Summit Hill - Saint Paul

The tony Saint Paul neighborhood with gilded age mansions, beautiful parks and a picturesque way of life.

Summit Hill, also known as Crocus Hill, is located in the southwest portion of St. Paul. This is the most affluent neighborhood of Saint Paul with the historic Gilded Age mansions of Summit Avenue, including the stately Minnesota Governor’s Residence lining the streets.  These Victorian Era mansions have been well preserved over the years and the architecture is what makes this area of Saint Paul nationally famous. Many of the homes in this area were built between 1890 and 1920. 

James J. Hill built completed his home at 240 Summit Avenue in 1891 during an era when wealthy citizens were scrambling to build fashionable homes in the neighborhood. The street offered a commanding view of downtown St. Paul and the Mississippi River area, making it a highly desirable location. The house, for its time, was very large at 36,000 square feet and was the "showcase of St. Paul" until James J. Hill's death in 1916. It is listed as a U.S. National Historic Landmark, operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. The F. Scott Fitzgerald House, also known as Summit Terrace, is located at 599 Summit Avenue and is listed as a National Historic Landmark for its association with author F. Scott Fitzgerald. In July and August 1919, Fitzgerald rewrote the manuscript that became his first novel, This Side of ParadiseHe lived here until January 1920, writing short stories, and then moved to New Orleans. Of the several places the Fitzgeralds lived, this one is most closely associated with his literary fame, and typifies the environments of some of his later works.

As well as having gorgeous homes, nearby Grand Avenue is lined with upscale boutiques selling everything from home decor, fashion and jewelry to musical instruments, toys and books. Among the stores are high-end restaurants, European-style bakeries, wood-fired pizza spots and sidewalk cafes. There are also there is also many parks in this neighborhood. Schools include: Linwood Arts + School (K-3), St. Thomas More Catholic School (private K-12) and St. Paul Academy – Summit School (K-5 private).  In the warmer months, walking tours can be had where you can learn about the history, notable residents, and the myriad of architectural styles found in this picturesque community.

 

 

About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
There's holiday spirit
Great schools
Great for retirees
It's walkable to grocery stores
It's walkable to restaurant
Easy commutes
Good transit
Parking is easy
There are sidewalks
Yards are well-kept
Streets are well-lit
Great hospitals
Parks and playgrounds
It's quiet
It's dog friendly
Kids play outside
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