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Title: Need Help from someone who lives in St. Louis or in the area
Post by: Liz Straw on March 30, 2013, 03:14 PM
I have been to St. Louis several times, so I set one of my stories in the area. Now I am in a conundrum.

What I am looking for is an area that a house could have been built by a fairly wealthy family, perhaps in the Queen Anne Style around the turn of the century, anywhere from 1890 to 1900 and with a yard big enough that they would have built a detached garage in the 1920s.  I know that like the small town I am living in most of the old part of St. Louis has very small lots where you can reach out and touch your neighbors house, but through all my drive throughs I keep thinking I saw neighborhoods where there were larger houses, but I am darned if I can think of the area.  I could leave it vague, but that is so off-putting to those who know the area, and I have a dramatic scene in one part that I need to know if it will work, according to the neighborhood.

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Title: Re: Need Help from someone who lives in St. Louis or in the area
Post by: write2inspire on March 30, 2013, 05:25 PM
Maybe the Central West End, near Forest Park and the Zoo? I grew up in St Louis, but I don't live there now.
Title: Re: Need Help from someone who lives in St. Louis or in the area
Post by: Liz Straw on March 30, 2013, 07:25 PM
Hehe, I have them going to those two place.  :lol4
Title: Re: Need Help from someone who lives in St. Louis or in the area
Post by: Ruth Donnelly on March 31, 2013, 04:12 PM
Hi, a Saint Louisan here... how about Lafayette Square or Compton Heights? Parts of the Central West End would certainly work, too.
Title: Re: Need Help from someone who lives in St. Louis or in the area
Post by: Wendy Martin on April 01, 2013, 05:21 AM
The area around Laumiere (sp?) Park has big houses with large properties.
Title: Re: Need Help from someone who lives in St. Louis or in the area
Post by: HaroldU on April 01, 2013, 05:27 AM
You could browse around using Google Earth...
Title: Re: Need Help from someone who lives in St. Louis or in the area
Post by: Liz Straw on April 01, 2013, 01:56 PM
I've been using Google Earth - is University City a part of St Louis?
Title: Re: Need Help from someone who lives in St. Louis or in the area
Post by: Liz Straw on April 01, 2013, 02:07 PM
Yeah, Ruth, Compton Heights will be perfect!  Thank you!!!!
Title: Re: Need Help from someone who lives in St. Louis or in the area
Post by: Ruth Donnelly on April 01, 2013, 08:12 PM
There are some lovely old homes in Compton Heights, and that would be authentic with your period. Lyon, Laumeier Park is in Sunset Hills, which is in St Louis County, not in the actual city. I expect that area was mostly farmland in 1890 - 1900.
Liz, U City is an incorporated municipality in the county, but it shares a border with the city.
Title: Re: Need Help from someone who lives in St. Louis or in the area
Post by: Liz Straw on April 01, 2013, 09:19 PM
Thanks Ruth, I sort of thought that, but I did some real estate looking ( now I want to move to St. Louis - LOL) and you know how real estate against can blur the lines when you state St. Louis.  I was trying for City only and of course they popped up on their web site with anything in the area.  :2brickwall

I am going with Compton for my main house and looking for a simpler place for my MC character's grandfather to live in the city limits.  I think I may have narrowed it down.   :lol4