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St. Paul Street CarIt’s been a long road, but after about 3 years of study and nearly 100 public hearings, the Riverview Corridor Policy Advisory Committee has voted in favor of linking downtown St. Paul with the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport via streetcar service.

It’s been more than 60 years since streetcars were up-and-running in the Twin Cities, but it now appears as if  “modern” streetcar service is making a much-needed comeback to the St. Paul area.

In short, the modern streetcar is similar to a light rail, but only involves one car and operates in traffic. And as the cars move south, they’ll eventually connect with the already existing tracks for the Blue Line Light Rail trains beginning at the Fort Snelling stop.

According to the release, the

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While it looked as if a spectacular new $225 million mixed-use project was set to take over the former West Publishing site in downtown St. Paul, the county and Phoenix-based Cardon Development Group have reportedly decided to scrap development plans and go their separate ways.

Not all that long ago, Ramsey County dropped $17 million to demolish the former West Publishing buildings and also the Ramsey County Jail in order to make the site more attractive developers.

But despite offering some pretty amazing views of the open river valley below and being one of the premier development opportunities currently available in St. Paul , it looks like things are back at square one and the county will once again be looking for development options and ideas.

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Union Park Neighborhood St. Paul Mostly residential, St. Paul’s Union Park neighborhood offers a wide variety of homes to choose from. New buyers are sure to enjoy options ranging from Craftsman-style bungalows to Colonial Revivals, Prairie-style homes to Queen Anne styles, with various designs constructed mostly from the late 1800s to the 1930s.

Hosting a number of smaller neighborhoods within its boundaries, Union Park is primarily known for its quiet streets and active neighborhood groups. As well, the area is also renowned for its numerous parks, with several ideal locations for families to engage in sports and recreation, plus enjoy playgrounds and even an occasional picnic lunch.

With convenient access to public transportation too, living in Union Park makes it easy to travel

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Oktoberfest St. Paul MN Winter is right around the corner, and if you’re looking for things to do in St. Paul, MN, now is the time to start planning your fall outings. And to help get you started, we've even provided a few quick ideas below:

Oktoberfest

The first weekend of October brings about the annual Twin Cities Oktoberfest. The weekend is filled with beer, brats, dancing and live music at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Visit the zoo

The fall season is also a great time to get out and enjoy cooler temperatures at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. The oldest zoo in the state, the location is free to visit but accepts donations, and it’s open every day of the year.

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

It’s also a great time to get out and

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For a medium-sized city, St. Paul has a pretty solid selection of loft-style condos on the market, especially around the heart of downtown. Generally speaking, many home buyers love a good residential loft conversion for all the unique characteristics that coincide with a typical loft-style living space, like high concrete or timber ceilings, exposed brick walls, huge open layouts, and oversized industrial windows just to name a few. 

Despite such a diverse selection of lofts for sale in St. Paul, though, one particular building in town that continues to remain a favorite is the River Park Lofts, located at 406 Wacouta Street. 

Featuring living spaces that are exactly what an urban loft should be, residents at River Park Lofts get it all—classic

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St. Anthony Park HomesSt. 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

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Luxury Homes For Sale in St. Paul There is certainly no lack of luxury homes in St. Paul, from sprawling, historic mansions to newly updated designs. Many of these can be found in two of the regions most celebrated, historic neighborhoods: Summit Hill and Summit-University.

Summit Hill neighborhood

The historic Summit Hill neighborhood is home to a number of exceptionally preserved Victorian-style residences. With architecture sometimes dating back to the mid 1800s, the neighborhood quickly gained attention generations ago from some of the area’s most prominent and affluent families.

Helped by the preservation of its architecture and character over the years, much of the Summit Hill neighborhood of today stays true to its roots, with a large selection of well-kept Victorian-era and

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It’s hardly a secret that the golf course industry overall has been struggling over the past decade, and that’s certainly the case in states like Minnesota where we don’t exactly have the luxury of living in a warm weather climate all year long. With that in mind, the Planning and Economic Development Department in St. Paul is already working on a plan to possibly re-develop Hillcrest Golf Course, which just recently announced it will officially close this coming October.

News about the course shuttering broke back in late July, and its owners are already looking to unload its 110 acres to real estate developers who may be looking to add to the area’s already residential-dominant landscape, which is undoubtedly a unique opportunity for just about any

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As the old saying goes, “all good things must come to an end,” and that’s certainly relatable to the recent announcement of the 96-year-old privately owned Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul closing later this fall.

According to a recent report from The Pioneer Press, owners of the club concluded that its fewer than 200 members isn’t enough for the business to remain sustainable, ultimately forcing the decision to shutter and sell off the sprawling 110-acre property.

As noted by The Press, the Hillcrest site will likely be marketed to real estate developers and could potential bring hundreds of new homes to the area, which is already almost entirely residential.

The Hillcrest Golf Course originally opened all the way back in 1921 as a municipal

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As we get further and further into 2017, housing inventory continues to be an issue facing the Twin Cities market, and more specially buyers who are desperately trying to find a new place to live. 

According to recently released sales figures, the median sales price back in April jumped another 6.3% to $245,500, brining it to a level that hasn’t been seen in over a decade. 

With fewer homes on the market all throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, home sellers are taking notice and aggressively pricing their properties when looking to sell. And unfortunately for buyers, there isn’t a whole lot that can be done outside of paying the asking price, or at the very least close to it.  

For added perspective, there were 20% fewer homes on the market

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