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Best Place to Live St. Louis 2009 - Southampton

Readers' Choice: South City

Most people who live in St. Louis are familiar with the better-known neighborhoods. The Loop is a hipster haven. The West End: nice outdoor cafés and a smattering of high(er)brow culture. Soulard: get your debauch on and walk home! Et cetera. All great places to live. But this year we're going the neighborhood-less-traveled route. The Southhampton area (or SoHa as we like to call it) is located at the nexus of the south side's bevy of city parks: Tower Grove, Christy, Carondelet, Willmore, Francis, Lindenwood and Tilles. As reasonable home prices have drawn young couples and families to the area, restaurants, bars, shops and boutiques have sprouted up to serve them. This past summer saw the first Macklind Avenue Days, as well as the first Macklind Avenue 5K, sponsored by Big River Running, which holds weekly runs that start at the shop and meander through the neighborhood to Francis Park. SoHa might not have the Loop's bohemian cachet, the CWE's je ne sais quois or the bare breasts of Soulard. But you can get to all those places from here — if you want to.

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Mike Rainisi
Mike Rainisi

I lived in Southampton for 10 years, couldn't wait to get out. Renters and absentee landlords have RUINED Southampton. On several blocks there are always several rented houses that are overlooked for routine maintenance. Soffits are covered with aluminum and vinyl, like locust shells. Some day, the rotted wood behind the vinyl will give way, and all of Southampton will be lying in the street gutters.

mark kearney
mark kearney

We just had dinner there and for 1 pork chop,i paid 22 dollars, which is a fucking joke,with a little rice. Who do you think you are?, I thought this was a steak place anyway, what a disappointment. Whats with the bathrooms? You dumb ass, Who gave you your money, because you sure didn't earn it?

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

I lived in Southampton for many years and LOVED it. I was within walking distance to so many great restaurants and the lovely Francis Park. Really a great and affordable place to live. And though I'm still in the southcity area (Lindenwood Park), I miss my old stomping grounds. It was always fun to say come to my place in the Southamptons....

Terry
Terry

I could not agree with you more. I live in Southampton and it is a fantastic neighborhood. You can walk to almost any type of service (restaurant, grocery store, deli, library) -just a great friendly, convenient place to live. Good choice !

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