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Old 11-06-2020, 03:41 PM
 
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So I'm looking at a possible job which is located in STL and since it's never been on my radar as a place to move to I need some help. I have visited in the past and know we would want to be in the burbs. Sorry but I'm past the age where I want to pay city taxes and deal with city issues.

What I would be looking for:
1. Around $500k or less.
2. Safe
3. character
4. a nice main street, if possible.
5. decent lot sizes.
6. decent schools, but my kids are at college so it would be more for resale than attending.
7. don't yell at me but...a more conservative local government.
8. Parks, restaurants, and other amenities.
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Old 11-06-2020, 03:58 PM
 
Location: St. Louis City
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Kirkwood, Webster Groves, St Charles in Missouri. Edwardsville in Illinois?

These meet most of your criteria, but not sure about conservative local government.
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Old 11-06-2020, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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If you’re wanting those items AND a conservative local government, St. Charles is at the top...but the price point may be far below your desired maximum. I’m sure you COULD spend that type of $$ in old town, but still seems pretty high for most of the older homes in St. Charles, MO.

Mirkwood would be a great spot as well, but I don’t know if people look at Kirkwood as being particularly “conservative”...likely fairly balanced. Webster has a reputation of being far more liberal, but that’s likely due to the university proximity, and the somewhat bohemian nature of many of the residents.

Can also find some incredibly conservative spots on the southern side of St. Louis County and Jefferson County. Check the area south of I-270 off I-55 potentially, however I’m not sure how many of the towns have “main streets” but I’d imagine many do. I just don’t hang out there, I’m sure some of my general trepidation involved the Klan adopting part of the interstate down there back in the 90’s. But, if you’re looking for folks who don’t like masks or diversity...the areas just south of St. Louis may be for YOU! LoL.
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Old 11-06-2020, 09:55 PM
 
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If you’re wanting those items AND a conservative local government, St. Charles is at the top...but the price point may be far below your desired maximum. I’m sure you COULD spend that type of $$ in old town, but still seems pretty high for most of the older homes in St. Charles, MO.

Mirkwood would be a great spot as well, but I don’t know if people look at Kirkwood as being particularly “conservative”...likely fairly balanced. Webster has a reputation of being far more liberal, but that’s likely due to the university proximity, and the somewhat bohemian nature of many of the residents.

Can also find some incredibly conservative spots on the southern side of St. Louis County and Jefferson County. Check the area south of I-270 off I-55 potentially, however I’m not sure how many of the towns have “main streets” but I’d imagine many do. I just don’t hang out there, I’m sure some of my general trepidation involved the Klan adopting part of the interstate down there back in the 90’s. But, if you’re looking for folks who don’t like masks or diversity...the areas just south of St. Louis may be for YOU! LoL.
Thanks, I'm not that extreme I just want to stay away from the "defund the police" crew a bit. Diversity is fine, watching my taxes fund some grad's socialist utopian experiment is not.

For example Dallas versus Portland.
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Old 11-09-2020, 08:49 AM
 
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Nomad1320,
Welcome to Missouri! It's a beautiful state with lots of outdoor activities, great schools, clean air and most importantly - warm and kind people. (I'm a Missouri native, so I'm kind of biased.)
In addition to the good suggestions from other posters, you should check out these suburbs:
1. Ballwin
2. Ellisville
3. Chesterfield
4. Richmond Heights (closer to the city, but a nice community)
One note: These areas don't have a traditional "main street" or downtown, but each has great amenities.

Best wishes for a smooth relocation.
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Old 11-09-2020, 10:05 PM
 
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So I'm looking at a possible job which is located in STL and since it's never been on my radar as a place to move to I need some help. I have visited in the past and know we would want to be in the burbs. Sorry but I'm past the age where I want to pay city taxes and deal with city issues.

What I would be looking for:
1. Around $500k or less.
2. Safe
3. character
4. a nice main street, if possible.
5. decent lot sizes.
6. decent schools, but my kids are at college so it would be more for resale than attending.
7. don't yell at me but...a more conservative local government.
8. Parks, restaurants, and other amenities.
Kirkwood would meet just about all of your criteria - moderate, nice walkable downtown, you can get a large lot but it will cost you.
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Old 11-12-2020, 11:30 AM
 
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Hmm... I think Chesterfield fits the bill better than Kirkwood. The people I know who live in Kirkwood are older, but alternative... Definitely not conservative.


Here are a few more questions for you:
1. Do you want a newer home (between new and ~30 yrs), or an old home (50 years or so)?
2. How important is it to have quick access to a freeway?
3. What are the top 3 most important criteria?

Chesterfield hits most of your wants. Perhaps the best part (but something you don't mention) is that it has alot of upside for the next 5 years.
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Old 11-12-2020, 01:45 PM
 
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Kirkwood seems pretty mixed politically. Chesterfield government is definitely more pure-strain tea party.
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Old 11-12-2020, 02:16 PM
 
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Hmm... I think Chesterfield fits the bill better than Kirkwood. The people I know who live in Kirkwood are older, but alternative... Definitely not conservative.


Here are a few more questions for you:
1. Do you want a newer home (between new and ~30 yrs), or an old home (50 years or so)?
2. How important is it to have quick access to a freeway?
3. What are the top 3 most important criteria?

Chesterfield hits most of your wants. Perhaps the best part (but something you don't mention) is that it has alot of upside for the next 5 years.
1. No preference, but old would need to be "with character" not a run down fixer upper.
2. Fairly but we've lived with commutes before.
3. Safety, Value, family oriented.
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Old 11-12-2020, 04:01 PM
 
Location: STL area
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Old St. Charles is loaded with character. I wouldn’t personally live there, I like my purple suburb, but I love visiting...just not right now.
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