Ceiling fans - Central A/C
- Central heat - Double pane windows - Cable-ready
- High-speed internet - Security system - Garage - Detached
- Fireplace - Granite countertop - Hardwood floor
- High/Vaulted ceiling - Jetted tub - Tile floor


- Vintage building


- Zoned Heating and Cooling
- 2-200 Amp Electrical Panels
- Updated Copper Water Lines
- 2 Newer Furnaces & 2 Newer Condensers
- Zoned for Commercial Use as Well
- Updated Waste Plumbing Stacks
- Smoke Detectors are Hardwired
- Newer Period Siding On Entire House
- New Roof Installed During Ownership
- 2 Car Garage Added
- 4 Seasons Landscaping
- Koi Pond
- Insulation was Blown-In for Better Energy Efficiency
- Some New Windows
- New Doors Installed on Property
- Sewer Lateral Line Was Replaced During Ownership
- 2 Gas Fireplaces
- Several Beautiful Decorative Mantels
- Master Suite Added
- Guest Suite on 3rd Floor


Front View From Drive

Grand Staircase

Formal Parlor

Formal Parlor

Formal Parlor

Dining Room

Dining Room

Family Room

Half Bath on 1st Floor


Kitchen Leading to Den


Guest Bed

Guest Bathroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom

Master Bedroom

3rd Floor Guest Suite

3rd Floor Guest Suite

3rd Floor Guest Suite

Oversized 2 Car Garage

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Contact info:
Leigh Maibes
RE/MAX Results, 4700 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109 314-352-7770
(314) 324-3322
For sale by agent/broker

Posted: May 13, 2013, 10:01am PDT

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Home for Sale in The Shaw Neighborhood! Live the Ultimate Urban Lifestyle.

Leigh Maibes | RE/MAX Results, 4700 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109 314-352-7770 | (314) 324-3322
3859 Botanical Ave, Saint Louis, MO
Stately & Stunning Shaw Neighborhood Home
3BR/1+1BA Single Family House
offered at $234,900
Year Built 1897
Sq Footage 2,116
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1 full, 1 partial
Floors 2
Parking 2 Car garage
Lot Size 3,226 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month


This Stately & spacious 2-story home in the Shaw Neighborhood, is ready for new owners. Boasting 3 beds/1.5 baths, 2 car garage-port & nearly 2,200 sq. ft in an open & versatile floor-plan. This comfortable home expertly blends historical charm with modern updates. Featuring hardwood floors throughout, tall ceilings, pocket doors, newer heat-reflective roof & more!The updated kitchen features 42 inch cabinets, distressed concrete counter-tops, full pantry & stainless appliances (to stay with home). The 2nd level offers 3 bedrooms, full bath, walk-in closet and decorative mantel. The partially finished basement, terraced front yard, lush landscaping and large back patio round out this unique property. Located just one block off of Tower Grove Park and easily walk-able to The Botanical Gardens, Sasha's on Shaw, Thurman Grill and international dining on S. Grand. Just minutes to get to highways 40 & 44, makes commuting a breeze. Offering home warranty & pre-inspected sewer. Hurry!

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- Basement - Dining room - Living room
- Pantry - Storage space - Walk-in closet
- Dishwasher - Dryer - Garbage disposal
- Microwave - Refrigerator - Stainless steel appliances
- Stove/Oven - Washer - Balcony, Deck, or Patio
- Fenced yard - Air conditioning - Ceiling fans
- Central A/C - Central heat - Cable-ready
- Security system - Garage - Detached - On-street parking
- Fireplace - Hardwood floor - High/Vaulted ceiling


- Distressed Concrete Counter-tops
- Washer/Dryer Included
- All Appliances to Stay With Home
- Newer Rubber Membrane Reflective Roof
- Seller is Offering Home Owner's Warranty
- Sewer Lateral Pre-Inspected for Piece of Mind
- Fully Landscaped Property
- Terraced Front Yard
- Newly Poured Concrete Sidewalks and Front Entrance
- Newer Gutters & Downspouts with Leafguards
- Partially Finished Basement with Stained Concrete Floors
- Custom Kitchen Cabinetry with Several Built-In Features
- Deck Located of the Master Bedroom
- Located Just One Block from Tower Grove Park


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Contact info:
Leigh Maibes
RE/MAX Results, 4700 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109 314-352-7770
(314) 324-3322
For sale by agent/broker

Posted: Jan 8, 2013, 10:22am PST