Just down Kingshighway, north of the Washington University Medical School, lies a little cosmopolitan neighborhood tucked away that feels more New York than Midwest. Adorned with iron lighting, cobblestone roads, and complete with large fountain, living in Central West End is like “taking a trip into town”— but every day.

The Feel

Settled on the eastern edge of Forest Park, the charm of Central West End comes from a rich history and iconic buildings like the Chase Park Plaza. Large historic homes, luxury condominiums, and high rises with sweeping views of downtown attract homebuyers and visitors alike.

Although new construction isn’t always available in this private neighborhood, there are plans for expansion for the Maryland East area.


A stone’s throw from the central highway, 64, the Central West End is the halfway point between the city and suburbs. With easy access to the MetroLink and bus systems, there are multiple ways to commute into the city for work or downtown events.


The neighborhood is a preferred location for upwardly mobile professionals who want to be close to the pulse of the city. With that being said, Central West End attracts a diverse crowd with popular restaurants, lounges, and shops.

During the summer months, the neighborhood brings out street performers for its family crowd pleaser, Spectacular Saturdays.


Book stores, boutiques, coffee houses, and some of the region’s best restaurants reside in this district. There is always something new to try in this neighborhood. From salsa dancing to free yoga classes, Central West End has something to pique every resident’s interest.

For nostalgic entertainment, the Chase Park Plaza Cinema shows the best of mainstream and independent films.

Parks & Recreation

Trees and green space gives Central West End an idyllic touch, not to mention the ever popular Forest Park in its backyard.


The Central West End is a part of the St. Louis City School District. The neighborhood offers several schooling options, preparatory and private, and houses the Central Institute for the Deaf, as well as The Paul Mitchell School.

Quick Stats

  • Population: 14,144
  • Zip Code: 63108
  • Hospitals: Washington University Medical Center, Barnes Jewish, St. Louis Children’s
  • Libraries: Lashly Branch (St. Louis City)