Combining Bill DeWitt III’s duties as president of the St. Louis Cardinals with his wife Ira’s role as founder of Notifi Records, an urban music label, means a busy life for the DeWitt family. Their Ladue home provides a relaxing retreat at the end of the day. The couple has two children: Natalie, 13, and Will, 10, along with Blanket, a Maltese, and Fiona, an Old English sheepdog/poodle mix.
LN: WHAT’S THE BEST-KEPT SECRET IN LADUE?
Ira DeWitt: People may not think of Ladue as a shopping destination, but we have great shopping here, including stores like Vie and Alixandra.
LN: WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT LIVING HERE?
ID: We like it because we have a real sense of community here, and it’s an easy place to be. We’re close to our children’s school, it’s close to our country club; everything is very convenient. I also appreciate that Ladue is close to West County, as well as downtown.
LN: WHAT’S AN IDEAL WAY TO SPEND A LAZY AFTERNOON IN THE AREA?
ID: We like to go for walks in our neighborhood, then head to Sportsman’s Park or Lester’s for lunch. The local restaurants and bars are great, and we try to frequent them.
FACTS & FIGURES
City of Ladue
Founded in 1936
Mayor: Anthony Bommarito
• Ladue Horton Watkins H.S. was named one of America’s Best High Schools by Newsweek in a June 2011 issue.
• The Harry Hammerman House on Graybridge Road is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its design inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.
I lived in Ladue a large part of my life—it has a real sense of community and maintains a sense of its rural past. The older families balance the newcomers, and the resulting mixture is very friendly and supportive of the neighborhood. With great property and excellent schools, Ladue is always in demand. —Barbara Wulfing, Janet McAfee Real Estate