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Minneapolis

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Why Is Everyone Talking About Condos in Minneapolis, Minnesota?

Minneapolis is a big deal in its own right, but it is one anchor of the ‘twin cities’, the Minneapolis-St Paul Metro Area which is centered on the confluence of the 3 great rivers of the state – the Mississippi, the Minnesota and the St. Croix., accounting for more than 3.6 million people. Anywhere you find in this area could really be considered a Minneapolis Condo.

If you do buy a condo in Minneapolis, you’ll have access to quite a few ‘big city’ amenities and cultural institutions. These include the likes of the Dakota Jazz Club, more formal performances of the Minnesota Orchestra, and wilder outings like the Minnesota Fringe Festival. It has some of the country’s best schools, from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design to the University of Minnesota, as well as literally hundreds of elementary, middle and high schools.

History

By buying a Minneapolis condo, you are becoming a part of Minneapolis’ sweeping history. Before colonization, this was the land of the Dakota Sioux people. The first French explorers appeared in the 1680s, but no major settlements were founded then. Part of the area east of the Mississippi was ceded to the US in 1783, and the west side was part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The first settlement at the site of Minneapolis itself was Fort Snelling in 1819. The lumber industry was thriving in the city by the 1870s, and was the world leader in flour milling between 1880 and 1930. The city underwent heavy urban renewal in the 50s and 60s, and is a major industrial, commercial and cultural hub for the Midwest today.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is a huge place, though, and you won’t run out of things to do quickly. Baseball games at Target Field are a treat, as is the park surrounding Minnehaha falls – just a few hundred yards from the city! The city proper actually contains a chain of 3 connected lakes, as well. When you’re feeling more outdoors-y, try Nature Canyon Park or Lake Calhoun.

Minneapolis, and the Twin Cities Metro Area around it, offers an amazingly diverse array of neighborhoods.

Whether you decide to buy or rent a condo in Minneapolis, have a look at Lynnhurst. The condos in the Lynnhurst neighborhood are mostly up-scale, and many offer views of Lake Harriet. It offers good public transport to Downtown and other parts of the city as well.

The university neighborhood is a great place to buy a condo in Minneapolis, if you can find one up for grabs. It spans the Mississippi River, and is mostly occupied by the University of Minnesota, as you might expect. It also boasts museums and plenty of student friendly cafes and bars.

The neighborhood of Page is just south of Minnehaha Creek and Diamond Lake Road. Page is a great place to find a condo in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but most of the homes are single family dwellings with large yards.

Buying a condo in Minneapolis is easier in Elliot Park, a neighborhood of glass high-rises and many historic row houses that have been converted to luxury condos. It is very popular with up-scale young professionals, and has many parks and cafes.

If you plan to buy a condo in Minneapolis, have a look at what is on offer in the neighborhood of King Filed (AKA Kingfield). It is named for the King Field Park, which was named for Dr. Martin Luther King. Around 1/4 residential units are mid- or high-rises.

The merged neighborhoods of Cedar and riverside are great places for buying a condo in Minneapolis. It is a highly diverse residential area, which also houses several local theaters and the House of Balls Art Gallery.

The Minneapolis, Minnesota real estate for sale in Linden Hills is not cheap, but you still get a lot for your money. This affluent neighborhood overlooks Lake Harriet at the edge of town, and any condo in Linden Hills will be a very prestigious address.

The neighborhood of Carag, now often called ‘South Uptown’, is very popular with 20-somethings. However, it gets plenty of cultural spillover from Uptown, and some of the best deals on Minneapolis condos for sale can be found there. Perhaps that’s why some prefer to think of it as South Uptown…

Fulton is an exciting mixed residential and commercial neighborhood in the extreme southwest of the city limits. It is a great place for buying condos in Minneapolis because it is nestled between more expensive neighborhoods like Lynnhurst and Linden close. It offers much of the same prestige, but better value for money.

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Location

Minneapolis Minnesota is nestled deep in ‘the Land of 10,000 Lakes’. You can find it in the southern 1/3 of the state’s eastern border, on the shores of the Mississippi River. The city’s rolling plains, waterways and quite northerly latitude give Minnesota its warm summers and cold, snowy winters. In an average year, Minneapolis sees 32 inches of rain, slightly less than average, but a full 52 inches of snow! One serious advantage of buying a Minnesota condo rather than a house is that you’ll never have to shovel out the drive! Winters are cold, with January overnight low temperatures averaging just 7 degrees F. Minneapolis isn’t all winter, though. It gets 198 sunny days in the average year, and sees summer high temperatures in the range of 84 degrees F.

Minneapolis demographics

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s population as of the 2020 census was 429,958, up from 382,578 in 2010. With population growth like that, it is not surprising that the city is growing ‘up’ as well as ‘out’. That means a condo in Minneapolis won’t be hard to find. Approximately 47% of the city’s housing units are owner-occupied.

Just over 90% of Minneapolis residents over the age of 25 have high school diplomas, and just under 52% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The median household income was $66,068 in 2020.

Arts in Minneapolis

Anyone buying condos in Minneapolis, Minnesota will be interested in the entertainments and attractions the city has to offer – the Minneapolis Institute of Art alone could take days to explore fully. When you are in the city, make sure to see the Minnesota Zoo, as well as the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Schools in Minneapolis

Minneapolis boasts more than 100 public schools, including 45 at the elementary level, 7 middle schools, another 7 high schools, 8 special education schools and 8 alternative schools, 19 contract alternative schools, and a further 5 charter schools. It also has plenty of 4-year colleges such as the University of Minnesota, Augsburg University, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and North Central University.

Why Minneapolis?

That does seem to be the consensus. Minneapolis, Minnesota condos for sale don’t stay on the market for long, and prices are generally rising (though they are still far lower than you might find at the coasts). The population has increased by nearly 50,000 in the last ten years, and the city seems to be thriving.

You won’t have to look hard to find a Minneapolis condo for sale, and if you pick the right spot, you can get a very good deal indeed. The Twin Cities are becoming a hub of the Midwest tech industries, and are developing some very high-end neighborhoods. All of that affluence translates into a humming art and culture scene, and the presence of so many colleges and universities virtually guarantees a boisterous nightlife. But how does that sound to you? Can you imagine yourself living in or around Minneapolis?

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