Southampton, MO

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Southampton is a neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri. Located in the southern reaches of the city, its borders are Chippewa Street (Route 366) (formerly U.S. Route 66) on the north, Hampton Avenue on the west, Eichelberger Street on the south and South Kingshighway Boulevard on the east. It is a quiet neighborhood that was historically populated by Germanic immigrants. Typical architecture styles include "Hansel and Gretel", Gingerbread, Neo-Tudor, Brick, Arts & Crafts homes, and "Four Square". Most of the houses were built from the 1920s to the late 1930s and are primarily brick, although the earliest housing is dated from 1905-1915. A portion of the neighborhood was platted by an Anglophile who used English (and one Scottish) locations to name the streets and avenues (Bancroft, Devonshire, Lansdowne, Nottingham, Sutherland). The neighborhood also contains the only alley in the city divided by a median (running one block between Chippewa St. and Winona Avenue from Macklind to Brannon Avenues, the median being at one time part of the track for a privately owned rail line).
The neighborhood has been experiencing an influx of new people since the 1990s. The area has a low crime rate and has traditionally been home to a large number of firefighters and police officers, as a result of a St. Louis regulation requiring city employees to live within the city limits. The city in 2006 relaxed that requirement, but a large population still lives in the area. Many new owners are middle class and upper middle class as the property values saw large increases after 2003.
The Macklind Avenue Business District runs through the center of the neighborhood on Macklind Ave. from Devonshire Avenue to Eichelberger St. There are many new businesses and small established businesses.