Summit University

Welcome to Summit University

Historic and timelessly stunning with great walkability and hip venues

Summit-University, often referred to as "Cathedral Hill" is one of St. Paul’s most historically rich neighborhoods, featuring stunning Victorian mansions that line Summit Avenue, the longest preserved avenue of such houses in the United States. The neighborhood is also home to the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Saint Paul, an architectural marvel that serves as a spiritual landmark for the community. This area not only oozes architectural elegance but also carries significant literary history, most notably its connection to American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald grew up here, and the atmosphere of the area is said to have influenced his work. In fact, the author's childhood home, which is located on 599 Summit Avenue is where he penned the novel "This Side of Paradise."

Beyond its historical allure, Summit-University offers a vibrant, diverse community with a mix of cultures and backgrounds. Local businesses, ranging from quaint bookshops to international cuisine restaurants, line Selby Avenue, offering an eclectic mix of options for both shopping and dining. The area also features several parks and green spaces, giving it a balanced feel of urban living with a touch of nature. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or someone who enjoys strolling through beautifully preserved streets, Summit-University is a neighborhood that captivates everyone who visits 

Buyers entering Summit University’s real estate market will enjoy a delightful mix of single and multi-family housing options in a highly-desirable location. Many homes here are historical and are a proud part of the Historic Preservation District. 

What to Love 

  • A beautifully unique Gothic Romance vibe
  • An abundance of independent shops and local eateries 
  • Proximity to parks, trails, and outdoor activities

Local Lifestyle

Summit University’s historic homes, tree-lined streets, and proximity to downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis make it an ideal location for city and suburban living. Summit Avenue features many local favorites, including the Governor's Residence, the James J. Hill House, and the Cathedral of St. Paul. The area is also home to a variety of restaurants and independent shops that are lauded by locals.
The neighborhood is also in close proximity to the Mississippi River and several parks, providing plenty of outdoor activities for residents to enjoy. Whether taking a stroll along Summit Avenue or grabbing a bite at a local eatery, Summit University offers a charming and vibrant community that celebrates its local favorites.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Many frequent W.A. Frost and Company for an upscale atmosphere and gourmet American cuisine. The restaurant's inviting patio and charming ambiance make it the perfect dining destination. If a unique international dining experience is what you crave, Moscow on the Hill may be just the place. This Russian restaurant boasts an extensive vodka list and serves traditional Russian dishes. The French Hen Cafe exudes charm and sophistication with its French-inspired menus featuring dishes like steak frites and escargot. 
As for wine lovers, Solo Vino is the place to be, offering an extensive selection of wines from around the world paired with bites of cheese and charcuterie. Alternatively, for those who prefer a cozy coffee shop ambiance, Nina's Coffee Cafe is a great spot. 
The area is well known for its trendy boutiques and specialty stores, offering everything from handmade jewelry to vintage clothing. One of the most popular shops in Summit University is BlackBlue, a fashion-forward boutique that stocks both men's and women's clothing from some of the world’s sought-after designer brands.

Things to Do

The Cathedral of Saint Paul is a must-see landmark in the neighborhood, with its striking architecture and rich history. The impressive Beaux-Arts-style building attracts visitors worldwide and offers a peaceful respite from the bustle of city life. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Birthplace is one of the most popular historical spots in the area. It is a beautifully preserved home that offers a glimpse into the life of the famous author born here in 1896.
Theater lovers will also appreciate the SteppingStone Theatre, which hosts a variety of productions throughout the year. On the other hand, if you're looking for a thrilling adventure, the St. Paul Curling Club is the place to be. It is one of the oldest and largest curling clubs in America, boasting eight sheets of ice for curling enthusiasts. 


Summit University has several top-tier educational opportunities, including:

Overview for Summit University, MN

17,605 people live in Summit University, where the median age is 37 and the average individual income is $42,304. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Summit University, MN

Summit University has 7,863 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Summit University do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 17,605 people call Summit University home. The population density is 11,328.172 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Summit University, MN

There's plenty to do around Summit University, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including El Rancherito, Taquería El Charrito, and The Salsa Spot.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.09 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.76 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.23 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.09 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.97 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.12 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in Summit University, MN

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The following schools are within or nearby Summit University. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Jj Hill Montessori
PreK - 5th
Cathedral Hill Montessori School
PreK - K
No rating available
St Thomas More School
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Early Education Ben Mays/Rondo
PreK - K
No rating available
Capitol Hill Magnet/Rondo
1st - 8th
Christ's Household Of Faith
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Maxfield Elementary School
PreK - 5th
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Obama Service Learning Elementary
PreK - 6th
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Benjamin E Mays Magnet
PreK - 5th
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Alternative Learning Center Gateway to College
8th - 12th
No rating available
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