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The Ultimate 2024 Guide to Living in Wildwood, MO

Are you considering a move to the beautiful suburbs of St. Louis? Look no further than Wildwood!

This vibrant West County community is the largest suburb in St. Louis County.

In 2024, Wildwood earned the #1 ranking as the best St. Louis suburb to raise a family, according to

With its stunning natural surroundings, excellent schools, and gorgeous neighborhoods, it’s no wonder that Wildwood was voted the best place to raise a family in St. Louis!

Wildwood, MO: A Top Suburb Of St. Louis

Map of Wildwood, Missouri
Map of Wildwood, Missouri

What to Expect Living in Wildwood, MO

Wildwood, MO is one of the best St. Louis suburbs that truly embodies the best of both worlds.

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of West County, Wildwood offers a tranquil and scenic setting that is perfect for those seeking a peaceful escape from bustling city life.

Rolling hills, lush greenery, and plenty of parks make Wildwood a great place to call home.

If you drive through Wildwood, you’ll see plenty of forests, hills, parks, and beautiful neighborhoods with a lot of private backyards.

The Largest Municipality in St. Louis County

Wildwood is huge.

The city of Wildwood is actually the biggest municipality in St. Louis County, spanning over 66 square miles.

Villages at Brightleaf neighborhood in Wildwood
Villages at Brightleaf neighborhood in Wildwood

It’s also one of the most populated towns, with over 35,000 people living in Wildwood.

There are a bunch of types of neighborhoods, styles of homes, and lots of land you can buy in Wildwood.

Whether you’re looking for a cozy suburban home or a sprawling rural property, you’ll find your dream home in Wildwood.

Rural property in Wildwood, MO

Parks and Recreation in Wildwood

Outdoor enthusiasts will love all the state parks, hiking trails, and recreational areas that Wildwood is known for.

Other than all the hiking trails, Wildwood also has city parks, dog parks, pavilions, and public gardens.

Wildwood community park
Wildwood community park

From Bluffview Park with its captivating views to the expansive greens of the Rockwoods Reservation, Wildwood is one of the best places in St. Louis for outdoor exploration.

Here are some of our favorite parks in Wildwood:

  • Babler State Park
  • Rockwoods Reservation
  • Bluffview Park
  • Greensfelder Park
  • Al Foster Trail
  • Wildwood Community Park

There’s also shopping, restaurants, and stores to check out in the Wildwood Town Center. 

Distance from St. Louis

Wildwood has a more rural and nature-filled lifestyle, so it’s important to note that it is not as close to the heart of St. Louis as some other suburbs.

If you’re an urbanite at heart, you might find Wildwood a bit removed from city life.

If you’re commuting into St. Louis city, be prepared for a 30-45 minute drive.

But if you’re okay with living farther away from the city and enjoying all the nature and parks, you’ll love living in Wildwood.

Lifestyles in Wildwood

One of the remarkable aspects of living in Wildwood is the rich variety of neighborhoods that make up this sprawling suburb of St. Louis:

  • Large subdivisions with pools & tennis courts
  • Attached and detached low-maintenance villas
  • Condo associations
  • Rural properties with privacy and acreage

Wildwood is a place where suburban charm seamlessly blends with the tranquility of rural living.

Beautiful subdivision in Wildwood, MO

Throughout Wildwood, you’ll see a mix of suburban and rural neighborhoods.

You’ll also see large estates and equestrian properties that sit on dozens of acres of land.

Wildwood Town Center

At the heart of Wildwood is the vibrant Wildwood Town Center.

Wildwood town center
Wildwood Town Center

This hub serves as a social and commercial epicenter. The Wildwood Town Center offers:

  • Shops
  • Restaurants
  • Fitness
  • Starbucks
  • Dierberg’s Grocery Store
  • The Wildwood Hotel

Here, you’ll find a blend of residential areas along with the convenience of nearby amenities, making it an attractive choice for those who enjoy the energy of a town center.

One of our favorite events during the summer is the weekly Wildwood Farmers Market. Every Saturday from 8am to noon you can find fresh product at the farmers market.

Now the Wildwood town center is gorgeous, but it isn’t the biggest shopping area around.

If you’re moving to Wildwood, the Chesterfield Valley is by far the biggest commercial district you’ll find in St. Louis.

The District in Chesterfield MO
The District in Chesterfield Valley

The good news? Chesterfield is only 10 minutes away from Wildwood!

Neighborhoods in Wildwood

Within Wildwood’s expansive landscape, you’ll come across dozens of beautiful neighborhoods, each with its own unique character.

Main Street Crossing located next to Wildwood Town Center
Main Street Crossing located next to Wildwood Town Center

If you like the idea of living in a larger subdivision, here are some of Wildwood’s top neighborhoods:

  • Villages at Brightleaf
  • Westglen Farms
  • Main Street Crossing
  • Cherry Hills
  • Westhampton Woods
  • Wildhorse Parkway

Wildwood’s subdivisions will give you a strong sense of community.

Pros and Cons of Living in Wildwood, MO

Wildwood has its own set of advantages and considerations that come with choosing it as your new home. Let’s explore the pros and cons of living in Wildwood.

Pros of Wildwood

1. Parks and Outdoor Spaces
Wildwood is known for its nature.

There are tons of state parks, hiking trails, and picturesque landscapes. There’s always something to do outside year-round in Wildwood. Whether you enjoy leisurely strolls through greenery or embarking on thrilling outdoor adventures, Wildwood’s natural attractions are sure to leave you awe-inspired.

2. Variety of Housing Options
One of the significant benefits of living in Wildwood is the range of housing options.

From cozy suburban homes in well-designed neighborhoods to expansive rural properties surrounded by lush landscapes to custom mansions, Wildwood has it all.

Luxury custom home in Wildwood, MO

The only thing Wildwood doesn’t have is an urban city-like feel. The closes you’ll find is the town center, but it’s nothing like city neighborhoods.

3. Community Amenities
Wildwood prides itself on providing an excellent quality of life for its residents.

Wildwood offers plenty of opportunities for you to connect, engage, and enjoy an active lifestyle. From neighborhood pools to tennis courts and other recreational facilities like the YMCA, you’ll find it all in Wildwood.

4. Historic Sites and Charm
Immerse yourself in the rich history and quaint charm of Wildwood.

Some of the historic communities in Wildwood date back to the 1800s when the earliest settlers came to Missouri. Wildwood is dotted with historic sites like:

  • Old churches
  • Historic cemeteries
  • Old-timey shops and offices

These remnants of the past add character and a sense of nostalgia to the area. You’ll see a lot of these historic sites, especially along historic Route 66 in Wildwood.

If you’re a history buff, there are plenty of sites to visit!

Wildwood’s impressive historic preservation commission does a great job preserving and promoting the town’s heritage and historic communities.

5. Top Public Schools in Wildwood

All of Wildwood is served by the Rockwood School District. It’s one of the largest districts in St. Louis and serves over 53,000 households.

Rockwood has some of the best high schools in St. Louis:

  • Lafayette High School
  • Marquette High School
  • Eureka High School
  • Rockwood Summit High School

Note: Rockwood Summit is the only high school district that does not serve Wildwood.

Rockwood School District High Schools in St. Louis, Missouri

If you live in Wildwood, your kiddos will end up going to one of 3 high schools:

  • Lafayette, if you live north of Route 100
  • Marquette, if you live east of Valley Rd
  • Eureka, if you live south of Route 100

Cons of Wildwood

1. Longer Commute to the City
While Wildwood offers a peaceful retreat from city life, it’s important to consider the longer commute if you need to drive into downtown St. Louis.

You could easily have a daily commute of around 30-45 minutes from Wildwood.

Interstates I-64 and I-44 will be the fastest routes into the city, but they don’t go through Wildwood. So you’ll need to drive north to get to 64 and south to get to 44, depending on where you live in Wildwood.

2. Narrow and Hilly Roads in Certain Areas
Some areas of Wildwood feature narrow and hilly roads, especially in the more rural parts west of Route 109.

Example of a narrow road in Wildwood - Orrville Road
Orrville Rd is one example of Wildwood’s narrow roads

While these roads may add to the rural charm of the area, you’ll want to be careful driving through the wooded areas.

Be especially careful during winter, as some of the roads are steep and pretty narrow.

3. Internet Access in Rural Parts
Given the rural style of some areas in Wildwood, high-speed internet access has been an issue in western neighborhoods.

While the city of Wildwood is actively working on improving infrastructure, you might have limited connectivity before the internet development project is complete.

4. Lack of Public Utilities
A lot of Wildwood’s large subdivisions have public sewer and water. But the rural parts of Wildwood do not.

Some areas in Wildwood rely on septic tanks for waste management and well water instead of public water supply.

If you have a strong preference for public utilities as opposed to well water and septic tanks, you’ll want to double-check the utilities before buying a house in Wildwood.

Big Developments in Wildwood, MO

As the largest suburb in St. Louis County, Wildwood is always evolving with new developments and infrastructure projects.

Wildwood, MO is a dynamic suburb that continues to evolve and improve, with several noteworthy projects and developments in the works.

Internet Development Project

The city of Wildwood is actively working on improving high-speed internet access throughout rural areas.

Wildwood internet project
Map of 16 districts for the Internet access project

There have been internet access issues in neighborhoods west of Route 109 in the past. The western half of Wildwood is not as developed as the eastern half.

The Wildwood Internet Access Project addresses these issues in a $6.75 million infrastructure development to bring Spectrum to rural Wildwood.

The project is being carried out in 2 phases, and the western side of Wildwood is divided into 16 different districts for high-speed broadband internet service.

Phase one is set to be completed in 2024, paving the way for phase two.

As a result of this project, residents can look forward to improved connectivity and enhanced digital experiences in various areas of Wildwood.

Town Center Project

Shops in Wildwood Town Center
Shops in Wildwood Town Center

The Town Center in Wildwood is constantly evolving. Several developments have been proposed to enhance the community further.

Two of the exciting projects in the pipeline are Crestview and Latitude N38.

Crestview, a project by McBride, is set to bring multiple parcels of land to life along the northern part of Crestview Drive.

Crestview development proposal in Wildwood, MO
Crestview proposed site

This development aims to connect seamlessly with the existing town center, offering a blend of residential and commercial spaces.

Across from Crestview, the proposed Latitude n38 development by Benton Homes plans to introduce 62 homes.

This would include single-family homes and townhomes within walking distance of the town center area.

The Wi-Fi project and the ongoing developments in the Wildwood Town Center demonstrate the city’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for its residents, making Wildwood an even more appealing place to live, work, and play.

Wildwood has a decent amount of new construction, but it’s nothing close to all the developments in Chesterfield. If you’re moving to West County, there are a lot of new opportunities to look forward to.

What to Know Before Moving to Wildwood

With its abundance of outdoor spaces, diverse housing options, and strong sense of community, Wildwood holds tremendous appeal for anyone moving to St. Louis.

From state parks and hiking trails to scenic woods and recreational activities, there’s no shortage of outdoor space to embrace Wildwood.

Neighborhood in Wildwood, MO

For families, Wildwood is an excellent choice. The suburb provides an array of amenities, including community pools, tennis courts, and playgrounds.

If you’re someone who appreciates the flexibility of housing options, Wildwood has you covered.

Whether you’re looking for a suburban home with plenty of neighbors around, or a private estate with nobody around, Wildwood has a lot to offer.

Villages at Brightleaf neighborhood in Wildwood, MO
Homes in the Villages at Brightleaf

As you navigate the process of moving to Wildwood, it’s essential to have the right support.

Our real estate group is here to assist you every step of the way.

Whether you’re buying a house, searching for a condo, or seeking guidance on relocation, all of us at Gateway Realty Group want to help make St. Louis your new home! Please reach out to us if we can help you with your St. Louis real estate needs.

Thank you for reading. We look forward to being a part of your journey to a vibrant and fulfilling life in Wildwood, MO.

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Tracy Sanders

Tracy Sanders was born and raised in St. Charles County but has lived in numerous towns all over the St. Louis metro area. After graduating from St. Dominic High School, she accepted a scholarship to play soccer at Indiana State University. There, she studied business and finance, which has made her invaluable to her clients navigating the housing market. She hit the ground running as soon as she got her real estate license and hasn't looked back. Tracy was named Rookie of the Year at Coldwell Banker after her first year being licensed. Her motto with clients is "one step at a time" because she understands the process can be unfamiliar and stressful. She prides herself on educating her clients throughout every step along the way, whether buying a home or selling.