You’ve got the job offer and with it comes exciting news — you’re moving to a new city! Relocation can be a stress for many, especially when trying to find the right neighborhood to settle down. Do you want an area that’s more fast paced or laid back? Would you rather be rural or urban? For those who will be living in Springfield MO, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. No matter what you want, our neighborhood guide can help you find your ideal borough.
While we’ve mentioned a few neighborhoods here, this list is far from exhaustive. Springfield alone has 20 registered neighborhoods and countless more subdivisions and communities to choose from. This doesn’t include the neighborhoods in nearby areas like Nixa, Ozark, and Republic . Once you’ve read through this guide, check out our breakdown of housing options in the area!
For the trendy go-getter
If you’re someone who loves to be the first to the hottest trends, Galloway is the perfect place for you. Tucked away in the eastern corner of the city, this neighborhood has seen explosive growth in the past five years. Three luxury apartment complexes have been added to the area, two of which offer mixed-use developments with restaurants, breweries and other retail within an easily walkable distance of the apartments. For those who need a more permanent settlement, there’s no shortage of magnificent homes for sale in the community as well. Other nearby amenities include a spa, a pottery studio, a salon, a veterinarian’s office and plenty of shopping opportunities within a five-minute drive. Perhaps the most notable benefit of living in Galloway is the proximity to Sequiota Park, one of Springfield’s many stunning outdoor destinations. The trails at Sequiota are perfect for walking your dog, taking a leisurely Sunday hike or watching the leaves change as the seasons transition.
For the new family on the block
If you long for the kind of community where you’re on a first name basis with your neighbors, Rountree might be your match. Dozens of charming historic homes dot this area, many in the traditional Craftsman style. Many families choose the neighborhood for its educational opportunities, including an International Baccalaureate school system through Springfield Public Schools and the Greenwood Laboratory School where 100% of graduates pursue higher education. Residents are within walking distance to several of Springfield’s favorite dining spots, including Cherry Picker Package x Fare, Tea Bar & Bites and Otts Pasta. Rountree is well-known for their yearly Halloween parade, a blowout event which brings in thousands of area families to the neighborhood. If you’re still not convinced, take it from the city itself: Rountree was also voted the best neighborhood in Springfield according to 417 Magazine.
For the historic home aficionado
Surround yourself with the history of Springfield in the scenic Midtown neighborhood. This area makes up Springfield’s largest nationally registered historic district due in part to its many 1800-1900s homes that dot the area. Each year, the Midtown Neighborhood Association invites the community inside their spectacular Victorian homes for a tour of their Christmas decor. True to its historic roots, Midtown also hosts an annual Fourth of July parade for the community to celebrate the country’s independence, culminating at Washington Park for a continued celebration. Midtown residents have the perk of having the entire government of Springfield and Greene County in their backyards along with Drury University and Central High School nearby.
For the lover of the finer things in life
For those to choose to call Southern Hills home, luxury is only moments away. This beautiful area is surrounded by three lakes that offer waterfront property (and geese!) along with options closer to the land. Mid-century modern styles dominate Southern Hills, providing some of the most unique architectural design in the city. Close access to the highway makes getting across town a breeze, and the quiet cul de sacs of the neighborhood give plenty of opportunity for rest and relaxation.
For the budding urbanite
Get right into the heart of the city in Downtown Springfield. There’s no shortage of fun to be had in this constantly-changing urban center, with an 80s style arcade, axe throwing and some of the best nightlife the city has to offer. If you want to make the downtown lifestyle yours, you can can choose from a variety of styles of living, including modern lofts, bungalow style homes and historic abodes. Downtown stands out for being the most walkable and bikeable part of the city with a WalkScore of 84, so go ahead and start pedaling to your destination!
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