June 2015

Found 11 blog entries for June 2015.

Sunray Battle Creek Highwood Real Estate

Sunray-Battle Creek-Highwood Neighborhood is a great place to live in Saint Paul. It’s located in the Lower East end of the city and it’s an awesome residential area just two miles from downtown. Not only does it offer a small town feel but folks living here are located right by the best city attractions in downtown. You’ll love the character of the neighborhood as well as the local, friendly vibe. If you’re interested in living in the Sunray-Battle Creek-Highwood neighborhood, here is a look at what to expect here.

About the Neighborhood

The area at 3rd and Howard Streets is one of the best places to enjoy the local feel and character. It used to be a bedroom community for the 3M Corporation headquarters but today, it’s a thriving neighborhood

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Minnesota State Fair - Image Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Midway-Minnesota_State_Fair-2006.jpg

As one of the largest events of the year, the Minnesota State Fair will draw over 1.5 million visitors this year. Last year, a new record for attendance was set with over 1.8 million visitors. The previous record was 1,790,497 from the 2009 fair.

This year promised to be just as large, if not larger. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend each day of the fair with some days seeing more than 200,000 attendees come through the gates. Here's what you can expect at the Minnesota State Fair this year.


All types of entertainment will be provided for all ages to enjoy. From the Blue Ribbon Authors to the A Fabulous Fair Alphabet Game, there will be plenty going on. Some of the entertainment at the fair includes:

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Summer in the Twin Cities is so awesome; there is always something to do, especially on the weekends. There are a couple of St. Paul events this coming weekend we want to bring to your attention that we think are especially noteworthy.

All that jazz

Jazz fans flock to the annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival and this year will be no exception. The fest kicks off this Thursday, the 25th and wraps up on Saturday, the 27th. Although the music is presented at different venues, most are centered on St. Paul’s Mears Park in Lowertown. Free shuttles will take you around (they run from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.) to the various clubs. Get the schedule and more information here.


Grab the pooch and head to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this

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Wabasha Street Caves is an event hall known for its many tours. Some of the tours they offer include historic cave tours, lost souls tours, winter lights tour, caves & graves tour, twin tower tacky tour, and the rivers & roots tour just to name a few.

The Saint Paul Gangster Tour

The Saint Paul Gangster Tour is what brings most people to the Wabasha Street Caves. Your tour guide will be an egregious gangster and his female companion. On this tour you will get an up close view of kidnappings, gun battles and nightclubs associated with infamous gangsters Babyface Nelson, Ma Barker and John Dillinger.

You will get to see where these gangsters plotted and planned some of the most notorious crimes to ever be carried out in the area. You will also

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As we move into summer, the heated St. Paul real estate market shows no signs of cooling off. We are definitely in a seller’s market as homebuyers hit the market in droves, trying to beat any additional interest rate increases.

News for St. Paul Home Buyers

The number of homes to hit the market in May was down, but only by less than 1 percent. This means that St. Paul homeowners aren’t shying away from getting their homes on the market and we’re hopeful that summer will bring more of them.

Right now, however, the inventory of available homes has shrunk another 11 percent over this time last year to where we now have only a 3.3 month supply. Look for lots of competition in St. Paul’s most popular neighborhoods, especially for homes in good

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Tongue In Cheek is an eating, drinking and cavorting establishment. Their mission is to always serve the highest quality food possible. They do this by only using animal products that have been raised, or caught, in a humane manner. They are very passionate about this mission and will never waver on it.

The Menu

At Tongue In Cheek they have a brunch and dinner menu. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm. The Brunch menu consists of the classic, French toast, poached eggs and grits, pork belly hash, and egg n fries.

The dinner menu consists of several items including:

  • Sweetbread
  • Market Cheese
  • Watermelon & Feta Salad
  • Grass Fed Beef Tartare
  • Berries & Bubbly
  • Potato Dumplings
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Pan Roasted
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It’s amazing how much activity is going on in the St. Paul real estate market right now. It’s one of the busiest spring-almost-summer seasons we’ve seen in a long time.

In looking over the backend of our website last night I see that while folks are looking at a broad range of listings, three homes in particular got the most views. Let’s take a look at these popular homes, all built in the early 20th century.

Como Charmer

Built in 1925, the exterior of this home screams “curb appeal!” With a lovely front yard and a charming porch, you will definitely want to get out of the car to see the inside.

Although the homeowners have updated the home they were able to keep the original character of this early 20th century home intact. It’s been very

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Payne-Phalen Real Estate

The Payne-Phalen neighborhood used to be the home to major corporations, such as 3M and Whirlpool. It's still a major hub within the St. Paul area and provides a home to many businesses.

The area has been home to many successful immigrants with many Swedish, Chinese, Jewish and Thai coming to the area in the early 1900s. The neighborhood still embraces many of the cultural aspects of the immigrants including business traditions and architecture. Lake Phalen is one of the most popular outdoor spots within Payne-Phalen and offers plenty of activity.


Every year, the area is home to a few great events including the Dragon Festival, which is held at Lake Phalen Regional Park. This festival helps to embrace the Asian roods of the community

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Found in a historic structure on Payne Avenue, Ward 6 is a popular spot for food, beer and plenty of fun. The building dates back to 1885 and used to be an old saloon before Hamm's Brewery bought it in 1903. Hamm's built the wooden bar, which is still in use today.

The building has seen many owners and many different bars over the years. It was even residential for nearly 20 years. However, Murph Dawkins purchased the building around a decade ago and started restoring it. She wanted to open a cafe, but never made it that far.

It was bought Eric and Bob, the current owners, and turned into Ward 6. They opened the new spot in December of 2012 and have been serving good food and beer ever since.

The Menu

You will find plenty of interesting

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Summer is on its way― and the evidence is in the increase in local events here in St. Paul. Among the following are a couple happening this weekend.

Grand Old Day

The granddaddy of festivals happens this Sunday on Grand  Avenue. As usual, the street will be closed to vehicular traffic and thousands of your neighbors will be roaming around. Adults can enjoy the Festival Gardens’ live music, beer bash  and more. Then, there’s the Family Fun District and the Health & Wellness District.

Get there early for the 9:30 am parade and make a day of it. There will be lots of food vendors so don’t worry about going hungry. Find out more here.

Beer Fest!

If you’re a fan of craft beer you won’t want to miss this year’s Beer Fest. It’s the 6th annual

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