Let A Cottage be Your Castle: St. Louis Small House Movement

Dawn Griffin Posted by
Market Conditions Aug 2009

Like everyone else in this city I am a sucker for those big, old, historic homes. The high ceilings, intricate brick work, and crown molding made of plaster are architectural details that are just too expensive and labor intensive to replicate today. But those big old houses are big responsibilities. Lots of square footage means increased maintenance costs, more upkeep, increased energy consumption and a pretty hefty monthly mortgage.

If you are looking for a simpler lifestyle–one where not every free moment is devoted to home maintenance–think small.

All three of these homes are under 1000 square feet, are super solid, require little maintenance and have low utility bills.

7321 Melrose in University City has 2 beds and 1 bath with a large yard full of mature trees.

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4031 Bamberger is in South St. Louis has 2 beds and 1 bath, small fenced in yard and a 1 car garage

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2645 Pennsylvania is on a beautiful street in Tower Grove East has 2 beds and 1 bath with parking pad.

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