St. Paul, MN is full of great neighborhoods, but one just stands out. Although the name may sound familiar around the city, the St. Anthony Park Neighborhood enjoys a vibe all its own.
For starters, the St. Anthony Park Neighborhood is completely separate from the northeast suburb of St. Anthony, and it’s not the same as St. Anthony East, St. Anthony West or the Falls of St. Anthony, either.
In fact, St. Anthony Park is the neighborhood tucked away in between the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and Highway 280, with a true ‘small town’ vibe that makes the neighborhood unique.
The small town vibe
It’s that small town vibe that easily ranks as one of the top three reasons why you may want to move to the St. Anthony Park Neighborhood of St. Paul. The neighborhood features a library, barbershop, post office, an independent bookstore and small grocery store. As well, there’s also a bakery and salon, with each of the businesses within walking distance, making for a true walk-able neighborhood.
Another big draw of the neighborhood is the architecture. Constructed around 1917, the public library was built in a Beaux Arts design, with ornate features. There’s also the Old Muskego Church, constructed in the mid 1800s in neighboring Wisconsin, but dismantled and moved to the campus of Luther Seminary at the turn of the century.
While you can’t go inside, the historic structure is a standing example of the first Norwegian Lutheran Church ever built in the country. You’ll also find ultra-modernist homes in University Grove, some of which were designed by well-known architect, Ralph Rapson.
Finally, the third reason why you may want to move to the St. Anthony Park Neighborhood has to do with the unexpected. The neighborhood is also the home to three large bronze sculptures depicting massive bulls.
At 13-feet long, the largest of the bulls joins the other two in lounging underneath a tree. Added in the early 2000s by a local sculptor, the inspiration comes from the nearby fairgrounds, yet remains untitled. It’s just one unexpected surprise in a neighborhood generally regarded as more of a small town within a larger city.