Kirkwood Real Estate and Community Information
Kirkwood Real Estate and Community Information
A Money Magazine contender for Best Places to Live, Kirkwood is known as the “Queen of the St. Louis Suburbs” for its great schools, community amenities, and quality of life. Kirkwood has a population of approximately 27,500, and is located 15 minutes southwest of St. Louis in St. Louis County. The quintessential American small town, the Kirkwood real estate proximity to St. Louis offers the best of city life within a close-knit, pedestrian friendly community.
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In 1853, Kirkwood was the first planned suburb west of the Mississippi. The city was named after James Pugh Kirkwood, a railroad engineer responsible for establishing Kirkwood as a railroad commuter hub. The historic Kirkwood train station was built in 1893, and now serves as an Amtrak station. Today, the town’s heritage is reflected in Kirkwood’s real estate, which boasts Colonials, Gothic Revivals, and other historic homes.
Shopping and Dining
Kirkwood boasts a bustling downtown that spans sixteen blocks, and brings people from all over the area. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Downtown Kirkwood has over 100 shops and restaurants housed in turn-of-the-century buildings. While there are too many to provide a comprehensive list here, there are children’s and adult clothiers, food specialty stores, jewelers, book and gift shops, home furnishings, galleries, and more. Some favorites include Avannabel Baby Boutique, Lass and Laddie Children’s Boutique, Rosemary Grove, Blush Boutique, Lillian’s Shoppe, Global Food Market, Moonbeams, Grapevine Wines, Mavrik Romantika Jewelry, James Durbin Jewelry Design, Books & Beyond, Brandon Home Furnishings, Mirage Spa, McArthur’s Bakery, and many more.
Kirkwood’s plethora of restaurants and eateries include PJ’s Tavern, Steak & Rice, Café Provencal, Citizen Kane’s, Peppe’s Apt 2, Dewey’s Pizza, Amigos Cantina, First Watch, Custard Station, Spencer’s Grill, Trattoria Branica, Richard’s Ribs, Fortel’s Pizza Den, McDonnell’s Market Place, Pi Squared, Kaldi’s Coffe House, and Racanelli’s.
Parks and Recreation
There are 14 different parks in Kirkwood. The “centerpiece” of Kirkwood is Kirkwood Park, the oldest park in the city. It includes 92 acres is home to Kirkwood Community Center and includes the Recreation Station Ice Arena, Aquatic Center, Lions’ Amphitheater, Walker Lake, tennis and handball courts, sports fields, a playground and picnic areas, and a community garden and concession stand. McEntee Memorial Park includes a playground, gazebo, and a picnic area, with a view of the railroad. Walker Park features a gazebo, playground, walking path, and unique artwork. Mitchell Park and Fillmore Park are smaller neighborhood parks with playground areas. Grant’s Trail Access follows old Carondolet branch of the Missouri Pacific railroad through downtown, Kirkwood Park, Quinette Cemetery, to Meramec Highlands Quarry at Dee Koestering Park. Meacham Memorial Park features a pavilion, playground, paths, basketball court, and “sprayground” water feature. Emmenegger Nature Park has 134 wooded acres with paved and unpaved nature trials and beautiful views of the Meramec River. Greentree Park connects to Meramec River Greenway that follows the river through Valley Park. It also includes sports fields, a boat launch ramp, picnic pavilion, and a model racecar track. Ella and Charles E. Monfort, Jr. Memorial Park features playgrounds, gazebo, and walking paths. Meramec Highlands Quarry at Dee Koestering Park is a former active quarry that includes rugged trails, a boulder field, and interpretive displays. Quinette Cemetery is considered the oldest African American burial ground west of the Mississippi. Fireman’s Park is behind the historic Firehouse #2, and has just over 3 acres. The Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum has interactive exhibits and educational programs, and a Children’s Village, Oval Office, and Star Spangled Center. Kirkwood Farmers’ Market is a thriving district with more than 300 businesses. Greentree Festival is an annual event that showcases volunteer involvement in the community.
The housing market in Kirkwood is among the strongest in the state because of its great schools, proximity to St. Louis, low taxes and crime rate, natural beauty, and pedestrian friendly community. Kirkwood real estate features historic homes on expansive lots with mature landscaping on sidewalk streets. Louisa Heights is a world’s fair era subdivision with easy access to schools and major arterials. Kirkwood Park, Meramec Quarry, and the Couch House, one of the few surviving Gothic Revival buildings, are located in Louisa Heights. Homes for sale are available in the upper $400s here. Louisa Heights also includes the upscale Aberdeen Heights Retirement Center, which provides all stages-of-life care. Other subdivisions include Pointe Essex and Fairfield, both of which are tree-lined neighborhoods with spacious and well-appointed homes from the $500s. The median house or condo value for Kirkwood real estate is approximately $240,000, compared with the state’s average of approximately $140,000.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Kirkwood R-7 School District serves the community. It includes 5 elementary schools, a pair of middle schools, and one high school. Kirkwood schools have received the highest Greatschools ratings. St. Louis Community College operates a 78-acre campus in Kirkwood. Area hospitals include Des Peres Hospital and St. Anthony’s Medical Center. Metro and Amtrak provide transportation. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is minutes away and the major roads are Interstates 270, 44, and Routes 100, 61, and 67.