St. Paul’s Summit Hill Neighborhood… historic, walkable, both quiet and bustling

My favorite place to walk isn’t a tranquil path through trees. My favorite place to walk is in a well-kept and fully established residential neighborhood like Summit Hill in St Paul. Large to moderate sized older homes are beautifully groomed and stylish. What is interesting, to me, is the mix of homes, shops, small stores – all within walking distance. But the shops are small and all fits together!

For instance, a gas station is on Grand Avenue, but it is small and it fits. A grand restaurant, the Lexington, is only a block away from quiet residential streets.

The Summit Hill neighborhood began its development around the 1850’s. Wealthy families began the residential trend up the western hill from downtown St Paul settling what was to become the eastern edge of the Summit Hill neighborhood, Crocus Hill. It continues to be one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in St. Paul.

The turn of the 20th century saw the commercial development of Grand Avenue and an influx of middle class homes, mostly spacious, wood frame houses. Also built there were brick row houses and elegant apartment buildings.

St Paul ordinances have helped preserve the neighborhood’s historic character and eclectic mix of architecture. For more information, you can visit For more detailed history of the Summit Hill neighborhood and to purchase a copy of “A Grand History… the first 200 Years of the Summit Hill Neighborhood”, visit

Summit Hill possesses some of the nation’s best preserved Victorian-era houses along with other classical styles of homes. As one of the oldest and most welcoming areas in Saint Paul, the Summit Hill neighborhood is a regional treasure of history, architecture, distinctive pedestrian-oriented shopping and dining experiences, and strong community connections.

Give walking through Summit Hill a try. You’ll love the experience. And appreciate its eclectic culture.

Check out homes for sale in St. Paul Summit Hill… then let us know if you would like to see any of them!

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