When Don and Julie Marsh think about all the house- and yard-work they no longer have to worry about, they laugh. Don, a longtime journalist and a St. Louis Public Radio host, and Julie have two adult children, Bill and Julia. And while the couple doesn't have any pets of their own, they describe the area as pet-friendly—a convenient perk for times spent pet-sitting ‘grand-dogs.’ The couple moved to the Central West End some three years ago only to discover how convenient city living can be. “You can’t not go,” says Julie of all the nearby eateries. “It’s almost silly to make dinner!”

Why did you move to the Central West End?

We became empty-nesters, and looked for someplace smaller, and we became familiar with this 100-year-old co-op. We fell in love with the building. It’s a great location—you can’t beat the Central West End.

Where do you like to hang out in the Central West End?

Forest Park, The Chase Park Plaza movie theater, the Public Library (Schlafly branch), Dressel’s Public House, Herbie’s Vintage '72 and Llywelyn's Pub, just to name a few.


Kevin Hurley, Janet McAfee Real Estate

The Central West End is wonderful because it’s walkable: You have grocery stores, clothing boutiques, plenty of restaurants, and Forest Park is your backyard. And unlike some other neighborhoods, the Central West End is a historic district—it’s protected, so you can’t tear down the old buildings.