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Market Gurus: The Warner Hall Group

St. Louis’ many vibrant individual neighborhoods are distinct pockets of culture, architecture and community—and they make our city a truly unique place to live. That’s something The Warner Hall Group understands. As the No. 1 real estate team at Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, its agents work to make the complex process of buying or selling a home an easy and enjoyable one for clients, no matter where they want to hang their hats.

“In our opinion, if you don’t know one community from another, you aren’t doing everything you can for your clients,” says Sam Hall, a founding member of the team. The Warner Hall Group has been named among the top agents in areas like Clayton, the Central West End and University City, but Hall says he and his colleagues aim to serve the entire central corridor. This sets them apart from other agents who may focus on a single area or neighborhood, giving them a limited perspective. “To know the market well, you have to work across a broader area,” he explains.

The diversity of the St. Louis market is a major draw for buyers, according to Hall. “People from outside the area are blown away by the uniqueness of our communities,” he says. Architecture is one way those differences are reflected. From centuries-old homes in Lafayette Square to examples of the early Arts and Crafts movement in University City, there is something to appeal to all tastes. “There are not too many major metropolitan areas with such variety, and it’s a result of how St. Louis has grown and developed,” Hall says. “Each area has its own distinct characteristics.”

He notes that Kirkwood is one community that stands out to buyers. “Everyone we take to Kirkwood is instantly reminded of a Norman Rockwell painting,” he says. “It’s a very welcoming part of St. Louis.” He attributes the area’s appeal to its history. “It was built in the mid-19th century by people who wanted to escape downtown, which was overpopulated and polluted at the time,” Hall explains. The community continued to grow and then blossomed in the ’40s and ’50s when soldiers returned home from World War II. Today, Kirkwood offers beautiful homes, great schools and a bustling downtown. “Everything is walkable, and people instantly feel at home,” Hall says. “It’s everything you could want from a community.”

The Warner Hall Group currently is listing 728 N. Clay Ave., a brick bungalow built in the 1940s. “It’s in a great location that is very accessible to downtown Kirkwood,” Hall says. “The home has a rear addition that doubled the size of the interior but didn’t compromise the yard. There’s still nice outdoor space, which is rare in such a centrally located home.” Properties in the area often have small yards due to homeowners building expansions, according to Hall. “People jokingly call it the ‘Kirkwood addition,’” he explains. “As families grow, people build their homes up and out rather than moving. Once you move in, you won’t want to leave!”

The Warner Hall Group is Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty’s No. 1 real estate team. Since 2015, the team has provided an exceptional experience for St. Louisans at every price point. Pictured on the cover: 728 N. Clay Ave., Kirkwood. For more information, call 314.764.5238 visit warnerhallgroup.com.
Cover design by Julie Streiler | Cover photo by Bill Barrett

Pictured at top: Interior of 728 N. Clay Ave. in Kirkwood
Photo: Bill Barrett

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