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Old 09-25-2007, 01:05 PM
 
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Hello,

My husband is considering taking a job near Union Station. We have been told that commuting up I-55 to that area isn't bad. Does anyone agree? Disagree?

We're not really city people, so we're looking at Arnold as a possible place to buy a house. Anyone have experience commuting from that area?

Thanks!
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Old 09-25-2007, 02:58 PM
 
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Hello,

My husband is considering taking a job near Union Station. We have been told that commuting up I-55 to that area isn't bad. Does anyone agree? Disagree?

We're not really city people, so we're looking at Arnold as a possible place to buy a house. Anyone have experience commuting from that area?

Thanks!

I live off of I-55 in STL County and I used to take 55 everyday to that area of the city...its the best route into the city IMO...I-44 isn't bad either. You'll be fine.

Hwy 40 and I-70, fuggadabout it!
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Old 09-25-2007, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Ballwin, MO
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I live off of I-55 in STL County and I used to take 55 everyday to that area of the city...its the best route into the city IMO...I-44 isn't bad either. You'll be fine.

Hwy 40 and I-70, fuggadabout it!
Ditto!!! (except, I didn't used to live there)
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:54 PM
 
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Smile Thanks!

Thanks! That's very reassuring.
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Suburban St. Louis
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maybeamove123,
you might want to consider a move to the Illinois suburb of Fairview Heights; it sits 12 miles from STL and is the shopping capital of southern Illinois (I used to live 100 miles from here and people would drive up here to shop).

It also has a great lightrail system (the Metrolink) that can avoid all of the traffic and drops you at about 5 different downtown stops. Its about a 15-20 minute ride downtown, and a monthly pass for the metro is only $60, which isn't bad considering you only have to drive to the train station (about 5 minutes from anywhere in Fairview Heights/Swansea, because there are 2 stops in close quarters).
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:28 PM
 
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Default Living in St. Louis

I lived in West County for over 20 years until two years ago. Driving north or south on 270 is always a nightmare. Hwy 44 is the best hwy to come into downtown from the southwest once you access it. Like every city, St. Louis continues to expand (west and southwest in this case) so it is becoming more expensive to live everywhere.

I'm surprised no one mentioned living in Soulard to the single 21 yr old. It's an awesome neighborhood and a 10 minute drive to downtown. It's where the blues clubs are and there is a great mix of people. CAN be a little pricey but nowhere near what the lofts cost downtown!

Arnold will be a drive depending on how early you leave in the morning (average an hour) and everything South County is more "folksy" and affordable. This is a plus to many people! Having come from northern suburbs of Chicago, I could never live in South County; it just depends on your preferences. West County is newer and more affluent. North County... well, I don't recommend it. Might as well live just across the river in Illinois.

We raised our sons in St. Louis and it is a fabulous city to have a family. It offers almost all of the culture of the big cities with a smaller town feel and another writer is correct in that it rarely takes more than half an hour to get anywhere unless you're in rush hour traffic.

The springs and falls are awesome and the winters may be cold, snowy and icy at times but the sun is usually shining!

St. Louis is unique in that there are many different places to go: Downtown, Soulard, Clayton (mostly law firms, business offices and restaurants - homes are EXPENSIVE!), University City (artsy and lots of fun restaurants - for the younger crowd), the Central West End (my fave for brunch and strolling - similar to U City), Westport (a concept area of offices/restaurants/hotels, and Forest Park (largest park in country, I believe... and safe!).

If you can locate a copy of Tony Twist's Visitor's Guide to St. Louis (not exact title), it will show you where these place are in St. Louis and what to do. He filmed it in 2005 prior to the NCAA Men's Basketball Finals in St. Louis.

P.S. What you will find especially unique is that people are very friendly and drivers will actually stop and let you in!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-29-2007, 02:03 PM
 
Location: LaSalle Park / St. Louis
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Take 55 north to the Lafayette exit. That will put you on Gratiot Ave or the Truman expressway. That will take you to 18th st. which will take you to Union Station. Very very easy and fast.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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Ended up living in Millstadt IL and taking the train.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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^Thanks for the update! I hope that you're enjoying the area!
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