Central West End

Home to beautiful architecture, walkable streets, and a bustling commercial hub.

Welcome to Central West End

The Central West End is home to beautiful architecture, walkable streets, and a bustling commercial hub. The community, encompassing 112 city blocks and over 14,000 residents, has been named in the American Planning Association's list of Top 10 Great American Neighborhoods. Sidewalk cafes and spectacular townhomes mark the Central West End as one of St. Louis' most desirable urban communities. Nestled between Forest Park and Saint Louis University's midtown campus, the Central West End is home to several intellectual and cultural centers. The community was first intended for St. Louis' most wealthy and prominent residents. While the neighborhood has opened up to all, it retains grand single-family homes and upscale condominiums fit for St. Louis' most affluent and successful citizens.

When Forest Park was dedicated in 1876, wealthy Saint Louisans flocked to the surrounding area. Forest Park's beauty and its many cultural institutions drew residents to construct homes on the park's edge. The 1904 World's Fair led Forest Park to host cultural exhibitions and spurred new construction around the park. The Saint Louis Art Museum was constructed for the fair. Located atop Forest Park's Art Hill, the museum houses artwork by Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, Robert Henri, and many others. Many Central West Homes were built in the first decade of the 1900s to house those drawn to St. Louis by the fair. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, built from 1907 to 1909, houses the world's largest collection of mosaics. The homes of famous writers T.S. Eliot and Tennessee Williams still occupy prominent places within the neighborhood, serving as visual reminders of this community's historic significance. The refurbished Chase Park Plaza Hotel, constructed in 1931, boasts five-star dining, a grand movie theater, and luxury residences in addition to hotel accommodations.

Today, the Central West End's historic homes are complimented by stately villas and luxury condominiums. With beautiful scenery on display that benefits from an aerial view, it is no surprise that the Central West End is renowned for its luxury condominiums and historic mansions lining forest park and a bustling restaurant district. Rising values underline the neighborhood's desirability.

Maryland Plaza is a scenic retail center. The plaza is home to small boutiques, specialty stores, and intimate restaurants, framed by an attractive, European-style square. Artistic centers such as Atrium Gallery and Philip Stein Gallery contribute to the neighborhood's creative character. The Central West End is home to innovation as well as artistic creativity. The Cortex Innovation Community partners tech startups with neighborhood sponsors in order to make the Central West End a home for discovery and job growth. Events such as the St. Louis Greek FestivalHalloween in the Central West End, and an annual Sidewalk Sale promote civic pride and unite community residents. City Foundry STL is the city's newest destination with 15 acres of restaurants, bars, entertainment and workspaces.

Renowned cultural centers, walkable shopping districts, and spectacular properties make the Central West End an ideal community. It is no wonder that this neighborhood is often mentioned as one of the best places to live in the city of St. Louis.

Overview for Central West End, MO

15,035 people live in Central West End, where the median age is 39 and the average individual income is $53,149. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Central West End, MO

There's plenty to do around Central West End, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including A New Dawn personal chef service, Blissfully Popped Popcorn, and Zlatne Kapi.

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Dining · $$ 2.9 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.88 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.4 miles 18 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 1.89 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 3.73 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 3.66 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Central West End, MO

Central West End has 9,113 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Central West End do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 15,035 people call Central West End home. The population density is 12,202.912 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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