Ladue is known throughout the St. Louis region as a suburb of comfort, prestige, and splendor. Exclusive country clubs, top ranking schools, and million-dollar estates make Ladue a popular residence for St. Louis’ executives and professionals. With a median household income of $177,507, estimated in 2013, Ladue is not only one of the most desirable communities in the area but also one of the most affluent. Zoning ordinances preserve a park-like setting within the city. Expansive lots contribute to the high quality of life enjoyed by Ladue residents. Upscale retail experiences, fine dining and a welcoming, civic spirit round out this exemplary community.
When the area of present-day Ladue was first settled, it existed as a rural community exporting farm goods to St. Louis. Because of its premier location only 10 miles west of downtown, the invention of the automobile spurred suburban development for wealthy St. Louisans who desired a spacious community of wealth and prestige. Ladue developed further as St. Louis attracted wealth and talent. Busch’s Grove was a famous restaurant and club ten miles west of downtown St. Louis that attracted patrons such as Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth. Following the announcement of St. Louis as a world-class city during the 1904 World’s Fair, prominent residents poured into suburban Ladue. Today, it is not uncommon for St. Louis’ captains of industry to settle in Ladue and gather in the community’s country clubs and restaurants.
In 2016, Ladue homes sold for a median price of $795,000. This represents a significant increase from the 2011 median of $667,500, and an increase of 19% over the last 5 years. Noble Georgian Colonial mansions and expansive Mediterranean compounds make up a housing stock that is diverse and high-quality. Ladue residents take pride in their property; palatial estates are complimented by meticulous landscaping and well-tended gardens. This commitment to beauty, as well as these impressive properties, make Ladue an exceptionally scenic St. Louis community.
Ladue benefits from a quaint commercial corridor along Clayton Road. Retail centers such as Ladue Crossing are home to specialty and local boutiques that make shopping in Ladue an intimate experience. Ladue’s commitment to community is further demonstrated by its award-winning and prestigious country clubs. Clubs such as St. Louis Country Club and Bogey Golf Club provide convivial membership experiences in addition to world-class golfing and a wide range of amenities. Racquet Club Ladue is home to St. Louis’ most avid tennis enthusiasts and boasts a restaurant and competition pool as well. Tilles Park is regarded as one of the finest parks in St. Louis County. Its 75 acres are home to fitness trails, tennis courts, and an annual Winter Wonderland lights display. The annual Ladue Dogwood Parade and Festival brings residents together to celebrate their community with music, carnival games, and even a classic car show.
Ladue residents are privileged to be near some of the finest schools in the nation. Ladue School District passes state examinations with flying colors. Ladue Watkins High School is consistently ranked among the best high schools in the state, and has often been named the best public high school in Missouri by U.S. News and World Report. Mary Institute and Country Day School (MICDS) and John Burroughs School are nationally-ranked private schools. Whether in public or private schools, students in Ladue can be assured of receiving a first-rate education.