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The Best Place to Live in Minneapolis

Where is the best place to rent or buy a house in Minneapolis?

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Where is the best place to rent or to buy a house in Minneapolis?

Well, that's a hard question, because I don't know what you want. Do you want a stylish urban loft? Do you want a quiet residential street, or a couple of bars on the same block? Do you want your neighbors to be sensible and conservative or liberal hippies? Do you care if you can walk to a coffee shop or ride the train to work? Do you need a big garage for your cars and toys or just stairs wide enough to get your bike up to your apartment?

All of this is available in Minneapolis, and since I don't know what you want, here's a list of the communities in Minneapolis, what they are like, what special attractions and amenities they have, and how prices compare to the city as a whole. Then, you'll have an idea of where to start searching for your home.

So first, let's start with a map of the city of Minneapolis. The city of Minneapolis is divided into 11 communities, and then each community is divided into small neighborhoods, a total of 81 neighborhoods in Minneapolis.

Here's a map showing the communities and neighborhoods of Minneapolis.

And then, in alphabetical order, here's a list of the communities of Minneapolis, and what the real estate market is like in each of them, and what kind of housing is available, and what it might be like to live in each community of Minneapolis.

Calhoun-Isles Real Estate

Calhoun-Isles is an upscale, affluent area of Minneapolis, southwest of Downtown. This community contains the Uptown district. Most of Minneapolis's nightlife, the upscale shops, and the restaurants to be seen in, are here. Three of the city's lakes, Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, and Cedar Lake are in this community. As general rule, the nearer a home is to a lake, the more expensive it is.

The nine neighborhoods in Calhoun-Isles are,Bryn Mawr, CARAG, Cedar-Isles-Dean, East Calhoun/ECCO, East Isles, Kenwood, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East, and West Calhoun.

Bryn Mawr and Kenwood on the western side of the lakes have larger, expensive single family houses. On the eastern side of the lakes, prices and home sizes falls slightly, and there are also many elegant apartment buildings, and some mid-century, not-so-elegant apartment buildings. Calhoun-Isles has some new construction, mostly fashionable modern apartments around Lyndale Avenue with fashionable price tags.

The western neighborhoods Lowry Hill East, usually known as the Wedge, and CARAG, in between Hennepin Avenue and Lyndale Avenue, have a mix of housing, with homes and multi-family buildings, ranging from moderately priced to expensive.

Camden Real Estate

The Camden community is in the north corner of the city, on the east bank of the Mississippi. The neighborhood is mostly residential, although it contains two industrial areas and the large Crystal Lake Cemetery. Camden is one of Minneapolis' most diverse neighborhoods.

Overall, Camden house prices are moderate to low for Minneapolis. The area is separated from central Minneapolis by the Near North community, one of the most depressed areas of Minneapolis, and it doesn't have the lakes or as many of the amenities that the rest of Minneapolis enjoys, and is relatively isolated in the city. Recently, families and developers have been buying older houses and renovating them, and house prices in the area are slowly rising.

Neighborhoods in Camden are, Cleveland, Folwell, Lind-Bohanon, McKinley, Shingle Creek, Victory and Webber-Camden. The southern neighborhoods, Cleveland, Follwell and McKinley, bordering Near North, have the lowest house prices, while the other neighborhoods in Camden have slightly higher house prices.

Central Real Estate

The Central community, as the name suggests, is in the middle of Minneapolis and contains the downtown area, the warehouse district, and many notable parks, museums, and historic buildings. Neighborhoods in the Central community are, Downtown East, Downtown West, Elliot Park, Loring Park, North Loop, and Stevens Square/Loring Heights.

The neighborhoods of Stevens Square, Elliot Park and Loring Park have a similar feel. The housing here is almost exclusively multi-family buildings, apartment blocks, and high rises, and is the mostly densely populated part of Minneapolis. As well as many older buildings, there is also a large amount of new construction, again multi-family buildings. This area was once very deprived, but has recently been receiving a substantial amount of new investment. There are parts with expensive condos, particularly around I-94 and Nicollet Avenue, but there are still many parts that have barely changed. Real estate prices here can be anything from low to expensive, depending on the building and the street that it is on.

Downtown Minneapolis has a large residential population, mostly close by the Mississippi River. All the housing is either high-rise, or large apartment or condo buildings. Some are renovated warehouses, some are new construction. And as you'd expect, prices are high and reflect living on the river, and the amenities and cache of downtown Minneapolis.

North Loop, on the west of downtown Minneapolis, has many converted industrial buildings and warehouses, and also some new construction apartments and rowhouses. North Loop contains the soon to open Minnesota Twins ballpark, and is attracting new restaurants and bars as well as new housing development. Currently house prices here are lower than within downtown Minneapolis, but as this area becomes more fashionable, they are sure to rise.

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