The Central West End is a neighborhood in St. Louis located in between the campuses of St. LouisUniversity and Wash U. With a slew of trendy bars, restaurants and boutiques closely together, this neighborhood is a fun place to live for young people. However, there are also some bad things about living there. After a few years of residing in the Central West End, I have accumulated my own likes and dislikes for the area. For anyone who is contemplating on moving to that neighborhood, I hope the information I am sharing helps.
What I Liked
I have lived in three places when I was in the Central West End. The first two were both two-bed and two-bath. Sharing with a roommate, I paid $600.00 for the first place and $575.00 for the second place.
The last place I lived at the West End was in one of the nicest and safest high rises, and rent for a one-bed, two-bath was only $1100.00.
If it was in any other city, my rent would have been way higher for that type of lifestyle.
Close proximity to Forrest Park
On any given weekend, especially if the weather is nice, you can find Forrest Park busy with golfers, bikers, joggers or anyone who just wanted to enjoy being outside.
Inside Forrest Park, there is also a zoo, a theater, an art museum, man-made lakes and other fun places to go.
The Central West End is literally a 5-minute walk from Forrest Park – a convenient access to all those fun things to do.
Easy access to highway 64/40
The Central West End is right next to one of the major highways in St. Louis. If you ever need to go outside the city, you’ll be on your way in no time!
Lots of trendy bars and restaurants within walking distance
This was my favorite part of living in the Central West End. On the weekends, I didn’t have to go far to eat sushi, go dancing, or grab a few drinks with friends.
What I Disliked
Street parking is hard to find, especially on the weekends. You are better off paying in one of the lots. When I had friends over, this was one of their major complaints.
I’ve had two friends mugged in broad day light, three friends’ radios stolen right outside my apartment, and one friend’s house robbed. My own car was pretty much totaled during a hit-and-run.
After talking to a few neighbors, there were many similar stories of unfortunate petty crime in the neighborhood.
This was the reason I moved out of the Central West End. No matter how fun it was, I got sick of being paranoid.
College kids who like to party as neighbors
I like to go out and party, but only on the weekends. Unfortunately, my neighbors were in college and liked to party seven days a week. After a few of their loud and drunk all-nighters, I pretty much lost it! The neighbors eventually stopped when I called the police on them.
If you are a party-loving college student, please be considerate of your neighbors!
If you are a young professional, just pray you don’t live next to these college kids!
Not a kid friendly area
Want to raise a family? Stay away from the West End! The schools in the city are bad, there are very few other families with kids and like I said, it’s a fun but unsafe neighborhood. You are better off in one of those snooty suburbs like Chesterfield.
For the most part, I enjoyed living at The Central West End. I was a young professional in my 20’s, and have thoroughly taken advantage of the night life being so close to home. However, it wasn’t the right place to raise a family. So I left to live a more settled life. I do miss all the fun I had in The West End, but I don’t miss the crime.
If you move to The Central West End, have a good time! But please be safe and be aware!