Living in Marine on St. Croix
Along with the sawmill, which essentially gave Marine on St. Croix the designation of being the birthplace of Minnesota’s lumber industry, the city has also preserved several other historically significant sites, including the town’s General Store that was built in 1870, the Stone House Museum that was built in 1872, and the old Village Hall that was built in 1888.
Although the main drag through Marine St. Croix is now St. Croix Trail, its charming and old fashioned downtown, which is where you’ll still find the general store and original city hall building, actually lines Judd Street, which of course was the town’s earliest thoroughfare. Located immediately north and also along St. Croix Trail is William O’Brien State Park, which features over 1,500 acres of woods, waterways, hiking trails, and an unbelievably scenic landscape for visitors and nearby locals to enjoy. Once through the state park, Scandia is the next closest town to the north, which lies just off Highway 52 to the west. Stillwater, MN is also only about 11 miles to the south, which as a town of around 20,000 people, certainly has all the amenities and conveniences a smaller community like Marine on St. Croix just can’t offer.
Marine on St. Croix Real Estate at a Glance
The real estate market in Marine on St. Croix is actually rather robust given the town’s population is still under 1,000 people. Homes on the St. Croix River of course have obvious appeal and desirability, and even homes a little bit further inland are appealing to those looking for a small summer home that’s close to nature or perhaps wanting a small rural community to call home all year round. Because Marine on St. Croix is so established and many of its homes also have a history all on their own, lot sizes in town are also quite generous as well, which is yet another attractive quality many home buyers feel has value. For potential buyers who love lots of open space and privacy, you might also find properties far west of town that include 10 or more acres.