Kirkwood Mo is located a short distance outside of Downtown St Louis. It is not a "Suburb", but a family friendly community. It is one of those places that people seem to gravitate to live in. After one visit thru this community, it is easy to understand it's attraction.
Kirkwood was established in 1853 and it retains much of it's original charm. It is one of the few communities in this area that still has it's own Downtown. Driving along Kirkwood Rd, you will notice many unique shops and family owned restaurants. One of the highlights of the downtown area is the still active Amtrak train station housed in it's updated, original brick building. Another popular attraction is the Kirkwood Farmers Market. Every year from spring thru summer, local farmers bring their produce to sell in an open air market. At Halloween you will find pumpkins being sold and Christmas trees at Christmas time. Along with the old of the city is the new. A few years ago a loft/townhouse/shopping complex was built in the heart of the city. At the time it was proposed many rejected the idea because they felt it would take away from the Charm of the City. Now it is a popular attraction with small shops and restaurants and in the summer you will find free outdoor concerts being held here.
Kirkwood is not a community where you will find newer subdivisions. Many of the streets are lined with 100 year old homes and big, beautiful trees. Neighborhoods consist of bungalows, older ranches, newer 2 story homes and even new construction among the old homes. This is a place where kids still walk to school, ride their bikes and play outside. A day will not go by without seeing people out jogging or walking, day or evening. In the summer, kids hang out at the newer city pool, or walk to the custard stand or Tropical Moose, a popular outdoor snow cone stand. On the 4th of July you can grab your blankets and head to the park for a huge fireworks display. In September, you can line the streets and watch the Greentree Parade and then head to the park for the Greentree Festival with crafters, food and live music.
The highly rated Kirkwood schools is another reason why people move here. Along with getting a great education, your kids will enjoy the family friendly atmosphere. Thanksgiving Day would not be complete without the "Turkey Day" football game. This is a long standing tradition between the Kirkwood high school football team and the Webster Groves high school football team. Every year on Thanksgiving day, these 2 teams square off to play for the "Bell". Whoever wins the game gets to keep the bell at their school until the following year. It truly is a tradition that makes Thanksgiving complete.
If you or your clients are considering a move to the St Louis area, I would highly recommend adding Kirkwood to your list of places to consider. It is a City that will not disappoint you!