Monday, May 11, 2009

4 bed/2 bath home for rent

Built in 1907. Estimated 2,000 square feet of finished space. A 1 1/2 story home situated in St. Paul’s revitalized, historic East Side, in a quaint community called Railroad Island. Home to the newest wave of revitalizers, businesses and cultural attractions.

• 4 bedroom/2 bath. Comfortable for 3-5 adults or a young family.
• 3 porches: open front porch/enclosed back porches—2 levels
• Central Air/Gas furnace
• Off-street parking
• New, energy efficient, double-pane windows
• New high R-value insulation for living and dining areas
• Remodeled bathroom and kitchen
• Updated electrical
• Washer and drier in the basement
• Large roomy closet spaces
• Small detached garage for compact car or motorcycle
• New metal roof

a look down the street

Up and down Brunson Street in the snow and in the summer.

Along the "main drag" Payne Avenue, one block away.

1st story rooms

Spacious kitchen, dining and living area on the main floor.

Cooking in the kitchen.

Full bathroom, tub/shower combination, newly remodeled.

Master Bedroom, newly remodeled, huge closet.

2nd story rooms

2 private rooms with single beds. One opens up to the second level porch, facing the back yard.

The third upper level room is a walk through room that can be used as a study or a sitting room, equipped with a daybed which can be used as a couch.

1 full 2nd story bathroom, tub/shower combination.

yard and boulevard

Full backyard patio with privacy fence. There is enough room to park the car to get it off the street and have plenty of space left for a picnic.
The front yard is surrounded with a chain link fence. Although there have been no pets in my home for 10 years, a small pet or children would love this area.

I've just planted two perennial gardens in the boulevard and two young crabapple trees.


Every year there is a block party organized by a core group of neighbors who have taken it upon themselves to improve the camaraderie and neighborhood feel of Railroad Island. Old neighbors come back to relive the memories of when once they lived here. There have been neighbor craft nights for the ladies and book clubs for the readers. All of it involves a lot of homemade food. The Italians and Americans bring their hamburgers and hotdogs. The African-Americans bring their spaghetti and chicken. The Vietnamese bring egg rolls. And the Germans bring potato salad. There is Mexican salsa. And last year there was even a Polka Band.

neighborhood favorites

Unique eateries dot our neighborhood landscape. Savoy's Inn makes one of the City's best Pizza. Carbone's is one of those Italian places that had their start in the East side and has expanded to become a chain. The Swede Hollow Cafe is a relic of the past, hanging its shingle out on one of St. Paul's oldest structures. In the summer you can sit outside in their vegetable and herb garden. It's just on the other side of the hollow, serving coffee and the city's best sticky roll as well as lunch soups and sandwiches. The Minnesota Music Cafe offers its food drink and music venues two blocks away. La Palma Supermercado is to the East Side, what El Burito is to the West Side. The Water and Oil Art Gallery has found a home in the warehouse space along Payne, next to DeCarlos Hair design and the Fire station. The firefighters can be seen jogging through the Island, staying fit between calls. DeCarlos has been in the neighborhood for ages. The husband and wife team at DeCarlos offer years of experience and great cuts for low prices.
Minnesota Music Café
Water and Oil Art Gallery
Swede Hollow Cafe
Ward 6
The Dancing Goat
Bruce Vento Trail
La Palma Mercado Y Cafe