Downtown Print

Downtown St. Paul is not only an arts, entertainment, and business hub, but is also home to over 8,000 residents who enjoy living in close proximity to the Mississippi River, Rice and Mears Parks, and the community festivals that inhabit them every season. One of St. Paul’s fastest growing neighborhoods, Lowertown boasts historic buildings, a vibrant arts community, and the popular St. Paul Farmers’ Market. All downtown residents are within minutes of every part of the Twin Cities with easy access provided by I-94 and 35-E as well as most of the bus lines serving the region (and Light Rail Transit coming soon!). The neighborhoods are also connected by the skyway system allowing convenient access to restaurants, retail stores, nightlife, theaters, and more.


Boundaries and Zip Code

North: University Avenue
South: Mississippi River
East: Lafayette Bridge over the Mississippi River
West: John Ireland Boulevard and Kellogg Boulevard

Zip codes: 55101 and 55102.


The following neighborhoods are part of the Downtown planning district (District 17):

Wacouta Commons
Lower Cathedral Hill


Pigs Eye Parrant set up a small business downtown after being evicted from Fort Snelling in the 1840’s and we haven’t done too shabby since then. In the 19th century, Lowertown was the major manufacturing and distribution center of Minnesota and the sturdy brick buildings built then are still with us, converted into residential housing. From Pigs Eye to the present day, the history of downtown St. Paul has shaped the history of Minnesota.

Housing Styles and Types

Homes in downtown include old warehouses and commercial spaces converted into modern apartments and lofts as well as open, spacious artist studios. New high-rise condominium developments offer residents fabulous views of the river and our State Capitol. The Wacouta Commons neighborhood is home to newly constructed condominiums and lofts located around a central park in area that was once filled with parking lots and printing businesses. A walk down 4th street from Wabasha to Broadway is a tour through 19th century architecture, and this range in housing styles mirrors the range of people who are drawn to live here.


Public Schools:

Charter Schools:

Private Schools:

Specialty and Post-Secondary Schools:

For more information on Saint Paul schools, visit Live MSP's Schools page.

Public Facilities

  • Wacouta Commons Park (at Wacouta Street, between 9th and
  • 4th & Sibley Park (Downtown Tot Lot)

Home Purchase/Home Improvement Incentives

For information about incentive programs that may be available in this neighborhood, visit Live MSP's Incentive Programs page.

Getting Involved

There are a number of organizations to get involved with downtown living.

  • Friends of Wacouta Commons
  • Rice Park Association


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Real Estate Listings

Search for listings. You can search for properties by either clicking on the map or entering the neighborhood name or zip code (noting that zip code boundaries span multiple neighborhoods) into the search bar.—Check here for listings of affordable homes sold by community developers. Note: not all neighborhoods have listings.


CapitolRiver Council
Katie Sabaka, Director
Phone: 651-221-0488
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