721 N 17th Street St Louis Mo 63103

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721 N 17th Street in the Moon Brothers Loft

Offered at $200000

2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 car garage


Conversations with people who live in the loft district of downtown St Louis offer a different perspective of living in the city that is the Gateway to the West. The owner of Unit 503 loves the quality of life and zest that is downtown. He was describing the excitement of the XFL Battlehawks games. He has season tickets and walks to the games and says they are lively. He also talks of the convenience of walking one block over to Washington Avenue for dinner and drinks with friends. He actually commented to me the other day that you will be able to watch soccer plays from The Wheel.

The Moon Brothers Loft Condos are located just one block north of Washington Avenue and two blocks west of the City Museum. It is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The five story red brick building was constructed in 1885 (according to city records). It was built for the Moon Brothers Carriage Company, manufacturers of carriages and buggies at the time. Moon Brothers came out with their first car in 1905. The first car was a five-passenger touring with 30/35 hp Rutenber engine, three-speed sliding gear transmission and shaft drive. This “The Ideal American Car” as the Moon was called, was introduced as a $3000.00 automobile. 

721 17th Street, Unit $503, is currently being offered for sale at $200000. It has 5 rooms. The kitchen has quality design and premium updates. The counters and island are granite. There is a stainless backsplash behind the sink. The gas stove is a GE Profile with a suspended range hood. All of the appliances (stainless) remain with the unit which includes a wine chiller. (Washer and dryer are not included.) The stainless farm skink includes a water filtration faucet. The lighting has been updated by the current owner and includes wifi lutron lighting controls. There is a center island great for entertaining.

The public space is open style. There are options for placement of seating areas and dining areas. The living room has a wall of windows with city views to the west. (This unit is on the top floor.) The current owner has installed custom solar shades on these windows. Solar shades block UV rays and sunlight while still maintaining your view outside. There is an electric fireplace in this room. Notice in photo below the opacity of the solar shades allowing views.

The room as you enter the condo is one of those multi-purpose rooms. The current owner was using it as playroom for his grandchildren but set it up as an extra sitting room for presentation. It is also ideal for an office area.

The master bedroom has new darkening shades and a super-duper walk in closet. No expense was spared in the updated master bathroom. It has double vanity sinks, a large soaking tub, a glass shower with body sprays and a programmable heater. The glass tile shower and tub surrounds are from floor to ceiling.

The second bedroom also has the darkening shades and a large walk in closet. The bathroom has also been updated.

The square footage of this top floor unit in the Moon Brothers Loft is a little over 1400 s.f. It is really top of the line with a lot of the amenities you don’t really think about. There is a laundry room with extra storage and a storage unit on the same floor. The roof top deck access is at the end of the hall. The building is a no-step access with elevators and a ramp from the garage space. There is also a building dog run and a public patio for chitchatting with the neighbors. The HOA recently approved a keyless front door access.

The first floor of the Moon Brothers building has retail space. One of the spaces, Almanac, was featured in the St Louis Business Journal’s Coolest Spaces.

I’m not sure I have ever seen a building with the public spaces as clean as these.

Neighborhood

Moon Brothers Loft Condos are located in the Washington Avenue Historic District in Downtown WestSt. LouisMissouri along Washington Avenue, and bounded by Delmar Boulevard to the north, Locust Street to the south, 8th Street on the east, and 18th Street on the west. The buildings date from the late 19th century to the early 1920s. (Source: Wikipedia) Most of the buildings are large brick buildings that were designed as warehouses for the large garment production in St Louis. When New York took over the garment industry many of these buildings were vacated and underused due to functional obsolescence.

St Louis is known for its conservatism and true to its reputation, lofts were slow to catch on. The 10th Street Lofts at 1010 Saint Charles is where it all began.  The 10th Street Lofts closed the first condo sale in downtown STL in 2000.  Not only that, the first open house at 1010 Saint Charles produced 13 sales and was attended by several hundred people. (This information came from my friend Judy Korn who was the listing agent for the building/event.) The redevelopment started in the 1990’s when Missouri adopted a tax credit for the redevelopment of historic buildings making large scale renovation financially feasible.

The St Louis Cardinal baseball team is HUGE (thank you Bernie) in St Louis. Ballpark Village is a very popular place for game day and really any day for Cardinal fans.. Ballpark Village is a mixed-use retail, entertainment, office and residential district in St. Louis, Missouri, spanning seven city blocks . I am admitting it is one place where I am too old. They are currently underway with the construction of a $260 million 700,000 square foot second phase expansion of Ballpark Village. The development includes the construction of One Cardinal Way, a 29-story luxury high-rise residential tower, a ten-story Class-A office building anchored by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the construction of an upscale Live! By Loews Hotel, the development of a three-story spectacular glass retail pavilion that will be anchored by the 31,000 square foot Onelife Fitness, a nationally recognized, state-of-the-art health and fitness club, and the development of additional street level retail, dining and entertainment. (Source)

A Major League Soccer stadium is coming to the western edge of downtown St. Louis. The ownership group of St. Louis’ MLS team released plans Thursday for a nearly 30-acre campus, including a 22,500-seat stadium north of Market Street and team offices and practice facilities to the south. The stadium will be built next to Union Station.

And speaking of Union Station, it is now the home of The Wheel, the St Louis Aquarium and a host of restaurants and other family activities. For more information click here.

The Wheel at Union Station)

721 North 17th Street has a Walk Score of 94 out of 100. It is an urbanites dream – just a hop skip and a jump to restaurants, entertainment and clubs. Fields Grocery just moved in at 1706 Washington Avenue. Walk to the Gateway Arch grounds for free concerts. It is a 18 minute walk from the MLB MetroLink Blue Line and the MLR MetroLink Red Line at the convention center station stop.

Schools

Each neighborhood in the city is serviced by one or more traditional public schools covering Kindergarten to 12th grade, operated by the St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) district, supported by local, state and national tax dollars. Your child is assigned a school based on your address. Like all public schools, these are tuition-free and follow curriculum and evaluation guidelines established by the state of Missouri.  The schools assigned to 721 17th Street are Jefferson Elementary, Yeatman-Liddell Middle School and Vashon High School.

There 27 magnet schools within the district .  They are also tuition free with a couple key differences:

  • Magnet schools don’t have boundaries, and can attract students from any neighborhood in the city (hence the name). This generally results in a more diverse mix of social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds.
  • Each magnet offers something different than a traditional public school, be it emphasis on certain subjects, a particular educational approach, or theme.
  • Some magnets require students to meet certain academic, skill, behavior and/or attendance requirements.
  • Advanced application is required and because of their popularity, spots are allocated by lottery.

There are 36 charter schools in St Louis which are also tuition-free schools but not a part of the SLPS.  To learn more about charter schools go to: Charter School 101: The Basics.

This guide from SLPS is also helpful in making the all important decision of schools and neighborhoods.

Additional information for downtown STL: List of Lofts in downtown STL; Downtown St Louis

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