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Old 05-19-2015, 08:51 PM
 
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Moving to St Louis area….hubby will be working in Wentzville, and trying to figure out where to live. We're trying to stay under $300,000 for a home. Good schools are very important (kids in middle & elementary schools) and would love a family friendly area. Found some homes online in OFallon & Wildwood…any input on those areas? Seems like Wildwood only has older homes in our price range though. Would appreciate any help!! Thanks!!
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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Wentzville schools are as "good" as any. Since your husband will be working there, there's no harm in looking in the immediate vicinity. If you want to be closer to the city but still within a reasonable commute to Wentzville, then O'Fallon (mostly Fort Zumwalt School District) or St. Peters or St. Charles (mostly Francis Howell School District) would also be options to consider. All are family friendly. Wildwood is decent too, although it would make for a further but not unreasonable commute. There are other areas of St. Louis County to consider, as well, but most places in St. Charles County meet your needs and make for a shorter commute for your husband.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:04 PM
 
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Agree completely with the advice above. I'm no fan of subdivision style living, but if I has a job in Wentzville and needed a nice single family home for 200 or less, the areas mentioned above are exactly where I would look even though they aren't my personal cup of tea.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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Some of the other, lesser known or smaller, cities within St. Charles County include Dardenne Prairie (Fort Zumwalt SD), Lake Saint Louis (Wentzville SD), Weldon Spring (Francis Howell SD), Cottleville (Francis Howell SD), New Melle (both Wentzville SD and Francis Howell SD), St. Paul (Fort Zumwalt SD), and Foristell (Wentzville SD), should you opt to go that route. There is also Orchard Farm SD that covers a lot of the unincorporated northeast parts of the county.

Unless you're really looking for urban living or historic homes, I think you'll find something that meets your needs in St. Charles County. St. Charles County doesn't really have a "bad" school district in it. Wentzville, Fort Zumwalt, and Francis Howell are the three biggest districts, with Orchard Farm and St. Charles districts being somewhat smaller.
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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Agree with all of the recommendations above. Dardenne Prairie and Weldon Spring would be easy commutes to/from Wentzville, because they'll be going opposite of the major traffic flow during rush hour. Francis Howell generally rates a bit higher than Fort Zumwalt or Wentzville, but all are perfectly fine school districts.
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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Francis Howell, as a whole district, isn't any better or worse than Wentzville or Fort Zumwalt. If you want to find the "best", you'll have to look at the individual schools. Even then, ratings will mostly be based on the demographics of a particular school's population, with the schools that serve more low-income students rating lower than those that serve middle- or high-income students. So, ignore the ratings. They are misleading. You will be equally fine in any of those school districts.
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Old 05-23-2015, 01:11 PM
 
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How high a priority is walkability? The houses on streets off W Northview Ave in Wentzville are walkable to Holt High school and the middle school on one side and Heritage primary and intermediate on the other. Also, what downtown Wentzville has is walkable from there. The options near Timberland High school aren't as good in that respect.
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