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CARAG is a distinctive and exciting city neighborhood located just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes- including Lake Calhoun which is within walking distance. The neighborhood includes a mix of single family homes, small and large apartment buildings, churches, a park and small businesses. The CARAG area is well known because part of the community lies within the trendy Uptown and Lyn Lake business nodes—giving residents and visitors many opportunities to eat and shop at unique establishments as well as visit art and theater spaces.

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Boundaries and Zip Code

CARAG, which stands for Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (the name of the neighborhood association), is located in South Minneapolis.

North: Lake Street
South: 36th Street
East: Lyndale Avenue
West: Hennepin Avenue

Zip code: 55408

History

CARAG is well established with three-fourths of its homes built before 1920. CARAG, along with the other neighborhoods of the Calhoun-Isles community, was established as a suburb of Minneapolis with residential development following the streetcar.

Housing Styles and Types

Most of CARAG’s homes were built before the Second World War, in a variety of housing styles including Foursquares, Arts and Crafts, and other period-revival styles. The neighborhood also has a mix of multi-unit properties available for rent and sale including low-rise townhouse style buildings, duplexes, historic apartment buildings, and new construction.

Public Facilities

  • Bryant Square Recreation Center—offers year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages.
  • Bryant Square Park--Come to the park in the summer to cool off in the wading pool and warm up in the winter with a hockey game or ice skating on a rink established in 1913. POPS (Public Outdoor Performance Space) is a small amphitheatre located in a natural hillside south of the recreation center.

Home Purchase/Home Improvement Incentives

CARAG Home Improvement Programs include:

CARAG is not taking new applications for these programs, as waiting lists currently exist.

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

Getting Involved

  • Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) is the official neighborhood organization and offers many opportunities for residents to get involved in community life.
  • Lyn-Lake Business Association—exists to enhance business relationships and activity in the Lyndale Avenue and Lake Street area of South Minneapolis.
  • Uptown Association--is a nonprofit trade association, which promotes Uptown as a safe, prosperous, accessible, attractive, well-maintained and environmentally responsible commercial and residential area.

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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.

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



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“I joke with my friends that Seward is like NYC. There’s international cuisine, corner stores, a live music hot spot, a co-op, a clay center & gallery, a playwrights’ center, a gym, a bagel shop, and even a bowling alley…We border the Mississippi-who needs Central Park when you can jog along the river?”

- Matt
Seward neighborhood, Minneapolis

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