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The gleaming silver arch next to the river is an iconic symbol of St. Louis. The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot, stainless steel arch that resembles the bent stem of a spoon. It is the tallest arch in the world and it was built in 1963. This distinguishing feature is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and is located along the Mississippi River.
“The Gateway to the West” is a fascinating city that has long appealed to explorers. French explorers arrived to the area in 1673, and La Salle claimed the area for France in 1679. The city of St. Louis was founded in 1764 and it was the site of a famous American Revolutionary War battle, the Battle of St. Louis, in 1780. France sold St. Louis to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. It was then that Lewis and Clark set out on their famous expedition to explore the vast western territory. Afterward, many pioneers traveled the same route, right through St. Louis.
If the same pioneer spirit that led to the westward expansion is driving you to find an apartment in St. Louis, here’s what you need to know about this fascinating city.
Things to Do in St. Louis:
As soon as you select your St. Louis apartment, go straight to the Gateway Arch. The view from the arch is stunning, and well-worth the 630-foot ride to the top. After seeing your new city from this birds-eye view, be sure to explore the rest of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. You can take a helicopter ride, head down the Mississippi River on a Riverboat Cruise, explore the Old Courthouse, and tour the Museum of Westward Expansion.
Your next stop – the Busch Stadium! This ball park is home to the St. Louis Cardinals, and even if you aren’t a baseball fan, it is a beautiful stadium with terrific views of the city. The stadium also hosts concerts, professional soccer games, and other sports events. And if you prefer football, head to the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis and cheer on the NFL’s St. Louis Rams!
The Missouri Botanical Garden is also a don’t-miss – these gorgeous gardens will quickly become your favorite place. Be sure to visit the Climatron, a conservatory containing a tropical rainforest; the Chinese Garden, a secluded and peaceful garden designed after the gardens in the southern provinces of China; and the Victorian District, a beautiful formal garden complete with a labyrinthine maze and an observatory.
After touring the gardens, you might want to head to the St. Louis Zoo, a leading zoo with a history dating back to 1904. In addition to a wide variety of animals that include black rhinos, penguins and puffins, a grizzly bear, gorillas, meerkats, fennec foxes, pumas, tigers, leopards, and more, the zoo features several restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Visit the site of an ancient city at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and one of the largest archaeological sites in North America. The site includes an interpretive center with museum exhibit galleries, a shop, a snack bar, and tours of Monks Mound, the largest earthwork in North America.
After the ancient mounds, tour the oldest neighborhood in St. Louis – Soulard. This historic district is filled with music venues, clubs, shops, and restaurants – many with gorgeous courtyards offering outdoor dining. Soulard is also the location of a Bastille Day celebration in July, a huge Mardi Gras event in February and March, and Oktoberfest. The Soulard Farmers Market has been in continuous operation since 1779 and is open Wednesday-Saturday.
St. Louis is home to some gorgeous parks. Be sure to visit Carondelet Park, the third-largest park in St. Louis. This park features a rec center, swimming pool, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, ball fields, walking paths, and more. It was established in 1875 and contains the historic Lyle House, a mansion that once belonged to the Lyle family – Southern sympathizers during the Civil War.
Another terrific park to explore is Forest Park. This park covers 1,371 acres and includes a civic center. Forest Park opened in 1876 and is home to the St. Louis Zoo, the Muny amphitheater, the Missouri History Museum, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the St. Louis Science Center. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is held here annually. The park also contains a restaurant, a skating rink, a tennis center, ball fields, and walking and bicycling paths.
Your list of things to do in St. Louis is getting mighty long, but don’t put it down yet – you have to add visiting casinos, Citygarden, area vineyards and wineries, the Butterfly House, Grant’s Farm (featuring a log cabin hand-built by President Ulysses S. Grant), Jefferson Barracks Historical Park and National Cemetery (where about 16,000 Union and Confederal soldiers are buried), the World Aquarium, and the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. It’s a good thing you’re renting an apartment in St. Louis – there’s so much to do, it’s going to take a while!
What to Consider When Moving to St. Louis
When it comes to finding the right neighborhood, you’ll have plenty of options when searching for apartments in St. Louis. The city has 79 designated neighborhoods, ranging from historic to modern, urban to suburban, and French-influenced to Victorian.
Lafayette Square will remind you of a quaint French village — tall, thin homes with lacy wrought-iron balconies, boxy mansard roofs, and rows of windows. Lafayette Square is one of the oldest neighborhoods in St. Louis and it wraps around the oldest park, Lafayette Park. This historic district contains a variety of shops and restaurants.
Historic Soulard is also one of the oldest neighborhoods in St. Louis. It is a terrific neighborhood filled with pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, and live music. Soulard is famous for jazz and blues, and the district hosts frequent pub crawls. The Anheuser-Busch Brewery, listed as a US National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, is also located in Soulard. The brewery opened in 1852 and offers free public tours, with sampling for legal-age visitors after the tour. Some of the famous Clydesdales are kept here, and can be seen in the exercise field and in the carriage house.
If you want to be in the center of it all, rent your apartment in Downtown St. Louis or Downtown West. Downtown is the main business district, situated along the Mississippi River. It is home to many corporate headquarters housed in skyscrapers. Downtown West is slightly more inland and contains the Scottrade Center Arena, the Peabody Opera House, and St. Louis Union Station. The Washington Avenue Historic District is also located in Downtown West. This district, dating back to the late 1800s, was once the garment district. These historic warehouses have been converted into lofts and apartments, and many contain restaurants, taverns, and coffee shops in this mixed-use area.
To live in the midst of some of the best Italian restaurants around, rent an apartment in the Hill. The Hill is located just south of Forest Park and is home to a significant Italian American population. In addition to amazing restaurants, there are a number of Italian bakeries, grocery stores and two bocce gardens. The Hill produced two baseball legends – Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola, who grew up across the street from each other.
Other great neighborhoods to consider include Carondelet, Cheltenham, Shaw, Dutchtown, and Old North St. Louis.
Why St. Louis Apartments Are Hot:
With one of the best economies in the nation, St. Louis is home to several major companies, including Edward Jones Investments, Peabody Energy, Ameren, Scottrade, and Pfizer. St. Louis is home to two major universities – Washington University and St. Louis University.
Along with a strong economy, St. Louis has a personality and culture all its own. This is a city of music – jazz, ragtime, the blues – and it is home to the nation’s second-oldest orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony. There are myriad museums, theaters, and historic sites to enjoy, as well.
Top it all off with a terrific landscape along the mighty Mississippi River and stunning architecture, and you can’t go wrong renting an apartment in St. Louis!
Why St Louis?
- Taking a tram ride to the top of the landmark 630-foot Gateway Arch.
- It’s a pet-friendly city with pet-friendly outdoor restaurants, museums, and wineries.
- Beer! St. Louis is famous for breweries, brew pubs, specialty beers, and microbrews.
- The vast Forest Park’s art museum, zoo, science center, and Muny theater.
- Biking paths, skating rinks, beautiful lakes, and the sculpture-rich downtown Citygarden.
- Professional sports — the NFL Rams, the NHL Blues, and the MLB Cardinals.
- Downtown St. Louis
- Columbus Square
- Lasalle Park
- Near Southside
- Carr Square
- Lafayette Square
- Old North St. Louis
- Saint Louis University
- Aquinas Institute of Theology
- Patricia Stevens College
- Ranken Technical College
- Harris-Stowe State College