West St. Louis County provides an ideal lifestyle that forms a pleasant balance between living in a rural-like setting of wooded beauty and having easy access to a thriving metropolitan area. The region shares a strong interest in offering positive family- oriented programs, maintaining quality education at all levels, and building a safe, comfortable environment where residents can live and work.
The West St. Louis County business community is a blend of small to mid-size businesses, manufacturers and corporate offices. Economic development has flourished due to an environment which encourages new business and growth.
West St. Louis County residents have a broad spectrum of housing choices to suit a variety of lifestyles. The county has everything from modestly priced homes and apartments to sprawling country estates.
Each of the communities of Ballwin, Clarkson Valley, Ellisville, Manchester, Valley Park, Wildwood and Winchester has its own distinctive character that a visitor can immediately sense on arrival in each city.
Ballwin, whose population has grown rapidly in the past few years, has some of the areas finest recreational facilities, including a municipal golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, and two recreation centers. Clarkson Valley, almost exclusively residential, provides a rustic, country-style atmosphere where one might see deer wander across a road at night. Ellisville has approximately an acre of parkland for every 45 residents. These parks weave through residential and business developments of various types and sizes. Manchester has preserved its rich heritage for nearly 200 years amid a steadily growing residential population and commercial district. Valley Park is an expanding residential and industrial community that has a strong history. The city of Wildwood has chosen to establish a planned district that blends and reinforces commerce, civic activity, and the residential community.
While being more than just neighbors within the western boundaries, all the cities share a common bond of being strong, family-oriented residential communities. In addition, the seven cities are easily accessible to Interstates 270, 40/64, and 44, and are located only 20-30 minutes from St. Louis Lambert International Airport, and 40 minutes from downtown St. Louis.
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