A new study from real estate listing site Zumper found that a number of satellite cities are starting to outshine their bigger, more popular neighboring cities, thanks to growing demand and increasing amenities. One such city is St. Paul, Minnesota; although St. Paul has a population of only around 306,621, as compared with its more populous twin, Minneapolis (around 425,403), Zumper says St. Paul saw a 33 percent increase in demand from 2018 to 2019, while Minneapolis had only a 21 percent increase.
Prices in St. Paul are slightly lower than what you might find in Minneapolis, particularly for one-bedroom rentals. And there are plenty of other reasons to try out St. Paul. It's a little quieter than Minneapolis, though still within easy driving distance, which makes it a nice spot to raise a family. And, St. Paul's a college town, and there's plenty of nightlife on Grand Avenue, the city's main street, with highlights including seafood spot Grand Catch and rustic eatery Tavern on Grand. If you need something wilder, consider bars like The Spot and Green Lantern, which are not on Grand Avenue but still worth a visit.
The city is also full of lush parks and open public spaces, like Como Park, which is home to a lake and a zoo, and Rice Park, which has an ice skating rink in the winter. The city has a number of museums, including the Minnesota Children's Museum and the Science Museum of Minnesota. And of course, there's the real estate, which ranges from Lowertown lofts to Victorians on picturesque Summit Avenue. If any of that sounds appealing, and you can handle long winters (like, from November to May, because Minnesota means business), here's a taste of what's out there.
469 Laurel Ave., Summit
This eight-bedroom, four-bath Victorian, built in 1892 and pictured also pictured top, is 6,000 square feet and has multiple outdoor decks, curved windows, vaulted ceilings, and original woodwork. Other highlights include a formal dining room, multiple bay windows, four-season porch, and a massive backyard with a pool. The house is located in Summit, a historic neighborhood in St. Paul full of Victorians houses. The house is priced at $900,000.
1763 Bayard Ave., Highland
This five-bedroom, four-bath Tudor in St. Paul's Highland neighborhood was built in 1929, though it's been updated with a modern kitchen outfitted with stainless steel appliances and sleek white cabinets. Other highlights include a formal dining room, large living room with a fireplace, and a master suite with lots of closet space and a soaking tub in the bath. There's also a small yard with a stone patio in the back. The house is priced at $764,900.
225 9th St. East Unit 105., Downtown
Downtown St. Paul has seen an uptick in growth over the last few years, thanks to some new development projects drawing in young professionals and families. This one-bedroom, two-bath loft on 9th Street is two levels, and features twelve-foot ceilings, massive windows, lots of living and office space, and in-unit laundry. Building amenities include a shared rooftop patio and a party room. The unit is priced at $269,900.
1112 Seminole Ave., West St. Paul
West St. Paul is technically its own city and has even lower-priced housing in a more suburban environment. This four-bedroom, two-bath house is a former convent, and features unique touches like a chapel room and a large window in the main living space. Other highlights include hardwood floors, a fireplace, and a backyard with a brick patio. The house is priced at $284,900.
936 Rose Ave. East., Payne-Phalen
Payne-Phalen is St. Paul's largest neighborhood, and has been becoming more and more popular over the years thanks to its lower-priced real estate, strong schools, and diverse community. This five-bedroom, two-bath house was built in 1950, and has a cute yard, cozy kitchen, and mother-in-law apartment in the basement. The house is priced at $209,900.
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