The Battle Creek, Highwood and Sunray neighborhoods occupy the southeast corner of the City of St. Paul. The borders are created by Minnehaha Avenue to the north, McKnight Road to the east, the Mississippi River to the south, and Hazelwood Street, Birmingham Street and Warner Road to the west.
The Sunray-Battlecreek area was mostly undeveloped until after the end of World War II due to the steep, thickly wooded bluffs east of Highway 61 and the substantial expanses of marsh land surrounding Pig’s Eye Lake. The exception to this was the Highwood area, where in the late 1880’s a fruitless effort was made to develop a commuter suburb. There are still some unique Queen Anne and shingle style homes from this era along Point Douglas Road and East Howard Avenue.
For the most part, many of the houses within St. Paul’s Sunray-Battlecreek-Highwood neighborhoods were built during the 1970s or later. The homes were built to house the employees of Minnesota’s largest employer, the large 3M Corporation factory and head quarters, located at Interstate 94 and McKnight Road. The area is now filed with older citizens, families and single professionals alike.
One of the highlights of the Battle Creek and Highwood neighborhoods is the vast swaths of green spaces which can be found here. Battle Creek Park and Pig’s Eye Lake Park are popular recreation areas for the locals. The parks offer biking and walking trails, as well as picnic areas.
The Sunray-Battle Creek-Highwood neighborhoods are close to the shopping centers along I-94, including the Sun Ray Shopping Center. Several big box retail stores and a grocery store can be found in a developed area across I-94 from Sunray.
Whether it’s single family or multi family dwellings, there is a variety of real estate available in the Sunray, Battle Creek and Highwood neighborhoods of St. Paul. Whether it’s an apartment, condominium, town home, split-level or rambler which is sought, there is sure to be a home to please any taste within the Sunray Battle Creek Highwood neighborhoods. The housing density is fairly light, with the neighborhoods looking more like nearby Maplewood and Woodbury. The northwestern corner of Sunray has many turn-of-the century bungalows and Midwestern squares, making it look more similar to the adjacent neighborhood of Dayton’s Bluff.
The houses in Battle Creek and Highwood are ample and affordable, with many of the homes offering great views of the Mississippi River. Prices for the houses, condos, and townhouses are above average for St. Paul, but well below the most expensive neighborhoods. In 2005, the median sales price of a single family homes, townhouses, or condos in the Sunray-Battlecreek-Highwood neighborhood was $208,450.
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