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Life of Luxury

Across the metro area, upscale apartments provide a wow-worthy living experience that contends with the most luxurious of houses.

A wave of luxury apartment complexes is sweeping the St. Louis area, providing its residents with a wide selection of upscale amenities, roomy spaces and smart technology. LN talked to representatives from three new establishments about what they bring to the already-vibrant St. Louis community.


Ceylon opened in late 2017 in Clayton with a vivacious grand-opening party that included tapas and cocktails from neighboring businesses Barcelona and The Wine Merchant, Ltd., along with live music and a chance to learn more about the building’s offerings.

Inspired by the ever-popular Saint Louis Art Fair, Ceylon provides a minimalistic, modern feel from the moment you set foot inside. Located at the corner of Maryland and North Central avenues, the boutique apartment complex offers studio, one- and two-bedroom stylish apartment homes.

General manager Ali Graeff says that while luxury is expected in Clayton, Ceylon is set apart by its outstanding service and staff members.

“I like to say our best amenity is our staff because we truly focus on our residents and making their transition to move in smooth,” Graeff says. “It’s more of a feeling than a service.”

Inside the apartments themselves, residents will find modern floor plans and color schemes, private patios and balconies, expansive windows with solar shades and much more. The community also features an interior courtyard with a fire-and-water feature as the centerpiece where sunrise and sunset yoga classes will be held, secure electronic access throughout the building and a studio-style fitness-on-demand program that includes yoga, spin, kickboxing and dance.

Ceylon has a Walk Score of 96 out of 100 – a national gauge of an address’ walkability based on distance to amenities, pedestrian friendliness, road metrics and more, developed by leading academic researchers – making it one of the most walkable places in the area.

Residents can enjoy countless dining and entertainment opportunities just a block or two away, along with proximity to MetroLink.

“Many people don’t want the responsibility of a house but still want the luxury of a beautiful place,”

Graeff says. “We have that here.”

Ceylon, 25 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314-833-8999,

The Euclid

The Euclid in St. Louis’ Central West End neighborhood opened its doors on March 15. The 71-apartment building celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Lyda Krewson and a chance for prospective residents to see what is available. Maggie St. Geme, marketing manager for building owner Koman Group, refers to The Euclid as a “boutique” building with features including beautiful ceilings and fixtures.

“The 71 Euclid apartments are sleek and sophisticated and are adapted to today’s modern lifestyle,” she says.

Each of The Euclid’s apartments offers fine finishes, quartz countertops, tiled bathrooms and wood-look luxury vinyl plank flooring. Natural light pours into the building, and most of the 71 units feature balconies.

“The Euclid offers the latest in building technology and design. Our access control system provides the utmost in resident privacy and convenience,” St. Geme says. “At the entrance is a touch-screen intercom box with a video chat feature whereby residents can use their smartphone to receive calls from guests and quickly, easily allow them to come up.”

The second floor of The Euclid offers a 24-hour gym and fitness center, along with a community lounge with shuffleboard, a bar area and a balcony that overlooks the picturesque neighborhood.

“Most of our residents are working professionals,” St. Geme says. “They come home and want a true retreat from the energy and bustle of the Central West End.”

She notes that technology is offering people products and services to make their lives easier, more convenient and more luxurious. Many people are looking to update their lifestyles to match, truly bringing every aspect of their lives into the 21st century.

“Apartment living is coming in line with that,” she says. “There’s such a vibrant energy in our neighborhoods, and being able to walk out your door and access everything is exciting.”

The Euclid, 40 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 314-787-2013,

The Barton

Another new addition to the Clayton area, The Barton, just opened March 15 on Maryland Avenue. The Barton features 229 apartments in its community, with several upscale amenities that make it feel like home.

The Barton makes an impression the minute you walk in the door, with a high-ceiling lobby and adjoining club room. Residents can store their wine in a climate-controlled wine cellar and enjoy a glass in the bar area. The club room hosts bubbly brunches and happy hours, and it might even include a continental breakfast in the future. Spacious hallways lead to the apartments, which all have 10-foot ceilings and 8-foot doors.

Julie Garcia, community manager of The Barton, says the facility has paid great attention to fixtures and finishes in the apartments themselves. Kitchens feature white cabinetry, brushed nickel hardware and energy-efficient appliances. Other luxury features include TVs embedded in the mirrors and heated tiles in the bathrooms, USB outlets in the bedrooms (both one- and two-bedroom options) and kitchen, and Nest thermostats that can be controlled from a phone or tablet.

The Barton features a 24-hour fitness center with fitness-on-demand services, a pet spa and 24/7 valet dry cleaning. Work is currently being finished on a heated saltwater pool, along with a dog park and a bridge that will connect The Barton directly to the greenway that runs to Shaw Park.

“We’re a community, and we strive for that,” Garcia says. “The Barton truly offers all the benefits of luxury living in a location that has it all. You can come home and be only steps from the same amenities others have to drive to.”

The Barton, 8500 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, 314-551-9387,

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