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Yay, here we come! We'll be moving to the area late July, DH is going to be going to Logan. We're flying down to look at houses June 2nd, which will be our first time there. Scary, but exciting! Please tell me its a good place to live! We'll be living somewhere around, but not in, Chesterfield.<br><br>
Can't wait to meet y'all there!<br><br>
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Welcome!!! It's going to be odd to have another Holly here. If you're looking to be near Chesterfield, but not in it I would recommend looking just across the river in St. Charles or St. Peters. Housing costs are much lower.<br><br>
St. Louis is wonderful because the neighborhoods all around are so diverse. There is a neighborhood for almost everyone.
 

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Welcome Holly!<br>
We moved here from Seattle too. At first, your biggest shock will be the heat and humidity!! We rolled in around middle of August----very tough on us.<br>
But now we're used to it.<br>
PM me and we can talk, Ruthie
 

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Heat and humidity sound great! We love heat. We were in Joplin during July a few years ago and its was perfect. Any change from Seattle rain is welcome, I get really depressed here during the winter. Like even today its gray and wet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br>
I'm suprised so many ppl from Seattle are there, what's up with that lol? Glad to hear there's some diversity. I've been worried about some things I've heard about interracial couples there and such, which we are. I've heard its kind of a "Bible belt," not that I mind that, we're LDS, but racism will bother me. And I've noticed looking at stats there don't seem to be a lot of asians, and DH is Chinese. Soooo wierd after being here with microsoft and all!<br>
The houses we're going to look at are in Wentzville, O'Fallon, Valley Park, St. Charles, Pacific, Hillsboro, Troy, Warrenton, Wright City, and Bridgeton. Also Florissant, but I'm assuming that's not the safest area???<br>
We're buying our first house, so its kinda scary. The one I like best so far is in Wentzville and the one DH likes is in Valley Park, which would only be 12 mins from school, so that would be good.<br>
Is it true midwifery is illegal there? Just wondering if I get pg again if I'll have to go unassisted or illegal to have another homebirth... I'll do it if I have to! I've heard some of the instructors from Logan attens HBs for students?<br>
Anyway, we'll have to get together when we get settled in.
 

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Well, the areas you are looking at are not that diverse, but most of St. Louis is. The further you get from the city the more conservative bible/belty it gets, but the city and counties right by it are very diverse and open. It is rather pockety.....also, stats tend to be weird because of the city/county split.<br><br>
Actually, a bill just passed (once the governer signs it) that makes midwives legal<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> There is still some opposition to it, but as of now, we are good. I have a midwife and am planning a HB and this was before the bill got passed, so its very doable even if the law gets reversed.
 

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Well Blunt has signed the bill so MW is legal. You shouldn't have to worry about being an interracial couple. We have several in our church and are in O'Fallon (about as bible belty as it gets). If you go as far out as Wentzville be prepared for a slow drive to school in the mornings.<br><br>
We have a very large vietnamese population, but most of them are in the city. Troy is a VERY long drive. We have an API group member who lives there that heavily regrets buying there when they moved here from Chicago. Not many people from St. Charles count post here, but if you need specifics re: St. Charles county lmk.
 

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I've not moved since I've had children, but I highly recommend renting for a few months first. The areas you are looking at are very different. And once you buy a house, you're in it for a while. If you're only planning to be here for 4 years of chiro school, I guess you could tough anything out for 4 years.<br><br>
I would not go to Wright city----I've been there a few times and it is a long way from a natural grocery store. The restaurants are not the type to have "arugula salad". THe prices are good out there (for land and housing), but it is pretty far away, for my liking.
 

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Just stopping by to wave hello<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> We're in Chesterfield near Logan -- the deer from there wander through our neighborhood on a regular basis, eating all the hostas.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just stopping by to wave hello<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> We're in Chesterfield near Logan -- the deer from there wander through our neighborhood on a regular basis, eating all the hostas.</div>
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Deer from Logan... I didn't know there were deer, how cool! Well, I mean, not for the hostas...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well Blunt has signed the bill so MW is legal.</div>
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I don't believe this is true, though he has said he intends to sign it. This is HB818 and if anyone would like to communicate with the governor that he SHOULD sign this bill, please do so. Encouraging words about your out-of-state home birth are also appreciated. Let him know he is doing the right thing.
 

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I'm suprised so many ppl from Seattle are there, what's up with that lol? Glad to hear there's some diversity. I've been worried about some things I've heard about interracial couples there and such, which we are. I've heard its kind of a "Bible belt," not that I mind that, we're LDS, but racism will bother me.</div>
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St. Louis is a little blue dot in a sea of red.... I, too, lived in Seattle for 2 years.<br><br>
I have seen racism here (I suppose it's every where) and there's a lot of neighborhoods that are predominantly one way or another. Some places, like u city and the central west end, seem better mixed.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have seen racism here (I suppose it's every where) and there's a lot of neighborhoods that are predominantly one way or another. Some places, like u city and the central west end, seem better mixed.</div>
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St. Louis is segregated, for sure. It's one of the weird things about this city. Having said that, I don't see a lot of overt racism. Maybe I'm just fooling myself, or maybe it's because I do live in one of the better integrated areas. But I certainly don't think an interracial couple would encounter any problems in St. Louis.
 

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If you're concerned about racism and lack of diversity, do not move to any of the places you listed. I have experienced those problems in just about all of those places. Florissant is probably not so bad in those ways but it is really a pain to get from there to anywhere else. North county is a mess, especially for people who aren't familiar with the area. The most exciting/diverse place to live is the city, but if you want to live in a suburb, move to an inner ring suburb like Brentwood, Richmond Heights, Clayton, U City, Maplewood, Kirkwood, Webster Groves. Hillsboro and Wright City are really far away in opposing directions and both of them are terrible places to be. I'm just worried that you'll move to a place like Hillsboro, totally hate it, and move back to Seattle as soon as possible.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you're concerned about racism and lack of diversity, do not move to any of the places you listed. I have experienced those problems in just about all of those places. Florissant is probably not so bad in those ways but it is really a pain to get from there to anywhere else. North county is a mess, especially for people who aren't familiar with the area. The most exciting/diverse place to live is the city, but if you want to live in a suburb, move to an inner ring suburb like Brentwood, Richmond Heights, Clayton, U City, Maplewood, Kirkwood, Webster Groves. Hillsboro and Wright City are really far away in opposing directions and both of them are terrible places to be. I'm just worried that you'll move to a place like Hillsboro, totally hate it, and move back to Seattle as soon as possible.</div>
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lol...well, moving back to seattle isn't an option with school being there and all. Besides, neither of us like seattle, I cannot wait to get out of here! Dh has decided he wants to be closer to school so we're now looking only in Chesterfield, Ballwin, Valley Park, etc. We want to be within 15 mins of school. Unfortunaely with the prices in those areas we'll likely end up in an over priced condo or townhouse with no yard (which I really really wanted for the kids). My poor babies have never had a yard and I grew up in the woods, I just feel like they can't be kids, you know? Anyway, where ever we end up living its only for 4 years, then we're off to (most likely) New Mexico. Or maybe back to Arizona or Texas. Somewhere we can have land and horses and lots and lots of Boxer pups.
 

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If it's any consolation, we really wanted to find something in Kirkwood, Glendale, or Webster Groves, and Chesterfield turned out to be a better buy.<br><br>
Disclaimer for folks who live in those towns: I realize it depends on what you're looking for, though. Dh can't do a tuck-under garage because at the end of the day his legs are too tired to make it up the stairs, we wanted all the bedrooms on the same floor, etc.
 

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I'm in Hillsboro. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> You do mean the MO Hillsboro, yes? We lived in Maplewood for two years and longed for the country again, so here we are back home. There is an LDS church in Hilsboro. PM me if you have any questions.<br><br>
Eta--You can easily have land and horses and trees here... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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