Some home buyers are open to many architectural styles and others have a specific style and even floor plan in mind when they go house hunting. Homebuyers who have there heart or budget or both set on a certain neighborhood may find that their favorite style of home isn’t there.
If you are looking for a rambler or a split level home with a two-car attached garage I would not bother looking in the downtown area but you might find some in the western part of Highland Park and in the battle creek and Eastside neighborhoods.
If you like Tudor style homes look along Summit avenue or in Merriam Park or in the Cherokee heights neighborhoods because those are the areas with the biggest concentrations of them. I have clients who specifically want Tudors or Craftsman-style bungalows or even Ramblers.
When choosing a neighborhood consider the housing style and when choosing a housing style consider the neighborhood. When you find the right combination you may find that you can not afford the style of home that you want in your favorite neighborhood. Homebuyers sometimes end up compromising on style or neighborhood or both when they don’t match.
People who want new construction won’t find much in St. Paul and if they do it will be large and expensive because that is what gets built.
In recent years people have been buying houses in their favorite neighborhood, tearing them down and building the kind of home that they want which is of completely different size and style than what is usually found in the neighborhood. Thankfully that isn’t an option for everyone.