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Prospect Park residents enjoy its urban village feel--a small town in the big city--where it is easy to walk to: work, recreation, shopping, and community meetings & events. Winding, tree-lined streets where no two homes are alike make this neighborhood a treasure that attracts a variety of residents. Residents of Prospect Park are diverse, individualistic, community-minded, and politically active. The neighborhood is home to Luxton Park and Recreation Centers, Tower Hill Park and Water Tower, many small passive green spaces, and Pratt Elementary School; and it is adjacent to the University of Minnesota, close to both downtowns (10 minutes each by car and 20 minutes by bus), and within walking distance of dining, shopping, services, and other attractions along University Avenue.


Boundaries and Zip Code

North: Railroad tracks and the Southeast Industrial area
South: Mississippi River
East: boundary with the City of Saint Paul at Emerald Street
West: University of Minnesota at Oak Street

Zip code: 55414

Neighborhood Voices

Prospect Park: A hilly, woodsy hamlet just minutes from both downtowns. Prospect Park residents enjoy living in what's considered one of Minneapolis' best-kept secrets. Winding, tree-lined streets where no two homes are alike make this neighborhood a treasure that attracts a variety of residents.


The neighborhood was platted as the Prospect Park subdivision in 1885 by developer Louis Menage. By late 19th century, Prospect Park was a Minneapolis suburb connected to the city by a streetcar line.

Housing Styles and Types

The neighborhood is known for its distinctive and unique homes, holding the distinction of having the highest percentage of architect-designed homes in the city. Homes range from 1880s Victorians to early modernist homes with apartments and other rental properties scattered throughout the neighborhood and new condominium development located near the neighborhood’s border with Saint Paul.


Public Schools:

For more information on Minneapolis schools, visit Live MSP's Schools page.

Public Facilities

  • Luxton Park—offers a wading pool, playgrounds, athletic fields and walking paths. The park also features a small raised garden bed for hands-on educational gardening activities for youth
  • Luxton Recreation Center—offers a variety of recreational opportunities for all ages.
  • East River Parkway and its trails are part of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway
  • Textile Center of Minnesota—hosts exhibitions, education programs and textile arts resources.

Home Purchase/Home Improvement Incentives

For information about other incentive programs that may be available in this neighborhood, visit Live MSP's Incentive Programs page.

Getting Involved



Real Estate Listings

Search Realtor.com for listings. You can search for properties by either clicking on the map or entering the neighborhood name or zip code (noting that zip code boundaries span multiple neighborhoods) into the search bar.

LiveNearYourWork.net features property listings for the neighborhoods within the University District Partnership Alliance (Prospect Park, Marcy-Holmes, Southeast Como, and Cedar-Riverside.)

OwnAHomeMN.org—Check here for listings of affordable homes sold by community developers. Note: not all neighborhoods have listings.


Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association (PPERRIA)
66 SE Malcolm Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Web/Email: www.pperr.org
Phone: 612-331-2970

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“I love being able to walk down the street a block and find a bakery, four restaurants, a co-op for fresh food, and great bus service to get me where I am going. My family was able to downsize to one car because of our great transportation access.”

- Steve
Summit-University neighborhood, Saint Paul

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