The Best Values Are Right In Front Of Us

Categories: General Selling Your Home St. Louis Luxury Homes


In recent weeks, I’ve observed a flurry of price reductions and I believe we are seeing great values for the savvy buyer.   The end of summer often brings about price correction (and sometimes underpricing).  Perhaps sellers don’t want to face the winter with the thought of an unsold property.  Now is the time for buyers to capitalize on this value pricing.  Too often, buyers focus only on new listings to the exclusion of older inventory.  I believe there are great deals to be made with older listings which are now priced at incredible values. 

Janet Horlacher
Janet McAfee Real Estate 

15 Clermont Lane in Ladue: A Ladue News Distinctive Home

Categories: St. Louis Luxury Homes

If you are looking for refined luxury living in a well known Ladue neighborood, check out this Ladue News feature home article by Blase Hart-Schmidt.

15 Clermont Lane


This 4-bedroom, 3-full and 1-half bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $1.2985 million.

YOU’VE PROBABLY DRIVEN BY this home and done a double-take at its bright pink door. But what you might not realize is that behind the entrance is a home with an abundance of charm.

The 4,400-square-foot home in a sought-after neighborhood features a gracious center-hall floor plan, step-down living room and chic dining room. Enter the private backyard through the adjoining living room to enjoy the quaint secret garden and gorgeously landscaped grounds.

The new gourmet kitchen boasts a breakfast bar, butler’s pantry, center island, custom cabinetry, solid surface counters and a wine cooler; and the main-floor master suite’s new bathroom, sitting area, gas fireplace and private patio make it a true oasis. You’ll enjoy having plenty of space thanks to the three bedrooms, two sitting rooms and two bathrooms upstairs.

Built-in bookcases, special millwork, walk-in closets and main-floor laundry round out this home’s amenities. 

For more details, please contact the listing agents:

Judy Miller

Raye Zeigler


12 Hillvale in Clayton: A Ladue News Distinctive Home

Categories: St. Louis Luxury Homes

The Ladue News Magazine contacted us looking for examples of homes that speak to today's luxury buyer.  We suggested 12 Hillvale in Clayton as a superb example of a home with outstanding features and refined luxury finishes.  A copy of the feature article written by Blase Hart-Schmidt follows:

12 Hillvale Drive


This 5-bedroom, 4-full and 1-half bathroom home in Clayton is listed for $1.595 million.

THIS CLAVERACH PARK GEM makes a fantastic family home.  Kids will adore the half-acre property’s zip line and rustic tree house. Lovingly restored to its original grandeur, the 4,700-square-foot house features soaring ceilings, graceful arched openings, custom tile flooring, leaded-glass windows and wrought-iron accents.

An elegant dining room, large living room with a fireplace and an elevated sitting room all adjoin the entrance hall for a plethora of space.  The gourmet kitchen boasts custom cabinetry, granite countertops, a center island, and SubZero and Dacor appliances for effortless cooking.

The family room has 12-foot box beamed ceilings, a full wet bar, fireplace and French doors, which open to the columned loggia and terrace. Mom and Dad can retreat to the master suite, with a walk-in closet, steam shower, his-and-her vanities and a soaking tub. Second-floor laundry, built-in wine cabinets and a locker area in the lower level and a 2-car garage round out this fine home. 

For more details:
Heidi Long


1300 Log Cabin Lane: A Ladue News Distinctive Home Feature

Categories: St. Louis Luxury Homes

Recently, Ladue News contacted Janet McAfee Real Estate looking for examples of contemporary architecture and design within the Saint Louis community.  We suggested Nancy Ferrillo’s listing at 1300 Log Cabin Lane in Ladue as an outstanding example of contemporary design and world class amenities.  Staff writer Blaise Hart-Schmidt profiled the home in a Distinctive Home Feature.  Her feature follows:

 This 5-bedroom, 4-full and 1-half bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $2.29 million.

1300 Log Cabin Lane


PREPARE TO BE AMAZED BY THIS stunning architectural beauty: Designed by Frank McGuire, this contemporary home sits on 3 lush acres of pure relaxation, including gardens with fountains, a newly reconstructed pool house and private pool.

Rebuilt just four years ago by architect Reggie Konet, the home features top-of-the-line finishes and materials, including Portuguese limestone, ribbon-striped Honduran mahogany and Brazilian cherry hardwood for an ultra-sophis
ticated atmosphere. In the kitchen, you’ll love using the Wolf, Meile, SubZero and Kupperbusch appliances, as well as granite counters, a center island and breakfast bar.

There’s plenty of space to spread out, thanks to the spacious master suite, great room, library/den, sunroom, hobby/workshop area and cathedral ceilings. The home also includes a Lutron smart-lighting system, main-floor laundry, built-in bookcases and walk-in closets for extra convenience.

For more information about this outstanding residence, contact the listing agent:

Nancy Ferrillo


20 Fordyce Lane: A Town & Style Featured Home

Categories: St. Louis Luxury Homes

by stephanie zeilenga
listing price | $2,350,000
listing agent | julie lane of janet mcafee

With a third baby on the way, Jennifer Hackmann and husband Jason decided in 2008 that a little more room might be nice. Practically down the road from where they already lived,  the couple found the perfect house for their burgeoning family.  Located on a 1.52-acre lot at 20 Fordyce Lane in Ladue, it hit that sweet spot of being in a desirable neighborhood while also offering plenty of privacy.

Built in 1937, the traditional Maritz & Young home features five bedrooms and an addition completed before the family purchased the property. The large family room with adjoining open gallery and stone fireplace was the perfect space for family time, says Hackmann. “It’s warm and homey,” she says. “And the kitchen is open to the living room, so even if the kids are doing their homework at the table, or I’m cooking and someone is working on a project, we’re all still connected.”

During the Hackmanns’ six years in the home, they renovated the second level by updating two of the bathrooms, creating a hallway and adding a kitchenette to the master bedroom complete with sink, granite countertops and mini refrigerator. The renovation also included converting a dressing room into a jumbo closet with granite-topped storage island. “It includes two pull-out laundry drawers, a hidden ironing board and three jewelry drawers,” Hackmann says.

The backyard pool and landscaping also got a face-lift. “When we moved in, the pool needed a lot of work, so we had it resurfaced, redid the bricks along the outside of it, and converted it to a saltwater pool,” Hackmann says. “We also added a patio and a nice area with a fireplace.” Surrounded by plenty of flora, the family spent hours in the pool or on the patio and especially loved gathering around the outdoor fireplace in late fall and early winter for s’mores.

The flowing layout on the main floor, and its wide French doors flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows, facilitated entertaining, even for larger crowds. One particular avorite was the annual fall party the Hackmanns threw for their friends. “We love entertaining, and the house is perfect for that,” Hackmann says. “We open all the French doors in the gallery and main living room, and people flow easily through the house between the indoor and outdoor fireplace.”  The family has enjoyed living at 20 Fordyce Lane but is now ready for a change, Hackmann says.  For more details concerning this fabulous Ladue residence, contact the listing agent.

Julie Lane

50 Brighton Way, 3S: A Ladue News Distinctive Home Feature

Categories: St. Louis Luxury Homes

This 3-bedroom, 3-full and 1-half bathroom penthouse in Clayton is listed for $1.189 million.


CLOSE TO SHAW PARK AND CLAYTON'S finest shops and restaurants, and with an open and inviting floor plan, this 1.5-story penthouse has it all.

A building elevator and marble floors in the formal gallery foyer give visitors an immediate taste of elegance. Palladian windows, built-ins and a see-through gas fireplace in the large living room make it a versatile, yet suitable, backdrop for everything from lazy nights in to lavish cocktail parties.

You’ll fall in love with the SubZero, Bosch and Wolf appliances in the eat-in kitchen,  which make serving dinner in the formal dining room, boasting built-in lighted china cabinets, a snap.

Guests will enjoy the main-floor bedroom while you retreat to the upstairs master suite, with double sinks, whirlpool, separate shower, private patio and sitting room. Also upstairs are a third bedroom, laundry room and bonus room.

In addition to the three patios and zoned HVAC, the villa also comes with two-car garage parking.

For more details concerning this exquisite residence, please contact the listing agent.
Ann Carter

3 Andre Drive: A Ladue News Distinctive Home

Categories: St. Louis Luxury Homes


This 6-bedroom, 4-full and 1-half bathroom home in Des Peres is listed for $1.09 million.

BETWEEN ITS SUBSTANTIAL SIZE, charming design and prime location in the Kirkwood School District, this home is ideal for raising a family.

Enjoy relaxed mornings in the vaulted kitchen, with a center island and sunny breakfast room, as well as an adjoining laundry room for extra convenience.

 In the master suite, three walk-in closets and a newly updated bathroom, with a cathedral ceiling, hardwood floor, his and her vanities, glass shower and separate whirlpool tub create the ultimate oasis.  Five additional bedrooms accommodate every member of the family.

Your kids will love inviting friends over to play in the loft playroom, accessed by a whimsical tunnel on the second floor.

Kick back in the lower-level, which has a family room with fireplace, game room and kitchen.  The family's health buffs and hobbyists will love the exercise room and professional sound room.  With a gorgeous patio overlooking park-like grounds and a pool, this home is perfect inside out.

For more property details, follow the link to the property page:


8 Valley View Place: A Ladue News Distinctive Home Feature

Categories: St. Louis Luxury Homes

When Ladue News Magazine requested an example of luxury living in Ladue, they turned to Jim Human and Steve Anstey of Janet McAfee Real Estate. Their LuxuryCollection listing at 8 Valley View Place in Ladue offers over 5,155 square feet of updated and sophisticated living space with elegant finishes throughout.

In a Distinctive Home feature article by Staff Writer Blase Hart-Schmidt, the highlights of the residence and its sought-after neighborhood follow:

A 4-bedroom, 4-full and 2 half bath home in Ladue is listed for $1,625,000.

LIVE THE GOOD LIFE IN THIS custom-built home with more than 6,000 square feet of sophisticated living space. Special details, like built-in bookcases, coffered ceilings, wood floors and main-floor laundry, showcase its masterful construction and quality design. On the main floor, a 2-story entry foyer and lavish living room with 20-foot ceiling, fireplace and wet bar set the scene for cocktail hour with friends. The master suite includes a double sink and separate tub and shower. An office, dining room, hearth room and gourmet eat-in kitchen, with a center island and custom cabinetry, complete the spacious first floor. Upstairs, three bedrooms, two full baths and a large TV room provide space for every member of the family. The lower level, with a high-end workout room, pool room, family room, full bath and kitchen and storage space, will likely be abuzz with activity of friends and relatives. You’ll want to spend all your time outside during the warmer months, soaking in the sun on the gracious patio or out in the gardens.

To learn more about the residence, click on the link below:


Orville Road Featured in The New York Times

Categories: St. Louis Luxury Homes


In a recent New York Times "WHAT YOU GET" article by Mike Powell, our authentic replica of a 1750 Connecticut farmhouse in Wildwood, Missouri was featured in the $1,000,000 category. The New York Times searches nationwide to find unique properties to profile and we are delighted they elected to feature this distinguished LuxuryCollection residence. The property is listed by James L. Manion and Barbara Wulfing. The article follows:

WHAT: A five-bedroom four-bath saltbox

HOW MUCH: $995,000

SIZE: 3,593 square feet


SETTING: Wildwood is a city of about 36,000 people 30 minutes by car from downtown St. Louis. This house is on a winding, forested road within a few miles from three state parks and preserves, including one along the Missouri River. The area is hilly, according to the listing agent; lots are zoned for three acres or more.

INDOORS: The two-story house, a reproduction of a 1750s saltbox, was completed in 1981. Period details include reclaimed wood floors, low ceilings with exposed beams, hand planed wall paneling and hand-blown windows. Even the nails we restruck by hand to give the appearance of age.

In addition to formal living and dining rooms, there’s a family room with a pitched ceiling. All three rooms have brick, wood-burning fireplaces. There’s also a library, and a sitting room with doors opening to a stone terrace, one of three on the property. Kitchen appliances and surfaces include a Jenn-Air range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, copper counters and double ceramic sinks.

There are two bedrooms on the first floor, including the master, which has a brick fireplace. The other two bedrooms are upstairs.

OUTDOOR SPACE: The property is a little over nine acres. The front was landscaped so as to attract wildlife, with pathways weaving through tall grass. Behind the house, the property slopes onto a valley.

For more details, a link to the property page is furnished: