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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,...

The streets of the Twin Cities are lined with green gold

Those who live in or visit the Twin Cities probably have seen how many trees we have along our streets, avenues and boulevards. 

Recently, a first-of-its-kind study was completed that used high-resolution satellite technology to analyze the tree canopy of the Twin Cities. The study was carried out by a team of University of Minnesota researchers. High-resolution satellite technology was used to examine Minneapolis from above on a clear and cloudless day, recording and analyzing how much tree cover there, down to each individual property.

They study estimated Minneapolis' overall tree coverage to be 31.5%, higher than previous estimates using less precise methods. In St. Paul, the canopy cover rate was 32.5%.

Minneapolis' estimated 979,000 trees offer many benefits, including:

  • Cleaning the air
  • Sucking up water that would otherwise flood stormwater pipes
  • Increase the attractiveness of homes
  • Drive up property values
  • Reducing the need for cooling during hot summer days by providing shade

"In terms of energy conservation, it doesn't get any easier than planting a tree on the west side of your house if you can," [Minneapolis project coordinator June Mathiowetz] said.

The Lynnhurst neighborhood off the southeast shore of Lake Harriet had the most urban tree cover. Nearly 49% of its area is covered, which includes a portion of Minnehaha Creek. Other neighborhoods that rank high for shadiness have residential lots and extensive parkways, mostly along Minnehaha Creek in southern Minneapolis, West River Road, and along the city's western border.

The research will be helpful in multiple ways. The study shows gaps in the urban tree cover, which could help city planners and foresters target areas in need of improvement or develop low-cost programs to encourage more saplings on private land. It also provides a useful benchmark...

What $239,900 Buys in Minneapolis MN

Here is MLS # 4011520

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This charming single-family house is located at 4137 Harriet Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This two-story home was constructed in 1913 in the Kingfield neighborhood of the city. It has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 1,100-square-feet of space.

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This home features a bright, open floor plan with coved ceilings, newly finished hardwood floors, and new furnace & central A/C! It also has a detached 2 car garage.

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Just a short walk from Lake Harriet, this house could be yours for $239,900!

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July Minneapolis Parks & Community News

It’s another update of important information about Minneapolis and its parks. Let’s get straight to it!

Got a new boulevard tree? It’s been warm and dry and they are probably very thirsty! According to the National Weather Service, a significant part of east central Minnesota, including most of the metro area is suffering from severe drought. May was the driest month on record and June did not produce enough rainfall, so it is important to water their young trees, especially those planted on boulevards.

This spring the MPRB’s Forestry Division planted over 4,000 trees citywide to replace trees that have been lost due to storms, Dutch elm disease and other causes. Hopefully by now forestry crews have completed the first two waterings and placed wood chips at the base of each tree. After this point, watering new boulevard trees is the responsibility of the property owner. It’s best to water them once or twice a week to maintain a healthy new tree, unless it rains one inch or more. Please consult this Minneapolis Parks link for the proper way to water and care for these trees.

Next, residents would probably like to know that B.F. Nelson Park was named a winner in the 2009 Minnesota Chapter of the American Landscape Architects (MASLA) Awards Program. The park, currently under development, received the “Unbuilt Works” Award. You can read more about the award and the park here.

In 2008 Mill Ruins Park received an Honor Award in the Public Landscape Design Award from MASLA. The park showcases the excavated and stabilized ruins of mills and canals along St. Anthony Falls that made Minneapolis the world’s flour-milling capital.

Pre-registrations for the 3rd Annual Minneapolis Bike Tour set for Sunday, Sept. 20, are now being accepted online at www.minneapolisbiketour.com. Parkways and roadways along the 14- and 37-mile routes will be closed to motorized...

Twin Cities Lawn & Gardening Events & Classes

If you're really feeling the itch in your green thumb, there are some events and classes coming up you might want to know about, starting with one happening tonight. All of these Twin Cities events can be found and registered for at the Minneapolis Community Education website (these were under Gardening):

Low Input Lawn Care. Reduce the use of lawn care products, water, time and labor involved in maintaining a healthy lawn. The cost to attend it $15 and it is occurring at the Winnetka Learning Center, 7940 55th Avenue N. in New Hope, MN. It is taking place on Tuesday, April 14, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Creating a Landscape Plan for Your Home. This is a six-session class that costs between $110 and $130 and requires advanced registration. The first session takes place at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive in Chaska, MN, on April 16 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Managing Yard Waste and Composting. Pretty self-explanatory. The price is $15. It takes place at the Plymouth Middle School at 10011 36th Av. N. in Plymouth, MN on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 pm.

Native Ferns for Our Gardens and Landscapes. Tom Bittinger of Midwest Native Ferns will speak at the Twin Cities Chapter Wild Ones meeting. This free event takes place on Tuesday, April 21 from 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm at the Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Dr. in Richfield, MN.

Pruning and Care for Trees and Shrubs. Again, pretty straighforwrd. It costs $15 and takes place at Lake Harriet, 4912 Vincent Av. S in Minneapolis, MN. The class occurs on April 22 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Raving About Rain Gardens. Learn how to start a rain garden. Reservations required. It takes place on Wednesday, April 22, at 6:30 pm and the cost is $19. The place to be is Burnsville High School, 600 E. Hwy. 13 in Burnsville, MN. (See Also: Green Thumbs for Blue Lakes)
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Greening Minnesota - April

I told you there would be a new Greening Minnesota edition for April early in the month. It's a good thing too, because there are some events coming up that you should know about if you're interested in learning more about sustainable living. Let's get right into it.

There doesn't appear to be a lot of information on it, but there is apparently a Green Event and Expo tomorrow, Monday April 6.  The information I do have is that Sandra Nussbaum, a waste abatement specialist with Hennepin County Environmental Services, will discuss how to reduce, reuse, recycle in your home or business and visitors will be able to see exhibits, demonstrations and more. Sounds like a Green Event and Expo to me!

The next events take place in honor of Earth Day! Mark your calendars for the 15th Annual Earth Day Watershed Cleanup on Saturday, April 18, and the second annual Recycle Run around Lake Harriet on Sunday, April 19.

The Earth Day Watershed Cleanup will be held from 9:30 a.m.-noon on April 18, at 41 cleanup sites located throughout Minneapolis. Volunteers are welcome to participate and no pre-registration is required, but for groups of 20 people or more please contact Arik Rudolph at 612-230-6484. The 2008 event at 36 locations drew over 2,800 volunteers who gathered over 22,500 pounds of trash.

The Recycle Run around Lake Harriet takes place on Sunday, April 19. It features a 5K Run and a Kids’ Half Mile Run. Presented by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis, benefits future Minneapolis Earth Day Watershed Cleanup efforts. In 2008 over 450 runners took part in the event.

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Twin Cities Real Estate Events - April

Twin Cities Real Estate Events

People who visit the Lake Home and Cabin Show this weekend will learn about resources for buying, building, decorating or remodeling a second home. Seminars will be given on topics such as "Cabinology 101" by author Dale Mulfinger, landscaping, lake home design and buying a log home. This even takes place from 2 to 9 p.m. on April 3, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 4, and from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 5 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S. The cost is $10 for adults and apparently $4 for children ages 5-15. Call 612-335-6000 or visit http://www.lakehomeandcabinshow.com

Don't miss the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase this weekend, sponsored by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. Remodelers will showcase their latest projects. Tour more than 80 remodeled homes in 33 communities in the Twin Cities metro area and beyond. Tours are free, except it does cost $5 to tour of one home in North Oaks. It takes place from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, April 3, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday April 4, and 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday April 5. http://www.paradeofhomes.org/

Topics at Buying a Home in Today's Market include mortgages, hiring a real estate agent and when to buy. In case your schedule is busy, this event takes place multiple times, at 6:30 to 8 p.m. on April 14, 21, 28 and May 5 at Minneapolis Community Education, Southwest High School, 3414 W. 47th St. The cost to attend is $25. Call 612-668-3100 for information.

The subject matter of Finding and Buying Your First Home includes choosing a mortgage, first-time home buyer programs, government loans and negotiating the best price in a buyer's market, like we’re experiencing right now. This program takes place from 6:30 to 9...

February Real Estate Related Events in the Twin Cities

February real estate events in the Twin Cities

Buying Foreclosed and Short-Sale Properties. Topics at this event will include how to find deals in the foreclosure market and then negotiate with the bank. This class for first time home buyers or experienced investors alike will be held on February 17 from. 7 to 9 p.m. at Minneapolis Community Education, Pratt Elementary School, 66 Malcolm Av. SE. The price is $15. 612-668-1100.

Buying a Duplex as an Investment. Topics here will include tax benefits of owning rental property, how to evaluate property, and protecting yourself as a landlord. The price for this event is $15 and it will be held on February 18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Minneapolis Community Education, Anwatin Middle School, 256 Upton Av. S. 612-668-2470.

Buying a Home: Special Programs. This is an overview of home-buyer programs that include down-payment and closing-cost assistance. It will be held on February 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minneapolis Community Education, Roosevelt High School, 4029 28th Av. S. The cost to attend is $15. 612-668-4828.

Buying Distressed Properties. Here, you can learn from Minneapolis nonprofit organization RPG what you need to know about buying homes that are vacant, boarded or condemned. This class is for the purchase of owner-occupied homes and is not for investors. This free event will be held on February 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Minneapolis Community Education, Henry High School, 4320 Newton Av. N. 612-668-1922.

How to Sell a Home for More Money. Everyone selling a house in this market wants that, right? At this event, learn about staging, home improvements and other ways to make buyers want your home over the competition. This event will be held on February...

Minneapolis Southwest Community Highlights

The Southwest Community of Minneapolis consists of several neighborhoods loosely bordered on the north by 36th Street and on the east by Interstate 35W, with city limits serving as western and southern boundaries. 

Linden Hills – In the northwest corner of Southwest Minneapolis is the upscale, well-developed Linden Hills neighborhood.  Linden Hills is bound on the north by 36th Street West and Lake Calhoun, on the east by William Berry Drive and Lake Harriet, on the south by 47th Street West, and on the west by France Avenue.  Linden Hills is one of the larger neighborhoods in Minneapolis. The neighborhood was named after the linden trees and rolling hills that can be found in the area.

Linden Hills first was developed during the 1880s to lure homebuyers into leave downtown for homes on Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. Since that time, most of the original cottages have been replaced by a number of home types, like ramblers, colonials, Tudors, and bungalows. The Lake Harriet-Como Streetcar line passes through the neighborhood between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun.

Often referred to as “a small town in the City,” Linden Hills has excellent housing opportunities, interesting boutique shops, unique restaurants, and a variety of parks with many amenities.  The Linden Hills shopping district can be found at 43rd & Upton, offering an eclectic mix of shopping and eating venues which can’t be found any where else. The Linden Hills Co-op offers grocery alternatives and Great Harvest Bread Company has been a landmark in the community for years.  Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun are an easy walk from nearly anywhere within the neighborhood. The lakes provide a variety of activities, like swimming, sailing, and walking or biking ride along paths that connect to the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway.

East Harriet – To the east of Linden Hills, one...

Twin Cities Home Related October Events

Presented by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, the 60th Parade of Homes is still in full swing.  Take a tour of 497 model homes in 105 communities throughout the Twin Cities area. The homes range from a $119,900 townhouse in Cambridge to a $3.5 million house in Wayzata. You can take the tour between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through October 5. Taking the tour is free with the exception of a $5 charitable donation to the two Dream Homes. Guidebooks are available at Twin Cities Holiday station stores and at www.paradeofhomes.org. 651-697-1954.

Finding and buying your first home. Topics include choosing a mortgage, first-time home buyer programs, government loans and negotiating the best price in a buyer's market. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6. $15. Minneapolis Community Education, Henry High School, 4320 Newton Av. N. 612-668-1922.

How to sell a home for more money. Learn about staging, home improvements and other ways to make buyers want your home. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6. $15. Minneapolis Community Education, Lake Harriet, 4912 Vincent Av. S. 612-668-3330.

Landlord tenant rights. Learn the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants. Cosponsored by Minneapolis Housing Services. 7 p.m. Oct. 7. $15. Minneapolis Community Education, Roosevelt, 4029 28th Av. S. 612-668-4828.

First time buyer. Overview of steps to take to buy a new home, includes finding a home, mortgages and hiring a Realtor. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21. $23. Minneapolis Community Education, Southwest, 3414 W. 47th St. 612-668-3100.

Buying foreclosed and short-sale properties. Topics include how to find deals in the foreclosure market and negotiate with banks. For first-time buyers or experienced investors. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8. $15. Minneapolis Community Education, Henry High School, 4320 Newton Av. N. 612-668-1922.

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