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Just minutes from downtown St. Paul, Payne Avenue and Arcade Streets, create parallel north/south backbones of the Payne Phalen neighborhood. Residents and visitors are drawn to the neighborhood’s rich architectural history, unique destination businesses, old world charm and the sparkling waters of Lake Phalen. Whatever your tastes: hot coffee and homemade pie, tamales, egg rolls, pizza or chow mein, you’ll find a global menu in local shops and restaurants. Strong schools, green parkways, and a spirited, energetic, committed and diverse community make Payne Phalen a vibrant neighborhood.

Boundaries and Zip Code

North: Larpenteur Avenue
South: Grove Street/Phalen Boulevard
East: Bruce Vento Regional Trail/McAfee Street
West: I-35E

Zip codes: 55130 and 55106.


  • Railroad Island


Today’s Payne Phalen neighborhood arose from a long legacy of pioneering, successive immigrant communities who left their mark on the area. Early Irish, Germans, Swedes and Italians made the East Side their home. During the Industrial Age, Payne Phalen was site of large industrial sites for Whirlpool, Hamm’s Brewery, Seeger Refrigerator Company, and 3M. All employed 1000’s of local residents but in the 1970’s these large manufacturers closed. More recently, waves or new Americans from Asia, Latin America and Africa continue our rich immigrant history and are revitalizing the community’s cultural life and economy.

For more information, see Historic Saint Paul’s “Tour Saint Paul: Payne Avenue” PDF guidebook.

Housing Styles and Types

Payne Phalen’s traditional housing remains a strong attraction. Worker housing built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s constructed in Italianate, Folk Victorian, Queen Anne and Bungalow styles which contribute to the unique charm and character of each neighborhood. Parts of the neighborhood, close to Phalen Park, also have rambler and ranch-style homes built in the 1950s and later.


Public Schools:

Charter Schools:

Private Schools:

  • Faith Baptist Christian School (PK)

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

Public Facilities

  • Swede Hollow Park (615 7th St. E)
  • Phalen Regional Park (1600 Phalen Dr.)—swimming, fishing, golf, skiing, walking paths, and much more.
  • Gateway Trail—18-mile bike/hike trail that connects to Phalen Park and travels to Stillwater.
  • Lockwood Park (901 Cook Ave. E.)—tennis courts and playground.
  • Sue’s Park (650 Rose Ave. E.)—small, passive park

Home Purchase/Home Improvement Incentives

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

Getting Involved

Payne Phalen District Five Planning Council
506 Kenny Road, Suite 130
Saint Paul, MN 55130
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East Side Neighborhood Development Company Inc.
925 Payne Avenue, Suite 201
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Payne Arcade Business Association (PABA)
P.O. Box 600368
Saint Paul, MN 55106

East Side Area Business Association (ESABA)
1212 Prosperity Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Hmong American Partnership
1075 Arcade Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
797 East 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Merrick Community Services
715 Edgerton
Saint Paul, MN 55130
(651) 771-9339

East Side Arts Council
977 Payne Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55130

East Side Family Center
740 York Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55130


Payne Phalen District Five Community Calendar

East Side Review News

Twin Cities Daily Planet


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.


Payne Phalen District Five Planning Council
Leslie McMurray, Executive Director

East Side Neighborhood Development Company Inc.
Mari Bongiovanni, Executive Director

Payne Arcade Business Association (Anne Briseno)
Merrick Community Services
Fran Ivory, Executive Director
(651) 771-9339

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