Whether you are actively employed or actively retired, you will appreciate the convenience of living at 1666. When the spirit moves, you can lock your unit and GO. Whether you are in residence or absent, the professional management assures you that the building remains secure and continues running…no snow to shovel, no grass to mow, no worries. “Effective June 25, 2013, the Board of Directors has declared 1666 Coffman Condominium and grounds a SMOKE-FREE facility.”
Gold course greens, parks and walking paths, we are surrounded by greenspace
Spectacular classical renaissance architecture on 6.5 acres of University land
Neighborhood Amenities & Green Spaces
Located in the heart of the city, we are surrounded by green spaces. The University Grove neighborhood, called a “living time capsule of vernacular modern architecture in America” by the New York Times, is a quiet and lovely option for walking or biking. The Grove boasts excellent examples of residential architecture from architects such as Ralph Rapson, Winston and Elizabeth Close, Edwin Hugh Lundie, and Richard Hammel. St. Anthony Park is within walking as well, providing local groceries, cozy cafes and restaurants, and specialty shopping. The St. Anthony Park Branch Library, a Carnegie library built in 1917, is a grand building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Les Bolstad Golf Course, with rolling hills and oak stands, is to the north and west of Coffman property. It also affords wonderful views for many units and a delightful place to cross-country ski or snowshoe in winter. The recently updated St. Paul Campus gym, swimming pool, running tracks and tennis courts are only a short walk away. A small park with a playground for grandchildren is adjacent to Coffman on the south.
Trail south of Coffman grounds on an old tramway line
Falcon Heights park adjacent to Coffman grounds
Les Bolstad Golf Course at sunset
Those who work find the accessibility to all campuses a great convenience. Leave your car in the underground heated garage. A free campus Circulator picks you up at the Bell next door, and takes you to the St. Paul Campus where a free Connector transports you to Minneapolis and West Bank Campuses.
Have another destination in mind? Take the Metro Transit Bus 61 from directly in front of 1666 to downtown St. Paul or cross Larpenteur Avenue to the bus stop directly in front of the Driving Range to have the 61 Bus whisk you to downtown Minneapolis in 20 minutes. If you wish to travel to Minneapolis International Airport Lindberg Terminal I or Mall of America, simply alight from the 61 bus at 5th and Hennepin and cross the street to the Light Rail. Depending upon the time of day, you can travel from 1666 all the way to the airport in approximately 60 minutes…in comfort at one low fare
Raised garden plots for residents and a shade garden with walking paths
Our dining room for social occasions
At no extra cost, your monthly fee allows the use of the fine facilities. Here you will find opportunities to develop or maintain hobbies. There is a central dining room, a two-story library, a fully equipped, newly renovated workshop, a craft room. You can work your green thumb on your own garden plot. You can pedal or walk to nowhere in the upgraded exercise room; relax in the sauna; or picnic in a charming gazebo in the courtyard.
Coffman offers a wealth of rich intellectual stimulation through concerts, lecture series on science, technology and the humanities, book reviews, art exhibits and a library with a wide range of holdings.
There is more. The volunteer committees arrange many interactive programs, e.g., bridge, the Coffman Players, Storytellers, Book Review,Technology Education, etc. The gracious Social Room is the scene of many delightful concerts, the Humanities and Coffman Lecture Series, the Saturday Forums, Sunday movies on the large-screen, and other activities. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers onsite classes free to 1666 Coffman residents.
Good books, like good friends are chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable. ~ Louisa May Alcott
A two-story library, a fully equipped, newly renovated workshop, gardens, a social room with spacious balcony, piano and dance floor
Fully equipped workshop
Dining is being restructured to be more cost efficient over the COVID period, and considering resident safety. See the Dining page for up to date information.
Other optional amenities include two guest rooms with baths, massage services, the opportunity for private parties in the Garden Terrace Dining Room or Social Room, coin-operated laundries, a free car wash in the garage, and antennae and cable TV hookups in each unit. Tai Chi or other exercise classes are available each morning.