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Greening Minnesota ~ August 2011

There are some great green initiatives and events happening in Minnesota, contributing towards a cleaner environment for residents. Read about how local communities are working towards creating a more environmentally-friendly world. There are more entries than usual this month!

Prodded by a homeowner whose prairie plantings were mowed against his will, the city of Minneapolis has come up with a plan to let lawns go natural. Some suburbs have already taken the step of allowing natural plantings in place of grass, accepting their environmental benefits over the objections of some neighbors who think they look unkempt. The proposal defines the new type of landscaping as an intentional planting of native or non-native grasses, wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, trees or forbs. They're allowed to exceed the city's normal nuisance ordinance threshold of 8 inches in height, or grass that has gone or is about to go to seed. They can't include noxious weeds and have to be maintained to avoid "unintended vegetation." Unkempt turf lawns are specifically prohibited.

Organizers of the Visa Gymnastics Championships, held earlier this month in St. Paul, teamed up with Xcel Energy Center officials to exclusively power Xcel, RiverCentre and Roy Wilkins Auditorium with wind energy for four days and go paperless at what President Steve Penny called USA Gymnastics' greenest event ever.The sustainability plan also included composting in Xcel Center lobbies. Instead of paper-based programs and bio packets, the revamped USA Gymnastics mobile site fed live scoring to smartphones, tablets and LED screens. Xcel Center has already emerged as one of the country's greenest arenas. Its "50-50 in 2" program, aimed at cutting trash and increasing recycling, has reduced trash by 1.2 million pounds and raised recycling rates from 15% to more than 50% by increasing the number of recycling and composting bins.

Prodded by Hennepin County to boost its lagging recycling...

What $219,900 Buys in Saint Paul's Highland Park Neighborhood

Here is MLS # 3872226

 

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This luxury condo is located at 1800 Graham Avenue in Saint Paul, MN. This high-rise home was built in 2005. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 1,567-square-feet of space.

 

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This relatively new home features lots of windows and natural lighting, a private patio, granite counters in the kitchen and a fireplace in the living room. Its very open floor plan great for entertaining.

 

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The person who buys this unit will also have access to 2 heated parking stalls, fitness room & club room!

 

 

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What's more, this affordable luxury condo in a great location, just minutes from Minneapolis, St. Paul, Mall of America, International airport and major freeways!

This luxury condo could be yours for $219,900!

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Greening Minnesota ~ November

Here is a round-up of some environmentally friendly practices and green space expansions being carried out in and around the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota.

Power from a new 10-megawatt hydroelectric plant located along on the Mississippi River, just below the new Interstate 35W bridge at the Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam,  will produce enough electricity for about 7,500 homes by the end of next year. The new $35 million plant is about 30% complete. Brookfield Renewable Power of Massachusetts, which owns it, will sell its electricity to Xcel Energy.

Members of the Pedro family, which had a longtime luggage business at 10th and Robert Streets, have donated the land to the city of St. Paul on the condition it be turned into a park. Trees and grass will replace the concrete and brick on one block of downtown St. Paul. According to the article, Carl Pedro Sr. left Italy for St. Paul in 1907 and opened his business, Pedro Luggage, in 1914. In the 1960s, the business moved into a building at 10th and Robert streets. It shut down about a year ago. There is no immediate plan or money for the park yet.

An agreement between Jeff and Hope Luedtke and the City of Andover will preserve 38 acres of the property through the city's first purchase under the open space bond proposal voters approved in 2006. The idea was to make sure that some of the city's open land would remain in its natural state, for the enjoyment of its citizens. The city and the Luedtkes hope to close on the $930,000 purchase by the end of the year. That would be a little less than half of the $2 million that Andover has set aside under the program to buy land and preserve it from development.

The 8-mile stretch of Nine Mile Creek running through Hopkins will be getting a facelift. Workers for the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District will relieve the creek of overgrown brush, soften the slope of its banks, line its bed with smooth river stones, and reroute it from a straight...

Saint Paul Real Estate Market Analysis March 2009

New posted listings for homes in St. Paul, Minnesota, decreased in March according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors' Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities.  Throughout the month, there were 556 new listings in Saint Paul, compared to the 674 homes put up on the market during March 2008.  That is a decrease of -17.5%. Comparatively, there were 548 new listings in January and 480 in February.  All St. Paul neighborhoods saw their listings decrease this time. Here is a breakdown of new listings by Saint Paul neighborhood:

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Saint Paul Real Estate Market Analysis February 2009

New posted listings for homes in St. Paul, Minnesota, decreased in February according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities.  Throughout the month, there were 480 new listings in Saint Paul, compared to the 602 homes put up on the market during February 2008.  That is a decrease of -20.3%.  Comparatively, there were 548 new listings in January 2009.  The Merriam Park and West 7th saw increases in posted new listings, while the other St. Paul neighborhoods saw their listings decrease. Here is a breakdown of new listings by Saint Paul neighborhood:

Como 27 (-25.0%)
Crocus Hill 32 (-31.9%)
Downtown Saint Paul 34 (-41.4%)
East Side 111 (-3.5%)
Highland Park 35 (-16.7%)
Mac-Groveland 22 (-15.4%)
Merriam Park 14 (+27.3%)
North End/Frogtown 65 (-4.4%)
Phalen 60 (-33.3%)
Southeast 20 (-20.0%)
St. Anthony/Midway 15 (-54.5%)
West 7th 18 (+20.0%)
West Side/Cherokee 27 (-20.6%)


For the year to date posted new listings in St. Paul, the “snapshot” is slightly different. For February and January, there were 1,027 new listings, compared to the 1,164 during the same time period of 2008. That is a -11.8% decrease.  The East Side, Merriam Park, and West 7th neighborhoods saw increases in listings up to +17.4%; other neighborhood listings dropped.

There were a lot of homes sold within St. Paul, Minnesota, in February compared to the same month of 2008.  There were 202 homes sold throughout the month, a full +27.0% increase over the 159 homes sold in February 2008!  It was a mixed bag as to where homes were selling and where they weren’t, with the biggest differences seen in West Side/Cherokee with a +260.0% increase in sales and Downtown seeing a -55.6% decrease in sales. Closed sales on homes for February 2009 in Saint Paul by neighborhood: ...

Saint Paul Real Estate Market Analysis January 2009

The first St. Paul real estate market analysis for the year of 2009! New posted listings for homes in St. Paul, Minnesota, decreased in January according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities.  During the month, there were 548 new listings in Saint Paul, compared to the 562 homes put up on the market during January 2008.  That is a decrease of just -2.5%.  It was a mixed bag when the posted new listings are broken out by neighborhood, as some big increases while others saw decreases. Here is a breakdown of new listings by Saint Paul neighborhood:

Como 29 (-14.7%)
Crocus Hill 38 (-29.6%)
Downtown Saint Paul 32 (-45.8%)
East Side 138 (+26.6%)
Highland Park 36 (+9.1%)
Mac-Groveland 24 (-27.3%)
Merriam Park 14 (+16.7%)
North End/Frogtown 64 (-13.5%)
Phalen 84 (+16.7%)
Southeast 11 (-21.4%)
St. Anthony/Midway 27 (+3.8%)
West 7th 13 (-23.5%)
West Side/Cherokee 35 (+52.2%)

The number of homes sold within St. Paul, Minnesota, in January 2009 is higher than the same month of 2008, a trend that has been running for a few months.  There were 170 homes sold throughout the month, a +7.6% increase over the 158 homes sold in January 2008.  Closed sales on homes for January 2009 in Saint Paul by neighborhood:

Como 4 (-20.0%)
Crocus Hill 11 (-26.7%)
Downtown Saint Paul 384 (-20.0%)
East Side 39 (+30.0%)
Highland Park 10 (-33.3%)
Mac-Groveland 8 (-20.0%)
Merriam Park 5 (-0.0%)
North End/Frogtown 27 (+58.8%)
Phalen 32 (+77.8%)
Southeast 3 (-70.0%)
St. Anthony/Midway 6 (-45.5%)
West 7th 4 (+33.3%)
West Side/Cherokee10 (+25.0%)

The prices of homes sold in St. Paul have continued to fall.  The average sales price of a home sold in January was $111,222, a negative change from...

Saint Paul Real Estate Market Analysis: December 2008

The last St. Paul real estate market analysis for the year of 2008.  Let’s get it done!  New posted listings for homes in St. Paul, Minnesota, increased in December according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities.  During December, there were 399 new listings in St. Paul, compared to the 351 homes put up on the market during the same month of 2007.  That is an increase of about +13.7%.  Unlike November, lots of neighborhoods saw increases in new listings.  The increase in new listings is a little unusual, given that December is so full of holidays. Here is a breakdown of new listings by Saint Paul neighborhood:  (Barker & Hedges blog entry about November 2008 St. Paul Real Estate Market Activity.)

Como 13 (+18.2%)
Crocus Hill 23 (+4.5%)
Downtown Saint Paul 17 (+21.4%)
East Side 104 (+25.3%)
Highland Park 16 (-5.9%)
Mac-Groveland 12 (-40.0%)
Merriam Park 4 (-55.6%)
North End / Frogtown 70 (+40.0%)
Phalen 69 (+30.2%)
Southeast 18 (-10.0%)
St. Anthony / Midway 16 (-0.0%)
West 7th 13 (-27.8%)
West Side / Cherokee 24 (+50.0%)

Saint Paul’s posted new listings of homes for sale in 2008 ended at 6,859.  That is a decline of -8.8% from 2007’s 7,520 homes listed for the year.  Mac-Groveland, St. Anthony / Midway, and West 7th neighborhoods experienced the greatest declines in new listings.  The Phalen and West Side / Cherokee neighborhoods have been the only St. Paul neighborhoods that saw boosts in new listings.  Homes listed in Saint Paul by neighborhood:

Como 381 (-18.8%)
Crocus Hill 494 (-18.5%)
Downtown Saint Paul 383 (-20.2%)
East Side 1514 (-2.5%)
Highland Park 439 (-12.7%)
Mac-Groveland 370 (-21.8%)
Merriam Park 189 (-21.3%)
North End / Frogtown 860 (-5.6%)
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Saint Paul Real Estate Market Analysis: November 2008

New posted listings for homes in St. Paul, Minnesota, decreased in November according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities.  During that month, there were 398 new listings in St. Paul.  In November the previous year, there were 481 new listings.  That is a reduction of about -17.3%.  The only neighborhoods which saw increases in new listings were the Phalen and Merriam Park neighborhoods of Saint Paul.  A decrease in new listings is to be expected now as the winter season really starts kicking up snow.  (Barker & Hedges blog entry about October 2008 St. Paul Real Estate Market Activity.)

Como 18 (-25.0%)
Crocus Hill 22 (-12.0%)
Downtown Saint Paul 14 (-33.3%)
East Side 98 (-28.5%)
Highland Park 23 (-43.9%)
Mac-Groveland 21 (-12.5%)
Merriam Park 17 (+54.5%)
North End/Frogtown 56 (-0.0%)
Phalen 60 (+1.7%)
Southeast 16 (-5.9%)
St. Anthony/Midway 13 (-43.5%)
West 7th 16 (-30.4%)
West Side/Cherokee 20 (-4.8%)

Saint Paul’s posted new listings of homes for sale from January through November are at 6,460.  That is a decline of -9.9% from last year’s 7,169 for the same time period.  Southeast, St. Anthony / Midway, and West 7th neighborhoods continue to experience greatest declines in new listings.  The Phalen and West Side / Cherokee neighborhoods have been the only St. Paul neighborhoods that saw boosts in new listings through November.

Como 368 (-19.7%)
Crocus Hill 470 (-19.5%)
Downtown Saint Paul 366 (-21.5%)
East Side 1411 (-4.0%)
Highland Park 423 (-13.0%)
Mac-Groveland 357 (-21.2%)
Merriam Park 187 (-19.0%)
North End/Frogtown 789 (-8.4%)
Phalen 950 (+14.3%)
Southeast 233 (-22.1%)
St. Anthony/Midway 332 (-27.2%)
West 7th 191 (-23.6%)
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Saint Paul Real Estate Market Analysis: October 2008

New posted listings for homes in St. Paul, Minnesota, fell in the month of October according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities.  During October, there were 515 new listings in St. Paul.  In October of 2007, there were 603 new listings.  That is a reduction of about -14.6%.  There were too many neighborhoods to list here that experienced declines of 20% to over 45%.  The only neighborhoods which saw significant increases in new listings were the Phalen and Merriam Park neighborhoods of Saint Paul.  (Barker & Hedges blog entry about September 2008 St. Paul Real Estate Market Activity.)

Como 31 (-6.1%)
Crocus Hill 40 (-35.5%)
Downtown Saint Paul 21 (-46.2%)
East Side 132 (+0.8%)
Highland Park 25 (-26.5%)
Mac-Groveland 22 (-47.6%)
Merriam Park 12 (+20.0%)
North End/Frogtown 56 (-29.1%)
Phalen 83 (+23.9%)
Southeast 12 (-42.9%)
St. Anthony/Midway 30 (+7.1%)
West 7th 17 (-29.2%)
West Side/Cherokee 30 (-0.0%)

Saint Paul’s posted new listings of homes for sale from January through October are at 6,062.  That is a decline of -9.4% from last year’s 6,688 for the same time period.  Merriam Park, St. Anthony / Midway, and West 7th neighborhoods continue to experience greatest declines in new listings.  The Phalen and West Side / Cherokee neighborhoods were the only St. Paul neighborhoods that saw any boost in new listings for the year to date through October.

Como 348 (-19.8%)
Crocus Hill 450 (-19.5%)
Downtown Saint Paul 352 (-20.9%)
East Side 1313 (-1.5%)
Highland Park 400 (-10.1%)
Mac-Groveland 335 (-21.9%)
Merriam Park 170 (-22.7%)
North End/Frogtown 732 (-9.1%)
Phalen 890 (+15.3%)
Southeast 217 (-23.0%)
St. Anthony/Midway 320 (-26.1%)
West 7th 175 (-22.9%)
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Saint Paul Real Estate Market Analysis: September 2008

In a change to what we have seen in previous months, new listings for homes in Saint Paul, Minnesota, rose during September according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities.  Throughout the month, there were 621 new listings in St. Paul.  During September of 2007, there were 602 new listings.  That adds up to an increase of about +3.2%!  It may be small, but it is something.  The Phalen and Highland Park neighborhoods of Saint Paul saw the greatest boost in new listings during September at +44.3% and +32.4% respectively.  Conversely, the West 7th and Merriam Park neighborhoods saw decreases in new listings during September of -45.0% and -50.0% respectively.  (Barker & Hedges blog entry about August 2008 St. Paul Real Estate Market Activity.)

Como 31 (-24.4%)
Crocus Hill 42 (-26.3%)
Downtown Saint Paul 25 (-19.4%)
East Side 139 (+23.0%)
Highland Park 49 (+32.4%)
Mac-Groveland 34 (-10.5%)
Merriam Park 14 (-50.0%)
North End / Frogtown 82 (+18.8%)
Phalen 101 (+44.3%)
Southeast 15 (+7.1%)
St. Anthony / Midway 35 (-31.4%)
West 7th 11 (-45.0%)
West Side / Cherokee 42 (+27.3%)

Saint Paul’s posted new listings for the year to date were at 5,543 from January through September.  That is a decrease of -8.9%.  This September’s increase in new listings helped raise that from August’s -10.2%.  If October follows in suit for new listings in St. Paul, the city might be on par with its real estate listings for last year.  Merriam Park and St. Anthony / Midway have seen the greatest decreases in new listings.  The Phalen and West Side / Cherokee neighborhoods have seen increases in new listings for the year to date.

Como 321 (-19.8%)
Crocus Hill 414 (-16.5%)
Downtown Saint Paul 325 (-20.5%)
East Side 1185 (-1.2%)
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