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Linden Hills & Fulton Neighborhoods of Minneapolis

The Linden Hills and Fulton neighborhoods are two of the best locations to live in all the Twin Cities. Aside from only being minutes away from both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, the area sits in close proximity to the international airport and the Mall of America – and because the neighborhood is on the west side of the metro, it’s only a short drive to the scenic Lake Minnetonka. And on that note, the area itself has plenty of outdoor space that feels anything but urban.

Image Credit: Joe Bielawa

Near the Linden Hills and Fulton neighborhoods sit plenty of bodies of water worth spending time around – Minnehaha Creek, Lake Calhoun, Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles and Lake Harriet are all in close proximity. These options are a godsend for anyone who appreciates the outdoors, loves a good beach or water activities.

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Minnehaha Creek is one can’t miss spot in the area, flowing 22 miles east through many Minneapolis suburbs. The creek flows into the gorgeous Minnehaha Falls, a huge attraction in the Minneapolis area. The 53-foot high waterfall is a beautiful escape for the urban life that surrounds the area.

There are also many fantastic parks in the area. Residents can chose from Utley Park, York Park, Arden Park, Wooddale Park, Pamela Park, and more. Minneapolis is an ever-growing city,...

The streets of the Twin Cities are lined with green gold

Those who live in or visit the Twin Cities probably have seen how many trees we have along our streets, avenues and boulevards. 

Recently, a first-of-its-kind study was completed that used high-resolution satellite technology to analyze the tree canopy of the Twin Cities. The study was carried out by a team of University of Minnesota researchers. High-resolution satellite technology was used to examine Minneapolis from above on a clear and cloudless day, recording and analyzing how much tree cover there, down to each individual property.

They study estimated Minneapolis' overall tree coverage to be 31.5%, higher than previous estimates using less precise methods. In St. Paul, the canopy cover rate was 32.5%.

Minneapolis' estimated 979,000 trees offer many benefits, including:

  • Cleaning the air
  • Sucking up water that would otherwise flood stormwater pipes
  • Increase the attractiveness of homes
  • Drive up property values
  • Reducing the need for cooling during hot summer days by providing shade

"In terms of energy conservation, it doesn't get any easier than planting a tree on the west side of your house if you can," [Minneapolis project coordinator June Mathiowetz] said.

The Lynnhurst neighborhood off the southeast shore of Lake Harriet had the most urban tree cover. Nearly 49% of its area is covered, which includes a portion of Minnehaha Creek. Other neighborhoods that rank high for shadiness have residential lots and extensive parkways, mostly along Minnehaha Creek in southern Minneapolis, West River Road, and along the city's western border.

The research will be helpful in multiple ways. The study shows gaps in the urban tree cover, which could help city planners and foresters target areas in need of improvement or develop low-cost programs to encourage more saplings on private land. It also provides a useful benchmark...

Photo Friday - North Star Woolen Mill

The North Star Woolen Mill is located in Minneapolis on the Mississippi River's west side in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District. Built in 1864 by W.W. Eastman and Paris Gibson, it was originally a textile mill for the North Star Woolen Company. While it was open, it manufactured high quality wool blankets, scarves, flannels, and yarns. It was the nation's largest manufacturer of wool blankets by 1925.

Entrepreneurs in Minneapolis' early days had hopes for developing a textile industry at Saint Anothony falls, similar to that of Lowell, Massachusetts. It was not to be, however, as the industry never had as much success as had been hoped. This was mostly because Minneapolis was a long distance from eastern markets and shipping centers.

The North Star Woolen Mill was the only exception. It remained a significant industry in Minneapolis until the 1940s. In 1949 the North Star Woolen Company moved its operations to Lima, Ohio.

The North Star Building sat empty for nearly 50 years until it was re-developed in 1998-99 into lofts. The building maintains its existing exterior including a sign reading "North Star Blankets"....

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: ...

Minneapolis Near North Community Highlights

The Near North Community can be found on the north and west side of Minneapolis. It is bordered to the south by Bassett’s creek, to the west by Penn Avenue, to the north by Lowry Avenue North, and to the east by I-94, Lyndale Avenue North and the Mississippi River.  Contained within it are six smaller neighborhoods.

Hawthorne - The Hawthorne neighborhood is in the northeast corner of the Near North community in Minneapolis. The neighborhood is bounded by the Mississippi River on the east and Emerson Avenue on the west; Broadway Avenue is the southern extent and Lowry Avenue is the neighborhood’s northern boundary.  The Hawthorne neighborhood is named after the American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, born in 1804. The Hawthorne neighborhood is also the home of Farview Park, the oldest park of Minneapolis, the Nellie Stone Johnson School, and the Orvin Olson Park near the Mississippi River. Home to nearly 6,000 residents, Hawthorne is nearly twice the size of most other Minneapolis neighborhoods. Hawthorne is mostly residential, with many single-family houses. There are some multi-family dwellings available. 

Jordan – West of Hawthorne is where one can find the Jordan neighborhood.  Jordan is bound on the north by Lowry Avenue North, on the east by Emerson Avenue North, on the south and west by West Broadway Avenue. It gets its name from a neighborhood junior high school, which was built in 1922 and named after Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Emeritus Charles Morison Jordan.

Jordan is mainly a residential neighborhood. Home prices in the Jordan area are well below the Minneapolis median price for single and multi family homes.  Jordan homes are about evenly divided between rental and owner occupied housing. With a population of nearly 10,000, Jordan is one of the city's largest active...

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’s Como Park Neighborhood Highlights

Located in the northwestern area of the City of St. Paul, the neighborhood known as Como Park is bordered on the north by Hoyt Avenue and Larpenteur Avenue, on the east by Dale Street, on the south by the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks and Maryland Avenue, and on the west by Snelling Avenue.  This beautiful neighborhood is a primarily residential and recreational area.  With Como Lake at its heart, its wonderful parks, and of course, the Como Park Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is known as Saint Paul's Garden District.

Como Park was originally settled as farmland in the middle of the 1800's. Como Lake was named in 1848 and was incorporated into the city of Saint Paul in 1854. Real estate developer Henry McKenty, thinking that the Como Park area would be the perfect place for a resort, began construction on Como Road beginning in 1868.  Though his real estate dreams were never realized, Como Road is still part of today’s Como Avenue, a major street running through the neighborhood.

Because of its beautiful views and lakeside location, 256 acres of land on the west side of Lake Como were bought by the City of St. Paul in 1873.  Twenty years later in 1893, the electric street car was introduced to Lake Como, which allowed St. Paul residents to travel the 3 miles to Como Lake Park in just 30 minutes. Shortly thereafter in 1897, the Como Zoo was built.  This was followed with the Como Lakeside Pavilion, which was constructed between the years of 1905 to 1906. Finally, the Como Park Conservatory was built in 1915. Just as these significant structures were popular when they were first built, they continue to this day to be centerpieces of the neighborhood’s recreational venues.

And what popular venues there are!  Did you know that Como Park is the most widely used park within the Twin Cities metro area? Admittance to the Como Park Zoo is free. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, formerly the Como Park...