St. Anthony Village, also known as St. Anthony, is a northern suburb of the Twin Cities, and it has roughly 8,300 people. Two-thirds of them live in Hennepin County and one-third of them live in Ramsey County. It has a small town feel which makes for a warm community, and it has access to both of the Twin Cities' downtowns for all your big city needs.
There are many amenities that brighten up living in St. Anthony. They include Silver Lake, Central Park, Silver Lake Village, Silverwood Park, and the Francis A. Gross Public Golf Course. Its sister city is Salo, Finland, and that relationship was established in 2006.
Then and Now
St. Anthony/St. Anthony Village has a long history that starts with it being part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Then, it was part of the Wisconsin territory known as St. Croix County until Wisconsin became a state in 1848 and excluded St. Anthony from its boundaries. The Minnesota territory formed in 1849 and included this area as part of the boundaries.
The Township of St. Anthony formed in 1848, expanded over the years, and then was cut drastically in 1887 due to annexation by the City of Minneapolis. The Township of St. Anthony was reduced to roughly 1,000 acres, and most of it was agricultural with the emphasis on hog farming and vegetable production.
After World War II, the township needed more affordable housing. Al Forsythe, a developer and realtor, wanted the City of Minneapolis to annex a prime property near St. Anthony Boulevard so there would be access to the city's sewer service and water system. In 1945, the proposal to incorporate was brought up, and it was voted down, sued against by the state (too rural), the lawsuit was appealed, and it was finally incorporated as St. Anthony Village in 1946.
The city grew in the next two decades and had 600 acres annexed back to it. These 600 acres were originally part of St. Anthony Village and lie north of 37th street. Apache Plaza was built on part of that land in 1961. In 1973, the Minnesota Legislature decreed that all municipal designations had to be 'cities', so St. Anthony Village became the City of St. Anthony Village on all official documents.
Today, St. Anthony Village is a cozy community with access to both St. Paul and Minneapolis. There are several amenities including Salo Park, which is named for St. Anthony Village's sister city, Salo, Finland, and has an amphitheater that has multiple uses. Another amenity is the Silver Lake Village, which is the shopping center that replaced Apache Plaza, the construction beginning in 2004. It's a walkable mall that is anchored around a Cub Foods.
Green / Environmental
The City of St. Anthony has a long history of caring about sustainability, even if it wasn't always termed as such. It started in the early 1970s with various council members being concerned about preserving the environment. Ray Haik, the legal council for the village, was commended for his endeavors, and Sally Haik, who was the first female city council member, concentrated on protecting lakes from detrimental effects.
St. Anthony Village entered the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program in 2011. The program has 29 best practices, and each best practice can be implemented by doing one or more actions at a 1-star, 2-star, or 3-star level from a list of 4 to 8 actions. St. Anthony Village quickly became a Step 2, Step 3, then Step 4 City. They received the second ever Sustainable City Award in 2016, and they became a Step 5 City in 2017.
They have several other initiatives that they have implemented and/or promoted, such as The Sustainability Fair, the Young Lungs at Work Campaign, and the Tech Dump. In addition, they a Sustainability Plan that outlines how they are going to improve their sustainability and their outlook for the future.
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Market Trends in St. Anthony Village MN
# Houses Sold 74 (single family)
Median Sales Price $325500 (single family)
Average Age 1958 (single family)
Square Feet 2131 $166/sqft (single family)
# TH / Condo Sold 50 (townhouse/condo)
Median Sales Price $137000 (townhouse/condo)
Average Age 1986 (townhouse/condo)
Square Feet 1123 $147/sqft (townhouse/condo)
Central Park - (3503 Silver Lake Rd.,, 612-706-1166, website) Central Park is a smaller park but with plenty of amenities. There is an ice rink, a hockey rink, a pavilion, and a splash deck. There is also a playground area for the children and a skatepark as well.
Emerald Park - (3925 Macalaster Dr.,, 612-706-1166, website) Emerald Park is great place for the members of the community to get together and have a good time. The amenities include a playground area for kids, a basketball half-court, a softball/baseball diamond, a splash deck, and picnic areas in case you want to take a break from all the activities.
Silverwood Park - (2500 Country Rd. E,, 763-694-7707, website) Silverwood Park is a neighborhood favorite that sits on the eastern shore of Silver Lake. There is a concentrated effort to highlight the synergy between people and nature in a creative ways. There are walking paths, and there is art along the trails to appreciate. There is a visitor center that is open 363 days a year. The other amenities include Silverwood Cafe, an art gallery, kayak and canoe rentals, and much more.
Broadway Pizza - (2702 Hwy. 88,, 612-788-1718, website) Broadway Pizza is a local chain that is steeped in Minnesota history. The first one was opened as a bar in Minneapolis in 1953 by John Spallacci, and he started serving thin, cracker-crust pizza to his customers so they could have a bite along with their drinks. Now, several decades later, Broadway Pizza is well known all around Minnesota. The star of their menu is the pizza, of course, and you can build your own with your choice of crust (hand-rolled dough), meat (they're proud of their sausage), and other toppings. They have a gluten-free crust available, and they have takeout and delivery, too. They also have a banquet facility for private parties.
Catrinas Cerveza & Mexican Grill - (2510 Kenzie Terr.,, 612-788-1229, website) Catrinas Cerveza & Mexican Grill is a Mexican restaurant with brightly-colored decor that is warm and inviting, as is the staff. They have art commemorating Día de los Muertos on the wall, and festive-flags banners hung from the ceiling. This is the third of three Catrinas, and it was opened in 2016 by the owners of all three, Lorenzo Tejada and Paul Marshall. The menu includes tacos, burritos, tortas, and quesadilla. You can choose your protein, your rice, and beans or veggies. They have gluten-free options, online ordering, and delivery as well.
Culver's - (4004 Silver Lake Rd.,, 612-781-3450, website) Culver's is a national chain that is infamous for their ButterBurgers. The atmosphere is bustling and cheerful, and the staff members are very friendly. It has the speed of a fast food restaurant and the comfort of a sit-down restaurant. The ButterBurgers is a Culver's family special, and it's made with fresh beef and a lightly buttered bun. The menu includes the Single, the Double, and the Triple, and all on the ButterBurger. They also have a gluten-free bun. They are more known for their fresh frozen custard, which they make throughout the day. You can add your own toppings or go for the flavor of the day.
Fat Nat's Eggs - (2700 39th Ave. NE, 612-545-5764, website) Fat Nat's Eggs is a modern day breakfast diner that opened in 2012 in this, the third location. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, and the service is cheerful. They use fresh ingredients that are prepared daily and made by hand. The menu includes Eggs Bacon Benedict Avocado, Green Chili Huevos, Grandma's Omelette, and a pulled pork with jerk or BBQ sandwich. They have gluten-free options, dairy-free options, and vegetarian options as well.
Hidden Treasures Thrift Store - (2915 Pentagon Dr.,, 612-706-3223, website) Hidden Treasures Thrift Store is a Christian nonprofit that centers around a second chance for people who have battled addiction or have criminal records. It is located in the St. Anthony Shopping Center. The products include furniture, toys, dishes, and more. The store is easy to navigate, and the staff is friendly.
Silver Lake Village Shopping Center - (Silver Lake Rd. & 39th Ave.,, 651-419-2004, website) The Silver Lake Village Shopping Center was built in 2004 to replace the iconic Apache Plaza. The flagship store is Cub Foods, and it was built to be a walkable community. There is also a Wells Fargo, a US Bank, and a Conoco Gas Station as well as a North Memorial Health Clinic and Park Dental. The stores include GameStop, a GNC, and Gophermods. There are eateries such as Smashburger, Chipotle, Carbone's Pizza, and Cold Stone Creamery.
TeaSource - (, ) TeaSource is all about tea, obviously. The store is cozy and inviting, and the staff members are knowledgeable about their teas, and eager to share that knowledge. They have over 200 loose leaf teas, which the customer can enjoy in-shop or at home. They also have a variety of baked goods to enjoy with their tea.
The Unofficial - (3701 Stinson Blvd.,, 612-248-8820, website) The Unofficial is a self-proclaimed dive bar that has a relaxed and comfy atmosphere. They believe in giving back, and they help those in the community who need it. The staff is friendly and makes you feel at home. The menu includes chipotle white chicken chili, the Face Melter burger, a pork tenderloin sandwich, and a smothered burrito. Their drinks include beer and cocktails such as the Blueberry Mojito and Purple Rain.
Village Pub - (2720 Hwy. 88,, 612-788-9680, website) Village Pub is a neighborhood favorite with an open and airy interior that is comfortable and inviting. The service is friendly, and there are big screen televisions so you can watch your favorite team while lifting a pint. There is a patio so you can enjoy your favorite burger and beverage in the summertime. They have bocce ball, too. Their food is made from scratch, and their menu includes shrimp rolls, a sourdough melt, a barbacoa cheese melt, and a pub Cuban. The drinks include wine, beer, and cocktails. They have takeout.
Community Arts & Recreation
Created to Grow - (2904 Pentagon Dr.,, 612-758-0409, website) Created to Grow is a creative center for families who want to enjoy experiencing art together. They have an open studio and gallery space, and they offer classes for the family. They offer classes in music, arts, theater, dance, and visual arts for the whole family to participate in. The gallery is available for those who use the studio to sell their work. They have childcare options available as well. They sell Grab and Grow kits to use at home, and they offer a place for kids to have a fun and creative birthday party.
St. Anthony Community Services - (3301 Silver Lake Rd.,, 612-706-1166, website) St. Anthony Community Services is a resource for all members of the community, from toddlers to senior citizens. For the younger set, they have all-day and half-day preschool, and they have the Early Childhood Family Education program that offers plenty of resources. They also have a program called Village Kids that has care for kids in grades K - 5, before and after school and on non-school days as well. They have programs for the children as well, ranging from beginning guitar to Java Minecraft modding. The adult programming includes Tai Chi Ch'uan, Ethiopian cooking, and total body conditioning. For senior citizens, they have classes including senior tech time, gentle yoga, and defensive driving. They also offer room rental and swimming lessons.
St. Anthony Community Theater - (3303 33rd Ave. NE,, 612-326-4870, website) The St. Anthony Community Theater (SACT) was started in 2001 by some local parents who wanted to provide the kids of the community with something exciting and creative to do during the summer. They put on a one-act play at the VillageFest, and from those humble roots, SACT eventually grew into a nonprofit organization that encourages involvement from members of the community of all ages, skills, and talents. They have professional actors involved in the productions, but for the most part, they are concentrating on engaging local community members to participate. The productions are performed in the St. Anthony Village High School auditorium.
MAR: St. Anthony Village WinterFest - (3503 Silver Lake Rd. NE,, , website) The St. Anthony Village WinterFest is a newly-created annual event that celebrates winter while simultaneously benefiting Nourish 282, a nonprofit that helps kids in District 282 with food insecurity. It is held at the Central Park Pavilion, and there are games, food and beverages, and the chance to gather with other members of the community.
AUG: St. Anthony VillageFest - (3503 Silver Lake Rd.,, , website) The St. Anthony VillageFest first occurred in 1989, and it's a weekend of fun, frolic, and festivities to celebrate all the things that make St. Anthony Village unique and a great place to live. There are a ton of activities, ranging from the Classic Car Get Together that kicks off the festival to the Kiwanis Waffle Breakfast that signals the end of the festivities. Other activities include the VillageFest Parade, the 5K Fun Run, the Bean Bag Tournament, and fireworks. There are also musical performances, food and beer vendors, and a petting zoo. Most of the activities take place in Central Park.
DEC: St. Anthony Winter in the Village - (2945 Pentagon Dr.,, , website) St. Anthony Winter in the Village is an annual event that celebrates the joys of winter in St. Anthony Village. It is held at the St. Anthony Shopping Center. There is a very popular trolley ride, and some of the other ongoing activities include the Happy Feet Scavenger Hunt, hot chocolate and food sampling, painting, and S'mores. There are activities at specific times, such as making snowflakes out of recycled books, meeting Santa, and a snowball fight. The hosts urge attendants to bring a wrapped gift to donate to seniors. Select stores have collection barrels for this specific purpose.
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