Urban Finery: Dwelling in Luxury in the Heart of the Twin Cities

Penthouses, high rises and luxury apartments abound in the Twin Cities

Living in the heart of the Twin Cities doesn’t mean you have to give up any amenities; in fact, with these luxury apartments and condominiums, you may find you have even more. Rooftop cabanas and pools, floor-to-ceiling windows, plenty of pet-friendly options, and more are just a few of the bonuses when you decide to live the city life.


With a beautiful skyline, a thriving arts and culture scene, and a mix of greenspace and urban jungle, Minneapolis is much more than a place to work. It’s a place to live. The luxury lofts, condos and apartments nestled throughout downtown and surrounding neighborhoods know how to take advantage of all the city offers with oversized views and quick access to major highways, but they also know how to create a living space that is as peaceful as it is engaging.

Along the Mississippi River is Gold Medal Park, a green space next to the Guthrie Theater, Izzy’s Ice Cream and near the Stone Arch Bridge, making for one of the most picturesque areas in the city. On the west side of the Stone Arch Bridge are the Carlyle Condos, the tallest residential high rise in Minneapolis. Its 39 stories give you sweeping views of the city, plus amenities like its pool deck, outdoor kitchen and grills, and club room. Guest suites ensure that not only you enjoy the Carlyle, but your friends and family do as well. Also in the Mill District is The Legacy, a 374-unit luxury condominium complex. With more than 145 different floor plans, roof terraces, a dog run, indoor pet relief area, pool, game room, playground, rain garden and more, plus a price tag that can range from $320,000 to $1.3 million, you’ll find a million reasons to schedule a tour.

The east side of Gold Medal Park leads into the 280 units of Bridgewater Lofts, where prices can start at $400,000 to upwards of $2 million (with three beds, four baths and 4,000-plus square feet of space). If you like what you see at Bridgewater but want more of a downtown feel, consider the Portland Tower condos, built by the same developer, which are set to open in the growing Downtown East Commons Park area next to U.S. Bank Stadium. Loft units are being completed one by one, so although they are selling quickly, you still might have a chance to buy and personalize the unit to fit your style.

On the other side of the river is the cobblestone quaintness of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District, where you’ll find the modern luxury of Mill & Main apartments. Its seven-story brick exterior and balconies blend in with the area, but inside its 60 floor plan possibilities, from the studio and the two-bedroom units with a den to the two townhome styles, you’ll find sleek and simple designs with custom cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel, extra care toward sound proof rooms and more.

Downtown Minneapolis has condos available such as The Ivy Condos, which connects its 14 floor plan options with the Hotel Ivy, meaning you get to partake in its fantastic spa among other amenities. However, the area also has a cluster of luxury apartments, like Nic on Fifth, 4Marq and Latitude 45.

With a stunning rooftop pool and yard area, wood floors, and open, spacious floor plans that include penthouse suites, upscale bathrooms, kitchen islands and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Nic on Fifth is one of the many pet-friendly apartments available. Nic on Fifth has three studio, six one-bedroom, 14 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom floor plans, so no matter how many roommates you have, you can all relax in luxury alongside the bustling hotspot of Nicollet Avenue.

4Marq along Marquette Avenue also offers unique and modern apartments with a variety of floor plans, private balconies and stellar community spaces such as a game room, coffee bar and rooftop deck with outdoor fireplace. Pick from 17 different floor plans, including one-bedroom sizes ranging from 579 square feet to 1,000 square feet and two three-bedroom floor plans over 1,500 square feet.

Latitude 45 is near all the restaurants, shopping and nightlife you could want without being on too rowdy of a block, and its 16 floor plans offer options for walk-in showers, glass balcony railings, high ceilings, mobile kitchen islands, wine racks and storage, and more. Really, though, those amenities only add to the nearby neighborhood richness of a direct skyway connection, Massage Envy at street level and the Eastside restaurant in the building. While you’re in the central hub of Minneapolis, should you need to go anywhere and don’t want to move your car from its underground parking, you are only three blocks from a light rail station and across the street from a covered bus stop.

Over in Northeast Minneapolis, where the craft brew flows freely and the art is plentiful, places like Cobalt Condominium and the M on Hennepin apartments make up the market. At the 10-story Cobalt, Lunds & Bylerlys is right in the building, and you can easily walk to the boutiques and stores that make this area of Minneapolis so popular. Prices can range from about $250,000 up to $1.5 million, but the view and the space is worth it. As for M on Hennepin, you’ll find its location perfect for nearby eatery exploring, biking and relaxing along the riverfront across from Nicollet Island. Plus, its seven floor plans get as big as 2,545 square feet.

North Loop is known for its dense culture of dining and boutiques, which means if you live there, you’ll always find something to do in this trendy part of town. Heritage Landing has apartments, flats and townhomes across 28 floor plans, so no matter where you are in life, you will find a good fit with high ceilings, concrete and wood floors, open yet homey floor designs, and beautiful views. A fitness room, conference and community rooms, and rooftop spaces are just some of the amenities that come with the building, but if you really want luxury, check out their penthouse suites.

ElseWarehouse Apartments took a historic warehouse and turned it into six floors of “rustic lux,” keeping the exposed brick and character details in the 31 floor plans but providing upgraded plumbing fixtures, real wood floors, large windows, quartz countertops and more in each apartment, whether it’s a studio alcove or a three-bedroom apartment.

St. Paul

Over on the east side of the metro, St. Paul makes a charming home among winding streets, historic buildings and a diverse population. It has just as many hidden gems to visit as its sister city, and people have flocked to the city’s character that pervades its music venues, restaurants and more. Luxury apartments and lofts are spread throughout bustling corners and quieter secludes, from the more artistic-driven Lowertown near the Saint Paul Saints’ CHS Field to the business-lined streets of downtown.

In Lowertown, one of the favorite choices is The Lofts at Farmer’s Market. Besides being situated in the historic neighborhood, you’re steps from the Farmer’s Market, the beautiful Mears Park and within a few blocks of the Union Depot light rail station. Like other luxury living standards, the complex has a fitness center, business center, rooftop community area, private balconies and patios, and more you can enjoy before returning to one of 11 floor plans ranging from studio to two bedrooms.

Another option to own in Lowertown is Rayette Lofts, with one- and two-bedroom plans. Concrete floors give the interior a modern look while high ceilings and oversized floor plans keep the units open and elegant. The area’s strong arts culture can be found in the Local Artist Lobbies on each floor and in the communal areas, and you’ll never be lacking a place to host with either the rooftop entertaining area or the Sinatra Lounge, which includes theater, billiards and entertainment space. Pick from 12 floor plans all named after celebrity socialites, from the Armstrong, which is the smallest at 794 square feet, to the Davis, DiMaggio, Hemingway, Sinatra and Warhol floor plans which all clock in at 1,467 square feet for spacy two-bedroom options.

If you want to rent, Oxb Urban Rentals is in a prime location in downtown St. Paul with 19 floor plans ranging from studio options to three bedroom with 1,658 square feet of room. Located on West Seventh Street, Oxb is across from Cosetta and its delicious pasta and cannolis, and it’s near pubs like The Liffey Irish Pub and Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub as well. Weekend options include the Xcel Energy Center, events at the Saint Paul RiverCentre and the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, and the Science Museum just a few blocks away. If you want a weekend in, you’ll have plenty of ways to relax as you gaze out on the Mississippi River, enjoy the all-season jacuzzi spa on the rooftop, putter around in kitchens with the latest updates, or even bond with your dog at the dog washing station.

At the Lowry Lofts, you have 14 floors of floor-to-ceiling windows giving countless views of downtown St. Paul and the Mississippi River. Floor plans include the standard one bedroom, one bathroom but also include more unique options like two bedrooms with four bathrooms. With a cosmopolitan penthouse that spans the top two levels and with every unit bedecked in chic materials and design, the modern amenities of the inside juxtapose perfectly with the building’s 1912 historic facade.

For St. Paul’s character but less of the crowds, try rentals like the Burlington Apartments, Penfield Apartments or the West Side Flats. Although West Side Flats is technically located in downtown St. Paul, it is in one of the most serene and picturesque spots overlooking the Mississippi River and Raspberry Island, where the Schubert Club Bandshell hosts outdoor concerts in warmer weather. The 178 apartments have 16 different floor plans to fit your preferences from studios to two-bedroom apartments. A favorite feature in some of the units is the glass bump-out windows, but the oversized granite kitchen islands, USB ports and master bedroom lighted ceiling fans are a constant no matter which unit you pick.

Located in the Energy Park Drive neighborhood, Burlington Apartments is only a few blocks from Como Regional Park and its 2.3 miles of paved trails, ball fields, golf course and the family favorite, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Burlington houses studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans, and the one-bedroom option has 10 different variations alone, including two roomy options greater than 1,000 square feet. Wood cabinetry, indoor and outdoor recreational areas, including an outdoor heated swimming pool, and private balconies complete the active lifestyle.

At the Penfield Apartments, your living space will be the perfect balance between homey and luxury in the studio to three-bedroom options. A Lunds & Bylerlys, Caribou Coffee, Bachman’s, Big Bowl and St. Croix Cleaners are right in your backyard, so you will have everything you need in a pinch. No matter which of the 49 floor plans you choose, Berber or plush bedroom carpets, wood and ceramic tile flooring, marble vanities, granite countertops, track lighting in the kitchen and bath, and more add the finishing touches.

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