I like to call myself a Neighborhood Specialist in the world of Real Estate. I feel that I truly know and understand many of the neighborhoods in St. Louis considering I was born and raised in St. Louis and continue to live here. We’ll start this Neighborhood Background Series with a town that is near and dear to my heart, Kirkwood. This is where I grew up, played, and went to school. I have so many great memories of Kirkwood, from my older brother’s wedding reception b in our backyard, many high school football games, both playing and watching my brothers, wiffle ball games in the backyard which lead to many baseball games throughout my life, and many, many more. Now we will begin to talk about what makes Kirkwood, Missouri great.
According to the city’s website, Kirkwood describes itself as: “Turn-of-the-century homes and a thriving business community await you in the City of Kirkwood, Missouri. Established in 1853, Kirkwood has long been known for its down-home charm, community pride, nationally recognized schools, vibrant business community, and its involved residents” (http://www.kirkwoodmo.org/). This description says it all to me. When I was growing up, I felt the community pride and definitely noticed how involved the residents are. If you happen to venture into Kirkwood, you’ll see an abundance of the color red. That is the main color of the high school. During football season, you’ll find much of the community at the high school football game. Go Pioneers! I still have Kirkwood pride and always will. Growing up, my parents and our little neighborhood were very involved in the community. Every year Kirkwood has a parade called the Greentree Parade. I couldn’t tell you how many times I was in that parade with our neighborhood ‘float’; although I do know that I marched in it twice as part of the Marching Band and once with the football team after we won the Frisco Bell, the trophy for winning our annual Thanksgiving Day football game against Webster Groves. In my high school career, I was 2-1 in those games, sadly losing my senior year.
Kirkwood originally was created around the train station, where people were able to take the train into St. Louis City for work every day. It was the first planned satellite suburbs of St. Louis. I remember growing up and occasionally hearing a steam engine still coming through town, which my Dad made my brothers and me run down the street to see it and get ice cream. It was really cool.
The houses, when I was growing up, were more of the older traditional houses. The house I grew up in was built in 1883. Around my childhood house were many other houses near that age, but not quite. Sadly, now some of the older houses are getting torn down so builders can build newer houses on the lots. I truly hope they don’t ever tear down my childhood home. I would be heart broken. My brother and I have always joked about buying it if it ever goes back on the market.
The ambiance of Kirkwood has made it a highly attractive community in which to live, with a vibrant Real Estate market. The high-quality schools, easy access to major highways, and the mixture of old homes with newer construction create a unique community in which to live and raise a family. The continued development indicates that it remains a solid investment for real estate. Downtown Kirkwood is what I consider a movie set downtown. Lots of little stores and great restaurants. If you want any suggestions of where to eat, just ask. It reminds me of a small town’s downtown with a bigger town’s activities. Its location also makes it easy to get to all the major attractions in the St. Louis area as well. There is so much more that I could tell you about Kirkwood, and I might someday, but before I keep rambling and miss living in Kirkwood even more, I’ll say have a great day and let’s go see some houses, in Kirkwood.