Newcomers' Articles

Discovering a New Neighborhood

We've created a list of luxury and concierge-style living options in the area.

Relocating can be overwhelming, especially in Minnesota, where we have not one, but two large metropolitan communities. With that in mind, we’ve created a list of luxury and concierge-style living options in the area.

Downtown Minneapolis

Suits and ties are the name of the game in downtown Minneapolis. As a buzzing business district, it’s heavily populated with restaurants and bars, hotels, and blockbuster stores such as Macy’s and Target.

222 Hennepin Apartments, 222 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-344-4000, (opening August 2013)

Eitel Building City Apartments, 1367 Willow St., Mpls., 888-837-1675,

The Loring Vue, 415 Oak Grove St., Mpls., 877-333-6058, (opening soon)

The Nic on Fifth, 465 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., (opening summer 2014)

North Loop

With its mix of lofts, galleries, design studios, and local landmarks, the North Loop is to Minneapolis what SoHo is to New York City: chic, modern, and undenialably urbane.

Dock Street Flats, 337 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-252-8558, (opening December 2013)

Brunsfield North Loop, 915 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-339-9898,

ElseWarehouse, 730 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-436-0804,

Heritage Landing, 415 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-341-0499,

Solhavn Apartments, 815 N. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-643-5215, (opening August 2013)

SoltvĂ„, 701 N. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-643-5225,

Mill District

Defined by iconic Grain Belt, Gold Medal, and Pillsbury flour signs, the Mill District—located on the Mississippi riverfront—offers a mix of culture and nature with landmarks such as the Guthrie Theater, Gold Medal Park, and Mill City Museum.

Mill & Main, 501 SE Main St., Mpls., 612-843-5555, (opening June 2013)

Mill District City Apartments, 225 Portland Ave., Mpls., 888-375-2322,


Cross the Hennepin Avenue Bridge and you’ll be in Northeast—or “Nordeast”—Minneapolis, where skyscrapers are replaced by boutique stores and there’s a bar on every corner.

The Landings at Silver Lake Village, 2551 38th Ave. NE, St. Anthony, 888-876-2515,

Stone Arch Apartments, 601/701 SE Main St., Mpls., 612-331-8100,


Uptown Minneapolis thrives as an ever-changing business and residential district. One minute you’re on the beach of Lake Calhoun and the next you’re shopping eclectic retailers or catching a movie at the historic Lagoon Cinema.

1800 Lake on Calhoun, 1800 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-824-2300,

Blue, 2922 Aldrich Ave. S., Mpls., 612-349-2900,

Calhoun Beach Club Apartments, 2900 Thomas Ave. S., Mpls., 952-807-0581,

Elan Uptown, 2837 Dupont Ave. S., Mpls., 877-650-3526, (opening summer 2013)

Track 29 City Apartments, 2743 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-872-0029, (opening spring 2013)

St. Paul

St. Paul is chock-full of historic charm and culture. Home to our state’s capitol, the Twin Cities’ other half features popular concert venue and hockey arena Xcel Energy Center, science and children’s museums, as well as more than 52,000 theater seats.

740 River Drive, 740 Mississippi River Blvd. S., St. Paul, 651-698-8866,

808 Berry Place, 808 Berry St., St. Paul, 888-863-0852,

Lofts at Farmers Market, 260 E. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-756-1978,

The Penfield, 101 E. 10th St., St. Paul, 612-455-0202, (opening fall 2013)

River Crossing 1735 Graham Ave., St. Paul, 877-839-2811,

St. Louis Park

Primarily a residential area, St. Louis Park has a healthy mix of housing, restaurants, and retail businesses. Its location just outside of Minneapolis makes for an easy trip to many Twin Cities amenities, such as the Chain of Lakes and downtown theater district.

36 Park, 3601 Park Center Blvd., St. Louis Park, 888-824-2712,

Avana on Seven, 7450 Hwy. 7, St. Louis Park, 877-850-0218,

The Ellipse, 3920 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-915-3900,

Excelsior & Grand, 3820 Grand Way, St. Louis Park, 952-285-6000,


If you’re looking for lake-style living, Minnetonka is the way to go. Don’t miss the neighboring town of Excelsior, where you’ll find boutiques and waterfront restaurants, or Ridgedale Mall, which is currently expanding to include a Nordstrom.

Claremont Apartments, 10745 Smetana Rd., Minnetonka, 952-936-9727,

The Woodlands of Minnetonka, 10275 Greenbrier Rd., Minnetonka, 952-593-1475,


More than 40 award-winning public parks and a seasonal aquatic center are some of the big draws of family-friendly Edina. The city also boasts two great shopping districts: the Galleria and Southdale Center, our nation’s first indoor mall.

5000 France Condominiums, 5000 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-767-2888,

The Durham, 7201 York Ave. S., Edina, 952-835-4320,

The Edina Towers, 6400 Barrie Rd., Edina, 952-925-1040,

Eden Prairie

Consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in America by Money Magazine, Eden Prairie is known for great schools, safe streets, and plenty of lakes and parks for recreation.

The Bluffs at Nine Mile Creek, 7475 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie, 888-681-1210,

Watertower Apartments, 12300 Singletree Ln., Eden Prairie, 800-448-1909,


Bloomington is the heart of the beast for suburbanites. Employing more than 90,000 people, it’s a business mecca. And then there’s Mall of America . . .

Genesee Apartments & Townhomes, 8055 Penn Ave., Bloomington, 612-235-4462,


Located just 15 minutes from downtown St. Paul, Woodbury is one of the state’s fastest growing communities. The residential area is connected by 130 miles of trails and surrounded by more than 3,000 acres of parkland.

Uptown at CityWalk, 10300 City Walk Dr., Woodbury, 651-538-4352,

Woodbury Park at City Centre, 2150 Vining Dr., Woodbury, 866-285-4427,


Nestled in the bluffs of the St. Croix River, Stillwater is one of Minnesota’s oldest towns. It’s even got that quaint town feel with plenty of antique shops.

Stillwater Mills on Main, 350 N. Main St., Stillwater, 651-225-4200,

Elk River

Elk River prides itself on a small community lifestyle and atmosphere. But with easy access to major highways and interstates, it’s also a quick drive to the Twin Cities.

Granite Shores, 633 Main St., Elk River, 763-441-1869,


Related Features

Best of the Twin Cities
The best stuff in town: the brand-new, the tried-and-true, and old-school trends that are hot again.

Woman in a black and white dress holding shopping bags
Find shops, spas, boutiques, blow dry bars, gifts, jewelry, shoes, lingerie, vintage, and more.