Shortly after marrying, John and Linda Armbruster built their first home in Wildwood, attracted to the area by the affordability and relative closeness to their new combined families. Almost 15 years later, that appeal has grown stronger as their family has grown, with three young girls: Julia, 9; Laura, 7; and Amanda, 6. John, a computer programmer, and Linda, a teacher at Conway School in Ladue, appreciate the family-oriented community and proximity to everything they need. We asked Linda to detail some of her family’s favorite things about Wildwood.
What are some of your favorite spots around town?
We live very close to Town Center, and we use the extensive trail system that runs throughout the central part of Wildwood to walk up there. We enjoy going to the small movie theater there, B&B Theater, the frozen yogurt place, Twist, or Happy Go Lucky Outfitters, where they sell Life is Good clothing.
What’s an ideal way to spend an afternoon in Wildwood?
We’d probably hit the Wildwood Greenway Trail with our bikes; or, if we’re feeling more adventurous, try the trails in Rockwood Reservation. If we end up at Town Center, we’ll stop to get ice cream, of course. We also use the Hamilton-Carr Greenway in the summer when we ride on the Wabash Frisco and Pacific Railway, which is a fabulous steam locomotive ride along the Meramec River—it’s a great hidden treasure in Wildwood.
What is your family’s favorite neighborhood tradition?
There are a lot of great family activities, but we never miss the Wildwood Easter Egg Hunt. There are a ton of families who participate and it’s quite the sight to see those eggs disappear in a matter of minutes. It’s a big event, with food, clowns and a band. Our kids enjoy it so much they ask about it every year.
Jeff Lottmann, Re/Max
Wildwood offers a perfect blend of recreation and entertainment with a true sense of community for a superior and sustainable quality of life. From affordable neighborhoods to luxury living, and first-time home buyers to empty-nesters, the city can accommodate any life an evolving family desires.