NOTE: see the bottom of Sunday's Site posts for homes for sale in the area

It seems that walkable neighborhoods are becoming increasingly important to home buyers. I think there are numerous factors at play… a longing for a greater sense of community, a more relaxed pace, more healthful living, eco-friendly. Whatever the reasons, city neighborhoods are responding and you will find many more corner coffee shops where the locals gather than you did a decade ago.

There aren't as many urban areas that offer a true small town 'downtown' feel, however. Linden Hills main business district at West 43rd Street and Upton Avenue South in southwest Minneapolis is one of the few urban areas that offer a wide variety of services… from a butcher shop to a bakery to a natural foods grocery store… to a hardware store, florist, children's book and toy stores, yarn shop, gift shops… plus a variety of restaurants and one of the largest concentrations of alternative health practitioners in the area.


This community, located just west of Lake Harriet and south of Lake Calhoun, was developed in the 1880's as a getaway from the city with cottages along the lake. The developer called it Linden Hills because of the linden trees on the rolling hills around the lakes. Its 'downtown' business district developed where the streetcar line connecting downtown Minneapolis with the city lakes terminated with a turnaround loop.

Most of the small cottages have been replaced by large bungalows and tudors… and many of those have been expanded… but the area still retains a strong local community feel and is an area in high demand.


When I headed for a delicious breakfast at The Zumbro Cafe in the heart of Linden Hills yesterday morning the trees were coated with hoar frost creating a fairy-land atmosphere…. and in true Minnesota fashion the lakes were lined with runners and walkers enjoying the beauty of the idyllic winter morning. 

Lindenhills10-frost Click here to see homes currently for sale in the Linden Hills area near Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, MN. Please be patient while the link searches for the most current listings… click on the map to zoom in until you see icons on the dots, then pass your cursor over them for property information, click for property details. 

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results -


About Sharlene Hensrud

I love what I do! Highly insightful, analytical and creative, there is nothing I love more than helping you find the right solution for your real estate transition. My mission is to serve my clients with honesty and integrity, exceeding their expectations in service and support… and to help others by donating a portion of every transaction to Habitat for Humanity

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