Longtime Frontenac residents Drs. Madhavi Kandula and Mitch Platin moved just one block over to Huntleigh almost eight years ago when they fell in love with the neighborhood. Kandula, a well-known dermatologist, and Platin, an anesthesiologist with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, have two boys: Max, 17, and Jacob, 13.
LN: WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT LIVING IN HUNTLEIGH?
Madhavi Kandula: The large plots of land are so beautiful and there are gorgeous houses everywhere. We also wanted to live in an area where we had a neighborhood feel and it’s such a great blend of younger and older people who are very open and friendly.
LN: WHAT’S AN IDEAL WAY TO SPEND A LAZY AFTERNOON HERE?
MK: My husband would say golfing! As a family, we love watching sporting events and being together. We enjoy going out to dinner at places like Fleming’s, Brio and Cardwell’s at the Plaza.
LN: WHAT’S YOUR FAMILY’S FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD TRADITION?
MK: At Halloween, one of the neighbors hitches a wagon to a tractor and pulls the families around from house-to-house, trick-or-treating. It’s as much fun for the adults as the kids! It’s really nice to live in a place where people take that extra effort to make you feel like part of the community.
FACTS & FIGURES
City of Frontenac
Established in 1950
Mayor: Keith Krieg
City of Huntleigh
Incorporated in 1929
Mayor: Hon. F. Gilbert Bickel III
Frontenac/Huntleigh has such a pastoral setting—there are great lots with old trees and you start to feel like you’re in the middle of the country, but you’re actually in the middle of everything. If you live in Frontenac or Huntleigh, your entire life is off Clayton Road—anything you could ever want is right there. —Jiggs Dunn, Prudential Alliance