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St. Anthony Park is an urban village situated between the downtowns of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, known for its community activism and strong neighborly bonds. It also enjoys a unique global perspective, thanks in large part to the international students, faculty and families connected to the campuses of the University of Minnesota and Luther Seminary. The community takes special pride in its two public schools, St. Anthony Park Elementary and Murray Junior High, which regularly rank among the top schools in the metro area. The community is home to a rich collection of educational, religious, social service, arts institutions and the St. Anthony Park Foundation which is the city of St. Paul’s first neighborhood-based charitable foundation. Neighbors and shoppers from throughout the Twin Cities can take advantage of two vibrant business districts, in North St. Anthony Park, near the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus, and in South St. Anthony Park, near University Ave. and its thriving art galleries and artists’ studios.

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Boundaries and Zip Code

North: Larpenteur Avenue
South: I-94
East: University of Minnesota-Saint Paul campus and the Minnesota State Fair Grounds
West: Highway 280

Zip codes: 55114 and 55108

Sub-Neighborhoods

The following neighborhoods are part of the St. Anthony Park planning district (District 12):

  • North St. Anthony Park
  • South St. Anthony Park

History

Settlement of the St. Anthony Park area began around the year 1850. Before that, the region had been a rolling, wooded wilderness crossed by several trails used by Native Americans and pioneers. In 1873, Horace S. Cleveland designed a plan for a suburban addition to St. Paul and Minneapolis of large, country estates and winding streets that followed the topography of the area.  Today, the size of the lots is considerable smaller than in Cleveland's design, but the hills and curving streets remain one of the unique features of St. Anthony park.

View Professor David Lanegran's web slide show.

Or visit http://www.rchs.com/neighborhoods/saint_anthony.htm for more history.

Housing Styles and Types

Originally set out as estates for the wealthy of Minneapolis in the late 1800s, St. Anthony Park has become a neighborhood of diverse architecture ranging from historic Victorian mansions to the most contemporary-style homes. Well known former Saint Anthony Park residents include: author, humorist and radio show host Garrison Keillor; Nobel Prize winning author, Saul Bellow; children's author, Carol Ryrie Brink; John F. Kennedy Chairman of Council of Economic Advisors Walter Heller; physician, poet, etymologist, essayist, Lewis Thomas; psychologist B.F. Skinner; and architect, Sarah Susanka.  

Schools

Public Schools:

Post Secondary:

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

Public Facilities

  • St. Anthony Park Library is a beautiful Carnegie Library in the heart of our neighborhood.
  • Langford Park and Recreation Center
  • South St. Anthony Park and Recreation Center
  • College Park, with its steep topography, serves as sledding central for neighborhood kids every winter.  Located at: 2223 Carter Avenue.
  • Hampden Park (mini-park, located at 993 Hampden Ave.)
  • Kasota Ponds, in the neighborhood’s south western industrial area are an important piece of the historic urban wetland system.
  • The University of Minnesota and Luther Seminary campuses include athletic fields, woods and walking paths viewed as part of the communal green space.

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

News

The Park Bugle is a monthly newspaper, delivered free to residents.  To view online or get subscription information, visit: http://www.parkbugle.org/

Residents can sign up for a neighborhood newsletter at: http://sapcc.org/

Statistics

Real Estate Listings

Search Realtor.com 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.

OwnAHomeMN.org—Check here for listings of affordable homes sold by community developers.  Note: not all neighborhoods have listings.

Contacts

Amy Sparks, Executive Director, St. Anthony Park Community Council
Phone: 651-649-5992
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