Welcome to Highland Park
Highland Park, also known as Highland District (District 15) is a community-centered neighborhood and is situated in the southwest corner of St. Paul, MN. It lies along the Mississippi River north of Fort Snelling, and across the river from the Minneapolis/ St. Paul international airport. Its population is nearly 25,000. It contains a mix of older, well-maintained houses, retail and some light industrial buildings. It is well known for its titular park as well as other notable features.
One of the more notable features of Highland Park is the water tower. It sounds funny to hear, but it's a neighborhood landmark. It was designed by Clarence Wigington, a St. Paul city architect and was completed in 1928. It has a capacity of 200,000 gallons and is 127-feet tall. It is no longer in use, but it is open to the public twice a year. There is a virtual tour available as well.
Then and Now
Highland Park has been a very desirable place to live since it was established. At that time, it was part of the Fort Snelling military reservation, but because of growing demand, it was opened up by the government in the 1850s.
In 1925, Ford opened the Twin Cities Assembly Plant, mostly in order to produce the popular Model T. This caused a shift in the community from being an agriculture society to one that employed more auto company workers.
The neighborhood enjoyed another population boom after World War II and more houses were built.
Randolph Avenue to the north, 35E to the east, the Mississippi River to the south and to the west.
Macalester -Groveland, Summit Hill, and Lexington-Hamline Neighborhood.
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Home Sale Stats / Real Estate
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The average price for a 1,900 sq ft 3 bedroom home in Highland Park is $351,000. The same in a townhome averages $330,000.
Highland Park (1200 Montreal Ave., 651-632-6400) is renown for several things, including its trail and various recreational facilities. Some of the more popular amenities are the Highland Park Aquatic Center and the Highland Park National Golf Course, both of which are highlighted below. If you're a nature-lover, a sports-lover, or a winter activity-enthusiast, this is the place for you. You will also enjoy the park if you want to have a picnic or barbecue with friends or family.
Hidden Falls Regional Park (1313 Hidden Falls Dr., 651-632-5111) was selected by nationally-known architect and park planner, Horace Cleveland, as one of four original parks in St. Paul in 1887. His philosophy was to maintain the structural integrity of the nature while also making the parks accessible for everyone and not just the wealthy.
The park is cram-packed with everything from trails to free outdoor exercise programs to fishing to kayaking rental. There is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Watergate Marina separates it from the Crosby Farm Regional Park, but you can access the latter by the trail system.
Crosby Farm Regional Park (2595 Crosby Farm Rd., 651-632-5111) is named thusly because it was a 160-acre farm owned by Thomas Crosby until his death in 1886. It's the oldest and largest farm in the neighborhood. It was acquired by the St. Paul Port Authority in the 1960s, who leased it to the city as a park.
It's 736 acres and is St. Paul's largest park. It has 6.7 miles of paved trails connecting to Fort Snelling State Park. It has all the amenities (fire pits, horseshoes, boating, etc.) that make it the perfect option for a nice summer day.
Highland National Golf Course (1403 Montreal Ave., 651-695-3774) is the talk of the town, and it's known for its Snoopy-shaped bunker (Charles Schulz is a native son). The bunker was featured in Golf Digest in August, 2015.
The Highland National Golf Course is a topnotch course that is a must for any golf lover.
Highland Park Aquatic Center (1840 Edgecumbe Rd, 651-695-3773) is a water lover's dream. They have everything from a two-story water slide (!) to a children's splash pad to a climbing wall. Swimming lessons and party rentals are available also. What perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day!
Agra Culture Kitchen & Press (721 Cleveland Ave. S, 651-788-7009) is committed to the whole food theory which means serving dishes with the freshest ingredients possible. They also believe in responsibly-sourced food as well, and they have a passion for providing delicious nutritional meals. They have plenty of vegetarian options. Try their chicken harissa sandwich and The Refresher (juice) for a satisfying lunch. Located in The Finn Apartments.
Punch Neapolitan Pizza ( 704 Cleveland Ave. S,651-696-1066) offers delicious wood-fired, award-winning pizzas with gourmet toppings in a casual setting. They are committed to delivering authentic Neopolitan pizza, which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Joan's In The Park (631 Snelling Ave. S,651-690-3297) is an intimate restaurant with a focus on locally-sourced and organic ingredients. They are a from-scratch kitchen, which means most of their food is made in-house daily on a regular basis. They are dedicated to providing delicious food, but more than that, they are dedicated to providing it with warmth and gracious hospitality.
Highland Grill (771 Cleveland Ave. S, 651-690-1173) is casual, yet hip and modern. This popular eatery offers dishes made from scratch and with local ingredients, so you can eat your turkey burger with and sweet potato fries with gusto.
Casper's & Runyon's Nook (492 Hamline Ave. S, 651-698-4347) is the place to be if you're looking for a good old-fashioned burger and beer throwdown. The Nook's tagline is 'a small place with big burgers', and they take that very seriously. If you want to grab a burger and a beer with your friends, this is the place to do it.
Cecil's Deli (651 Cleveland Ave. S, 651-698-0334) was started in 1949 by Cecil and Faye Glickman because they were passionate about bringing quality delicatessen food to the Highland Park neighborhood. They are famed for their sandwiches because of their belief that, say, a corned beef sandwich should be absolutely brimming with corned beef and not have filler. This is the place to go to fill all your deli needs.
Sakana Sushi & Asian Bistro (740 Cleveland Ave. S, 651-699-7777) is a colorful, yet relaxed restaurant that is known for their elaborate rolls and elaborate sashimi. When a sushi craving hits, this is the place to go.
J & S Bean Factory (1518 Randolph Ave. S, 651-699-7788) is a locally-owned coffeehouse with live music and in-house bean roasting. They pride themselves on their customer service. If your favorite coffee is not on their menu, just ask for it at their brew bar, and they will brew you a cup.
Quixotic Coffee (769 Cleveland Ave. S, 651-699-5448) is a cozy coffee shop, and their aim is to help you forget your problems, even if it's for a few minutes. Whether you need a hot coffee or a cold-brew, you'll get a great cup here.
Patina (2057 Ford Pkwy., 651-695-9955) Patina features tons of eclectic items, jewelry, books, clothing and kids items, candles and more. It's the perfect place to shop for gifts for Christmas, birthdays, and any other special occasions.
Half Price Books(2041 Ford Pkwy., 651-699-1391) is a used book store with something for everyone and an ever-changing inventory. Need some extra cash? Bring in the books you’ve already read for store credit or cash, then you can buy more books in return. A win-win situation for everyone.
The Fixery (760 Cleveland Ave. S, 651-690-5524) is a specialty shop, focused on repairing watches and clocks, but will also do some small jewelry. With over 30 years in the business, this is the premier place to go for your watch/clock-related repairs.
Addendum Books (478 Cleveland Ave. S, 651-330-3096) is a YA and children's bookstore that also has books for adults. It is owned by two librarians who are always willing to help match a customer with a book (or five). And, they throw a great themed book party as well!
Gypsy Moon (1887 Randolph Ave., 651-699-9531) is a neighborhood boutique focused on vintage women's clothing as well as an eclectic collection of home decor, seasonal decorations, gifts, and more. If you want to add a little beauty to your life, try gypsy moon.
Turn Style Consignment (800 Cleveland Ave. S, 651-690-3430) is the place to go if you want brand-name clothing at a reasonable price. They have a wide variety of brands, styles, and sizes, which means something for everyone. And, of course, you can bring in clothing you no longer need to sell as well. It's a good deal for everyone.
Tiffany Sports Lounge (2051 Fork Pkwy., 651-690-4747) proudly root for the Packers as the owners are from Wisconsin. They sport their green and gold with pride as they serve Highland Park Signature Sandwiches and plenty of beer. If you're a transplanted Packers fan and want to root for your team, head out to Tiffany's.
Vieux Carré (408 St. Peter St., 651-291-2715) hearkens back to the days of jazz-filled speakeasies in the heart of New Orleans. Their menu is Creole inspired, including gumbo and fried catfish po'boys, and their cocktails are lovingly crafted in the spirit of Prohibition masters who practiced their art behind closed doors. And, of course, they are passionate about music, especially jazz, soul, and blues.
Community Arts & Recreation
Highland Park Community Center (1978 Ford Pkwy., 651-695-3706) is the combination of the Hillcrest Recreation Center and Highland Park Library renamed. They added an additional 5,000 square feet of public space and have included many new public amenities, including a dedicated teen zone and an increased children's area.
There are activities for everyone, including after class programs, open gym, sports, and much more. There is also childcare as well as rentals for meetings, parties, and other events.
Finally, there are plenty of theater and art-related events for people who are looking for some cultural events to attend.
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (located in the Highland Par Community Center listed above, 651-647-4315) was started in 1994 by Founder and Producing Artistic Director Barbara Brooks after giving birth to her son. She wanted a way for her son and his friends (in the future, obviously) to share the richness of their diverse backgrounds. Since then, the MJTC has grown into an award-winning theater company and are nationally known.
Music In The Parks is a free (unless noted on the calendar) outdoor music series open to the public. Nothing says summer like listening to music with the sun on your face and a breeze ruffling your hair. There are performances nearly every day at one of the parks. Don’t miss out!
Highland Theater (760 Cleveland Ave. S, 651-698-3085) is technically called Mann Theatres Highland I & II, but everyone knows it as the Highland Theater. It has an old-timey feel to it, and it's been around for roughly fifty years. If you want a touch of the sixties as you watch a movie, this is a great place to go.
Highland Fest is a yearly weekend event held mid-summer featuring an art fair, live music, a beer tent, petting zoo, business fair, inflatable rides and games along with a 5K road race and a weiner dog race, more food than can possibly be listed, and many, many other fun festivities for the whole family.
The St. Paul Winter Carnival is a two-week-plus festival held every January or February since 1886, minus the WWII years. Enjoy the parades, medallion hunt, beer tents, giant snow slides, the ice palace, and other free and low cost family activities. Embrace the cold!
Our light rail and busing system make transportation easy to navigate. The Metro Blue Line runs from the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN to Target Field. Connecting bus route 74 serves Highland Park, through downtown St. Paul, to Oakdale. See the Metro Transit schedule for more info.
Highland Park Montessori School (1500 Summit Ave., 651-690-5327) has been guiding and nurturing children for 54 years. They encourage their children with plenty of natural environments in which they can explore to their hearts' content and satisfy their curiosity. They foster a sense of mutual trust and respect, which allows the children to learn and grow at their own pace.
Highland Park Elementary School (1700 Saunders Ave. S, 651-690-1173) is a designated IB PYP school for pre-K through grade 5. They offer coursework specializing in Mandarin Chinese in an effort to encourage their students to think more globally. They also place a priority on the arts and have a wide variety of programs, including Robotics. Their goal is to tailor their teaching to suit each individual student's needs and interests.
Highland Park Middle School (975 Snelling Ave. S, 651-293-8950) is committed to ensuring the success of their students, especially in making the transition to middle school. They do this through the WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) programs which allows eighth grade students to mentor sixth grade students.
Highland Park Middle School's believes in core subject teaming, plenty of diverse extracurricular activities to suit every student's needs, and a plethora of other enrichment opportunities.
Highland Park High School (1015 Snelling Ave. S, (651-293-8950) is a verified IB school with an emphasis on strong academics. They also provide a Spanish Immersion program as well as Gifted and Talented (G/T) programs.
They also focus on arts, athletics, and services. They have college prep classes, too, and their aim is to fully prepare their students for college and beyond. Their commitment has been noticed nationally, and they have been called one of the top high schools in the country by Newsweek and the Washington Post.
Sunny Hollow Montessori (636 Mississippi River Blvd., 651-690-2307) provides a warm atmosphere that encourages learning in small children. They are welcoming to everyone, be it the children themselves or members of their family--and friends, too.
Places of Worship
Lunds (link) 2128 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116 651-698-5845
Salon 760 760 S.Cleveland Ave, St. Paul, MN 55116 651-698-0760
Great Clips Salon 754 S Cleveland Ave, St. Paul, MN 55116 651-690-0364
Red Robin Cleaners 2015 Ford Pkwy, St. Paul, MN 55116 651-690-2388
Anderson Cleaners 718 Cleveland Ave S, St. Paul, MN 55116 651-690-9592
Turn Style Consignment 800 Cleveland Ave S, St. Paul MN 55116 651-690-3438
Highland Tailors 712 Cleveland Ave S St. Paul, MN 55116 651-698-6117
Allina Health Highland Park Clinic 2120 Ford Pkwy, St. Paul, MN 55116 651-241-9600
Health Partners Highland Park Clinic 2004 Ford Pkwy, St. Paul, MN 55116 651-265-0000
Fairview Urgent Care 2155 Ford Pkwy, St. Paul, MN 55116 651-696-5070
St. Joseph’s Hospital 45 West 10th St St. Paul, MN 55125 651-232-3348
Children’s Hospital 345 N Smith Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102
Lifetime Fitness 2145 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116 651-698-5000
St. Paul Pilates Studio 1040 Cleveland Ave S St. Paul, MN 55116 651-330-4761
Highland Park Community Center 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul MN 55116 651-695-3706
Viillage Acupuncture and Massage 730 Cleveland Ave S 651-699-8610
Sister Rosalind Massage &Wellness 621 Cleveland Ave S 651-698-9123