Twin Cities house hunters may not know that there is affordable housing as well as plenty of parks, new restaurants and other amenities to be found in north Minneapolis' Camden and Northeast communities. A group of residents has been working to change that perception by starting a grass-roots neighborhood campaign called Get to NOMI to attract prospective buyers by promoting the area's positive attributes. NOMI stands for North Minneapolis.
Joel Breeggemann, co-founder of Get to NOMI and a home owner in the Webber-Camden neighborhood, says "We want to show people that these neighborhoods are just as desirable as others in Minneapolis and St. Paul."
The group has organized a Valentine's Day, self-guided tour of 20 houses currently on the market in several north Minneapolis neighborhoods. The homes are a mix of foreclosures and owner-occupied residences that range in price from $99,000 to $249,000.
"It's a perfect opportunity to scoop up deals that are still available," Breeggemann said.
The homes are available for the tour from Noon to 3 p.m. on February 14. There is also a "Meet and Greet" being held before the tour where interested buyers can talk to residents. That is taking place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 42nd Avenue Station coffee shop, 4171 Lyndale Av. N. This is also the location to pick up tour maps.