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Old 12-24-2009, 04:24 PM
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Happy holidays everyone!
We are definately relocating back to the Twin Cities area at the end of January & I'm super excited but wondering if anyone has the answers to my questions? We are looking for a house to rent, with a fenced yard, garage, allows small dogs and 2+bdrm for under $1100 if possible and I have been searching for the past couple months for the "perfect" rental lol but I have found that the best deals for rental houses are in St. Paul (as we would be commuting to Eagan daily and don't want to cross the river in the rush), the suburb homes are too large & spendy for single family homes (for what we would need) from what I have found. But I have only lived in apartments in the burbs before so I have a few questions...
What is the northeast part of St. Paul like? Looking for more of a quiet, family type neighborhood. Very curious about north part of White Bear Ave around Maryland, I think its the Hillcrest area? I have seen some posts that say to stay away from the north end but I also checked the SP police crime map and the crime rate is similar, if not less depending on the crime, than the rest of SP. I am a runner and want to safely be able to jog around my new neighborhood. Do you recommend this area for young families who are looking for a quiet setting?
Also, if you know of any home rental searches or property rental places with websites let me know! I think I have covered them all but sometimes wondering if I'm checking the right places as options right now for what we need are limited from what I am finding online! lol
Sorry if these questions have been asked before, I really did search before I posted! lol
Thank you so so much!
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Old 12-25-2009, 11:45 AM
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Hillcrest is gernerally a decent area. Rather, than in St. Paul, I would check out rentals in Maplewood and North St Paul near Hillcrest if you want to stay in that area. I went to school at Hill-Murray which is in Maplewood right outside St. Paul and the area is genererally pretty decent, although the East side of St. Paul is not as nice as it once was. Anything near Hillcrest Golf Club isnt too bad. Anyways, I'd say that if you wanted to move into that area of St. Paul, the farther northeast you got, the better it would be. Try and get as close as possibl to Hillcrest golf course which is right on the corner of the city. I haven't lived there for quite a few years now so I'll let someone else chime in with more specific details.

IMHO though, If you really want the best St. Paul has to offer where you feel the safest, I would have to say to stay in the southwest side of the city. Mac-Groveland and Highland Park are your best bets:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7a/Saint_Paul_Planning_Districts_Wards.png (broken link)
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Old 12-25-2009, 05:25 PM
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Thank you! Thank you! I don't know much about St. Paul living but I'm excited to find out! Thank you for your help!!
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Old 12-25-2009, 06:42 PM
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Moving to the hillcrest area/Maplewood/North St. Paul give you quite the commute to Eagan very unnecessarily. THe commute on 494 from that area is not fun. You would be much better off coming up 35E from the southern suburbs than taking the 494 commute around.

If you want to be in St. Paul and commute to Eagan, look to the Highland Park area.

The area around White Bear and Maryland is not all that nice of an area. You most likely would not feel safe running alone in that area. That area has gone downhill in the last 10 years or so.

You may be interested in areas in West. St. Paul--NOT THE WEST SIDE of St. Paul though. There are some very charming neighborhoods in the West St. Paul/Mendota Heights area that may interest you and the commute to Eagan would be easy.
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