Downtown Living Print

Are you looking for the excitement of entertainment, culture, and restaurants on your doorstep? Want to roll out of bed and be at your downtown job in minutes—without having to park a car? Is your idea of a front yard the Mississippi riverfront and its miles of walking, biking, and jogging paths? Looking for a high-amenity, low-maintenance lifestyle?

If you answered yes to any of these, downtown living could be just your ticket!


Bustling Community

Both Minneapolis and Saint Paul have thriving downtown residential populations, with more than 30,000 residents in downtown Minneapolis and more than 12,000 in downtown Saint Paul. As a result of this growth, grocery stores, cafes, and other neighborhood amenities are cropping up in downtown neighborhoods.

Housing options abound downtown. You can find for-sale and rental opportunities in:

  • Historic buildings and warehouses that have been adapted and renovated into lofts and condos.

  • Sleek, modern, newly constructed condo and apartment buildings.

  • New town home and condominium communities nestled along the riverfront.

Downtown neighborhoods in Minneapolis include: Downtown East and West, North Loop, Loring Park, Elliot Park, Saint Anthony West, and Nicollet Island/East Bank.

Downtown neighborhoods in Saint Paul include: Downtown, Lowertown, Irvine Park, Upper Landing, and Capitol Heights.

Green and Convenient

Downtown living makes it easier to walk more and drive less. With shops, entertainment, and workplaces just blocks away, it’s easy to skip the car trip. Sidewalks and skyways are complimented by a large network of bus routes and an expanding rail system. Both downtowns are also served by Hour Car—the Twin Cities car-sharing service where cars are available by the hour. The Twin Cities are also now serviced by Nice Ride - self-service bike rental stations conveniently located throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul are home to some of the cities’ most loved parks and natural resources. The Mississippi River winds its way through both downtowns and its banks are home to jogging trails, parkland, and scenic vistas. In Saint Paul, Rice and Mears Parks are downtown jewels where you’ll find residents, workers, and visitors relaxing, eating, or enjoying one of Saint Paul’s many festivals or events. In Minneapolis, Gold Medal Park and Mill Ruins Park are matchless spots for exploring the city’s history and admiring the power of Saint Anthony Falls on the Mississippi.

Convenient, exciting, diverse, and green—that’s downtown living—MSP style!

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