Ann Wroth of Gladys Manion Real Estate
Ann Wroth grew up in Richmond Heights, the oldest of nine children. She recalls going to Forest Park Highlands, an amusement park (which closed in 1963), and fondly remembers childhood Sundays when her parents would drive her and her siblings to the banks of the Mississippi on the riverfront. She was a school teacher in the Parkway and Clayton school districts prior to going into real estate; she has been at Gladys Manion for 30 years. Wroth has two children and lives in the Claverach Park neighborhood of Clayton.
What is your favorite restaurant?
The Crossing. The service is great, and the food is outstanding. I order whatever the chef recommends. I love the blue cheese souffle, but wish it were a bigger serving!
Where do you grab a good cup of coffee?
At home. I love getting up early and putting on a pot. You can’t beat the smell of coffee brewing. I make myself a latte with the help of a battery-operated frother.
What is your favorite store?
The Woman’s Exchange—great gifts and unique clothing for all my grandchildren. And they make a dynamite salad. It’s a one-stop shop.
Which park/outdoor space do you enjoy the most?
Forest Park. It has something for everyone: the Zoo, Art Museum, Boathouse, World’s Fair Pavilion, The Muny. I’ve been going there ever since I can remember.
What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
Clayton. I have lived there since graduating from college, not to mention that my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren live a 5-minute walk from my house. I love seeing the children walk or ride their bikes to school.
What sets Clayton apart from other areas in St. Louis?
It’s a cosmopolitan city with a small-town feel. It has a diverse population, sidewalks, lots of good shopping and restaurants, and easy access to both highways and the airport.
Noteworthy: Ann Wroth has been one of Gladys Manion’s top agents for many years, with more than $200 million in sales.