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dmdhashw
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Living in DT St. Paul?

Postby dmdhashw » June 21st, 2013, 1:52 pm

I found a loft that I'm thinking about renting in downtown St. Paul (Produce Exchange Building), but being a loyal Minneapolitan, I find the idea both thrilling and terrifying.

Does anyone here live in DT St. Paul? What should I consider before signing the lease?

Thanks!

David Greene
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Re: Living in DT St. Paul?

Postby David Greene » June 21st, 2013, 1:57 pm

Do you like having people around after work?

Really, no snark. That is the #1 complaint I hear from people living in Lowertown.

Lowertown has some really cool stuff so if you don't mind eerie silence after 5pm and on weekends, go for it.

mattaudio
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Re: Living in DT St. Paul?

Postby mattaudio » June 21st, 2013, 2:20 pm

I'd consider it. Lowertown has changed significantly in the past 3 or 4 years since I had friends living in Galtier.

MotorCity2TwinCities
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Re: Living in DT St. Paul?

Postby MotorCity2TwinCities » June 21st, 2013, 2:24 pm

My sister lives at Lowertown Lofts and loves it. Once the Green Line opens next year she will only have to walk a half a block to get on it, which is also great. Whenever I have been to Lowertown at night to visit her, Mears Park and the surrounding area/retail seemed to be buzzing with people walking their dogs. The bars also seem to be pretty busy whenever I am there but beyond that Lowertown/Mears park area it seems pretty dead. The Farmers Market is right there, too, which is nice.

twincitizen
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Re: Living in DT St. Paul?

Postby twincitizen » June 22nd, 2013, 1:33 pm

If I worked anywhere in the vicinity of downtown St. Paul I'd totally live there. It can really only get better going forward. There will never be a strong retail presence due to the success of Grand Ave and Midway, but that stuff is pretty accessible from downtown. I think the cafe/bar/restaurant offerings will improve. I also predict more class-B type older office buildings being converted to residential.

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Re: Living in DT St. Paul?

Postby Minneapolisite » June 25th, 2013, 5:49 pm

It depends on what kind of flavor you're looking for. Myself, I could only see me regularly visiting The Amsterdam and Black Dog and maybe Station 4...that's pretty much it unless you have a penchant for suburbanite yuppie bars. At least there's a farmers' market right there and some dining options too.

dmdhashw
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Re: Living in DT St. Paul?

Postby dmdhashw » June 27th, 2013, 4:18 pm

The other consideration is that I currently work in Plymouth, which would mean dealing with a pretty gnarly commute... Unless one of you knows of a super secret way to get from DT St. Paul to Plymouth, MN. :D

blobs
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Re: Living in DT St. Paul?

Postby blobs » June 27th, 2013, 4:28 pm

I'd love to...awesome place. But I work in Bloomington.

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Re: Living in DT St. Paul?

Postby Snelbian » July 26th, 2013, 8:14 am

Two advantages that haven't been mentioned are crepes at the summer stand at Meritage and proximity to Heimie's.

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Re: Living in DT St. Paul?

Postby talindsay » July 26th, 2013, 8:35 pm

Yeah, I hear lots of people like living in suburban bedroom communities :-P

I kid, I kid. Actually, living right in Lowertown could be pretty great if you work at any of the job centers along the Green Line - urban (not suburban, I was joking) living at lower prices than Minneapolis, with everything you need nearby and a short transit ride to work. For instance, I work at the U and Lowertown could be pretty great for U employees.


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