Want to live in Downtown Minneapolis, in a condo connected to the skyway system? You might think that with the largest continuous skyway system in the world connecting nearly 80 blocks covering nearly 11 miles you would have many options of properties to buy.

In reality, as far a I know when I write this in January 2018 there are only 4 owner occupied condominium complexes directly connected to the Minneapolis skyway system. There are more apartments if you want to rent.

MINNEAPOLIS SKYWAY CONDOS FOR SALE

 

The Crossings, 121 Washington Ave S 

Built in 1981 with 302 condos, The Crossings is the oldest Minneapolis condominium complex directly connected to the skyway. Located near the north end of the skyway system, it is just a few outdoor blocks to the riverfront, Whole Foods, the library and light rail.

Condos for sale at The Crossings

 

Centre Village/City Heights Condos, 433 & 431 S 7th St

Centre Village CondosBuilt during the downtown boom of the 1980s, Centre Village was the first condominium complex designed to be integrated with the skyway system. It included 235 condos, apartments, hotel and a parking ramp. Located on the eastern side of the skyway system, it is not far from Hennepin County Government Center, Hennepin County Medical Center and US Bank Stadium.

Condos for sale at Centre Village and condos for sale at City Heights

 

Six Quebec, 601 Marquette Avenue

Six Quebec is a small group of fewer than 40 condos, converted from a former office building in 2004. It includes a 3-story penthouse with nearly 4,000 square feet plus 1500+ square feet of private outdoor space. Located near the heart of the downtown Minneapolis business district, it is just a block off Nicollet Mall, close to the IDS Tower and light rail.

Condos for sale at Six Quebec

 

The Ivy, 201 S 11th Street

The newest of the skyway-connected condos in downtown Minneaplis, The Ivy was built in 2007. It includes a hotel, 92 condos, a restaurant, spa and fitness club. Located  on the south side of the skyway system, it is close to the Minneapolis Convention Center and Orchestra Hall, and only a couple blocks from Nicollet Mall.

Condos for sale at The Ivy

 

When the first two skyways were built in downtown Minneapolis in the early 1960s they were inspired by Southdale shopping center as a climate-controlled way for pedestrians to move from building to building. By 1972 there were 7 skyways connecting buildings, but not necessarily connected to each other. It was when the IDS Center was built in 1974 that the system really became established, with the Crystal Court acting as a hub for the system… and it has continued to grow ever since, now also connecting US Bank Stadium.

You might think that the skyway system was built primarily to escape Minnesota’s weather but that wasn’t the case. They were built primarily to avoid street congestion and provide more safety for pedestrians… as well as provide another level of ‘street traffic’ for retail, eateries and other services. If you live downtown on the skyway you get to take advantage of all that… you can even walk to Target on the skyway system.

But also keep in mind that the skyways were designed and built by building owners primarily for uptown workers and as such are not uniform in design or access hours. Before planning to commute via skyway 24 hours a day check the hours your route is available!

Sharlene HensrudRE/MAX Results Minneapolis Realtor

The HomesMSP Team – SharleneJohnAngela – Your Minneapolis Neighborhood Guides

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