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This historic residential area of South St. Louis provides residents with the ambience of Victorian living and the convenience of being ten minutes from everywhere. Compton Heights constitutes a hub with spokes accessing Downtown, the historic Soulard District, the Saint Louis University complexes, the Fox Theatre and Powell Hall, the Central West End, Forest Park, the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Complex, The Hill, Tower Grove Park, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the South Grand business district. Easy access to Highways 44, 55, and 64 makes outlying areas as easy to reach as those just blocks away.



Neighborhood Boundaries

The Compton Heights neighborhood lies near the highest point in St. Louis, and just South of the geographical center. It covers an L-shaped area wrapping the Compton Hill neighborhood and Reservoir Park on the South and East sides.

A Brief History of the Area

The Compton Heights subdivision, embracing Hawthorne and Longfellow Boulevards and adjacent blocks between Grand and Nebraska was laid out in 1888 by Julius Pitzman to correct errors he made in designing Vandeventer Place. Several unique features were incorporated into his design. These include gracefully curved streets to create a pleasant vista and reduce traffic flow. The residential deed restrictions, the first in Missouri, insure private family use of each residence and establish a common setback for each home. This zoning principle, which is now widely accepted, was a new concept at the time and was not upheld by the Missouri Supreme Court for almost three decades. Although well established by the turn of the century, the largest flurry of construction in Compton Heights centered around the St. Louis World's Fair. Many of St. Louis' first families settled in this area corporate leaders of Anheuser-Busch, Falstaff, Magic Chef, Monsanto Corporation, and Pet Incorporated were among early founders. A number of the homes still remain in the families of the original builders some 75-90 years later. Read more about the History of Compton Heights

Resources in the Compton Heights Area

Because of its close proximity to a wide variety of services (entertainment, recreation, schools, shopping, medical facilities, and churches), Compton Heights is an enjoyable as well as convenient place to live.

Compton Heights is only minutes from the business districts of St. Louis and Clayton. Shopping is available at St. Louis Centre, Union Station, the Galleria and a wide variety of merchants along South Grand Avenue (www.grandsouthgrand.com and www.southgrand.org). In the past few years, South Grand has seen rejuvenation unmatched in any other part of the City. The recent addition of planters on South Grand dividing the north and southbound lanes between Russell and Arsenal have beautified this vibrant area; and other beautification projects are underway, thanks to the dedication of neighborhood volunteers and the cooperation of the City of St. Louis.

For sports enthusiasts, Compton Heights is just a few minutes from (the new) Busch Stadium, Kiel Center, the Convention Center and the Edward Jones Dome. Tennis courts, a jogging and biking trail and softball fields are all available in nearby historic Tower Grove Park (www.towergrovepark.org). Compton Hill Reservoir Park provides a peaceful place to enjoy a picnic, a walk, bike riding or fun at the playgrounds. This lovely park is being restored to its grand Victorian days. The water tower, restored several years ago, and lighted each evening, is a landmark in South St. Louis and within walking distance of Compton Heights.

St. Louis University and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital are just a couple of the health care facilities a few minutes from Compton Heights.

The St. Louis Grand Center Art and Entertainment District that includes the beautiful Fox Theatre and Powell Symphony Hall is close by. Restaurants are springing up all over. For good old “American” food or just about every ethnic food you desire—you will find it in our extended neighborhood. The Moolah Theatre recently opened in the glorious Moohah Shrine building (it even includes a bowling alley and a lounge) is just a few minutes away. It is a real treat to sit on leather couches, have a soft drink or a glass of wine, and watch the most recent movies. During the summer, the well known Compton Heights Concert Band presents free concerts in Tower Grove Park.

You won’t find any area of St. Louis more conveniently located than Compton Heights. A walk through our lovely community will convenience you that this is a "gem" of a neighborhood.

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