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Old 02-17-2014, 10:16 AM
 
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I am looking at a possible relo. to St. L with Boeing. I am a country boy and hate living in town and have been living in town for the last few years in Charleston, SC. I need more space!!!

Anyway, I am not opposed to a 45 minute to 1 hour drive for the right place. What areas meet the, "more space" criteria around St. L? I would really prefer the closer to Kansas side but I am open to anything, I just don't want to live in a bigger city environment anymore.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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Head west on 70 past Wentzville. That's pretty much where the suburbs stop.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:14 PM
 
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What's your budget and how much land are you looking for?
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:26 PM
 
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Not that much probably. Need to stay around 250K. I just want 4+ acres. Just something where I can't spit on my neighbors house, even on a windy day.
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:26 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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A bit closer to Boeing than heading out West that I wouldn't discount entirely- around North St. Louis County (outside of Florissant) you can actually get 3+ acres with a house fairly affordably (I have seen lots 14+ acres, but the largest ones for sale with houses on them within your price range are about 3.5 acres). Additionally, it might be worth looking on the Illinois side around Alton as there are also acreages within that vicinity which may suit your needs (plus they're closer to your work).

Of course, you could keep heading on I-70 West past Wentzville as billiken suggested, but you might find that your commute time in peak hour traffic (especially through St. Charles and across the Blanchette Bridge) might be topping out your max time. In inclement weather (ice, snow, etc) , that particular commute would probably take well over an hour if you're significantly west of Wentzville. On a good day though without peak hour traffic it's only about 30 minutes.

Good Luck!
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis
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There are a few places to look at. I have no special knowledge in this.... just looking at a map.

On the Missouri side, far west past St. Charles is certianly an option. Eureka might be an option too.

You have more options on the illinois side (I always equate missouri side = city, illinois side = country for some reason). I'd take a look at Alton. Columbia would be reasonable too. Even someplace crazy like Golden Eagle (so middle of nowhere that I can't even get cell phone reception when I drive through there) could be in the picture if you're willing to take a ferry as part of your commute every day.

With the new Mississippi Bridge completed, you should even be able to commute from O'Fallon or Collinsville on the Illinois side. That bridge is quite the marvel. I feel like people living in Missouri never quite appreciate how awesome St. Louis looks driving in from the east. You can see the Arch and the new bridge peek up from above the trees almost 15 min before you actually get to the river and the whole time you're giddy from excitement at seeing the city... at least I am.
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:04 PM
 
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I agree with those who say you have more options on the IL side. I would look into Highland. It's a town with 10,000 people, but it's surrounded by the county. Highland is about 25 min east of the MS river. Nice looking place.
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Old 02-19-2014, 05:45 AM
 
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Thank you to all. I have been on realtor.com checking things out.

Can anyone speak to the property taxes for both homes and vehicles in IL vs. MO?

What about schools in those outlying areas?

Thank you again.
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:55 AM
 
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Home taxes (and taxes in general) are higher on the Illinois side of the river. You have much quicker access to "country" on the IL side of the river as well, and it's one of the awesome pieces of that state. Plus relatively short commutes back to STL.

I'd avoid going out passed Wentzville, since your commute on I-70 could be hellish at certain times of the day, and a wreck could put you far over your 1 hour commute limit...not to mention incliment weather (which has occurred quite a bit this winter).

I've also been a fan of areas to the Southwest of St. Louis, especially along Hwy 30. The views are often more spectacular than those found in Illinois, and much nicer than those found in the Wentzville area. Expect rolling hills and great foliage. High Ridge, House Springs, Byrnes Mill, and Cedar Hill all come to mind. Not overly sure on schools though, I have a friend who grew up down there and attended Fox Schools wihle in Cedar Hill, and it was "ok" but nothing special...
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:12 AM
 
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Property taxes are higher in IL. MO has a personal property tax paid annually on vehicles and IL does not.
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