Karla and Tony Kramer moved with their eight children to Des Peres one and a half years ago from Town & Country, where they had lived since 1999.
What about the area makes you want to live there?
The location is so ideal; you can get to Chesterfield or downtown—practically anywhere—so quickly. With the children’s activities, rehearsals for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs are nearby, and our church, Saint Clement of Rome-Des Peres on Bopp Road, is why we moved to Des Peres, so the kids could walk to school.
What’s nice is there are a lot of young families moving in, and they are reviving the neighborhood and encouraging the older folks to come out and play.
Do you spend a lot of time at the local parks?
Des Peres Park is fabulous, and we enjoy the Friday evening concerts during the summer. Des Peres Lodge is a beautiful facility, and the kids look forward to the Father/Daughter Enchanted Ball every year. Town & Country also has amazing parks—we love spending time at Drace Park because nobody knows it’s there. There’s a great walking track, and it has little paths so the younger kids feel like they’re hiking through the woods.
Do you enjoy the shopping and dining in your area?
Practically everything I need is within two miles of our home. The brand-new Schnucks is right there, and if I don’t want to go to the ‘big Schnucks’ then I can go to the ‘little Schnucks’ in Frontenac. West County Mall and Plaza Frontenac are close, and then there are all the cute, little boutiques. One of my favorites is Melanie’s. Another well-kept secret is John Mineo’s Italian Restaurant—they have the best sea bass in all of St. Louis!