10 Carrswold Drive
An older home gives us the chance to preserve a little slice of history. The perfect blend of local heritage and modern amenities can be difficult to resist, which is what a family of five found on Carrswold Drive in Clayton. Charmed by the home’s architectural pedigree and central location, they created the perfect space for their lifestyle while keeping true to the home’s history.
How long have you lived in the house?
At the end of this month, it will be 18 years.
What initially attracted you to the property?
Our family was relocating from the Chicago area, and the location was perfect. My twin sons were starting high school, and my daughter was going into middle school, so we wanted to be in the Clayton School District. I was starting work at BJC HealthCare, and it was less than a five-minute commute. Plus, it’s only 15 minutes to downtown and the airport. On top of that, the house itself fit our family very well. My wife and I are only leaving now because our kids are adults and are on their own. It’s a very big house for two people, but we’ve loved it.
What is the neighborhood like?
It is mostly large, older homes, and the neighborhood is changing. When we moved in, there were older couples approaching retirement age, and now, younger families are moving in. It really is a great location. We’re less than 2 miles from Forest Park. We hop on Wydown Boulevard, a very scenic road that takes you right into the park, so you can go to the zoo, museums and Science Center. The park is like an extension of the neighborhood; it’s very accessible.
Have you renovated much?
All of the bedrooms were on the second floor, so after our children left for college, we added a first-floor master suite. We also remodeled the kitchen to accommodate our lifestyle and built an attached garage. Outside, we landscaped and leveled the backyard to create easy access to the pool. The house has great circulation, and it’s easy to move through.
How would you describe your decorating style?
It’s a mix of antique and new. The house is a Maritz and Young home built in 1929. On the inside, we tried to remain true to the intent of the original architect.
Do you entertain often?
We entertained my work colleagues frequently and hosted fundraisers and family gatherings. The home has a lot of space, and there is great flow between rooms. You can move easily among the formal dining room, family dining room, living room and sunroom. Plus, the indoors connects nicely to the outdoors. When we had parties in the spring and fall, we’d open up the entire house.
listing price | $2,698,000
listing agent | Sabrina Robb, Robb Partners
agency | Keller Williams Realty St. Louis