Are you looking for homes for sale in Kirkwood, Missouri?
Before you do anything else, please read through this article as it will help you better understand the pros and cons of Kirkwood.
If you’re anything like me, then sometimes it’s nice to read a little bit about the community that you’re considering moving too.
The reason our customers do business with us is because we take the time to EDUCATE buyers and sellers vs. just throwing a bunch of listings for them to review without any context.
In this case, I wanted to share some insights with you about homes for sale in Kirkwood, Missouri. Certainly, feel free to skip through this and use our search function in the side bar if all you’re looking to do is browse Kirkwood homes for sale.
For those of you interested in hearing our insights on buying, building, or renovating homes in Kirkwood, please stick around and enjoy. 🙂
Oh, and I live a couple blocks from downtown Kirkwood, so this review is from my perspective!
Why people who live in Kirkwood LOVE Kirkwood
Kirkwood is one of the best areas to live in St. Louis county and here are some of the reasons why.
- It’s a walking town. Regardless of the weather or time of year, you can always find residents enjoying a leisurely walk with their family and pets throughout Kirkwood. For those living close to downtown Kirkwood, you’ll find daily walkers headed to Kirkwood Farmers Market, or to one of the many awesome restaurants or locally owned shops and boutiques. There is no doubt about it that Kirkwood is a true walker’s community! Sometimes you might even spot a golf cart or two!
- Great Schools. Kirkwood school district consistently ranks among the best school districts in St. Louis. In September of 2018, Keyser Elementary school was awarded the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School award.
- Safety. Kirkwood is among the safest places to live in St. Louis. Something we all take very seriously considering the reputation St. Louis has earned over the years. Regardless of the headlines in the news about St. Louis, Kirkwood is an amazingly safe place to live and enjoy life.
- History. Many people aren’t aware that Kirkwood was founded and named after the builder of the Pacific Railroad, James P. Kirkwood. You can also find and tour a Frank Lloyd Wright House located in Kirkwood.
- Tradition. Whether it’s the Green Tree Festival, which began in 1961, or the Kirkwood / Webster Turkey Day Trot, which celebrated it’s 110th year in 2017, Kirkwood is rich in tradition. These traditions have been passed down from family to family and offer sweet nostalgia for those who still live in Kirkwood, or those who are starting their own families here too!
- Location Location Location! Kirkwood is centrally located to some of the other popular areas to live in St. Louis. In fact, it’s less than 10 minute drive to Crestwood, Webster Groves, Town and Country, Affton, Ballwin, Clayton, Creve Coeur, Maplewood, Fenton, Rock Hill, Brentwood, and only a 20 minute drive to downtown St. Louis, making it extremely accessible.
- Historic Homes. Kirkwood is one of the best places in St. Louis to buy and rehab historic homes. Think three story homes with a wrap around porch and massive oak trees. Not only are these houses beautifully designed, but many sit on large lots.
Find a house for sale in Kirkwood
Finding homes for sale in Kirkwood, MO is simple as there are tons of real estate websites that aggregate listings. But, I’m not a huge fan of those.
What they don’t do is explain the pros and cons of each type of home for sale so you can make the best type of decision for you and your family.
Below are some considerations before buying a home, topics I always discuss in detail with my clients.
How much space do you need?
Space is crucial as it drastically impacts price per square foot.
Think about the amount of space in your current home and make an educated decision on how much space you need in your new home. Once you have that figured out, you can filter your searches by size.
When we create your account, we can build these filters in for you, but it’s definitely something you want to think about.
What is your price range?
Knowing your price range is important because it sets the tone for your home search. One thing you need to remember is that an increase in price isn’t always a bad thing.
For example, a house $20,000 higher than your budget isn’t necessarily out of range when you think about how little you’ll actually pay over a 30 year period. And, a difference in $20k can make a difference in the house you buy in Kirkwood.
It’s not my job to tell you what you can and can’t afford, it’s my job to help you think through the process. And, I’ve found many realtors often get uncomfortable having this incredibly important discussion!
Leasing vs. Buying in Kirkwood
You can often get yourself in a position where your house sells fast and you haven’t found a new home.
In this instance you should consider options for short term leases.
Sometimes leases turn into great opportunities and you can actually negotiate a lease to own contract. It’s all about the negotiation which is another great reason to choose a real estate agent that will go to battle for you!
Is the house you’re looking at on a cut through street?
This is one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a buyer.
You love the home, love the location, and overlook the fact that you just bought a new house on a cut through street.
Now, you have a constant fear that speeding cars aren’t paying attention and your kids or pets may be at risk. For example, is the house you’re looking at on a cut through street connecting N. Geyer and Kirkwood Blvd?
Or, maybe it’s a cut through street connecting Woodlawn and Lindbergh.
Regardless of the location, take the time to check if you’re going to be impacted or inconvenienced by cut through traffic. Not all homes for sale in Kirkwood sit on cut through streets, but we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t bring it to your attention.
Condo homes for sale in Kirkwood
What’s all the hype about living in a condo in Kirkwood?
- No yard clean up
- Covered parking (in many cases, but not all)
- Typically cheaper than a comparable single family home of similar size (clearly you may have HOA dues, but that all gets reviewed before you ever write a contract to buy.) But, most of the time it’s cheaper to buy a condo in Kirkwood than it is to buy a house.
- Walking distance to amazing dining like Billy G’s, Citizen Kane’s Steak House, Sunset 44, Dewey’s Pizza, and First Watch.
- Walking distance to best places for kids such as the Magic House, Kirkwood YMCA, Kirkwood Park and Ice Skating Rink, and Kirkwood Farmers’ Market.
A condo is the best of both worlds, you get the simplicity of an apartment with the ownership of a home. Often you get a deeper feel of community by living in a condo, and couple that with a condo in Kirkwood, you have the ultimate community feel.
Did you know there are tons of different condos for sale in kirkwood?
We did a quick search and found condos ranging from as low as $128,000 to as much as $600,000 for varying types and designs.
Below are some of the highly sought after condos in Kirkwood.
Greenbriar Condominiums, Kirkwood MO
1900-1999 Thursby Ave
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Kirkwood Station Plaza Loft Condominiums
200 S. Kirkwood Rd
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Kirkwood Station Plaza Apartments
141 E. Madison Ave
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Are there new condos being constructed in Kirkwood?
Kirkwood is a hot bed for growth and we continue to see new projects coming through for approvals.
There are certainly some really great locations as listed above, but feel free to contact us regarding new condos that are in the approval process at the City of Kirkwood.
Or, take a drive down Kirkwood Rd. between Big Bend and Lindbergh and you’ll surely see some new construction activity.
Old Kirkwood Homes for Sale
Charming, older homes for sale is one of the big appeals for those searching homes for sale in Kirkwood Missouri. In fact, the Kirkwood Historical Society has a program offered to residents of Kirkwood living in “Century Homes”. According to the historical society, the purpose is to “identify, preserve and honor the history of our 100 year old homes in the Kirkwood area”.
Visualize this, you’re walking down the sidewalk surrounded by 100 year old homes with three stories, wraparound porches, huge oak trees in the front yard, and a yellow lab lounging in the sun.
If you’re familiar with Kirkwood, then that description will instantly strike a note with you as it’s one of the best places in St. Louis to buy historic homes which can be rehabilitated.
Another important thing to remember is that you can buy an old home in Kirkwood without having to spend an arm and a leg. Kirkwood has plenty of great old homes for sales with varying sizes and prices.
- 2 Bed 1 Bath
- 2 Bed 2 Bath
- 3 Bed 2 Bath
- 3 Bed 3 Bath
- 4 Bed 4 Bath
- All of the above with 2, 3, or even 4 car garages.
You get the point. We just don’t want to scare off any potential buyers that may believe Kirkwood is too expensive to live.
It seems like every month we are seeing more and more older historic home renovations popping up in Kirkwood, which is a great sign that the community is thriving.
Kirkwood is certainly one of the best places to buy an older home in St. Louis. A drive through Kirkwood will show you a variety of neighborhoods some featuring charming bungalows, others gracious Victorians, still others secluded modern multilevel, You’ll even find a few mid-century modern gems, and rambling ranches.
If you haven’t already, definitely check out the Jefferson-Argonne Historic District which is home to some of the most beautiful homes for sale in Kirkwood, Missouri.
Here are some of the streets in Kirkwood with historic homes.
- Argonne Dr.
- Dickson St.
- Handlan Ct.
- Holmes Ave
- Jefferson Ave
- Mitchell Pl
- Taylor Ave
- Woodlawn Ave
New Kirkwood Homes for Sale
New homes in Kirkwood MO come on the market every day in Kirkwood, but what I want to talk about is actually buying a NEW home in Kirkwood.
What I mean is NEW home means NEW construction.
Kirkwood is one of the most well-established communities in St. Louis and there isn’t an over abundance of lots for sale in Kirkwood.
For example, a recent home buyer decided to buy a piece of property that wasn’t zoned for residential buildings. They love the location of Kirkwood so much and wanted to build a new home that they decided to go through the design review process. The new home they built looks like the other downtown locations in Kirkwood and you would never realize it’s a single family home.
I think the price tag for that project was north of $5 million, but hey, if you love the location and have the means to build your dream home, more power to you! 😉
This example is clearly one in a million.
Most new homes for sale in Kirkwood often involve some type of tear down. Hopefully the developer you’re working with has already done the dirty work, but in some instances, you may be required to tear down the existing home that sits on your lot. This requires approval from the city. So be prepared.
I did a quick search of lots for sale in Kirkwood and came up with the following results.
- 600 N. Ballas Rd: This is a 7.05 acre lot for sale in Kirkwood that has been listed for a few years. The listing price is $1,999,999.
- 721 S. Geyer Rd: This lot is roughly 1/3 of an acre and listed for $198,000.
- 830 Minnie Ave: This lot for sale is 5,000 square feet and listed for $34,900.
- 0 N. Taylor: This is a beautiful lot on 1.58 acres and listed for $1,300,000.
- 637 S. Elliot: 7448 square foot lot with a listing price of $59,900.
- 9 Finlay Rd: Nearly 2.5 acres of land ready to build and listed for $250,000
As you can see, the price range for lots for sale in Kirkwood is broad which allows for different segments of buyers looking to build new homes in Kirkwood, MO.
Teardown Kirkwood Homes for Sale
Common reasons people teardown homes in Kirkwood to rebuild.
- Repairs are too expensive
- Cost of repairs exceed value of existing home
- You need land to build your custom home and there aren’t any lots available
- Existing house is considered unsafe
- Location is king and you just want to build a house in Kirkwood
I drove through Kirkwood recently and notice a handful of homes for sale that would be great teardown and rebuild projects for the right home buyer. A common myth is that it’s expensive to tear down an old home and that isn’t always the case.
Assuming you aren’t running into any environmental issues, tear downs are pretty straight forward.
We have seen prices for tear downs anywhere from $3,000 to as much as $50,000. Below are some of the things that can impact the cost to tear down a home before rebuilding.
- Does the home have asbestos?
- Are you removing the entire home and the foundation?
- Square footage
- Accessibility for demolition equipment and disposal / cleanup
- Are you removing the driveway?
- Site preparation
- Attached or detached garage (biggest concern here is electrical lines that need to be coordinated)
- Swimming pool
We work with buyers all the time to get a good idea on the cost to teardown a Kirkwood home and rebuild new. We would be happy to have that discussion with you at any time and there is never any cost of obligation to consult with our team.
Kirkwood, MO design review process for teardowns, rehabs, and home additions
Aside from being one of the best places to raise a family in St. Louis, Kirkwood continues to lead the charge in terms of best places to renovate older homes.
Whether you’re planning on tearing a house down, adding on to an existing home, or just building a new home from scratch, you’ll need to follow the City of Kirkwood design/review requirements.
Depending where your home is located, there may be additional meetings required. For example, does the house your renovating sit on or adjacent to a historic property? If so, you’ll need to take some added steps with the design review board.
Requirements for design review.
- Building a new house
- Building an addition to an existing home
- Creating an accessory structure
- Adding on a balcony
- Adding a new covered porch or deck
- Altering an existing roof structure
You should always consult the specific rules and guidelines from the city of Kirkwood before building, renovating, or buying a home in Kirkwood.
Why does Kirkwood have design review guidelines?
This is a great question.
Kirkwood design and review guidelines are in place to protect the integrity of the community. This ensures those moving to Kirkwood meet the preferred elements which the city finds acceptable to match the character of Kirkwood as we all know it.
For example, it would be hard for you to buy a teardown house in Kirkwood that was once a historic colonial design and rebuild with a contemporary glass house.
For more information on Kirkwood design review guidelines, go here.
To get a true sense of Kirkwood, and all it has to offer we suggest you drive through this historic area with its tree lined streets, bustling downtown area, and charming neighborhoods. Kirkwood has lots to offer buyers of all ages and price ranges.
Give Kirkwood, MO a look!
Kirkwood Homes For Sale Move Off the Market Fast
One of the last things you should know about buying or selling in Kirkwood, is that it’s one of the fastest moving real estate communities in St. Louis.
As you can imagine from what you just read above, Kirkwood is a highly sought after place to live in St. Louis which can make getting the home of your dreams tough if you’re not prepared to jump at the right opportunity.
Our advice is to make sure you’re ready ahead of time by following these steps:
Step 1) Have you realtor in place: Work with a realtor who knows the system inside and out. For example, what if you buy a house that has an easement for a historical property? What if you are buying the house with the intent on adding on an addition which you know is going to change the roof line. Make sure you have a team in place to help you think through the various scenarios you will face.
Step 2) Try to avoid contingency offers. There are plenty of buyers lined up behind you that are ready to close without having to wait to sell their existing home.
Step 3) Get pre-approved: Make sure your financing is in place so when your shopping Kirkwood homes for sale, you’re ready to pounce on the right opportunity.
By following these 3 simple steps, you are well on your way to finding the home of your dreams in Kirkwood.
Driving Directions to Kirkwood, MO
Kirkwood is centrally located east of Highway 270, South of US-40, and north of I-44. The Kirkwood community is surrounded by the following places to live in St. Louis:
- Des Peres, MO
- Rock Hill, MO
- Glendale, MO
- Oakland, MO
- Crestwood, MO
- Sunset Hills, MO
Depending on where you’re coming from, below are the two easiest ways to get to Kirkwood, MO.
Direction to Kirkwood, MO from US-40 / I-64
If you’re on Highway 40, you’ll want to take the Lindbergh / US-67 exit and head south about 4 miles to the heart of downtown Kirkwood.
Directions to Kirkwood, MO from US-44
The easiest way to Kirkwood from I-44 east or west bound is taking the Lindbergh exit and heading north just a couple miles to downtown Kirkwood.
Directions to Kirkwood, MO from I-270
Depending where you are on 270, you can take the 40 or 44 exits and head east to Lindbergh.
If you’re on 270 between 44 and 40, one of the quickest ways to downtown Kirkwood is taking the Dougherty Ferry Rd. and heading east and then turning south on New Ballas Rd. which turns into W. Adams and takes you straight into Kirkwood.
How to Search Homes for Sale in Kirkwood Missouri
Use our simple search tool below to find homes for sale in Kirkwood Missouri. If you find a home you would like to take a look at, feel free to reach out to Brad directly at 314-302-0592 or email email@example.com.