About Richmond Heights, MO 63117
My husband and I bought our first home in Richmond Heights, MO. Oh, we were so proud of ourselves. We were patting ourselves on the back because we were so sure our insurance rates were going to be less because it was only one block from the fire house. Well our first night in the home we sat bolt upright in bed when the sirens went blaring down the street. We definitely questioned our intelligence at that point; but, after that first night, quite frankly, we never heard the sirens again.
We absolutely loved the convenience of this neighborhood. Even though some of the places have changed, the convenience hasn’t. We loved to walk to The Parkmoor on Saturday mornings to read the newspaper and have breakfast. That corner, Clayton Road and Big Bend, is now a Walgreens; however, there is a St Louis Bread Company across the street. We did our grocery shopping at Soulard Market but Dierberg’s, Schnucks and Sam’s Club are all very close.
Richmond Heights, MO is an inner ring suburb of the St Louis Metropolitan area. It is centrally located about 15 minutes from the downtown business district and within 10 minutes of the Clayton business district.
The story goes that Robert E. Lee happened upon the land that now makes up current-day Richmond Heights after being stationed in St. Louis with the Army Corps of Engineers before the Civil War. Lee thought the area reflected the beauty of the city of Richmond, Virginia in his home state. And so it became “Richmond” with “Heights added later because the land was among the highest in st Louis County. (Source: Town Square)
As of the census of 2010, there were 8,603 people, 4,244 households, and 2,012 families residing in Richmond Heights MO. The population density was 3,740.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,444.2/km2). There were 4,680 housing units at an average density of 2,034.8 per square mile (785.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.7% White, 11.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.2% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population. (Source: City-Data.com)
There are many legends still being shared today about the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair. This one involves the city of Richmond Heights, MO. “The city’s legends surrounding its world’s fair housing have perpetuated one of its most colorful tales: ” The Forty Thieves,” a nickname derived for 40 houses constructed in the neighborhood east of Big Bend Boulevard. Research indicates that many of these homes actually predate the world’s fair. But as the story goes, local builder Walter Wilmot Reynolds gathered brick and lumber from the world’s fair and erected the Forty Thieves using the salvaged (or stolen) fair remnants. Today, 38 of the original 40 houses survive. Each house is identical in plan: two stories in height, featuring (in most cases) a yellow brick facade (some are clad with stucco), and red brick rear and side exterior walls. Other identical features include primary doors, which are located off center within the porch pay and bear a single oval light. The doors are offset by small individual windows with decorative brickwork above them. Reynolds’s houses may not all be constructed with world’s fair materials, yet their history is nearly as famous as the exposition itself, at least in Richmond Heights!” (Source: Richmond Heights, Missouri)
The median sale price of residential single family homes in Richmond Heights, MO, in 2015 was $192,500 (based on 89 sales). There are very few condominiums in Richmond Heights. The average sale price was $234,034. Home ownership in Richmond Heights is 64.9% according to the 2010 census.
The public school district for the area is the Maplewood- Richmond Heights District. MRH School District operates four schools serving students preschool through 12th grade: MRH Early Childhood Center (Parents as Teachers, preschool, and grades K-1), MRH Elementary School (grades 2-6), MRH Middle School (grade 7 & 8), and MRH High School (grade 9-12).
Private schools in the area include:
Twin Oaks Christian School
1230 S Big Bend Blvd, St Louis, MO 63117
Immacolata Elementary School
8910 Clayton Rd, Richmond Heights, MO 63117
Little Flower Elementary School
1275 Boland Pl, Saint Louis, MO 63117
1414 Bellevue Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63117
Dining and Shopping
Panera Bread Company is an American chain of bakery-cafe fast caul restaurants. It got its start in Richmond Heights MO and now has one of its eateries on Clayton Road at the corner of Big Bend.
Hanks Cheesecakes is right around the corner from Panera and their cheesecakes are a “name” in the metropolitan St Louis area. They are a welcome dessert item on many menus. Immediately next door to Hanks is Riverbed – A wonderful casual dining spot for creole fare.
The Galleria Shopping Center has 3 department stores (Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom) a food court and movie theaters.
There are many other local stores in the immediate area: Mega Cycles
And I love to visit with Bud at Starrs, one of my favorite spots for good cheese, coffee and wine.
The newly renovated Esquire Theater has been a favorite for years.
Parks and Recreation
You cannot find a more convenient spot in the metropolitan area for parks. The Heights is the community center for Maplewood and Richmond Heights. The Heights houses the library, an indoor pool, exercise equipment and track. They cooperate with Maplewood and share an outdoor pool during the summer.
Richmond Heights is close to almost everything in the St Louis Metropolitan area. It is approximately 15 minutes to the airport and the downtown St Louis business district. It is only about 10 minutes from the Clayton Business District.
It has a walk score of 75. This factor along with the schools is making it very appealing to millennials.