The Macalester-Groveland neighborhoods of the city can be found in west central St. Paul
. Its boarders are Summit Avenue on the north, the Short Line and a segment of Interstate 35E on the east, Randolph Avenue on the south, and on the west, the Mississippi River. The neighborhood is primarily residential with some commercial areas.
Macalester-Groveland neighborhood is upscale with a mix of families and students. Due to its close proximity to the Mississippi River’s edge, the area is very beautiful. With its scenic river landscape, diverse variety of residents, and outstanding academic institutions, this neighborhood is the perfect location for couples, families, and retirees alike to set down roots.
Mac-Groveland boasts many schools for its comparatively small area, meaning a good education is nearby for students of all ages. The public schools here are Groveland Park Elementary School, Randolph Heights Elementary School, and Ramsey Junior High School, all of which are a part of Saint Paul Public Schools. There are also quite a few private and parochial schools from which to choose. Three private colleges make their home in Mac-Groveland: the affluent Macalester College, the University of Saint Thomas, and the St. Paul Seminary. Macalester College, dating from the 1880s, and the St. Paul Seminary, dating from the 1890s, have been cornerstones of the community since their founding.
A great education isn’t the only thing you will find here, Saint Paul residents love having fun! Every year, many community celebrations are held here, like “Grand Old Days” in the summer, “Boo Bash” in the fall, and the “Grand Meander” during the holiday season. This neighborhood has an active Community Council that hosts events like the annual battle of the bands, the spring plant share, National Night Out, and more.
For the outdoor lovers, there are some great, unique recreational areas located within the Mac-Groveland neighborhood. The East River Parkway at the shore of the Mississippi River features walking and biking paths atop 100-foot-tall bluffs along the riverbank. The Town and Country Club, established in 1888, is believed to be the first “country club” in Minnesota.
The Macalestar-Groveland neighborhood is served by two community centers: Edgcumbe and Groveland Recreation Centers. These establishments feature racquetball courts, tennis courts, exercise rooms, gymnasiums, ball fields, play areas, and more. These organizations offer programs for children, adults, and seniors alike.
Local shopping, cafes, coffee shops, and restaurants can be found at commercial strips located on Cleveland, Cretin, and Selby Avenues. Grand and St. Clair Avenues also have many shops, boutiques, and dining selections from which to choose. Conveniently, these areas are within walking distance of many parts of the Mac-Groveland neighborhood.
Macalestar-Groveland features early twentieth-century-style housing in a many styles. All areas of this community are exceptionally well-maintained and highly regarded, with the student housing being no exception. Varieties of Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Shingle, Tudor Revival, Victorian, bungalow and other styles saturate the neighborhood. Many homes here were built between the years of 1900 and 1915, but most of the housing here was constructed between 1915 and the later 1920s. Some of the oldest Prairie style houses in St. Paul are located in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood. There are also condos and town homes available. Houses for sale can range in price from $140,000 to over $2,000,000. Town homes and condos start at $65,000.
Macalester and Groveland’s unique shops, tree-lined streets, and close-knit community really give this St. Paul neighborhood a small town atmosphere in the middle of the Twin Cities.
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