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MINNEAPOLIS: SOUTHWEST/LAKE HARRIET NEIGHBORHOODS

EAST HARRIET:

This close-knit, family-friendly neighborhood is a true gem. Lake Harriet, part of the Chain of Lakes, is nearby with 3 miles of walking/biking/skating trails, accessible to two beaches, and the Bandshell - an outdoor amphitheater that offers free concerts, movies in the park, and theater during the summer months. The Rose Garden, (part of Lyndale Park and adjacent to the lake), is the second-oldest public rose garden in the nation with over 60 beds. It’s a popular spot to take prom photos and many couples have tied the knot amongst its flora and fauna, too. Across the street from the Rose Garden is Roberts Bird Sanctuary with over 13 acres of woodland and wetland, as well as the Peace Gardens, taking its cue from gardens found in Japan. Check out the urban dog park on Kings Highway (same as Dupont Avenue), across just east of Lakewood Cemetary. One-of-a-kind boutiques and restaurants dot the neighborhood, including Piccolo, offering exquisite culinary creations that are both seasonal and fresh.

Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in East Harriet: $513,000

Public Schools: Minneapolis Public Schools

LYNNHURST:

This quiet, residential area is lined with mature trees. Approximately 80% of the housing in Lynnhurst was built prior to 1940 and is comprised of mainly single family homes in the Arts and Crafts and Prairie styles, with a large number of Colonial, Tudor, and Romantic revival houses, as well. The neighborhood is located on the southeast edge of Lake Harriet, and Minnehaha Creek runs through the neighborhood. The area is easily accessible to the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, a 50-mile biking/walking/skating trail that connects the city’s seven districts, including parks and lakes. Lynnhurst Park has a skating rink, tennis courts, playground, and wading pool. Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, with 13,000 members, is one of the largest Lutheran congregations in the nation. Shir Tikvah, the neighborhood’s synagogue, is located here, too. Grab a pint and some fish and chips at George and the Dragon, modeled after an English pub. One of the city’s top-rated elementary schools, Burroughs Community School (K-5), is in this neighborhood.

Residents of Lynnhurst are active volunteers in the community and take full advantage of the many year-round activities at Lynnhurst Community Center and Lynnhurst Park. The Lynnhurst Athletic Recreation Club (LARC) sponsors youth sports leagues like T-ball, Baseball, Soccer and Hockey while the community center offers a variety of classes for all ages, open gym and Kids Night Out on Friday nights! Don’t miss the annual Lynnhurst Summer Festival held the first Thursday in August at the park. With fun, music, games and rides for the whole family, it’s a terrific way to meet your neighbors and see what’s happening in the neighborhood. 

Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Lynnhurst: $487,000

Public Schools: Minneapolis Public Schools

KENNY:

This multi-generational community, with its mix of longtime and new residents, prides itself on its low crime rate and its active community association. Grass Lake is in the southern portion of the neighborhood with 27 acres of wetland - it’s great for walking your dog around. The majority of homes- cape cod bungalows- were built after World War II and it’s an affordable neighborhood for first-time home buyers. Kenny is easily accessible to major highways including 62, and has excellent bus service - downtown is only a 15-minute bus ride away. There’s lots to do in Kenny: parks, fitness studios, yoga centers, coffee shops, and fun restaurants are in the area.

Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Kenny: $277,000

Public Schools: Minneapolis Public Schools

LINDEN HILLS:

One of Twin Citians’ favorite neighborhoods for its small-town, storybook-vibe. It’s incredibly family- friendly and is located just south of Lake Calhoun and west of Lake Harriet (within walking distance to both lakes). It takes its name from the rows of the linden trees that line the community. Kids love visiting Wild Rumpus, a children’s book store that has been converted from an old brick firehouse where cats and chickens romp about freely. Linden Hills Park is close by, with a wading pool, playground equipment, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts. From a fabulous co-op, to its very own farmers’ market, to its annual community festival, to its cozy library with wood floors and lead-paned windows, to a neighborhood trolley, to its magical elf house, to fun gift shops, it’s no wonder Linden Hills is a crowd-pleaser! Linden Hills residents enjoy dining at Tilia, the neighborhood’s go-to for its artfully-created and incredibly unique cuisine, draft beers, and stellar wine list. Be sure to save some room for dessert afterward, and walk ½ blocks to Sebastian Joe’s for the best ice cream around.  Linden Hills is also known for being ‘dog friendly’ so don’t miss the annual Woofstock Festival that takes place in early September. Some of the top-rated schools in the state call Linden Hills home: Lake Harriet Community School Lower Campus (K-2), Carondelet Catholic School Lower Campus (K-2), and Southwest High School (9-12 & an authorized IB World School).

Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Linden Hills: $538,000

Average Sale Price of a Condo in Linden Hills: $183,000

Average Sale Price of a Town House in Linden Hills: $341,000

Public Schools: Minneapolis Public Schools

Private School: Carondelet Catholic (K-2)

FULTON:

Fulton is another favorite neighborhood among Twin Citians, located on the southern edge of Lake Harriet, bordering Linden Hills and Lynnhurst. The close-knit neighborhood is engaged, community-minded, and friendly. The neighborhood is named after Robert Fulton, the engineer and artist who invented the steamboat in the 19th century. Most of the housing in Fulton consists of single family Craftsman and Bungalows, the majority of which were built in the 1920s. However, as you drive through Fulton, you’ll see plenty of new construction as old homes are being torn down to make way for new. The starting price for brand new homes is about $750,000 and can go all the way up to $1,000,000. Minnehaha Creek runs through the area, providing ample green space and walking trails. Tennis players enjoy hitting the ball at the majestic Morgan Courts, located in a valley surrounded by towering pines, and kids like playing at nearby Pershing Park. The 50th & France shopping district is just west of the neighborhood. 50th Street cuts through the neighborhood and is its major artery, with lots of different bus routes servicing it. The area’s favorite hang-out, without a doubt, is family-owned Broder’s, specializing in Italian cuisine. Stop by the deli or enjoy a formal meal at Broder’s Pasta Bar across the street. Some of the top-rated schools in the state call Fulton home like Lake Harriet Community School Upper Campus (grades 3-8) and Carondelet Catholic School Upper Campus (grades 3-8).

Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Fulton: $480,000

Public Schools: Minneapolis Public Schools

Private School: Carondelet Catholic (3-8)

ARMATAGE:

This primarily residential neighborhood was originally part of Richfield, but was annexed to Minneapolis in the mid-1920s, with the majority of homes constructed after World War II.  This quiet pocket in southwest Minneapolis is named in honor of Maude Armatage, a former community leader who was tireless in her efforts to improve the civic, cultural, and educational life of this community. Armatage is a 10-minute drive to both Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America. It’s readily accessible to 62. Penn Avenue intersects the neighborhood and offers fabulous Metro Transit service. The business district is also on Penn: from yarn shops to hardware stores, to pet grooming services, to grocery stores,  you can find it all on Penn. Armatage Park has tennis courts, baseball fields, a wading pool and a playground. The local restaurant, Cafe Maude (taking a nod from its neighborhood founder), is a cozy and casual place to listen to live jazz while sipping an innovative cocktail. Their brunch will wow you.

Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Armatage: $268,000

Public Schools: Minneapolis Public Schools

KINGFIELD:

The culturally diverse Kingfield neighborhood has a reputation as being a place where the community is willing to volunteer to create and maintain a vital, caring, and safe place for those who live and work in the area. Kingfield has its own farmers’ market, dog park, community gardens, and an annual art show. Lots of community programming activities are offered at the local recreation center. Kingfield is largely a residential area of single-family houses with some multiple-unit residences and apartment buildings. Nicollet Avenue runs through the neighborhood and is easily accessible to Metro Transit routes and bike lanes. Minneapolis’ main artery, 35W, is only a few minutes away. Be sure to dine at Blackbird Cafe, a darling bistro where vintage meets wild West.

Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Kingfield: $266,000

Average Sale Price of a Condo in Kingfield: $111,000

Public Schools: Minneapolis Public Schools

TANGLETOWN:

The neighborhood’s name alludes to its windy, curving streets, which do not follow a traditional grid. Most of the homes in Tangletown were constructed between 1910-1920s and are in the Period Revival styles of that time (Tudor, Colonial, etc.) - there are also Victorian homes from the 1880s. Tangletown is safe, walkable, and community-minded. Residents celebrate Earth Day and the Fourth of July in nearby Fuller Park. Fuller Park has its own flower garden, walking path, basketball courts, wading pool, and year-round programming. Fun gift shops and restaurants dot the neighborhood. 50th Street and Nicollet Ave run through the neighborhood. Hop on the city bus and get to downtown in 10 minutes. Minnehaha Creek traverses through the southern portion of the neighborhood, as does the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway trail. 35W is only a few minutes away. You’re going to want to dine at Wise Acre Eatery - 75-95% of its ingredients are sourced from its very own farm in rural Minnesota. Come enjoy the harvest!

Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Tangletown: $369,000

Public Schools: Minneapolis Public Schools

WINDOM:

This sleepy neighborhood is at the southern city limit and has fabulous access to surrounding suburbs, including Richfield and Edina. Highways 62 and 35W intersect the neighborhood; Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and Mall of America are only 10 minutes away. Windom offers a full range of housing choices, the majority of which were built after 1940. Single-family homes and duplexes are predominant; however, nearly 40% of housing in the neighborhood are multi-family units. Be sure to check out Wood Lake Nature Center (just off Lyndale Avenue and easily accessible by Metro Transit), a 150-acre nature preserve that contains mixed lowland forest, cattail marsh and restored prairie habitats, perfect for a scenic hike. Bachman’s floral shop is synonymous with this neighborhood, located on Lyndale Avenue. Windom is ideal for musicians, because it has its very own community band

Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Windom: $218,000

Public Schools: Minneapolis Public Schools