The Merriam Park neighborhood is located on the western boarder of Saint Paul in the central part of the city. It is bordered on the north by University Avenue and Interstate 94, on the east by Lexington Parkway, on the south by Summit Avenue, and the west by the Mississippi River. This neighborhood is one of St. Paul's oldest.
The first occupants of Merriam Park were innkeepers who catered to the Red River traders. In the 1880's when Colonel John Merriam owned much of the land in what was to become Merriam Park, he envisioned the area as a commuter suburb for working professionals. He felt its convenient location and access to St. Paul’s trolley system made it an ideal location.
Due to its deep history, the Merriam Park of Saint Paul has some of the oldest homes in the city. Many of the earliest homes built here feature Queen Anne architecture. There are other historic architectural styles here, including Tudors, Gothic, Italianate, Colonial and Dutch Revivals, American Four Square and Prairie Style homes. There are also many options for other types of homes available in Merriam Park, like town houses and condos. The neighborhood's proximity to the Mississippi River offers scenic riverfront homes and urban wilderness along the biking and walking trails. The Town and Country Club is the oldest country club in Minnesota and has made its home near the river in Merriam Park since 1890.
Residents can keep themselves busy at the Merriam Park Community Center and Merriam Park Library. They can fill their bellies on food and drink from local coffee shops, bakeries, ethnic restaurants and specialty stores. Local shopping and boutiques can be found on Marshall, Selby, University and Snelling Avenues. Young minds can find enrichment at the University of St. Thomas and Concordia College, as well as Central High School.
The average sales price of a home in Merriam Park was $260,170 in 2008. That statistic includes all single-family homes, town homes, and condos.
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