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Old 04-22-2014, 02:14 PM
 
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Thanks for all the advice I have recieved so far as my family and I prepare for our move to St louis. We had a long weekend of house hunting, which just made it more confusing as the homes seem to blend. Our needs/wants are 4 bds/2 bth, some kind of yard, great schools, and most importantly a family friendly neighborhood. our budget is under 400. I have an 11 yr old daughtet and 8 yr old son, and a wife that will be staying home. Our hope is to find a home with lots of familys. From what we have seen, out in the burbs each subdivision is different, so it is hard to tell which one is the most family friendly. If anyone knows of any aprticular subdivisions/area of town that are full of familys to help us narrow our search that would be great. We have looked at Legends in eureka, Copper lakes in wildwood, and a many others

Thanks!!
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:01 PM
 
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I have no advice on which subdivisions have the most families as I've never lived in a subdivision in STL. We sadly don't have a lot of people on this message board who live west of 270 to offer much perspective. However, in terms of houses blending, I got some great advice with my last housing search: Only keep 2 houses on your "top picks" list. We looked at well over 30 houses and this really help us keep things straight. If we looked at a house, we basically decided "is this better than one of our top 2 homes?" If no, forget about it. If yes, add this house to the top 2 and bump one out.

I'd say the key on family friendliness would be to walk around the neighborhoods you like the most. Are there kids playing on the playground or out in the yards? People taking walks with strollers? Are there school bus stops full of kids in the morning (sadly won't work on the weekend)? Parents around that you could talk to?

Just based on 2010 census data, a slightly larger % of households had children living with them in Wildwood. (51% in wildwood vs 47% in Eureka--doesn't seem like a huge difference to me, both show nearly half of households have children).
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:36 AM
 
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Where do you plan to work and how flexible are you commute wise?


There are a couple of good houses in nice and friendly neighborhoods of West County. Good schools too. My house is in the same neck of the woods.

731 Chancellor Heights Dr, Manchester, MO 63011 is For Sale - Zillow

458 Lynwood Forest Dr, Manchester, MO 63021 is For Sale - Zillow
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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Working in clayton, not concerned with commute, more concerned with family neighborhood
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:34 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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This house doesn't look to have much curb appeal, but it meets your criteria and is in the Ladue School District, which is considered the best in the area:

41 Tealwood Dr, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 is For Sale - Zillow

Here are some other options, also in Creve Coeur that I think would be in the Parkway school district (also very good):

6 Morwood Ln, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 is For Sale - Zillow
12120 Hibler Dr, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 is For Sale - Zillow
1000 Fernpark Dr, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 is For Sale - Zillow

If I was working with your budget and requirements, Creve Coeur would probably be my target. Good Luck!
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:10 AM
 
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The Tealwood house is under contract. So is Hibler. That's the trouble with Zillow :\
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:48 AM
 
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The Tealwood house is under contract. So is Hibler. That's the trouble with Zillow :\
How do you get the info more updated than those websites? Curious where to see if homes are under contract? And agreed, the homes are flying. I guess the most important thing is to know the streets/areas and be ready to commit when the house does come on the market. We were a bit too relaxed in the winter since the market was so slow, and almost lost our home due to other buyers...
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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How do you get the info more updated than those websites? Curious where to see if homes are under contract? And agreed, the homes are flying. I guess the most important thing is to know the streets/areas and be ready to commit when the house does come on the market. We were a bit too relaxed in the winter since the market was so slow, and almost lost our home due to other buyers...
I'm currently in the process of buying a home myself, and I have MLS access via my realtor.
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