11 Claychester Drive, Des Peres
from the homeowners | Owner Rhonda Kindsvater says this picturesque, four-bedroom home was an ideal fit for her family when they moved in 11 years ago, but now their children are older, and she and her husband plan to return to their native state of Arizona. “We’ve always enjoyed houses with great outdoor living and convenience,” she says. “This one offered the perfect location close to local highways, a quick commute for my husband. We already had fallen in love with the area when we first looked at the home, but when we saw the backyard, it blew us away.”
What do you like best about the outdoors?
The backyard is just wonderful, very secluded, and the lot is more than two acres. There is a wood fireplace attached to the patio, and we added another fire pit off of the pool. It’s great because you can get a bit away from the house and enjoy a nice outdoor blaze. There are only 12 houses on the street, so there is plenty of privacy when you are spending time outside.
What is an unusual feature of the home?
It has beautiful kitchens in both the main house and pool house. I do a lot of cooking and entertaining, and the property is very well set up for that with top-notch, commercial-grade appliances and lots of gathering space. We hosted a work event last January, and the caterers used the pool house kitchen to prepare all the food, then brought it into the main house for a buffet. We had about 60 guests, and everyone said they enjoyed the food and had an amazing time.
What other memorable events have you hosted?
We had my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday celebration at the home two years ago. My husband’s entire family came in for the weekend, and there were 17 of us altogether. Everyone was very comfortable, and we had a blast relaxing by the pool and playing games in the yard.
What are some of the most practical features?
The people we bought it from added a lot of beautiful custom cabinetry. There is also a great deal of amazing workspace on the lower level, including built-in desks—perfect for kids who are studying and adults working at home. The previous owners had a large family, so they put a lot of thought into features that would work well.
How would you describe the house’s aesthetics?
The main point I would make is that the floor plan is very open and there is a lot of natural light. The home is full of large windows that give the rooms an airy feel. That was very important to us.
What would you want the next owners to know?
The home is beautiful and comfortable in all seasons. You walk inside and instantly feel at ease because it’s very inviting and not too formal. We always referred to the property as our staycation house because it feels like you are at your own private resort.
from the agents
The home offers classic indoor living with a serene outdoor oasis.
Listing price | Available upon request
Listing agents | The Nancy Gorgen Team
Agency | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties
Phone | 314.775.2050 | 314.497.1531