About the St. Louis, Central and West St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri Area
The St. Louis is a great place to live! The St. Louis metropolitan area, St. Louis City and County and the surrounding counties such as St. Charles and Jefferson, is the 18th largest population center in the United States. With approximately 3 million people. St. Louis boasts a healthy and growing climate. Because of its historic role in the nation's westward expansion, St. Louis is nicknamed the "Gaterway to the West" The 630 ft tall stainless steel Gareway Arch is the tallest man-made manument in the United States. Each year tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world take the ride to the top of the Arch for a stunning view of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.
From its frontier beginnings, St. Louis has grown into one of the nation's most prominent cities. It has built a reputation as a large producer of auto vehicles as well as a center for aerospace development and defense production, to emerge today as one of the new centers for high technology industries (particularly in the plant and life sciences), information technology and advanced manufacturing.
In terms of the quality of Life, St. Louis embodies a delightful paradox: The metropolitan area, comprising St. Louis City and County as well as surrounding counties such as St. Charles and Jefferson, is the 18th largest population center in the nation, but it maintains a warm small town amience. Cost of living is among the lowest in the country's top 20 major metropolitan areas and the city's housing ranks well in affordablity.
The region boasts outstanding educational institiutions, ranging from pre-kindergartens to nationally ranked universities, as well as a rich mix of fine art, music, theatre and museums. St. Louis offers a wide range of diverse cuisines, served at fine dining establishments, neighborhood restaurants, and charming bistros. Recreational opportunities and leisure time activities abound, and the city has the distinction of being named "Best Sports City" by the Sporting News. Family life is important in St. Louis and manageable commutes make spending time at home easier to accomplish. With approximately 3 million people, St. Louis boasts a healthy and growning economic climate
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An extraordinary variety of housing styles make the city of St. Louis the perfect choice for those who prefer urban living. Many older St. Louis neighborhoods are known for beautiful architecture. Homes range from very affordable historic rehabs to million-dollar plus mansions. An excellent network of highways puts St. Louis residents close to just about any area location. The St. Louis City School District (www.slps.org) is the public school district for the area. There are a number of private and parochial schools that service the area as well.
The reutilization of factory, warehouse and office buildings into lofts, condos, apartments and single family homes has brought this area of the city to new life.
This cosmopolitan area is a diverse community of homeowners, renters and businesses. The CWE reflects the rich architectural heritage found in many St. Louis City communities. Wonderful Condos and Single Family Homes in the area.
Home to restaurants, side walk cafes & Forest Park, all are within walking distance. The largest neighborhood business is the Medcal Business with Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Often referred to as "Hip", "Chic" and "Sophisticated"
Lafayette Square is one of St. Louis's most fashionable Victorian neighborhoods, located just south of downtown. It is one of the city's oldest residential areas and a registered " National Historic District". Lafayette Square derives it's name from the Park in the central of the area. A real old fashion town square. Civil War era and turn of the century Victorian mansions, townhouses and row houses make up much of this neighborhood. The revitalization of Lafayette Square has attracted many families and singles to this delightful area.
Soulard is known as a neighborhood of rich architecture, food and fun. It is a part of the St. Louis Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The popular Soulard Farmer's Market features fresh fruit and vegetable, and local restaurants and taverns are a hot spot for the up and coming. The area celebrates its French Heritage with a Mardi Gras parade and Bastille Day Celebration. Soulard's century plus homes and row houses attract people of all ages and from many different backgrounds. Also home to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.
Most people discover the St. Louis Hills area after they have tasted their first Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. Homebuyers area attracted to the stone and brick architecture of one and two story homes with Neo-Tudor styling surrounding Francis Park. St. Louis Hills also has gingerbread bungalows, stately two-stories, ranches, and two and four family flats.
The clay works, coal mines and the St. Louis Smelting and Refining Company attracted many German and Irish immigrants and, later, Italians to the Hill area during the 1890's. Today the area is one of St. Louis' few remaining ethnic neighborhoods, know for its Italian restaurants that attract visitor from far and wide. Houses vary from turn-of the-century to new construction.
Three neighborhoods Clayton/Tamm, Franz Park and Hi-Point make up the eclectic and lively Dogtown area just south of Forest Park. Home to a great St. Patrick's Day Parade. Housing ranges from new construction to bungalows and two story homes plus apartments and two to four families.
Mid St. Louis County
This area is roughly bounded by Skinker Boulevard on the east, I-270 on the west, Olive Street Road on the north and Manchester Road on the south. It offers some of the county's older most prestigious neighborhoods.
Comprised of University City (www.ucitymo.org), Clayton (www.claytonmo.gov), Ladue (www.cityof ladue-mo.gov), Frontenac (www.cityof frontenace.org) Huntleigh (www.huntleigh.org), Olivette (www.olivettemo.com), Brentwood (www.brentwoodmo.org) and Richmond Heights (www.richmondheights.org).
Brentwood is a charming community located just west of the city of St. Louis. This area is situated at the crossroads of major transportation arties and is convenient to just about everywhere. It offers a wide variety of house styles in brick and frame most ranging from 30 to 50 yrs old. For fans of Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe's, Brentwood boasts both.
As the seat of government for St. Louis County, Clayton features not only St.Louis' second most memorable skyline, but also some of the area's finest homes. Clayton is the perfect blend of commerce and residential community.Enjoy the wonderful recreational areas of Shaw Park with Tennis Courts, Ice Rink, and Swimming Complex. Clayton hosts several food festivals and art fares on a yearly basis which draw people from all over the Metropolitan Area. Many properties in Clayton are single-family residences of two or three stories, constructed between 1905 and 1940 shortly after World War II. Over the past decade high rise condo buildings and townhouses have been constructed in the heart of Clayton with easy walking to restaurants, parks and businesses. Architectural styles range from traditional to contemporary ranch-style homes to mansions styled after English Country manor houses, and a few examples of Spanish inspired architecture. The Clayton School district (www.clayton.k12.mo.us) is considered on of the finest public school districts in the area.
This older, established community offers a wide variety of home styles and prices. Houses range from small frame ranch-style homes to luxurious 3 Story brick mansions. Olivette also offers rehabbed condominiums and a good selection of rental property. Excellent public schools as part of the Ladue School District.
Located just south of Clayton and North of Webster, this area features a wide range of older brick and frame homes to larger newer homes built on tear-down lots. Richmond Heights is home of the St. Louis Galleria, a myriad of upscale shops and department stores in an enclosed Mall.
Just across the western border of the City of St. Louis lies University City; a charming community founded in 1906 by magazine publisher E.G. Lewis.
Today, "U. City" with its proximity to Washington University, represents a cultural center within the St. Louis metropolitan area. Not to be missed is the "U. City Loop" home to shops and restaurants, the Pagent Theater and more.
Offing diverse home styles nestled among reportedly up to 35,000 trees and more than 250 acres of park land. University City is a residential community that appeals to thousands of St. Louis families.
These residential communities located south west of the city limits provide some of St. Louis finiest tradtional architecture.
This delightful community is characterized by many large, turn-of-the-century homes set back from the street on wide lawns dotted with some of the thousands of oak, maple and elm trees for which Webster Groves is noted. Interspersed among Webster's Victorian mansions are homes representing alternative architectural styles constructed over the last 90 years. The wide streets, arching trees, gracious homes, parks, and community recreational center combine with the area's cultural and historic heritage to make Webster roves the perfect setting for families looking for a "New England" ambience.
Webster Groves is home to Webster University and the Loretto Hilton Repretory Theater.
Located in the Eastern part of St. Louis County, Maplewood is home to a wonderful lively downtown full of resteraunts and nightclubs. Also home to the Schafly Bottleworks brewing beer and serving great eats. There is a farmer's market May through October at the Bottleworks. Home to Sunnen Products, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Shop "N" Save, Essex Industries and more employers. Easy acess to major thoroughfares and Hwy 40/64 and Hwy 44. approx. 5 minutes to Clayton, 10 minutes to Downtown and 20 minutes to Lambert Airport. Maplewood started to be developed in the mid 1800's and has continued to have residential growth today. Homes are mix of Victorians, bungalows, gingerbreads and newer townhomes built in the past 10 years. Maplewood is service by the Maplewood/Richmond Heights School District (www.mrhsd.k12.mo.us)
Rock Hill is primarily a bedroom community to the north west of Webster and east of Kirkwood. It is serviced by the Webster Groves School District You will find housing around neighborhood settings and very affordable to many. Serviced by the Webster Groves School District.
The historic train station, the long estrablished downtown Kirkwood area and the tree filled neighborhoods capture the essesnce of Kirkwood. For decades, traditionally constructed homes on large, wooded lots have been the norm in Kirkwood. More than 300 acres of parkland plus local attractions like the Magic House make the area appealing to families with children of all ages. To the east and northeast of Kirkwood respectively are Glendale and Warson Woods. These two communities are characterized by charming two and three bedroom homes that range from those built at the turn of the century to those with a more modern appearance.
Although officially incorporated in 1934, the area now known as Des Peres was inhabitied by German immigrants as early as the mid-1930's. Today, some of the homes belonging to these early settlers remain as reminders of the historic heritage of Des Peres. Often these homes are located among the many subdivisions of Des Peres which are known for their quality architecture. Conveniently located to major highways and home to West County Mall for your shopping pleasure.
One of the county's fastest growing population centers. West County's boundaries area roughly Lindbergh Boulevard on the east, Page Avenue on the North, and the county line on the west. "West County" unofficially encompasses the following communities:
Chesterfield (www.chesterfield.mo.us), Town & Country (www.town-and-country.org), Creve Coeur (www.creve-coeur.org), Manchester (www.manchestermo.gov), Ballwin (www.ballwin.mo.us), Ellisville (www.ellisville.mo.us), Wildwood (www.cityofWildwood.com), Eureka (www.eureka.mo.us)
Officially incorporated in 1949, Ceve Coeur has become one of the areas most popular municipalities.Creve Coeur features a wide variety of home sizes and architectural styles as well as condominiums and apartments. Such variety, along with the area's proximity to major access roads in St. Louis County, make Creve Coeur appealing to familes working in either the city or county.
With a number of major corporations located in or near Creve Coeur, it gives residents an opportunity to live work and play close to home. Creve Coeur is home to Missouri Baptist Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Barnes Jewish Hospital West.
Public Schools servicing the Creve Coeur area are either Ladue School District (www.ladue.k12.mo.us) and the Parkway School District (www.pkwy.k12.mo.us)
Incorporated in 1988, Chesterfield offers practically all of its residents the opportunity to live, work and play within its borders. It is located 23 miles west of the City of St. Louis. Many styles of homes are found throughout Chesterfield including Tudar, Colonia, and French designs; ranches; and mini-farms on large scenic lots. The diverse styles of high-quality homes along with the area's scenic surroundings and recreational centers make Chesterfield an extrememly popular area.
Don't miss the great shopping opportunities at Chesterfield Mall or down in the ever expanding Chesterfield Valley. Recreational Opportunities are ever expanding with Chesterfield's Central Park and many walking trails. St. Louis County Parks also has several parks for your enjoyment in the Chesterfield Area.
Public Schools Servicing the Chesterfield Area are either the Parkway School District (www.pkwy.k12.mo.us) or the Rockwood R-6 School District (www.rockwood.k12.mo.us). Both pride themselves on the fined educational opportunities offered to their Students.
A charming, well planned and beautifully landscaped residential community, Town and Country offers the grace and elegance of large colonial ranches plus newer two story home on at least one acre lots. Shopping is convenient with the newer Town and Country Commons. Work can be around the corner with many companies having offices at Maryville Center. Not to be missed are wonderful Public and Private Schools in the area.
Just over 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis you will find the residential communities of Ballwin, Ellisville and Manchester. These picturesque communities are nestled among rolling wooded hills of west St. Louis County. Throughout these areas, home buyers may choose from residences ranging from condos and comfortable smaller homes to beautiful, elegant homes of either contempory, traditional or historic design. Area residents are just minutes away from a wide variety of major shopping, medical care facilities, parks and other recreational facilities.
One of the newest cities in West County, Wildwood was incorporated in 1996 and already is a thriving community of large residential lots in a natural setting. This city has gained national attention for its environmentally sensitive land use regulations. A group of citizens and city officials have diligently been developing a Master Parks Plan for Wildwood.
While retaining a "small town" atmosphere, the friendly community of Eureka's location just 45 minutes from both the airport and downtown St. Louis gives its residents access to "big city" events. Eureka is growing residential area with many newer subdivisions as well as the older orginal homes to the city. Each year, severl million people visit Eureka in order to enjoy the rides and attractions at Six Flags St. Louis. In addition, the six parks and a host of other recreational and cultural opportuniites are available for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.
Part of the Northwest St. Louis County area, Maryland Heights is home to the River Port Amphitheatre and West Port Plaza. Housing stock ranges from newer homes, single family residences, multi-family housing and apartment complexes. Something for just about anyone with easy access to Lambert International Airport, Boeing, Express Scripts, Emerson Electric and many more of our major corporations. Wonderful recreational opportunities at Creve Coeur Lake Park (www.marylandheights.com).
St. Charles (www.stcharlescity.com) , St. Peters (www.stpetersmo.net), O'Fallon (www.ofallon.mo.us), Lake St. Louis(www.lakestlouis.com) and Wentzville (www.wentzvillemo.org)
Only seven miles from Lambert International Airport, St. Charles is a dynamic city covering an ara of 19 square miles.It is the eat of St. Charles County government and is located on the Missouri River near the confluence with the Misssissippi. Its history dates to 1765 whit it was founded as Les Petities Cotes ( The Little Hills) by French Canadian Fur Trader Louis Blanchette. Incorporated in 1809, the city served as Missouri's first state capitol (1821-21) and today is largely residential in nature. The first state capitol building, the shops and restaurants along historic South Main Street and the antique shops of Frenchtown draw thousands of tourists each year. Aside from its tourist attractions St. Charles boasts a thriving business community and very active Chamber of Commerce. A plus is the campus of Lindenwood University to the west of downtown St. Charles.
St. Peters, which takes its name from a small church built here in 1823, is located eight miles west of the I-70/I-270 Interchange. The city began as a French fur trapper's grant and flourished in the lat 19th century as a railroad town. St. Peters was incorporated aas a city in 1959. Annexations and an influx of new residents have given St. Peters the distinction of being one of the fastest growing cities in the state. The city is actively courting business and insdustrial grown with a progressive, pro-grouwth attitude and over 1,500 business area now licensed in St. Peters. St. Peters is also home to great shopping at Mid Rivers mall and the wonder recreational facilitiy known as the Rec-Plex. A wonderful range of houseing stock from single family homes, to condos and apartments can be found in St. Peters.
A younger city than either St. Peters or St. Charles, O'Fallon had a total population of 100 when it was incorporated in 1912. Yet by 1990 the population was reaching over 18,000 residents. New homes in the area and further incorporation has pushed the boundries of O'Fallon from North of Hwy 70 to South of Hwy 40/64. You will find housing from the old world charm of the original City of O'Fallon area just north of Hwy 70 off Main Street to the newer developments throughout the rest of O'Fallon. O'Fallon is home to major corporations such as Master Card, MEMC Electronic Materials, Rel-Tec, Inc, True Manufacturing, American Mail-Well Envelopes, Drug Package, Inc and Hitchener Manufacturing Company. An area one can live, work and plan in.
Lake St. Louis, located only 17 minutes from Chesterfield near the intersection of Highway 70 and Highway 40/64 is developed around two large lakes. The city, which was incorporated in 1975, is touted as being metropolitan St. Louis' "only year round recreational/residential community." It is a veritable resort - 3,000 acre playground. Besides the lakes, Lake St. Louis is complete with 2 golf courses, country clubs, tennis courts, parks, pools, horseback riding and boarding facilities. Housing includes subdivisions, a number of custom built homes on various size lots, condominiums and apartment style living. Shopping is close at hand with the Meadows of Lake St. Louis. CNN and Money Magazine in 2009 and 2011 named Lake St. Louis to their 100 Top Places to Live Lists.
Named after Eramus L. Wentz, principal engineer of the North Missour Railroan, Wentzville grew up primarily as a tobacco farming territory. The I-70 Corporate Plaza and the sprawling Gerneral Motors Plant have injected an urban influence into Wentzville, but the community retains its prairie town appeal. Subdivisions of newer homes surround the Wentzville area as well as larger acerage properties some with horse capabilites. Are you a golfer? You could live in a community with its own golf course. Wentzville has much to offer.