Sunset Hills

What once was a hub of water-powered industry is now an idyllic suburb.

Welcome to Sunset Hills

Sunset Hills offers unparalleled scenery and pristine acreage, located on the southeast banks of the Meramec River. The city's many amenities include vast expanses of parkland and a collegial, welcoming golfing community. Sunset Hills residents make sure to take full advantage of the picturesque spaces on offer. This idyllic suburban municipality is an ideal home for those seeking outdoor entertainment and an undisturbed connection with nature.
Sunset Hills is a relatively young city. While the city was not incorporated until 1957, its history stretches back to the founding family of St. Louis. Gabriel Cerre, the son-in-law of St. Louis founder Auguste Chouteau, started a Sulphur mill in Sunset Hills after receiving a land grant from the Spanish government in 1779. Sunset Hills' location on the banks of the Meramec made the city an ideal location, as water power allowed industry to flourish. With water access also came trade and wealth. Sunset Hills became a prosperous commercial center when St. Louis City was still hard to reach. As transportation technology improved, the city transitioned into a suburban community focused primarily on residential development. Residents working in St. Louis City moved to Sunset Hills for its abundant spaces and scenic vistas. What once was a hub of water-powered industry is now an idyllic suburb.
Sunset Hills is a spacious residential community. The majority of houses in the municipality are detached, single-family homes. In 2023, homes in Sunset Hills sold for a median price of $720,000. When compared with the 2018 median price of $495,500, this represents a remarkable median price increase of over 45% in the last 5 years. The market in Sunset Hills is booming, driven by the prestige of subdivisions such as Sunset Farm and Laumeier Valley Woods. Sunset Hills neighborhoods are lauded as much for their beautifully cultivated landscapes as they are for their meticulously constructed homes. Drawing from St. Louis' early origins, French-style country homes are common. These grand houses, situated on properties of substantial size, lend Sunset Hill's winding lanes a stately, continental atmosphere. This picturesque architecture marks Sunset Hills as a desirable community.
Sunset Hills caters to those seeking recreation in a scenic outdoor setting. Sunset Hills is home to a thriving golf community that is open to all. Tapawingo National Golf Club is a public golf club that seeks to make quality courses available to all. This welcoming club is home to three courses designed by the legendary Gary Player. For those seeking membership in a private club, Sunset Country Club is the perfect choice. This century-old club offers an award-winning golf course, state-of-the-art tennis and aquatic facilities, and a highly-rated restaurant. The Laumeier Sculpture Park provides a unique destination for those seeking art and culture. The park encourages visitors to explore the relationship between art and nature, offering rustic hiking trails that are lined with striking works of art. Additionally, Sunset Hills' 70 acres of parkland are sure to entertain experienced outdoor adventurers and casual explorers alike.
Students in Sunset Hills are served by the Lindbergh and Kirkwood school districts. Lindbergh School District was recognized as the Number 1 district for K-12 achievement in the State of Missouri from 2010 through 2014, a testament to the preparation and education that Lindbergh students receive. Not to be outdone, Kirkwood High School was ranked the third-best high school in the state by U.S News and World Report in 2013. Sunset Hills is also home to elite private schooling. Thomas Jefferson School is a nationally ranked college preparatory school, attracting the St. Louis community's best and brightest young minds. With students' average SAT scores over 2000, Thomas Jefferson School occupies a place among the educational elite.

Overview for Sunset Hills, MO

9,062 people live in Sunset Hills, where the median age is 50.3 and the average individual income is $67,934. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Sunset Hills, MO

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

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including St. Louis Kolache - Sunset Hills, Sports Card Dugout, and O K Vacuum & Janitor Supply.

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Dining 1.8 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.42 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.9 miles 20 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.67 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
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Active 2.52 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Sunset Hills, MO

Sunset Hills has 3,719 households, with an average household size of 2.37. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Sunset Hills do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 9,062 people call Sunset Hills home. The population density is 1,009.08 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Sunset Hills, MO

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