This was the perfect house for our last minute spring break vacation with our 3 kids and dog. When I was looking for places, my criteria were reasonably priced and allowed pets. I don't know St. Louis very well so I honestly didn't even know how the location would work for us to go see all of the St. Louis sites. It's a PERFECT location for seeing all of the must-do's in St. Louis. It's in University City, which is where Washington University is located. You pass the main part of the University and all of these amazing, old brick mansions. We were lucky enough to be there in March when all of the trees were blooming. It is a few blocks away from the main street in University City that has all of the stores, coffee shops and restaurants. A few blocks up from the house is a huge community park with a playground, baseball diamonds and track for running. There is a grocery store less than a block away.
The Zoo is SO close, you don't even have to get back on the highway. Easy on off access to the highway and we could get to all of the attractions within 10-20 minutes. We did drive out to Purina Farms which is about 30-40 minutes away, but that would be the case no matter where you were in St. Louis because it's out of the city. We did not realize, but there is a small fenced backyard which was a perfect place for our little dog to run around and get some energy out. The house was clean and comfortable. The sheets and towels were well laundered and very soft. We had access to Comcast (I think that's what it's called) where we could log into our own Netflix and Hulu accounts, so that was a great way to wind down at the end of the day.
It was nice to be able to park our vehicle in the garage and we had easy access into the house. We were able to save money by eating breakfast and most dinners at the house, as well as packing lunches for our day adventures (zoo, City Museum, Science Center, Purina Farms, Budweiser tour). We ate at Blueberry Hill which is right downtown in University City. We probably could have even walked back from there. I wish we would have had more time to explore University City because it is an adorable little college town.
The home owner was great at communicating and our security deposit was promptly refunded after our return. All in all, we REALLY lucked out since this was kind of a shot in the dark! I would highly recommend this house over staying in a hotel any day!! And there is laundry!!