Milwaukee Avenue Historic District – Minneapolis Seward Neighborhood’s unique walker’s paradise

Only two blocks long, the Milwaukee Avenue Historic District is Seward Neighborhood's shining star. This group of small homes built between 1884 and 1890 was the first planned workers' community in Minneapolis, attracting immigrants working in the nearby railroad yards and other industries along Hiawatha Avenue. Built in similar style on quarter-sized lots with no front yards, these homes have more of a rowhouse feel.


In 1970, after decades of neglect, the City of Minneapolis planned to raze these homes along Milwaukee Avenue. Thanks to activist neighborhood residents, the area was instead rehabilitated.  Houses were preserved and the street was turned into a bike and pedestrian mall creating a unique sense of community and the Milwaukee Avenue Historic District


The Milwaukee Avenue Historic District is a shining example of a neighborhood coming together, creating a unique pocket neighborhood where the car does not dominate. Walk Score gives this area a score of 91, naming it a Walker's Paradise.

Located southeast of downtown Minneapolis bordered by I-94 on the north and the Mississippi River on the east, Seward neighborhood is a very diverse and politically liberal community characterized by college students, immigrants, aging hippies and everything in between.

Seward Neighborhood was ranked #7 in Twin Cities Metro Magazine's list of the 20 most livable neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Its diverse residents include The Playwrights' Center, Northern Clay Center, Seward Co-op, Riverside Park and off-leash dog park, Birchwood Cafe, weekly punk and rock at Memory Lanes bowling alley and vegan Seward Cafe.

As you might expect, homes along Milwaukee Avenue are rarely available but buyers looking for walkable neighborhoods frequently ask about Seward neighorhood homes for sale. Average home price is $193,956.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results – EmailMinneapolis Seward Neighborhood Realtor


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