Welcome to Holly Hills

Welcome to Holly Hills. Photo: S. Thomas

Holly Hills. Named to evoke the glamour and excitement of 1920’s Hollywood. However, you won’t find any palm trees or wide-eyed starlets here. What you will find are broad tree-lined boulevards with homes ranging from brick mansions to comfortable bungalows. Holly Hills is graced with excellent schools, churches, and the third largest, and the most beautiful, of the parks in the city of St. Louis.

The Holly Hills name comes from combining the California city names of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Holly Hills was marketed to buyers as “The California of St Louis, a testament to the early twentieth century’s infatuation with Hollywood. Federer Pl, Leona St. Bellerive Blvd. and Holly Hills Blvd. are part of a picturesque drive that is a must for natives and newcomers alike The nearby bluffs of Bellerive Park, built in 1908, offer visitors panoramic views of the Mississippi Local legend says that 7-UP was invented in a basement lab in Holly Hills. Plus, Butch O’Hare, the World War flying ace for whom Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is named, is a neighborhood native son.

Source: Finally! A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis By and For St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood

Come explore this south St. Louis jewel and see why Holly Hills has been named Best Place to Live by the Riverfront Times!

Related: A Brief History of Holly Hills


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