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Old 07-20-2011, 10:09 AM
 
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I am looking to make a move to the St. Louis area for job relocation. My family and I are moving from the KC area. Actually, the Johnson County side of the metro. We love Johnson County and would like to find a similar environment to locate to in the suburbs of St. L. Someplace iwth a family orientation, shopping, dining, etc. We love the "new and updated" feel of south JoCo.

I will be working at Westport in Maryland Heights. I would prefer to be somewhat close, or at least to avoid bad traffic when commuting.

We would like to buy a home around $275,000 to $325,000, but may also have to find a rental home in the area depending on the relocation package.

Our oldest child is 4 yrs old, so his first school would be important. As well as a good pre-school.

We have thought the St. Charles area looks nice, and Lake Saint Louis, but not sure if that is too far to commute.

Not very familiar with the burbs of St. Louis, so please help!
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Lake Saint Louis is a relatively easy 30-45 minute commute to Maryland Heights. its a nice community especially if you like boating. Rental homes may be a little tough to find, but you can get something really nice near the big lake in your price range.

The downside is that there are not a lot of evening activities (dining/clubs) in the area. A lot of Franchise eateries.

The upside is that the locals are very friendly (a lot of transplants). Lots of evening get togethers, Dinner parties, Wine tastings, Artistic get togethers, Music jams. Without pretensions.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Clayton, MO
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Look also in O'Fallon, Chesterfield, Ballwin, and Maryland Heights
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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I've always been told that Chesterfield has a lot in common with Johnson County.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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Chesterfield is really the most like Southern JoCo of everything in the St. Louis metro area, though you'll find the lots in Chesterfield tend to be larger. Shopping is very good.

Don't overlook St. Charles county however, as the commute would likely be somewhat easier (270 from Chesterfield to Maryland Heights and vice versa will definitely be pretty heavy), the schools are still very good, and you'll get more house for your money.

Regardless of what you choose, the housing styles will be different in St. Louis. Much less stucco, more brick facades.

If you bought this hosue, your commute would be a very easy drive on the low congestion Hwy 364.
http://www.cbgundaker.com/propertyde...36414&type=res
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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As a former JoCo resident, i'd agree that Chesterfield is more similar to JoCo than St. Charles, or Lake St. Louis. It's also a little closer to the metro than the far southwest corners of JoCo (We were in Olathe, KS). Schools are great, and you should be able to find something in your price range out there. Good luck in your move.
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