Welcome to St. Paul!
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As a proud resident of St. Paul for over 15 years (currently residing in the Highland Park neighborhood), I have witnessed many changes to the state capitol and second most populous city in Minnesota, otherwise known as the “biggest small town”.
Birthplace of renowned novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald and cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (of Peanuts comic strip fame!), St. Paul is home to several universities and colleges and hosts three professional sports teams – the Minnesota Wild (NHL), the Minnesota United FC (MLS) and the St. Paul Saints (MLB Triple-A affiliate). Historic sites and museums abound, from the iconic Cathedral of Saint Paul (modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome) and stately Summit Avenue (the longest stretch of Victorian mansions in the United States), to Science Museum of Minnesota and Minnesota History Center. The neighborhoods in St. Paul have certainly changed over time with population fluctuations, but the city has ensured the preservation of historically significant structures.
In more recent years, St. Paul has seen the development of the old Ford Plant, complete with hundreds of new housing units, shops and other attractions.
For more information on a selection of neighborhoods within St. Paul, please see below.
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St. Paul Neighborhoods
Highland Park is a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood located in the southwest corner of the city near the Mississippi River. It features a well-balanced mix of beautifully maintained homes, retail shopping, dining, and parks. Highland is also home to St. Catherine University, the largest private women’s university in the country. Other attractions include an 18-hole golf course, disc golf course, and the Highland Park Aquatic Center. Home styles include stucco and brick, many with great views of the river.
Full of tree-lined streets and old-fashioned charm, the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood is bordered on the north by historic Summit Avenue and on the south by the Highland Park neighborhood. The popular Grand Avenue runs through this neighborhood, with nightlife, dining, retail shopping (including many unique boutiques), and other commercial offerings. Home to the University of St. Thomas and Macalester College, Mac-Groveland is the 15th most walkable neighborhood in St. Paul and is also very bike-friendly.
Summit Hill, also known as Crocus Hill, is located in the southwest portion of St. Paul. This is the most upscale neighborhood of St Paul with historic mansions lining the streets. These Victorian Era mansions have been well preserved over the years and the architecture is what makes this area of St. Paul nationally famous. Many of the homes in this area were built between 1890 and 1920. As well as gorgeous homes, there is also retail shopping, cafes and many parks in this neighborhood.