Whittier is an active, urban residential neighborhood known as the “International Neighborhood.” With more than 15,000 residents representing 30 countries and more than 25 languages, diversity becomes community in Whittier. Reflecting its population, Whittier offers an eclectic mix of ethnic dining and shopping along “Eat Street” (Nicollet Avenue), as well as cultural and artistic experiences. Whittier is home to the internationally recognized Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), the award winning Children's Theatre, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and other performance venues such as the Jungle Theater and Old Arizona. In Whittier, residents have access to the amenities of an independent and colorful neighborhood while remaining minutes from downtown, with convenient access to the Midtown Greenway bike/pedestrian corridor and mass transit service.
Boundaries and Zip Code
North: Franklin Avenue
Named for the poet John Greenleaf Whittier, the Whittier neighborhood began its modern history in 1849. Whittier was first established by and home to some of the founding fathers and legendary figures of Minneapolis, including the first Mayor of Minneapolis, Dorilus Morrison, and the Charles Alfred Pillsbury and William Drew Washburn families. Some of the prominent single family homes gave way to urban renewal in the1960s; however, the Washburn Fair Oaks Historic District and many of the homes along Pillsbury and Pleasant Avenues remain as a reminder of the early development of the neighborhood.
For more information on the Whittier neighborhood history, visit www.whittieralliance.org
Housing Styles and Types
Whittier offers a diverse mix of architectural styles, with housing ranging from grand mansions built for the prominent families, brownstone row houses, modest wood frame homes of the early 1900s, and a variety of apartment buildings from the 1920 and the 1960-70s. The neighborhood housing exemplifies the mix of architectural styles that existed during the late 19th and early 20th Century.
For more information on Minneapolis schools, visit Live MSP's Schools page.
Home Purchase/Home Improvement Incentives
For more information about other incentive programs that may be available in this neighborhood, visit Live MSP's Incentive Programs page.
The Whittier Alliance
Lyn-Lake Business Association
American Association of University Women
Nicollet Avenue Business Association
The Whittier Alliance updates and maintains a Google Event Calendar, with a listing of neighborhood events and meetings, available at: www.whittieralliance.org/calendar.html
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.