This week our city pick is the Battle Creek-Highwood neighborhood in St. Paul. This community is just two miles from downtown St. Paul, but is full of outdoor nature areas, hiking trails, and year-round opportunities for recreation.
The main attraction in Battle Creek-Highwood is Battle Creek Regional Park. This park lies within both St. Paul and Maplewood, and offers a variety of recreational activities, including extensive walking and biking trails also suitable for nature hikes as well as cross country skiing. The Minnesota Orienteering Club puts on a special event each year, the MNOC Summer Sprint Series.The sport of orienteering is about using a campus and map to navigate unfamiliar territory. The events will take place on July 9th, July 16th, and July 23rd in the Battle Creek Park.
The Mississippi River lies to the west of the neighborhood, affording more trails, fishing, and boating opportunities. To the south of the neighborhood is Pig’s Eye Lake, which is not navigable, but the Heron Rookery Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) at Pig’s Eye Island, is a place where residents can bird watch and see a variety of natural plants. During the prime hatching season, April 1-July 15, a permit is required. To the north of the neighborhood, there is a small shopping area, and to the northwest lies the 3M corporation. Overall, Battle Creek-Highwood is an excellent neighborhood to reside if you like living in areas with a lot of natural lands, parks and trail systems, while still in the city and close to commercial areas and businesses.
See the charts below to get an idea of the average sales price, homes for sale and pending sales in the Battlecreek-Highwood neighborhood: