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Old 09-14-2013, 09:06 PM
 
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To make a long story short, my wife and I feel a tug to move to Minneapolis from the suburbs, and we'd like to find a neighborhood that is relatively close to the heart of the city, yet also relatively safe (we have 3 kids - age 6,4 and 1). My brother's family lives in Powderhorn, which is a little less safe than we'd prefer, from what we can see. And my wife works at Abbott. We are looking closely at the Bancroft neighborhood, and would love to hear from someone who lives there - what do you like about the neighborhood? what do you dislike? are there many families with younger kids? safety? Any insights would be much appreciated. Thanks!!!
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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To make a long story short, my wife and I feel a tug to move to Minneapolis from the suburbs, and we'd like to find a neighborhood that is relatively close to the heart of the city, yet also relatively safe (we have 3 kids - age 6,4 and 1). My brother's family lives in Powderhorn, which is a little less safe than we'd prefer, from what we can see. And my wife works at Abbott. We are looking closely at the Bancroft neighborhood, and would love to hear from someone who lives there - what do you like about the neighborhood? what do you dislike? are there many families with younger kids? safety? Any insights would be much appreciated. Thanks!!!
It's unfortunately that nobody responded to this. Did you end up buying in the Bancroft neighborhood? I'd also like to hear some feedback about this area from someone who lives or has lived there.
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:38 PM
 
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I went to school at Bancroft (back in the early 90s) and know the area well.

The further south you go, the better. Anything past 42nd St. and higher will be plenty safe. Don't buy anything lower than 35th St.
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:07 AM
 
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Figured I'd give this old thread a bump. I've been noticing a decent number of houses for sale in this area recently. We're probably not looking to buy quite yet, but I've still been trying to keep an eye on the trends, and in any event, I always like hearing new info on the various MPLS neighborhoods.

So does anyone have recent opinions on Bancroft? I guess it's too late to help the OP, but I'm still interested in knowing

I've heard that when you're in the central, "between I-35 and Hiawatha" zone, it's best to stay south of 38th street, but I'm not sure how hard-and-fast of a rule this really is.
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:26 AM
 
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My 2 cents is just anecdotal as someone who is familiar with the neighborhood. It's certainly not one of the premier MPLS neighborhoods, always struck me as working class. It does touch Powderhorn, which was always a little shady to me personally. I know this is going to make me sound super snooty, but I don't even want my neighborhood touching a bad neighborhood.

I know the owners of Black Eye Coffee well, and I have seen my share of shady characters frequenting that corner. I always joke that if there is a Metro PCS store, pawn store, or payday loan store in a neighborhood, it's not for me (note Metro PCS store on corner of 38th and Chicago, lol.

So if it were me, I would stick to the southern end of the neighborhood. Early in our marriage my wife and I looked at a few houses in Bancroft, and I remember one of the houses was next to a really weird house with a bunch of "Beware of Dog" signs. Obviously we didn't want the house. I think it's a fine place to land for a few years, but not necessarily where I would want to plant my long term roots? And Bancroft Meadows park is always eerily empty when I drive by....
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Old 07-25-2017, 02:13 PM
 
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My 2 cents is just anecdotal as someone who is familiar with the neighborhood. It's certainly not one of the premier MPLS neighborhoods, always struck me as working class. It does touch Powderhorn, which was always a little shady to me personally. I know this is going to make me sound super snooty, but I don't even want my neighborhood touching a bad neighborhood.

I know the owners of Black Eye Coffee well, and I have seen my share of shady characters frequenting that corner. I always joke that if there is a Metro PCS store, pawn store, or payday loan store in a neighborhood, it's not for me (note Metro PCS store on corner of 38th and Chicago, lol.

So if it were me, I would stick to the southern end of the neighborhood. Early in our marriage my wife and I looked at a few houses in Bancroft, and I remember one of the houses was next to a really weird house with a bunch of "Beware of Dog" signs. Obviously we didn't want the house. I think it's a fine place to land for a few years, but not necessarily where I would want to plant my long term roots? And Bancroft Meadows park is always eerily empty when I drive by....

You know, to be fair, my wife and I were just talking the other day about how most parks in the city tend to be eerily empty (for reference, we currently live at like the SW corner of Tangletown)

Anyway, I do kind of know what you're saying about the "bumping neighborhoods" thing, though I'm not quite as "snooty" about it
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Old 07-25-2017, 02:17 PM
 
Location: South Minneapolis
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You know, to be fair, my wife and I were just talking the other day about how most parks in the city tend to be eerily empty (for reference, we currently live at like the SW corner of Tangletown)

Anyway, I do kind of know what you're saying about the "bumping neighborhoods" thing, though I'm not quite as "snooty" about it
Parks in the suburbs are very quiet, more so than in the city IMHO. People hang out in their backyards.
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Old 07-25-2017, 02:44 PM
 
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Ah, I just chalked it up to the kids these days what with their internets and computer games and such
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Old 07-25-2017, 04:33 PM
 
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I also would stick to southern part of Bancroft. Powderhorn is still up and coming, and the park is very nice and pretty busy, but there are still certain parts that aren't that great. I have shown nice homes there and know people who live there and it is getting better, but I think closer to the Northrop area is better.
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