What Neighborhood Should You Move to in Minneapolis If…

Minneapolis has great neighborhoods, each with its own unique style and vibe. Here are tips to find the right one to fit your lifestyle.

If money is no object

Boasting some of Minneapolis’ largest and most expensive homes and easy access to the chain of lakes, the affluent Kenwood neighborhood — on Minneapolis’ west side — is one of the most desirable in the city. It’s home to the famous Mary Tyler Moore “house,” which recently sold for a cool $1.5 million.

“The houses are very grand with older details and a lot of charm,” said Paul Tharp, a Minneapolis Realtor at Coldwell Banker Burnet. “Downtown is easily accessible yet you’re still in your own oasis.”

Zillow reports the median home value is $937,700.

If you want to live in style downtown, there are several luxury, high-rise condo towers including The Carlyle. The 39-story tower offers panoramic views, a gym/yoga studio, rooftop pool/deck and wine room. In 2015, a unit fetched a record-setting  $1,200 per square foot or $4.3 million in cash.

Also check out The Ivy where condo prices currently range between $650,000 and $1.875 million.

If you’re a first-time home buyer

 The Nokomis area of South Minneapolis, which is composed of 11 smaller neighborhoods, is affordable with proximity to Lake Nokomis, Minnehaha Falls and neighborhood restaurants.

“There are great starter-size homes with charm,” Tharp said.

Many houses are in the mid-$200,000 range. One downside is Nokomis’ proximity to the airport and the airplane noise.

Meanwhile, Windom Park in Northeast Minneapolis is a nice option for “aging renters” graduating from the “Uptown-Downtown commotion,” reports City Pages. Homes have quiet charm with a variety in the mid-$200,000 range. The neighborhood is far enough from downtown yet close enough that residents can easily commute by car, bus or bike.

If you’re a young professional

 

The trendy, bustling Kingfield neighborhood in Southwest Minneapolis is red-hot offering local coffee shops, restaurants/bars and vintage stores, concentrated along Nicollet Avenue. It has a cool vibe. Popular hangouts include Revival and Blackbird.

“You have the accessibility of Lake Harriet, but not the price tag of being on the lake,” Tharp pointed out. It’s also just south of Uptown.”

If you’re an artist or musician

Northeast Minneapolis is filled with studios, art galleries, taprooms and restaurants. Many old blue-collar buildings were converted into art studios where more than 400 artists work in different mediums.

Also, downtown’s once-industrial North Loop is now filled with hip bars, nightclubs, boutiques, galleries and trendy housing options—a perfect haven for artists/musicians.

If your life revolves around your dogs

Loring Park, on the southern end of downtown, features Lakes and Legends, Minnesota’s first restaurant/bar to legally allow dogs inside. The neighborhood also has a beautiful off-the-leash dog park with night lights and drinking fountains just for dogs.

Another favorite park is the Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park  in the Minnehaha neighborhood, which includes woodsy trails and a sandy beach along the Mississippi riverfront where dogs can swim.

If you’re raising a family

Linden Hills, on the southwest shore of Lake Harriet, feels like a small town in a big city. It’s often considered one of Minneapolis’ best family neighborhoods boasting parks, local coffee shops and restaurants, and a great public school system. Nearby kid-friendly amenities include Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream, the Como-Harriet Streetcar, the Lake Harriet Bandshell and the Wild Rumpus kids’ bookstore.

If you’re a major foodie

The North Loop is the Twin Cities’ fastest-growing food neighborhood, boasting two of Minneapolis’ most nationally recognized restaurants: The Bachelor Farmer and Spoon and Stable. Other popular eateries include Butcher & the Boar and Bar La Grassa.

Also, check out south Minneapolis’ Whittier neighborhood with its stretch of Nicollet Mall appropriately called “Eat Street.” It features 40-plus ethnic restaurants offering everything from Asian fusion and Greek to German and African cuisine. Examples include Quang RestaurantEat Street Social and Icehouse.



Liz Wolf