Natives know that St. Louis is a city of secrets and surprises. You'll find almost anything you're looking for - entertainment, the arts, professional sports, recreation, quality education. St. Louis is a city of neighborhoods and communities, each with its own unique identity and offerings, each with its own heritage.
Like most large cities, St. Louis real estate choices include luxury single family homes and condominiums, town homes, villas and urban lofts. We're one of the few cities in the U.S. where luxury living is both convenient and affordable. In fact, the low cost of living - St. Louis consistently ranks among the lowest of the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the country - translates to a high quality of life for St. Louis residents.
St. Louis is a friendly city with a Midwestern pace of life, which makes for an attractive business climate. St. Louis metro is home to many Fortune 1000 company headquarters, including Express Scripts, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Centenne Corporation, Brown Shoe, Emerson Electric, Graybar Electric and Edward Jones.
Many of the area's cultural institutions are located in Forest Park, at the western edge of the city limits. Nationally recognized St. Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo and the Missouri Historical Society are located in architecturally significant buildings built around the 1904 World's Fair in Forest Park.
St. Louis has many excellent educational resources - public, private and parochial - at all levels. St. Louis is a recognized for leadership in early childhood education, with the founding of "Parents as Teachers." In the metropolitan area, there are over 150 public school districts, over 370 private elementary and secondary schools, and 28 universities and colleges.
St. Louis City neighborhoods are rich in history; many of the city's beautiful buildings reflect 19th century architecture. Soulard and Lafayette Square neighborhoods are located just south of downtown and are both registered as "National Historic Districts." You will find Victorian mansions, townhouses and row houses, of architectural styles from the Civil War through the turn of the century. Award-winning restaurants, offering diverse cuisine and the historic Soulard Farmer's Market selling fresh produce since 1779 are located here. To the east, you find the Anheuser-Busch brewery, an enclave of Bavarian style buildings and popular Clydesdale stables. Soulard is known for its festive Mardi Gras and Bastille Day celebrations.
St. Louisans love good food and The Hill neighborhood offers some of the finest dining tightly nestled alongside storefronts. You can find the finest Italian cuisine in the world; recipes handed down through generations; authentic American-Italian dishes in family owned establishments.
Mid town St. Louis houses the Grand Center Arts District, where galleries and performing arts stages converge in a four block district near the campus of St. Louis University. The area is home to 12,000 theatre seats, 12 galleries and museums and over 1500 cultural events.