Tracy Ellis

Real Estate Magazine

Edition 6 Features

Exclusive Community in Huntleigh, MO

New Listing on over 3 acres, finished walk-out and a 5 car garage! Located in the Exclusive Community of Huntliegh, MO

East Missouri certainly has its fair share of beautiful locations that are perfect for shopping, leisure, travel, and building the perfect home.  The city of Huntleigh, Missouri is one of those cities that’s able to capture your heart with its beautiful Missouri landscape and make you want to stay forever.

You’ll find the city of Huntleigh in the middle of Ladue, Frontenac, and Kirkwood.  It’s a lovely area that’s peaceful and beautiful with a country-like feel.  With absolutely no commercial or industrial buildings, it’s an area that’s untouched by business, leaving its residents to spread out wide across the rolling hills without a care in the world.  Huntleigh is also one of the wealthiest communities in St. Louis, most directly due to members of the Busch family who reside in the area, including August Busch IV.

Earliest records indicate most of modern-day Huntleigh was owned by Stephen Maddox and his family until the 1870s.  In 1925, Edward E. Bakewell, Sr. laid the groundwork for Huntleigh, Missouri, as we know it today by purchasing the Waltenspiel estate. Huntleigh was incorporated in 1929, and had just 13 residents.  The city has been home to many prominent St. Louisans such as Percy Orthwein, Louis Hager, Charles Brown, John Strauch, Lewis Apple, and the von Gontards family.  An early newspaper also claimed the land was part of the pathway for the Oregon Trail.

Today, the original 125 acre plot has grown to 750 acres after two additions in 1937 and 1947.  The population has reached 334 people (quite a few more people than the 13 of 1929), which is made up of about 94 families and 121 households, including a few farms.
The landscape of Huntleigh is something like a dream.  The sprawling woods, gorgeous meadows, and rolling hills paved the way for the city’s original pastime of horseback riding.  The Bridlespur Hunt, a fox-hunting club, was founded in 1927 by co-founder August Anheuser Busch, Sr. and Bakewell.  The hunts didn’t continue through World War II, but many Huntleigh residents still maintain stables in the community.  If you take a visit to Squires Lane, you can imagine what it must have been like to live in the area all those years ago.