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January
17

Missouri Small Towns for Your 2022 Move

Missouri Small Towns

If you're planning to move to Missouri from out of state or are already a resident of the Show-Me State who's looking to move to another area, larger cities such as St. Louis or Jefferson City probably come to mind. Those are certainly popular places to live but don't overlook the state's charming small towns. They have many amenities to offer, such as scenic views and access to state parks, and they're often located within an hour or less of a major city.
  
Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following small towns in Missouri you'll want to move to in 2022:

  • Washington
    Located about 50 minutes west of downtown St. Louis, Washington is the largest community between St. Louis County and Jefferson City. It's situated on the Missouri River's most southern point and is also at the junction of state highways 100 and 47. The town was officially founded in 1839, but settlers were already living in the area when Lewis and Clark started their westward expedition in 1804.

    Washington has a population of a little over 14,000 people, and it's known as the "corncob pipe capital of the world" since it's home to Missouri Meerschaum, which manufactures the pipes. It's also known for its museums, wineries, theaters, shops, festivals, and more, making Washington homes for sale part of a vibrant community. The unemployment rate is lower than the U.S. average, as is its cost of living, further making Washington an attractive place to call home.
      
  • Farmington
    Farmington is located in St. Francois County, about 60 miles south of St. Louis at the edge of the beautiful Ozark Mountains, and close to 20,000 people call it home. Established in 1822 as Murphy's Settlement, the town was called St. Francois Court House for a brief time when the county was organized and was later named Farmington.  

    It's close to several state parks and has its own city park system, so residents have abundant opportunities to camp, fish, swim, bicycle ride, hike, play disc golf, and more. Attractions such as Bonne Terre Mine, the Farmington Waterpark & Splash Pad, and Farmington Skate Park provide plenty of entertainment near Farmington homes for sale. Residents also enjoy browsing in the unique shops in the historic downtown area.

  • Hermann
    Hermann is located in Gasconade County, south of the Missouri River and tucked away in the Missouri River Valley. 

    The town's Old World Charm still exists and is very evident in many Hermann homes for sale, with much of downtown consisting of a historic district with brick buildings from the 1800s. The buildings hug the sidewalk, just as they do in Germany. Hermann has a scenic Wine Trail that features seven family-owned local wineries that produce a third of the state's wine. Residents also enjoy the town's many shops, museums, and festivals, and about 2,400 people make this charming picturebook town their home.

Contact us to see St. Louis homes for sale or to visit homes in some of Missouri's small towns. Our highly trained agents are happy to help you navigate the process of buying or selling a home. 

January
3

About the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

St Louis Orchestra

Our real estate agents missed a lot of things in 2020, but few losses were felt more deeply than missing live music from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. We were overjoyed to learn that the orchestra was returning for the 2021-22 season. 

If you're new to St. Louis—or have simply never had an opportunity to watch the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra perform in person—it's an experience you simply must-have. The winter months are the perfect time to see a concert, so let's take a moment to get to know the SLSO. 

History of the St. Louis Symphony

The St. Louis Symphony traces its roots back to the founding of the St. Louis Choral Society in 1880. The St. Louis Choral Society merged with the St. Louis Musical Union 10 years later, forming what would eventually become the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

With a history that can now be traced back more than 140 years, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in America. In that time, the SLSO has made more than 100 recordings resulting in 60 Grammy Award nominations and nine wins. It has earned a reputation as one of America's finest orchestras. 

Meet Your Musical Director

The SLSO has a long and storied history of accomplished musical directors, beginning with Joseph Otten, who served in that role from 1880 to 1894. The latest, Stéphane Denève, who now guides the orchestra into its 142nd season, is no exception. 

Stéphane Denève served as a guest conductor with the SLSO eight times before joining as a full-time musical director. Born in France, Denève also serves as musical director of the Brussels Philharmonic and shares his time between the two cities. 

Spectacular Powell Hall

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra first performed at Mercantile Library Hall, and later moved around to various venues throughout the city, including the St. Louis Grand Exposition Hall. It found its permanent residence in Powell Hall beginning in 1967. 

Located just minutes away from these St. Louis homes for sale, Powell Hall is a resplendent theater with stunning architecture and state-of-the-art sound. The 2,689-seat hall was originally constructed in 1925 and served as a theater for Vaudeville shows and silent movies in its early years. 

Upcoming Performances

There's a lot to look forward to from the SLSO this year! In addition to resuming its regular schedule this season, the orchestra will also be picking up its Movie Magic series, in which the musicians perform a classic film score while the original movie is projected as a backdrop. 

Check out the full calendar of upcoming events on the SLSO website, and get your tickets now to these exciting performances this winter: 

  • Stéphane Conducts Brahms: Musical Director Stéphane Denève brings Johannes Brahms' First Symphony to life for two performances on January 7th and 8th. 

  • Romeo and Juliet: Stéphane Denève conducts the SLSO featuring virtuoso violinist Augustin Hadelich through the music of Romeo and Juliet, including Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Concert: The SLSO performs music honoring Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday, January 17th. 

  • Harry Potter in Concert: The orchestra performs John Williams' classic score to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I on January 21, 22, and 23 as the film is projected on a screen behind them.  

St. Louis has always been one of America's great hubs for art and culture, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is just the tip of the iceberg. Contact us today to learn more about life in St. Louis, and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in St. Louis today. 

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