Stretching from the southwest edge of Forest Park to Ladue’s Bogey Golf Club, Richmond Heights is a historic city with a welcoming character. Because of its premier location and abundant amenities, Richmond Heights has become a popular destination. Residents are eager to give back to their community by preserving its beauty for years to come, evidenced by a service-oriented gardening club and a vibrant community garden. This same civic pride drives historic preservation. The municipality boasts hubs of industry and historically significant homes. While the city takes pride in its storied past, fond remembrance has never interfered with progress. Modern amenities include St. Louis Galleria and The Boulevard, two shopping developments, and a first-rate Parks and Recreation Cooperative (PARC) that provides residents with access to spacious public parks, exciting water parks, and an athletic complex that boasts state of the art facilities.
Incorporated in 1913, the present city of Richmond Heights has its roots in a land grant given to Charles Gratiot by the Spanish government in 1789. Due to its proximity to desirable Forest Park, this land was developed by prominent Saint Louisans Albert Lindell and Frederick Niesen and the community grew quickly in conjunction with the adjacent Hi-Pointe neighborhood of St. Louis City. Today, the lure of Forest Park and its attractions lead many to settle in the community. The park features cultural centers such as the St. Louis Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum, as well as popular attractions such as the St. Louis Zoo. These features make Richmond Heights a premier residential destination.
In 2016, Richmond Heights homes sold for a median price of $313,500. When compared with the 2011 median of $205,000, this represents a remarkable home value increase of over 52% in the last five years and provides a testament to the community’s desirability. Residential subdivisions such as Berkshire and Hampton Park carry considerable prestige. Homes in the Tudor, Georgian, and Colonial styles are common, with an emphasis on handcrafted materials and quality craftsmanship. Richmond Heights also offers unique prospects for those seeking condominiums and villas. Sedgwick Place offers luxury condominium units which rival the finest residences within St. Louis County. Upscale condominium living completes the range of high-quality housing on offer.
Richmond Heights residents have access to high-quality services, shopping, and dining. St. Louis Galleria is home to well-known, upscale names and provides a complete retail experience. The Boulevard-Saint Louis, located directly across Galleria Parkway, is modeled after an urban European village. The Boulevard houses desirable restaurants, high-end clothing boutiques, and a vibrant plaza perfect for enjoying a drink and soaking up the surrounding nightlife. Apart from retail experiences, residents enjoy a wide variety of amenities and services provided by their local government through the PARC collaboration between Maplewood, Brentwood, and Richmond Heights. The park, aquatic, and athletic facilities of all three cities are available at resident rates. The Heights, a 73,000 square foot community center located in Richmond Heights, houses a sprawling water park complex, athletic fields, and a fitness center that is second to none.
Students in Richmond Heights are served by many different school districts. Brentwood, Clayton, Ladue, and Maplewood-Richmond Heights all operate schools that serve area students. Whichever district that students attend, they can be sure of obtaining a quality education in a welcoming environment. Little Flower Catholic School and Immacolata Catholic School provide outstanding faith-based options, while St. Louis Modern Chinese School and International Schoolhouse Spanish-Immersion School provide unique experiences for those seeking to improve their language skills.