My husband was offered a job at Washington Univ. and it looks like we'll probably be taking it. We'll be coming from Kansas, so it will be a nice easy move :)
I've read several other "moving to St. Louis" posts that answered a lot of my questions, but I still have more and would really appreciate some feedback.
My son will be starting first grade when we move and we'd like him to go to public school. My husband wants to be able to either walk, or take public transport to his job. I was looking into University City...would that be a good neighborhood for us? The schools look good, am I right?
We would like a house with 2 or 3 bedrooms, 1.5 or 2 baths, a fenced yard, and no carpet. We'll be renting and don't want to spend more than 1100 bucks a month. Is that doable in a good neighborhood? If we could walk to ds1's school, and my husband could take the bus or train to work, that would be ideal. Ds2 will be starting preschool as well. What sort of part time preschool options are available in U City?
Are there any other neighborhoods I should be looking at that would fit our criteria?
Thanks for any input and I look forward to getting to know all you St. Louis mamas soon!
Congrats to your hubby on the new job at Wash U! It's a great school right next to the awesome Forest Park.
University City has some crime problems, but plenty of people still love to live there. Maybe someone who actually lives there could chime in with first hand experience. The only person I knew that lived there moved out partially because of rising crime and their house being broken into and partially to get into better schools as their children got older. I'd still consider University City moderate, in terms of St. Louis areas, neither the worst or the best. The biggest benefit is that it's close to a lot of things. I'm sure the schools are decent at the elementary level, but I'd recommend taking a school tour regardless of the area you choose. One problem with St. Louis is that most of the areas closer to the city have less optimal public schools and most of the areas further from the city don't have good access to public transportation. We decided to move further out (Kirkwood/Webster Groves) because we weren't comfortable with the schools or the crime in a lot of other areas. The schools here are within walking distance but there's no easy access to public transportation downtown.
You may want to try looking at a map of metrolink and seeing what neighborhoods link up. Offhand, I know there are stations in Shrewsbury and Brentwood (both decent areas) and I'm not saying U City (what locals call University City) is bad. You shouldn't have a problem finding a 2 bdrm house to rent for 1100 a month in many good areas and you could probably find a 3bdrm in a lot of areas. Sorry if this is all confusing you more. It's just my opinion as a person who hasn't lived in U City. I've lived in South St. Louis City (Francis Park area), Chesterfield, Wildwood and Kirkwood. Kirkwood/Webster Groves is by far my favorite family area.
Mom to one happy Senorcito (06/09) ... allergic to wheat, nuts, dairy, eggs, sesame, peas and soy.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful response! That's really helpful advice. What a great idea to look at a map of the metrolink! Thanks again!