Lake Phalen, an Unsolved Mystery, and a Featured Listing

Once in a while, we have a unique listing that we want to feature. The listing we chose to talk about today is located in Phalen Park in Saint Paul, MN. We chose this listing, because the house is large, the lot is large (unique for the city), and we thoroughly enjoy the history and location of this home!


View from E Shore Dr and front of home overlooking Lake Phalen.

Lake Phalen is said to be named after an Irish Settler named Edward Phelan (different spellings), who was born around 1811. Edward was one of the first settlers in Saint Paul, and later convicted of the first murder in Saint Paul. Still remains an unsolved mystery today! Many different locations in Saint Paul, Minnesota are named after Phelan as a result of his early land claims.

Lake Phalen (which drains from the Mississippi River),is one of the largest lakes in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The lake is popular for fishing, swimming, canoeing and boating. Gas powered motors are not allowed on this lake. The park surrounding the lake today offers an array of activities and perks to the surrounding communities. There are numerous paved trails, a swimming beach, a golf clubhouse and banquet facilities!  Near the Lake, there are different activities such as sand volleyball, tennis courts, racquetball courts and barbecue grills for a fun summer picnics.

Our featured listing is located at 1478 E. Shore Drive on a beautiful 1-acre lot with subdivision possible! The home has been owned by one family, and has been up kept beautifully over the years. The home boasts over 4,200 square feet, and the floor plan allows for beautiful Lake Phalen sunset views. There are numerous custom and timeless features of the house that new homes just cannot offer!

Here are a few other features we love:

  • Numerous mature trees, and beautiful summer gardens
  • THREE beautiful and unique fireplaces
  • Vaulted ceilings throughout the home
  • Beautiful stonework and woodwork throughout the home
  • Many windows throughout the home for beautiful lake views
  • Spacious bedrooms and closets

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Huge wall of windows overlooking Lake Phalen.

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Beautiful landscaping with spring and summer gardens.

Truly, a home is location, location, location! This is just one listing that is too special to pass up. If you are interested in seeing this or any other home, please contact us to schedule a private home tour today! 651-269-3487 or

Click here for more listing information:

Sandy Erickson Real Estate Team of Keller Williams Integrity Realty

Direct: 651-269-3487



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