Both Daneen and C.J. Herbert are from small towns. So when it came time to find a place to raise their family (with Gunnar and Annika, now ages 12 and 9, respectively), they found that Wildwood met their requirements, and then some.
LN: WHAT WAS IT ABOUT WILDWOOD THAT MADE YOU WANT TO LIVE THERE?
Daneen Herbert: We liked that it’s like a small community, yet convenient to a large metropolitan area—perfect to raise a family.
LN: WHAT MAKES IT FEEL LIKE A SMALL COMMUNITY?
DH: Our neighbors have become friends, and every time you go out, you run into somebody who you know. It’s been the best decision we’ve made as a married couple to move to Wildwood. And there’s locally owned businesses like Wildwood Pub & Grill. My favorite little shop is Heels. Pure by Jen is another local shop that is in the Town Center, where they have so many events.
LN: WHAT ABOUT AMENITIES FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES?
DH: Babler State Park is about five minutes away, and it has camping, cabins and hiking trails. And C.J. is a long-distance runner, so he is really a big fan of the Al Foster Trail.
FACTS & FIGURES
City of Wildwood
Incorporated in 1995
Mayor: Tim Woerther
Wildwood Farm Community Garden is a 7,000-square-foot community garden at the Town Center with 45 raised beds.
Wildwood has 478 residents per square mile compared to 1,896 residents per square mile in St Louis County. Within its boundaries, there are 11 square miles of state and county parks and 30 miles of multiple-use trails. There’s also a farmers market in Wildwood Center in the summer. —Kathy Irvine, Coldwell Banker Gundaker