Des Peres Real Estate
Des Peres is a city in west St. Louis County, Missouri, United States with population of 8,373 (at the 2010 census). The city is thought to be the oldest white settlement in Missouri, founded about December 3, 1700 by a group of Kaskaskia Native Americans and French who had left the camp of the confederated Illinois tribes on the Illinois River. The settlement was called Des Peres, French for “The Fathers,” and meant to honor the French Jesuit missionaries who settled there.
Des Peres maintains six separate parks: Des Peres Park, Harwood Park, Pioneer Park, Sugar Creek Park, as well as the 13 acre Phantom Forest and the 10 acre Bittersweet Woods conservation areas. Both designated “urban wildlife areas” are administered in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation and run adjacent to Dougherty Lake, one of the original residential developments in Des Peres.
The Des Peres Department of Public Safety is unique in the metropolitan area as the only integrated public safety operation providing police, fire, and emergency medical services. Des Peres is only one of a handful of similar operations in the State of Missouri. Under public safety, each commissioned officer is fully trained and legally qualified to serve in the capacity of a police officer, a firefighter, and either an EMT or paramedic.