St Louis City's 79 Neighborhoods!!
There are more areas within St Louis, but these areas have specific names related to their history, location and amenities that make them specific destinations
The 79 Neighborhoods of St Louis - If you get into a discussion about them over a few drinks in one of our local pubs, you'll find a few residents who can name them all, but most can't. Some will argue with you over which areas are really "neighborhoods" and which areas that haven't been recognized ought to be. Several people will also let you know that their interpretation of the boundaries are different from the official boundaries (which are noted here on the St Louis City website) - Doesn't matter, they are each an integral part of our city and the beat of life that pulses through the region. And each one, whether it's noted as a place for tourists to visit, or is only really known to the people who live there, has it's own rich history and tapestry of life that is unique to only that area of the city. Here's a very small recap of them to help you learn about St Louis (note that the numbering matches that on the St Louis Neighborhoods Map which shows where each of the 79 neighborhoods is located). Where available, I've tried to include the link to the local neighborhood's own webpage or website, but many don't have one. Mark Groth's excellent guide and blog to the Neighborhoods of the City of St Louis is a must for anyone who is truly interested in learning more about our wonderful city. At the bottom of the page, I've also included links to other "neighborhoods" and areas that you may find of interest. From St Louis City to St Louis County to St Charles County, the metropolitan area has a wonderful texture and diversity. For Facebook and other social media pages for the neighborhoods click here.
1. Carondelet, History of Carondelet
3. Holly Hills - Bordering Carondelet Park, this quiet neighborhood has many English Tudor style homes, small-scale "castles" and brick bungalow homes.
4. Boulvevard Heights
5. Bevo Mill
6. Princeton Heights
7. South Hampton
8. St Louis Hills - This Great community is the home of the World Famous Ted Drewes Famous Frozen Yogurt with the very first Concretes in the World! Older brick homes, parks and stately churches makes this neighborhood in Southwest St Louis a great place to call home. Built in the 1930's the area is noted for "pink sidewalks" and a church on every corner. many of the street names show a decided English heritage adn the homes include Tudor, colonial and ranch styles. The area also includes some condos that have replaced older apartment complexes. The area is bounded by Hampton Ave on the east and south and Chippewa Street on the north and the River Des Peres on the west. Only a block long, Francis Park, bounded by Eichelberger and Donovan, Nottingham and Tamm has been the center of the area's "life" since 1917. The park is used for the Annual Run for the Hills 5 K run/walk twice a year, and many neighborhood holiday parties. Area residents show off their homes with annual house tours. Willmore Park (105 acres) has 2 stocked lakes and is on the southwest edge of the neighborhood. The area has about 7,500 residents.
9. Lindenwood Park
11. Clifton Heights
12. The Hill - Originally known as Dago Hill, because the "Americans" in the area thought that the original Italian settlers were from Spain and they were trying to pronouce "Diego", the area has simply been known as "The Hill" for many years. From when it was settled to today, the area is known for great Italian restaurants and it's close knit Italian families.
13. Southwest Gardens
14. North Hampton
15. Tower Grove South
17. Mount Pleasant
18. Marine Villa
19. Gravois Park
21. Soulard - 5 minutes South of the Downtown area, Soulard is noted for it's Open Air Farmer's Market that's over 200 years old. The Annual Mardi Gras Celebration is the 2nd largest Mardi Gras Celebration in the US. Only New Orleans is larger! People from all over the nation come to enjoy Soulard's lovely Victorian style homes, great pubs and restaurants. Listed as a Federal Historic District, Soulard has a great deal to offer.
22. Benton Park - The Anheuser-Busch Brewery, DeMenil Mansion, and Cherokee Street
Antique Stores show the breadth of what Benton Park has had to offer for years. Recently the area is going through a transformation as older buildings are being renovated and turned into trendy lofts and older 19th century homes are being updated and transformed. Per the 2000 census, the population at the time was 3,965, the median household income was $28,830 and the median home value $71,138.
23. McKinley Heights
24. Fox Park - Located between the McKinley Heights Neighborhood and the Tower Grove East Neighborhood, Fox Park has undergone a dramatic revitalization over the past few years. There are a variety of styles of homes in the neighborhood, with the majority being multi-family units.
25. Tower Grove East - Located just east of Tower Grove Park, this vibrant active neighborhood holds many events throughout the year and works to ensure that neighbors know each other. Their community garden is a source of great pride to the community.
26. Compton Heights- Located off of South Grand, this area features many older and well-kept homes with an early 20th century German Renaissance and Italian style, a wide variety of churches and the former Incarnate Word Hospital. If you get to the area, check out the "Naked Truth" statue. Built in the 1880's, the original area was built around the 180 foot tall Compton Hill Tower. Per the 2000 census, the population at the time was 1,448, the median household income $49,563, and the median home value $220,857.
27. Shaw - The homes in this area were built in the turn of the century (1890-1910) and feature distinctive craftsmanship and architecture. The area was designated a historic district in 1985. The area is noted for the home of Henry Shaw, who built and maintained what has become the Missouri Botanical Gardens, but which are known in the area, simply as Shaw's Gardens
28. McRee Town
30. Benton Park West - a vibrant neighborhood that has come together to revitalize the area and support each other. The neighborhood contains the Cherokee Antique District
31. The Gate District - home to the medical side of St Louis University, the area also contains the Barr Branch of the St Louis Public Library system. The University is working to revitalize the area.
32. Lafayette Square
33. Peabody Darst Webbe - an up and coming area that is seeing older buildings renovated and turned into condos (such as the old St Louis City Hospital which is now the Georgian Condos).
34. LaSalle Park
36. Downtown West
38. Central West End a noted location, the Central West End has always been an upper-middle class area that was developed in time for families to have the social status of being "that close" to Forest Park and the World's Fair of 1904. The area boasts lovely old mansions, new lofts, trendy restaurants and boutiques, high-rise apartments, a close location to the Washington Univeristy/Barnes Jewish Medical Complex and Forest Park. It also has more moderately priced homes north of Delmar, and a commercial section on Euclid. A place to see and be seen, the 2000 census gave the population as 14,144, the median household income as $28,943 and the median home value as $191,997
39. Forest Park South East
40. Kings Oak
43. Franz Park
46. Skinker DeBaliviere (Parkview) - Designated a local historic district in 1978, this neighborhood is close to Forest Park and the Central West End. Built at the turn of the century, it is best known for it's closeness to the Delmar Loop entertainment district and Washington University which makes it a location desired by both students, professors and the Washington University staff (the rental units in the area are almost double the number of homes with their owners living in them). The Skinker DeBaliviere neighborhood is bounded on the West by the city's limits, on the North by Delmar Blvd, DeBaliviere Ave is it's Eastern boundary and Lindell Blvd makes it's south boundary, making Forest Park a close stroll away. There are 5 "subdivisions" in the neighborhood - Parkview (which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places), Kingsbury Square, Nina Place, Rosedale and Washington Heights. The area boasts a wide variety of homes from condos to turn of the century mansions. The area is home to about 4500 residents
47. DeBaliviere Place
48. West End
49. Visitation Park
50. Wells Goodfellow
60. St Louis Place
61. Carr Square
62. Columbus Square
63. Old North St Louis
64. Near North Riverfront
65. Hyde Park
66. College Hill
67. Fairground Neighborhood
69. Penrose - Developed in 1920, the area takes it's name from the Park located in the Northwest section of the area.
70. Mark Twain 1-70 Industrial
71. Mark Twain
72. Walnut Park East
73. North Pointe
74. Baden - With a strong German heritage, the Baden neighborhood was formally incorporated into the City of St Louis in 1876. With a population of almost 8,500, the area had a median houshold income of $25,441 and a median home value of $50,965 when the 2005 census was taken. The area features small brick homes (St Louis was the Brick making capital of the world at one point!) with "gingerbread features". The neighborhood is located in far North St Louis City, at it's border with North St Louis County. Broadway is it's "main street", along with Baden Avenue.
75. Riverview - When discussing Riverview, it's important to note that it crosses over the boundary into the North St Louis County area as well. There are some very interesting homes on the St Louis North County side - I once listed one that had been a Bonnie and Clyde hideout! and there is one that when I stepped into it, I could swear I was in a Frank Loyd Wright built home.
- Downtown St Louis Residents Association
- Grace Hill Neighborhood
- South Grand Neighborhood
- Washington Avenue Neighborhood - Known as the "loft district" (even though it's not the only area in the city to have lofts), Washington Avenue is noted for it's trendy restaurants, urban living and closeness to all of the city's entertainments from ballgames and hockey to events at the convention center and Laclede's Landing. This is an area where residents have a tendency to park their cars and forget them for a month at a time.
- St Louis City Police Dept
St Louis County Cities and Towns
1875, the City of St Louis withdrew from St Louis County, because the City felt that the County would be a money drain against the City's finances. The end result was a City that was land and river locked and could not grow, while the County hasn't stopped growing. The City of Clayton (in the County) became a second business and financial district for the area and over 90 municipalities were incorporated (with St Lous County still handling the unincorporated areas). Today the City of Clayton houses the primary government centers for the County, but branches have been established in each of the geographic sections of the County (West, South, North and Central). Besides the County government, there are over 60 municipal police departments, 23 fire protection districts and 20 municipal fire departments located in St Louis County. While each municipality provides some services to it's population (some of which are encompassed within a City Block, while others have 50,000 residents), the County provides an excellent Library Service, Parks and Recreation Department, Community Colleges, and much more. One of the outstanding items of interest is that the County Residents agreed many years ago to establish a special taxing district which provides funds to help ensure that the Museums, and the Zoo which are located in the City of St Louis receive County taxes to help support them. As a result, unlike many other cultural institutions throughout the US, our Museums and Zoos are either free or have very nominal admission costs for both County and City residents.
For reference, when you are searching for homes in the metropolitan St Louis area, one of the common starting points is the geographic area that you are interested in, as well as price, home amenities and school districts (we have over 30 school districts). As a result, I've prepared the following "short-course" on what cities and towns are located in what areas. Please note that some municipalities cross between areas.
The Mid-Central area includes: Brentwood, Crystal Lake Park, Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Kirkwood, Ladue, Maplewood, Olivette, Richmond Heights, Rock Hill, St Louis County (unincorporated areas), University City, Warson Woods, Webster Groves
The West County area which includes: Allenton, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Clayton, Country Life Acres, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Earth City, Ellisville, Eureka, Fenton (note that sections of Fenton are in Jefferson County as well), Glencoe (which has essentially been absorbed by Wildwood), Grover (also absorbed by Wildwood), Manchester, Maryland Heights, Olivette, Peerless Park (it was disincorporated in 1998), St Albans, St Louis County (unincorporated areas), Town and Country, Twin Oaks, Valley Park, Wildwood, Winchester
The South County area which includes: Affton, Bayless, Belle Villa, Crestwood, Fenton, Grantwood Village, Green Park, Lakeshire, MacKenzie, Marlborough, Mehlville, Oakland, St George, St Louis County (unincorporated areas), Sappington, Shrewsbury, Sunset Hills, Wilbur Park.
The North County area which includes: Bellefontaine Neighbors, Bellerive, Bell-Nor, Bellridge, Berkeley, Beverly Hill, Black Jack, Breckenridge Hills, Bridgeton, Calverton Park, Charlack, Cool Valley, Country Club Hills, Dellwood, Edmundson, Ferguson, Florissant, Flordell Hills, Glen Echo Park, Greendale, Hanley Hills, Hazelwood, Hillsdale, Jennings, Kinloch, Moline Acres, Normandy, Norwood Court, Northwoods, Overland, Pagedale, Pasedena Hills, Pasedena Park, Pine Lawn, Riverview, St Ann, St John, St Louis County (unincorporated areas), Spanish Lake, Sycamore Hills, Uplands Park, Velda City, Velda Village Hills, Vinita Park, Vinita Terrace, Wellston, Woodson Terrace
Many of these towns and cities are small enough that they do not have their own websites. Some will contract with the County or other municipalities to provide services such as Police and Fire Protection and even care and maintenance of their streets, while some will handle those type of services on their own. Adding to the confusion, the US Postal Service has "regional" zip codes for some areas, resulting in cities and towns that share zip codes. This periodically results in people presuming that an areas is in the wrong city based on it's zip.
To help you visual the metropolitan St Louis area, please refer to the following St Louis map.