If you're looking for a new place to live, and titles such as “The City of Neighborhoods” or the “Most Livable City in America” pique your interest, you might want to take a good look at the real estate listings in St. Paul, MN. Lying on the east bank of the Mississippi River and, along with its Twin City Minneapolis, making up a large metropolitan area, St. Paul has a lot to offer.
The city has a diverse heritage that is well reflected in its vibrant collection of neighborhood districts. Steeped in tradition, many of these neighborhoods contain generations old businesses still bearing the family names of their immigrant founders. These districts offer everything from the feel of a small town in the midst of a metropolis to a former warehouse district whose bars and attractions draw a younger demographic. Many of the districts boast impressive old style architecture, with some homes dating to the pre-civil war era, and in many cases the old is mixed with new style architecture, sometimes framed by a view of the St. Paul skyline.
There are a number of neighborhoods perfect for family oriented residential living. Of these, none is more representative of what St. Paul has to offer than the beautiful Como neighborhood. See all Como Park homes here: www.SaintPaulHouseSearch.com. Located in the heart of St. Paul, and with public transit offering easy access to both of the Twin Cities downtowns, Como is a great place to reside for families.
The area is populated with numerous restaurants and coffee shops which add a hometown charm. But the centerpiece of the neighborhood is Como Park, which has walking paths, hiking, a golf course, and gardens. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, offering free admission and a shuttle service, is open year round. While the zoo provides a close up look at the animal kingdom, the Conservatory houses an impressive array of tropical plants. Then there is Como Town, an outdoor four acre family amusement park featuring 18 rides and located next to the zoo and the new Como pool.
The Greater East Side, with its excellent schools, is another popular location for families that offers a more suburban feel. Located near the 3M headquarters as well as other large employers, this location is the choice of many due to proximity to work. Nearby Beaver Lake provides fishing and recreational opportunities.
More than 8,000 people live in downtown St. Paul, home to two of the city's most beautiful parks. A growing number of people are choosing to live downtown, with new stores, restaurants and bars making it an increasingly attractive place to live for younger adults looking for an urban setting. Condos and apartments make up the majority of downtown homes; many of these are in historical office buildings or factories converted for residential use. Downtown's east end is experiencing an influx of artists taking up residence in studios.
Downtown showcases many St. Paul's best attractions. The Xcel Energy Center regularly hosts concerts and provides the home ice for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League while the Roy Wilkins auditorium plays host to some of America's finest concerts. Riverside parks provide a stunning view of the Mississippi River. The historic and stately Landmark Center, built in 1902, was saved from demolition by a concerted effort of citizen's groups, who restored the structure to its original glory such that it is now on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as home to a number of Minneapolis-St. Paul arts organizations. The community is very much alive during the winter, as the St. Paul Winter Carnival is a major event each January attended by 350,000 people. This festival is a truly extensive affair, featuring a wide array of activities including snow and ice sculpting, winter food, parades, a kids day and treasure hunt, dogsled races and an outdoor beer fest.