With 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.
Scoring high in the Education and Public Schools categories, Macalester-Groveland seems to be a great place for home buyers with children to consider. Short commute times, a favorable crime and safety grade, and easy access to outdoor recreation also help make Macalester-Groveland one of St. Paul’s top neighborhoods of 2016.
2) Summit Hill
Much like Macalester-Groveland, Summit Hill scores very well in the Education and Public Schools department. Unfortunately, Summit Hill is also one of the more expensive locations to call home in St. Paul, only scoring a C in the Cost of Living category.
3) St. Anthony Park
If you’re looking for a St. Paul neighborhood that scores well in a range of different categories, consider St. Anthony Park received an A in Health & Fitness, Shortest Commute, Nightlife, Crime & Safety, and Education. Not bad, right?
Situated just west of downtown St. Paul, Summit-University is diverse, desirable, and features some of the coolest late-1800s homes you’ll find anywhere in St. Paul. But along with that, Niche found it to also offer terrific family amenities and also great public schools as well!
If you’re looking for a small town vibe but also still want to be living relatively close to downtown St. Paul, Hamline-Midway is the neighborhood for you. According to Niche, Hamline-Midway scores exceptionally well in the Shortest Commute, Family Amenities, Health & Fitness, and Nightlife categories, and its access to outdoor activities, quality schools, and nearby jobs also makes it a top St. Paul neighborhood of 2016.