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Old 08-28-2008, 07:37 PM
 
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You can probably find a duplex on the east side of Lake Harriet in your rent range. There are some nice coffee shops and restaurants to walk to but not a lot of traffic and easy to get to places you need to go. I'm thinking somewhere between 46th & 50th, the lake and Nicollet.

From your description, I'd stay away from Uptown--it's more congested.
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Old 08-28-2008, 10:59 PM
 
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Southwest is quite expensive. I still suggest it, but if you are thinking that it is too expensive look in the area around Lake Nokomis. 5 minutes to the Mall of America, transit to downtown, quiet areas. Major streets have some retail on them, but side streets are purely residential. The east side of the lake has less airport noise, which is by far the biggest drawback to the area as a whole.
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Old 08-28-2008, 11:06 PM
 
Location: 44.9800 N, 93.2636 W
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eh SW rent isnt as bad as you would think. I have a buddy who rents a house in Linden Hills for $900 for a 2 BR, and most of the properties around there average near the same.
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:19 AM
 
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Why not St. Paul?
For my boyfriend's job, he will spend his days traveling throughout the MInneapolis suburbs and they want him to live in the area he will be covering. It seems most people prefer Minneapolis to St. Paul anyway.

So we will definitely check out SW Minneapolis. Great advice, thanks so much! Anyone have an opinion on northern Minneapolis? I've heard mixed reviews, but I have a friend that lives in Blaine and she really likes it.
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:50 AM
 
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For my boyfriend's job, he will spend his days traveling throughout the MInneapolis suburbs and they want him to live in the area he will be covering. It seems most people prefer Minneapolis to St. Paul anyway.

So we will definitely check out SW Minneapolis. Great advice, thanks so much! Anyone have an opinion on northern Minneapolis? I've heard mixed reviews, but I have a friend that lives in Blaine and she really likes it.
There is a HUGE difference between North Minneapolis and Blaine. I think you might be using town names interchangeably that really aren't. Minneapolis proper is different then any of the Minneapolis Suburbs-which Blaine is one of. If you don't have to live in the city limits of Minneapolis, which is what it sounded like with your first post, I would look to St. Louis Park for someone your age.
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Old 08-29-2008, 08:17 AM
 
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There is a HUGE difference between North Minneapolis and Blaine. I think you might be using town names interchangeably that really aren't. Minneapolis proper is different then any of the Minneapolis Suburbs-which Blaine is one of. If you don't have to live in the city limits of Minneapolis, which is what it sounded like with your first post, I would look to St. Louis Park for someone your age.
Oh man I didn't realize that. Ok that helps a lot. I'll have to have him check on exactly what vicinity we have to stay inside.
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Old 08-29-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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So we will definitely check out SW Minneapolis. Great advice, thanks so much! Anyone have an opinion on northern Minneapolis? I've heard mixed reviews, but I have a friend that lives in Blaine and she really likes it.
I agree with Golfgal- Blaine and North Minneapolis are vastly different. There are some super cool areas of North Minneapolis (Camden, around Victory Memorial Parkway), but I advise against looking in the area if you are not familiar with it, since some of the most crime-ridden areas in the Twin Cities are also in North Minneapolis.
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Old 08-30-2008, 07:43 AM
 
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So we will definitely check out SW Minneapolis. Great advice, thanks so much! Anyone have an opinion on northern Minneapolis? I've heard mixed reviews, but I have a friend that lives in Blaine and she really likes it.
Blaine is anywhere USA. Bland and does not have the lakes. If you want vibe and a cosmopolitan feeling that the SW Mpls ( lakes area) offers, I would avoid the further out suburbs such as Blaine etc.

Also, like others have said on here, the Lake Nokomis area is also nice and would be more affordable than SW. You can find cute starter houses ( if you wanted to buy) for around $130,000 + in that area.
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Old 08-30-2008, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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For my boyfriend's job, he will spend his days traveling throughout the MInneapolis suburbs and they want him to live in the area he will be covering.
What does he do, if you do not mind me asking.
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Victory Neighborhood Minneapolis
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I agree with Golfgal- Blaine and North Minneapolis are vastly different. There are some super cool areas of North Minneapolis (Camden, around Victory Memorial Parkway), but I advise against looking in the area if you are not familiar with it, since some of the most crime-ridden areas in the Twin Cities are also in North Minneapolis.
The same argument could be made about South Minneapolis .
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