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Old 02-27-2021, 10:21 AM
 
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My husband just got a job in the St. Louis area. We currently live in Northern Virginia suburbs of D.C. (out in the Gainesville/Haymarket area). We're looking for something comparable out there. Here's our wish list for a neighborhood:

1. Good schools (our kids are in elementary school currently, but we want a good middle and high school because we plan to stay)
2. Mature trees or woods
3. Someplace you can find 4-5 bedroom houses between the $300,000 - $500,000
4. Houses that aren't right on top of each other
5. Somewhere that should be a good place to stay for many years to come (i.e., not an area that seems to be getting worse or is starting to have problems)

We don't care about commute - nothing can be worse than what we have here. So, it's okay if it's a bit further out. We'll consider both the Missouri and Illinois sides.

Can anyone recommend anything like this? I'll be doing some research, but it always helps to ask locals.

Thank you!
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Old 02-28-2021, 05:45 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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My husband just got a job in the St. Louis area. We currently live in Northern Virginia suburbs of D.C. (out in the Gainesville/Haymarket area). We're looking for something comparable out there. Here's our wish list for a neighborhood:

1. Good schools (our kids are in elementary school currently, but we want a good middle and high school because we plan to stay)
2. Mature trees or woods
3. Someplace you can find 4-5 bedroom houses between the $300,000 - $500,000
4. Houses that aren't right on top of each other
5. Somewhere that should be a good place to stay for many years to come (i.e., not an area that seems to be getting worse or is starting to have problems)

We don't care about commute - nothing can be worse than what we have here. So, it's okay if it's a bit further out. We'll consider both the Missouri and Illinois sides.

Can anyone recommend anything like this? I'll be doing some research, but it always helps to ask locals.

Thank you!
I'd focus on school districts assuming you are interested in public schools.

Parkway Schools

In St. Louis County, the Parkway District is very large but many parts of it might work for you. This would be areas like Chesterfield, Ballwin, Manchester, Ellisville, etc.

Kirkwood Schools

Kirkwood.

Lindbergh Schools

Crestwood, Sunset Hills

Rockwood

Eureka, Fenton, parts of far west St. Louis County.

Much of St. Charles County would fit the bill too from a school district perspective, and even today you get a little more house for the money.
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Old 03-01-2021, 03:10 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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In St. Louis County: If you're looking at a map, circle the area west of 270, between 44 and 64. It'll include Wildwood, Chesterfield, Ellisville, Eureka, and several more burbs. They all have what you are looking for. Really pretty area on the western fringe of StL.

In St. Charles County: Weldon Spring, Defiance, and New Melle are all leafy and more spread out. Semi rural suburbs. The area along MO 94 (south of 64) is beautiful.

In Illinois: Monroe County, including Columbia and Waterloo. New Hanover is my favorite area there, atop the bluffs. The entire county is pleasant and well-off, and has none of the suburban rat race vibe.
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Old 03-02-2021, 03:22 PM
 
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Default Thank you!

Thank you very much for taking the time to respond. This information is incredibly helpful!
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Old 05-26-2021, 11:25 AM
 
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Default Back in St. Louis from DC Life

where did you end up? I would have offered other options, but curious how you settled in.
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Old Today, 05:04 PM
 
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My husband just got a job in the St. Louis area. We currently live in Northern Virginia suburbs of D.C. (out in the Gainesville/Haymarket area). We're looking for something comparable out there. Here's our wish list for a neighborhood:

1. Good schools (our kids are in elementary school currently, but we want a good middle and high school because we plan to stay)
2. Mature trees or woods
3. Someplace you can find 4-5 bedroom houses between the $300,000 - $500,000
4. Houses that aren't right on top of each other
5. Somewhere that should be a good place to stay for many years to come (i.e., not an area that seems to be getting worse or is starting to have problems)

We don't care about commute - nothing can be worse than what we have here. So, it's okay if it's a bit further out. We'll consider both the Missouri and Illinois sides.

Can anyone recommend anything like this? I'll be doing some research, but it always helps to ask locals.

Thank you!

IL is a horrible state ran by Democraps just like the state of VA has been ruined by Democrats and the swamp in DC.


Missouri is much better. Controlled by super majorities in both houses, Trump wins huge, lower taxs, excellent gun laws compared to IL and VA. In Missouri you can carry a gun without a permit concealed or openly.
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