Hailed as the nation’s most livable city by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Davenport is the third largest city in Iowa and the regional beacon for the Quad-Cities region. Founded in 1836, the city is enjoying its greatest revitalization in over 80 years including an expansive River Renaissance. It boasts of the River Music Experience and Freight House Farmer’s Market and internationally recognized Figge Art Museum as an architectural icon along Davenport’s magnificent riverfront not to mention many historically significant properties by renowned architects.
St. Louis, Missouri
Similar to New York’s Greenwich Village, a fine balance of homeowners, renters and businesses make The C.W.E. a showpiece for St. Louis’ rich architectural heritage. Top-notch restaurants, galleries and shops line the neighborhoods main drag, Euclid Ave.
Walk straight out the front door of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and cross Grand Avenue and you’ll find yourself at the western tip of what we’ve dubbed “Medical Row”. The row features newly rehabbed apartments ranging from sensible studios to spacious 3-bedroom lofts, all just a few blocks from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, hospital and research centers.
Shortly after the turn of the new millennium, St. Louis’ long neglected midsection went through a dramatic transformation into a hotbed of entertainment and culture. With Saint Louis University and The Saint Louis University Medical Campus as an anchor, Midtown offers a mryriad of cultural distractions including: The Fox Theatre, The St. Louis Symphony, The Sheldon, The Contemporary Art Museum, The Moolah Theatre, Moolah Bowling Lanes and more.
The Skinker DeBaliviere neighborhood’s history is deeply rooted in neighboring Forest Park which was the site of the legendary 1904 World’s Fair. Today, the community continues to be one of the most vital and livable neighborhoods in the metropolitan area thanks to the dedication of it’s residents and institutions.
Soulard, an entry in The National Register of Historic Places is best known for one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States, (second to New Orleans). This tight-knit community features great neighborhood bars and restaurants centered around an enormous indoor / outdoor farmers market which has been in operation for over a century.
The Grove, (Also referred to as “Forest Park Southeast”), is one of the City’s most interesting and historic neighborhoods. Recently Restoration St. Louis has bought more than 60 properties in Forest Park Southeast, most of them abandoned commercial buildings and vacant lots. Running contrary to the current condo craze, Restoration St. Louis has rehabbed empty buildings as affordable apartments.
Flanked by Washington University’s main Danforth Campus to the south and upcoming North Campus to the east, University City boasts the best of both urban dwelling worlds: Residential community charm *and* trendy commerce