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Old 02-27-2013, 04:59 PM
 
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Hi,

I am thinking of buying a house in Longfellow for my family (2 little kids). The problem is that the house I love is just one block off of Minnehaha Avenue. I'd like to be further east, but I can't find a house. Does anyone have any thoughts on living so close to Minnehaha--crime, property value, etc.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I live in Longfellow. What is the nearest intersection?
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Hennepin County, Minnesota
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MsRachD,

Thanks for your post. Are you already in Minnesota or moving here from out of state?

Your best bet is to look at the Minneapolis Crime Statistics for Longfellow. Here's the website - Crime Statistics & Reports - City of Minneapolis. What's your price range? What kind of house are you looking for?

There are many wonderful, safe, and family-friendly areas in Minneapolis that we can help direct you to. If you're set on Longfellow, probably a good idea to see if you can find a place with a more neighborhoody, safe feel for your kids than being right off of Minnehaha Avenue.

You'll find another place you love, I promise! Great homes come on the market every day.

Best,

Michael
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:38 PM
 
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It is on 33rd and 30th.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:47 PM
 
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Frankly, if you don't live ON Minnehaha, I don't think you'll be seeing that much crime.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Southwest MPls
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Personally I wouldn't sweat it, and you might want to get in now before prices go up. We know a couple with kids who bought right off of Minnehaha and they love it. Longfellow is really improving by leaps and bounds. A lot of new stuff is going in on East Lake too. Seems like the neighborhood is turning from a industrial area into an upscale residential area. The purina dog chow factory was razed and new luxury condos have gone in. Blue door pub opened, and two restaurants are opening soon on E Lake in formerly abandoned buildings. There are a some abandoned commercial properties on Minnehaha but that will likely change with the increased density thanks to the new condos. Of course the area by the river has nice homes and demand seems to be high throughout S Mpls. Also this area has the LRT, Minnehaha park, and the two bridges to Saint Paul...awesome stuff!!
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:54 PM
 
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Yeh, true, tons of activity. The local citizen's group is pretty active. Last general membership meeting was very well attended. Some parts are definitely a little better, some a little worse, but all of it more desirable than the majority of neighborhoods south of downtown.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:00 AM
 
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I really like that part of the neighborhood. You're within a short walking distance from a great bike shop, cafe, Harriet Island Brewery and several decent restaurants.
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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Decades ago, when Minnehaha was a little different, I lived on the avenue, and I could walk to most of what I wanted. Well, if you live close, you have the same privilege. There is just so much within easy reach.
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:32 PM
 
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Longfellow is great for raising a family; I lived there for three years. It's a little sleepy for my tastes, so I spent more time in Uptown with friends. However, I NEVER felt unsafe inside my own little neighborhood bike bubble (Lake street to the north, river to the east, and Minnehaha to the west). When I told my college friends I lived near East Lake, they thought it was some sort of hood. I wouldn't hesitate to walk 18 blocks roundtrip to Rainbow (crossing both Lake and Minnehaha) at 10pm by myself. How about going to the Riverview theater and then hitting up the Wine Bar? I miss it.

The closer you live to the light rail the easier it will be for you to get downtown for work or sporting events (how about three pro teams on the same train line?) It's also way easier to fly (no cabs or parking at the airport). I lived on 33rd ave / 32nd st. It's extremely quiet even a few blocks off of Lake Street (albeit the occasional flight noise).
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