Tangletown is a unique, peaceful neighbourhood with Minnehaha Creek and Parkway flowing through the center. It’s a smaller district that varies from the regular Minneapolis grid neighbourhoods. Twisty roads weave through the county, and it begins to lose the alphabetized streets. This is one neighborhood that fits into its name, with beautifully architectural houses and a supportive neighborhood community. Blue collar businesses dot the roads here and there, with the most famous Tangletown Gardens and Wise Acre Restaurant and Liberty Custard. The former is, obviously, a garden store, but it’s much more than that. They have a garden center with more than 3,000 varieties of perennials, aquatic plants, a heirloom vegetable selection, and much more. They have an instate greenhouse facility where they grow most of their plant material, and the rest is provided by small local growers. They provide a Garden and Art Tour on the last Saturday of every July which features some of the best gardens in the Twin Cities, along with local arts and galleries. This is just a sample of what Tangletown Gardens has to offer. Visit their website to learn more.Tangletown has two first-class schools and small shops with everything within walking, biking, or busing distance. The nature in the county contributes to the serene feeling of the area, and the people are very diligent about taking measures to protect the earth. It’s a friendly environment that appreciates gardening, art, community, and vitality.
Then and Now
Tangletown was originally known as Washburn Park, named after Cadwallader Washburn in 1886. Washburn made a fortune through a lumber, railroads, and building the Gold Medal Flour Company. Eventually, Washburn became a philanthropist and left $375,000 to found and preserve an Orphan Asylum. As Washburn wished, the orphanage was built and cared for over 900 children for 43 years. In 1929, child welfare policy was changed and and the orphanage was demolished and turned into a park-like environment. Because of the charming and peaceful setting, developers and landscape architect Horace Cleveland took commissions to turn the rolling hills and creek views into a map for construction. The first resident of Washburn Park was Harry Wild Jones, who encouraged other park board members to preserve the land surrounding Minnehaha Creek. His suggestion was upheld, and soon after, the Thorpe Brothers appeared in Washburn Park to help grid out more land. They wanted to attract business, and therefore attempted to set up a grid system like neighboring areas. This received an outcry from Charles Loring, president of the Park Board at the time. He had been preserving the nature of Minnehaha Parkway, but he feared if the grid system was installed, they would lose the beautiful scenery. The Thorpe Brothers eventually agreed to respect Horace Cleveland’s original plans. Thusfore, the neighborhood follows a strange windy pattern of roads, and truly is one of the most unique neighborhoods of all time.
Tangletown has a very unique mixture of houses, from Spanish / Mediterranean style homes, to formal colonials, to stately tudors. There are many cool houses tucked on the hillside that makes up Tangletown. If you are wanting to search for homes, or list your home for sale, click on the links below.
Market Trends in Tangletown MN
# Houses Sold 79 (single family)
Median Sales Price $495000 (single family)
Average Age 1923 (single family)
Square Feet 2306 $222/sqft (single family)
# TH / Condo Sold 2 (townhouse/condo)
Median Sales Price $186000 (townhouse/condo)
Average Age 1931 (townhouse/condo)
Square Feet 949 $197/sqft (townhouse/condo)
Fuller Park - (4800 Grand Ave S, 612-370-4963, website) Tangletown neighborhood only has one official park, Fuller Park. It was named after a local feminist named Margaret Fuller who lived in the mid-1800s. Fuller Park has a well-loved playground, a wading pool, garden, picnic area, basketball court, and a walking path. Inside the building, there’s a community kitchen, computer lab, craft room, meeting room, and a multipurpose room. The park is located on the corners of West 48th Street and Grand Avenue South.
Cafe Ena - (4601 Grand Ave, 615-824-4441, website) Cafe Ena is a Latin Fusion Cuisine restaurant, with a fabulous seafood menu of lunch, dinner, and a side menu of fancy wines, beverages, and desserts. They take reservations and also do caterings--this restaurant is high quality and a great place to have a date or celebrate an anniversary.
Prima's - (5325 Lyndale Ave, 612-827-7376, website) Prima's (5325 Lyndale Ave, 611-827-7376 ) is an intimate restaurant that has from-scratch Italian pasta, salad, panini, meat, and seafood. They also do catering, and have a farm where they grow all of their ingredients.
Roastery - (616 W 54th St, 612-810-0769, website) Although The Roastery is known for their coffee, they also have burgers, bagels, a breakfast menu, salads, and tea. Grab a quick bite to eat and a carefully brewed cup of coffee at The Roastery.
Sun Street Breads - (4600 Nicollet Ave, 612-354-3414, website) Sun Street Breads has a delicious collection of breads, soups, and pastries, and even pizza. You can enjoy small and cute tables with the company of two or three friends.
Wise Acre Eatery - (5401 Nicollet Ave, 612-354-2577, website) Wise Acre Eatery is good for brunches and dinners, and now takes dinner reservations. It’s great for a quick solitary, duo, or family meal. They believe on the best practices of farmers and chefs. "Wise Acre is a true farm-to-table experience."
Driftwood Char Bar - (4415 Nicollet Ave S, 612-354-3402, website) If you head East, past 46th street, you’ll reach Driftwood Char Bar, open 7 days a week. Driftwood Char Bar provides live music, bar food, and ice cold beers, which makes a great place to hang out at night!
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