What is walkable?

After doing some research on which neighborhoods are the most walkable I have concluded that my definition of walkable is different than what I am finding on the walk score web site. In general I walk further than the distance that most people consider walkable. My office is about 1.5 miles from my home and it takes around 30 min to walk there.

The nearest mail box is three blocks away and the grocery store is about 10 blocks away. The closest coffee shop and restaurant in about a block and a half away and the dry cleaners is three blocks away.

My neighborhood is considered walkable but does not score as high as it would if we only had to walk one or two blocks for most errands. Yet where I live is a lot more walkable than most of the suburbs and much of the rest of the city where there are areas with a lot of houses and little retail. Walking half a mile isn’t a big deal neither is walking a mile and a half. It just takes a little planning and it means that I don’t need to use a treadmill.

To me it is important to be able to walk places. I don’t think I could live in an area where I could not walk to a park or a coffee shop.

Walking also gives me the opportunity to think and I see things that I would not ordinarily notice.


Saint Paul Neighborhoods

Most home buyers are looking for what they call a “decent” neighborhood.  It is against the Federal Fair Housing Law for me to recommend a neighborhood or to recommend against one. Words like ‘good’ or ‘decent’ are subjective.  I love my neighborhood but it may not be a good fit for you.   I have lived in St. Paul my entire life, and I really do know the neighborhoods and can answer a lot of questions.

When selecting a neighborhood keep in mind that not all housing styles and prices ranges are available in every neighborhood.  The older neighborhoods are those that are closest to downtown, and as you move away from downtown the houses get newer.

Every month I list average home sale prices in St. Paul by neighborhood, it is a good starting point for determining affordability. The numbers I have go back a few years. Check the local prices and market conditions too.

Friends and family can sometimes recommend a neighborhood too. For more information about how walkable a neighborhood is I have a link on the side bar to a site that provides a walk score. A buyer can put in the address of a home and find out what is near the home. A zip code can be used to find out more about a larger area.

Walking through a neighborhood or even driving it a great way to find out more. If crime rates are a concern St. Paul has a grid system. The city is split into 12 block grids and crime rates are available for each grid through the St. Paul Police web site.

St. Paul has a district council system. Each neighborhood has a district council, and they are a wonderful resource for St. Paul residents and for people who want to learn more about neighborhoods. Responsibilities of the councils include: planning and advising on the physical, economic, and social development of their areas; identifying needs; initiating community programs; recruiting volunteers; and sponsoring community events.

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District Councils

What about the schools?  There are so many private and public schools to choose from.

765 Cook Avenue E

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Beautiful home with modern updates including kitchen, bathrooms, new hardwood floors, new carpet and new appliances.  No work needed – move in and enjoy!

The high efficiency furnace, central air and maintenance free exterior are newer.

Sunny back yard has loads of potential for gardens, large 2.5 car garage.

Home is located in the heart of St. Paul close to public transportation. 

Neighborhood is very walkable.  Restaurants, grocery stores and many shops within walking or biking distance. Downtown St. Paul is only minutes away.

Now you can own your home for less the cost of rent.

The home is located in the heart of the Payne Phalen neighborhood.  to learn more about the area visit the District 5 website

Area is walkable and bikeable

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Walking in a walkable neighborhood

 In recent weeks I have been working with clients who have worked in St. Paul for many years and have now decided that they want to live here too instead of commuting from the burbs every day. 

The time used to commute to and from work can be used for other things as can the money is costs for gasoline and a nice car that will look good in the nice three car garage that the house is attached to. 

Here in the city we can live close to work and we can live so close to businesses that we can walk to the store to buy a loaf of bread which may take longer than driving but it still saves the drive to the gym to get some exercise.  What seems noisy to suburbanites seems vibrant to city residents. 

The most walkble neighborhood in St. Paul and in Minnesota is downtown St. Paul.  With a walk score of 95 which makes it a walkers paradise.  At least according to Walkscore.com .  If you are looking for a home in a walkable neighborhood give the site a try.  Type in an address or a zip code and get a walk score complete with a list of nearby amenities.   

The second most walkable neighborhood is Summit Hill with  score of 77 followed by Summit University with a score of 76 which is tied with the Midway area and Macalester-Groveland  scores a respectable  73. 

There is also a mobile app to take along when house hunting. 

Downtown St. Paul – walkscore 97

Mobile apps for house hunters

Mobile apps on phones and tablets can really help with the house hunt.  Grap the Realtor.com app and find homes for sale in your immediate vicinity.   It works on Androids, iPhones, Ipads and various other electronic devices.  

There are other apps that do the same thing but the Realtor.com app has the most local listings because it it getting the listings through Realtor.com which is getting them from feeds directly from the MLS.  That means you will find most of the homes for sale at least the homes listed by Realtors. 

Try the WalkScore app on your mobile device to find out how walkable any neighborhood is. The app is location base but you can also use it from a computer and type in an address.  Being in a walkable neighborhood is important to some home buyers.  See “Walkscore” 

If you are interested in the demographics of an area try using Sitegeist and see the average age, income levels and household makeup. 

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One of my favorite apps is wikihood because I can learn about the historic buildings and homes in the immediate area.  There is information about neighborhoods, individual homes that are historically significant and landmarks and public buildings. Probably not as much fun in the burbs but put it on your phone and fire it up the next time you are downtown or on Grand avenue. 

Search the Apple store or Google play.  The apps are usually in the “life style” section.  I have used and tested many real estate related apps over the years but these are the ones that I actually use.  As a Realtor I get to use a mobile version of our MLS and I used a couple of mortgage calculators.  My phone also opens lock boxes using an app and a device that converts blue tooth to infrared. 

1852 Juliet, Avenue


offered at $349,900

Classic two story Tudor with beautiful hardwood floors, a brick fireplace, updated kitchen, formal dining room, and eat-in kitchen. The home has a family room, a laundry room and a lot of storage space.  The unfinished third level provides expansion space. The home has a large deck overlooking a professionally landscaped yard.  There is a workshop in the basement and  the two car garage has a new roof.   This immaculate home has received several additional small upgrades and TLC from the current owner. 

The neighborhood is walkable with nearby restaurants, and shops. 

This is not a foreclosure or short sale.

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What is a Tudor?  I am happy that you asked. It is an architectural style that is common in a couple of St. Paul neighborhood including MacGroveland.  Many were built in the 1920’s. The stucco exteriors are common on these as is the steeply pitched roof and the decorative half timbe along the front and sides of the house.   They almost always have rounded fireplaces with a window on each side, a rounded front door, coved ceilings, oak woodwork and a lot of rounded door ways.   The style is European from the mid evil, or Tudor period starting in the late 1400’s and extending to the early 1600’s.  1852 Juliet has all of the important elements of a Tudor.


About the Mac Groveland Neighborhood

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