8 Amazing Things You Can Experience When You Live in the Metro East St. Louis Area

STLWhen people are asked about their ideal location to live in, they might envision somewhere that’s close to the beach, a home that’s nestled deep in the woods at a foot of a beautiful mountain, or maybe right in the middle of their favorite city. It can be somewhat rare for people to just up and say that they dream of living right in the heart of the Midwest, and we think that those people are definitely missing out.

Not sure what the Metro East St. Louis region is like or why you should ever move there? Here are 8 of the countless things the residents here get to enjoy year in and year out!

Sports Fans Can Feel at Home – Whether you’re into major league sports, college sports, or just want to cheer on the little leaguer in your life, there are tons of sports for everyone to enjoy at every age and level. You can watch a big baseball, hockey, or football game in St. Louis, cheer on students in their own teams in school or in various leagues, or even make a team yourself and play at one of the many parks that the Metro East St. Louis area has to offer. Sports are everywhere around here!

History Buffs Love It, Too – The St. Louis region is absolutely rich in historical events, buildings, and more. From the haunted lore of Alton to the rich history of the St. Louis Arch and everything in between, you will find plenty of interesting facts, buildings, and locations to visit, often for free!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors on the Trails – This area of the Metro East St. Louis region, particularly in Madison County, boasts a great deal of smooth, beautiful trails for cyclists, walkers, families, pet owners, and, well, just about anyone and everyone to enjoy! Many of these amazing trails can extend as far away as Staunton, Alhambra, or the ever-stunning Pere Marquette State Park. With so many trails to choose from, the possibilities are nearly endless!

It’s Great For Students – Education on all levels is absolutely wonderful in the Metro East St. Louis region. St. Louis itself boasts many top-notch universities including Washington University, Fontbonne University, St. Louis University, and many others. If you don’t want to go to the big city to get a quality education, you don’t have to! For elementary and secondary students, schools like Edwardsville and O’Fallon, Illinois are some of the nation’s top schools. For higher education, students can get a fantastic educational experience from many Illinois institutes like McKendree University, SIU-E, Greenville College, Southwestern Illinois College, and many others!

So Many Hobbies, So Little Time – Whether you love going to the movies, making your rounds at the mall, or just relaxing in the great outdoors, the Metro East St. Louis region has something for pretty much everyone. There are several malls and outlet malls for shoppers to enjoy, many excellent cinemas and movie theatres for the movie buffs, and plenty of fun things to do both in and out of the city. From the ever-fun City Museum to watching the eagles snatch prey from the mighty Mississippi in Alton in the wintertime and everything in between, we promise that you’ll never be bored here!

It’s a Mecca for Artists – The wonderful thing about St. Louis and the area around it is that it really treasures art. There are so many wonderful places to see art from the St. Louis Art Museum to various art festivals including the Schlafly Art Outside Art Festival, which draws over 10,000 people annually (and is coming up next month from the 11th to the 13th!). Art and local artists are celebrated here, so if you’re into art, you will definitely feel at home quickly!

Transportation Is a Breeze – While having a car might be pretty helpful to get from point A to point B, there are so many different ways to get places (and many different routes to take as well!). Centrally located right in the middle of the nation, St. Louis is surrounded by several interstates that can take you pretty much any direction you want to go pretty easily. You can also find plenty of easy-access public transportation through the Metro buses and the ever-handy MetroLink, which spans from Scott Air Force Base near Shiloh, Illinois to Lambert Airport and Shrewsbury, Missouri.

Vivid, Beautiful Seasons – Have you ever wanted to live somewhere that has “all 4 seasons”? The Metro East St. Louis region is the perfect place! Spring features plenty of beautiful blooms and refreshing rains, and summer is never a dull moment as you hop into the nearest pool or waterslide to cool down from the summer heat. The fall foliage is some of the most beautiful in the nation, especially in Southern Illinois and on the Great River Road, and snow bunnies will enjoy the joys that the winter season brings (snowball fights, anyone?).

Ready to move? Good news! There are so many fantastic choices out there in this part of the country, and we can help you get here! Just call us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to get started. You can even personally view the listings and take virtual tours of the homes you like on our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

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Will Back-to-School Time Hinder Your Home’s Sale? We Have the Answers!

back to school sell your homeIt’s that time of the year again. Students are gearing up to go back to school (or have already gone back!) and are working on getting back in the swing of a solid school-time schedule, young and young-at-heart alike. Perhaps one of the last things on the minds of many at this time of year is purchasing their dream home, which can seemingly spell disaster for you, the home seller.

If your home is on the market and you’ve seen a decrease in traffic (or no traffic at all, even), don’t fret! Though the impending season of autumn is a favorite to many because of the crisp temperatures, beautiful scenery, and pumpkin-flavored treats, it doesn’t have to mean that the winter of your home sale is imminent! In fact, it’s all about looking at the problem from a different point of view.

Even though home sales will typically cool down once school comes back in session, hope is most certainly not lost. In fact, there are still plenty of prospective homebuyers looking for their dream homes during the fall, and they tend to be more serious than those who breeze through during summertime.

According to the National Association of Realtors, nearly 66% of homebuyers fall into one of two categories: Millennials and the Baby Boomer generation. Often, but not always, these two generations don’t need to adhere to the school calendar, so don’t count on prospective homebuyers not wanting to look at houses just because class is back in session!

Another factor that can play into your hand is that inventories also typically drop as the temperature. That means that there could possibly be fewer homes for yours to contend with!

Whatever the case, you can still wow your potential homebuyers as the fall season creeps in. Here are a few quick pointers to give you the edge over the competition:

*Let there be light – You’ll want to make sure that your home brings in as much light as possible with the ever-impending shorter days heading your way. Wash the windows inside and out to let in as much natural light as possible, and open the blinds and curtains during the day. This will help make your home cheerful and inviting! Don’t forget to lighten up the dark corners in your home with a few strategically placed lamps!

*Make it comfortable and inviting – Autumn is all about coziness and getting comfortable in soft fabrics and blankets. Create a cozy sanctuary by setting out some nice throws and blankets in strategic places. If you have a fireplace, make it the center of attention in your home, and try to incorporate warmer colors like gold, orange, and red. You can also warm up any potential homebuyers by making fresh baked goods and brewing warm apple cider.

*Don’t stop rakin’ – Your No. 1 enemy during the fall is going to be the thing that just about everyone loves about fall – those gorgeous yet pesky fallen leaves! Instead of waiting for all of your leaves to fall, tackle them as soon as they hit the ground. Remember, you don’t want your prospective homebuyers to think about all the yard work that needs to be done as soon as they drive by.

As great as these tips are, doing them alone won’t sell your home. That’s why you need to team up with a real estate professional who can sell your home in no time. Why go anywhere else? Choose The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties! Get in touch with us by calling either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298. You can also check out our inventory online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!