Here is a look at some of the massive estates being built in the St Louis area. Thanks to Homes of the Rich reader James Surtin for the awesome details.

This is what James had to say……

Mansion #1 – Pictures #1-2

2222 S. Warson Rd, 63124
I’ve been watching this one for the last 2 years.  The outside looks to be almost finished…and I just about wreck my car every time I drive past it.  It is a classic french chateau style…and I would love to see the inside of it when it’s finished.  I can’t seem to find who owns it though.  The records list “The Exuma Trust” as the owners…and the address is on California…but when I look up the address it’s for a company by the name of Mark IV.  I can’t seem to find any correlation to StL though?  Anyway…it sits on 6 acres of land…and I believe the people paid over $6m for the land back in 2003 possibly?  The plans for the house called for a 28,000 sqft residence…but the current real estate records have it only listed around 18,000-20,000 sqft?  It has a Mediterranean style pool house that is over 2,000 sqft as well.
Mansion #2 – Pictures #3-4
20 Upper Warson, 63124
This one is also one of my favorites!  It sits on close to 4 acres of land and it took about 2 years as well to finish it.  It’s just over 20,000 sqft.  The grounds and everything about the house are simply awesome in my opinion.  It’s just up the street from the first one I mentioned…and I always have to drive past both of them.  I got to see a couple of pictures in a local magazine (they were hosting some fund raiser dinner…and there was a brief article on the house)…but most of the pictures just left me wanting to see more.
Mansion #3 – Pictures #5-6
10 Pacland Estates Drive, 63005
This one doesn’t look as good in the pictures…because there is still a fair amount of construction going on.  Sits on 6 acres of land (on top of a hill)…so it looks even more impressive.  It’s listed at 15,000-18,000 sqft depending on the source.  The guy who owns it is the President of a local grocery store chain and bank.  The home he owned before this one was only 4,500 sqft and listed for sale at $700k.  I would say this is a “move-up” house, lol.  The style of the house is pretty unique.  It kind of has a castle like feel with the stone facade, slate roof and turrets (one above the entry and one by the garage).  His father lives down the road in a secluded 17,000 sqft estate that sites on 32 acres.  (1982 Kehrs Mill, 63005).
Mansion #4 – Pictures #7-8
22 Twin Springs Ln, 63124
This one is a little different in the style.  It is white clapboard siding and stone.  It is on the lot next to the Dennis Jones mansion.  It is 15,000 sqft (or about 1/2 the size of the Jones home), and is being built by a former executive at Anheuser Busch.  I’m sure he got a nice payday when InBev purchased AB.  You can’t tell from the picture…but it kind up sits elevated from the street as well…making it seem more impressive from the street.
  • tony

    #2’s my favorite. i love the pool, atrium and overall layout of the grounds. plus, it looks like it’s on a hill so i bet there’s some pretty good views. what’s that behind the tennis court though? almost looks like a putting green.




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    • James

      I was wrong…the first house sits on 9 acres, not 6.

      The 2nd house sits on 4.6 acres (he paid $2.9m for the land), and yes it has a huge putting green in the back w/ 2 sand traps. The house is really amazing down to every last detail.




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    • Roadwork

      I like #2 also, its very traditional, its nice and thick, and has nice fire places, real rich looking




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  • My favorite is mansion #4. Look at the size of that guest house! Incredible! All of these homes look like they sit on a considerable amount of acreage.




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    • Kenny Forder

      Thanks for visiting my blog Jennifer!………..I agree, the guest house is a great size.




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      • Roadwork

        you came back!




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        • Kenny Forder

          I’ve always been here! lol. never sold it.




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  • Jamil

    A much better shot of house # 2 which is my favorite as well.

    http://www.srencoaerialphoto.com/srencohomes/Pages/12.html




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    • tony

      much better indeed! i love that place!




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    • Nick

      Unbelievable mansion!!! It’s one of my all time favorites and the best by far from this interesting galore.

      Magnificent post Kenny!




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  • ric

    Obviosly, this blog is about spectacular homes. It just seems to me that some of the info you publish is personal, albeit public. Just my 2 cents.




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    • Kenny Forder

      these are just the observations and findings from one of my readers. What’s wrong with that? It’s not like someone trespassed on these peoples’ lawns and took pictures of the exterior/interior.




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      • tony

        i think he’s referring to the personal information posted about the owners and not so much about the pics themselves. still, i see no harm in it. most of the info is public and it’s not like we’re posting social security numbers. it just makes for a more interesting read in the end.




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        • Venom

          Almost every township and municipality has online records of the names of the people that own the homes, the square footage, the taxes, if they were paid, etc etc.
          All records are public knowledge period and can be requested either for free or by a small fee anyway.
          You want to know if your neighbor is getting divorced or foreclosed on that is all available too.
          I put most of my properties in LLCs which make it harder for people to know who owns them, but that is not foolproof either.




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        • Kenny Forder

          yeah, I know. I just made a point about how it’s the same thing with pictures. All of this stuff is PUBLIC information that can be seen by anybody.




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  • Be sure to get a copy of our June/July 2010 issue when it hits the stands on May 25th. Our main editorial piece will be on your #2 home – 20 Upper Warson Rd – the interior and the garden will be covered. The extra photos that do not fit in to the publication will be posted on our website. I’m sure you will enjoy it!
    And yes that is a putting green. It will shown in the garden edit.




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  • Roberto

    #1 (2222 South Warson) belongs to Felix and Susan Williams. The exterior is an inexpensive fake stucco finish known as EIFS (“Exterior Insulation and Finishing System”) a material common to strip malls, gas stations, and big-box stores.

    Sadly, a gracious and architecturally significant house was demolished to make way for the building shown above. The original home on the property was built for department store magnate Morton D. May.




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