HPDL 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
Utilities
Electricity: Xcel Energy
Natural Gas: Centerpoint Energy
Garbage / Recycle: City
Water: City
House Styles Website
HPDL Overview
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
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HPDL History
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
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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Real Estate
Housing types in the HPDL are widely varied. This area was built out mainly during the 1930's to the 1960's. You can find a wide range of Colonials, Craftsman homes (1920's), Tudor homes (1930's), post-war bungalows(1940's), Ranch or Ramblers (1950's), and even a Lustron or two. There are plenty of 1940's post-war story and a half bungalows. If you are wanting to search for homes, or list your home for sale, click on the links below.
Market Trends in HPDL MN
Single Family
updated: 2020
Median Price:
$340450

Average Age:
1940

Annual Number Sold:
170

Average Sqft:
1849

Dollars/Sqft:
$199/sqft

Condo / Townhouse
updated: 2020
Median Price:
$395750

Average Age:
1985

Annual Number Sold:
2

Average Sqft:
2117

Dollars/Sqft:
$190/sqft

Parks
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.
Restaurants
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.
Shopping
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)
Nightlife
Community Arts & Recreation
Events
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!
Schools
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