DeBaliviere Place is a central St. Louis neighborhood on the north side of Forest Park bound by Delmar Boulevard to the north, Lindell Boulevard to the south, DeBaliviere Avenue to the west and Union Boulevard to the east. The 2000 census data counted 3,436 residents (down 17% from 1990’s count) of whom 30% were black, 59% white, 7% Asian and 2% Hispanic/Latino. There were 2,409 housing units counted, 86% occupied (18%/82% owner/renter split). From 2000 to 2010, the neighborhood gained 30 residents – a remarkably stable place! There’s little room for new construction, but people aren’t leaving either.
These stats indicate there are a lot of apartments and condos in this hood. This is true, and the apartment buildings are the highlight of this neighborhood, as well as some of the most exclusive streets in the entire city: Kingsbury Square, Washington Terrace and Waterman Place.
The neighborhood has a highly desireable location as well. There is a Metrolink station that is the best stop in town in that it’s the split between the red and blue line. You can get on the Skinker/Debaliviere stop and head north all the way to Lambert Airport via UMSL or southwest to Shrewsbury via Clayton or east all the way to Scott Air Force Base via Downtown St. Louis.
Not only is the public transit excellent, the central location is as well. Think about it, a short walk/drive down Delmar and you’re in the East Loop and University City Loop, Washington University’s main campus in within a reasonable walk/ride, the Central West End is within eye-shot. Barnes-Jewish (city’s largest employer) is a stone’s throw from Debaliviere Place. Forest Park to the immediate south, man this place has it all.
I am a huge fan of the high rise and mid-level apartment complexes and condos in this neighborhood. Here are some of my favorites:
They don’t build em like they used to:
There is plenty of walkable, quality dining, retail, services and entertainment choices within Debaliviere Place:
I have mourned the loss of Velocity Cafe right at Pershing and DeBaliviere, though a new cafe has taken its place:
Oh yeah, then there are the late 19th century mansions on the private streets within DeBaliviere Place. The City of St. Louis is famous (or infamous) for its private places. Washington Terrace is just one of them. They’re remarkable to look at and the architecture and truly admirable. They’re best enjoyed without thinking too much about the social impact of private enclaves in the center of a city. There’s a beautiful coffee table book on Westmoreland and Portland Places if you want to see more.
The entry gates on Union are works of art:
And the mansions:
The mansions on Lindell Blvd. overlook Forest Park:
^It’s like listening to Husker Du and then a Thompson Twins song comes on…
Without fail, all of St. Louis’ neighborhoods have noteworthy churches. Debaliviere Place is no exception.
The Westminster Presbyterian Church on Delmar/Union:
The Grace and Peace Fellowship on Delmar near Clara:
There are some contemporary homes along Delmar that seem fairly tasteful, and fit in pretty well:
I didn’t see any public schools, but there is the LEED Platinum certified Crossroads College Preparatory School campus right on DeBaliviere:
And a slick pic from Vertegy Consultants:
Soak this neighborhood up, it’s a St. Louis treasure! This city is insanely beautiful!