My Final Resting Place

Front view from the street

3 Bedrooms,  2 Full Baths,  2 Car Garage (sort of),
1,896 Sq. Ft.,  plus 1,896 Sq. Ft. Unfinished Basement.
Single story ranch (don't let the faux dormers fool you like they did me),
built in 1993 on a 9,029 Sq. Ft. lot just outside the city limits.

Main Features: Family Room, Formal Dining Room, Master Bedroom with Private Bath, Laundry/Mud Room,
Whirlpool Tub, Gas Fireplace, Patio with Natural Gas Grill, Security System, Porch, Sprinkler System and more.

Description

In order to retire early I sold the home I designed and built in Boulder, Colorado.  Click here to see the web site I created to sell it.  I planned to add two thirds to three quarters of the proceeds to my retirement nest egg, spending only one quarter to one third on a replacement home in St. Louis with no mortgage. 

The plan included eventually getting a reverse mortgage on the home, so I needed to find a home that maximized my ability to stay in it regardless of age's affect on my mobility.  That meant finding a single story ranch, which if not handicap accessible, convertible to handicap accessible, and a laundry on the main floor.

So I mentally prepared myself that such a replacement home would not be near as satisfying, comfortable or have as many amenities as the home I designed.  I was hoping for a home I could tolerate or at least not dislike to the point that it made me regret my decision.

Having been born and raised in South St. Louis county, my familiarity with that area caused me to favor it.  However, I wanted to be at least closer to, if not within, the city, to avoid distance being a deterrent to taking advantage of what the city had to offer.  Unfortunately, I had conflicting desires. 

Although most city homes were all brick, few were single story ranches.  Few homes just outside the city limits had garages, let alone a two car garage.  It looked like I'd have to go well outside I-255/I-270 that encircles the suburbs to find a private bath in the master bedroom, a reasonably large kitchen and a main floor laundry. 

Then I found this gem, just two miles from the city limits, amid 38 to 50 year old homes, but since it was only 15 years old, it had all the amenities I most desired, and to my surprise a few I did not have or like better than the home I designed.

Exterior

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Living Room    16' x 11'

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Kitchen & Dining Area    19' x 12'

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Master Bedroom    16' x 14'

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Master Bedroom's Private Bath    11' x 7'

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Bar & Media Room    20' x 13'

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Office    13' x 11'

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Other Bedrooms    13' x 10'    12' x 10'

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Other Bath    8' x 5'    Laundry/Mud Room    9' x 8'

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Miscellaneous