Kim Carney is Ladue through and through. Born and raised in the genteel suburb, she attended its public schools and returned there after graduate school. Her degree at UMSL was in counseling, and for five years, she worked as a family therapist serving an inner city population. She says she came to real estate after her own house search. “I discovered I was doing a better job than my agent, and I became obsessed with it,” she says. “It suits me to be my own boss!” Carney lives with her twin daughters, 12, who attend Ladue Middle School.

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What is your favorite restaurant?
I have two: Sportsman’s Park for the crispy chicken ranch salad and Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill for the brisket quesadilla.

Where do you grab a good cup of coffee?
At home. I have a Keurig, and I brew my own Starbucks.

What is your favorite store?
The little boutiques at Colonial Marketplace and along Clayton Road.

Which park/outdoor space do you most enjoy?
I walk everywhere—to Shaw Park and downtown Clayton. Where we live, everything’s so close; we have the best of all worlds.

What is your favorite thing about Ladue?
The excellent public schools.

What is your favorite street?
I have two: Fair Oaks off Lay Road and Colonial Lane off Gay Avenue.

What sets Ladue apart from other areas in St. Louis?
The beautiful architecture, lot sizes and unique neighborhoods. It’s so great for families.

Noteworthy: Kim Carney is an ovarian cancer survivor. She donates 10 percent of all her sales to Siteman Cancer Center. She consistently is voted Coldwell Banker Premier’s top single agent.

Pictured: Kim Carney with daughters Emma (left) and Grace at Pink Magnolia
Photo: Bill Barrett