Just west of downtown Minneapolis sits an unassumingly idyllic neighborhood that attracts both families and young professionals, provides varied housing, and offers an easy commute to downtown Minneapolis by public transportation or bike. It’s a neighborhood with a lot of history and many famous former residents, including Al Franken, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Cohen, and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Tom Friedman.
The award-winning Steel Toe Brewery calls this neighborhood home, and the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting has been described by the Star Tribune as “nerd heaven.” June brings the St. Louis Park Parktacular to the streets, featuring four days of fun, including kids’ attractions, a parade, waffle breakfast and more free events. The Westwood Hills Nature Center is a great way to retreat from city life with over 160 acres of marsh, woods and prairie.
The upscale Shops at West End offer residents an outdoor mecca—connected with underground, heated parking—of local and national shops. Sprinkled throughout the shops are truly unique eats (try The Yard house for one of the best all-encompassing menus options in town for carnivores and vegans alike) and a host of entertainment options, including salons, movie theaters and the like.
With 52 parks and a nationally recognized school district, St. Louis Park is one of the friendliest communities around. Spacious condos and single-family homes populate the streets around St. Louis Park, and its school system makes it a prime choice for families. St. Louis Park also has been placed six times on the list of 100 Best Communities for Young People list from America’s Promise Alliance, so no matter where you are in life, chances are you’ll find your fit here.
Median Household Income: $68,451
Persons per household: 2.08
Median housing value range: $236,900
Approximate Property Taxes: $3,000+