About Brentwood, MO 63144
Brentwood Mo is an inner-ring suburb of the St Louis Metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census there were 8,055 people, 4,136 households and 1,832 families residing in the city. 20.8% of the households had children under the age of 18 living with them. The city of Brentwood is 1.96 square miles.
Brentwood, MO is bordered by south of Clayton, MO, west of Richmond Heights, east of Ladue and it is north of Webster and Rock Hill.
The area that is Brentwood got it’s beginnings in the early 1800’s. It was on the Manchester Trail which was a route that was frequented by mail coaches and prairie schooners going west. In the 1870,s a businessman named Thomas Madden constructed a tavern, a barbershop, a grocery store and a blacksmith shop Madden was owner operator or a rock quarry (which is still on the south western edge of Brentwood). At that time the area became known as Maddenville. It became a prosperous community and was connected to St. Louis by a streetcar line.
In 1919 rather than be annexed to the neighboring Maplewood, the residents incorporated and became the village of Brentwood.
The city of Brentwood is one of those communities that adult children move back to when they start their own families. Home owners love the quality of life that Brentwood affords them. They love that their children are able to walk to schools. They also enjoy walking to Tilles Park, shopping and dining, not to mention the convenience to Highway 40/64 and I-170 for driving anywhere in the Metro area.
There are a variety of housing options including single family homes, condominium developments and apartments. Many of the single family homes are solidly constructed brick homes that were built during the 1950’s. The homes east of Brentwood tend to be single story while the homes west of Brentwood near Tilles Park are modest 2 story homes. The square footage of these homes varies from around 1200 to 2100 square feet. There are also a couple of pre fab steel homes that can be found on Litzinger.
To meet the growth spurt experienced around the country, 3 large apartment complexes were built in the St Louis Metro area in the 1950’s. One of these was a 1400+ unit complex at the corner of Brentwood and Highway 40 called Audobon Park. In the mid 1980’s this property had a major renovation, was renamed Brentwood Forest and became condos. It is a very popular property in Brentwood for affordable living in a central location.
The Brentwood Schools are really as close to the old time community schools as can be. The enrollment is small and the children mostly walk to school and are greeted by walkers and porch sitters as they are on their way. The stats below are from U.S. News Best High Schools.
The Brentwood Schools are usually within walking distance of the homes in Brentwood. Mark Twain Elementary is located at 8636 Litzsinger, Brentwood MO, (314) 962-0613. McGrath Elementary is located at 2350 St Clair Avenue, Brentwood Mo, phone (314) 962-6824. It has a student enrollment of 190 for grades K-5. Brentwood Middle School is located at 9127 White Ave, Brentwood, MO 63144, phone (314) 962-8238. The student enrollment is 156 for grades 6-8. Brentwood High School is located at 2221 High School Dr., Brentwood, MO 63144, phone (314) 962-3837. Enrollment for grades 9 through 12 is 244. The Brentwood Early Childhood Center is located at 1201 Hanley Industrial Court, 314-262-8521.
Dining and Shopping
One of my husband and my favorite restaurants is Frank Papa’s Ristorante in Brentwood, MO. It is family owned and the food and service are always great. Another favorite is Carl’s Drive-In which may have the best frosty root beer and hamburgers in the Metro area. Another favorite is Mai Lee which we first started enjoying when it was in University City. It has incredible Vietnamese soups and oooh how I love their coffee. All of these plus are listed in the Best 10 Restaurants in Brentwood.
Brentwood has 3 popular strip malls at the corner of Brentwood and Hanley and Interstate Highway 64/40:
- Brentwood Square is a lifestyle center with a unique blend of national retailers not present in the St. Louis market. Brentwood Square originally opened in December 1951. To keep the neighborhood feel, Pace Properties retained the center’s original name and its neon sign that had become an icon of the shopping center and the community; a move that has yielded much positive feedback from local residents.
- The Promenade is 337,800 square feet of retail property located at I-64 and S Brentwood Boulevard. Some of the stores here are: Target; Bed, Bath & Beyond; Micro Center; Carter’s; Pet Smart; Trader Joe’s and World Market.
- Dierberg’s Brentwood Pointe shopping area has Dierberg’s super market as the anchor with several other stores and restaurants.
- Best Buy in Brentwood is located at the corner of Hanley and I-64.
Parks and Recreation
Tilles Park (75 acres) is located at the western boundary of Brentwood. It is one of the best known St Louis County Parks. Tilles Park is all about nicely landscaped areas, clean spaces and outdoor physical activities including playgrounds, a roller hockey rink, 3 soccer fields, a soccer kick board, 3 softball/baseball fields, a basketball/volleyball court, 2 racquetball courts, 3 tennis courts, picnic pavilion, an exercise station and walking path. It is best known for it’s Christmas light Display, Winter Wonderland.
Brentwood maintains eight parks with a variety of facilities for the public to enjoy at no cost or with a minimal fee. Brentwood Recreation Complex and Ice Arena provides meeting space, programs and year round skating opportunities.
Additionally, the City of Brentwood collaborates with the cities of Richmond Heights and Maplewood to offer all residents of the three cities access to more recreational opportunities. The three cities publish one activity guide twice a year advertising all programs offered at the communities’ recreation facilities. Residents of these cities can utilize any of the facilities or programs at the resident rates.
For commuters, Brentwood, MO is an excellent location. Both Brentwood Boulevard and Hanley Road lead directly to the Clayton Business District. It is less than a 10 minute commute to the Clayton business district from any place in Brentwood. One of St Louis major east/west highway arteries is at the northern boundary of Brentwood.
170 is the Inner Belt Expressway in the St. Louis metropolitan area. This north-south freeway connects Interstate 270 to Interstate 64/U.S. 40 west of the St. Louis city limits. The Interstate 170 freeway is heavily traveled, servicing suburban cities as a commuter route. Entry to the inner belt is also at the northern boundary of Brentwood.
Travel time by car to downtown St Louis is approximately 20 minutes. Walkscore.com gives Brentwood a score of 73 out of 100. This location is Very Walkable so most errands can be accomplished on foot.
Brentwood is a 25 minute walk from the MLB MetroLink Blue Line at the Brentwood Metro Link Station stop. The Brentwood I-64 St. Louis MetroLink station is located on Eager Road between Brentwood Boulevard and S. Hanley Road in Brentwood, just southeast of the Interstate 64/Interstate 170 interchange.
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