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Old 05-28-2007, 07:28 PM
 
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Hi all,

There is a pretty good chance that my partner and I will be moving to Mpls in late september, or early October. We both work for Trader Joe's, which is looking to open a couple of more locations there. We would like to live in an historic district. We will be renting when we move. We are looking to spend $1200 or less for a 2/3bedroom single family home. or a 2 bdrm loft w/private patio. Okay, first of where are the historic districts in Mpls, and is this a realistic amount to expect to pay for rent--for what I want?

Thank you for any advice you can give us
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Old 05-28-2007, 11:04 PM
 
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The actual districts should be on the city website. Elliot Park will be all brownstones. Close to downtown, the dome, the river. Great bldgs. and especially gay-friendly. Well maintained, but decevingly transient. (that sounded worse than I intended) A generally good area with alot of new development. Marcy-Holmes has alot of students and rentals in old homes. A great location on the river. Close to Saint Anthony/Main Street, Univ, and Downtown. Whittier (around the Mpls. Inst. of Arts) is a great and walkable area. Close to downtown and the buses. A mixture of SFH and old Mpls. brownstones. its as diverse as we can get here. One of my fav. areas. Unfortunately, Mpls is an old city with relatively new buildings. Urban renweal killed alot of the architectural gems here. You'd be hardstruck to find anything built before 1885. Luckily, what we do have left is generally maintained. Heres a fun and interactive map:
Minneapolis Landmarks and Districts Map
Good luck.
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:27 AM
 
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There are a couple threads on the "Minnesota" forum entitle something like "old neighborhoods" or the like. Much has been written there, so I won't repeat all of it.

Bottom line -- you'll have alot to choose from. Some very cool old neighborhoods dating back to the 1800's are scattered all over the area.
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Old 07-30-2007, 03:05 PM
 
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If you will be working in Woodbury, you are only 10 minutes away from Stillwater. It's as historic as it gets, located on the St Croix Historic Riverway. In recent years, a plethora of gorgeous new condos with river views have been built. Great restaurants, antique shops, and not suburbia.
In Stillwater, you are still only 20-30 minutes from downtown St. Paul & Mpls.
Upscale but a great value for the money.

Good Luck
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Old 07-30-2007, 08:34 PM
 
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If you will be working in the eastern suburbs, check out St Paul's historic districts. Cathedral Hill is wonderful. On the East Side is Dayton's Bluff, more ragged but less expensive. Same goes for the West End. All 3 have lots of old Victorians.
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Old 08-03-2007, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Hi all,

There is a pretty good chance that my partner and I will be moving to Mpls in late september, or early October. We both work for Trader Joe's, which is looking to open a couple of more locations there. We would like to live in an historic district. We will be renting when we move. We are looking to spend $1200 or less for a 2/3bedroom single family home. or a 2 bdrm loft w/private patio. Okay, first of where are the historic districts in Mpls, and is this a realistic amount to expect to pay for rent--for what I want?

Thank you for any advice you can give us
Hmmm..."historic" in Minneapolis probably isn't too impressive year-wise, maybe pre-1920 or -1930. Others more familiar with the area can chime in and correct me if I'm wrong.

I recall seeing a lot of very nice, well-maintained older homes around the Minneapolis Institute of Art museum. I don't know how much it costs to live in that area, however.
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Old 08-04-2007, 04:56 AM
 
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You'll be keenly aware of the neo-historic buildings that have taken over the beauty and gandeur of historic buildings. These new edifices are noted for the enormous amount of land they occupy, heavy dept-burden assumed by the contractor, foolish people with money they seek to rent space in them and no sense of style or architecture. However these buildings, called "Condominiums" will eventually become unoccupied as the fickle tenants will have decided to "build a home of their own." And thse "condos" will be vandalized, left to rot or be repurposed as shabby warehouses or low income residents by the City of Minneapolis, which also is in heavy debt.
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