Falcon Heights
Quick Facts
County: Ramsey
Population: 5617
Size: 2.24 sq mi
Median Home Price: $331500
Average Rent Price: $1008
Commute to Mpls: 16 minutes
Commute to StP: 11 minutes
Utilities
Electricity: XCel Energy
Natural Gas: XCel Energy
Garbage / Recycle: Varies
Water: City
Sewer: City
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Welcome to Falcon Heights

Falcon Heights is a suburb of St. Paul with roughly 5,500 people. It has all the amenities of a big city while retaining the charm and closeness of a small town. In 2020, it was nominated as the 2nd best suburb to live in Minnesota by the Niche website, awarding them As in a variety of categories, ranging from nightlife to schools. It is nestled between Minneapolis and St. Paul with easy access to both of the Twin Cities. There are several notable public lands in the city, including the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus, and the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life. University Grove is an area within the city next to the University of Minnesota that comprises houses individually designed and built for the faculty and staff members of the university. In fact, two-thirds of the city's land is public land. The Minnesota State Fair, also known as the Great Minnesota Get-Together, is one of the largest in the country, with a current estimated attendance of over 2,000,000 people in 10 days! There are great parks to enjoy in Falcon Heights, including Community Park, Curtiss Field, and University Grove. The Community Park has a Community Garden that was started in 2007 by the Falcon Heights Environment Commission as a way to allow residents without gardening space the ability to garden. Non-Falcon Heights people are allowed to rent space as well after all Falcon Heights residents who want a plot have been taken care of.  

Then and Now

Falcon Heights was once part of Rose Township which also included Roseville and Lauderdale in addition to parts of Minneapolis, St. Anthony, and St. Paul. The area saw white settlers starting in 1843, and it included Isaac Rose and his family after whom Rose Township was named—as well as Roseville. Soon to follow was Herman Gibbs, who built a sod house and kept a farm on the corner of what is now Larpenteur and Cleveland. He set up the first school in Roseville Township in his house and it was still used as such until 1959. The homestead is now on the National Register as a designated historical site, and the farmstead now operates as a museum. Half of Rose Township was moved into St. Paul in 1881. Rosehill was the first urban area in the remaining half of Rose Township, and it is now called Lauderdale. In the early 1930s, the secretary of 3M, John Cable, had plans for a large parcel of land he owned in the area. The plans were made with the help of his real estate agent, Faulkner, who named the plans after himself. In 1936, The Keller Corporations bought the land and kept the name of the plan, Falcon Heights. The first house in the area was built a year later. The development in the area flourished over the next decade and a half in part because of the boon of retail construction. In 1948, Roseville incorporated, which ensured that the residents in the rest of Rose Township needed to decide in which direction they would like to go in terms of government. They did not want to petition to be annexed by St. Paul or Roseville and chose to incorporate as the Village of Falcon Heights instead. Included in this incorporation was anything in the area that had yet to be incorporated, including the University of Minnesota Campus Golf Course and Test Fields, and the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Two-thirds of the city's total land area is public land. In 1973, following the State Legislature mandate that municipal governments had to switch from Village to City, the Village of Falcon Heights became the City of Falcon Heights instead. Residential development in the area started in earnest in the 1920s, and it grew steadily over the years. It followed the trends of the times, meaning fields turned into grassy suburbs post WWII and townhouses/condos in the '60s and '70s. The latter was in part because of the increasing shortage of suburban space, and it was a way to pack more housing into the shrinking amount of land available. The University of Minnesota is located in what is now called University Grove, and it is a unique neighborhood. All of the homes were individually designed and built, and the purpose was to provide attractive and convenient homes to University faculty and staff. All the houses had to be similar in size and cost, but different enough to appeal to the individuals who bought them. This started in the 1920s, too, and continued through the seventies.    

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Green / Environmental

The City of Falcon Heights is committed to preserving and improving the environment. They have an Environmental Commission that meets monthly to address environmental issues as they arise. In addition, Falcon Heights was a pilot city in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program, and they achieved Step 5 City status (highest) in 2018. The Minnesota GreenStep Cities program is voluntary, and their goal is to help cities reach their environmental goals such as sustainability. The program includes 29 optional best practices, and each best practice is done by completing one or more actions, each of which has a 1, 2, or 3-star level, from a list of 4-8 actions. Since this is a Minnesota-based program, all the actions are crafted with Minnesota cities in mind.

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Market Trends in Falcon Heights MN

# Houses Sold 38 (single family)
Median Sales Price $331500 (single family)
Average Age 1949 (single family)
Square Feet 2187 $162/sqft (single family)
# TH / Condo Sold 7 (townhouse/condo)
Median Sales Price $245000 (townhouse/condo)
Average Age 1990 (townhouse/condo)
Square Feet 1264 $176/sqft (townhouse/condo)

Parks

Community Park - (2050 Roselawn Ave.,, , website) Community Park is a neighbor favorite and a great place to gather. There are Plenty of activities for the sporty types to enjoy, including football/soccer, tennis, softball/baseball, and basketball. There is an ice rink with a warming house, too. There are walking/running trails for those who are more into solitary activities, too. The kids will be happy in the play area. There is a picnic shelter, which is a good place to take a break and have a bite to eat.
Curtiss Field - (1551 Iowa Ave.,, , website) Curtiss Field is named after Curtiss Northwest Airport, one of the first airports in Minnesota, and it occupies a corner of what used to be that airport. It's a cozy neighborhood park, perfect those with children. There is a playground for the little ones to play freely, and there are picnic tables when you need a break/want to read/want to eat some food. There is a skating rink for the winter with a warming house, and a basketball court coming soon.
University Grove - (1600 Coffman St.,, , website) University Grove is a unique neighborhood in Falcon Heights that was created to attract faculty and staff to the University of Minnesota in which each house was individually designed and built. The park has open green spaces that are great to stroll through as well as a playground for children. There are park benches and picnic tables when you need a moment of respite. There is also a ice skating/hockey rink for skating in the winter. There are exercise stations, too.

Restaurants

Colossal Cafe - (2315 Como Ave, 651-797-4027, website) Colossal Cafe was opened in 2011 by John and Elizabeth Tinucci and was the second of three Colossal Cafes in the Twin Cities. It is in the neighboring city of Como, which makes it easily accessible for Falcon Heights residents. It has a cozy and intimate atmosphere with great service. The food is classic American fare that is made from scratch every day. The breakfast menu includes Sage Pork and Bison (biscuit), Flip, Flappers, Ham,  Hash Brown and Swiss (omelet). They have Take-Home Pot Pies and Take-Home Ribs. For lunch, there's House Smoked Trout (sandwich), Cubano, and Macaroni and Cheese. You can pre-order online.
Dino's Mediterranean Fresh - (1700 Snelling Ave. N,, , website) Dino's Mediterranean Fresh is a Greek restaurant that is part of a local chain.  Dino and Vana Adamidis started serving up their delicious Mediterranean food in 1975, and the restaurants are still in the family today. They wanted to bring the flavors of Dino's Greek hometown to the Twin Cities in the form of delicious gyros. The restaurant is open and welcoming, and the staff members are great. They focus on fresh and tasty ingredients, and their menu includes gyros, a rice bowl, baklava, and hummus. They do catering, too.
Eggroll Queen Music Cafe - (1579 Hamline Ave N, 651-644-9959, website) Eggroll Queen Music Cafe was opened in late 2019 by Mai Vang after she spent years selling egg rolls out of her living room and then food truck. She had support from the community, and she wants to be a gathering place for the community. The decor is woodsy and cozy, and the atmosphere is inviting. The service is cheerful, and the live music adds to the festive energy. Foodwise, the star of the menu is the jumbo egg roll. One is almost a meal in and of itself, and they offer traditional, specialty, and dessert egg rolls. They also have cafe foods such as waffles and a sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. There also have Asian dishes such as chicken teriyaki and fried rice. They have gluten-free options for their dishes that include bread. On the drink side, they have tea, coffee, and beer/wine.
Finnish Bistro Coffee & Cafe - (2264 Como Ave, 651-645-9181, website) Finnish Bistro Coffee & Cafe was established in 2004 by Solie Anderson and taken over by a friend of the family, Sandra Weise in 2013. It is in the neighboring city of St. Anthony Park. Solie has been bringing the tastes of her homeland, Finland, to the Twin Cities for decades, and Sandra Weise has continued that tradition. They have gotten national recognition for their work. The place has a homey feel to it, and the service is friendly. The menu includes Oatcakes, Finish Traditional Breakfast, Baltic Pizza, and Beef Pastry. They  have an extensive drink menu as well with drinks such as London Fog, Mocha Latte, and Main Root Ginger Brew. They also have takeout and delivery.
New Fresh Wok - (1533 Larpenteur Ave W, 651-645-8883, website) New Wok is an Asian restaurant that serves classic Chinese and Japanese fare. The decor reflects the Asian influence, and the atmosphere is cozy while the service is friendly. The menu is vast and offers a variety of foods. The Chinese menu includes fried rice, chow mein, lo mein, and chow mei fun/ho fun. The Japanese menu has dishes such as maki, sushi, Japanese fried rice, and hibachi. They also have a vegetable section, a health food section, and a chef's suggestion section as well. They have online order and party trays, too.

Shopping

Falcon Crossing - (1533-1559 Larpenteur Ave.,, , website) Falcon Crossing was built in 1982, is all brick and 25,000 square feet, and has been a staple of the neighborhood ever since. The stores include Merwin Liquors and Banana Buybacks. If you're looking on the health/beauty side of things, there is a Snap Fitness 24-7 and Young Spa. If you're hungry, try New Fresh Wok or Toppers Pizza.
Hair Design Unlimited Day Spa and Salon - (1703 Snelling Ave.,, 651-644-3211, website) Hair Designs Unlimited Day Spa and Salon is located in the Falcon Center, and they offer a wide variety of health and beauty services. The staff members are funny and friendly, and they want to pamper you so you can walk out feeling better than you did when you walked in. They offer haircuts, hair coloring, hair treatments, and perms. They have nail care (such as gel nails and manicures), skin care (including facials and waxing), and massages (different kinds and spa packages). It's a great way to treat yourself and practice some self-care.

Nightlife

Stout's Pub & Grill - (1611 Larpenteur Ave. W,, 651-789-8888, website) Stout's Pub & Grill is a pub that has a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere with friendly service. It has a down-home feel to it that is welcoming. There are flat screen televisions if you want to cheer on your local sports teams with your friends while lifting a few pints. The menu includes Wood Fired Nachos, Super Stout (burger), Sausage Bianca (pizza), and Slow Roasted Pulled Pork Sandwich. On the drink side, they have beer, specialty cocktails, and wine.

Community Arts & Recreation

Bell Museum - (2088 Larpenteur Ave. W,, 612-626-9660, website) The Bell Museum first opened in 1872 on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus by mandate from the state legislation in order to preserve valuable documentation of Minnesota's diverse flora and fauna. It became famous for its wildlife dioramas. In 1940, the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History opened, named after the founder of  GM and dedicated conservationist because he donated half the money needed for the new museum. It was located in Minneapolis as well, and it grew and expanded, but started to show wear and tear in the 1980s. It took decades for the plans for a new building for the museum to be hammered out, and it opened in 2018 in its current location at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. It has the vaunted wildlife dioramas, a digital planetarium, other high-tech exhibits, and more.
Eighty Eight Notes School of Music - (1557 Larpenteur Ave. W,, 651-330-4272, website) Eighty Eight Notes School of Music was opened in 2007 by Mellisa Weinert in Falcon Crossing (mall) because she wanted to share her love and passion for music with those around her. Her teaching philosophy is one of support because she wants to instill a life-long love of music in her students. The school offers lessons in several instruments, including piano, voice, drums, ukulele, and brass instruments. They have classes for people of all ages, five and up, and all ability levels. They have concert bands (and orchestras) as well that they offer to local area schools that may not have bands/orchestras of their own. They hold two recitals a year for their students. Because they believe that everyone should have access to music, they have a Sponsor a Student program which allows them to offer scholarships to students who need financial aid.
Out on a Limb Dance Theater Company & School - (1535 Larpenteur Ave. W,, 651-644-3802, website) Out on a Limb Dance Theater Company & School is a non-profit organization in Falcon Crossing (mall) that believes in bringing the beauty of dance to under-served youth who may not have the opportunity to learn about it otherwise. On the company side, the members are eclectic and always willing to push themselves into trying something different. They treasure the process in and of itself, and their unique perspective always leads to an exciting and unusual end. On the school side, they accept students of all ages and skills, and the classes range from once-a-week recreational classes to a training program that is pre-professional in nature. They have a program called Performance Arts Ensemble that is for the more dedicated students. The students get to perform on a regular basis in the Student Showcase.
Pas de Deux Dance Studio - (1899 Larpenteur Ave. W,, 651-731-2966, website) Pas de  Deux Dance Studio opened in 2006 and it is a proponent of the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet. They have classes that teach classical ballet in a nurturing and supportive atmosphere. They teach students from age three through adulthood, and the class sizes are small. The classes are based on ability level and not age, and they have beginner classes for teenagers and adults. They have two annual recitals, one in spring and one in winter. The latter includes classics such as The Nutcracker Ballet. They also take their dancers to regional competitions every spring, dancing in Disney World every few years, and have other opportunities available as well.

Events

JUN: Spring Together - (1551 Iowa Ave.,, , website) Spring Together is an annual event held in June at Curtiss Field. It is hosted by the Community Engagement Commission, and its purpose is to gather the community together in celebration. It's a potluck, so it's a fun way to chat with the neighbors and try several different dishes. There will be a Bounce House, Story Time with Seniors, and other fun activities.
JUL: Ice Cream Social & Hot Dog with a Deputy - (2500 Roselawn Ave. W,, , website) The Ice Cream Social & Hot Dog with a Deputy is an annual event hosted by the City at the Falcon Heights Community Park every year in July. The City recently partnered with the the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, which combined the Ice Cream Social (city-hosted) and Hot Dog with a Deputy (Sheriff's Office event). It allows for members of the community to mingle with the officers of the Sheriff's office and to have ice cream and/or a hot dog as well.
AUG: Minnesota State Fair - (1265 Snelling Ave. N,, 651-288-4400, website) The Minnesota State Fair, also known as The Great Minnesota Get-Together, is an annual event that happens in late August/early September at the Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. Roughly 2 million people attend every year, and there is a dazzling array of events available for the fair-goers. In other words, there is definitely something for everyone. There are barns full of animals, carnival rides, and exhibitions. There is live music and other performances, including the Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest Finals. Of course, the star of the show is the variety of food offered, everything from the classic cheese curds to everything possible on a stick, including tater tots, alligator, teriyaki ostrich, and a scotch egg. It is fun for everyone in the family.
AUG: Minnesota State Fair - (1265 Snelling Avenue North, 651-288-4400, website) Minnesota's Great Get Together! This is the largest fair in the U.S. by daily attendance and 2nd largest in the U.S. by total attendance- 2nd only to Texas's fair which runs twice as long! The Minnesota State Fair is 12 days of Anything-You-Want-On-A-Stick, vendors for miles, rides, fabulous concerts, livestock exhibits and more. There's a great reason that over 2 million people attend- Come find out why!
SEP: City Wide Garage Sale - (2077 Larpenteur Ave. W,, , website) The City-Wide Garage Sale is hosted by the City, of course, every year in September. The process is simple in that everyone who wants to participate holds a garage sale on the same day (or more) and has a sign, flag, or balloons out front to signify that they are participating in the event. The City will advertise which houses are taking part as well. It's a like a neighborhood treasure hunt, which benefits everyone involved.

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