Maplewood has a population of around 40,000 people and is 10 minutes’ drive from downtown Saint Paul, stretching along its northern and eastern borders.
The city was settled in the 1840’s and early settlers were attracted to the fertile landscape dominated by oak savannas, wetlands, and oak woodlands. Maplewood has four Natural Area Greenways open to public use. These provide opportunities for hiking and enjoyment of nature, and also a protective habitat for animals.
Maplewood residents are drawn to homes here because of the beauty of the natural landscape surrounding them. Easy access to greenways, trails, and parks are attractive features for families looking to buy in the city.
You can buy a well maintained older starter home under 2,000 square feet in the mid $200k range. For the price you can get a split level with 5 good-sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a spacious family room and big backyard.
Newer homes tend to be two-story family homes over 3,000 square feet built in the 80s and 90s. For $300k+ you can expect features such as a larger master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in closet, informal and formal dining areas, energy-efficient walls and ceilings, and a deck overlooking a big private backyard or wooded lot.
Things to Do
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area has hiking, biking, canoeing, riverboat trips, fishing and bird-watching. Lake Phalen, an urban lake located in Saint Paul and one of the largest lakes in the Phalen Regional Park System, offers fishing, sailing and boating and is encircled by a paved 3 mile bike trail.
The Maplewood Parks and Recreation Department encourages a positive leisure lifestyle through dance, sports, arts and other enrichment activities for Maplewood residents. There are also a variety of special events held throughout the year.
If shopping is on the agenda you don’t have to travel too far to indulge. Maplewood Mall has all your favorite stores, lots of restaurants and a variety of entertainment for the whole family.
There is no trouble finding a place to eat in Maplewood. Two time honored favorites are Guldens, a family-friendly buffet restaurant and bar serving a range of American fare, and western themed Pizza Ranch, a pizza buffet, also serving fried chicken, mashed potatoes, salad and dessert.