St. Paul Real Estate Blog - Kris Lindahl for RE/MAX Results

The Twin Cities region in general is red hot right now, but St. Paul specifically is quickly establishing itself as a top place to call home in 2017. Don’t believe us? Just ask the fine folks over at Livability.com, who happened to rank St. Paul 40th overall on its list of “Top 100 Best Places to Live” in 2017. 

Despite the cold and often harsh winters we experience here in Minnesota, it seems more people are moving to St. Paul and the surrounding Twin Cities area than ever before. And with job growth on the rise and housing and living costs still widely considered more than reasonable, it’s easy to see why. 

So if you’re thinking about a move to St. Paul and want a basic breakdown of what it’s like and what to expect, here’s an at-a-glance look at

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Believe it or not, St. Paul is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, even despite Minnesota’s cold, harsh winters that make riding just a little more challenging from roughly November to March. But over the years, the city of St. Paul has invested heavily in bicycle infrastructure, which includes everything from building and maintaining a huge network of off-street bicycle pathways and trails to adding more and more bike lanes throughout the city that help ensure riding a bike in town is safer and more efficient. 

If you’re new to the St. Paul area or are perhaps thinking about buying a home in St. Paul sometime in the near future, you’re probably still somewhat unfamiliar with all the bicycle amenities the city has to offer. But as

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Homes For Sale Near Bruce Vento Trail The Bruce Vento Regional Trail is one of the most used recreational trails in the entire Twin Cities region. Stretching nearly 7 miles long, the Bruce Vento Trail not only runs through St. Paul but also parts of Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake, and Maplewood as well. 

The trail itself occupies an abandoned stretch of the Burlington Northern Railroad, while also intersecting with the Gateway State Trail in Maplewood, which continues to a point just east of beautiful Lake Phalen. 

For potential St. Paul home buyers who love getting outside and staying active, living near the Bruce Vento Trail is absolutely a gift that keeps on giving. Even during the winter months, as long as there isn’t a ton of snow on the ground, it’s refreshing to get outside to go for

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More public transit options could be on the way for St. Paul, which could even include service to parts of Western Wisconsin, believe it or not. 

According to reports, there seems to be a strong push for privately financed passenger rail service from Eau Claire, WI all the way back over to St. Paul’s Union Depot, which could potentially include a stop in nearby Stillwater, MN as well. 

Already, thousands of Wisconsin residents commute to the Twin Cities each and every day, so train service to at least some of these cities and towns seems to make a lot of sense on the surface.

The idea of passenger train service from Western Wisconsin to St. Paul is nothing new, however, and has actually been discussed as far back as 2009. But this most recent

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Home Prices in Dayton's BluffSt. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood initially started to be recognized as an up-and-coming community a couple years ago when many of its older homes began being purchased, rehabbed, and re-sold to home buyers who appreciate historic homes but also wanted, or needed, to buy on the cheap. 

For years, Dayton’s Bluff was hardly an option for anybody looking for a new place to live, especially as crime continued to plague the area for as far back as some locals can even remember. Today, however, the neighborhood vibe is completely different and its transformation into one of St. Paul’s hottest communities in nothing short of miraculous. 

Right around this time last year in fact, the revitalization of Dayton’s Bluff was starting to make headlines, both

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New construction single-family homes that are well within walking distance to Downtown St. Paul aren’t always easy to find, which is what makes the new Pleasant Ridge community so unique. 

Consisting of just 8 new homes, Pleasant Ridge is located just off Summit Avenue in St. Paul’s highly desirable Ramsey Hill neighborhood, which of course provides quick and easy access to the highway, and also features a “pleasant” residential vibe that includes quiet tree-lines streets, plenty of historic houses scattered throughout the area, and plenty of walkability for local residents and home owners to enjoy. 

Homes for sale in Pleasant Ridge are being built by JMS Custom Homes and mostly include three bedrooms and three bathrooms, although two of the eight

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Thinking about selling your St. Paul home in 2017? With the Twin Cities real estate market projected to remain hot during the early part of the new year, finding easy and efficient ways that help make your home stand out can go a long way in getting a deal done quickly. And when it comes to making your home stand out, properly staging it to specifically appeal to today’s home buyers is precisely where you need to start. 

When many St. Paul home sellers first hear the word “staging,” fears of spending thousands and thousands of dollars are what sometimes first come to mind. But before you hit the panic button so-to-speak, understand that even small changes and design elements make a difference. So regardless of how minimal some of these tips might seem,

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Luxury St. Paul Real EstateRegardless of whether you’re in the market for an entry-level home or a luxury home in St. Paul, buying sooner rather than later makes a lot of sense if you hope to still take advantage of favorable mortgage rates. In addition, continued job growth and the strong demand for housing all over the Twin Cities area will also keep inventory down, leaving luxury buyers with even fewer options and opportunities than what you might otherwise see in a slower-paced market. 

With the holiday season now in the rearview mirror and the calendar officially flipped over to 2017, there’s no better time to take a look at what luxury homes are available in St. Paul than the present. From a number of historic houses situated just outside of downtown St. Paul to a variety

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From a home buyer’s perspective, 2016 hasn't exactly been the best time to look for a new home, especially towards the end of the year when mortgage rates spiked and inventory continued to dwindle. In addition, the strong demand for housing in places like St. Paul and the rest of the Twin Cities region also kept home prices on the rise for most of 2016 as well, sometimes pricing young and first-time home buyers out of the market. 

If you’re looking for a little relief heading into the new year, you might be disappointed to learn that most projections have mortgage rates and home prices continuing their upward trend, likely posing more of the same challenges home buyers faced in 2016. 

Even with rates climbing, however, it’s still worth noting that

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Top St. Paul Neighborhoods of 2016With 2016 now pretty much in the books, potential home buyers will likely wait until the turn of the calendar to buy a new place. But with mortgage rates now reaching levels not seen since 2014 and home prices also continuing an upward trend, it’s more important than ever that home buyers in St. Paul find the best deals possible. So if you’re in the market for a new home in St. Paul, just where are some optimal places to begin a home search? Well, if you believe that data found on niche.com, a popular website that specifically analyzes and scores schools and neighborhoods all over the U.S., here are 2016’s best St. Paul neighborhoods. 

1) Macalester-Groveland

Scoring high in the Education and Public Schools categories, Macalester-Groveland seems to

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