Great Neighborhoods in the Twin Cities

With active downtowns and suburban sanctuaries, the Twin Cities have a lot to love
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From the happening downtown nook to the outer-ring suburban oasis, the Twin Cities have it all, in a spread of condos, apartments and houses that can satisfy many budgets. And, since Minneapolis and St. Paul have highly rated city park systems, according to the Trust for Public Land, they’re all at the heart of a lush, amenity-rich metro. World-class attractions and landmarks draw in new residents while open-enrollment school districts keep families rooted. Among the Twin Cities’ neighborhoods and suburbs—all traversable by various, easy transportation options—here are some of our top recommendations, whether you want to buy, build, rent or remodel.

Click through below to read about each top-notch neighborhood.

Lowertown

St. Paul

“Nestled close to downtown St. Paul and hugging the Mississippi River, Lowertown exemplifies the historic charm St. Paul is known for. What used to be the capital’s biggest manufacturing hub—with warehouses, railroad, and banking and distribution buildings—is now a thriving residential district renovated into lofts, galleries and restaurants.” Read more.

West Seventh

St. Paul

“Along St. Paul’s Mississippi River bluffs, the West Seventh neighborhood has given us a lot to get excited about recently. Much of it is food-related: Keg and Case Market opened in 2018, in Schmidt Brewery’s former keg house, and was named the best new food hall in the nation by USA Today. A few minutes north, Seventh Street Truck Park had already claimed food-hall real estate in 2017—aligning Minnesota with a nationwide dining trend and, together with Keg and Case, bringing in more than 25 food and drink vendors. Even before that, West Seventh had established itself as a restaurant-and-bar hotspot.” Read more.

North Loop & Northeast

Minneapolis

“Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood is known for many hip features, but its competitive foodie scene, plentiful boutiques and industrial architecture top the list. And if you ask locals for the artsiest neighborhood, they’ll point to Northeast, with its craft breweries and arts district. Nicknamed “NoLo” and “Nordeast,” respectively, these ’hoods are easily two of the hottest in Minneapolis.” Read more.

St. Louis Park

“Fifteen miles west of Minneapolis is St. Louis Park. The city is known for its allure to young professionals, but families and people of all ages have flocked to the area due to its strong community and school district.” Read more.

Loring Park & Minneapolis

“If you want to feel like you’re living in the middle of it all, consider Loring Park, a youthful downtown Minneapolis neighborhood. You’ll find no shortage of things to do: The namesake park holds the Twin Cities Pride Festival in June, and the Holidazzle pitches its festive vendor tents there come winter. The Walker Art Center, a contemporary art museum, has an outdoor sculpture garden that’s free to the public—and the location of indie-leaning music festival Rock the Garden every summer. Near the park, the Basilica of St. Mary stands tall as the country’s first basilica, also the site of another big-time summer music fest, the Basilica Block Party in July.” Read more.

Chaska

“There is no shortage of green space in Chaska; parks encompass its borders to the north and south in the scenic Minnesota River Valley. In this neighborhood southwest of the Twin Cities, explore the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a 1,200-acre horticulture garden that is the perfect backyard playground year round. Another highlight is Paisley Park, Prince’s Minneapolis residence and recording studio, now a museum devoted to his legacy. After select Saturday tours, visitors are able to stay and dance the night away.” Read more.

Wayzata & Excelsior

“Minnesotans love their lakes, and those living in Wayzata and Excelsior enjoy the 14,000-acre Lake Minnetonka all year—with Wayzata on the northeast tip and Excelsior right across.” Read more.

Neighborhoods to Watch

Fore even more neighborhoods to consider, check out these six making waves, from Upper Landing, St. Paul, to Uptown, Minneapolis. Read more.

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