Patty and Tim Ivey and their two children, Lucas, 13, and Emma, 11, have enjoyed living in Ballwin for nine years. Wally, a mixed breed dog adopted from St. Louis County Animal Control, and Cosmo, a guinea pig adopted from Petco, also are part of the family. Patty, originally from Edwardsville, Ill., works at Rodgers Townsend;, and Tim, a Clayton native, is part of Wells Fargo Advisors. Patty told us more about what she and her family like about living in Ballwin.

What’s the best-kept secret in Ballwin?

The Wildlife Rescue Center—in addition to providing help to injured wildlife, they offer educational and hands-on experiences to the public.

What are your favorite gathering spots in your neighborhood?

Some of our favorites include: Lazy River Grill, Fritz’s Frozen Custard and Castlewood State Park.

What’s your family’s favorite neighborhood tradition?

Hanging out at our local pool in the summer, Ballwin Days and our neighborhood’s annual Block Party.

Neighborhood Notes

Peggy Liggett, Laura McCarthy

Ballwin is a friendly, family-oriented community with neighborhoods for first-time home-buyers and move-up neighborhoods as families grow. Young people who grew up in Ballwin seem to like to return as adults. The schools are excellent and the state-of-the-art recreational facilities offer many programs for all ages. Ballwin also is a convenient place to live. There is plenty of shopping and restaurants, as well as easy access to major highways.