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Old 04-04-2013, 03:38 PM
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Hi, my wife and I are relocating from Pittsburgh to the Minneapolis/St Paul area for work this June. I recently accepted a job at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul, and she is going to be looking for a psychiatric nursing position at a hospital...somewhere?

The job offer was relatively unexpected so we haven't been able to do too much research on the area, and have never been to Minnesota before. We are both young (late 20s) professionals and would prefer to rent in a SAFE, urban area with amenities within walking distance (bars, shopping, restaurants, etc) and a commute that isn't too horrendous.

From what little we have read it seems that there is more to do in Minneapolis as opposed to St. Paul, and may be safer too. Any suggestions as to what areas we should be investigating? Our budget is between $900-$1000/mo for a nice one bedroom apartment.

Thank you all so much for your help!
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:23 PM
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Your price range will get you into most neighborhoods in Minneapolis, but there will be a few where the housing stock just doesn't exist at the price.

One such neighborhood is the North Loop. That's what immediately came to my mind. Lots of converted warehouses turned into lofts. Located right next to downtown, has Target Field nearby, a light-rail line to the airport/Mall of America (and soon another to DT St. Paul), access to bars, cool boutiques, etc. But I can't imagine anything south of $1000 and probably more in the $1100 to $1300 range for a 1-bedroom (and up).

Loring Park is another downtown-adjacent neighborhood to the south that has an eclectic mix of apartment styles and several new places being built. There's access to bars on Nicollet and up to Hennepin and such (which would be the same bars accessible in the North Loop, really). Lots of nice brownstones, near one of the larger parks in town, and a Lunds grocery store all within walking distance. Certainly more affordable units.

Other neighborhoods to look at:

-Lowertown in St. Paul: Located downtown. The area is quiet, but growing, and will soon have the other end of the light-rail line, several warehouse-to-unit conversions, a baseball stadium for the minor league, and everything else that comes to DT St. Paul. A bit above your asking price though. Similar to the North Loop.
-Northeast: More blue collar, but safe and affordable. Quick access to downtown if you stay near major roads.
-Marcy-Holmes: My neighborhood. Stay west of the highway and you avoid the student areas. Across the river from downtown, a nice commercial area within walking distance where Hennepin and Central intersect (grocery, bars, banks, restaurants), and a quiet feel in the residential areas, all while being located right in the heart of everything.
-Uptown: It's expensive, but you could find a nice place. Really the most walkable place in the state. Bars, restaurants, groceries, etc. all within reach. Plus you're near the Chain of Lakes, and that's the real gem.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:53 PM
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Yinz are goin' make me pull out my Pittsburghese. Just kidding--I grew up in da burgh.

Since there a great places to live throughout the metro, I'd try to live close to where you'll be working. Since you don't know where she'll be working, that could be tricky. I would lean toward living in St. Paul, unless she finds out that her job is elsewhere before you move. Grand Avenue is a fun place--but there are parts that can turn sketchy pretty quickly, so I'm hoping another poster with more knowledge of that area will chime in. I've known quite a few people that lived over there in their late 20s and loved the area. Highland Park and possibly Como would be other good options on the St. Paul side.

If she ended up with a job to the west, then any of the places xandrex mentioned would be good too.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:04 AM
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I totally forgot Summit and Grand Avenue!

Thanks to MnMomma for mentioning that area of St. Paul. I was rushing out the door when I wrapped up my message, so clearly I didn't think through everything. That area is quieter than some Minneapolis neighborhoods, but offers a good compromise in location between the two downtowns (and it's a very nice area!)
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:33 AM
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The Summit/Grand area will be similar to Carslyle, PA if you have been there, only bigger.
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