Welcome to St Paul! The neighborhoods we feature here are standouts for sustainable, walkable living. It is entirely possible to live well in every one of these areas and visit coffee shops, restaurants, dog parks, and events without driving.
The Walk Score website informed this selection, taking into account public transit and bike and walking paths.
We start with Downtown St Paul, including the very popular Lowertown—the pinnacle of low-carbon, walkable urban condo and loft living. A walk score of 70 to 89 equates to very walkable—most errands can be done on a walk. So, Downtown St Paul, with a score topping 90, is fabulously walkable.
Downtown St Paul: Featuring Lowertown
Downtown St Paul is a smart location for a second home. For the urban experience during time off or weekends, here lies a multitude of pubs and cafes, galleries and concerts, shopping and sightseeing choices. And it’s the perfect place to walk and cycle. The Metro Green Line light rail connects you with Minneapolis, too!
One of the nation’s leading urban renewal successes is Lowertown, the portside space of Downtown St Paul. Back when paddle-wheeled boats docked at the top of the Mississippi, this port was called the Lower Landing; now we call it Lowertown. A former shoe factory is now Rossmor Lofts. A former railway freight building is now the Chicago Great Western building.
Lowertown offers exemplary opportunities to rent or buy space to enjoy the best of St Paul living in its thriving arts hub. The Twin Cities top grocery store, Lunds and Byerlys, has a branch in Downtown St Paul.
Summer in Lowertown is synonymous with festivals. There’s the Music in Mears series, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, the Blues & Funk Fest. And in all seasons there are the cantinas and gems like the Black Dog Café—with its heavenly jazz in the evenings. Speaking of dogs, bring yours to Chuck & Don’s dog park at Saints’ CHS Field.
Authentic loft interiors, with ceilings up to 18 feet high, frame the atrium of River Park Lofts. Urban professionals and suburbanites seeking urban weekend cabins love the location—just next to the Farmers Market and accessible to the Skyway. Amenities include fitness room, pool table, rooftop garden deck, and office equipment.
Also sought after in Lowertown are the Ninth Street Lofts—with oversized windows framing vistas of beautiful downtown St Paul and the Wacouta Commons Park. These lofts offer standout features from bottom to top: underground car park and rooftop deck.