Des Peres Real Estate Information

A small yet affluent suburb of St. Louis, Des Peres, Missouri, is a city situated about 20 miles west of downtown St. Louis, just off Interstate 270. At the 2000 census, the city was home to a population of just under 9,000, and residents had a median household annual income of almost $97,000, a quite high average compared with state and regional levels. Des Peres makes up an area of 4.4 square miles within St. Louis County.

The area where the city now sits was first inhabited by the Cahokia, Kaskaskia, Michigamea, Moingwena, and Tamaora Native American tribes. Europeans began arriving in the area in the 19th century, and the city was settled by mostly German immigrants and southerners from Virginia and the Carolinas, who came to the area to buy some of the farmland that the U.S. government was selling. The city's name, which means "of the Fathers" in French, refers to the River Des Peres, which has two tributaries running through the city.

Children who live in the city are served by the Parkway and Kirkwood R-7 school districts, with other private schooling options in the town including St. Clement of Rome School and St. Paul's Lutheran School. There are half a dozen colleges and universities within about 30 minutes of here, ensuring ample access to higher education. Though a smaller town, Des Peres serves as home to the U.S. headquarters for two prominent companies, Edward Jones Investments andScottrade. Des Peres Hospital provides medical care to residents.

The city maintains more than 100 acres of parks, spread across areas like the flagship Des Peres Park, with more than 40 acres, a jogging track, tennis courts and ball fields, Sugar Creek Park with 20 acres, Phantom Forest with 23 acres, and Bittersweet Woods, with 10 acres. The Lodge is a recently constructed community center that offers residents access to indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, meeting rooms and a gym.