Your Guide to Buying and Renting in the Twin Cities

High-end condominiums and apartments make the Twin Cities a chic place to call home
The Legacy
The Legacy

J. Fuerst Photography/Staging by Lionheart

Rooftop cabanas and pools. Floor-to-ceiling windows. Plenty of pet-friendly options. Living in the middle of the Twin Cities doesn’t have to mean sacrificing amenities; with these luxury apartments and condominiums, you may find you have even more. Here’s what to expect if you buy or rent in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Minneapolis (to buy)

You don’t have to move to the suburbs to get square footage and a dream kitchen. Enjoy a spacious floor plan in downtown condos with added amenities like skyway access, saunas and stunning views. From penthouses to studio apartments, Minneapolis has many options to live in style.

The Mill District, a restaurant and entertainment hub, has a variety of high rises and units available for purchase. The Humboldt Lofts sit next door to the Mill City Museum and across the street from the Guthrie Theater. Expect exposed brick, 12-foot-tall ceilings and up to 4,000 square feet, and prices range from $500,000 to $2 million. Look to Stonebridge Lofts for impeccable views of the Mississippi River and a clean, modern feel. Plus, the lobby doubles as an art gallery, showcasing local creatives as soon as you walk in the door.

Also in the Mill District is Park Avenue Lofts, a 24-unit complex featuring townhomes and condos. Residents have access to a fabulous rooftop cabana and an interior courtyard for top-notch outdoor living. Neighboring complex the Carlyle is no stranger to luxury, either. The 39-story building’s amenities include a rooftop pool and guest suites. Recent sales start at $325,000 and go to $4.3 million. The newest development in the neighborhood is the Legacy, a complex with modern design and high-end finishes. It overflows with amenities for you and your pet, from a golf simulator to an indoor pet relief area. (Both might come in handy during harsh winters.)

For new construction outside of the Mill District, check out Portland Tower. Walk 10 minutes, and you’ll get to U.S. Bank Stadium and light rail and bus lines, making much of the Twin Cities accessible. If you prefer driving to get to your destinations, your car will be warm and ready in the heated parking spots. A new project, Alia, is beginning in Northeast, although few units remain. The planned 40-story complex is projected to have six penthouses and bright, airy spaces. There, you can live among the arts scene but enjoy the luxury of a high-rise.

An established complex in Northeast is Village Lofts, located in the scenic St. Anthony Falls area. Among lofts, penthouses and townhomes, there are great options for space, with units of more than 4,000 square feet. Plus, the upscale condos include vaulted ceilings, hardwood flooring and gourmet kitchens.

Over the river, the Ivy Residences complex connects to Hotel Ivy via the skyway system and incorporates the historic Ivy Tower, giving it old-school charm among many modern conveniences. Make use of the Ivy Salon and Spa or walk through the skyway to any of the nearby businesses.

Nic on Fifth
Nic on Fifth

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Minneapolis (for rent)

Among many skyway-connected rentals in Minneapolis, the Nic on Fifth also has access to the light rail for easy trips to St. Paul. A studio apartment starts at $1,500 per month and goes up to $9,300 for a three-bedroom, four-bathroom unit. There are plenty of options in between, with 25 floor plans total. Nearby, 365 Nicollet offers a spread of amenities, from a shuffleboard court to a dog agility park, plus 39 floor plans and a wide range of prices.

You can gaze at the Guthrie from the rooftop deck of the Encore in the Mill District. Take a stroll around the neighborhood or relax in the spa or on the outdoor yoga deck. Nearby is Latitude 45, located above the top-tier dining of Eastside restaurant. Your dog will love the rooftop pet oasis, and you will love the wine bar with private wine lockers. Studios start at $1,500 per month while two-bedrooms go up to almost $4,000.

Mill & Main follows suit with luxurious amenities and beautiful upgrades, offering 64 floor plans, including townhomes. Common areas include a coffee bar, heated pools and a car wash station, plus suites for guests. In St. Anthony Main, the M on Hennepin promises a high-end experience in a picturesque neighborhood, right across from Nicollet Island. The many amenities include a workshop, library, bike repair station and yoga studio, blending your Minneapolis living space into your lifestyle and hobbies.

St. Paul (to buy)

St. Paul mirrors Minneapolis’ plethora of options with its own real estate gems. Expect a historic twist in this city, with more exposed brick and ornate detailing. The Great Northern Lofts are in the refurbished 1888 James J. Hill Office Building. The result? Beautiful units with 11-foot-tall brick barrel-vault ceilings. This complex has a quaint charm. Just check out the brick courtyard with arched windows throughout.

The Lowry Lofts offer that historic, chic “loft feel,” where exposed ductwork meets luxe materials. The 14-floor building contains mostly one- and two-bedroom units, but sizes vary, all the way up to a 5,100-square-foot penthouse listed at $1.9 million. There are options for renters, too.

Park Towers’ luxurious residences are at the top of the 25-story Landmark Tower. This skyway-connected building adjoins with the St. Paul Hotel and makes use of its concierge and valet services. Units vary from 1,500 to over 4,000 square feet, making your home spacious as well as lavish.

Located in historic Ramsey Hill, the new Western Row Condos development has loads of potential. Choose any of eight floor plans as well as your finishes. There are options for one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Once you’ve made your home, explore the local boutiques and cafes in this beautiful corner of the city.

The Penfield
The Penfield

Courtesy the Penfield

St. Paul (for rent)

If you’re not quite ready to purchase your piece of the Twin Cities, you can still rent in a fabulous apartment complex. St. Paul is full of pet-friendly, high-end options, such as Vintage on Selby, with 36 floor plans named after favorite mid-century stars. The most opulent option, the Hepburn penthouse, rents for around $7,000 per month and includes three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and 2,585 square feet. The complex comes with a spacious backyard and dog park.

And what is more Minnesotan than an apartment complex equipped with a Caribou Coffee? Check out the amenity-packed Penfield Apartments. There’s everything you could need—grilling stations, a dog washing station, bike storage and a Lund’s grocery store on site. A studio apartment starts at $1,100 per month, and large three-bedroom units top off the complex.

Skyway-connected 333 on the Park joins Penfield in Lowertown and has a similar feel, with extensive amenities and high-end finishes. There are 24 floor plans to choose from, most containing one or two bedrooms. Extra space comes in community features, such as a sky lounge with a full kitchen and a rooftop deck. Nearby, Lofts at Farmers Market features soaring ceilings and clerestory windows for fresh, well-lit spaces. Relax by the rooftop firepit or in the lobby with a cup of coffee. Mears Park is across the street and hosts many family-friendly events and summertime concerts.

Lowertown Lofts boast exposed beams and charm in a multitude of floor plans. Rent ranges from $1,000 to $3,000. These lofts claim a pet culture like no other, with local dog parks and a dog spa. Non-pawed residents can enjoy a classic arcade and a yoga studio. There are even dedicated music rooms with pianos.

All in all, the Twin Cities offer luxurious urban real estate, with lavish city perks and beautiful views—whether you’re looking to rent in a high-rise, raise a pup in a condo or buy your own townhome.

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