Saint Paul's Macalester-Groveland Highlights

The Macalester-Groveland neighborhoods are in west central St. Paul. Its boarders are Summit Avenue on the north, the Short Line and a segment of Interstate 35E on the east, Randolph Avenue on the south, and on the west, the Mississippi River. The neighborhood is primarily residential with some commercial areas.

Macalester-Groveland is an upscale residential neighborhood with a mix of middle-aged families and students. The area is picturesque due to its close proximity to the Mississippi River’s edge. This neighborhood, with its scenic river views, diverse mix of residents, and prominent academic institutions, is perfect for couples, families, and retirees alike.

Mac-Groveland boasts many schools for its relatively small area, meaning a solid education is close at-hand. The public schools here are Groveland Park Elementary School, Randolph Heights Elementary School, and Ramsey Junior High School, all of which are a part of Saint Paul Public Schools. There are also quite a few private and parochial schools from which to choose. Three private colleges make their home in Mac-Groveland. Those are the affluent Macalester College and the University of Saint Thomas, and the St. Paul Seminary. Macalester College and the St. Paul Seminary have been cornerstones of the community since their inception, dating from the 1880s and 1890s respectively.

Though there are many schools here, it doesn’t mean that this neighborhood is all homework and no play. Residents here participate in quite a few community celebrations, like “Grand Old Days” in the summer, “Boo Bash” in the fall, and the “Grand Meander” during the holiday season. This neighborhood has an active Community Council that hosts events such as an annual battle of the bands, spring plant share, National Night Out, and more.

For the outdoor recreation enthusiast, there are some recreational areas in Mac-Groveland like no other. The East River Parkway along the Mississippi River features walking and biking paths atop the 100-foot-tall bluffs that make up the riverbank. The Town and Country Club, established in 1888, is believed to be the first “country club” in Minnesota.

The Macalestar-Groveland neighborhood is served by two community centers: Edgcumbe and Groveland Recreation Centers. They feature racquetball courts, gymnasiums, an exercise room, tennis courts, play areas, ball fields and more. These establishments offer programs for children, adults, and seniors alike.

Nearby shopping, cafes, late-night coffee shops, and restaurants can be found at commercial strips located on Selby, Cretin and Cleveland Avenues. Grand and St. Clair Avenues also have quite a few shops, boutiques, and dining options. These areas are within walking distance of many areas of Mac-Groveland.

The neighborhood features early twentieth-century-style housing in a variety of styles. All areas of this community are quite well-maintained and respectable; even the student housing. Variations of Queen Anne, Victorian, Shingle, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, bungalow and other styles permeate the neighborhood. Many homes here were built between 1900 and 1915, but most of the housing construction here offered between 1915 and the later 1920s. Some of the oldest Prairie style houses in St. Paul are located in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood. There are also condos and town homes available. Houses for sale can range in price from $140,000 to over $2,000,000. Town homes and condos start at $65,000.

Macalester and Groveland’s unique shops, tree-lined streets, and close-knit community really give this St. Paul neighborhood a small town atmosphere in the middle of the Twin Cities.

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#1 By at 12/23/2013 0:42 AM

Great article on a wonderful St. Paul neighborhood!

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