394 Larimore Valley, Wildwood
Designed by architect Dick Busch and built into a picturesque hillside, this home specifically was constructed to achieve an Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Even though it’s a large property, the warm, inviting interior woodwork, decorative leaded glass and multiple fireplaces create a cozy feeling. With a house like this, you can stay in and still have all the amenities you want right at your fingertips. That’s especially appealing right now, when people are working, playing and relaxing more at home.
Does the property complement its surroundings well?
Yes, it was designed to create a deep sense of connection to nature. The façade and front yard have a storybook feel with cobblestones and other lovely stonework. The idea was for the indoor spaces and woodwork to reflect the natural features of the forest and hillside. And the rear of the home is almost entirely windows, so you really feel at one with the outdoors.
What is most appealing about the location?
My favorite thing about this property is that it backs up to Babler State Park, so the views are wonderful. It’s close to restaurants, Spirit of St. Louis Airport and other amenities, but it still feels like you are a part of nature when you are here. The neighborhood has generous lot requirements, so it’s very serene and quiet, with many mature trees. There is an attractive mix of architectural styles, but they all work well with the topography and lovely views.
What are some of the home’s conveniences?
There is a large gym room with its own bathroom, refrigerator and cubbyholes for equipment and supplies. The house also features an elevator, and the driveway is heated for safety in wintertime. There is also a new path that cuts through from the neighborhood to Babler Park, so residents can hike, bike and explore close to home. You can walk from the front door to the park in 10 minutes.
What is the master suite like?
It is located on the first floor and features a fireplace, coffee bar and private, screened porch that is a perfect spot to wake up with a cup of coffee or unwind at the end of the day with a glass of wine. The porch is like your own outdoor living room—a relaxing oasis.
Is it an inviting home for guests?
This house allows you to entertain beautifully, inside and outside. There are two bedroom suites on the lower level, perfect for a live-in nanny, in-laws or overnight guests. There is plenty of room for them to be comfortable and enjoy some privacy away from the rest of the house. Does it have environmentally responsible features?Yes. The home is only 20 years old, so it comes with modern energy efficiencies like a geothermal heating and cooling system. Utility costs are reasonable compared to other houses this size.
from the agent
“This home is designed for serenity. It makes you feel like you’ve escaped to the country.”
— Alex Thornhill
Listing price | $2,499,000
Listing agent | Alex Thornhill
Agency | Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty
Phone | 314.239.4993 | 314.725.0009
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