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By Emily Barlean
In Culture, Guide

The 25 Best St. Louis Neighborhoods to live in right now.

 

St. Louis is a city of neighborhoods. From the Central West End to Benton Park to Dogtown, there are dozens of diverse and dynamic communities that make up the metro area. Some boast historic mansions, others tout affordable townhomes or excellent rehab options. Whether you’re looking to relocate or just like to look, we’ve broken down the best St. Louis ‘hoods to call home and ranked their appeal based on noise level, walkability, distance to local attractions and more. But whatever block fits your fancy, one thing’s for sure—our list of neighborhoods will definitely make you a little green with real estate envy.

TOWER GROVE HEIGHTS
Bordered by Arsenal St., Grand Ave., Utah St., and Morgan Ford Rd.
Tower Grove Park may be one of St. Louis’ best-kept secrets, and being near this lively park is just one reason this neighborhood is such a desirable spot to live. Residents have direct access to dozens of specialty shops and diverse restaurants on Grand Avenue and Morgan Ford Road. Bustling Arsenal Street features historic brick homes that are perfect for active families and singles.

Affordability: 3
Amenities: 5
Green Space: 5
Noise: 3
Walkability: 5
Cultural Attraction: 3

DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE SQUARE
North of Park Ave., between Mississippi and Jefferson Avenues
Park Avenue Coffee with its 76 flavors of award-winning gooey butter cake, is just one reason this premier neighborhood is among the sweetest around. The dynamic area is across from the 30-acre Lafayette Park and within walking distance of eateries, shops and a gym. Families have lived in this exclusive neighborhood for years, and now a
crop of first-time homeowners, young professionals and new businesses have moved into the area. The community is focused on preserving its historic roots, including Victorian homes (some built in the 1800s) and newly built townhomes specifically designed to mimic existing styles.

Affordability: 2
Amenities: 4
Green Space: 4
Noise: 2
Walkability: 4
Cultural Attraction: 2

COMPTON HEIGHTS
Longfellow and Hawthorne Boulevards
If you’re looking for rows of carbon-copy brick townhomes, turn around. Along these gated and
tree-lined streets, each home is as unique as it is grand. The nationally historic neighborhood is an
old-fashioned community where neighbors share more than property lines and where homes are filled with diverse and extraordinary people. The neighborhood is quiet, but still a short jaunt from South Grand Avenue.

Affordability: 1
Amenities: 3
Green Space: 3
Noise: 1
Walkability: 2
Cultural Attraction: 2

BENTON PARK NORTH
Bordered by Sidney St., Gravois Ave., Jefferson Ave., and Arsenal St.
Residents seeking the best of both worlds can find just that on the cozy streets of Benton Park—where new meets old. The neighborhood possesses seriously diverse digs—think 100-year-old homes,’50s-style bungalows and new developments on
the same street. Moreover, eateries and attractions also range from modern (Sidney Street Café, Niche) to historic (Gus’ Pretzels, Anheuser-Busch). And because the neighborhood is just minutes from Downtown and less than a mile from Soulard, finding weekend activities is effortless.

Affordability: 3
Amenities: 2
Green Space: 4
Noise: 2
Walkability: 3
Cultural Attractions: 3

CHEROKEE-LEMP HISTORIC DISTRICT
Bordered by I-55, S. Jefferson Ave., Potomac St., and Wyoming St.
If you’re looking for a location with a unique flair, then Cherokee Street is the scene for you. One-of-a-kind antique shops (The Purple Cow, Remember When), interesting restaurants (The Stable, The Mud House) and a diverse mix of people (hipsters,
artists and adventurous rehabbers) inhabit this eclectic and developing community. Homes mainly consist of well-kept brick buildings, but many residents and shop owners add their own personal panache to the design, making this area fun to live in and to look at.

Affordability: 5
Amenities: 3
Green Space: 2
Noise: 3
Walkability: 4
Cultural Attractions: 3

DEMUN NEIGHBORHOOD
DeMun Ave., between Skinker Blvd., and Big Bend Rd.
Tucked away between Forest Park and Clayton, the DeMun community boasts quieter blocks than its neighboring counterparts while still offering plenty of places to grab a bite and shop around. Plus, it’s within walking distance of all the cultural amenities of Forest Park. Homes are a mix of 1920s townhomes, modern highrises and newer single-family residences.

Affordability: 3
Amenities: 2
Green Space: 5
Noise: 2
Walkability: 2
Cultural Attractions: 4

SOUTH CARONDELET
Bordered by S. Broadway Ave., W. Steins St., Michigan and Loughborough Avenues
Development is the word in this transitioning community, and the new vision for Carondelet focuses on the arts. With help from places like Hammer and Hand Imports, The Ivory Theatre and a new music venue called Halfway Haus (among others), the area is host to a bevy of art shows and design speakeasies. Plus, it’s thriving and growing—new storefronts are popping up regularly, and there are plans to add loft-style apartments to the area soon. All the while, the area manages to maintain its character and family-friendly feel with bike paths, widened sidewalks and parks nearby.

Affordability: 4
Amenities: 4
Green Space: 3
Noise: 2
Walkability: 4
Cultural Attractions: 3

SHENANDOAH AVENUE
Between Fox Park and Compton Ave.
There’s nothing quite like finding a neighborhood gem nestled in an unlikely
location, and that’s exactly the selling point for this area. Just a few blocks west of Jefferson Avenue (behind Kakao Chocolate) lies a street lined with affordable homes and apartments boasting a classic brick style. Most homes sell for under $200K, and many even run less than $100K. Though some spots could use a little TLC, the stylish, sturdy homes and easy access to Soulard, South Grand and Downtown make this location a diamond in the rough.

Affordability: 4
Amenities: 2
Green Space: 3
Noise: 2
Walkability: 2
Cultural Attractions: 2

CENTRAL WEST END NORTH
McPherson Ave., between Taylor Ave., and Kingshighway Blvd.
This pocket of the Central West End is a beautiful, bustling place. People can be found moseying around the array of shops, visiting the myriad of dining establishments that line the streets or attending an art exhibit. A mix of large brick homes and fashionable apartment buildings can be found, making the neighborhood perfect for families, singles and everyone in between. The area has a real sense of community and privacy while still maintaining its hotspot status.

Affordability: 2
Amenities: 5
Green Space: 3
Noise: 3
Walkability: 5
Cultural Attractions: 3

KIRKWOOD
Monroe Ave., between S. Kirkwood Rd. and Harrison Ave.
Similar to its Webster Groves neighbor, Kirkwood is one of those all-inclusive communities. With everything from posh condos to one-of-a-kind homes, the area, while certainly not considered urban, is still far from suburbia. Offering the sense of a small town while featuring an array of amenities, Kirkwood is a very livable area. Dozens of restaurants, shops and services enhance the neighborhood while its close proximity to schools and child-friendly venues (The Magic House) make it perfect for families.

Affordability: 3
Amenities: 4
Green Space: 2
Noise: 3
Walkability: 4
Cultural Attractions: 2

THE GROVE: WEST
Bordered by S. Newstead Ave., S. Kingshighway Blvd., Chouteau and Manchester Avenues
Reopening schools, adding better public transportation and filling vacant lots with dozens
of newly rehabbed homes proves The Grove is a neighborhood in transition. Homes in the area are rather affordable with an average price of $120K—though that number is on the rise due to recent demand. This demand has no doubt been influenced by the recent revitalizations of the area and its close proximity to the hustle and bustle of Manchester
Avenue. With plenty of restaurants and hangouts nearby, residents who love a mix of energy and are seeking a “fixer-upper” project will find their perfect setting in this South City neighborhood.

Affordability: 4
Amenities: 3
Green Space: 3
Noise: 3
Walkability: 1
Cultural Attractions: 2

SKINKER-DEBALIVIERE
Bordered by Skinker Blvd., DeBaliviere Ave., Delmar Blvd., and Forest Park Pkwy.
It’s obvious that residents of the Skinker-DeBaliviere area are proud of their neighborhood. Homes—many built before 1920—range from beautiful single-family dwellings to upscale apartments and renovated condos. All of them are well-preserved, and most range between $100-$300K. Close to dining establishments and shopping in The Loop and within walking distance of the cultural attractions within Forest
Park, the homes specifically on Pershing Avenue provide a lovely middle ground between two favorite locations.

Affordability: 3
Amenities: 3
Green Space: 3
Noise: 2
Walkability: 4
Cultural Attractions: 4

MCPHERSON AND PARKVIEW ROADS
Off Skinker Blvd., in University City
Similar to the gated lanes of Longfellow and Hawthorne in Compton Heights, this impressive neighborhood in University City is lined with homes that can only be described as estates. Once within the neighborhood walls, it’s easy to forget the busy street that connects the community to nearby attractions. Midway between Forest Park and the Delmar Loop, the area boasts amenities like Blueberry Hill, the Art Museum and The Pageant while also offering the quiet seclusion of a truly impressive block.

Affordability: 1
Amenities: 2
Green Space: 2
Noise: 1
Walkability: 3
Cultural Attractions: 4

OLD POST OFFICE DISTRICT
Bordered by Tucker Blvd., Washington Ave., 8th St., and Chestnut St.
Don’t let the name Old Post Office deter you; contemporary city living is truly captured by this Downtown neighborhood. With affordable lofts, apartments and condos for both the young professional and empty nester, the neighborhood’s walking-distance amenities, including a grocery store, urgent care and medical center, gym and Metrolink station, are only just the beginning of what this block has to offer. Residents will tell you there’s undoubtedly a community at play, and with restored architectural treasures and award-winning public spaces (Citygarden), this locale is both vivacious and beautiful.

Affordability: 2
Amenities: 5
Green Space: 2
Noise: 5
Walkability: 5
Cultural Attractions: 4

NORTHEAST MAPLEWOOD
Surrounding Sutton Blvd., north of Manchester Rd.
If you can call any neighborhood “small but mighty,” it’s Maplewood. The vibrant community is full of unique shops, entertainment venues and dining options. Residents can enjoy quaint homes removed from the hustle and bustle, but are also just seconds away from an exciting collection of amenities.

Affordability: 3
Amenities: 4
Green Space: 3
Noise: 1
Walkability: 3
Cultural Attractions: 2

DOWNTOWN DUTCHDOWN
Meramec Ave., between Grand and Nebraska Avenues
Similar to Fox Park, Dutchtown is a quaint community that’s largely a hidden gem. Rows
of affordable and attractive brick homes reside on Meramec Avenue, and unique cafés (Urban Eats, Feasting Fox) pepper the area. The neighborhood’s convenient proximity to I-55 makes Downtown access quick and easy—not to mention, there’s a Ted Drewes within walking distance.

Affordability: 4
Amenities: 3
Green Space: 2
Noise: 2
Walkability: 3
Cultural Attractions: 2

OLD NORTH ST. LOUIS
North of St. Louis Ave., along N. Market St.
For almost 100 years, Crown Candy Kitchen has drawn people to North City—and though the area is definitely a work-in-progress, the dynamic neighborhood has an influx of both rehabbers and businesses (including Therapy Boutique). The neighborhood’s
development corporation and partners have been coordinating rehabs of over 100 historically sensitive homes. These renovations combined with a close proximity to Downtown mean people are heading to North City for more than homemade chocolate these days.

Affordability: 5
Amenities: 3
Green Space 2
Noise: 2
Walkability: 2
Cultural Attractions: 2

LINDELL BOULEVARD
North of Forest Park
Lindell Boulevard speaks for itself when it comes to hot blocks. Overlooking Forest Park,
the entire street is lined with homes that can’t be classified as anything but mansions. Spaciously positioned along the tree-lined street, homes resemble works of art—many
featuring high arches and castle-like turrets. In addition to the grandeur of homes, residents can literally walk across the street and access all of the amenities that come with Forest Park (Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, The Boat House). Jealous? So are we.

Affordability: 1
Amenities: 3
Green Space: 5
Noise: 3
Walkability: 5
Cultural Attractions: 4

SWAN CIRCLE
West of Brentwood Blvd.
Residents of Brentwood truly get to have their cake and eat it, too. The quaint, quiet
residential areas provide inhabitants with a serene community of condos and townhomes in which to live. On the other hand, seconds away, residents can find access to a bustling hub that offers almost everything that anyone could need. Direct access to the Saint Louis Galleria (and other major retail outlets) makes Brentwood a hot and handy place to live.

Affordability: 3
Amenities: 5
Green Space: 5
Noise: 2
Walkability: 3
Cultural Attractions: 4

OLD WEBSTER GROVES
Jefferson St.
Old Webster Groves can be described in two words: historic and lively. Perhaps that
combination is surprising, but this charming area truly lives up to both standards. With
gorgeous homes lining quiet Jefferson Street, it’s almost hard to believe that within walking distance you can find a bustling business district with literally everything you need. Banks, dentists, auto shops and more make it a hub for dining (Lywellen’s, Robust) and everything in between.

Affordability: 3
Amenities: 5
Green Space: 3
Noise: 2
Walkability: 4
Cultural Attractions: 2

GASLIGHT SQUARE
Surrounding the intersections of Boyle and Olive Streets
Once a thriving entertainment district, Gaslight Square eventually fell victim to urban flight decades ago. But today, with the help of local businesses and the Historical Preservation Society, Gaslight Square is back on the up and up. Where empty lots once sat, residents now sport chic apartments built within the last 10 years, and dozens of seriously cool-looking homes and duplexes from the 1890s have been refurbished to their previous glory.

Affordability: 3
Amenities: 3
Green Space: 3
Noise: 2
Walkability: 3
Cultural Attractions: 2

CLAYTON/TAMM
Surrounding Clayton Rd., between Tamm Ave., and Grand View Dr. in Dogtown
Like a suburban pocket within the city, Dogtown is one of St. Louis’ hippest neighborhoods. Featuring moderately priced brick homes, condos and apartments, the area is home to many of the city’s creative and trendy young professionals. Plus, with unique establishments scattered throughout, the bustling area could easily be considered a mini-hub within the city.

Affordability: 4
Amenities: 3
Green Space: 2
Noise: 3
Walkability: 4
Cultural Attractions: 3

THE HILL
Along Bischoff Ave., between Hereford St., and Marconi Ave.
Known for housing dozens of Italian restaurants, The Hill is one of the most well-known
and historic neighborhoods in St. Louis. Many families have been residents of this welcoming, community-focused area for generations. In fact, Yogi Berra’s family resides
there and has since he was a kid. The diverse block features a variety of older brick abodes, and new construction continues to this day. The five-minute drive to the Botanical Garden and Forest Park—plus, the delicious smell of garlic bread in the air—make this legendary area an appetizing place to live.

Affordability: 3
Amenities: 3
Green Space: 2
Noise: 2
Walkability: 3
Cultural Attractions: 3

TILLES PARK
Surrounding Deer Creek Woods Dr., off McKnight Road
Tilles Park is known for its serenity and beauty, and the neighborhoods surrounding it have taken note. With impressive homes (most valued over $500K) lining hilly, private streets, this exclusive block might actually rival the glitz and glam of Lindell Boulevard. The park provides child-friendly fun (playgrounds, a hockey rink, etc.) and a relaxing getaway for adults (gardens, walking trails), making this area perfect for families. Near I-64, the more secluded parts can still easily access all the amenities of Brentwood and Clayton while providing a quiet lifestyle.

Affordability; 2
Amenities: 1
Green Space: 5
Noise: 2
Walkability: 4
Cultural Attractions: 1

SOUTHAMPTON
Bordered by Chippewa St., Hampton Ave.,
Eichelberger St., and S. Kingshighway Blvd.

First-time homeowners looking for an affordable space that will last for many years are sure to love SoHa. Homes feature traditional architecture and usually sell for under $150K, but are updated and full of modern conveniences. In this one-square-mile community, neighbors get to know and care about each other and even hold yearly block
parties. Over the last several years, the area has filled with dozens of new and charming
amenities such as Murdoch Perk, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria and Home Eco Green General Store—most within walking distance. It’s no wonder residents are often found out and about enjoying their close-knit neighborhood.

Affordability: 3
Amenities: 3
Green Space: 2
Noise: 2
Walkability: 2
Cultural Attractions: 2

 

1440_545.jpgPark Avenue, between Mississippi and Jefferson Avenues in Lafayette Square.

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1442_545.jpgPark Avenue

 

Photo credit: Photos by Attilio D’Agostino

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