This year I plan on focusing on a different neighborhood each month. As usual I will still post random items that strike my fancy, but for the most part, this year is devoted to NEIGHBORHOODS. Included in the neighborhood features will be basic background info, school (both public and private), and of course houses for sale with an eye for finding the “shiny pennies” as well diamonds in the rough. For organizational purposes, I thought I’d start on the western edge and work my way east.
Therefore, January is all about Lindenwood Park.
Lindenwood Park is bordered by Arsenal to north, Hampton to the east, Chippewa to the south and St. Louis City limits (River Des Peres) to the west. Wikipedia actually has a pretty decent entry on the Lindenwood Park Neighborhood. Click the link for a little history and some stats.
Lindenwood Park has a small town atmosphere. The neighborhood hosts Trivia Nights, Lawn and Garden Contests, Movies in the Park and LinFest-Lindenwood Neighborhood Fall Festival. Mom’s Deli and Ted Drewes (at the border of Lindenwood Park and St. Louis Hills) are two of the more recognizable names but there are several other restaurants that are quickly gaining notoriety including Trattoria Marcella, Stellina Pasta (my personal favorite) and Aya Sofia. Couple that with an easy commute to downtown or Clayton and the central location makes this neighborhood a win for anyone wanting charming neighborhood feel and easy access to the rest of the city.
2010 Market Snap Shot
Last year (2010), there were a total of 127 properties sold in the neighborhood. Prices of sold homes ranged between $25,000-$355,000 with a median price of $142,000. Average days on market for the 127 sold properties was 72 days. Translation: In a not so hot real estate market, on average, it took just over two months to sell a house in this neighborhood. That’s a pretty good sign! Additionally there’s a diverse supply of housing stock in terms of both style and price point. So there’s something for everyone: first time home buyers, move-up buyers, down sizing buyers, etc. Meaning that if you live in the neighborhood but need a bigger house, you have some options and vice versa.
With easy access to I-44, getting from work to home or home to play is quick and simple. If you are relying on public transit or just want to find a way to reduce your carbon foot print, the Shrewsbury MetroLink stop is just across River Des Peres. Residents can ride their bikes or drive and park, then take the train to any number of stops.
Currently there are less than 25 homes priced between $150,000-250,000 on the market in Lindenwood Park. Email me for a list.
Next Blog Post will be an architectural survey of housing styles available in Lindenwood Park.