The St. Paul real estate market offers perhaps the widest range of housing price points in the Metro, from small, efficient, and inexpensive vernacular houses to the north and east of downtown, to Crocus Hill Mansions. Large, turn-of-the-century houses in the Summit Avenue corridor have been converted to luxury condominiums, as have prewar apartments and residential hotels. To the west, Highland Park and environs offer hundreds of blocks of appealing prewar and postwar housing, along with recently built condominiums. The St. Paul real estate market's broad mix of property types, cost, location, and ambiance offers something for everyone.
Private Parking Now Available! Offering Unparalleled Views Of Downtown St. Paul And The Iconic Mississippi River Through Floor-to-ceiling Windows. Take In The Outstanding Architectural Backdrop Of The Twin Cities And The Stunning River Bluffs From...
BRIX Real Estate
Unit 410 - 80 Western Ave N, St. Paul, MN - Western Row - $1,100,000
Absolutely Fabulous One-of-a-kind Western Row Luxury Penthouse First Offered Since Shell Completion In 2013. No Expense Was Spared In This Custom Contemporary W/european Finishes. Unmatched Views Of The Cathedral & Parks From This Majestic Archite...
United Real Estate Twin Cities
Unit 1 - 251 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN - Summit - University - $689,000
If The Walls Of This Romanesque Mansion Could Talk, It Would Share Volumes Of The History Of St Paul! Occupying The 1st & 2nd Floors, This Condo Offers Large Living Spaces, Original Hardwood Floors & Millwork, 3bd/3ba, 2 Car Detached, 5 Fireplaces...
Easy Living With Direct Views Of The River From Every Room. This End Unit Townhouse Style Condo Has A Private Entrance, New Hickory Floors, Maple Kitchen Cabinets, Cambria Counter Tops, Spacious Center Island And A Walk-in Pantry, Living Room With...
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Unit 23e - 59 4th St W, St. Paul, MN - Downtown - $650,000
This Luxurious Condo Features Unbelievable Panoramic Views Of St Paul And The Mississippi River Gorge. Features Include Sunny And Bright Open Spaces With Many Deluxe Accoutrements. It Has 24-hour Security, Private Valet Services Available From The...
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Unit 901 - 350 Saint Peter St, St. Paul, MN - $650,000
Gorgeous Lowry Unit! Rarely Available With Over 2200 Square Feet And Windows On 3 Sides. Views Of The Landmark Center, The Cathedral, Landmark Park, & The St. Paul Hotel. Stunning Interior Finishes Throughout. Beautiful Terrazzo Floors, French Do...
Edina Realty, Inc.
Unit 401 - 350 Saint Peter St, St. Paul, MN - Downtown - $565,000
Right Across From The St. Paul Hotel! Stunning Lowry Corner Loft, Amazing Views Of Landmark. Designer Custom Design. Hand-restored Terrazzo, Cherry Kit, Library, Liebherr Refrigerators, Granite, Stylized Lighting. One-of-a-kind Flr Plan. One Of T...
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Unit 1 - 449 Portland Ave, St. Paul, MN - $515,000
2br/2ba Classic 1884 1st Fl Ramsey Hill Condo W/potential 3rd Br(or Fr)+add'l Bath On Finished Lower Lvl W/egress Window & Heated Stone Floors W/beautiful Elec Stone Fp. Rumor Has It - It Was Home To Cecil Read, F. Scott Fitzgerald's Best Boyhood ...
Urban Living At Its Best!! At The Center Of Crocus Hill, Grand Ave District, Rare Spacious Remodeled 3br, Top Floor Vintage Condo Offering The Best Of Both Worlds. Features Include: Huge Private Rooftop Deck, Hardwood Floors Throughout, 3 Br, 2 Ba...
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Saint Paul Homes
In terms of Saint Paul homes, there is an extreme variety of architectural styles. On the East Side and amid neighborhoods in the University Avenue/I-94 corridor, one finds block upon block of vernacular housing, visually set off here and there by noteworthy churches like the late Prairie Style St. Columba (1949-1951, 1305 Lafond) and the baroque St. Agnes (1897-1904, 548 Lafond). At the other creative extreme are design landmarks like Cass Gilbert's Lightner House (1896, 318 Summit Avenue), Gilbert's St. Clement's Church (1894, 901 Portland), and the 1887 Lauer Flats townhouses, downhill from West Seventh Street-Fort Road at 226 Western Avenue.
More so than for many cities of its size, St. Paul is a city of enclaves, both physically, and in the minds of its citizens. The Mississippi River is especially prominent in defining St. Paul's visual personality, from the narrow, wooded gorge along Mississippi River Boulevard at the city's western extreme, to the bluffs set back by a wide flood plain at Pigs Eye, nearly twenty miles to the southeast. The river also isolates the city's West Side (which, confusingly, is to the south, not the west).
Much of St. Paul is fairly flat, but it's easy to forget this because of the prominence of hills and bluffs, and a downtown which functions at three levels, from Rice Park to Smith (Mears) Park, along with higher and lower ground on the periphery.
St. Paul vs Minneapolis
St. Paul is Minnesota's capital, and thus naturally serves as the state's nexus of intrigue—political and otherwise. To those living on the Minneapolis side of the Metro, St. Paul is an endless and delightful mystery. Whether one struggles to navigate the bewildering downtown street pattern, attempts to make sense of the city's address system (which is based on water meter numbers), or endeavors to keep track of who's who in the Byzantine St. Paul society, which never forgets an important family name or relationship.
For more than a century (up until the 1970s), St. Paul and Minneapolis carried on a fierce civic rivalry. That has largely dissipated, for several reasons. One is that Minneapolis-area businesses prospered after the Second World War, and they were unusually generous in reinvesting in their community. This helped to transform Minneapolis into a national city, making comparisons with St. Paul less relevant. But perhaps most importantly, the mid-1960s I-94 freeway connection reduced travel time between downtowns from nearly an hour to less than 15 minutes. In literally compressing distance, St. Paul and Minneapolis were brought closer together in numerous ways, obvious and subtle, rendering it more difficult to maintain the traditional 'we vs. them' mentality.
Even so, the two cities are noticeably different. It is clear to all that the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis are anything but twins. If for some reason you are bothered by living in Minneapolis, buying a home in St. Paul may be just right for you!
History of St. Paul
St. Paul owes its historical prominence to transportation. Like Stillwater, which was settled three years before St. Paul, in 1837, St. Paul enjoyed river flats where boats could easily load and unload. Also like Stillwater, the pioneering St. Paul settlement was built on higher ground, which was both conveniently adjacent to the busy riverfront and was also protected from flooding by its elevation.
What St. Paul had that Stillwater did not was James J. Hill, the railroad "empire builder." Hill developed a national rail network centered on St. Paul just when rail eclipsed water as the nation's primary transportation mode. As a result, the late 1800s was a time of great prosperity in St. Paul. You can appreciate this with a visit to Hill's stupendous 1889-1891 mansion, located across from the Cathedral at 240 Summit Avenue.
Along with the commerce which accrued from superior rail connections, St. Paul also benefited (and continues to benefit) from the presence of the capitol (the city was designated as territorial capital in 1849, and state capital when Minnesota was declared a U.S. state in 1858). During January-to-May sessions, the capitol building is a hub of activity. Thousands of state employees work year-around in nearby buildings. Architecturally, Cass Gilbert's 1893-1904 building is arguably the finest of American Beaux-Arts style state capitols, beautifully proportioned, built from the finest materials, and replete with sculpture and murals. St. Paul and indeed Minnesota are immeasurably enriched by its physical presence.
Like most large American cities, St. Paul expanded outward from its historic core, which is now the downtown area. The pattern of expansion was irregular, again typical of most cities, based on personality as well as on geography. For instance, once James J. Hill located his house on the hillcrest overlooking downtown, Summit Avenue became the address of choice among the city's elite. Only a few blocks long, Summit Avenue soon ran out of building lots. In a shrewdly pragmatic decision, the city named an intersecting east-west street as Summit Avenue, and in so doing, this signature way was instantly expanded by another three-and-a-half miles, resulting in an abundance of Summit Avenue addresses.
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