Des Peres is a lovely, affluent community that boasts a diverse range of attributes…everything from a commitment to a family lifestyle to an award-winning community center to one of the best shopping malls in the region to providing a home to two large and well-respected international companies.
This is an affluent community where the majority of residents have a college education with an average household income of $108,339 and usually a single-family home with a median value of $400,622 (2007 reports).
This is a very family-oriented community. The area’s commitment to family is reflected in the community services and social amenities available.
Safety is a primary concern. The Des Peres Department of Public Safety is unique in the metropolitan areas as the only integrated public safety operation providing police, fire and emergency medical services. Des Peres also has 3 major hospitals and medical centers within just a couple of miles: Des Peres Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and SSM St. Joseph Hospital of Kirkwood.
Des Peres students attend schools in both the Kirkwood and Parkway school districts. Des Peres residents are big supporters of their schools with 67% of city tax revenues going to the school districts. After graduation students can choose from the seven colleges and universities within a 15 mile radius.
It is important to note that the City of Des Peres does not assess a real or personal property tax and hasn’t for the past eleven years. City tax revenues are bolstered by a healthy business district, a large popular shopping mall and two international corporations, Edward Jones Investments and Scottrade.
Des Peres’ West County Center, located at 270 and Manchester, has over 150 in-line stores anchored by Dick’s Sporting Good, JCPenney, Macy’s and Nordstrom. West County Center is considered to be one of the nicest shopping malls in the metropolitan area.
In 2008, for the 25th consecutive year, Des Peres was names a Tree City U.S.A. by the Arbor Day Foundation. In Des Peres, trees line the neighborhoods, fill Des Peres Park and the five other city parks and are planted around retail and commercial properties creating a wonderful community atmosphere in which to live, work and play.