On behalf of the Kirkwood Area Chamber of Commerce, I would like to welcome you to our five city area. This Chamber of Commerce represents the cities of Des Peres, Glendale, Kirkwood, Oakland and Warson Woods.
Each of our cities has their own unique characteristics. They have a wonderful blend of areas rich in history, progressive business attitude and true bedroom communities. All of our cities have continued to grow. This growth is monitored by the cities, which provides for a wonderful balance between the needs of business and our residents.
Two of the primary reasons families settle in our area are the quality and characteristics of the homes and the safety and comfort of the area. Our area also has many historic homes, churches, historic shopping districts and progressive shopping centers.
Each year more and more of our citizens and visitors flock to our many tourism attractions. We have nature centers, museums, parks, community centers, community festivals and one of the largest childrens' museums in the United States.
Our schools offer an educational experience that is unmatched. The Kirkwood School District has one of the highest graduation rates in the country. This is due not only to the high quality of education, but also to the spirit of cooperation and continued teamwork between parents', teachers', administrators' and residents' commitment to excellence.
Spend some time in our communities. We are proud to show you what we have to offer. Please come back and visit us again. Who knows...you may end up staying!
Jim Wright, President
Glendale is a community of 2,200 families with strong values of family and community. The churches, schools, neighborhoods, businesses and the municipal government that serves the residents on a personal level create the family and community atmosphere of Glendale. Glendale is a great place to establish roots and to raise a family.
Mayor: Rich Magee
Des Peres is conveniently located at the intersection of Manchester Road and Interstate 270 equal distance between Highways 64 and 44 providing easy access to the entire St. Louis region. The city has a strong retail base anchored by Westfield SHOPPINGTOWN-West County Center and offers over 1,000,000 sq. ft. of class "A" office space in the Manchester Road corridor. Strong residential neighborhoods provide both a ready market for customers and a diversity of housing options for your employees. In total, an excellent place to both work and raise your family.
Mayor: Rick Lahr
The city of Oakland's trails, sidewalks, parks and greenscape provide a comfortable, leisurely living environment.
Mayor: Paul Marti
Kirkwood seeks to attract businesses and corporations that will blend well with our current community. As an established community, Kirkwood's goal is to successfully maintain its historical appeal in both residential and commercial environments while attracting today's modern corporations. Kirkwood is a destination city, offering outstanding business locations and convenient accessibility coupled with strong land values.
Mayor: Mike Swoboda
Warson Woods is a small bedroom community of 2,000 residents living in 800 homes which creates a truly small town feeling but with all the large metropolitan amenities nearby. Within 30 minutes, one could reach almost any place in the area. Homes range in the $200,000 to $600,000 price range.
Two attractive newly renovated strip malls along the north side of Manchester Road provide 40-odd shops for the residents and over 1/3 of the city's income from sales tax revenues. A new Dierbergs and a Walgreens are the two major tenants located in the city.
Two churches, St. Genevieve DuBois Catholic Church and St. Matthews Episcopal as well as St. Genevieve's parochial school and private grade school, Rohan Woods are located within the city.
As a testimonial to the desirability of the city, numerous families buy a starter house in Warson Woods and move up to a larger home in the city as their income and families grow.
Mayor: E. William Bergfeld
The Fabulous Kirkwood Area
Residents and visitors to the Kirkwood Area regularly use "fabulous," "marvelous," "superb," and "wonderful" to describe favorite aspects of the area. You'll hear that area shopping is "fabulous," particularly in Kirkwood Junction, Kirkwood's unique downtown business district, with its beautiful historic train station at its center; at Des Peres' magnificent Westfield Shoppingtown; and in several more shopping centers which dot the area.
They'll say the homes are "marvelous" in Des Peres, Glendale, Kirkwood, Oakland and Warson Woods, ranging as they do from complexes of splendid rental apartments and condominiums to cozy cottages and Cape Cods, from elegantly maintained turn-of-the-century mansions to sprawling new executive style homes.
Residents boast of excellent school systems, both public and private, that have gained praise and recognition from state and federal education agencies. Kirkwood Area residents and visitors have excellent access to community and county parks.
Businesses like the Kirkwood Area as well. Retail properties and office centers have attracted elite corporate names, small family-owned businesses, and a grand mix of products and services.
This five community area has put itself on the St. Louis metropolitan map as a distinctive place to live, work, and raise a family.
With Interstate 270 inside its western boundary and I-44 coursing along its southern border, it is easy for residents of the Kirkwood Area to go places in the St. Louis metropolitan region. Interstate 40/64 passes east to west a short distance north of the Kirkwood Area, providing a connection with I-170. Interstate 70, the major east-west route, is also a short distance away.
A network of federal and state highways and major arteries crisscross Kirkwood and its neighbors, allowing residents of one community to readily commute to work in another.
Four Amtrak passenger trains stop at Kirkwood's beautiful historic downtown rail station dailytwo eastbound and two westbound. Union Pacific and Burlington Northern railroads serve regional shipping needs.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is about 15 miles north of the Kirkwood Area, easily reached by I-270 or I-170.
The Bi-State Bus System serves the area, providing transportation to communities throughout the St. Louis metropolitan region, both in Missouri and Illinois. Call-a-Ride is also available in this five community area.
Places in the Heart
Homes in the Kirkwood area reflect the spirit and warmth of the people who live within them. There is pride here, noted in the painstaking care each dwelling is given. This is especially seen in homes that date to the 1800s, the homes of history that sparkle with obvious attention to the minutest detail.
These lovely places of the heart range from apartment complexes and condominiums to a wide variety of choices for retirement living. Residences range from cozy single family homes and luxurious turn-of-the-century mansions, to the modern homes of today's top executives.
There is a homea true place in the heartfor everyone in the Kirkwood Area.
Pleasures in the Purchase
Shopping in the Kirkwood Area is all thingsa convenient necessity, a joy, an experience to be fondly remembered because of a cherished item found.
Kirkwood Junction Special Business District serves over 100 downtown Kirkwood shops and restaurants. Lining Kirkwood Road, Argonne Drive (formerly "Old Main Street"), Jefferson Avenue and other side streets, shops offer everything from uniquely crafted gifts to modern necessities. There's even a farmer's market offering fresh produce that's open every Thursday through Saturday from early April through September. In October, the market becomes a pumpkin patch. Fresh-cut Christmas trees, holiday decorations and hot apple cider draw residents to the Christmas market in December.
Kirkwood Commons, Kirkwood's newest shopping center will be open by the Fall of 1999. This development will bring several well-known anchors to the area's shopping options.
Traveling from Kirkwood to Des Peres on Manchester Road (the original Route 66) you will find Westfield SHOPPINGTOWNWest County Center, a modern enclosed shopping mall that's preparing to double in size from about 600,000 square feet on one level to 1,200,000 square feet on two levels, with four department store anchors. At the "sign of the dove" you will find excellent accessibility and convenience, with 61 specialty stores anchored by Famous Barr and JC Penney. West County Center offers a weekly kids' club program, a senior stepper mall walking program and mallwide gift certificates redeemable at all five Westfield Shopping towns. Other amenities include complimentary strollers, kiddie kruzzers, wheelchairs and copy services.
Dining is one of the many pleasures to be found in the Kirkwood Area. Menus cover everything from gourmet and ethnic delights to family dining and fast food.
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