Maplewood, Missouri - How I Love Thee

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Keller Williams Realty STL

Maplewood, Missouri - How I Love Thee

Once a sleepy bedroom community, Maplewood has recently exploded due to an influx of hip restaurants, specialty boutiques retailers and other developments along the nexus at Manchester and Sutton Avenues.  Establishedin 1908, the small inner-ring suburb was the end of the St. Louis streetcar line.  Because it hugs the city liits, today Maplewood draws a steady stream of residents eager to take advantage of a city lifestyle in an affordable, county location - indeed, the cost of living index in Maplewood is decidedly below the national average.  One of Maplewood's most telling mottos is that the city is: "Easy to Get to...Difficult to Leave." 

The word is definitely starting to spread.  Maplewood population has enjoyed a healthy increase over the past decade.  Maplewood population figures estimate nearly 8000 people call the city home - the majority being professionals in their 30s and 40s.  Because of it's ideal location, Maplewood's shopping, dining, and entertainment venues are a welcom distraction to residents and visitors who've come to discover a pedestrian friendly city and an exciting new night life district - Maplewood is home to such as the Schlafly Bottleworks, Black Cat Theatre, and Saratoga Lanes.  And foodies are espeially excited.  Maplewood plays host to a number of award winning restaurants and bistros. 

All the bells and whistles aside, Maplewood retains a sense of livability and genuineness that is hard to find, especially today.  Advertisers once boasted that Maplewood was the place to get away from the city and enjoy a breathof fresh air.  This still holds true today.  The historic residential areas in Maplewood are still ined with gorgeous turn of the century homes passed down from one generation to the next, helping add to the city's distinct style. 

Stepping off of main street, Maplewood visitors find a city with a strong neighborhood feel.  Not just a collection of renters or loft dwellers who occasionally nod to each other on the way to and from work.  Maplewood residents are proud and active players of a community that boasts top-notch libraries, bookstores, several parks and excellent schools.

Brick Mid Century ranch

This home in Maplewood is coming on the market at the middle of next week.  It was built in 1958 by a chiropractor who worked out of the home.  He put his doctor office in the basement.  Now the basement is almost a self sufficient unit.  It has a full bathroom and a sink in one of the rooms which could easily be turned into a kitchen.  The home is priced at $175,000 but will not be available to view until Wednesday, September 21, 2011.  Contact Barb Heise, KW, 314-677-6046 for a private showing.  It's an ideal situation for students.  A metrolink station is close by and it is convenient to public transportation.

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Barbara Heise, Keller Williams Realty, STL.


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