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.
Downtown St. Paul's Most Exclusive Condo Building Is Also One Of It's Best-kept Secrets. The 19 Luxury Residences Of Park Towers Are Located On The Top 5 Floors Of The 26-story Landmark Tower Overlooking Beautiful Rice Park. It Is Surrounded By Wo...
Unit 2 - 421 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN - Condo 297 Buxton House Condo - $800,000
Stunning Condo On Historic Summit Avenue! Elevator Access From Garage Or Exterior Directly To Unit! Premier Location Across From University Club. Lovely Open Kitchen With Wolf And Sub Zero Appliances, A Butler’s Pantry With Wet Bar, Wine And Bever...
Coldwell Banker Realty
485 Portland Ave, St. Paul, MN - Condo 141 The Bigelow Condo - $799,900
Property Comes Loaded With Many Updates And Renovations Throughout Including - 4 Private Bedrooms With Private Baths, 5 Bathrooms, 2 Car Garage With Loft, Updated Kitchen, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Plumbing, Electrical, Flooring, Lighting And Even Land...
Offsite Realty Inc
Unit 101 - 1174 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN - $769,000
Located In The Heart Of St. Paul On Grand Avenue, Just Steps From Local Coffee Shops, Restaurants And Grocery Stores. Each Unit Is Spacious And Functional, Not To Mention Upscale And Extremely Sophisticated. The Union On Grand Condos Are An Appr...
Unit 202 - 1174 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN - $759,000
Located In The Heart Of St. Paul On Grand Avenue, Just Steps From Local Coffee Shops, Restaurants And Grocery Stores. Each Unit Is Spacious And Functional, Not To Mention Upscale And Extremely Sophisticated. The Union On Grand Condos Are An Approp...
Unit 101 - 80 Western Ave N, St. Paul, MN - Cic 644 Western Row Condo - $729,000
Rare Opportunity To Own This Gorgeous One Level Living Condo In A Great St Paul Location! This Unit Has A Private Entrance - Wonderful Convenience For Dog Owners And Entertaining. Unit Has A 55 Foot Back Patio And A Private Entrance Patio To Enjoy...
Lovely And Light-filled Townhome On Summit Avenue! Superb Main Floor With Open Floor Plan Featuring High Ceilings, Beautiful Built-ins And Inviting Two-sided Gas Fireplace. Kitchen Upgrades Include Chef-quality Appliances, Custom Cabinetry, Soaps...
Coldwell Banker Realty
Unit 6 - 438 Portland Ave, St. Paul, MN - Summit-University - $548,000
This Fabulous Ramsey Hill Condo Has Been Completely Renovated Featuring Remodeled Kitchen With All New Appliances, Including Viking Stove & Dish Washer And Samsung Refrigerator, New Custom Cabinets And Counter Tops, 2 New Bathrooms, Recessed Ceili...
Coldwell Banker Realty
Unit 104 - 284 Spring St, St. Paul, MN - Upper Landing - $539,900
This Condo Combines Layout With A Great Location And River Views. The Unit Features An Open Concept Floorplan With Beautiful Millwork. There Are Also Large Picture Windows Throughout The Condo And A River-facing Balcony Perfect For Enjoying The Ri...
BRIX Real Estate
Unit 306 - 312 Spring St, St. Paul, MN - Upper Landing - $499,000
Upper Landing Condo Located On The Third Floor With Straight On River Views From The Entire Condo. Includes Updated Finishes Including New Carpet And New Flooring. Ideal Floor Plan Layout With Separated Bedrooms Plus A Den That Makes For A Great...
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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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