Exploring the Dogtown Neighborhood of St. Louis

Dawn Griffin Posted by
Neighborhood Spotlight Jun 2019

Dogtown Neighborhood GuideDogtown is known for its quaint historic area near the intersection of Clayton and Tamm Avenues, and is home to a large annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is the more authentic of the two St. Louis parades for this holiday. Its central location and varied housing stock make it an appealing option for home buyers. You can find anything from small cottage-style homes, to historic brick homes, to new construction. A plethora of contemporary loft-style apartment/mixed-use development has taken place on the east end of Dogtown, evident from highway 44. Let’s look at some homes plus other perks of the neighborhood.

The boundaries of Dogtown are Oakland Avenue on the north, Macklind Avenue on the east, and McCausland Avenue on the west. Its southern boundary is generally Manchester Avenue, but between Hampton and Dale Avenues, the southern boundary extends to Interstate 44.

Dogtown Location and History

Dogtown is not one of the 79 Neighborhoods of St. Louis recognized by the city government but rather an area that includes four neighborhoods, and part of a fifth:

  • Clayton-Tamm
  • Franz Park
  • Hi-Pointe
  • Cheltenham
  • eastern portion of Ellendale

The myth is that Dogtown earned its name around the 1904 World’s Fair. The reality is that Dogtown got its name as a small mining community in the mid-1800s, during a time when the term “Dogtown” was widely used by miners to describe a group of small shelters around mines.

Dogtown United is a great resource for residents, with links to all the neighborhood associations within Dogtown. For a more in-depth view of the neighborhood check out the Dogtown Historical Society.

1591 Fairmount was built in 2006. It sits upon a hilltop just a block from Franz Park in Dogtown. There are views of the St. Louis Gateway Arch from the balcony spanning the front of the home and from the smaller private balcony off the master bedroom. With 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this newer construction home offers plenty of room to spread out + 2 car garage. Deck overlooks a tidy fenced backyard. Listed at $339,900.

Perks of Dogtown

Residents of Dogtown, located south of Forest Park, enjoy easy access to all of the park’s amenities – the free zoo, art museum, history museum, trails for walking and biking, etc.  Proximity to central corridor neighborhoods like Clayton, The Hill, Maplewood, and the CWE, along with easy access to the highway for a quick commute to downtown, put this neighborhood in demand.

Dogtown favorite Turtle Park is definitely worth a visit. Across the street from Pat’s Bar & Grill, the playground is part of Forest Park and can also be accessed by the Tamm Avenue overpass near the Saint Louis Zoo parking lot.
Franz Park is a fantastic shaded park and boasts tennis courts, softball fields, and horseshoe courts, along with a playground.

The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland) was built in 1922 on the highest point in the city of St. Louis. Seeing a move there is an all-around great experience. Even the restrooms are cool.

St. Louis Community College at Forest Park will see its first new building in 20 years later in 2019 when a $39-million Center for Nursing and Health Sciences facility with up-to-date science labs, classrooms, a dental clinic and innovative teaching spaces opens.

1448 Prather is a good example of the many cottage-style homes in Dogtown. With 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, it lists for $69,900 and is perfect for first-time buyers or those downsizing. Fantastic opportunity for owner occupant, investor, or AirBnB. Set just south of Forest Park and an easy distance to Washington University, it would be a great alternative to campus housing.

Dogtown Dining

Mac’s Local Eats (1227 Tamm / Clayton-Tamm) just announced plans to open a location inside Bluewood Brewing Co. on Cherokee, but the original Dogtown location will remain our favorite spot for smashed patties. The burgers here are beyond compare.

The Pat Connolly Tavern Bar & Grill (6400 Oakland Avenue / Clayton-Tamm) better known as Pat’s, has been around for decades and is known for its fried chicken and desserts from another Dogtown favorite, Sugaree Baking.

Olympia Kebob House and Tavern (1543 McCausland / Franz Park) consistently wins the best gyro in town consistently. Enjoy authentic Greek food (flaming cheese!) from a great front patio.

Felix’s Pizza Pub (6401 Clayton Avenue / Clayton-Tamm) serves up New York–style pizza, plus sandwiches, drinks, and wings. There are several televisions and lots of activity—all part of the fun. 

Stone Turtle (6335 Clayton Avenue / Clayton-Tamm)  Half restaurant, half is whiskey bar. Polished atmosphere with a focus on elevated American plates. Chicken and waffles are popular on Sunday brunch menu.

Hi-Pointe Drive-In (1033 McCausland Ave / Hi-Pointe) Hip, modern spot for burgers and sandwiches highlighting local ingredients in a former 1980s drive-in.

Built in 1915, 2023 Schaeffer Place is a renovated 2 bed/1 bath bungalow with 884 square feet of living space. Located in the heart of Dogtown, this home has a garage and many stylish updates. It lists for $160,000.

If Dogtown sounds like the community for you, give us a call. We’d love to show you some homes and check out any of these great spots with you.

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