Central West End

Everything You Want, Anything You Need
Central West End is, perhaps, the most popular neighborhood in St Louis. The neighborhood borders Forest Park, home to both the St Louis Zoo and the Art Museum, and quite a few other activities, including mini golf, hiking, and boat rides on the lake. Central West End is also home to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. CWE is also known for its visual charm, with picturesque corners, pretty architecture and a few notable art galleries to top it off. Stop in to enjoy quality meals at Bar Louie and BBC Asian Cafe and Bar or a casual cup of coffee at Coffee Cartel.

Renters in Central West End appreciate that this neighborhood has it all. They love the areas walkability and the easy access to other parts of the city via the convenient public transit. The neighborhood is within walking distance of St Louis University and a short walk or bus ride from Washington University.
What Central West End Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.0
value
7.5
amenities
7.0
social
8.0
management
8.0
Median rents in Central West End
Studio
$
1,050
1 Bedroom
$
1,200
2 Bedroom
$
1,400

Living in
Central West End

Convenient
Expensive
Forest Park
Safe
Shopping
Public Transit
Great Restaurants and Bars
Library
Grocery Stores
Active
Walkable
Central West End — 8.6/10 Rating (based on 32 neighborhood reviews)
I absolutely love the Central West End and recommend it to everyone in St. Louis. In my eyes, there's really no better place to live, unless you are looking for something a bit more budget friendly, and in that case head to our wonderful neighboring community of Tower Grove! The Montclair and Park Frontenac are very affordable options in the CWE. The CWE is filled with beautiful historic homes and buildings. You could spend years learning about all the history of this place. It's also the most walkable neighborhood of STL and you have dozens of bars and restaurants out your doorstep. Also, plenty of spas, fitness centers, doctors, and even Barnes Jewish Hospital all in the area. Forest Park is steps away making the CWE the best place to live! There is still a bit of crime on the outskirts of the CWE (and it has increased with Covid), but the community hires extra security that walk and patrol every night, and the whole neighborhood is very well lit. If you are smart and aware, and avoid walking alone late at night, it is very safe. I have yet to feel in danger in the past 2 years. Highly recommend!
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/10
Neighborhood Rating
Montclair on the Park
The Central West End is the ideal because it is both entertaining and very safe compared to other parts of the city. On the weekends especially, there is a lot going on here. Many of your basic needs are within walking distance, and if not, they are only a short 5 minute drive away.
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10
/10
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Metropolitan Flats
The Central West End is conveniently located near Forest Park and has many restaurants, bars, and shops. Residents can easily access it from two metro stops and several bus stops.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The San Carlos Apartments
The neighborhood is extremely safe and beautiful. The apartment is within short walking distance of Forest Park and the main part of the Central West End
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10
/10
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Lots of great bars and restaurants. Close to Forest Park and public transit.
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8
/10
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Del Coronado
The Central West End has a young professional vibe and feels more like a big city than other areas of St. Louis. Apartments in CWE can be a little more expensive than similar apartments in other areas of St. Louis, but the proximity to the law school, public transit, Forest Park, and night life can’t be beat.
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10
/10
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Hampden Hall
I don't walk it anymore as I do not feel safe...been "approached" too many times.
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5
/10
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3949 Apartments
This place is really cool to be next to. I love being within walking distance on coffee and the library. There are also a number of nearby grocery stores and restaurants.
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4
/10
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Maryland Gardens
There's always something happening in the CWE; it's a big social hub. It can feel (and is) unsafe at some times and in some places.
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8
/10
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Fairmont Apartments
Love living in the CWE. It's nice to be in a different neighborhood than school, while still being close.
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/10
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Montclair on the Park
CWE is the best place for a young professional in St. Louis to live that likes to be social. I love that I am walking distance to everything I need - grocery stores, bars, restaurants, movies, shopping. I find that on days I don’t need to drive to school, my car doesn’t move because everywhere I need and want to go is walking distance.
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10
/10
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Maryland Manor Condominium
Best neighborhood to live in, in St. Louis. Very safe and has plenty to do.
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10
/10
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West End Terrace
A great pocket of the Central West End. Hampden Hall is located near three beautiful residential streets with retired couples, young families, some students. It’s also located next to the Basilica, which makes for a great view on the upper levels.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Hampden Hall
Love the area, very lively and great food.
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10
/10
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The Orion
Can’t really say due to covid
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9
/10
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The Orion
Safe, active neighborhood
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10
/10
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5079 Waterman
I prefer living in the CWE as opposed to downtown area. There are a lot of young professionals, grad students, professional students, etc. in the area. It is just a block away from the Basilica, which had added patrolling security, making the area feel very secure.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Hampden Hall
Love the central west end, it is such a cute area with lots of places to walk to. I think it allows me to separate work from school because its about 10 minutes away from downtown.
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10
/10
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Citizen Park
The Central West End is a great neighborhood. It's awesome to be walking distance from so many restaurants, bars, and services nearby such as hair salons, UPS, and Whole Foods. Generally I've always felt safe in this neighborhood. Getting to school is easy if you have a car.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Montclair on the Park
CWE overall is a bit expensive, but it's very pretty and safe. Parking can be a hassle though.
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/10
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Maryland Gardens
The CWE is so varied, but this particular area is nicely residential. It’s right next to the Cathedral Basilica, so it’s usually quiet and there is 24-hour security on the block. It’s a 10-minute walk from the shopping/restaurant strip on Euclid, and about 20 minutes walking from the CWE metro station (but the nearest bus stop is just on the next block). Two blocks from Schnucks. The street itself is quite pretty, with nice buildings all around.
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/10
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Maryland Gardens
The Central West End is a convenient place to live if you don't have a car -- there is a Metrolink stop near the hospital, and bus routes run throughout the neighborhood that take you to campus and other parts of the city. There are plenty of places to shop and socialize. I don't personally take advantage of this too often, because everything from groceries to bars seems to be more expensive here; I usually end up walking a little farther to the less "bougie" parts of town.

From what I can tell, the CWE is populated mostly by yuppies. There aren't a ton of families walking around. It does feel safe generally.
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/10
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Fairmont Apartments
The location is very convenient in the CWE. It is across the street from Whole Foods and very close to a lot of restaurants and bars. The Metrolink station is around a ten minute walk.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Euclid + Pine
The CWE area is great - lots of restaurants and shops and a Whole Foods. It is also right by Forest Park and there are always people outside running, biking, etc.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Parc Frontenac
The Central West End is a bit more expensive than other neighborhoods but it feels very safe and has great restaurants and bars.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Euclid + Pine
Lots in walking distance, seems safe
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Toronto Parcade Apartments
It’s a nice area! Lots to do close by, restaurants and bars and close-ish to forest park.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Maryland Lofts
Many fun things to-do. Great restaurants. A good place for young people.
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10
/10
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Citizen Park
Good safe area. Overpriced and cliche though. I enjoy it though, I wish I got a parking pass. The bus picks me up a block from my apartment and takes 24 minutes to get to school. The nights are the trickier part with only two buses in an hour.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Park 44
Great, family neighborhood. The halfway house two doors down that catcalls any woman who walks by, which is a big issue.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
5086 Waterman
Very safe and many good restaurants and bars.
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9
/10
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Del Coronado
Closer to SLU’s campus than the CWE
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8
/10
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West Pine Lofts


Getting to Know
Central West End

Neighborhood Boundaries
North to South: Delmar Blvd to US-40
East to West: Union Blvd to Vandeventer Ave
dining
Llywelyn’s Pub
Racanelli’s
Retreat Gastropub
Shapiro’s Market
grocery
Aldi’s
Schnucks
convenience
CVS Pharmacy
Walgreens
fitness
Santé Fitness & Wellness
St Louis Workout
The Boxing Gym
Watson Martial Arts
parks
Ellen Park Sculpture Park
Forest Park
coffee
Coffee Cartel
bus
10 (bus)
18 (bus)
42 (bus)
rail
MLB/MLR (rail)
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
Central West End includes zip codes 63108 and 63110
Rent vs Own
59
%
of Central West End residents are renters
Driving to Work
68
%
of Central West End residents drive to work
New Construction
8
%
of housing units in Central West End have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
53
%
<20 units
14
%
20-49 units
34
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
11
%
18 - 34
47
%
35 - 54
23
%
55+
20
%
Unit Mix
9
%
Studio
36
%
1 Bed
32
%
2 Bed
24
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
52
%
Undergrad Student
18
%
Grad Student
12
%
Unemployed
7
%
Retired
9
%

Best Apartments
in Central West End


1 Bed $785
2 Beds $1,135
3 Beds $2,875

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2 Beds $2,231
3 Beds $3,885

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Studio $1,750
1 Bed $2,025
2 Beds $2,595

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Studio $650
1 Bed $900
2 Beds $1,350

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2 Beds $890

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