Real Estate In St Paul, MN

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St. Paul, MN Real Estate

St. Paul is so nice, they named it five times: West St. Paul, North St. Paul, South St. Paul and St. Paul Park. The city has a storied past, filled with creative geniuses whose names will live on in history. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in an apartment on Laurel Avenue in 1896 and wrote "This Side of Paradise" in his Summit Avenue home. Fitzgerald's former haunt, The Commodore, is still in service today. In addition, "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz grew up in Saint Paul. His father owned a barbershop at Snelling and Selby, and he worked at the Pioneer Press.

Home to just over 300,000 people located in the Southeastern portion of the state of Minnesota, you’ll often hear it billed as “the most livable city in America.” With the perfect mix of city and suburb, this intimate-feeling but thriving city is full of opportunities and is a great option for young professionals. With a beautiful cathedral and a top medical school (University of Minnesota) miles away, St. Paul is a progressive Midwest town for families and singles.

Not only is the cost of living relatively low when compared to other large cities, St. Paul also offers an incredible network of public transportation, including bus and light-rail systems. Located in a great public education district, it’s a relatively safe community as far as large cities go. Just miles outside of the hub known as downtown St. Paul is a cluster of safe suburbs to raise families and buy your St. Paul, MN real estate, while still offering only a short commute to work in the city. Jobs are also available in this city-town, and thriving businesses as well.

Built along the Mississippi River, St. Paul has more Mississippi Riverfront, 26 miles, than any other city along the iconic river. Downtown St. Paul's Rice Park is older than Central Park in New York City. It’s a great hub for businesses and is home to a number of regional and midwest company headquarters. It’s also the perfect place to go for young twenty-somethings or college-age students to explore living in a larger city while still in a comfortable and reasonably safe environment. Younger families with parents working in the city will also find St. Paul suitable to both advance their career through many opportunities, as well as being a safe area to raise children.

History

The region of St. Paul was first inhabited by Hopewell Native Americans, about 2000 years ago. At Indian Mounds Park, some ancient burial mounds are visible, where the inhabitants buried ashes of the deceased together with artifacts. Around the 1600s, the Dakota and Sioux tribes buried their dead in the mounds that were built by the Hopewell Native Americans after escaping from the Ojibwe tribe. In this spot, there is a large cave at the base of the bluff, Wakan Tepee, which was the sacred lodge of the Dakota. This cave was named after the British explorer, Jonathan Carver, as Carver’s Cave. Here, people can still see hieroglyphics of rattlesnakes and bears, which were cut into its walls. In 1841, the French priest Lucien Galtier renamed the settlement St. Paul after his favorite saint, Paul the Apostle. A few years later, Minnesota was named a territory and St. Paul was designated its capital, which spurred the town's growth. St. Paul officially became a city in 1854, a few years after it was named capital of the Minnesota Territory. As the head of transportation on the Mississippi River, it was a key commercial hub where fur trade met the commercial centers of the east. St. Paul’s first electric streetcars began their runs in 1890, a few years after the city began fielding a professional baseball team. By the beginning of the 20th century, St. Paul had become a leader in social services that would see the population through World War I, Prohibition, the Depression, World War II, and all of the changes in civil, cultural, and social life that would mark the decades of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

Things to do in St. Paul

With numerous, beautiful city squares and parks as well as Eastern architecture, you’ll hear people refer to St. Paul as the last city of the East, despite its location in the Midwest.
Despite its cold winters, St. Paul is a very walking-friendly city, also known for its skyways, which were invented in Minneapolis, and are enclosed pedestrian walkways that connect practically all of downtown St. Paul, sheltering workers and visitors from inclement weather.One thing that draws people to the area is its big-city attractions with a small-town feel. With the Mall of America being a short drive away from just about everything, St. Paul is known as a shopping mecca. In addition to this, St. Paul is a little under a six-hour drive to its nearest major neighboring city, Chicago. Flights from nearby Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport can take you to all major destinations, many of them direct.

The center of a large, ethnically diverse population, Summit Avenue features one of the longest stretches of virtually uninterrupted Victorian architecture in the country. St. Paul's other historic, cultural, and educational points of interest include: Minnesota Transportation Museum, which preserves local railroad, bus and streetcar history; Minnesota Museum of Modern Art, which holds more than 5,000 artworks that showcase American artists from the 19th century, onward; Historic Fort Snelling, overlooking the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers; Minnesota History Center, serving as the headquarters of the Minnesota Historical Society; Alexander Ramsey House, where the first governor of Minnesota Territory lived; and the nearby Minnesota Zoo. Home to penguins, a lush tropical forest and aviary, marine center, boreal forest, tundra and a family farm, the zoo has more than 4,300 animals.

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Location

Built along the Mississippi River, St. Paul has more Mississippi Riverfront, 26 miles, than any other city along the iconic river. The capital city of Minnesota, St. Paul is near the center of the state, which allows many small surrounding cities to access it easily. As one of the two siblings in the “Twin Cities,” this lovely cosmopolitan destination is a balanced industrial, commercial, educational, and cultural center.

St. Paul demographics

Together with Minneapolis, St. Paul functions much as one city. The area is one of the most economically diverse in the country, serving as headquarters to large firms in agriculture, food, banking, technology, retailing, healthcare, and transportation. A few of the well-known companies include General Mills, 3M, US Bancorp, United Healthcare, and retailers Target and Best Buy.

In general, St. Paul and the Twin Cities have a forward-thinking feel. The population in St. Paul is approximately 306,000, and its population density is around 5,900 people per square mile. The median age in St. Paul is 31.2, which is slightly younger than the United States median age of 37.4. It’s easy to live comfortably in St. Paul. Compared to the rest of the country, St. Paul's cost of living is 0.3% lower than the U.S. average.

Arts in St. Paul

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Each year, Saint Paul draws more than 7 million visitors with world-class concert and theater venues, sprawling museums and a diverse art scene.

You can get tickets to the biggest names in music at Xcel Energy Center, or catch a more intimate concert at The Roy Wilkins Auditorium or Palace Theater. The nation’s leading not-for-profit performing arts center, The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, offers 500 annual performances, including Broadway hits, the Minnesota Opera, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Also, you can catch acclaimed performances at the Fitzgerald Theater, named for acclaimed author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, or the Penumbra Theater.

An excellent place to go for visual art is the Minnesota Museum of American Art, or you can immerse yourself in real-time inside the local art scene during the fall and spring Saint Paul Art Crawls.
In addition, Music in the Parks is a free, outdoor music series taking place in Saint Paul's beautiful parks during the gorgeous summer months.

Take a guided mystery tour of the man-made Wabasha Street Caves, blasted out in 1933. You’ll hear stories of the caves’ Prohibition-era murder mystery history from kidnappings to shoot-outs. Carved into a St. Paul bluff, this eerie attraction also operates an event space.

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Schools in St. Paul

If you have a family with school-aged children, St. Paul is a terrific place to buy real estate. St. Paul schools spend $16,770 per student. For comparison, the United States average is $12,383. There are 15 pupils per teacher, 9,478 students per librarian, and 469 children per counselor. In addition to housing a campus of the famous University of Minnesota, St. Paul’s higher education institutions include: Bethel College, founded in 1871; Macalester College, which was established in 1874 by Reverend Edward Duffield Neill and is a premier private liberal arts college; Concordia University, which opened in 1893 and is a private, four-year liberal arts university at the hub of St. Paul; College of St. Catherine, the largest Catholic college for women in the United States; and the University of St. Thomas, founded in 1885.

Why St. Paul?

The median home cost in St. Paul is $269,700, but don’t wait much longer to buy St. Paul, MN real estate, because home appreciation over the last 10 years has been 6.8%. You’ll definitely want to invest before the price increases even more. With high ratings in healthcare and environmental quality, St. Paul is a place where you can hang your hat, for good.

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