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Old 06-24-2012, 03:16 PM
 
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Hope some locals are able to help me out! My husband has a final interview for a job in downtown St. Louis - looks like a pretty strong possibility - and I'm doing a little research in case we end up moving there. We live in Indianapolis right now. What our dream is...what we'd REALLY like...is to be able to move to "Small Town, U.S.A" but still be a commutable distance from downtown St. Louis.

The dream: a town of under 50,000, lots of outdoor things to do, tight-knit community, quiet, rural...you get the picture. An old house on a few acres. I've looked online at a few places, both around St. Louis and at the extreme western border of Illinois, but I thought I'd try to get some ideas from here, too.

We'd like to keep the commute to under 35 minutes, if possible.

Any suggestions? If this place doesn't exist, what's the closest I can get to 'the dream' around St. Louis?

Thanks!
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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On the Missouri side of the river, there's not a lot of towns with a "rural feel" within 30 minutes of downtown St. Louis. But there are some possibilities in Jefferson County, particularly in the Pevely and House Springs areas. Here you can find some scenic settings, with horse farms, creeks, and forested hills. There are plenty of amenties in nearby Festus/Crystal City and Arnold, not to mention south St. Louis County. Also, out in far western portions of St. Louis County, in the Wildwood and Pacific areas, you should be able to find that small town/rural feel you're looking for.

Over on the Illinois side, there are many small town/rural settings within 30 minutes of downtown. These areas tend to be much more flat and agricultural based. Some examples are Milstadt, Waterloo, Lebanon, Mascoutah, Freeburg, and St. Jacob. All of these are small, tight-knit communities. As far as amenities, you'd be within easy reach of larger communties such as Fairview Heights, Belleville, and Collinsville.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:51 PM
 
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Jersey County-There are not of large towns if any. Try that
Jefferson County- Hilsboro has farms in some places outside the city limits and has a rural feel to it.

Hilsboro is a hour or more drive from downtown st.louis though so be warned
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:28 AM
 
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consider Eureka...
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:29 AM
 
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Thanks so much - I'll check those out!
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:23 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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On the Missouri side of the river, there's not a lot of towns with a "rural feel" within 30 minutes of downtown St. Louis. But there are some possibilities in Jefferson County, particularly in the Pevely and House Springs areas. Here you can find some scenic settings, with horse farms, creeks, and forested hills. There are plenty of amenties in nearby Festus/Crystal City and Arnold, not to mention south St. Louis County. Also, out in far western portions of St. Louis County, in the Wildwood and Pacific areas, you should be able to find that small town/rural feel you're looking for.

Over on the Illinois side, there are many small town/rural settings within 30 minutes of downtown. These areas tend to be much more flat and agricultural based. Some examples are Milstadt, Waterloo, Lebanon, Mascoutah, Freeburg, and St. Jacob. All of these are small, tight-knit communities. As far as amenities, you'd be within easy reach of larger communties such as Fairview Heights, Belleville, and Collinsville.

I agree with this. In Missouri, I'd add Washington, Missouri, and nice little self-contained Missouri river town. However, it's a further drive (45 minutes to 1 hour).

I agree the Illinois side would have more within 30 minutes. My personal favorities are Mascoutah, Milstadt and Waterloo.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:28 AM
 
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I'll add one note of caution about those small towns in Jefferson and the southern counties: A while back, those were the meth capitals of Missouri. Not sure what the current status is, but just wanted to mention that.

Missouri regains unwanted claim to fame: Meth Capital : News : ConnectMidMissouri.com
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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I agree with this. In Missouri, I'd add Washington, Missouri, and nice little self-contained Missouri river town. However, it's a further drive (45 minutes to 1 hour).

I agree the Illinois side would have more within 30 minutes. My personal favorities are Mascoutah, Milstadt and Waterloo.

Plenty of neat little towns on the outer fringes. I actually liked Defiance, Mo for its slight hippie/old timer aesthetic. Close to Wine Country, too - but about 45 minutes to an hour from the City.

I loved living in Lake Saint Louis and have made it to the City in under 40 minutes (on a good day). I wish it had a "downtown village" area but it had all the outdoor/boating amenities that i needed.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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Plenty of neat little towns on the outer fringes. I actually liked Defiance, Mo for its slight hippie/old timer aesthetic. Close to Wine Country, too - but about 45 minutes to an hour from the City.

I loved living in Lake Saint Louis and have made it to the City in under 40 minutes (on a good day). I wish it had a "downtown village" area but it had all the outdoor/boating amenities that i needed.
Yes, that whole 94 corridor is pretty nice, good suggestion, although a longer drive than the op originally specified to downtown.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Jersey County-There are not of large towns if any. Try that
Jefferson County- Hilsboro has farms in some places outside the city limits and has a rural feel to it.

Hilsboro is a hour or more drive from downtown st.louis though so be warned
Um.....what?
Hillsboro is 20 minutes from downtown.
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