T&S Home: 25 Fair Oaks Drive
from the homeowners » Drew and Meg Smith built the elegant Colonial-style home in 2000 to replace an older property on the site. Now, the couple is downsizing and moving to another area of town, but Drew says his family will take with them many sweet memories of the 7,200-square-foot home. “It has been a great gathering place for our kids and their friends,” he notes. “There is a large lower level with its own kitchen, so they would always convene downstairs and have a lot of fun.”
What do you like best about the neighborhood?
We moved to the area from Chesterfield because our kids were going to schools nearby, and we liked the fact that they could walk. The neighborhood has a lot of charm and interesting, varied architecture. Everyone knows each other, and there are July 4 parades and other activities in the area. The streets are laid out so it’s easy to walk and bike. There is only one way in and out of the neighborhood, so traffic isn’t bad, and it’s very safe for families. Plus, it’s centrally located and an easy commute to most other parts of St. Louis.
What do you appreciate most about the house?
It was extremely well designed by architect Scott Krejci and beautifully constructed by Minton Homes. The house was built for many generations of use. It’s just over 18 years old, but we have done some redecorating recently.
What are the grounds like?
The yard is beautifully landscaped. A Roman stone circle driveway offers plenty of space for guests to park, and the back patio is great for relaxing.
Have you enjoyed entertaining in the home?
Having holiday parties here has been wonderful. The home has a traditional layout that’s very open, and the rooms flow together well, which works nicely when you are cooking meals and serving guests. Everyone gathers around the living room and family room fireplaces, too.
What is most convenient about the home?
My wife and I both have enjoyed having plenty of comfortable office space, and I like that the master suite is on the main level. The master bath has two showers, so there’s no competing in the morning! I also like that the house is wired for sound; there are speakers throughout.
What potential does the house offer?
The backyard has space for a pool, and extra rooms can double as a home office, in-law quarters or nanny suite. There also is space that could serve as a workshop for someone who likes to do crafts and projects.
from the agents » “Explore the extraordinary in one of Ladue’s most distinguished neighborhoods.”
—Suzie Wells & Aimee Simpson
listing price |$2,595,000
listing agents | Suzie Wells & Aimee Simpson
agency | Gladys Manion Real Estate
Photos: Ford Manion