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Old 11-15-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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We are moving to Mo. in May and I have been doing alot of research lately on the best place to live. We are thinking of Ballwin, Mo. Does anyone have any comments about Ballwin? Is it a good place to raise kids? How are the people there (friendly)? How about the schools? I have another thread out there about traveling to and from St. Louis. I have gotten some really good ideas from everyone but I thought I would start this to find out about Ballwin.
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Safe, non-desrcript west county burb with decent schools. That's about it.
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:48 PM
 
Location: St Louis, Missouri
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We live in the furthest NE tip of Ballwin in Parkway West school district. Though my heart lies further east in the city, we have been out here for 6 years and appreciate it for being a wonderful place to raise our children in a great neighborhood and even better public school district. We are on the edge of Town and Country, a bike ride from Whole Foods and Dierbergs, and have super easy access to highway 40 and every shopping amenity that you can possibly imagine including a new Costco that opens on Tuesday.

As the bulk of the homes are 30-40 years old, the prices are still VERY affordable for the location and sq ftg, as there are still a lot of original owners and comps have not yet been run up by resale. As far as the city is concerned... VERY nice indoor and outdoor pool, great gym/community center that is extremely affordable, and handy amenities that Chesterfield doesn't even boast like free curbside leaf pickup.

It’s a large township, so research the school districts and locations within carefully. That being said, if looking for a nice place to raise a family… I can recommend Ballwin.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:33 PM
 
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Thank you so much for good reviews. Not being in MO., it is hard to know about areas.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Edwardsville, IL
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It's wonderful. Clean, safe, quality schools and one of the first STL areas to go smoke-free. A five-star place to raise a family, and far enough away from the undesirable elements here.
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Shaw Neighborhood, St. Louis City
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LOL! I must be one of those undesirables!

My mom lives in Ballwin. It is a standard suburb. Good public schools for sure.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:02 PM
 
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It's wonderful. Clean, safe, quality schools and one of the first STL areas to go smoke-free. A five-star place to raise a family, and far enough away from the undesirable elements here.
Can't wait to get out of Ballwin and closer to the undesirables (University City).

Seriously, I echo CarrieNeno's description. We're here for the school: Parkway. When our youngest graduates in May of 2011, we're outta here. It's boring, bland and safe.

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Old 11-16-2009, 05:24 AM
 
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So what does that mean: "Undesirable Elements"? Are you talking people or things or what?
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:26 AM
 
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In Marksman's case I think he means liberals but I digress. Ballwin is indeed a nice, safe place with great schools. The people there are pretty friendly and it won't take too long to get downtown. On the other hand, like others have said, it's pretty much a generic suburb with nothing that really differentiates itself from other similar west county suburbs (Chesterfield, Manchester, Ellisville etc...).
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Old 11-16-2009, 07:21 AM
 
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We don't mind boring, bland and safe. As long as there is shopping, good schools, low crime rate and things to entertain my kids then I am all set. Am I asking too much? Oh and low prices on houses in a good neighborhood. Okay maybe now I am asking too much.
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