Ballwin, Missouri is community of just over 30,000 inhabitants in St. Louis County. It is a "second ring" suburb of St. Louis, west of the city. In 2005, Money magazine rated Ballwin 64th on its list of the "100 best cities in which to live" in the United States. It is the only city in America with the unique spelling -- "Ballwin." HistoryThe community was founded by John Ball, the son of James Ball who fought in the Revolutionary War. He was purportedly a buddy of Daniel Boone's. In 1797, as Boone settled in the St. Charles area, John Ball settled in the western portion of St. Louis County. Ball settled on 400-acres along the Grande Glaze Creek. Ball's property was fortuitously situated, as it would turn out, along a mail route established between St. Louis and the new capital of Jefferson City. Ball seized the opportunity and laid out a town along the route.Ballwin's growth for decades was modest at best. In 1950, the year of its incorporation, its population was abut 750. As the St. Louis metro area expanded westward, Ballwin began to really grow. Now, the population exceeds 30,000 individuals. Parks and RecreationFrom April to October, the Missouri Department of Conservation stocks the lakes in Vlasis Park and New Ballwin Park with catfish. In the winter, the department stocks the same lakes with trout during the ice fishing season. Ferris Park features a unique "gothic arch" pavilion set on a cedar deck about 15-ft above the ground. This newer facility includes a soccer field, playground and nature trails. It's perfect for a mid-day picnic. Attractions and ActivitiesFamilies enjoy taking their children to the unique Butterfly House in nearby Chesterfield. At the entrance, the kids may want to explore a giant 30-ft long caterpillar. Inside, over 2,000 butterflies represent 80 different species.Ballwin families that like trains should check out the historic steam train in Glencoe. The Wabash Frisco & Pacific Railroad offers a two-mile trip that lasts about 30-minutes.In Grover, there's the championship golf course, Cherry Hills. This par-71 layout can play as long as 6,400 yards from the back tees. From those tees, the slope rating is a significant 132.EventsThe city's namesake festival, Ballwin Days, has been held for over three decades. The three-day event includes a tennis tournament, a 5k run/walk, wine tastings and even sand sculptures. There are rides and a midway at Vlasis Park. "Harvey the Juggler" performs throughout the park. Live music emanates from the main stage. Fireworks conclude the festivities each day. The selection of Ballwin real estate ranges from 1,500 sq-ft ranches to newer 4,000 sq-ft all-brick, two-story Ballwin homes. A potential Ballwin home buyer can select Ballwin properties to view with greater precision with the assistance of a good Ballwin real estate agent. A Ballwin realtor with good local knowledge can help you find well-situated Ballwin MO homes for sale that are priced right.