A New Trend in Downtown/Lowertown Saint Paul: The Urban Condo or Loft

Many real estate buyers today want an urban cabin and buying a downtown/Lowertown St Paul condo or loft fits the bill. Nowhere in the Twin Cities is the urban feel so appealing, and it’s a perfect location for a second, part-time residence. If you would love the experience of city living during time off or weekends, downtown St Paul is your urban village, with cafes, pubs and restaurants, art galleries and theatres, and immediate accessibility to the games and festival events (and the great dog park!) at CHS Field. Charming Lowertown and Downtown Lofts The first lofts were the artists’ ateliers of 19th-century Paris. The grand paintings of the time called for high-ceilinged studios.…

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Four Organic Restaurants You Should Totally Think About Visiting in Saint Paul

Saint Paul is a fast-growing city with amazing organic restaurants within numerous walking neighborhoods. The City of St Paul has not only been expanding in growth, but also is keeping up with the needs of the demand for art, culture and food. The city has an abundance of all natural, organic restaurants that serve organic vegetables, meats, fish, and also fruits that originated from local farmers that create a flavorful green-friendly dining experience. With the increase growth of population and a rise of health-conscious individuals has increased the importance and practice of organic cooking and restaurants. St. Paul is now catching-up with this trend.…

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Crocus Hill: Why You May Want to Look for Your Condo Here

Crocus Hill predates Minnesota itself. Most of the homes here were designed in the early 1900s, and visitors come to the area to see St Paul just as F. Scott Fitzgerald knew it. And so it is. This is a great location for individuals looking to experience urban living: enveloped in the Victorian style, where architectural preservation is paramount. Where locals maintain the property values with the utmost care. Condos are plentiful here. They offer the buyer an excellent value. For Crocus Hill is nestled in a neighborhood of classic beauty, with the Cathedral of St. Paul representing the Beaux-Arts architecture style and the many local homes of such note that…

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What Makes a Condo or Loft a Haven? Top 10 Amenities Explored

When people are looking for a luxury condo or loft, such as the Downtown St Paul or Minneapolis condos & lofts, there are certain amenities that might make them more likely to sign on the dotted line. Having a property that boasts these desirable features tends to make it stand out among a crowd. Learn what amenities are most apt to draw a crowd with the following list. Bike Storage Everyone has extra belongings that they don’t want perched in the living room. For many of us in the St. Paul or Minneapolis area, a bicycle falls into that category. Not…

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Tips for Making Your Minneapolis/St Paul Condo Eco-Friendly

There is great news for Minnesota condo buyers who are passionate about upholding a green living lifestyle. If you are thinking about buying a Minneapolis-St Paul condo for sale, you can rest assured that there are many eco-friendly actions you can take that will make your new home an environmentally-friendly place in which to live. The first task you will want to accomplish is to replace any energy-guzzling appliances that come with the condo with energy-friendly models. Take a look at air conditioners, furnaces, stoves, dishwashers, or refrigerators to make sure they bear the Energy Star label and install only LED…

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The Sustainable Life: How It’s Done in Minneapolis and St Paul

The popularity of townhomes, lofts, and condos in the Twin Cities is undoubtedly connected with the love for sustainable living shared by so many people in our communities. To be truly sustainable means taking a well-rounded approach. Here are some ways Minneapolis and St Paul residents conserve precious resources, and how to join in. Reduce your carbon footprint by using your feet. Twin Cities residents are renowned for cycling or walking to the local markets and cafes—in neighborhoods such as Lowertown in St Paul, with its outstanding farmers’ market. Or consider Linden Hills, Minneapolis, home of the Linden Hills Co-op, which offers Minneapolis residents organic food, locally grown. Linden Hills is…

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Who’s Playing at the 2018 Twin Cities Jazz Festival

A great aspect about Downtown St Paul living is the abundance of musical performances. Lowertown, surrounding Mears Park, is a welcoming, culturally rich community. And the 20th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival is about to begin. This 3-day music fest (June 21-23) takes over multiple stages in Mears Park, and spills over into local pubs and clubs. Expect plenty of opportunities to join audiences of every style and size. Featured this year on the main stages are some phenomenal artists. On Friday the 22nd at 6 pm, hear saxophonist Tia Fuller, whose high-profile work includes performing as the featured soloist with Beyoncé for President Obama at the White House. Then, at 8:30 pm, come and hear…

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5 Days Out in Minneapolis, Along the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway

The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, made of connected green spaces all around Minneapolis, meshes with 300 miles of regional trails. Explore outstanding bike paths and more than 50 miles of scenic driving parkways. In winter, the city clears the trails of snow by 6 a.m., for the residents who walk or bike to work. The Grand Rounds offers some great recreational activities too. Here are five sample days out to enjoy them. 1. Visit Lake Harriet Park Set your map app to 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy. In summer, there’s music at the Band Shell. Lake Harriet Park is great, too, for swimming and sunning at its pristine shore within Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park. 2. Experience…

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Twin Cities Farmer’s Markets to Check-Out In Summer 2018

Want to enjoy fresh foods from local/state farmers in the Twin City? Hit these markets up this summer. Once hooked, you’ll find more markets than we can list here. The Mill City Farmers Market is open Saturdays 8 to 1 at 2nd Street and Chicago Avenue S., or on Tuesdays, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Commons. They have music, food trucks, bakeries, cooking demos and coffee bars—even market yoga! And have you seen the Minneapolis Midtown Farmers Market at 2225 E. Lake Street? It’s every Saturday through October, 8 to 1. Also 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays. When visiting beautiful Lake Nokomis Park, pencil in a brunch at Fulton Farmers Market and enjoy the live music all the way through…

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St. Paul Crocus Hill Neighborhood: What’s Not to Love?

The charming romanticism of Grand Avenue. The cafes and shops that make St. Paul a walker’s haven. This is the Crocus Hill neighborhood. It lies to the west of I-35E, featuring panoramic vistas of the city, and embraced by the well-known Summit Hill area. Tucked quietly away, just north of Linwood Park, is Crocus Hill. Beside Crocus Triangle is Crocus Hill Terrace Park, at 41 Crocus Place, with its refreshing canopy of green. And come to Osceola Street to find St. Paul’s beautiful old cobblestones. Sought-After Addresses The classic homes of Crocus Hill, built mainly from 1900 to 1920, are known for their inviting front porches. And neighbors meet…

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