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Pioneer Press to Leave Downtown St. Paul

The St. Paul Pioneer Press just sold off their downtown headquarters. The 162,000 square foot, 1950s era property was sold to an apartment developer, the Stencil Group, based out of Sioux Falls. They wil move their ...

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West 7th - Homecroft St. Paul MN Real Estate

The West 7th - Homecroft area offers a location in the heart and soul in the historic city of St. Paul. The official name of West 7th is actually Fort Road because the area has a history as a fur trader and Native American path. Today, the neighborhood is situated just west of downtown St. Paul. The neighborhood is bordered to the north and the west by Interstate 35E. The southern border is the Mississippi River and to the eastern border is West Kellogg Boulevard. The Uppertown and Irvine Park neighborhoods are also part of the West 7th corridor. Real estate in the area is definitely worth exploring.

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West 7th - Homecroft St. Paul MN Information

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West 7th is close to the historic site of Fort Snelling — the area was once home to the former fur traders and discharged soldiers. One of the state’s most famous settlers found a home on the Mississippi River bluffs in 1832 —   Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant, the first European to call the area home, made his name and living by selling whiskey to soldiers and Native Americans. Initially, the city of St. Paul was called Pig’s Eye — yikes — then in 1841, Father Lucien Galtier advised city leaders to change the name to St. Paul.

In the late 19th century, the neighborhood continued to be a popular area for immigrants to settle. The area was a hot spot for Bohemian, German, Italian and Irish immigrants. West 7th had factories, railroad shops, foundries, and the local breweries kept the residents entertained.

One example of a Victorian era home in the neighborhood is the former Governor Alexander Ramsey. The house is now one of the most famous in the state, with tours of the home offered daily. This home was one of the structures lucky enough to survive nature’s wrath and the changes that come with urban development — many homes in the neighborhood have been destroyed over the years. The Fort Road Federation was founded in the 1970s to redevelop and restore the historic value of West 7th. The group helped get Irvine Park established as a Historic District to preserve the neighborhood. The group is still active in preserving the historical value of the community today.

The area has so much to keep residents busy, with the lively West 7th Street acting as the entertainment hub of the entire city. There are several places to eat and drink along the street, many of which are beloved by people from all over the Twin Cities. Cosetta’s is the biggest draw of the area, offering Italian eats of all varieties including delicious pizza, sweet treats from the bakery and more. Mancini’s offers great character in a restaurant and some of the state’s best steaks. Patrick McGovern’s and The Liffey have fantastic Irish pub fare and are busy every day of the week. There are plenty of places for residents and especially hockey fans or concert goers to grab a drink before heading to the home of the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.

The West 7th neighborhood shares the school territory with Highland Park and Mac-Groveland — the neighborhood offers a handful of private, public and charter schools.

 

West 7th - Homecroft St. Paul MN Homes & Condos

West 7th today offers many fantastic options for both homes and condos. There are plenty of older homes with character and plenty of newer, modern homes available. Because of how long this neighborhood has been around, there is a lot of variety of architecture in the area. West 7th features homes built before the Civil War that have beautiful stone work, Queen Anne Victorian homes and restored brick rowhouses. In the past few decades newer townhome and condo complexes have been constructed along the Mississippi River and West 7th.

Discover great homes and condos in West 7th - Homecroft Saint Paul MN and contact the Realtors at the Barker Hedges Group with any questions you have about the market and their superior agent services.