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Q&A with Ali Graeff, York House Manager and Resident

Ali & Bentley

Ali & Bentley

Hometown: St. Peters, MO

Favorite thing about the York House: Any establishment can be pleasing to the eye and obviously the York House is amazing in that sense. However, the people (residents) really make up the prodigious atmosphere when living here. It’s like an extended family. Also, its location is perfect. We’re in the center of the city and I can walk to many of my favorite spots. Of course, having Forest Park next door is super. Bentley and I are regulars.

Choice cocktail at the Library Bar: Blueberry Vodka and soda with a lime

Apartment must have: Lint roller

The York House is home to many resident animals, primarily dogs. Who’s your favorite York House pup? Oh…this is like picking your favorite child. I can’t do this. I love them all for different reasons!

Why your dog (Bentley) is your best friend: Oh, I could go on for hours on this one. He’s the love of my life and my best friend. Seriously the coolest little guy a girl could ask for. He never leaves the toilet seat up or complains about my cooking.  He shares my belief that there’s never a wrong time for a nap and doesn’t fight with me about what show we should watch on TV. What’s not to love?

Choice binge tv show: Suits & Sons of Anarchy

Where you can find her on days off: Shopping! I run a personal style consulting business in my off time, so that keeps me pretty darn busy. The shops at Maryland Plaza are out the back door and always have unique finds. I’m super excited lululemon just opened…I’ll be there quite a bit.  Ivy Hill Boutique is another favorite.

Favorite sports team: RED BIRDS

Favorite thing about living in St. Louis: Probably a good mix of my family and again, the Cardinals. St. Louis and our neighborhood in particular have always felt like home.

Secret hangout spot: Café Eau at the Chase Park Plaza is always a fun visit. When it’s nice out, the Courtyard Bar at Scape can’t be beat. It’s beautiful and the perfect place for a good bite to eat or cocktail. Gamlin Whiskey House is also becoming another favorite.

 


In the Neighborhood

Central West End Developments and Events Enhance the York House Experience

Gamlin
Gamlin Whiskey House will make its debut next week on the corner of Euclid and Maryland. The restaurant, occupying the space once filled by Liluma, will offer a vast portfolio of well-known and obscure whiskeys to complement their steak-focused menu. 


ALMOST HERE! THE ANTICIPATED LULULEMON WILL OPEN IN NOVEMBER. THIS IS ST. LOUIS’ SECOND LOCATION FOR THE POPULAR YOGA RETAILER.


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The city’s most happening Halloween Celebration is set for October 26. Maryland Ave. will shut down and bring out the best of St. Louis costumes.


FALL PRODUCE!   Just because the leaves are changing, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the farm fresh goodies! Delicious squash, eggs and meat are still available.


 

CWESCENE
Stay in the Scene….Central West End Scene is keeping us up to date on upcoming events & happenings in the neighborhood. CWEscene.com posts daily updates on the best happy hours, specials & events in the area. 


 


Trova Sculpture at the York House

Thanks to our friends at Laumeier Sculpture Park, the front lawn of the York House has a new presence — the installation today of the Ernest Trova sculpture, Gox No. 9 1975.  The York House is committed to enhancing urban living, and we feel this sculpture from one of our own local artists is a great addition.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Trova was among the most widely acknowledged sculptors working in the United States, resulting in invitations to exhibit in three Whitney Annuals, three Venice Biennales and Documenta 4 (1968) in Kassel, Germany. His works has been exhibited in dozens of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Gox No. 9 was a gift from the artist to Laumeier Sculpture Park, whose mission is to expand the context of contemporary sculpture beyond the traditional confines of a museum, initiate a lifelong process of cultural awareness, enrich lives, and inspire creative thinking by engaging people in experiences of sculpture and nature simultaneously.  We are proud to house this sculpture, and become an extension of the Laumeier Sculpture Park mission.


Library Bar at the York House

York House Apartments Exclusive Library Bar

Remember the days before e-mail and texting when neighbors used to spend time talking with each other?  Well, we at the York House do, and that concept is one of the origins behind the Library Bar on the ground floor. In addition to enjoying a comfortable, well decorated space to enjoy a cocktail at the end of the day, you can also converse with your neighbors and friends. In a space that evokes the character of the building’s origin in the 1920’s, you may ask yourself, “who else enjoyed a nice conversation over a drink here?”  The bar features custom cherry wood cabinets, leather chairs, a refurbished oak bar, and private wood cubbies to keep your own private stash secure and handy.  The bar is not open to the public; just residents and their invited guests.  The library bar is another way we hope to enhance urban living for our residents.


York House Residents Card

York House residents benefit from a card that gives them discounts at all Maryland Plaza shops right around the corner.  Discounts include 20% off at Scape Bistro and Crepes, etc..  This is just another gesture to make our residents lives easier, promoting a 24/7 urban lifestyle that allows you to leave the car behind.


Now Leasing for Immediate Occupancy

We have reached a huge milestone at the York House in St. Louis. Some tenants have already moved in, and the rest of our luxury apartment units will be ready for occupancy within a month.  Call now to schedule a tour of one of our select remaining residences.  314-361-YORK.


A Guest Bedroom

Living Room | The York House St. Louis

Spacious bedrooms with plaster crown moulding and dynamic light fixtures are a signature at the York House.  Seen here is a 15′ x 18′ guest bedroom in a two-bedroom unit.


A Unique Urban Kitchen

Kitchen Demo - York House Apartments St. Louis

A view into a South corner kitchen.  Marble backsplashes, Caesarstone countertops, white cabinets with slow close drawers and rain glass, and high-end stainless steel appliances are standard in all York House apartments.

 


Pre-War Living Rooms

York House Apartments Living Room Demo

Photo of a ~20′ x ~30′ pre-war living room with 9′-6″ high ceilings, red oak flooring, and a fireplace (now gas).


Front Landscape @ The York House Apartments in St. Louis

York House Apartments St. Louis - Front Landscape Complete

The fence is down now, but here is a photo looking down at the front landscaping of The York House Apartments in St. Louis, Missouri.


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The York House featured Ladue News

Entering the lobby of York House feels more like stepping inside a chic boutique hotel in London or Paris than an apartment building in the Central West End. But that’s exactly the kind of experience and aesthetic developers Sam Koplar and Ted Gast set out to create when they transformed the St. Louis landmark building into a modern urban residence. Located on Lindell Boulevard a few doors east of The Chase Park Plaza and Forest Park, York House is an Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Chase Ullman in 1922...

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Nostalgia York House Feature in Town & Style

The York House featured in Town & Style St. Louis

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR, 1922. The Chase hotel was created by Chase Ullman to becken travelers to our city. Just next door, Ullman created the Chase Apartments and moved into itts top floor (now known as the York House), located at 4931 Lindell Blvd. These projects, design by Preston Bradshaw, inspired Sam Koplar, a Russian immigrant and entrepreneur. He added the Park Plaza, designed by...

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This St. Louis Rental Building Gives Slick NYC Co-Ops A Run For Their Money

The York House mentioned on R29

On glowing NYC days like this, it's hard to feel anything but absolute admiration for our city -- but don't worry, we've got a healthy dose of envy, right here. We bring you the York House Apartments of St. Louis, MO., a new apartment complex that has features like custom cabinetry, oak floors, and fireplaces in the pre-war living rooms. And, well, it's making us re-evalutate our geographic choices. Okay, so our Ad director may be related to the building's developer, but the perks are undeniable: For $1,500 - $2,400 a month, these people get an average of 1,000 fully equipped square-feet...

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St. Louis Post Dispatch/STL Today | Renting appeals to many, drives up prices

Jogger runs past The York House

...In St. Louis, the latest development to tap the high-end market is York House, scheduled to open in September at 4931 Lindell Boulevard. Completed in 1922 as the Chase Apartments, the building's $12 million renovation will provide just 33 apartments on eight floors.

Chase Ullman built the structure and lived on the top floor, which developers Sam Koplar and Ted Gast are turning into a penthouse with a rooftop deck...

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St. Louis Business Journal | Koplar plans 12 million dollar Chase Apartments


Sam Koplar and Ted Gast of The York House St Louis

The vacant Chase Apartments building in the Central West End, once home to both residents and the KPLR-TV 11 offices, is being transformed into luxury apartment units.

Koplar and Gast are renovating the 20 existing apartment units into 32 luxury apartments as well as a private penthouse unit.

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Our Story

Sam Koplar & Ted Gast

The York House developers Sam Koplar (left) & Ted Gast (right)

In 2008, a collaboration formed with the goal of providing a unique experience for today's urban resident. Sam Koplar and Ted Gast believe that when you combine first-class apartments with a superior location, you have the perfect place to call home. Which is why they are committed to developing the 1920's building on Lindell Blvd in the Central West End into St. Louis' premiere apartment residences, serving up innovative design and attentive service. Both are acutely aware of the building's location, it's history, and it's potential, as their unique backgrounds merge to re-engineer this iconic building for the next century.

For Ted, a native St. Louisan, the York House is his first development project in St. Louis. He has been constructing and developing residential projects in California since 2001, including the Barker Brothers Lofts in Los Angeles, California, and The Glassworks Residence in San Francisco, California. The Barker Brothers Lofts is a 297-unit condominium development in downtown Los Angeles, involving the renovation of four existing warehouse buildings, and the construction of two new parking garages. Ted managed the financing and development of the $180MM project while at The Kor Group, a developer of high-end hotel and residential properties.

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Barker Brothers Lofts. Los Angeles, CA

For "The Glassworks," a mixed-use development including high-end condominiums, office space, and ground floor restaurant/retail space, Ted helped manage the construction along with his team at McCarthy Building Companies. He enjoyed transforming an empty parking lot across the street from AT&T ballpark into a modern masterpiece, and a catalyst for the Mission Bay development district of downtown San Francisco.

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Glassworks. San Francisco, CA

Sam represents the 4th generation of the Koplar family to be developing real estate in the city of St. Louis. The York House is Sam's follow up project to Maryland Plaza, a redevelopment of what was an iconic shopping district that had spent years in decay. Koplar Properties envisioned a completely new streetscape to attract modern retail, and Maryland Plaza today is St. Louis's favorite destination for high-end boutique retail, exciting nightlife, world class dining, and dynamic office space. The York House will continue Sam's great grandfather's vision of marrying the highest standards of construction quality with warm hospitality to surpass the expectations of each and every resident and guest.

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Maryland Plaza. St. Louis, MO


Building History

The York House building was completed in 1922, and originally named the Chase Apartments after its creator, Chase Ullman. Its architectural design combines elements of Neoclassical Revival with a muted Beaux Arts Style consistent with the historic character of the Central West End. It was created in an era of sophisticated urban living, and this block was at the center of it all. "Meet me in St. Louis" was filmed along Lindell Boulevard. The Chase Club next-door was the place to see celebrity performers including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammie Davis Jr., Jerry Lewis and Bob Hope. These events were broadcast locally and nationally, and this block became a mainstay for entertainment in St. Louis. Later in the century, KPLR Channel 11 was headquartered in the building, and filming took place in the adjacent studio. During the flood of 1993, Peter Jennings broadcasted the ABC national news from the 4th floor of the York House.

Due to the York House's unique past, Sam and Ted feel it is important to preserve this building's spirit and sense of place. While they hope the future residents will imagine the York House as the stage for their modern lifestyle, they also hope they wonder, "What was this place?"