Beautiful Clayton Renovation | 26 Southmoor Drive

Better than new! This beautiful renovation of a handsome Clayton home proudly showcases 6 beds, 8 baths and over 6,250 sq. ft. of entirely updated, rebuilt, and reconstructed living area above ground. Dream kitchen features a 10 ft. long walnut island, Viking Professional appliances, (dual ovens, 6 burners + griddle, custom range hood, 48 inch refrigerator) + hand-crafted maple kitchen inset cabinetry painted Eider White, quartz counters, and marble backsplash.

Job-finished oak flooring throughout. Leaded glass french doors, elegantly carved wood mantle, restored vintage chandeliers, custom radiator covers, herring-bone marble floor. Master bath features heated marble floors; double vanity and linen tower; SmartBidet toilet with remote control; luxury marble walk-in shower with two rainshower heads + hand-helds; and a claw foot soaking tub. For relaxing and entertaining, the private rear of the house opens to a beautiful patio and pool area, all on a full 1/2 acre level lot.

Address: 26 Southmoor Dr
Price: $1,925,000
6 Beds, 7 Baths
Living Area: 6,286 sq.ft. 
Pr/Sqft: $306.23
Listed by: Jennifer Roberston | The Realty Dot, Inc
Contact: (877)267-0349




New Plans for Centene Auditorium & Parking Garage

Design for the largest project downtown Clayton has ever seen continues to evolve. While the most anticipated elements of Subdistrict 2B are set for future phases, the parking garage fronting Forsyth Boulevard will come first.

Once planned as a garage with an architecturally interesting facade, such as the metal scales of the existing Centene garage a block east, then as a faux residential facade, the most recent renderings depict something that looks basically like a parking garage. The design has more architectural heft than pasting on architectural elements or art and may meld well with the adjacent auditorium. The south side of the garage is planned to be covered by future residential development.

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Centene Corporate Auditorium, Parking Garage Design Revisions Presented

St. Louis Strong Community Roundtable in Clayton: Thursday, October 6, 6-8PM


What is Saint Louis Strong?

Saint Louis Strong is an aspiring 501(c)(4) social welfare nonprofit group advocating for unification of St. Louis City into St. Louis County. Through inclusive and nonpartisan means St. Louis Strong seeks to build an diverse grassroots movement to mount support for its efforts. While other nonprofits do examine this issue, their 501(c)(3) status limits them from political activity. We seek to partner with these informative groups and collaborate with various stakeholders in the region. At the end of the buck stops with each resident. Let’s make sure we’re building strong future for St. Louis by working together today.

From the Facebook event.

After Better Together’s series of reports, the Ferguson Commission report, the Police Executive Research report, and the Department of Justice report, it is time for citizens to take the facts into their own hands. Join us at our third roundtable as we review how fragmentation affects you the individual. Together we’ll brainstorm on how to use our region’s resources more effectively.

Our goal is to amplify the voice of the average resident and to connect neighbors under a shared desire for meaningful and effective policy change.

Comment below what your thoughts are!

Coming Soon in Clayton

With a plethora of new building projects on the horizon, 2016 is a very exciting time to living or working in Clayton. Headlining this abundance of new building projects, is the $778.1 million dollar project proposed by Centene.

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In total, the project is anticipated to include over 1.5 million square feet of office space, over 40 thousand square feet of retail space, 120 luxury apartments, and a auditorium that will be able to host a multitude of different corporate events. Thus this project will bring more commerce and business to the already booming economy of downtown Clayton.

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Clayco CEO and Chairman, Bob Clark, outlined a large-scale project that would include four phases. The first phase will include a 28 story high rise building on the corner of Hanley and Forsyth with loads of office space throughout. There will also be a state-of-the-art skybridge connecting this new building with the current Centene building. The Second phase will stretch along a block of Forsyth and will include retail shops on the ground floor with highly luxurious apartments up above. The third proposed phase, located just east of the Ritz, has two parts. The first part is a large civic auditorium able to be used for a large variety of corporate events. The second part is a multi-use tower, extending 21 stories upwards. This tower will contain both office space and corporate lodging. Plans for the fourth and final phase were kept under wraps until very recently. This phase, designed in a contemporary style to compliment the existing Centene building, will include over 500 thousand square feet of office space with retail stores spanning the bottom floors


While the new Centene building provides an exciting new addition to the urban landscape of Clayton, there are also gorgeous new changes planned to enhance the lovely green area of Shaw Park.

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Right off the bat, you will be able to see these new changes as you enter Shaw Park through the north Chapman Plaza entrance. A large circular fountain with cascading water down the sides will greet you as soon as you enter the park. After that, a short path next to a flowing stream of water will lead you through the luscious green areas of the park, finally ending up at a large reflecting pond. This pond will be a perfect location to stop and have a picnic or even just lay down and relax.


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There are also other proposed changes on the eastern side of the park including a new eastern entrance and an area called “Century Garden.”

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However not all building projects here in Clayton are going off without a hitch. For example, the request to rezone the Harris Armstrong Home Site and construct a new townhome was shutdown before it even reached the Clayton Board of Alderman.

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The Armstrong building currently has been vacant for the past couple years and is currently under demolition. Having been vacant, the home became quite run down with water damage spread throughout the home.

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But despite this, the neighbors do not want a large townhome popping up in their single-family home residential area.

Elsewhere in Clayton, there are an abundance of other developments popping up throughout the downtown area.


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$41 million multi-use proposition on North Central planned by OPUS

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24 story glass and aluminum tower on S. Meramec developed by CA Venture

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229 unit apartment building developed by Vanguard Clayton on Maryland Ave.

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Mixed use projected designed by HDA Architects on the corner of Hanley and Clayton

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$68 million, 14 story office building on Forsyth designed by ACI Boland Architects

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78 unit micro apartment complex on Lee Avenue

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$125 Million renovation and addition to the St. Louis County Family Courts

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New Westin Hotel and residential units at the corner of Brentwood and Forsyth

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$100 million, 31 story glass apartment building planned by the firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Herbie’s Vintage ’72 Moving to Cardwell’s in Clayton This Fall!


We just had lunch at Cardwell’s for Blake’s birthday and then not 5 days later this was announced! I guess it may have been our last time visiting Cardwell’s in Clayton. We hope that something wonderful will replace Herbie’s old spot in the Central West End. Though, I look forward to enjoying Herbie’s yummy creations at their new Clayton location!

From STL Mag,

“Herbie’s Vintage ’72 is moving from one storied spot to another. This fall, it will leave the former Café Balaban space in the Central West End to reopen in Cardwell’s in Clayton’s longtime location, at the southwest corner of Brentwood and Maryland.

Herbie’s will keep its vintage name and vibe, one reason the space in Clayton, with its mahogany-lined walls and French doors, appealed to Herbie’s chef-owner Aaron Teitelbaum. “I happened to go into Cardwell’s in Clayton one day for lunch,” he says, “and I was like, ‘Wow, this place just screams Herbie’s.’”

Like Herbie’s, the idea had history: In 2008, after making a name for himself at Monarch in Maplewood, Teitelbaum had looked at the Cardwell’s in Clayton space. At the time, however, Cardwell’s owners Rich and Debbie Gorczyca weren’t ready to make a change. So Teitelbaum instead opened Herbie’s Vintage ’72 in the Central West End, paying homage to Herb Balaban Carp, the late, legendary owner of the former Café Balaban space at 405 N. Euclid.


With Herbie’s lease in the CWE running up this fall, Teitelbaum recently inquired at Cardwell’s in Clayton again. “He waited eight years and came back,” laughs Gorczyca. “We’ve contemplated it for a little bit, but we had to wait until the right thing came along.

“It’s really a nice arrangement,” adds Gorczyca, who will continue to oversee Cardwell’s in Clayton through early October and has private events booked through fall. “The one thing that helped in my decision is that Aaron, God bless him, is going to offer my staff positions.” (SLM wrote about that dedicated staff years ago, in a feature highlighting St. Louis workplaces.)

“The restaurant business is a young man’s game, and he’s a young man,” says Gorczyca, who turns 67 in October. “He reminds me… I was about his age when I opened Cardwell’s.” That was in 1987, when Gorczyca and renowned chef Bill Cardwell opened the Clayton staple, after working together at the Fedora Café in Union Station. (Cardwell, of course, opened another eponymous location at Plaza Frontenac in 1994 and sold the Clayton restaurant in 1997.)”


From the Cardwell’s website… “Opened in 1987, Cardwell’s in Clayton was the first to excite the local restaurant scene. Its creative cuisine prepared by nationally recognized chefs continues to make it a St. Louis classic.” As of now I haven’t heard of the restaurant moving, so sadly this may be the end!

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Pictured here is Cardwells

The Restaurant at the Cheshire to reopen with new concept!

Out with the old, in with the new!

The owner of The Restaurant at the Cheshire just announced this week that the establishment will close after business on New Year’s Eve to begin a renovation of its interior. Not only is the interior going to be overhauled, but the concept of the restaurant is getting a facelift as well! The new space, set to open early next year, is now going to feature small plates, a raw bar, and craft cocktails. A new name for the restaurant has not been disclosed.



Steve O’Loughlin, president of Lodging Hospitality Management who owns the restaurant, points to the hotel’s Italian gastropub Basso as the direction he is going as far as the energy in the space. O’Loughlin’s goal is to make the atmosphere more approachable. Among those assisting O’Loughlin in the renovation and rebranding will be Concentrics Restaurants, an Atlanta based firm, as well as Restaurant at the Cheshire executive chef Rex Hale.

Renovation work begins January 3rd and Lodging Hospitality Management aims to reopen by Valentines Day.

This article was inspired from an article on

Perjax, Oyster House and Restaurant – Coming Soon!


The image above is the location of an old cafe, which is to be replaced with this new restaurant right on the edge of Clayton and University City. According to an interview with STLMag, owner Steve Cupp is planning to open the restaurant by late January. Steve Cupp owns a few other successful restaurants that are well known in Columbia, called “Glenn’s Café. He also owns Savoy Chophouse & Oyster Bar, also in Columbia.


Read more about what the new restaurant will have to offer here.

More Development in Clayton!

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New Development to 8125 Forsyth

Do you guys remember our post from last week about the beautiful new development project that has been proposed in Clayton? Well, it seems that the new development that is in the works for 8125 Forsyth is just the first stage in a new hotel, retail, residential, and entertainment project proposed for downtown Clayton. The final project, which would develop over the next few years, could come to include 230 room hotel, 62 residential units, more than 200,000 square feet of office space, restaurants, luxury, shopping, and even an ice area/amphitheater in Shaw Park!

Apogee Associates, who submitted the project to Clayton officials, stated in the proposal that this project “goes so much further to cement Clayton’s place as a destination, not just for office but a Live-Work-Play destination for generations to come.” Apogee is hoping to create a sort of “Rodeo Drive” effect with the high end shopping boutiques and luxury apartments above.

Unfortunately, at this point Apogee Associates has yet to release more detailed images of the development and what is planned. Once we know more we will be sure to share it.

See our post about Stage 1 of the project

This post was inspired by this article.