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10 Best Neighborhoods to Move to in Minneapolis

December 5, 2019

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The city of Minneapolis is comprised of 11 unique and diverse communities. Those communities are all further divided into neighborhoods — 83 in total — each with its own vibe and distinctive characteristics.

If you're moving to Minneapolis or considering a local move to a new neighborhood, researching all 83 Minneapolis neighborhoods would be a daunting task. But don't stress — we've spotlighted the 10 best and most coveted neighborhoods in Minneapolis for you!

1) Bryn Mawr

Location: west of downtown Minneapolis

This charming and quiet neighborhood has the feel of a small town close to all the amenities and excitement of the city. The 650 acres of parks, lakes, and trails surrounding Bryn Mawr make it a great spot for outdoor enthusiasts and a popular choice for families.

2) Downtown East

Location: east of downtown Minneapolis

Downtown East in the historic Mill District has blossomed from a neglected area of the city to a well developed and sought-after neighborhood. It's a center for fine arts, food, and culture that is home to the famed Guthrie Theater, Mill City Museum, and U.S. Bank Stadium. This hip neighborhood along the Mississippi River features swanky lofts, restaurants, shops, and light rail access.

3) Ericsson

Location: southeast Minneapolis

Ericsson is an up-and-coming neighborhood thanks to its affordability, variety of stores and shops, and proximity to downtown Minneapolis. This hidden gem is full of character — bungalow-style homes, tree lined streets, and interesting architecture. Nearby trails and parks round out the beauty this neighborhood has to offer.

4) Linden Hills

Location: southwest Minneapolis

Another charmer, this tree lined neighborhood nestled between Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) has an abundance of park, lake, and trail access. Linden Hills offers an eclectic and diverse community full of locally-owned stores and restaurants with a "small town in the city" feel.

5) Loring Park

Location: southern edge of downtown Minneapolis

Loring Park is as close as you can get to downtown living without moving directly there. This neighborhood is home to the Basilica of St. Mary, Walker Arts Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens, and the Minneapolis Convention Center as well as many shops and restaurants. Ample green space and walking paths accentuate this highly walkable neighborhood.

6) Midtown Phillips

Location: southeast of downtown Minneapolis

Midtown is a popular choice for singles and young people because it mostly consists of affordable apartment living sprinkled with some single-family homes. This is a diverse neighborhood with access to hip, ethnic restaurants and the Midtown Global Market.

7) Northeast Minneapolis

Location: northeast Minneapolis

This once gritty neighborhood is now a Mecca for artists and beer enthusiasts alike. "Nordeast" Minneapolis is teaming with art galleries, taprooms and bars, restaurants, and delis. All this plus the wide range of housing options makes it a top choice for both artists and young families.

8) North Loop

Location: west side of downtown Minneapolis

Located in the Warehouse District, the ultra-trendy North Loop consists of warehouses that have been converted into restaurants, bars and nightclubs, shops and boutiques, and housing. The thriving nightlife and proximity to downtown Minneapolis make it an attractive choice for young professionals.

9) Uptown

Location: southwest of downtown Minneapolis

Uptown is an eclectic mix of gritty and preppy, old and new. This iconic neighborhood is full of coffee shops, stores and boutiques, and a multitude of restaurants and bars. For outdoor enthusiasts, Bde Maka Ska is just a stone's throw away offering beaches, water sports, and trails.

10) Whittier

Location: south of downtown Minneapolis

Whittier — one of Minneapolis' oldest and most diverse neighborhoods — is another popular area for artists, thanks in part to its affordable housing. The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the famed Eat Street with over 50 dining options are all in Whittier. Upscale apartment buildings and student housing are a more recent addition to the neighborhood.

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