St. Louis Neighborhood Guide – Tower Grove South

Dawn Griffin Posted by
Neighborhood Spotlight Oct 2018

Tower Grove South Neighborhood Vibe

With its vibrant and pedestrian-friendly business districts, its proximity to Tower Grove Park and the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and its variety of housing stock, it is easy to understand why Tower Grove South has been recognized as the best place to live in the city (Riverfront Times, 2012). Tower Grove South is one of the city’s largest and most diverse neighborhoods. It is anchored at its north end by Tower Grove Park and on the east by the shops and restaurants on South Grand Boulevard. The Morgan Ford Road strip runs through its middle with South Kingshighway the western border. In terms of housing, Tower Grove South has everything from grand single-family homes, to more modest bungalows, apartment buildings and four-families.

4153 Parker
Located in Tower Grove South, 4153 Parker is an example of the many cottage homes in Tower Grove South. Circa 1947, this cozy cottage has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and lists for $135,000. Refinished hardwoods and newly painted in 2018, this home also boasts a 2 car garage and sunporch. This block of Parker provides easy access to both the Morgan Ford strip, South Grand district and Tower Grove Park. McDonald Park, a smaller neighborhood pocket park is a 2 minute walk away.

Tower Grove South has active neighborhood organization (TGSNA) that provide opportunities for neighbors to come together, celebrate, and learn more about what is happening in the community.

SOUTH GRAND BUSINESS DISTRICT

South Grand Business District is the eastern boundary of Tower Grove South. This thriving business district offers many cafes & bars, and services.

South Grand Restaurants
South Grand offers authentic cuisine from around the world. It’s international community spans 14 countries: Thailand, China, Japan, Vietnam, Italy, Morocco, Ethiopian, Lebanon, Persia, France, Brazil, Turkey, Philippines and USA. You can cover much of the globe in only 6 blocks.

Top Picks 

Lulu’s Local Eatery – 3201 South Grand Avenue
Easygoing counter-serve eatery with a menu of varied vegan eats, a patio & rustic-chic decor. Barbeque jackfruit tacos and the bowls are stellar. Ping Pong upstairs.

Pizza Head – 3196 South Grand Avenue
Straightforward spot offering cheap beer, large pies, and punk rock jukebox jams in a low-key setting. Grab a lunch special of 2 slices and a pop for under $10.

Rooster – 3150 South Grand Avenue
Bright, roomy restaurant specializing in crêpes, elevated comfort fare & cocktails, plus a patio. We love the ham and jam biscuit + Bloody Mary.

The Vine Cafe – 3171 South Grand Avenue
Savory Lebanese meals & housemade pita are served in cozy digs with a small grocery. Dining on the patio is especially enjoyable. This place is very popular with locals.

South Grand Shopping
Many eclectic shops can be found along South Grand – from a used bookstore (Dunaway Books) to vintage furniture (Rocket Century)  and clothing (Parsimonia Vintage)  to recycled and fair trade treasurers from across the ocean (Zee Bee Market).

Morgan Ford

The Morgan Ford district has seen a rebirth over the last several years, with new shops and restaurants lining the pedestrian friendly strip. Currently under construction is a mixed-used development in the heart of the area that is scheduled to open late 2018. The three-story building will have 26 apartments and 6,000 sf of street-level retail.

Some of the establishments along the Morgan Ford strip in South St. Louis.

Top Picks

The London Tea Room – 3128 Morganford Road
A contemporary take on the British tea shop with light fare & a selection of English market items. Fantastic tea collection (of course!) and great spot to read or access wifi.

Amsterdam Tavern – 3175 Morganford Road
European-style sports bar with a strong soccer focus, offering craft brews, cocktails and a beer garden. This is the place to watch the world cup.

Civil Life Brewery – 3714 Holt
Warehouse space containing a brewery, outdoor patio and a cozy pub with draft beers and snacks. Cash only. Darts, boardgames, a true neighborhood vibe.

Local Harvest – 3108 Morganford Road
Since 2007 Local Harvest 2007 has offered locally and sustainably grown and produced foods to St. Louisans. Co-owners Patrick Horine and Maddie Earnest were instrumental in launching the Tower Grove Farmers Market in 2006.

In Between

Tower Grove South offers more outside the main business districts of South Grand and Morgan Ford. Grab a bite or drink at any of these great spots nestled withing the neighborhood.

Hartford Coffee – 3974 Hartford
Hartford Coffee is nestled between South Grand and Morganford at the corner of Hartford and Roger Place and just 2 blocks from Tower Grove. This popular neighborhood cafe has patio seating plus a play area for kids. The menu offers sandwiches, salads, pastries, and of course, house-roasted coffee.

Crispy Edge – 4168 Juniata
Newish to the scene is Crispy Edge, which features a full bar, hot beverages, and a curated selection of both familiar flavors and innovative potsticker creations. Check website for hours.

BlackThorn Pub and Pizza – 3735 Wyoming
Quintessential South City watering hole serving some of the city’s best pizza. Known for deep-dish Chicago style and a spicy sauce. Enjoy shuffle board and arcade games while you wait (sometimes unexpectedly long times) for your pie. Worth the wait.

The Royale Food & Spirits – 3132 South Kingshighway
Warm pub serving a casual American menu and extensive cocktail list. A hipster vibe with nightly record spins, great courtyard, and sometimes lively (political) debates.

Commuting

Tower Grove South offers quick access to major thoroughfares and highway 44 so commuters can get to the Barnes Hospital complex, Cortex, Washington University, St. Louis University, or downtown in less than 15 minutes by car.

DIVERSITY

Niche ranks Tower Grove South as the most diverse neighborhood in St. Louis. According to Wikipedia in 2010 the neighborhood’s population was 54.9% White, 29.7% Black, 7.3% Hispanic or Latino, 0.3% Native American, 8.6% Asian, 3.7% Two or More Races, and 2.8%.

About 23% of households have children. Home ownership was split with 44% owning, 56% being rental. 

Summary

Tower Grove South is a GREAT St. Louis neighborhood. We have helped dozens of clients sell and buy in this area and we consider ourselves experts. In fact, our office is located in Tower Grove South at 3353 Roger Place. If you would have questions about Tower Grove South or would like a neighborhood tour, contact us. We’d love to show you around.

4051 Oleatha
New Lising in Tower Grove South: 4051 Oleatha, a 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage.

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