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Old 01-09-2011, 03:09 AM
Location: Affton
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I'm a native south city resident. I grew up in the Southampton area, and have lived in various apartments around town, namely in Dutchtown, Holly Hills, and the Gate District. My husband and I are strongly considering buying a charming little home in the Gravois Park neighborhood. It's on a stretch of Ohio between Chippewa and Winnebago.

I'm not naive about city living, but even life-long city residents get a twinge of apprehension about Gravois Park. I'm also aware that St. Louis tends to be street-to-street. I've noticed that there seems to be quite a few rehabbed homes on that stretch.

Any nearby residents familiar with that stretch of Ohio have any input? We're aware that the area is a little "rough around the edges," but we're in for the long haul and feel pretty strongly about being part of the urban revitalization going on in the city.

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Old 01-09-2011, 08:10 AM
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^Since you are a south city native and are going in with your eyes wide open IMHO you and your spouse sound exactly like the kind of people Gravois Park need to turn the neighborhood around. Keep talking up South City and bring some friends. Good on ya.
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:27 PM
Location: Saint Louis City
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:16 AM
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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Gravois Park really is about as bad as south city gets, as you obviously know, but I'd rather be further east in the neighborhood where you're looking than closer to Gravois Rd., so I'm not surprised to hear several of the homes have been rehabbed.

There's been some clear improvement along the Jefferson corridor, and there's little reason to imagine that trend reversing.

You sound like you're going into this with open eyes, so I say go for it. I mean the house is 30K: it's hard to imagine that being a bad investment!

Best of luck!
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:51 AM
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I'm pretty sure there is a poster here who lives in Gravois Park, if I remember correctly. To echo what others have said, Gravois Park is probably far down the list of desirable St. Louis neighborhoods. But its proximity to Cherokee street and other thriving neighborhoods like Benton Park will hopefully push it in the right direction.
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:13 PM
Location: Bothell, WA
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Hey, I drive down that block occasionally, and it doesn't seem too bad. Also, that's on the southern fringe of the Gravios Park boundary, and a good distance from the less desirable areas of Gravois Park. Having a similar frame of mind, back in '08, my wife and I almost bought an attached house on Potomac, facing the actual park, that had been beautifully rehabbed. However, after a summertime, Friday night block observation, I declined. Deciding we still wanted a cool brick house in the city, though, we took the risk, and bought a rehabbed house, just a couple blocks South of Chippewa, so we're pretty close to that block on Ohio.
One of the main detractors, currently, for that area is summertime. You get an increase in street urchins, as it gets warm, so you'll hear occasional trash talk from people walking in front of your house. As long as they keep walking, though, it's not too bad. I do think you get more for your money in SouthStL, and I hope it will continue to revitalize. If you do go for that little bungalow, I wouldn't recommend shopping at that Sav-A-Lot on Jefferson. Seems like 4/5 visits are a bad experience, due to the riff raff that frequent that dive. I might go alone, if we really need something, but it's off limits to my wife and daughter.
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:40 AM
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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Originally Posted by B33nThere View Post
However, after a summertime, Friday night block observation, I declined.
This is such a good point. A neighborhood can seem real quiet when it's cold and all the thugs stay indoors. A lot of Chicago neighborhoods were like that too!
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