Kirkwood, the first planned suburb west of the Mississippi River, owes its existence to the railroad. From the beginning, it’s been a love affair between citizens and trains, as evidenced by the beautiful, historic train station located in the heart of the city. Built in 1893, the station, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is a favorite subject of local and national photographers. It currently serves as a stop for daily Amtrak passenger trains. From the 119-year-old train station to the bustling business district filled with restored architecture, Kirkwood, Missouri is a community steeped rich in history.
A short commute from downtown St. Louis, the accessibility of Kirkwood has always appealed to those seeking something more from St. Louis real estate. “As the first planned suburb west of the Mississippi River, and an early railroad commuter suburb, Kirkwood owes its very existence to the railroad,” according to the City of Kirkwood website.
It is this accessibility and the smart design of the walkable community that continues to attract new residents. For instance, quaint shops and restaurants line Kirkwood Road, along with nearby housing that ranges from urban condos to historic homes. For those interested in fresh produce, the Kirkwood Farmer’s Market on East Jefferson is a favorite of residents and visitors alike.
Kirkwood real estate is the perfect mixture of history and progress. Bountiful amenities can be found around town. Residents have access to a vast assortment of facilities to include a community center with an ice rink, gym, theater and more. If you are a nature lover, be sure to check out the plentiful parks and the community garden.
Educational institutions include the Kirkwood School District, St. John Vianney High School (a private Catholic institution), St. Peter School (Catholic preschool and elementary education), Christ Community Lutheran School (K-8), nearby St. Louis Community College-Meramec and others.
Kirkwood has long been known for its down home charm, community pride, nationally recognized schools, vibrant business community, and its involved residents. Two of the primary reasons families settle in Kirkwood are the quality and characteristics of the homes and the safety and comfort of the area. Attractions include Powder Valley Nature Center, The Magic House, downtown Kirkwood, plus the community parks, center and festivals.
Experience the richness of an established community by choosing Kirkwood for your next home purchase. Your Prudential Select Properties agent can help you live your dreams by introducing you to the variety of Kirkwood homes for sale. Your PSP agent will also be happy to guide you through a list of Kirkwood open houses that is customized to your specific needs. Let us be your local choice for the finest in St. Louis real estate.
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Parks & Recreation
- Recreation Station Aquatic Center -111 S. Geyer Rd
The 4 acre Kirkwood Recreation Station Aquatic Center is a state-of-the-art aquatic facility consisting of a competitive pool, leisure pool, family play pool, lazy river, slides and plunges. The pool is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day, and is open to residents of Kirkwood, Glendale and Oakland. Recreation Station Aquatic Center This unique facility is available only to residents of Glendale, Kirkwood and Oakland and their guests. For entry into the pool, you will need to present a Kirkwood Parks and Recreation issued ID card.
- Recreation Station Ice Arena - 111 S. Geyer Road
The Kirkwood Recreation Station Ice Arena is open year-round for public skating, skating lessons, and other public activities.
- Kirkwood Recreation Station - 111 S. Geyer Road
The Kirkwood Community Center was built in 1966. At that time the building consisted of a 400 seat theater, gymnasium, meeting rooms, recreation offices, warming room and ice skating rink. The facility was expanded in 1992 to include a second gym, new offices, and renovated meeting rooms.
- Kirkwood Park -- Adams & Geyer Roads
The most heavily used of all Kirkwood's parks, Kirkwood Park features an outdoor amphitheater, 19 picnic sites, 2 pavilions, 5 softball fields, 10 tennis courts, 2 handball courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts, a playground, and a spray fountain. Walker Lake provides fishing year-round through participation in the Missouri Department of Conservation trout program over the winter. Over 42,000 people utilize picnic sites and the amphitheater annually through reserved events. Several thousand more visit the park each year without reservations. Annual events held in the park include the Freedom Fiesta in July, the Greentree Festival in September, and summer concerts.
- Depot Park - Madison and Clay
The park offers an excellent vantage point for viewing trains that use the Union Pacific tracks to the north of the park. A recently remodeled playground is a popular attraction for children while the picnic tables, Optimist Club gazebo, and benches offer a place for adults to relax.
- Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park - off of Cragwold Road
The Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park is a 94 acre nature park.The nature park is located between the Possum Woods Conservation Area, a 14-acre tract, and the Emmenegger Nature Park Staging Area, also a 14-acre tract located at 11991 Stoneywood. Kirkwood Parks Department and Missouri Department of Conservation worked together to develop the park. Russell E. Emmenegger park contains several 1.5 miles of trails frequented by hikers and nature lovers, including a .5-mile accessible, paved trail. Disabled parking and year-round restroom facilities are available at the trailhead, located near the Staging Area, where a bridge connects the Russell E. Emmenegger Staging Area to the park. Emmenegger Nature Park provides visitors with picnicking opportunities, peaceful nature walks, and a sheltered area. A variety of nature programs are led in the park by Powder Valley Nature Center staff.
- Fillmore Park - Fillmore and Clinton Place
Fillmore park, a 2.5 acre site, was expanded in 1985 when the city purchased two properties at the intersection of South Fillmore and East Clinton. The park was initially designed as a passive park; there were no ballfields, basketball courts or other such facilities. In 1991 playground equipment was installed. The equipment was replaced in 1995-96 with more modern equipment that met safety and ADA standards.
- Fireman's Park - 11700 Big Bend
Fireman's Park, located near fire house #2, was defined as a park in 1983. It is a 3.4 acre undeveloped area.
- Greentree Park - off of Marshall Road
Greentree Park, and 86 acre site is situated along the Meramec River. The park features a picnic shelter, remote controlled car track, boat ramp, and lighted soccer and football fields. The location along the Meramec River offers recreational opportunities unavailable in other parks. However, due to its close proximity to the river, the park is subject to seasonal flooding. The remote controlled car track is currently operated by the Dirt Burners Remote Controlled Car Track club.
- Meacham Park - Meacham Park neighborhood
1 acre site featuring age-appropriate playground, pavilion with restrooms, spray fountain, basketball court, walking path, and landscaping.
- Dee Koestering Park - Marshall Road
Located along in southwest Kirkwood, this 9.5 acre site is a nature park with walking trails; site of the historic Meramec Highlands Quarry. Many large quarry stones on site. Acquisition was partially funded by a grant from the Land and Water Conversation Fund.
- Mitchell Park - 100 block of Mitchell
Little Mitchell Park is a .3 acre park located in the 100 block of Mitchell. The playground equipment in Mitchell Park was replaced in 1995-96 with equipment that met safety and ADA standards.
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