Falcon Heights Quick Facts
Size: 2.24 sq mi
Median Home Price: $331500
Average Rent Price: $1008
Commute to Mpls: 16 minutes
Commute to StP: 11 minutes
Garbage / Recycle: Varies
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Falcon Heights Overview
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.
Falcon Heights History
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.
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.