Saint Charles, MO
Saint Charles, Missouri, is a community of about 67,000 citizens that is just northwest of St. Louis. It is the county seat of Saint Charles County. The community lies along the banks of the Missouri River. HistoryThe city is the third oldest community west of the Mississippi. It was founded in 1765 as "Les Petites Cotes," or "Little Hills." When Lewis and Clark headed west on their now-famous expedition in 1804, the community marked their last experience with civilization before they headed westward. From 1821 to 1826, Saint Charles was the capital of Missouri. Parks and RecreationOne end of the 225-mile long Katy Trail is found in Saint Charles. The trail is a favorite of hikers and bikers alike. The DuSable Parks-Bales area includes a dog park that opened in 2006. It offers special off-leash areas for both large and small dogs. Attractions and ActivitiesThe Saint Charles Historic District includes parts of the riverfront and north Main Street. The district is a real focal point for many aspects of community life. Many quaint shops and fine restarants are located in the district. Saint Charles hosts a variety of events each year that commemorate the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Saint Charles Convention Center and the adjacent Family Arena host many events throughout the year. The 11,000-seat arena is home to minor league sports teams. EventsThe Fete de Glace is an ice-carving competition and held on historic north Main Street in the middle of January. The July 4th fireworks attract thousands, many with blankets in hand, to the riverfront downtown. RiverFest is held in conjunction with the holiday festivities. The Festival of the Little Hills occurs at the end of August. It is one of the country's top ten craft fairs, and it is built around a Lewis and Clark theme. Many costumed revelers honor the way of life present in 1804. In September, the Missouri River Irish Festival is held in Frontier Park. The heritage of the Irish is commemorated with storytelling, music, dancing, and lots of food. One of the nation's largest Christmas festivals, the "Christmas Traditions Festival," is held in town from Thanksgiving until after Christmas. 30 "legends of Christmas" stroll about, greeting guests. Victorian-Era Christmas carolers add measurably to the spirit of the season. The prodigious growth of the area means that the prospective Saint Charles home buyer will find many newer Saint Charles MO homes for sale. There are modestly-priced Saint Charles homes in town that are great for young families and retirees. A knowledgeable Saint Charles real estate agent can show the discriminating buyer a host of Saint Charles properties at the upper end of the scale as well. Newer 4,000 to 5,000 sq-ft homes with multi-car garages on larger lots are typically among the Saint Charles homes for sale. Your Saint Charles realtor will be a source of important information about the best values in Saint Charles real estate.