Robbinsdale was named for Andrew B Robbin, who bought the land to start a first ring suburb of Minneapolis. The info below is from the sellers of 4409 Abbott Avenue North in Robbinsdale, Minnesota…
Robbinsdale, Minnesota (now often called BirdTown) was named because of the beautiful canopied streets with elm trees and many robins nested in those trees. Unfortunately Dutch Elm disease took many of the trees but the City of Robbinsdale was quick to plant replacement trees and it is our hope it will be canopied again.
Robbinsdale is a community where neighbors will water your flowers, let the dog out, and even shovel your snow if you are gone. Many neighbors can be trusted with your house key and know you can count on them to help out when needed.
The Robbinsdale community has a Neighborhood Watch and if you wish you can be sent email alerts of what is going on in the neighborhood. They also have a “Neighbors Watch Night Out” where neighbors can bring their lawn chairs and sit and meet new neighbors and a Robbinsdale Police Officer will come to update you on what is going on in Robbinsdale. All the streets are blocked off that night. You decide how much you want to be involved with your neighbors.
Robbinsdale is a diverse suburb
Robbinsdale is a diverse suburb. There are various ages of people from young single people to a few left that remember when the neighborhood was new and lots of young parents. The neighborhood is cycling now. Older folks are moving out and younger families are coming in.
Robbinsdale enjoys a range of ethnicities. Children grow up learning the value of each person for who they are. When they play together, everyone has fun. That’s all that matters to them.
Parks and Lakes andTrails
- Sanborn Park with its playground, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts… and in the winter ice skating rink, 2 hockey rinks and a hill to go sliding… there is never a lack of outdoor activities.
- There is a great sliding hill at Sunset Park on the east side of Crystal Lake, off Victory Memorial Drive at 39th Avenue.
- Crystal Lake is right across the street from Sanborn Park with beautiful walkways and bike trails that can take you all the way to Lake Nokomis in South Minneapolis and beyond. Even muskies have been caught off the dock.
- Ryan Lake is close by as well, across Lake Drive.
- At Triangle Park there is a kiddie pool and the daycare.
- Kids enjoy making jumps with their mountain bikes at Sochacki Park
Downtown Robbinsdale…food and dining
There are too many restaurants and shops to mention them all, but here are some highlights.
- Travail Kitchen and Amusements… award-winning industrial-chic restaurant featuring innovative menus and the crew behind it are full of surprises
- Pig Ate My Pizza… with Travail’s success they opened this whimsical restaurant with great pizza, some gluten free items, and plenty sarcasm and quick wit to enjoy with your food
- Broadway Pizza and Eagle’sNest… you can’t talk about pizza without bringing up this icon
- Nona Rosa’s… Italian restaurant that hosts wine and painting nights and has top notch Italian cuisine
- The Lodge of Robbinsdale… hosts a great menu and live bands
- St. Petersburg Restaurant and Vodka Bar… one of Robbinsdale’s best kept secrets
- Coffee on Broadway… situated in what might be your grandma’s home where you can sip great coffee and enjoy delicious soups and salads
- Woullets Bakery… started up in South Minneapolis (my dad actually was a baker at the first one) and for 65 years have served up awesome baked goods; we were all excited when one opened in Robbinsdale
- Hackenmueller Meat Shop… some of the best meat around; if you enjoy a good cut of meat and someone that will tell you how to cook it, Hackenmueller’s will be a place you will frequent; great ribs and brats, too
- There’s a Microbrewery… in the works
- A food co-op is being discussing, something like The Wedge
- Rent a 20 x 20 garden plot on Halifax Avenue… if you want to plant a garden in a spot other than your yard (although our backyard would host a wonderful vegetable garden)
- Pet& Wheel Parade… dress in a costume, dress up your bike and/or family pet and listen to the Robbinsdale City Band; one year our son got to lead the band
- Whiz Bang Days… delightful weekend of food, rides, parades, fireworks and live music; the parade route ends right at Sanborn Park and fireworks are shot across Crystal Lake; walk a couple blocks with a lawn chair and enjoy the fun
- Robbinsdale Community Gyms & Fitness Center… give you plenty ways to keep active indoors and the youth programs keep your children active as well
- Triangle Park… has a kiddie pool, great for those hot days
- Running and rcycling marathons… don’t be surprised to see people running and cycling down the street
- Victory Memorial Drive… take a walk down the Drive just a few blocks away and you will see people playing volleyball, football, dog walking, cycling, jogging and new parents pushing strollers. It’s never a boring stroll… or you might decide to jog along, it is part of the Minneapolis 50-mile Grand Rounds Scenic Byway trail system
Check out Robbinsdale homes for sale for a great first ring suburb with affordable homes, friendly neighbors, and easy access to great amenities… all less than 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis.
Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results – Robbinsdale Realtor