NENA Quick Facts
County: Hennepin
Population: 14416
Size: 3.43 sq mi
Median Home Price: $254500
Average Rent Price: $1584
Commute to Mpls: 10 minutes
Commute to StP: 22 minutes
Utilities
Electricity: Xcel Energy
Natural Gas: Centerpoint Energy
Garbage / Recycle: City
Water: City
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NENA Overview
The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association is made up of four different south Minneapolis neighborhoods, which are Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park and Wenonah. The location of NENA is what makes these neighborhoods unique. They are surrounded by the Mississippi River, Lake Nokomis and Lake Hiawatha. Historically this was great for Native Americans and then later for settlers because it was close to bodies of water. Now, because the natural beauty of the area has been preserved as parks, many come to this area to visit, making it a popular area to live. It is also great for transportation because highways and the light rail system border it. There are many local shops and eateries as well as chain stores and restaurants. There are many different trade schools and the area is very diverse. But a huge asset of the neighborhoods is the clear commitment to the idea of a community. The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association does a great job of bringing the community members together for celebrations and special events, giving the people a voice on issues in their neighborhood and investing locally. This is what makes NENA great.
Boundaries
NENA History
Parts of the Nokomis East Neighborhoods were originally a Native American Village up until around 1880. It was a great location between Lake Nokomis and the Mississippi River and below Lake Hiawatha because early on both Native Americans and settlers needed bodies of water not only to travel but also to survive. Because of the value that Minneapolis has always placed on its natural wildlife, much of the land was set aside to remain as parks instead of being developed. The location drew countless outsiders. Many people would come from all over the city to see Minnehaha Park and the Falls. This led to an early development of the neighborhoods in the area. There was rail transit in and out of the area as early as 1865. As the highway systems developed, these neighborhoods were even more sought after because of the easy access to both highway 62 and 55. Still today, the homes in the area are well kept, which communicates pride and satisfaction from residents.
Green / Environmental
In 2013, Minneapolis adopted their Climate Action Plan, which put into place a comprehensive set of emission reduction strategies. These strategies cover 3 areas: Buildings and energy, Transportation and land use, Waste and recycling. For buildings and energy, the goal is to reduce energy usage by 17%, and generate 10% of electricity from local, renewable sources. On the residential building side of things, Minneapolis is proposing a "home energy audit" as part of the Truth In Housing program (TIH or TISH, Truth In Sale of Housing). This would require sellers to have an energy score when listing their house for sale. They are proposing that the TISH inspectors be trained to perform this component of the inspection process. The end result of this energy score would be a single number, for example 37 on a scale of 1 to 100. 100 would mean that the house would have virtually no energy costs. Another part of this program is to make incentives for sellers to improve their homes energy-wise so that they can get a higher sale price due to energy efficiencies. If they don't, the buyers will at least have some knowledge about the energy efficiency of the house, making it an incentive to them to improve the house energy-wise. Also on the residential side of things, Minneapolis is proposing a "time of rent" energy disclosure for renters. Renters currently have no way of knowing how much their utility bills will be before renting a unit. The disclosure would be mandated so that renters could compare units on energy efficiency. This would give incentives to the landlord (owners) to improve their buildings to make them more attractive to the rental market. On the commercial side of things, some of them already have to do an energy score of sorts and disclose to purchasers. Minneapolis would like to extend that to all commercial buildings. They also have an Energy Reduction Challenge called the "Kilowatt Crackdown" to encourage commercial buildings to reduce usage. For renewable energy, Minneapolis is trying to create policies that promote renewable energy, develop a "solar-ready" certification, and encourage "net-zero" buildings. Making a building "solar-ready" adds virtually no cost at the time of construction, and would potentially have some value to purchasers. This would involve adding some structural supports and electrical conduit so that solar could be installed without adding structural support to the roof trusses, and/or digging in walls to add conduit. Both of these items can be added at a very low cost when in the construction phase. What is a net-zero building? Basically net-zero means the building (or house) would generate all the energy it needs to power the building itself. This generally means that the building is super insulated so that it requires less energy to heat and cool the building, as well as solar panels to generate the energy it needs. Oftentimes this type of building uses geo-thermal heat pumps to heat and cool the building, running off solar energy. You can read more about "Net-Zero" buildings at this link. You can read the entire action plan at the link below. Minneapolis Climate Action Plan: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability/climate-action-goals/climate-action-plan

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Market Trends in NENA MN
Single Family
updated: 2019
Median Price:
$254500

Average Age:
1938

Annual Number Sold:
258

Average Sqft:
1434

Dollars/Sqft:
$193/sqft

Condo / Townhouse
updated: 2019
Median Price:
$170000

Average Age:
1998

Annual Number Sold:
17

Average Sqft:
968

Dollars/Sqft:
$190/sqft

Parks
Bossen Field Park - (5701 S 28th Ave, 612-230-6400, website) Bossen Field Park was mostly created to suit the Bossen Fields. There are a number of fields at the location along with a basketball court and sports facility. There is also a playground and a pool. These are just a handful of parks that make Minneapolis the best park system in the country.
Keewaydin Park and Recreation Center - (3030 E 53rd St, 612-370-4956, website) Keewaydin Park is much smaller and connected to Keewaydin Elementary school. It has a picnic area and playground, sports fields and a small pool.
Lake Nokomis Park - (2401 E Minnehaha Parkway, 612-370-4923, website) is one of the most well known parks in south Minneapolis. The park is right on the shores of Lake Nokomis and has so many different things to offer. There are sport fields and courts, walking, biking paths and skiing paths, a pool, a boat dock, a playground, art, fountains, a fishing pier, a grill and picnic area, an ice rink, and a horseshoe pit. But the community really enjoys the beach. It is one of the larger beaches on the Minneapolis lakes.
Morris Park and Recreation Center - (5531 39th Ave S, 612-370-4934, website) Morris Park is a typical park with a picnic area and playground, sport fields and a pool, but what makes it unique is the skate park. It is one of the few parks in Minneapolis that has a skate park.
Nokomis Naturescape Garden - (5000 E Lake Nokomis Pkwy, 612-724-5652) Nokomis Naturescape Garden (5000 E Lake Nokomis Pkwy, 612-724-5652) is on the shores of Lake Nokomis and home to many monarch butterflies. These are beautiful gardens that are maintained by volunteers.
The Longfellow Gardens - (3933 E Minnehaha Pkwy, 612-230-6400, website) The Longfellow Gardens are also located within the neighborhood association. It is a landscape garden along a creek dedicated to the writer and poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who wrote a poem about Minnehaha Falls. There is also a replica of his home near the gardens.
The Nokomis East Gateway Gardens - (4224 E 50th St, 612-724-5652, website) The Nokomis East Gateway Gardens were developed after the blue line of the light rail came through the area and left some land unused. This land was turned into beautiful wildlife gardens.
Restaurants
Al Vento - (5001 34th Ave S, 612-724-3009, website) Another community favorite restaurant is Al Vento. This restaurant features a taste of Italy right here in South Minneapolis.
Berry Sweet Kitchen - (5406 S 34th Ave, 612-345-7376, website) If you’re looking for a genuinely homemade meal you need to stop at the Berry Sweet Kitchen. This restaurant uses all natural and fresh ingredients to create some of the tastiest and most beautiful masterpieces when it comes to food!
Boss’ Pizza & Chicken - (5501 S 34th Ave, 612-727-2677, website) Boss’ Pizza & Chicken is a newer spot that has only been open in Minneapolis since 2014. It is quickly becoming a favorite because of it’s quality food, delivery services, and the fact that it is open until 3am! This gives you a taste of the many other restaurants in the area.
Sandcastle - (4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy, 612-722-5550, website) The Sandcastle is a particular favorite because it rests on the shore of Lake Nokomis. The American style food is served over the counter, which is perfect for a day at the beach.
Sassy Spoon - (5011 S 34th Ave, 612-886-1793, website) Sassy Spoon is a restaurant that caters to the gluten free public. The entire menu is gluten free so those with food allergies involving gluten can eat anything and everything!
Shopping
Nokomis Shoe Shop - (4950 S 34th Ave, 612-724-1406, website) Nokomis Shoe Shop, which has been around for 80 years. It is a family owned store that started off doing shoe repair. It has since grown and in 2003 it opened a second location in Crystal, MN. The shop is big on customer service and sells a wide range of work and outdoor shoes as well as socks and some clothing.
Orange Rhino - (4913 S 28th Ave, 612-868-4914, website) Orange Rhino is a clothing store that sells only organic items. It is owned by a husband and a wife that screen print their designs on hoodies, onesies and tees. All the materials are organic, fair trade and made in the USA. The shop originated in the neighborhood but has been spreading very quickly not only in the USA but all over the world.
Oxendale’s Market - (5025 S 34th Ave, 612-724-4474, website) Oxendale’s Market is the community grocery store in NENA. This store is dedicated to keeping everything local. This means that the produce is local, and the employees live and shop locally as well. Their goal is to strengthen their community through groceries and good service. Each of these shops is local and are vital to keeping the neighborhood feeling more like a community, even within the city of Minneapolis.
Nightlife
Al Vento - (5001 34th Ave S, 612-724-3009, website) Another community favorite restaurant is Al Vento. This restaurant features a taste of Italy right here in South Minneapolis.
Town Hall Lanes - (5019 S 34th Ave, 612-767-3354, website) The biggest draw for nightlife in the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association is Town Hall Lanes. It is a pub with a bowling alley and one of the largest beer menus around. People love to meet up here with friends late at night, grab something to eat, get a drink and bowl for a couple hours. It is a relaxing but fun environment.
Community Arts & Recreation
Keewaydin Park and Recreation Center - (3030 E 53rd St, 612-370-4956, website) Keewaydin Park is much smaller and connected to Keewaydin Elementary school. It has a picnic area and playground, sports fields and a small pool.
Morris Park and Recreation Center - (5531 39th Ave S, 612-370-4934, website) Morris Park is a typical park with a picnic area and playground, sport fields and a pool, but what makes it unique is the skate park. It is one of the few parks in Minneapolis that has a skate park.
Nokomis Fall Urban Craft and Art Fair - (2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy, 612-370-4932) Nokomis Fall Urban Craft and Art Fair takes place in the middle of November. The fair represents the work of 48 different indie artists and crafters. Admission is free but there are many items that are showcased and even for sale such as jewelry, art, ceramics, sweets, woodwork, soaps, textile glass, paper goods, candles and more. This gives artists a chance to showcase their work and it involves the whole community. Combined with this event is the Lake Nokomis Craft Crawl. This crawl takes participants to three different locations, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minnehaha United Methodist Church, and Nokomis Square Coop to make, buy and sell crafts. These are the main ways that NENA contributes to the artistic bent of the community. Live music also takes place in several restaurants and at special events.
Town Hall Lanes - (5019 S 34th Ave, 612-767-3354, website) The biggest draw for nightlife in the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association is Town Hall Lanes. It is a pub with a bowling alley and one of the largest beer menus around. People love to meet up here with friends late at night, grab something to eat, get a drink and bowl for a couple hours. It is a relaxing but fun environment.
Events
JUN: NENA Garage Sale - (, , website) The association organizes it and anyone can join and set up a booth for free. It usually takes place on a weekend in the middle of June and it’s great for people who want to clean out the closet and for those looking for good deals.
SEP: The Monarch Festival - (2401 E Minnehaha Parkway, 612-370-4923, website) The Monarch Festival is a particular favorite of the community. It is a celebration of the monarch butterfly and its Mexican heritage. Children are encouraged to dress up as butterflies; there is Latin food, a parade, art activities, and the University of Minnesota even brings in real butterflies for the event. This usually takes place at the beginning of September.
NOV: Nokomis Fall Urban Craft and Art Fair - (2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy, 612-370-4932) Nokomis Fall Urban Craft and Art Fair takes place in the middle of November. The fair represents the work of 48 different indie artists and crafters. Admission is free but there are many items that are showcased and even for sale such as jewelry, art, ceramics, sweets, woodwork, soaps, textile glass, paper goods, candles and more. This gives artists a chance to showcase their work and it involves the whole community. Combined with this event is the Lake Nokomis Craft Crawl. This crawl takes participants to three different locations, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minnehaha United Methodist Church, and Nokomis Square Coop to make, buy and sell crafts. These are the main ways that NENA contributes to the artistic bent of the community. Live music also takes place in several restaurants and at special events.
NOV: Tree Lighting Ceremony - (5025 S 34th Ave, 612-724-4474, website) At the end of November each year is the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Oxendale’s Market. The community Christmas tree is lit up at this time and then there is free root beer, an opportunity to get your picture with Santa and free books for children. This is a fun event for the community to welcome in the Christmas season.
DEC: Night Before New Year’s Eve - (2401 E Minnehaha Parkway, 612-370-4923, website) the Night Before New Year’s Eve has been a popular event in NENA for 16 years now. On December 30th there is a big party that is both free and kid friendly to celebrate the coming New Year. There is always music, games, food, hayrides, a photo booth, marshmallow roasting and even a countdown. This is great for parents that want to celebrate the New Year with their small children and still go out on New Year’s Eve.
Schools
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