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Bancroft is a small but vibrant residential community in South Minneapolis, consisting mostly of single family dwellings built before 1940 that are owner-occupied, sit on tree-lined streets, and are affordably-priced.  Neighborhood commercial services are available along Bloomington Avenue and 38th street and a new Fire Arts Center is in the works in the 38th and Chicago area. For residents who like recreation, Bancroft lies just blocks north of Lake Nokomis, the Hiawatha Golf Course and the scenic Minnehaha Creek. The Bancroft Neighborhood is located just minutes south of downtown Minneapolis with convenient access via Interstate 35W, the Hiawatha Corridor and is also close to the airport and Bloomington via Cedar Avenue.

Boundaries and Zip Code

North: 38th Street
South: 42nd Street
East: Cedar Avenue
West: Chicago Avenue

Zip code: 55407 


The neighborhood was named for Bancroft Elementary School, one of the oldest education buildings still in operation in the Minneapolis School District (built in 1912).  The urban history of the Bancroft Neighborhood dates back to the early teens through the 1930's. In the 1920's, Bancroft residents would hop on the Bloomington or Cedar Avenue street cars to go downtown or to work and services were conveniently located within the neighborhood. 

Housing Styles and Types

Residential blocks in Bancroft are lined with shade trees and boast affordable homes with historic character.  Many homes in the neighborhood were built before the Second World War.


Public Schools:

Charter Schools:

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

Public Facilities

Home Purchase/Home Improvement Incentives

  • The Bancroft Neighborhood Association has worked with TCF Bank to offer low-interest home improvement loans to residents.  For current information about funding availability, interest rates and eligibility requirements contact the BNA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-724-5313.

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

Getting Involved

The Bancroft Neighborhood Association is the official neighborhood organization and offers many ways for residents to get involved.  


  • The Bancroft Neighborhood Association has a neighborhood e-mail list with current events and issues.  To subscribe, send your first name, last name, and email address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • The quarterly Bancroft Banner is distributed to residents in the neighborhood.
  • Southside Pride is a monthly newspaper locally owned and operated in South Minneapolis.


Real Estate Listings

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Bancroft Neighborhood Association
4120 17th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Phone: 612-724-5313
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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