Minnetonka, Minnesota, is a city in Hennepin County. Minnetonka is 12 miles west of Minneapolis, located just inside the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Minnetonka has proud reputation as a city known for preserving it natural resources. The residents of this city have access to 42 community parks, more than 40 miles of trails, and more than 1,000 acres of public open space. Click to Read More
There are a variety of Minnetonka Mn homes, both new and old. Plantation style colonials, stone castles, Victorians, Greek Revivals, along with popular newer styles. A majority of the homes in Minnetonka were built after 1980. There are properties available both off the lake and on the lake. Most housing is single-family homes, with very few town homes or duplexes available. Approximately 76% of housing in Minnetonka is owner-occupied.
The word "Minnetonka" comes from the Dakota Indian mni tanka and it means "great water." The natural scenery of Minnetonka includes mature trees, flora and fauna filled wetlands, and rolling prairies. Since the mid-1800s Minnetonka has evolved from heavily wooded wilderness through extensive farming and thriving industrialization to its present primarily residential suburban character. Minnetonka continues to be home to many major corporate headquarters, including Carlson Companies and Cargill, Inc. Residents enjoy shopping at Ridgedale Center. A solid economic base, including the Opus Center, a large mixed-use development of office, light industrial, hotel, and residential areas, provides employment opportunities within the city.
Minnetonka is covered by three school districts. The students in the central and eastern portions of the city go to Hopkins School District. On the west side, students attend the Minnetonka School District. Students in the northern portions of town attend the Wayzata School District. There are also private schools from which to choose.
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