Airstud
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Selecting A Minneapolis Neighborhood

Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:07 am

If I do end up working at Mainframe Ops (like I posted about in my obscurity thread), I would be moving to Minneapolis and working downtown, on 2nd Ave between 3rd and Washington.

What are the nicest residential neighborhoods nearest to this location? I would get an efficiency for the first few months probably, before getting a slightly bigger place, but I'm so unhappy with the scuzziness of my current neighborhood (near Oakland CA) that I have decided I will spend what I need to in order to live in a place that doesn't make me grimace every time I begin my day.

I also don't like long commutes, so if I can stay in the city that would be awesome.

Any Minneapolitans on the board who can help me out with this?

Thanks!!  
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RE: Selecting A Minneapolis Neighborhood

Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:48 am

Hmm, perhaps Uptown MPLS?
 
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RE: Selecting A Minneapolis Neighborhood

Fri Apr 16, 2010 4:20 am

As a former St Paul dweller, there are several nice areas. It will mostly come down to budget. Stillwater is probably my favorite area. But more info on what you are looking for would be helpful. There are many areas that have nice parks. Many of the suburbs have developed thier own "main streets". Public transportation is sparse, so don't plan on that. Stillwater and Hastings are my favorite areas, but the commute might be lengthy for your tastes. North St. Paul is decent, and more centrally located.
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RE: Selecting A Minneapolis Neighborhood

Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:37 am

It depends on what your looking for and how much you want to spend, but moving from CA to MN I would think is going to cost you a bunch less. Lake Harriet neighborhoods are nice, as are the west side of Lake Calhoun with the east side being a little less wealthy, and the Lake of the Isles neighborhood is nice as well from my experience.
 
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RE: Selecting A Minneapolis Neighborhood

Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:59 am

If you are working in downtown Mpls you will want to live in either Uptown, or across the MS river in the vast condo and apartment neighborhoods (St Anthony / Dinkytown) that look back on the river to downtown. Or you could live in downtown itself. Personally I would go across the river, as it's pretty new and attractive over there.
 
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RE: Selecting A Minneapolis Neighborhood

Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:10 am

I'm by no means local to MN, but I visited some friends in December living in Uptown, which seemed like a really nice area. Felt very Scandinavian, and the houses all looked nice and elegant in the snow.
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RE: Selecting A Minneapolis Neighborhood

Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:26 pm

Quoting MoltenRock (Reply 3):
west side of Lake Calhoun

That's where I live right now and I'm much happier over here than when I was living in West Bloomington last year. Have a $950 sq. ft. apartment for $735/mo, which is not a bad deal at all. I'm a mile from Lake Calhoun, 1.5 miles from Uptown and the bus runs right from my apartment to Uptown. 10 minute drive to downtown as well if I didn't want to take a 25 minute bus ride.

It's nice because I can get to Uptown very easily (and I do go there a lot - I was down there last night), but it's a bit quieter and more tranquil, and I don't have to deal with some of the downsides of Uptown (a lot of street parking being the biggest downside).
 
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RE: Selecting A Minneapolis Neighborhood

Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:45 pm

I was looking at Lake Calhoun info online last night and was tempted but thought I mightn't be able to afford it...but heck, here in the Bay Area I'm paying $700 for a one-room basement studio with no kitchen (tabletop convection oven, hot plate)!!

$735 for 950 sq ft - I can do that!!

Oh, I am so excited to have a better living situation for myself; even if it does mean leaving sunny California.

Fortunately, though I love California, I very specifically hate the Bay Area, so leaving here is good overall.
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RE: Selecting A Minneapolis Neighborhood

Sat Apr 17, 2010 12:15 am

Quoting Airstud (Reply 7):
I was looking at Lake Calhoun info online last night and was tempted but thought I mightn't be able to afford it...but heck, here in the Bay Area I'm paying $700 for a one-room basement studio with no kitchen (tabletop convection oven, hot plate)!!

Lake Calhoun itself is pricey, but from where I'm living, it's no more than a 2 minute drive to the Lake (10-15 minute walk, maybe .75 miles away) - I'll take the $300 savings/mo to be .75 miles away. Let me know if you are interested in any of the places - I'm in the wedge in St. Louis Park between Highway 100, Minnetonka Blvd and Highway 7 - there are a ton of apartment complexes in the wedge - I know we've had a lot of specials at our place lately and I've seen signs up at some of the other places as well.
 
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RE: Selecting A Minneapolis Neighborhood

Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:50 am

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 8):
. Let me know if you are interested in any of the places

Definitely interested!! I have about 30 days to pack up and get my butt (and my entire life) over there!!

(Also, I've never set foot in any part of Minnesota outside of the airport) :-/
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