If you thought my first house tour was eye candy, then prepared to be blown away. There are 75 pictures here, so I arranged them in an auto-scrolling slideshow. You can stop and manually go forward and back. You can also view an individual picture right-clicking on it and using your browser’s “view image” functionality. Hint: Delete everything in the URL bar after “jpg,” stuff like “?w=470.” Then you will see the image in its native size, 640×480 or 480×640.
I think these might be the best pics of LS on the internet. But still, pictures don’t do this neighborhood justice. This was the first city neighborhood to experience gentrification in the population decline era of the city proper, we’re talking 1970s and 1980s. Wanna buy in LP? You better come to the party with at least $300k if you want a condo or a half a million if you want a standalone house.
But, believe it or not, these are not the most exquisite park-front houses in St. Louis. Lindell Avenue north of Forest Park takes that honor. I personally like the houses that face Carondelet Park to the north along Holly Hills. But, diff’rent strokes…
I start at Mississippi Avenue just over the I-44 overpass, then work my way around Lafayette Park counterclockwise (Mississippi Ave-Park Ave-Missouri Ave-Lafayette Ave), then a few pics within LP, then I head east a little bit on Lafayette Avenue toward 18th Street. You will notice that the biggest free-standing houses (i.e. not condos) are on the north side of the park along Park Avenue — That tends to be the rule in St. Louis when it comes to park front housing, best along the north. Also notice the flying buttresses on the church, not often seen in The STL.
Took these photos today after departing Soulard Market.