Kirkwood Real Estate Information

One of the larger suburbs of the St. Louis area, Kirkwood, Missouri, is located within the inner ring suburb of St. Louis, and is home to a population of just under 30,000, as of estimates taken in 2006. The city makes up an area of more than nine square miles inside St. Louis County. Its residents have an annual median household income of just over $70,000.

The city was founded in 1853 and takes its name from r James Pugh Kirkwood, who built the Pacific Railroad that run through the town at the time. It was the first planned suburban community to be located west of the Mississippi. It still has a train station, built in 1893 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which now serves as a stop on the Amtrak railroad line, and is the only Amtrak stop in the region with the exception of St. Louis. In addition, there are five other buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including a Frank Lloyd Wright house.

The city maintains more than 300 acres of parkland spread across 11 parks, including the 94-acre Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park, the 89-acre Greentree Park, and the 92-acre flagship Kirkwood Park, complete with an outdoor amphitheater. The city also has an aquatic center, an ice arena and the Kirkwood Community Center, which houses a 400-seat theater, a gymnasium, meeting rooms and more.

Children and teenagers who live here attend public schools in Kirkwood School District, or private schools located here such as St. Peter Catholic School, Vianney High School and Visitation Academy. Each year the city hosts the Kirkwood Greentree Festival, the Festival of Food & Flowers, the Peach Festival and the Fall Festival of Local Flavor. There is also a summer concert series held at Kirkwood Station Plaza downtown.