Minneapolis' Calhoun Isle Community Highlights

On the west-central side of Minneapolis, the beautiful Calhoun Isle Community is a dichotomy, with large, lovely, architecturally stunning houses alongside the tree-filled, natural landscapes surrounding the Chain of Lakes. The Calhoun Isle community is best-known for the Uptown district, Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. Few areas of the city are as readily embracing of nature, with parks and trails running throughout the neighborhoods that comprise this community. The juxtaposition of Uptown’s trendiness with the scenic surroundings of the lakes is an unusual pairing indeed. A supply of well-maintained, older homes contributes to the desirability of this community among families, professionals, singles, and retirees alike.

Bryn - Mawr - In the northwest corner of the Calhoun Isle community lays the neighborhood of Bryn Mawr. The borders of the neighborhood include some parkland, with Theodore Wirth Park as the border to the north and west, Basset Creek to the north, Bryn Mawr Meadows to the east, and Cedar Lake Park in the south. The neighborhood was named by the early investors who came to the area, many of whom arrived from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The Bryn Mawr area is an upscale neighborhood, with a high percentage of executives and professionals working out of their homes. The commercial district of Bryn Mawr provides these busy professionals and the rest of the residents with many of their daily needs. Surrounded by parkland, there is plenty of activities and green space available for children and adults alike.

Lowry Hill – In the northeast corner of the Calhoun Isle community is the Lowry Hill neighborhood. Lowry Hill neighborhood is enclosed by I-394 on the north, Interstate 94/Hennepin Avenue on the east, 22nd Street on the south, and Lake of the Isles Parkway, Logan Avenue and Morgan Avenue on the west. This area was named for one of the original residents, Thomas Lowry, who helped to develop the area. The Lowry Hill neighborhood is an artist's paradise, as it is home to the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Lowry Hill is one of the most upscale neighborhoods in the city. Lowry Park has a relatively low population density as compared to most of Minneapolis. As of 2000, about 4,000 people lived in Lowry Park, with a number of business owners also calling this area home. In addition to being a center for the arts, because the area is close to downtown, Lowry Hill is a desirable address, especially for young adults. Lowry Hill is also a great place for families to live.

Lowry Hill East - Lowry Hill East is the neighborhood found to the east and south of Lowry Hill in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This neighborhood was also named after early resident Tomas Lowry. The neighborhood is bounded by Lake Street to the south, Hennepin Avenue to the west, Lyndale Avenue to the east, and Hennepin/Lyndale on the north. This neighborhood is sometimes referred to as "the Wedge" because of its triangular shape. The majority of residents in Lowry Hill East rent, so the neighborhood full of multi-unit homes. Maybe of the houses are original structures built in the early 20th century. In this particular neighborhood, the residential parts of this neighborhood can be found in the center. On the border streets, there are restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutiques. This is a "young" neighborhood, comprised of many singles and fewer families with children. If you're looking for a neighborhood with an active night life, plenty of entertainment, and a fresh outlook, this neighborhood might be for you.

Kenwood – Kenwood is located on the west side of Minneapolis, but in the center of the Calhoun Isle community. The neighborhood’s boundaries are Cedar Lake Park on the west, Kenwood Parkway on the north, West Lake of the Isles on the east, and Kenilworth Place and Lake of the Isles to the south. It is believed that Kenwood obtained its name from the company that developed the 95-acre subdivision that became the neighborhood. The neighborhood of Kenwood features older homes in Victorian, Tudor and Regency styles, many of which were constructed prior to 1940. Many of the homes have been carefully renovated and restored. This neighborhood contains many open spaces, two lakes, parks, and playgrounds. Kenwood is full of hiking and biking trails, with the Cedar Lake Trail, the Kenilworth Trail, and the Kenwood trail, which ends at the Grand Rounds trail that follows the shores of Lake of the Isles. Kenwood’s parks and trails attract residents all year-round.

Cedar - Isles - Dean - The Cedar-Isles-Dean neighborhood is located on the very western edge of the city of Minneapolis. The neighborhood’s main boundaries are Lake Street on the south side, France Avenue on the west side, and the Kenilworth Lagoon and Lake of the Isles on the north and east sides. It takes its name from Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, and Dean Parkway. Dean Parkway was named after A. J. Dean, one of its donors in 1892. Nearby major lakes Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles offer residents many amenities, including plenty of parkland and miles of trails. The Midtown Greenway runs through the neighborhood. Cedar-Isles-Dean is an active and vibrant community.

East Isles - Located on the western side of Minneapolis, and on the eastern side of the Calhoun Isle community. The neighborhood is boardered from 22nd Street East on the north, Lake Street East on the south, Hennepin Avenue on the east, and the lake shores and Knox Avenue South on the west and southwest. The neighborhood’s name reflects the small islands in the Lake of the Isles. This lake and Lake Calhoun are some of the most popular recreational destinations in Minneapolis. The Midtown Greenway runs through the southern part of the neighborhood. It connects with Hiawatha Avenue on the east and the city limits on the west. The neighborhood housing stock is comprised of a mix of traditional brownstones and new construction single family residences.

CARAG – CARAG stands for Calhoun Area Residents Action Group. This neighborhood can be found in the southeastern portion of the Calhoun Isle community. It is bordered by Lake Street on the north, West 36th Street to the south, Hennepin Avenue to the west, and Lyndale Avenue to the east. CARAG is a well established and maintained neighborhood, with 75% of its homes constructed before 1920. There is also a mix of service and retail businesses. CARAG is well known for its involvement in the Uptown area and Lyn Lake businesses.

East Calhoun (ECCO) - East Calhoun is located in the southeastern portion of the Calhoun-Isle community. The neighborhood is bordered by Lake Street on the north, 36th Street on the south, Hennepin Avenue to the east, and Lake Calhoun makes up the western border. As part of the Uptown area, the East Calhoun neighborhood offers shops, cafes, coffee shops, theater, dining, and outdoor recreation. A diverse mix of residents and tourists keep this neighborhood thriving. The housing is comprised of single family homes, multifamily homes, apartments, and condominiums. There is a fairly balanced ratio of new residents and long time residents, which allows this neighborhood to retain it atmosphere.

West Calhoun – The West Calhoun neighborhood is located on the western edge of the Calhoun-Isles community. It is bounded by France Avenue, Lake Street, Lake Calhoun and 36th Street. The name of the lake, and the surrounding neighborhoods and communities, was named after the secretary of war during 1817, John C. Calhoun. He was also a congressman, a senator, a secretary of state, and finally, a vice president. This area is full of upper middle class homes. The neighborhood is great for families, professionals, singles and retirees alike.

The homes around the lakes are tend to be mansions in modern and contemporary, Queen Anne, Tudor revival, Arts and Crafts, American Four-square, and Neoclassical styles. The rest of the neighborhood is comprised of unique and often historic houses. The residential sections in the heart of Uptown tend to be rentals, duplexes, converted brownstones, and luxury condos. In June 2007, the average home sales price for a single family home or condo in the Calhoun Isles community of Minneapolis was about $442,380. Condo, apartment, and loft prices start out at around $70,000. Single family homes start out at around $150,000 at their lowest and can go as high as over $4,000,000.

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