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Old 11-12-2013, 04:25 PM
 
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Hey everybody,

I am originally from Connecticut, but got hired for a job in the Minneapolis area for after graduation, so I'm pretty unfamiliar with the area, aside from my time interning there this past summer. I'm looking to rent a place with 2 other people. So we are ideally looking for a place with 3 bedrooms, and are hoping to each pay $750-800 per month. We are hoping to find places in the North Loop, Loring Park or the St. Anthony/Main area. I'm going to be commuting out of the city for my job every day around rush hour, so that's definitely a consideration as well. Any guidance/tips about this process would be hugely appreciated!

As well, walking distance to restaurants/bars/other activities would be awesome, hence the three neighborhoods we are looking at. But if anyone has any suggestions for similar, but a little bit cheaper neighborhoods, that would be awesome as well!
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:46 PM
 
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Which city are you commuting to for work? That will give us a better idea for recommendations. In some instances the reverse commute is no problem, in others it is a nightmare.
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:50 PM
 
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I'll be going up to Brooklyn Park, probably leaving around 7 AM and heading home around 4 PM.
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:51 PM
 
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You are on the right track with those neighborhoods. I'm assuming you mean Northeast Minneapolis when you say St. Anthony Main. The areas of NE Minneapolis that are further west and north of St. Anthony main proper can be a little less expensive, you could try that, but it would put you a bit further away from downtown. If you look at a map and draw a box with boundaries of Broadway Street NE, 5th Street NE, and the Mississippi river - all of that area is still pretty active and has an upscale/yuppie vibe. In general, the rest of NE Minneapolis has a hipster/vintage/bicycling vibe.

The areas further to the east - around Hennepin and Central have seen a lot of new condos/high end apartments going in the last few years. Its a really cool area but can be expensive.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:15 PM
 
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Awesome, thank you! I will definitely check those areas out! How would you define the St Anthony Main area? Like what streets would you say are the borders of that area?

Another question - are there any areas that, for safety reasons or anything like that, I should just avoid completely? I remember seeing some rougher looking areas just south of Minneapolis that I thought I should avoid. Would you agree, and are there any others that I should know about? Thank you!
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:34 PM
 
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I think St. Anthony means different things to different people. St. Anthony was a town founded at St. Anthony Falls for its hydroelectric power way back when. The town was absorbed by the city Minneapolis early on. When I think of St. Anthony I usually just consider SE Main street from 35W west to Hennepin Ave as the real St. Anthony area (so just a few blocks), most of this street is comprised of the original red cobblestone brick used in St. Anthony's roads. Then again I look on Google maps and they have a large portion of NE Minneapolis labeled as "St. Anthony."

Here is the official neighborhood division for the city.

http://www.minneapolismn.gov/maps/ab..._neighborhoods

I would avoid the Near North (IE North Minneapolis), avoid Phillips and Powderhorn (IE South Minneapolis), and if you're looking in Loring Park, be sure to stay on the north side of 94.

You might also consider checking out uptown, depending on how old you are. Uptown is the area just east of lake Calhoun (center of uptown is Hennepin & Lake). Uptown has a bit younger crowd than NE Minneapolis. Its a mix of college students and just-out-of-college students while NE Minneapolis tends to be the later twenty-somethings and early thirty-somethings. Uptown has lots of great restaurants and good night life and may be a little more affordable. There are a couple other posters on this board who can give some good advice and chime in too.
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:59 AM
 
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All of the neighborhoods you mentioned are great places to be. Considering you are commuting to Brooklyn Park, I'd try to find a place in the northernmost area (St Anthony/ Northeast area). The North Loop and Loring Park areas are right in the city and, therefore, you may experience more traffic. These two areas, due to their high profile locations, will likely come with a higher price tag as well. I'd definitely focus your search on the St Anthony area because of its ideal location, picturesque views of the city and it's vicinity in relation to local entertainment and great restaurants.
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