My wife and I recently visited The Fabulous Fox to watch a performance of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. “Never heard of it,” you say? Well, neither had I. This entertaining musical about three friends traveling across the Australian Outback seeking love and friendship featured extravagantly outlandish costumes and all my dance-floor favorites from the 70s & 80s. Peaches & Herb’s lyrics commanded the audience to “shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, c’mon!” and I faithfully obliged.
The Fox Theatre is the heart of the Covenant Blu-Grand Center neighborhood. The Grand Center website calls the area the Cultural Soul of St. Louis and it would be hard to argue that it’s not. The center boasts six performance venues, 13 museums and galleries and a growing number of restaurants.
The location is fantastic – close to St. Louis University, the Central West End, Downtown, and of course, all the cultural venues of the neighborhood itself. That said, housing is primarily limited to high-rise living, much of which is in the form of rental units. Here you will find some of the iconic buildings of St. Louis’ professional and industrial past transformed into modern places to call home.
One example is the art deco style Continental Life Building apartments. Built in 1929, the building originally housed such prestigious companies as David O. Selznick Movie Studios, General Motors and McGraw Hill. Another example is the 1918 Pedigo-Weber Shoe Company building that now houses the PW Shoe Lofts.
The City of St. Louis 2010 census reports that there are 3,562 residents in some 1,663 housing units. This is an increase of 29.15% over the 2000 population; clearly a positive result of the urban revitalization efforts being made throughout the city.
There are rarely homes available for purchase in Covenant Blu-Grand Center neighborhood but there are many available in surrounding areas. Here’s a sample of listings from 7/11/16. Contact me to find out more about what’s currently available.
The Covenant Blu-Grand Center neighborhood is one my favorite destinations. Whether to relax and chill-out listening to some Jazz at the Bistro, watch a stellar performance at The Fox Theatre, or sip an ice cream martini (you know you’re going to lick the glass) at The Fountain on Locust; there is something here for everyone to enjoy.
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