10 Best Places to Live in St. Louis [2019]

10 Best Places to Live in St. Louis, MO

Typing Sips and Tips number nine in the midst of the raining deluge of this week. Really, I would like everyone to join in singing “The sun”ll come out tomorrow.” Well, thought it might be worth a try.


I was intrigued the other day by one of those “list things” you see on the internet. It was a ranking by Niche.com of the 2017 Best 100 Places to Live. Ten of the 100 were in the St. Louis area. Clearly that caught my eye. I was curious how they came up with their list and also how that list compared with the hottest real estate areas in our region. I am making no value judgment on the weight they gave each factor. I am pretty sure that if I did it or you did it we would weigh the factors differently. Interestingly, Chicago and St. Louis had the most with ten each followed by Philly with seven. Here is the criteria they used, taken from their website.

Ten Best Places to Live in St. Louis

Number City Rank
 1 Clayton 18
 2 Creve Coeur 20
3 Richmond Heights 26
4 Wildwood 48
5 Glendale 49
6 Brentwood 55
7 Olivette 57
8 Chesterfield 73
9 Webster Groves 80
10 Des Peres 92

Here are the April rankings for hottest neighborhoods

Rank City Average Days on Market
1 Warson Woods 7
2 Valley Park 16
3 Glendale 23
4 Bel-Ridge 28
5 St. Peters 29
6 Fenton 30
7 Shrewsbury 32
8 Brentwood 35
9 Rock Hill 39
10 Crestwood 40

I was struck by several observations. First, obviously how different the two lists are, but second, how different the hottest neighborhood list is from the list we shared several months ago. I am sure there are numerous opinions on what that means but to me it would seem to be saying that there are a number of good neighborhoods to live in, good neighborhoods for buying and selling, and that the St. Louis market is strong across the board. Homes are selling 50% faster than they were in 2014, according to the St. Louis Real Estate News. Good news for all!!


You are welcome Mimi!

These recipes are from Food and Wine and Serious Eats. Let’s try some bourbon cocktails!!

Bourbon Mule

  • ½ ounce maple syrup
  • ½ ounce orange juice
  • ¼ ounce lemon juice
  • 4 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • ½ an orange wheel
  • 2 ounces of Bourbon
  • Ice
  • 1 ½ ounces of chilled seltzer

In a rocks glass combine syrup, OJ, lemon juice, and bitters.  Add orange wheel and slightly muddle.  Add Bourbon and stir well.

Palmer Park Swizzle

  • 2 cups Bourbon
  • 1 black tea bag
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 8 mint leaves
  • Ice cubes and crushed ice if you want to do it up right!

In a quart jar steep the Bourbon with the tea bag for two hours (Yes, you will have to plan ahead.) Don’t forget to discard the tea bag.  Fill shaker with ice cubes lime juice, syrup, mint leaves, and two ounces of Bourbon. Shake well, strain, and pour over crushed ice.

Whiskey Sour (sort of a fancy version)

  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • ¾ ounce pamplemousse (sort of like a grapefruit)
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce amaretto

Add all to shaker filled 2/3s with ice. Shake, strain and serve.

Here are four fast ones, each with only two ingredients.

Kentucky Colonel Cocktail

  • 1 ½ ounces of Benedictine
  • 1 ½ ounces of Bourbon

Kentucky Cocktail

  • ¾ ounces of pineapple juice
  • 1 ½ ounces of Bourbon

Dixie Julep

  • 1 Tsp powdered sugar
  • 2 ½ ounces Bourbon

Chill a tall glass in the freezer and fill with crushed ice. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the ice and then pour in the Bourbon.

Kiss of the Lips

  • 2 ounces of Bourbon
  • 6 ounces of apricot juice

Pour in a chilled glass filled with crushed ice.

We look forward to dryer weather, receding flood waters, and help for our friends impacted by the devastating weather.

Please keep everyone in your hearts and prayers.

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