Describing his family as ‘tennis nuts,’ Dan West says it’s not unusual to see a net strung across the driveway of their home, practice shots lobbing through the air. The Wests’ current residence is just a few blocks from their first one, and the family has called Webster Groves home for 20 years. Other tennis nuts include Dan’s wife, Peggy, and their sons Joe, a student at the University of Dayton; and Peter, a freshman at Chaminade. Asked if he thought Joe would return to Webster after graduation, Dan laughed, “Isn’t that what St. Louis people do?”
LN: WHAT MAKES WEBSTER GROVES SO SPECIAL TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?
Dan West: Everything! Webster is one of those small communities that is still part of the bigger scene. I feel like I live in a small town like the one I grew up in back in Ohio, and yet we can be downtown at a Cardinals game in less than 15 minutes. We love the area, love our neighbors. Webster is where people bring their kids to go trick-or-treating!
LN: ANY FAVORITE WAYS TO SPEND A LEISURELY DAY IN WEBSTER?
DW: Peggy and I walk to Old Orchard four or five days a week—it’s about five miles round trip. And of course, we never miss Art & Air or the Fourth of July festivities.
FACTS & FIGURES
City of Webster Groves
Founded in: 1896
Mayor: Gerry Welch
Natives of Webster Groves include screenwriter and Academy Award nominee, Stephen Avery and Clay Felker, the founder of New York magazine.
Buyers are always looking for stable neighborhoods and highly rated schools, and Webster offers those, but it also has the small-town feeling that people look for, with walkable neighborhoods close to schools, parks and churches. There’s an award-winning rec center, and three business districts with lots of small, family-owned shops and restaurants. —Sue Williams Coldwell Banker Gundaker