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Old 12-27-2010, 10:07 AM
 
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I'm moving from Missouri to St. Paul for work in January.
Looking for a good neighborhood to rent a house/apartment.
My work will be near the 494/94 area.
My wife loves large Urban areas and not so much the suburbs.
She has expensive tastes and drives a nice car so Parking is a must.
I personally have not lived in a city like the Twin Cities so I'm at a loss for a place to look that will be safe, close to my work, urban, and not have to hunt for parking places. I saw an article in the MSP paper where people were towed for parking when there were snow emergencies. I would hate to be in that situation. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Mound, MN
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No one has answered for you so I'll take a stab.

First off, I'm assuming when you say 494/94 that you mean Minnetonka but 494 crosses 94 all the way on the other side of town as well in Woodbury.

The other challenge with your request is how you define "urban, not suburbs"?

If you want true urban that means Minneapolis whether it be downtown or someplace like uptown. Downtown has limited parking and many places in Minneapolis will involve on street parking which means paying attention to when and where you can park. The other challenge with Minneapolis is that it isn't that convenient to 494/94 (although you'd be going opposite most traffic).

You may look at suburbs that have their own downtown dynamic in the west metro. For her high end tastes something like Wayzata comes to mind but other places might include Hopkins. Other first ring suburbs will be close to Minneapolis with lots of older homes/apartments but a little closer to your work. Those would include St. Louis Park, Golden Valley or the 50th/France area of Edina (which is probably a nice area for someone with caviar tastes).

Certainly the best bet would be to come and spend a little time in neighborhoods to get a feel for what you think you like best before deciding on housing.

Good luck!
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Old 12-30-2010, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN
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I'd take a pretty hard look at the rentals around the west side of Lake Calhoun based on your needs. Most all these buildings offer heated underground parking so that isn't an issue of concern.

You could easily live in the warehouse district downtown as well, which would have you commuting opposite traffic. Loads of nightlife, dining, shopping within walking distance or an easy cab ride. Downtown actually is a very vibrant residential community.

Otherwise I'd echo the suggestions of Edina, St. Louis Park and then Golden Valley. In that order.
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Old 12-30-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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he will be in woodbury side (st paul)
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Old 12-30-2010, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN
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lol, totally misread that. My mistake. Disregard!

Now that I understand the OP, I'd suggest living in downtown St. Paul and nowhere else. Great downtown area that has a little bit of east coast feel to it. Again, you'd be commuting against traffic.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:07 PM
 
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I suggest Woodbury or Eagan
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:53 PM
 
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I'll second the downtown St. Paul suggestion; lots of nice places there, just get a place that comes with parking, so you won't have to deal with snow emergencies. Some of the options near Grand Avenue will also be very nice. It's not bustling "urban," but upscale and with decent restaurant options and stores within walking distance. Grand stretches a long way, so it's not one compact specific neighborhood. If she likes cities then she won't be happy somewhere like Woodbury. The areas in and around downtown St. Paul (Cathedral Hill, etc.) are very nice with some beautiful housing options.

If you did mean the Minnetonka side, then I would agree that 50th and France seems like a great fit.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:46 AM
 
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Thanks for the input guys. I was talking about the Woodbury side. I actually was moving into the twin city area bout 6 years ago but my job was cut and I stayed in Missouri. I was actually looking at a house in Woodbury then but I think on this next go round I will want to be near a walking community. I'll look up the St. Paul Downtown area. thanks.
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:34 PM
 
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Just fair warning, plan to spend double what you have into your house in Missouri here. Missouri is dirt cheep for housing compared to the Twin Cities.
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:54 AM
 
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Yup I figured that out
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