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By Laurie Burstein

Many new developments claim to be “one-of-a-kind,” but three new living spaces truly fit the bill. From the first-ever condominiums developed in Sunset Hills, to the first “high-design,” high-rise in St. Louis, to the only Jeffersonian-themed development with asking prices of $1.5 million-plus, these three properties truly stand-out from the rest.

Here is a snapshot on each property and what makes each of them unique.

Property: 4545 Lindell in the Central West End
Developer: Conrad Properties
Architect: Louis Saur
Housing Style: High-rise condominium

Why Unique: Conrad Properties is bringing the new concept of the “high-design” high-rise to St. Louis. “High design” is the contemporary architectural style that is dominating the residential high-rise markets on the East and West Coasts. With elevators that open directly into the private foyer of each condo, floor-to-ceiling windows and building corners formed of glass, the 10-story, $28 million high-rise is likened to a transparent jewel box. Designed by architect Louis Saur, with interiors by well-known local designer Robert Lococo, the building’s 34 residences are currently priced from $510,000 to more than $1 million. Display units opened this fall and at press time, 10 homes were already pre-sold.

The interior of each home also includes sleek living areas with European kitchens, exposed concrete elements, and the latest communication technology. Homes on levels two through nine have terraces with views of downtown, Forest Park and the Central West End. Penthouses have two-story interior spaces plus mezzanine areas and rooftop decks.

“It’s a very chic design that incorporates light better than any condominium I’ve ever seen,” says Andrea Lenzen, 4545 sales manager. Prior to joining Conrad, Lenzen co-founded and was co-owner of St. Louis-based Condominium Consultants Inc.

“The other feature that really draws comments is the elevator system. You exit the elevator and step directly into your private foyer. There’s no common corridor shared with the other owners on your floor,” she adds.

Another one-of-a-kind feature: “Each floor has a maximum of four units, which makes every home a corner condo,” notes Lenzen. “And there are only 34 homes total in a setting in which you would normally expect to find a lot more. The intimate size is great for privacy and provides the platform to develop a strong feeling of community.”

The development’s website at, features a live webcam, to show the various stages of the property as it nears completion.

Property: Laumeier Place in Sunset Hills
Developer: Novus Companies
Architect: The Lawrence Group
Housing Style: Mid-rise condominium

Why Unique: Laumeier Place is the only condominium to have ever been developed in the city of Sunset Hills and, barring any changes, is likely to be the only condominium that ever will be developed in this area. At present, there is no undeveloped land zoned for multi-family use in the municipality. Two 11-unit buildings in Phase I are complete, and two additional 11-unit buildings will constitute Phase II.

The English Manor styled condominiums are next door to Laumeier Sculpture Park and offers two- and three-bedroom homes with 2,275 to 3,125 square feet with scenic nature views. Each unit has a balcony or patio. Move-in ready units are available from $250 per square foot. Standard features include marble or hardwood flooring, granite countertops in kitchen and bathrooms, built-in bookcases, custom moldings, gas log fireplace with marble surround, and extensive recessed lighting. Prices start in the upper $500,000s.

“Our location enables us to present a most pleasant dichotomy,” says sales manager Susan Bastin. “First, there’s an easy-going, peaceful side. Five of the development’s seven acres are green space, our next door neighbor is Laumeier Sculpture Park and Sunset Hills has 73 acres of parkland. Conversely, since we are close to Lindbergh Blvd. and I-44, access to Main Street Kirkwood is immediate and we are within 10 miles of Clayton and 15 miles of Chesterfield or downtown. Our owners live in the country and in the city.”

Laumeier Place is located immediately west of Lindbergh Blvd. on Rott Rd. and just south of Watson Rd. For more information, the website address is

Property: Enclave Bellerive in Creve Coeur
Developer: CF. Vatterott
Architect: The Lawrence Group
Housing Style: Single-family homes

Why Unique: The Enclave Bellerive is the only Jeffersonian-themed development being built in the U.S. today, according to developer CF. Vatterott Construction Co., a builder in the St. Louis region since 1919.

Located at Mason and Ladue near the grounds of Bellerive Country Club in Creve Coeur, Enclave Bellerive is the only new home development in which the faithful portrayal of Jeffersonian architecture is the central theme. Designed by Lawrence Group principal Paul Doerner, the homes feature such distinctive Jeffersonian detail as highly detailed porticos, serpentine brick walls, octagonal and oval spaces, round and half-round windows, domes and ornate colonnades. Floor plans feature a dominant central core, framed by wings of smaller scale.

All this history comes at a price. The Enclave Bellerive is setting a new record for top minimum price in metro St. Louis with the 55 estate homes starting at $1.525 million.

Quotes: “Our goal is to create a dignified, consistent and elegant ensemble of residences that reflect the vision of Thomas Jefferson,” says Gregory B. Vatterott, president of CF. Vatterott Construction Co. and managing member of the entity developing Enclave Bellerive. “The models accurately depict defining elements of the Jeffersonian style, such as domes and highly detailed porticos and colonnades. Serpentine brick walls—another Jefferson trademark—mark the perimeter.”

The gated community is situated on 44 acres and features walking paths, reflecting pools, a waterfall, fountain and gazebos. And all buildings are “green.” The developer notes that each home meets strict eco-friendly requirements in site preparation, the selection of building materials, energy and water-use efficiency, indoor air quality and homeowner education. Models at Enclave Bellerive are verified at the Bronze Level by Laclede Gas and in accord with the Green Building guidelines of the National Association of Homebuilders and the Green Building Initiative—St. Louis of the Green Building Council of the St. Louis Home Builders Association

“Every aspect of Enclave Bellerive has been carefully researched, evaluated and planned for the long-term enjoyment of owners,” Vatterott adds. “If a physical or conceptual component fails to measure up, it is changed or refined. One especially unique factor considering that all residences are single-family detached structures is that the community association repairs, replaces and maintains building exteriors, roofs, drive courts and patios, and cares for all common grounds and accessible portions of a home site.”

To view the models and amenities at Enclave Bellerive, go to



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