Located 1 ½ miles west of St. Louis’ city limits, Brentwood is a small city that couples a hub of commercial activity with a serene residential setting. Brentwood occupies a premier location within St. Louis County. As a result, the community attracts those seeking premier suburban living, and a thriving economic center, just west of downtown St. Louis. Brentwood offers diverse, well-maintained residential communities and provides homebuyers with a plethora of options. Residents receive all the benefits of living in a prestigious suburban municipality, including an exemplary school system and efficient public services. In addition, all of these amenities are in close proximity to service centers such as downtown St. Louis and the financial center of Clayton.
Present day Brentwood dates back to three separate land purchases in the year 1804. However, a town was not truly organized until the arrival of the area’s first great resident, Thomas Madden. In 1870, Madden operated several businesses in the community, ranging from a rock quarry to a barbershop. The settlement became known as Maddenville and quickly became a commercial center after a streetcar line connected it to downtown St. Louis. In 1919, the town of Maddenville became incorporated as the village of Brentwood. The village’s first mayor, James Willingham, won the village a reputation as a quiet, residential refuge away from the activity and congestion of the city. Today, Brentwood combines a peaceful residential community with the economic and service activity that comes with being just outside of St. Louis’ city limits.
In 2016, Brentwood homes sold for a median price of $230,000. This shows that the city’s selection of housing, while diverse and prestigious, is also affordable. In 2011, homes in Brentwood sold for a median price of $174,900. This median price increase, over 31% in the last 5 years, shows that housing in the community is in demand. The municipality is becoming increasingly attractive as it expands upon condominium complexes that are unmatched within St. Louis County. Condominium communities such as Brentwood Place and Brentwood Forest offer St. Louis homebuyers the chance to buy into communities that offer spacious swimming pools, pristine athletic complexes, and meticulous landscaping. Brentwood also has plenty to offer for those seeking detached homes in purely residential communities. Yorkshire Lane and Parkridge are among the most prestigious and comfortable residential subdivisions in St. Louis County. This scenic suburb’s residential communities are home to traditional, stately architecture. Beautiful, brick-front homes are set back from quiet, tree-lined lanes. While these residential subdivisions are not far from the hub of industry, they remain quiet and picturesque suburban communities.
Brentwood residents love to celebrate the history and stature of their city. For one day in September, the entire city gathers in Brentwood Park for Maddenfest. The festival includes live performances, fantastic local food, free carnival rides, and a capstone fireworks display. Throughout the year, residents enjoy access to a wide array of parks and recreation services and activities. The Parks and Recreation Department operates public parklands, an indoor ice rink, and multiple sports facilities. Through the Parks and Recreation Cooperative (PARC) with the cities of Maplewood and Richmond Heights, residents enjoy access to eight different parks and the Richmond Heights Aquatic Center. Through events such as “Christmas in July” and “Hula-pool-ooza,” the aquatic center provides excitement for children and parents alike. In addition to recreation, residents have access to an unmatched selection of retail conveniences. The Promenade at Brentwood, Hanley Industrial Court, and other centers provide access to small boutiques, large retail chains, and everything in-between.
Brentwood School District consistently ranks among the best districts in the state of Missouri. Brentwood High School has been named both a Missouri Gold Star School and a national Blue Ribbon School, a testament to its tradition of excellence. Students are well-served by this small, acclaimed school district. Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School provides an outstanding faith-based schooling option.