Linden Hills & Fulton Neighborhoods of Minneapolis

The Linden Hills and Fulton neighborhoods are two of the best locations to live in all the Twin Cities. Aside from only being minutes away from both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, the area sits in close proximity to the international airport and the Mall of America – and because the neighborhood is on the west side of the metro, it’s only a short drive to the scenic Lake Minnetonka. And on that note, the area itself has plenty of outdoor space that feels anything but urban.

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Near the Linden Hills and Fulton neighborhoods sit plenty of bodies of water worth spending time around – Minnehaha Creek, Lake Calhoun, Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles and Lake Harriet are all in close proximity. These options are a godsend for anyone who appreciates the outdoors, loves a good beach or water activities.

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Minnehaha Creek is one can’t miss spot in the area, flowing 22 miles east through many Minneapolis suburbs. The creek flows into the gorgeous Minnehaha Falls, a huge attraction in the Minneapolis area. The 53-foot high waterfall is a beautiful escape for the urban life that surrounds the area.

There are also many fantastic parks in the area. Residents can chose from Utley Park, York Park, Arden Park, Wooddale Park, Pamela Park, and more. Minneapolis is an ever-growing city,...

Photo Friday - FlatPak House

Inspired by the Minnesota State Fair's EcoHouse, this week's Photo Friday installment is about the FlatPak House at the Walker / Minneapolis Art Sculpture Garden. It's plaque reads:

FlatPak is a modular prefabricated system for architecture designed by Minneapolis-based Lazor Office. This one-story, one-room version of FlatPak was originally commissioned as a display space and has been modified to serve as a visitor center and education area

Short and sweet. So let's talk a little bit more about what a FlatPak house is.

FlatPak is a pre-engineered modular home design system. Using a "menu" of components, the FlatPak system allows home builders to create a variety of unique custom layout designs. In fact, because everything from concrete to glass can be chosen by the future-owner, each FlatPak is an unique custom home.

At the same time, these custom designed houses have the environmental benefits of being sustainable. FlatPak plans start with the foundations designed specially to prevent further damage to the earth. Plans end with eco-friendly finishes and accents. This sustainability, coupled with an endless combination of components to create the home, are making FlatPak more and more popular. FlatPak homes have began to pop up across the nation and are now available in Canada.

The "menu" options for these homes are so vast, there are ways to construct them pretty much anywhere, like on a river bluff or by the lake or just a regular city lot and the homes are suitable for any climate.

And like Minnesota State Fair EcoHouse, FlatPaks are homegrown. Minnesota architect Charles Lazor is their creator. Like any custom built home, the price of a FlatPak house varies depending on a number of factors but...