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Old 04-06-2015, 05:34 PM
 
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I am getting a little ahead of myself, but I recently interviewed for a position in O'Fallon, MO (southern side off of 64) and looking for best places to live. My husband, 1 year old, and I will need to relocate from SW Ohio. We would prefer living closer to the city in a family friendly neighborhood that offers nearby activities. I don't mind a commute, but would prefer to keep it under 45 minutes. What are our best options?
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Old 04-06-2015, 05:57 PM
 
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what's your budget? Some folks like O'fallon.. Kinda depends on what area you're used to and what amenities you want nearby. Chesterfield is a great area- but some are good with St Peters/St Charles
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:25 PM
 
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I'd recommend Saint Charles. It's about a 20-25 drive into Saint Louis but also pretty close to O'Fallon.
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Old 04-07-2015, 08:45 AM
 
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Personally, I'd rather live in O'Fallon and drive 40 minutes into the city for weekend activities, than live near the city and commute to O'Fallon. St. Charles county doesn't really compare to St. Louis, but it does have a nice downtown, the Family Arena, a minor league ball team in O'Fallon (T.R. Hughes Ballpark), a wealth of church picnics, nearby Katy Trail, etc. Aside from proximity to St. Louis City, any suburb along I-70 or I-64 west of 270 is basically the same to me, so you might as well live by work.

Inside 270 there are some legitimately nicer suburbs, and you're also close enough to the city to matter, but you'll be looking at a commute on the upper side of your tolerance. I think you'd be better off looking for a nice house in St. Charles.
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Old 04-07-2015, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Maryland Heights, MO
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Personally, I'd rather live in O'Fallon and drive 40 minutes into the city for weekend activities, than live near the city and commute to O'Fallon. St. Charles county doesn't really compare to St. Louis, but it does have a nice downtown, the Family Arena, a minor league ball team in O'Fallon (T.R. Hughes Ballpark), a wealth of church picnics, nearby Katy Trail, etc. Aside from proximity to St. Louis City, any suburb along I-70 or I-64 west of 270 is basically the same to me, so you might as well live by work.

Inside 270 there are some legitimately nicer suburbs, and you're also close enough to the city to matter, but you'll be looking at a commute on the upper side of your tolerance. I think you'd be better off looking for a nice house in St. Charles.
Something to keep in mind, is that if you're commuting to O'Fallon for work you'll be experience a "reverse commute" as in, you'll be going against traffic.

For the time being, I'd look at finding a rental property somewhere near where you think you'd LIKE to be and work on something more permanent as time goes on. Better to throw a little money away while making your decision, than to throw a lot away by making the wrong choice. Just my $0.02.
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Old 04-07-2015, 01:24 PM
 
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Something to keep in mind, is that if you're commuting to O'Fallon for work you'll be experience a "reverse commute" as in, you'll be going against traffic.
Even with no traffic it takes me 40 minutes to get from Kirkwood to O'Fallon. It ultimately depends on the specific home/work locations. The closest part of Creve Couer to the closest part of O'Fallon might only be 20 minutes in ideal circumstances.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:59 PM
 
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O'Fallon/Dardenne Prairie/Weldon Spring would be great areas close to your work. As others have said, Chesterfield area would also be an easy commute, because you'd be going against the flow or rush hour traffic.

Figure a 35-40 minute commute from Dardenne Prairie/Weldon Spring to the city and about 20-25 from Chesterfield, depending on proximity to 64/40.
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:40 AM
 
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That's tough. I lived right at I-170 and 40 and it would take me a *full* 45 minutes, we're talking 70 mph the whole way, to get out to Vetta soccer complex in St. Peters on a weekend with no traffic. O'Fallon is one more town further out than St Peters so I am thinking you need to be outside the 270 loop to stay under that 45 minute mark with any consistency. I guess I am going to have to second the idea of St. Charles - but it is not exactly city living - there is a nice cobble stone Main St stretch with nice parks and shops, but I don't think there would be much open after dinner (I could be wrong). It is more like a touristy, antique store kind of idyllic commercial district without a ton of night life. Otherwise you are looking at straight up suburbia - strip malls and the like. Where in SW Ohio are you now? If you are in Cincy, O'Fallon is comparable to (maybe) Lebanon in terms of distance to city life.
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Old 04-09-2015, 01:00 PM
 
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If it's just off of I-64, and you really want to live near the city (can't blame you!), you should check out Brentwood, Rock Hill, and Clayton. ~30 minute drive on I-64.
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Old 04-09-2015, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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I guess I am going to have to second the idea of St. Charles - but it is not exactly city living - there is a nice cobble stone Main St stretch with nice parks and shops, but I don't think there would be much open after dinner (I could be wrong). It is more like a touristy, antique store kind of idyllic commercial district without a ton of night life.
Main street St. Charles definitely has night life now--its more of a destination than you'd think. It's some great people watching.
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