St. Anthony water tower
St. Anthony, also known as St. Anthony Village, is a close-knit community.
Northwest of 280 and just off 35W, positioned 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and 20 minutes from St. Paul, St. Anthony is a quiet residential neighborhood away from the bustle of nearby cities. Bisected by major roadways Silver Lake Road and New Brighton Boulevard, St. Anthony bills itself as a “village within the city.” The neighborhood’s Mayberry appeal isn’t the only draw. St. Anthony mayor Jerry Faust, a 36-year resident, has seen the neighborhood become more environmentally sustainable, with solar panels on houses, and redesigned commercial buildings to reduce the environmental impact of outdated structures and materials—important agenda items the neighborhood continues to implement.
History: The Township of St. Anthony was officially recognized in 1858 and its proximity to St. Anthony Falls boosted jobs in milling and trade, which grew the city’s population—though it’s traditionally more rural than urban. In 1961, Apache Plaza mall opened as the 10th indoor shopping mall in the United States, and was eventually demolished in 2004 and replaced by Silver Lake Village, an outdoor mall district that includes Chipotle, Cub Foods, Caribou, and various nearby housing options, including senior housing.
Housing Stock: A mix of contemporary and ’50s and ’60s homes, updated to reflect the neighborhood’s push for sustainability, line the streets of the 8,900-person area. The average home costs $240,000, with a median household income of $60,000. While Faust says many millennial-aged couples have moved into the neighborhood with the intention of having families, the median age of residents is 45 years old, and only 28.53 percent of households are married families with children, compared to the county’s 33.96 percent average. New families appreciate the community’s long-held dedication to high safety standards and friendly environment.
School to Note
St. Anthony Village High School
Minnesota’s third best high school according to U.S. News & World Report, St. Anthony Village High School is the only high school in the neighborhood. The four-year school offers Advanced Placement courses, which have a 79 percent participation rate among students. Ninth-grade students follow a seven-period daily schedule, while the other grades utilize a six-period day—the morning time slot is devoted to independent study, teacher meetings, or clubs. “Our school is great because of the class sizes, and commitment of the teachers and residents to ensure kids have the latest technologies and investment in the school,” Faust says. It was also ranked 16th most challenging high school in Minnesota by The Washington Post. schools.isd282.org/hs
Situated along Silver Lake, it’s a charming artists’ haven with an amphitheater, coffee shop, live concerts, nature-inspired art classes, trails, and views of the lake in all its moods.threeriversparks.org/parks/silverwood-park.aspx
Salo Park Amphitheater in St. Anthony
Central Park is the neighborhood’s recreational hotbed for sports like baseball.
Salo Park Amphitheater
A stone’s throw from the neighborhood’s Silver Lake Village shopping district, the tiny amphitheater in Salo Park hosts a summer-long concert series through August 11. Catch the Calhoun-Isles Community Band on July 21. saloparkconcertseries.wordpress.com