Shrewsbury offers a welcoming, affordable community to those seeking the space available just outside of St. Louis City. Shrewsbury is located just west of St. Louis’ city limits and to the east of Webster Groves. This small community is less than 2 miles away from the Lindenwood neighborhood of St. Louis, featuring a beautiful cityscape and attractions such as Lindenwood Park. Webster University, an academic leader in the Midwest region, is less than 1 ½ miles to the west. A MetroLink stop on Shrewsbury’s Lansdowne Avenue provides easy access to Clayton and scenic Forest Park. Shrewsbury offers a central location just on the outskirts of St. Louis’ southwest border, a location which makes the community desirable and convenient.
In 1890, many land grants given during the War of 1812 were divided into farms and sold to the public. General John Murdoch purchased a 278-acre farm[ southwest of St. Louis and named it Shrewsbury Park, after the town of Shrewsbury, England. Shrewsbury was incorporated as a village in 1913, placing it among the oldest suburban developments in St. Louis County. The development of bus routes in the 1950s, along with the construction of Interstate 44 during the 1960s, allowed Shrewsbury to thrive as a commuter suburb. The construction of these arterials launched Shrewsbury into a preeminent place among St. Louis’ residential communities. Shrewsbury’s centennial celebration in 2013, accompanied by festivals, parades, and fireworks, celebrated a century of residential comfort in this community just southwest of St. Louis City.
In 2016, the median price of a detached home sold in Shrewsbury was $180,950. While Shrewsbury is affordable, the local market is booming. In 2011, the median price for a detached home sold in Shrewsbury was $144,000. This shows a remarkable 25% median price increase over the last 5 years, further proof that Shrewsbury is a community on the rise. Its location just outside of St. Louis City, its ample space, and its affordability are in demand. Condos and Villas in Shrewsbury sold for a median price of $235,000 in 2016, showing a demand for non-detached homes that is unique in the central corridor market. This represents a 68% percent increase over 5 years when compared with the 2011 median sale price of $139,250. This data shows that a demand for non-detached housing unique to St. Louis County.
Shrewsbury is home to 600 businesses, ranging from big-box retailers to local creative firms. The arts and studio production are well-represented in Shrewsbury. Television studios and artistic firms are always nearby, and form an artistic sector to complement and service the city’s surrounding businesses. Shrewsbury borders St. Louis City’s Lindenwood Park neighborhood. Shrewsbury residents enjoy easy access to Lindenwood Live, an annual summer concert series that brings upcoming musical artists to the community’s public parkland.
Between the Webster Groves and Affton School Districts, students in Shrewsbury are served by five elementary schools, two junior high schools, and two high schools. Affton High School is an active participant in St. Louis Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (STL CAPS). The national CAPS network allows students in the 11th and 12th grade the opportunity to participate in career-based educational programs. While earning high school and college credit, qualified students spend approximately 2 ½ hours each school day working in fields such as engineering, healthcare, information technology, and global entrepreneurship. For parents seeking faith-based education, St. Michael’s Parish in Shrewsbury operates a branch of St. Louis’ Holy Cross Academy. Holy Cross is an acclaimed network of faith-based academies organized by the archdiocese of St. Louis. Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, also located in Shrewsbury, was the first seminary established west of the Mississippi River. Its vast Charles L Souvay Memorial Library, filled with periodicals, reference books, and journals, is open to the public.