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Old 05-07-2017, 10:52 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Well, you can put a huge 'hypocrite' sign above my head now because for all of the bashing I've given St. Charles County over the years, it now seems inevitable that we will be moving there within the next 6 months- 1 year.

My husband works in O'Fallon and desperately wants to be closer to work (ideally within 10 miles so he can ride his bicycle). We also preferably need a bigger house for our family of 5. (Above 1500sqft with a 2 car garage)

While I do spend a bit of time over that side, I obviously know St. Louis County a lot better.

Any opinions on the 'better' areas of St. Charles County (and the worse areas?). Having young children, being in a safe neighborhood is a big priority. I absolutely LOVE our neighbors and community where we are (Florissant) but it is too far for DH's work and we have had some issues with our house outside of our control.

Any input about St. Charles County would be appreciated. I really want to know exactly what we are looking for and where, with realistic expectations so that I don't drive the realtor batty once we officially start house hunting
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Old 05-07-2017, 10:53 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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P.S. DH works not far from Progress West Hospital, so around there would be our 10 mile mark
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Old 05-07-2017, 11:11 AM
 
Location: STL area
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From a totally outside perspective (I live in central STL county)...the areas closer to I-64 and south of I-70. Anything close to his work should be nice honestly. We have friends in Winghaven and Whitmoor and they love it. I'm not the biggest fan of St. Charles county, but I am a huge fan of shorter commute times, so it makes perfect sense to make that move
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Old 05-07-2017, 12:43 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Thanks, STL74! I've heard of Winghaven but not Whitmoor. I'll have to look into both

I agree that South of I-70 seems more desirable.

I prefer St. Louis County, too, but DH is happy at his current workplace and will likely remain there for the foreseable future so it makes a lot of sense for us to be closer.
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Old 05-07-2017, 04:40 PM
 
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We are in a similar boat. We are moving from out of state, and want safe, family friendly and nice. We have settled on newtown. Yes it's like the Truman show...but it is a nice community and it is expanding. I really like walking to the main area with the market and restaurants. I have always seen people out and about and what really caught my eye is they allow golf carts! We are renting for a year and then will buy after getting to know the area a bit. I wish you luck...moving is a big event!
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Old 05-07-2017, 11:29 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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We are in a similar boat. We are moving from out of state, and want safe, family friendly and nice. We have settled on newtown. Yes it's like the Truman show...but it is a nice community and it is expanding. I really like walking to the main area with the market and restaurants. I have always seen people out and about and what really caught my eye is they allow golf carts! We are renting for a year and then will buy after getting to know the area a bit. I wish you luck...moving is a big event!
Was out that way today watching one of my kids play soccer at SLYSA. If you like it, awesome. The street just west of Elm/Newtown right before you enter the SLYSA complex was closed due to flooding. Newtown is kind of isolated but I guess that was the point.
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Old 05-07-2017, 11:32 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Well, you can put a huge 'hypocrite' sign above my head now because for all of the bashing I've given St. Charles County over the years, it now seems inevitable that we will be moving there within the next 6 months- 1 year.

My husband works in O'Fallon and desperately wants to be closer to work (ideally within 10 miles so he can ride his bicycle). We also preferably need a bigger house for our family of 5. (Above 1500sqft with a 2 car garage)

While I do spend a bit of time over that side, I obviously know St. Louis County a lot better.

Any opinions on the 'better' areas of St. Charles County (and the worse areas?). Having young children, being in a safe neighborhood is a big priority. I absolutely LOVE our neighbors and community where we are (Florissant) but it is too far for DH's work and we have had some issues with our house outside of our control.

Any input about St. Charles County would be appreciated. I really want to know exactly what we are looking for and where, with realistic expectations so that I don't drive the realtor batty once we officially start house hunting
I wouldn't call you a hypocrite, but this is somewhat surprising. But families keep voting with their feet. More jobs are out there than used to be, schools are good, property is reasonable. Families will act in their own best interests. It's not a bad thing.
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:39 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I wouldn't call you a hypocrite, but this is somewhat surprising. But families keep voting with their feet. More jobs are out there than used to be, schools are good, property is reasonable. Families will act in their own best interests. It's not a bad thing.
If the vote were solely mine, we would be moving but staying within St. Louis County... however, since DH is the one working and who will be paying the mortgage, I do understand his desire to be closer to work.

Back in NC, we were only a couple of miles off base so he rode his bike every day and I was less than 7 minutes drive to my work- it was definitely really nice being so close.

DH has been making the commute for almost 3 years now and he's completely over it. He has no plans to leave his workplace- they're good to him and he's generally happy there.

It will be within the next 12 months- hopefully sooner. We just have to get a few things straightened out with our house first.
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Old 05-09-2017, 05:53 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I don't agree with the folks who say "stay south if I-70." It seems baseless to me. I looked at a house on Route P last year, near St. Paul. It was a beautiful area, certainly upper middle-class.

And of course, old town St. Charles is north of I-70. It's an entirely different appeal, but nonetheless.

However, cycling to work probably necessitates a short distance and decent roads. Most of St. Charles Co roads are hostile to cyclists, but you might be able to find something near Route K or Route 94.
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Old 05-10-2017, 11:13 AM
 
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There are plenty of nice newer and safe cookie cutter subdivisions, but not many established neighborhoods. I think Timberwood Trails (Mason Ridge Dr) in Cottleville is really nice.
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