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Choosing a Neighborhood in St. Louis

Like most big U.S. cities, St. Louis is divided up into neighborhoods. When you are moving to St. Louis, you might not know which neighborhood is right for you and your lifestyle. Luckily, you have us to help guide you! St. Louis is made up of 79 different neighborhoods, so we won’t get into all of them, but we can hopefully help steer you in the right direction.


This neighborhood contains some of the oldest homes in St. Louis, and it is also home to one of the largest parks in the city. At 180 acres, Carondelet Park is one of the largest parks in St. Louis. Its lakes are stocked for fishing and it offers a bike path, picnic areas and sports facilities. Most of the housing was constructed between 1880 and 1930. Housing in the area ranges from modest single story cottages, to apartment buildings, to larger single family homes.


Chesterfield, the largest city in west St. Louis County, is a peaceful residential enclave that was formed in 1988. Known as the “City of Volunteers” because of its citizens’ history of involvement in helping the city, it boasts businesses, retail shops, cultural offerings, and great schools.


This is one of the oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods in town, but it is also one of the highest valued in real estate due to its high safety. Filled with unique restaurants and historic brick townhomes, this neighborhood is famous for its courtyard dining, live music clubs and weekend farmers market. The Soulard neighborhood marks its French heritage with a Bastille Day celebration each July and a huge annual Mardi Gras fête in February/March. The neighborhood also hosts an Oktoberfest party, and the area is centrally located just 5 minutes south of the Arch.

Central West End

With a low crime rate and high median home prices, the Central West End is a great neighborhood in St. Louis. The chic Central West End is full of charming sidewalk cafés, galleries, antique shops, restaurants, boutiques and pubs. It’s a little European, a little New York and totally St. Louis, and it is an ideal place to people watch and view gorgeous artwork.


With an above-average household income and streets filled with amenities, Ellendale is a great pocket community to call home. It is very residential, with mostly commercial and office space. The housing is mainly single-family units (almost 70 percent, running from small starter homes to larger dwellings. The area is very safe, with the lowest reported crime rate in the city.