Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Houses in Mac-Groveland, St. Paul
Most of Mac-Groveland was developed by the 1930s. Homes reflect the period beautifully.
Surrounding Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas, just steps from St. Catherine University and Concordia University, is our most adorably collegial neighborhood. This hip-but-leafy environment boasts independent businesses and the youthful, brainy glow of a college town. You’ll find Garrison Keillor’s bookstore, and perhaps even a lecture from Macalester alum Kofi Annan. “Being surrounded by these college institutions brings treasures and quality of life to our neighborhood,” says Sheila Sweeney, president of the Macalester-Groveland Community Council. It brings bikes and walking shoes, too.
Once a part of Fort Snelling, development boomed here when the railroad connected Minneapolis to St. Paul. Streetcars pushed development further.
Much of it spans turn-of-the-century to bungalow, and though it’s not St. Paul’s most affordable neighborhood—the average price is almost double that of St. Paul’s average—it is a solid investment. Home market values here have appreciated 12 percent in the past five years.
SCHOOLS TO NOTE
Central High School
It’s among the top 20 high schools in the metro, and our oldest continuously operating one. It’s also an International Baccalaureate school. central.spps.org
This private Catholic coeducational college prep school puts an emphasis on the arts as well as some of the state’s best athletes in football, baseball, and men’s and women’s ultimate Frisbee. cretin-derhamhall.org
Higher Ground Academy
Minnesota’s preeminent ethnically diverse K–12 charter school. hgacademy.org
Just across the river, this private Christian academy believes in cultivating potential and caring for each other within the pursuit of truth and excellence in educational experiences. minnehahaacademy.net
St. Paul Academy and Summit School
From kindergarten through grade 12, these century-old private schools teach scholarship and service, with a 100 percent college attendance rate. spa.edu
Grand Old Days
“St. Paul’s first rite of summer” is the largest one-day fest in the Midwest. Funnel cakes, sidewalk shopping, a big old parade, and lots of hot local bands—all along historic Grand Avenue. grandave.com
A locally owned, family-friendly gastropub that doesn’t skimp on the beer varieties—there are 34 on tap. The two former restaurant servers who own the place pair the neighborhood’s comfort-food needs with clever twists. grovelandtap.com