Photo by Stephanie Colgan
a home on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota
You'll find all styles of chic in home and design on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.
With more than 50,000 residents, Minnetonka is one of our largest suburbs. Known for its proximity to and association with Lake Minnetonka, it also boasts nearly 50 parks, more than 80 miles of trails, and a boatload of civic pride. “I feel really fortunate to be in such a positive and caring community,” says Minnetonka High School principal Jeff Erickson. “It’s a community built around culture, respect, and pride. Our school mantra this year has become ‘We are one.’”
Roughly translating to “big water,” the lake was a sacred fishing and hunting area for native tribes. Early settlers to Minnetonka made it the site of the first sawmill west of the Mississippi River in the 1850s. As the population grew, Minnetonka transformed from a township to a village in 1956—its official year of incorporation. Since then, highways, a shopping mall, and large corporations such as Cargill and UnitedHealthcare have made the “village” a bona fide city around that very big water.
Of the more than 22,000 households in the city, nearly 75 percent are owner-occupied. This spring, the median sale price was $295,000 and homes sold on average for 95 percent of the original list price.
SCHOOLS TO NOTE
Hopkins High School
It was Minnesota’s first National School of Excellence, and it has been ranked in the top 5 percent of schools nationally every year since 2005. Its small(ish) size means more opportunity. hopkinsschools.org
Minnetonka High School
Ranked the ninth best high school in the state, Minnetonka High School serves nearly 3,000 students in grades nine through 12. Voters passed a referendum for $5 million annually for classroom technology. minnetonka.k12.mn.us
Orono High School
Some students in Minnetonka attend this public high school, which serves more than 900 students in grades nine through 12. U.S. News & World Report named it the fourth best high school in Minnesota. orono.k12.mn.us
On the National Register of Historic Places, the Burwell House was built by the manager of the mill in 1874. It hosts events and summer tours. 952-939-8219
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
It offers exhibits, classes, camps, and shows, under the community’s belief that arts are integral. minnetonkaarts.org
It has 125 miles of shoreline, millions of big fish, and you can drive your car on it in winter. What’s not to love? lmcd.org