Most people think that buying a home in the best school districts in St. Louis is only possible for the very wealthy.

Yes. There are plenty of McMansions and prestigious streets that costs more than most of us will ever be able to afford. But it IS possible to buy a home in some of the top St. Louis school districts.

If you are willing to consider a condo instead of a single family home, an older home that doesn’t have all of the upgrades made popular by HGTV or a house that needs some work, you could give your kids an education that rivals the best private schools.

In no particular order, below are some samples of homes you can find below $200,000 in some of the top St. Louis school districts.

The links at the end of each section will show you all of the current listings for each area that are priced at $200,000 or below.

Ladue School District:

920 Guelbreth 3207 - front of building920 Guelbreth Lane #207, Creve Coeur, MO 63141
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This first example is one of our listings that recently came on the market. This condo has 2 large bedrooms which could easily accommodate 2 people each. The condo also has an eat-in kitchen, a combined living and dining room, large walk-in closets, 2 full bathrooms, laundry in the unit, a balcony and garage parking. It also is move in ready with all new flooring and paint.

See all current listings in Ladue School District under $200,000…

Clayton School District:

Home for sale - 7530 Cromwell, Clayton, MO 631057530 Cromwell Drive #1S, Clayton, MO 63105
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This condo has 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath. It has wood floors, updated bathrooms and a kitchen with custom cabinetry and stainless appliances. The condo comes with a parking space in the shared underground garage and just had a price reduction 2 days ago. Listed by Janet McAfee Inc (314-997-4800).

See all current listings in Clayton School District under $200,000…

Parkway West High School:

Home for sale - 1016 Trianon Ln, Ballwin, MO 63011
1016 Trianon Lane, Ballwin, MO 63011
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Though there a plenty of affordable homes in the Parkway School district, the options are much more limited in the highly desirable Parkway West High School boundaries. This raised ranch home has 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, wood floors, an updated kitchen, an upstairs living room, a lower level family room plus a sun room. The house also comes with a 1 car garage and a large yard. Listed by L.K. Wood Realty Co.  (314-351-4444).

See all current listings in Parkway West High School under $200,000…

Rockwood Lafayette High School:

220 Hutchinson Rd, Ellisville, MO 63011220 Hutchinson Road, Ellisville, MO 63011
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Similar to the Parkway School District, there are plenty of affordable homes in the Rockwood School District. But, many people assume that all of the homes in the Lafayette High School boundaries are out of their reach. This single family home is a foreclosure and will require some work and updating, but it will pay off for the lucky buyer who purchases this 5 bedroom/2 bathroom home.  Listed by Mid America Property Partners (636-720-2750).

See all current listings in Rockwood Lafayette High School under $200,000…

NOTE: The school districts highlighted above are not the only excellent schools in the St. Louis area. They were selected due to the general consensus that the schools are some of the best in the St. Louis area and the perception that it is not possible to find an affordable home in these areas. In addition, these homes are not only good options for families with children, but would make a good home for singles and couples too.