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Where to Live in St. Paul

Where is the best place to rent or to buy a house in St. Paul?

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Diplodocus and Stegosaurus at the Science Museum of Minnesota, downtown St. Paul

Diplodocus and Stegosaurus at the Science Museum of Minnesota, downtown St. Paul

Clara James
Where is the best place to rent in St. Paul? Where is the best place to buy a house in St. Paul?

Well, that's a hard question, because I don't know what you want. Do you want a stylish urban loft? Do you want a quiet residential street, or a couple of bars on the same block? Do you want your neighbors to be sensible and conservative or liberal hippies? Do you care if you can walk to a coffee shop? Do you need a big garage for your cars and toys, or stairs wide enough to get your bike up to your apartment?

All of this is available in St. Paul, and since I don't know what you want, here's a list of the neighborhoods in St. Paul, what they are like, what special attractions and amenities they have, and how house prices compare to the city as a whole. Then, you'll have an idea of where to start searching for your home.

Let's start with a map of the city of St. Paul. The city of St. Paul is divided into 17 neighborhoods.

Here's a map showing the neighborhoods of St. Paul.

And, in alphabetical order, here's a list of the neighborhoods of St. Paul, what the real estate market is like in each of them, what kind of housing is available, and what it might be like to live in each part of St. Paul.

Real Estate in Sunray/Battle Creek/Highwood

Thinking about buying a home in Battle Creek? This neighborhood is in the south east of St. Paul. A large section of the neighborhood surrounding the river is industrial with a waste water treatment plant, factories and rail yards. The Pigs Eye Lake area was used by the city of St. Paul as hazardous materials dump for many years and is far from being cleaned up, although the city says that it only poses a health risk to those who actually trespass on the site.

On the positive side, housing in Battle Creek is more affordable than the average for St. Paul. The area immediately surrounding, and north of I-94 has a higher-than-average crime rate, but there are many quiet, affordable family homes south of I-94, and there are larger, attractive homes in the south west of the neighborhood on the river bluffs.

Real Estate in Como

Thinking about buying a home in Como? The Como neighborhood surrounds St. Paul's large Como Park and Como Zoo, and Lake Como and is adjacent to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Small apartments line Snelling Avenue, the main road through the neighborhood, but much of the area is single family homes of various sizes, some converted into duplexes. Como is one of the more desirable neighborhoods in St. Paul, especially for families, and home prices are slightly above average for St. Paul.

The Como area is a quiet residential place, except during the Minnesota State Fair in late August through Labor Day, and the eastern half of the neighborhood is turned into a no parking zone - although many local residents make some quick cash by letting fair goers park on their front yard.

House prices in Como are moderate to slightly above average for St. Paul.

Real Estate in Dayton’s Bluff

Thinking about buying a home in Dayton's Bluff? Dayton's Bluff is an hilly neighborhood immediately east of downtown St. Paul. The neighborhood has been settled by Europeans almost as long as St. Paul has, and has an interesting history.

Before the area was settled by Europeans, it was home to Native Americans of the Hopewell Tradition, and several Hopewell burial mounds are located on the river bluffs, in Indian Mounds Park.

In the twentieth century, Dayton's Bluff had a reputation for slum housing and immigrants suffering squalid conditions.

Today, Dayton's Bluff is still home to many recent immigrants and is a diverse community. The character of the neighborhood is a diverse as it's residents - some parts of Dayton's Bluff are quiet, safe neighborhoods, some areas experience problems with crime and drugs.

Dayton's Bluff has a mix of older housing and newer post-war homes. Areas on the Mississippi River bluffs have older, attractive houses, and generally prices for the neighborhood are lower than average for St. Paul.

Real Estate in Downtown St. Paul

Thinking about buying a home in Downtown St. Paul? Downtown St. Paul doesn't have the amount of residential buildings that Downtown Minneapolis has, but a growing number of people are choosing to make downtown St. Paul home.

Until recently, Downtown St. Paul was very quiet with very few amenities for residents. But lately, new bars, restaurants and stores have been opening in downtown St. Paul making it more attractive for young urbanites.

Lowertown St. Paul, the eastern end of downtown, has seen the most change, with artists moving into studios and the very popular St. Paul's Farmer's market in the summer.

Most homes are condos or apartments in converted historical factories, office buildings of warehouses. A home in Downtown St. Paul costs more than the average St. Paul condo, but is less expensive that the equivalent in Downtown Minneapolis.

Real Estate in Greater East Side

Thinking about buying a home in the Grater East Side? The Greater East Side is in the northeast corner of the city of St. Paul.

The south west corner of the neighborhood, closest to the center of the city, has problems with crime, and there are many reposed housing units here. On the other side of the neighborhood, near the border of St. Paul, the tone changes to a much more suburban feel and although this area is much quieter, the perception of the neighborhood as a whole keeps house prices low compared to St. Paul's average.

Real Estate in Hamline-Midway

Thinking about buying a home in Hamline-Midway? Hamline-Midway is a neighborhood on the west side of St. Paul, with University Avenue as the southern border, and bisected by Hamline Avenue. Hamline University gives the neighborhood it's name, and many residents are students. The areas immediately north of University Avenue has some of the highest crime rates in St. Paul. The northern parts of the neighborhood are much quieter, although next to the rail yards, warehouses and light industrial buildings in the north.

Small and medium family homes and apartment buildings are the types of homes you'll find in Hamline-Midway, with prices significantly lower than St. Paul's average nearest University Avenue and rising slightly as you go north.

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