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 24a - 59 4th St W, St. Paul, MN - Condo 201 Park Towers Condo - $999,000
Perched On The 24th Floor Of Park Towers Condominiums On Rice Park, This Luxury Condo Features Walls Of Windows With Commanding Views Of The River, Downtown, The State Capitol, Cathedral, And Minneapolis Skyline In The Distance. Elegant And Spacio...
Edina Realty, Inc.
Unit 23d - 59 4th St W, St. Paul, MN - Park Towers - $899,900
One Of The Best-kept Secrets In Downtown St. Paul, The 19 Luxury Residences Of Park Towers Are Hidden On The Top 5 Floors Of The 26-story Landmark Tower Skyscraper In Beautiful Rice Park. Features Include Designer Finishes, Art Deco Walnut Woodwor...
Unit 2 - 459 Portland Ave, St. Paul, MN - Cic 332 Wa Dorsey House Con - $825,000
This Converted Mansion Is A True Show Stopper- Grand Finishes And Elegant Entertaining Spaces Abound In This Amazing Condo. The Main Entrance And Front Porch Are Exclusive To The Unit - Allowing The Experience Of Owning An Entire Mansion With The ...
One-level Living At Its Finest! A Luxuriously Finished Condo W/views Of The Mississippi River From Every Room & Just Steps From Downtown St. Paul! Immaculate Interior Featuring 2 Bedrooms + Den/office. Upgrades Including Phantom Screens, New Luxu...
Edina Realty, Inc.
297 Laurel Ave, St. Paul, MN - W C RILEY'S REARRANGEMENT - $635,000
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 406 - 312 Spring St, St. Paul, MN - Cic 511 Riverfront Condo Upper - $619,900
One Of A Kind Opportunity In The High-demand Upper Landing. Former Model Top-floor Penthouse With Panoramic Views Of The Mississippi River. Your Own Personal Private Rooftop Patio With Incredible Views Of The River And High Bridge Is Perfect For...
Unit 901 - 350 Saint Peter St, St. Paul, MN - $600,000
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.
295 Laurel Ave, St. Paul, MN - W C Rileys Rearrangement - $599,999
This Historic Treasure, Is A Beautiful Example Of Victorian Charm And Elegance. This Home Has Gorgeous Wood Floors, 11 Foot Ceilings, Carved Soapstone Fireplaces, An Airy Master Suite, And Wonderful Views Of Riley Row And The Garden. The Kitchen A...
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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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