For people wanting to make the most of their free time, there is a lot to offer in the St. Louis region. There are neighborhoods rich in live music venues and eclectic restaurants. Parks and rec centers can satisfy weekend athletes. And there are a variety of options for those who want to own a home but don’t want the upkeep to interfere with their fun.
This demographic might include young, first-time homebuyers who are getting tired of paying rent. They are ready to buy, but not necessarily ready to settle down. Or perhaps they are older but recently single, or empty-nesters looking to downsize but not slow down their active social lives.
Condominium complexes might be just the ticket. In recent years, several builders have adopted a “town center” concept with high-end amenities like pools, workout rooms, and courtyards and rooftop gathering spaces, along with on-site retail shops and restaurants. Condo-living means there’s no yard to mow and maintenance is often provided as if it was an apartment complex.
Other homeowners might prefer a house and don’t mind having to do a bit of work, as long as they can be close to the things that they do for fun. An experienced realtor can help find small, well-maintained homes for just about any budget in the most vibrant areas of the city.
If nightlife with great food and music is important, think about moving downtown. You could also check out neighborhoods like Soulard, The Grove, or Benton Park. Foodies might want to look for a house around Cherokee Street, South Grand, or the Delmar Loop. If being in the city center doesn’t appeal, think about Maplewood or Clayton.
For those whose idea of weekend fun means something more active, wonderful outdoor space can be found both inside and not too far outside the city. Forest Park is one of the country’s largest urban parks and living anywhere nearby gives access to miles of walking and biking paths as well as museums and the St. Louis Zoo. If the suburbs are more to your liking, St. Peters has 20 parks. Further afield, consider Eureka or Wildwood.