Bella Villa

Bella Villa is a city located in southern St. Louis County with a population of 729, at the time of the 2010 census, ranking it the 16th smallest community in all of the county’s municipalities. At nearly .13 total square miles, the city is the tenth smallest total-area coverage within St. Louis County.

In terms of the city’s origin, very little is known, other than its close proximity to the Lemay Township. The Lemay Township is an incorporated area within St. Louis county, that includes the communities of Lemay and Mehlville. In the spring of 1947, residents sought to incorporate a popular region bounded by Gravois Creek at the North, Zeiss Avenue at the east, Avenue H at the west and Hoffineister Street at the south as the city of Bella Villa.

One of the contributing factors to incorporation was the desperate need to improve the sewer inlet at the corners of Avenue C and Avenue H in Bella Villa. The inlet began collapsing and draining storm water and sewage were creating a massive sinkhole. To fix this, the city needed a government bond – to the tune of $50,000. In the fall of 1949, a massive grassroots campaign was launched by the newly formed Bella Villa Improvement Association and the bond ultimately passed.

During the city’s first few years, several bills were introduced and passed that helped establish imposed tax rates and determined which services the city would offer, such as zoning and quality residential construction. In the late 1970s, Bella Villa purchased three parcels of property, adjacent to Gravois Creek, to create an area park. At the end of the decade, the city’s population peaked at 1,018 residents.

Residents of Bella Villa are served by the Bayless School Districts, while smaller portions are served by the Hancock Place School District.

Bella Villa Official Website


Elvira Moll Park and George Appel Memorial Park, the region’s two maintained parks, offer beautiful nature trails and playgrounds for the little ones.

Locally owned Friendly’s Sports Bar of Saint Louis has its only county location in Bella Villa, off of Bayless Avenue. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s the perfect place to catch any sports game with more than 30 full-screen TVs


Community Contacts

Mayor of Bella Villa Donna Puelo (314) 638-8840
Board of Aldermen Members John Grevas
John Franklin
Joanne Yates
Cindy Schwegmann
Jeff Robinson
Mary Sikorski
City Clerk Laura Van Zale (314) 638-8840
City Attorney Jessica Liss (314) 638-8840
Prosecuting Attorney: Doug Sidel (314) 638-8840
Municipal Judge William Buchholz III (314) 863-7033
Building Inspector John Franklin (314) 638-8840
Bella Villa Police Department: (314) 638-8840