In many cases, if someone had the time and patience to strip the whitewash these could be returned to something close to what they once were.
New kitchen cabinets are almost always called for too.
But after seeing all of that we ended up at this house on the corner of Big Bend and S. Berry. A displaced Fournier/Duenke in near pristine condition just on the outskirts of Ridgewood.
Every inch of redwood remains untouched.
I'm not sure that these are the original kitchen cabinets but if they are they've been well cared for. If not, they are certainly appropriate replacements.
The stone fireplace has been painted, but that's the only "mistake" I could find. (Some might argue that certain paint colors were a mistake... but that's an easy fix.)
At some point a portion of the carport was taken over to add additional living space, but ample covered parking remains.
The lot is generous and more private than you might expect in its location.
Priced slightly above the average home in Ridgewood at $189000, the house is in Webster schools as opposed to Lindbergh which raises the comps a bit.
What a thrill to see this after the many disappointments in Ridgewood.
I find describing the experience of this house difficult, but I can tell you that I did not want to leave it. (My apologies to those of you with a better grasp of the architectural vernacular than I.) The living room was by far the most wonderful space. Walls of windows, exposed brick, beamed ceilings and fireplace with a galley kitchen just off to one side. The space felt like it was designed for entertaining and that the kitchen was located there because you have to keep the ice trays and olives somewhere.
The lot is heavily wooded so the interior was quite dark when we were there at just about noon. But since the photos show light pouring into the living room and the pool getting sun, my assumption is that the house was placed on the lot to allow light in (and keep it out) at optimal times of day.
Still, while the space was almost alarmingly comfortable, it was dark and I could understand why many potential buyers would not be able to see or feel the magnificence of the space. And maybe that's why I didn't want to leave. I had questions about how the space would change throughout the day. Why was it so dark? (Maybe it goes back to the ice trays and olives. Maybe the original owner didn't rise until the afternoon sun hit the pool anyway.)
The clients I took through the house were considering returning to St. Louis from California and were equally enthusiastic about the house. As we were leaving, one of them turned to me and said, "You know what's going to happen if we don't buy this one, don't you? They're just going to tear it down." Those clients decided to stay in California, but let's hope they were wrong.
This one is listed at $149,900.
And this one at $139,500.
Many of the homes have some unfortunate updates, although nothing a road trip to IKEA wouldn't cure.
With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, it's listed at $230,000. View the listing here.
Vacant, the house feels more spacious than furnished and this one has the addition of a step-down room off the living room and kitchen that opens up the main floor.
If you've not been through this cul de sac in Kirkwood, it's worth a Sunday afternoon driveby. Take Manchester to Woodlawn and head south. Woodleaf Ct is the first left you can make off of Woodlawn. The 10 homes in total are all Armstrong's design. His specs for the neighborhood and correspondence with the builder are apparently on file at Wash U.