Minneapolis condos

Minneapolis Master Plan Update: Parks and Trails Along Minnehaha Creek

One reason people love looking at condos or lofts and townhomes in Minneapolis is to feel at home in the natural beauty surrounding Minnehaha Creek. And the future of your Minneapolis condo or loft surroundings is unfolding today. Check out Minneapolis Parks and Recreation’s Regional Trail Master Plan, focusing on Minnehaha Regional Park out to western Minneapolis. Over the coming three decades, watch for new paddling and tubing launch areas, additional wading pools, play sets and exercise courses, bike parks, and even an urban arboretum. Minneapolis trails and parks are major attractions for home buyers. Many condo and loft buyers tell us that they want…

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Learn and Have Fun: Things to Do in St Paul, MN

There’s no shortage of wonderful experiences to be enjoyed in and around St Paul. And some of the best things in the city are free. Here are a handful of free offerings we love. Play. Grow. Imagine! Do it all at the Children’s Museum of St Paul. See how to make play a priority for your family, and for you! There’s much to learn here about research on the power of play to build strong minds. Visit the Weisman. Admission is always free. The Weisman Art Museum is enjoyable, free, educational, and one of the most wonderful destinations in St Paul. The collection…

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Beyond the Master Plan: Meet Graco Park, Minneapolis

Regular readers will know that the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is now revealing enhancements to the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail. The city’s Master Plan is unfolding, and it lays out future park improvements spanning the coming 20 to 30 years. And there’s more. There are big plans in the works for Sibley Street and Northeast Minneapolis. A new park will be popping up along the Mississippi River soon. The Parks and Rec Board, under an agreement with Graco Incorporated, is carrying out plans to develop the waterfront area near Hall’s Island. Just over two acres of the property are being sold to Graco while Parks and Rec…

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Minnehaha Creek Master Plan: New Boardwalk for Minneapolis

If you own a condo or home along the Minnehaha Creek, you’ve seen the signs and alerts along the trails from Lyndale Avenue eastward to Garfield Avenue. It’s all about helping to guide people around the trail construction work area. As part of its Master Plan, Minneapolis is renovating the Minnehaha Parkway Trail. The Buzz Around the Lyndale Avenue Bridge Phase One of this work finished in 2016. That work widened pedestrian asphalt trail, starting from west of Bryant Avenue and winding up at the Lyndale Avenue Bridge. Phase One also provided much-needed upgrades to the Lyndale Avenue trail intersection. Phase Two is the trail work’s current phase. Workers are removing the existing…

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Walk Over to the Gym or Yoga Class From Your New St Paul Condo or Loft

Many St. Paul condo & loft buyers ask us, “Is there a gym?” or “Is there a yoga studio nearby?” Some condo & loft properties have an exercise room on site and others don’t. And you might have a difficult time trying to find a trainer or a yoga instructor on the premises of your new loft or townhome. But here’s the good news. Because St Paul is a walkable city, we’re happy to tell our clients that city living near a yoga studio and fitness centers is a perfectly reasonable goal. Check out these examples of popular studios, and…

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Twin Cities Real Estate: Tips for Buying in 2019

How should you approach buying a Twin Cities townhome, condo, loft, or single-family home today? You might have heard, correctly, that it’s a sellers’ market. “Supply-demand dynamics favor sellers,” the Minnesota Association of Realtors states, when it comes to homes below the $500,000 mark. So, if you’re looking for a condo or a home this year, the key is to engage a Twin Cities REALTOR® who is market-savvy and ready to work hard for you. Buying a condo or home may continue to be a practical and wise investment this year. Moreover, investing where the jobs are can be a sound…

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St Paul’s 5 Best Coffee Shops

If you just try five… These are just a few of the best coffee shops in St Paul. Claddagh Coffee For a cozy, historic atmosphere, try Claddagh at West Seventh. You can do your co-working here during weekday shop hours, as the conference is free to reserve. The semi-private space is great for casual business meetings and also book clubs. Or drop by their Wee Shop at Dale and Selby for a quick cup. 651-600-3400 claddaghcoffeecafe.com/ Nina’s Coffee Cafe Classic style. Brick interior. Have a great morning coffee or tea and read the newspaper in a traditional historic building space at Cathedral Hill. Or enjoy…

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Small Town Meets Big City: Summit Hill Homes & Condos

 You will find historic mansions & condos within a short distance of walking & biking trails in the St. Paul Summit Hill neighborhood. The location is home to Summit Avenue, a street recently named one of America’s 10 Great Streets by the American Planning Association. The Summit Hill neighborhood is located in the City of St. Paul, however it can feel like a small town. Time moves a bit slower here than elsewhere; life is sweeter. What it lacks in flashy lights and late-night drinking it compensates for in cozy pubs and sidewalk cafes. With vistas of downtown and the…

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A Real Estate Agent’s Advice for Selling Your Twin Cities Condo or Loft

Here are some issues a Minneapolis-St Paul Realtor is often asked about, and a few thoughts to consider before selling a condo or loft. Know What Your Condo Is Really Worth. Obtaining the estimated market value of a condo or loft involves consulting several sources: Consult with a local Twin Cities Realtor to request a FREE Competitive Market Analysis and/or Estimate Property Valuation Report for your condo or loft Another option is type your address into your computer browser to see ballpark estimates of your property’s value. These may fluctuate —a lot! They are generally based on the last sale price, combined with recent prices for…

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Downtown St Paul Condo & Loft Living

Buying a New, Pre-Construction Condo: The Process

Shopping for a downtown St Paul or Minneapolis condo or loft with new construction? Consider pre-construction condominium projects. There are certainly some great opportunites for buyers looking for a brand new residence in the Twin Cities. When purchasing new residential construction, however you might have to be patient. Since, there may be an unpredictable timeline for new construction. The advantage is early purchasers might get their pick of the available units. The Buying Process As you prepare for the following stages, note that the developer’s sales representative works for the builder. Therefore, you want to get an expert on your side to ask…

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