Quick Facts
County: Hennepin
Population: 10386
Size: 2.03 sq mi
Median Home Price: $340450
Average Rent Price: $1584
Commute to Mpls: 10 minutes
Commute to StP: 22 minutes
Electricity: Xcel Energy
Natural Gas: Centerpoint Energy
Garbage / Recycle: City
Water: City
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Welcome to HPDL

The Hale-Page-Diamond Lake neighborhoods (HPDL) are quite unique in their history and its affect on the neighborhood today. Throughout all of the major development that took place, including housing booms and building I-35W, the area made sure to keep its beautiful parkland surrounding Diamond Lake, Lake Nokomis, and the Minnehaha River safe. These neighborhoods were also zoned as residential and then later allowed some space for businesses, so the area doesn't hold a lot commercial or industrial space. This has formed much of the culture in these neighborhoods. They are much more quaint and very authentic and most everything regarding business and restaurants is very local. People come from all over Minneapolis to enjoy the parks in this area. There are also strong community ties to the churches in the area. But the feel of a small community has been fading over time as the population grows along with the city. Community members work to combat this by putting on yearly events that bring locals together. For now, the community remains tight-knit and many will fight to keep it that way. HPDL Neighborhood Association

Then and Now

The Hale-Page-Diamond Lake areas were originally more of a bog and inhabited by the Minnesota Sioux Indians. In 1805 Zebulun Pike, a Lieutenant for the American Army made a treaty with the Native Americans, which established it as the Fort Snelling Reservation and an Indian Reservation. Over time the land was taken from the Native Americans and given to settlers. In 1887 the land that is both the Hale and Page neighborhoods today became a part of the city of Minneapolis, while what is Diamond Lake remained a part of the city of Richfield. In the 1920’s there was a housing boom that quickened the development of Hale and Page along with many other neighborhoods. But developers made sure to hold on to the natural beauty of the area. In 1926 the HPDL area was ruled as a residential zone and it mostly remains so today. After World War II there was another housing boom, which led to complete development of HPDL in the 1950s. The trolley car era never reached HPDL, so in order to live there and get to the city homeowners needed an automobile. This put HPDL at the front of the automobile age and established it as upper class, because those that could not afford to own a car could not live there. As the streetcar system developed and cars became more available, HPDL shifted into middle class, white-collar neighborhoods. Next came the building of the I-35W freeway in the early 1960s that displaced many of the homes in HPDL. Throughout the entire development process, the park board and the developers were careful to keep the beautiful landscape in the area safe and still today, HPDL has more parkland than almost any other neighborhood in Minneapolis. The Hale-Page-Diamond Lake neighborhoods have had a front row seat to the development that took place in their own back yard. These neighborhoods endured many changes throughout the years but have stayed a tight-knit community that is passionate about its resources. The Hale Community is named after the Hale Elementary School, which is itself named after the American revolutionist Nathan Hale who uttered the famous phrase, “I only regret that I have but one life to give to my country” (or something very similar) after being captured as a spy by the British. Hale talks pride in its elementary school, which is an English Language Learners school with its focus on art and music, as it deservedly should. Page, too, was named for its elementary school, Page Elementary School, which, in turn, was named after Walter Hines Page, an American editor, journalist, and ambassador to Britain during World War I. Apparently, it is common for neighborhoods in Minneapolis to be named after their elementary schools Diamond Lake is named after the lake by the same name. For a more in-depth study of the history of these neighborhoods you can read this essay by a student of the University of Minnesota: http://www.cura.umn.edu/sites/cura.advantagelabs.com/files/publications/NPCR1021.pdf


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Real Estate

Housing types in the HPDL are widely varied. You can find a wide range of Tudor homes, Craftsman homes, Colonials, post-war bungalows, Ranch or Ramblers, and even a Lustron or two. There are plenty of 1940's post-war story and a half bungalows. As of 2015, the average home sales price was $304,677 with an average days on market of 27. The average year built was 1942 with 3.2 bedrooms, and 2.0 baths with a total finished sqft of 1896. For more up to date information on Nokomis Real Estate, please contact Steven Hong with RE/MAX Results. If you are wanting to search for homes, or list your home for sale, click on the links below.

Market Trends in HPDL MN

# Houses Sold 170 (single family)
Median Sales Price $340450 (single family)
Average Age 1940 (single family)
Square Feet 1849 $199/sqft (single family)
# TH / Condo Sold 2 (townhouse/condo)
Median Sales Price $395750 (townhouse/condo)
Average Age 1985 (townhouse/condo)
Square Feet 2117 $190/sqft (townhouse/condo)


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.


Dairy Queen Brazier - (6014 Portland Ave S, 612-869-6171, website)
Huie’s Chow Mein - (5358 Chicago Ave S, 612-824-5354, website)
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.


Aqualand Aquarium Center - (5355 Chicago Ave S, 612-825-5666, website)
CRL Sports Unlimited - (5926 Portland Ave S, 612-866-2038, website)
Del’s Healthy Hair Spa - (6020 Portland Ave S, 612-869-0157, website)
Exterior Images - (5354 Chicago Ave S, 612-822-3641)
Great Northern Vintage Radios - (5200 Bloomington Ave S, 612-504-4713, website)
Haircuts Unlimited - (740 E 54th St, 612-824-4070)
Johnson’s Barber & Beauty Shop - (5257 Chicago Ave S, 612-824-9480)
Nokomis Farmer’s Market - (5167 Chicago Ave S, 612-207-7893, website)
Vintage Strings & Musical Institute - (5207 Elliot Ave S, 612-825-9133, website)


Community Arts & Recreation


JAN: Frost Fest - (414 E Diamond Lake Rd, 612-370-4906, website) Join us for the annual Frost Fest! The Kids Dance DJs will be here to get the party started with some "cool" and groovy tunes and contests. Food trucks and other vendors will offer a variety of menu options. The event features indoor and outdoor activities including reindeer sleigh rides, ice skating, carnival games, a cake walk, campfire with s'mores, and door prizes.
JUL: Picnic in the Park - (414 Diamond Lake Rd E, , website) The annual Picnic in the Park is a fun filled evening with something for everyone. This event features live a band, carnival games and a DJ for the kids, and an awesome line up of food trucks and concessions. In addition, there will be neighborhood resource booths, door prize drawings and much more fun for all ages. This will be one of the best community events of the summer - don't you dare miss it!


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