Cathedral Hill, Mac-Groveland and Como Park

Three Stellar Saint Paul Neighborhoods for Every Buyer

Are you moving to the Twin Cities and thinking St. Paul might be the right place to buy a home? Saint Paul has all the amenities of a large city but it still manages to keep that small town feel.

In this blog, I’ll take you on a tour of three stellar St. Paul  neighborhoods. And if you enjoy history, don’t miss my insider tip where I reveal which famous gangster called St. Paul home.

Cathedral Hill's Victorian Architecture and Romance

If you’re a fan of Victorian architecture and fine dining, you will love the Cathedral Hill neighborhood. This is one of Saint Paul’s oldest neighborhoods, and one of its most august. 

Located just west and south of downtown, this small neighborhood gets its name from the imposing St. Paul Cathedral which sits upon the top of a hill overlooking downtown just a few blocks to the east.

The neighborhood is a mix of historic brownstones condos and stately mansions, many built by pedigreed architects between 1880 and 1920.

Writer Scott Fitzgerald lived, wrote and drank here, and his former home on Summit Avenue is now on the national register of Historic Places.

The heart of the neighborhood is at Selby and Western avenues where you’ll find two of its most notable buildings, Blair House and the Dacotah which houses one of St. Paul’s most romantic restaurants with one of its most Instagram-worthy patios.

Walking down the shady streets in Cathedral Hill can feel like stepping back in time, even though its just a short walk from downtown St. Paul.

Family-Friendly Como Park

Como Park carousel in St Paul

My second pick for great St. Paul neighborhoods is Como Park, a neighborhood of modestly priced homes built around the Como Lake, the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

The park was built in the early 1900 around Lake Como around Lake Como to give St. Paul residents an outdoor haven from urban life.

And much of the Twin Cities still flock here to enjoy the beautiful gardens, the antique carousel, and the Victorian conservatory, 2 acres of indoor gardens that provide a welcome respite during Minnesota’s snowy winters.

The Como Park neighborhood is made up of smaller homes, most built between 1900 and 1950, although there are some larger homes built around Lake Como. 

The median home price here is around $285,000, making it one of the more affordable neighborhoods.

The Como Park neighborhood has the added benefit of being located between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, and you can easily commute to either one on the freeway, by local roads, or the lightrail. 

Mac-Grove is Perfect for Move-Up Buyers

My third pick for great St. Paul neighborhoods is Macalester-Groveland, or, as the locals call it, Mac-Grove.

This neighborhood is popular with young professionals and move up buyers. The neighborhood includes Macalester College, which gives it half of its name. Two other colleges St. Thomas, and St. Katherine’s are close by but the neighborhood doesn’t feel like a college neighborhood.

The median home price is around $425,000. Many of the homes in the upper end of the bracket tend to be slightly larger, 3-4 bedrooms, with lots of historic details and fine woodwork as well as nicely appointed and updated kitchens and baths.

Stately Summit Avenue, one of St. Paul’s most historic streets, marks the northern board of the neighborhood and homes here generally list for $1 million or more.

While the neighborhood is primarily residential, it’s just a short walk the Highland Park which offers lots of options for dining and shopping. Mac Groves western border is the Mississippi River Parkway, a great area for hiking, biking, and sunset views.. 

Insider Tip: What Gangster Called Saint Paul Home?

Now for my insider tip. In the 1920s and 1930, St. Paul was something of a haven for crooks, including John Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde. Mobster Al Capone reportedly use Commodore Hotel as the base of his bootlegging operations.

Pretty cool, right?

J Trout Lowen is a Minneapolis Realtor® and an expert at helping homebuyers and sellers navigate the Twin Cities housing market.

Still not sure if St. Paul is the place you want to call home? Check out this blog on my top picks for 3 great Minneapolis neighborhoods.

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