I suspect that just like Rodeo drive in LA, if you asked someone in another part of the country to name a nice area in Saint Paul, they would probably say Summit Ave. This area is referred to by several names including Summit Ave, Summit Hill and Crocus Hill. This area was started in the 1850s, shortly after Minnesota became a state, as a place for wealthy Saint Paul families to get away from the more urban and commercial housing areas in the city. With the addition of the cable car and city water in the 1880s, the area began to boom. Many of the homes from the 1880s and 1890s still stand today showing off the amazing architecture and diverse styles.
Then after World War I, many more Summit Avenue Homes were built. Some of those homes were subsequently turned into rooming houses or apartments to deal with the increasing population in Saint Paul. In 2008, Summit Avenue was named one of the 10 “great streets” in the US by the National Planning Association. At the east end of the neighborhood, the homes have amazing views of downtown Saint Paul and the Cathedral. On the west end of Summit Hill, it overlooks the Mississippi river. It is no wonder the old money affluent from years past have flocked to this beautiful neighborhood.
Currently you can find Crocus Hill Homes for sale ranging from $90k condos and small homes that were built in the 1930s to support the mansions in the area to dozens of properties over $1 million that have as many as 10 bedrooms. These larger homes feature 4000-12,000 square feet, formal dining and living rooms, grand staircases, stained glass, and large lots over 1/2 acres. Because many of these were built in the 1890s, they will often have many fireplaces. One home at 266 Summit Avenue, for sale now for just under $2 million features 13 fireplaces and amazing woodwork. It has been fully restored with updated gourmet kitchen, but still retains the hand-carved marble and wood fireplaces. Just about anything you could ever imagine can be found in the Summit Hill homes.
If you have any interest in these amazing Saint Paul homes, please contact me as I would be happy to show them off to you. Whether you are looking at the $90k condo or the $2 million dollar mansion, I can help you either place! Contact me at 612-281-5419 or send me a message using my contact form. I will get back to you promptly.
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