Long to live on Seward’s historic Milwaukee Avenue?

Buyers looking for walkable neighborhoods near the University of Minnesota frequently ask about Seward neighborhood, just over the Franklin Avenue bridge from the Minneapolis UMN campus. The most unique location is historic Milwaukee Avenue.

If Milwaukee Avenue is your dream location you must have patience because they don’t come on the market very often. 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. At Seward Co-op it’s not uncommon to find as many bikes as cars!

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.

Sharlene Hensrud, Seward Neighborhood Realtor

RE/MAX Results HomesMSP Team


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