The University Grove neighborhood, tucked in
a quiet, wooded corner
next to the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, is a showcase of
midwestern residential architecture. The 103 homes built for professors
and administrators over a 60-year period represent an “architectural
time capsule” of modern America according to a 1989 article about the
neighborhood in The
New York Times. The result is a mix of
family homes, from modern to traditional, side-by-side. What ties the
homes together is the visual continuity of openness between individual
lots and street setbacks.
Curved streets and majestic oaks define the Grove in its secluded but
convenient location. Nestled between the University golf course and one
of St. Paul’s premier neighborhoods, St. Anthony Park, residents are
within walking distance to the St. Paul campus and many of the basic
services of urban living.
St. Anthony Park boasts its own small
downtown, affectionately known as “The Park.” It has a neighbor-owned
grocery store, full-service bank, a Carnegie library, barber/beauty
shops, wine store, dry cleaner, travel agency, restaurants, coffee shops, service
station, post office, bakery, independent bookstore and
small retail specialty shops. In the neighborhood are churches, nursery
schools, child care centers, and a medical/dental clinic.
Recreational and cultural activities are plentiful in the neighborhood. The Grove has a
playground picnic area and the former streetcar line is now a wooded
walking trail. The St. Paul campus tennis courts and new gymnasium/pool
are located on the eastern border of the Grove. The Les Bolstad
University Golf Course is literally a chip shot away. Falcon Heights,
the burg in which the Grove and the St. Paul campus reside, offers a
growing network of walking paths, bikeways and parks. Both St. Anthony
Park and Falcon Heights offer extensive year-round recreational sports
programs for people of all ages.
The neighborhood’s cultural life is enriched by
the distinguished “Music in the Park” series, Art in the Park fair, an
old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration, community theater groups, and
exhibits and programs at nearby churches and on the St. Paul campus.
The Grove is part of the
Roseville area school district Brimhall Elementary serves K-6
and is noted for its international student body and strong parental
involvement. Older children attend the Roseville Area Middle School and
High School. Buses for all three schools stop in the neighborhood.
The Grove is well-served
by public transportation including an inter-campus bus stop
(Circulator) in the Grove. The Circulator is free and makes stops every
15 minutes during the regular University school calendar to bus
connections on the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses. Downtown
Minneapolis and St. Paul are easily accessible by nearby bus lines.
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