St. Albans is a spacious and scenic community located 7 miles west of Wildwood, on the border of Franklin County and St. Louis County. Perched on high bluffs above the Missouri River, St. Albans is home to some of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. The community offers spectacular river views as well secluded valleys. Homeowners settle in the municipality for its abundant spaces and available land. Large properties, beautiful parklands, and world-class golf courses round out this model community.
St. Albans began as a sleepy, rural community populated by German farmers. It first achieved prominence as a stop on The Lewis and Clark Expedition when Merriweather Lewis and William Clark stopped at the historic Tavern Rock Cave, located at the southern bank of the Missouri River. After St. Louis’ development following the Louisiana Purchase, St. Albans became a retreat for affluent city residents. Expansive, uncultivated lands served as ideal locations for expansive country estates and well-manicured properties. The Wings Hunt Club served as a social and sporting club for St. Louis’ elite. One of the most prominent wealthy residents, Irene Johnson, owned 145 acres of pristine lands that were later donated to the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1942. This land became the Engelmann Woods Natural Area. Today, the natural area features undisturbed forest growth, a 1.5 mile hiking trail, and an ideal setting for bird watching along the banks of the Missouri River.
This residential community, comprising an area of 5,400 acres, boasts a housing spectrum ranging from neat villas to spacious estates. St. Albans’ single-family homes sold for a median price of $468,500 in 2016. Subdivisions such as Cedar Valley and Bluffs of St. Albans are known as stunning neighborhoods renowned for their quality architecture, and meticulously-sculpted properties. Many homes are constructed out of rustic brick and stone that allows these palatial properties to blend in with St. Albans’ scenery and rural character. Well-known architects such as Thomas Link, designer of St. Louis’ Union Station, created many of the country estates that still stand today. Homes in St. Albans benefit from winding, private lanes and large wooded lots. Many are located near country club grounds, nature preservation sites, or the scenic Missouri River. These natural advantages ensure that property values remain high and the community remains desirable.
St. Albans is the state of Missouri’s premier golfing community. Country Club of St. Albans has two courses that offer 38 holes of championship golf. Gold Digest has rated the club’s Tavern Creek course the ninth-best course in Missouri. The Lewis & Clark course has been rated the 7thbest in the state. The Tavern Creek course has been rated 9thbest in the state. The club also offers spectacular clubhouse dining, a junior Olympic-sized pool, and four professional-grade tennis courts. Head's Store is the St. Albans general store and a registered historic landmark. The store, opened in 1892, serves famous Pappy’s Barbecue. The Inns at St. Albans offers guest accommodations and event facilities with views of the country club and the Missouri River. Studio Inn is a former country estate that has been turned into a luxury guest residence. Old Barn Inn, built in 1843 and expanded in 1928, houses a restaurant, bar, and boutique gift shop.
Students in St. Albans are served by award-winning educators at the School District of Washington. Those looking for private schooling options are lucky to be located near The Fulton School. The Fulton School, formerly a branch of the Chesterfield Day School, provides a student-specific educational focus that is flexible enough to meet any child’s needs.