Condos and Loft Living: For the Environment
Living in a Twin Cities condo or loft means living with conscious awareness of the environment. The urban condo or loft is smaller than the single-family house. As a result, the shared walls can help to insulate the AC in summer and heat in winter, so condos and lofts usually use far less energy.
So, although each home is unique in its energy use, many new owners of city lofts and condos find themselves needing half the energy they previously used in a detached house – or less.
Walkability and Transportation Options in the Twin Cities
Fuel use is also more efficient. For instance, if you live in downtown Minneapolis or St Paul, there are public transportation options abound. Condo and loft buyers who rarely drive will benefit from knowing their home city as a true community.
The Metro Green Line’s light rail network connects the University of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis business district, to Saint Paul. This makes eco-friendly transportation an easy first choice.
Downtown St Paul earns special praise as a most walkable and bike-friendly neighborhood. And Minneapolis offers Nice Ride, with scores of bike-sharing kiosks, connecting with 34 miles of Chain of Lakes dedicated cycling lanes. The buses and commuter rail options are complemented by great access to natural walkways in the city.
Twin Cities Condos and Lofts: Meeting Personal Sustainability Goals
Setting sustainability goals is more than a task for the United Nations. For Twin Cities residents, it’s personal.
That’s why you’ll see neighbors cycling or walking to the farmers’ market in Lowertown, St Paul or the local Minneapolis community co-op. We share a mindful attitude about our shared resources. Therefore, we appreciate walking, meeting, and enjoying our social connections.
Shannon Lindstrom, REALTOR®, AHWD, CRS, GREEN
748 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105