Linden Hills is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Minneapolis for many reasons. It is well known as a more prestigious neighborhood just outside the downtown area. From its beginning it was seen as a retreat by the lakes. Many of the homes in the neighborhood are within walking distance of either Lake Harriet or Lake Calhoun. Because of its proximity to the lakes there are countless events in Linden Hills for people of all ages. There are a large number of older, more established homeowners in the area as well as families. Although it is considered part of the city of Minneapolis, Linden Hills, with a population of just over seven and a half thousand, feels much like a small town. It has many small businesses that have been around for quite a long time, which are very involved in the community. This tight knit community comes together many times throughout the year to celebrate and have fun. So whether you are looking to live in the neighborhood or just stop by for the events, Linden Hills is a must see. You can visit the neighborhood website at www.LindenHills.org
Linden Hills was given its name because it is very hilly and there were many linden trees in the area. It started out in the 1880s as a suburb of the city of Minneapolis and was mainly made up of small lake cottages surrounding Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun. By the early 1900s it had pretty easy access to downtown because of the streetcar line running through it and was known as a recreational get-away. As time went on, the city grew and Linden Hills became a part of Minneapolis, but due to the lakes, it has never quite felt like you’re in the city. Because of it’s beauty and location, Linden Hills has always been a very sought after neighborhood and has always been known to house a wealthier, higher class community. Linden Hills has grown and developed over time but it is still seen as a small town community and that is what people like about it most.
Linden Hills is home to over fifty miles of public pathways which connects creeks, lakes, and parks. The infamous (at least locally) Lake Harriet Bandshell, the fifth incantation of this gem, provides great music in the summertime as you are taking a stroll by the lake.
The Lake Harriet-Como Streetcar (or trolley) line that runs through the neighborhood was built in the late 1800s to connect downtown Minneapolis with the lakes, but it now only runs between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun. The commercial area of this neighborhood was built along the trolley line in the 1920s. If you are up for more walking, there is a Linden-Hills History Walking Tour that you might enjoy as well. This tour showcases various architectural styles reaching back to the turn of the century. It’s a great way to learn more about the neighborhood.
W 36th Street to the north, Lake Harriet Parkway to the east, W 47th Street to the south, and France Avenue S to the west.
South of Lake Calhoun, west of Lake Harriet.
West Calhoun, East Harriet, Fulton, (Lynnhurst on the other side of Lake Harriet)
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As of 2015, the average home sales price $519,815 with an average days on market of 46 days. The average year built was 1944 with 3.0 bedrooms, and 2.4 baths with a total finished sqft of 2142. For more up to date information on Linden Hills Real Estate, please contact Steven Hong with RE/MAX Results.
Bde Maka Ska Park (formerly Lake Calhoun Park) (3000 Calhoun Pkwy., 612-230-6400) is on one of the best-known lakes in Minneapolis, and in the land of ten thousand lakes, that's saying a lot. There is a ton to do at this park, including archery, fishing (including ice fishing), biking paths, and more. There is a soccer field, a softball field, a (sand) volleyball court, and a picnic area as well. It is vast and lush, and it's the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon with families and/or friends.
Beard’s Plaisance (4525 Upton Ave. S, 612-230-6400), is one of the oldest parks in Minneapolis and lines the shores of Lake Harriet. It was named after Henry Beard who in one of three men who donated the land to the city in 1884. This park offers a playground and tennis courts, but is best known as a picnic spot. It has a great picnic shelter and a wonderful view of the lake.
Lake Harriet Park (4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy., 612-230-6400) is on perhaps the busiest lake in Minneapolis. It has a bandshell that hosts many popular concerts during the summer. It also has a biking path, a walking path, and a boating dock. In addition, it has an elaborate fountain that is a sight to behold, a playground for the kids, and a picnic area. Your family and friends will all have a great time here.
Linden Hills Park (3100 W 43rd St., 612-370-4913), suitably named for the neighborhood, has much to offer including playgrounds, sports fields and courts, a pool in the summer and an ice rink in the winter. Tennis is a large draw here. It also has a rec center that has many activities to offer for both adults and children that stretch the body and the mind.
Waveland Park/Triangle (4310 Chowen Ave. S) is a small neighborhood park that affords the community members a moment of respite in their busy daily lives. It's leafy and green, and it's a breath of fresh air. It also has tennis courts if you want to play a set or two.
William Berry Park (3810 Richfield Rd., 612-230-6400) contains undeveloped land that is rigorously guarded because it contains specimens of plants from the early days of the neighborhood. Some of the plants include Dutchman's breeches, wood anemones, and blue cohosh. There are plenty of birds, too, for those who love our feathered friends. The park also has a playground and a picnic area.
Bread & Pickle (4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy., 612-767-9009) is situated on the waterfront of Lake Harriet, serving an American style grill and seafood menu on a seasonal basis. They are environmentally conscious and use locally-farmed ingredients when possible. Many people stop here for ice cream or a bite to eat on their stroll around the lake. It is right next to the Lake Harriet Bandshell where, throughout the summer, music and other shows are performed.
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (4515 France Ave. S, 952-927-4439) is a cozy neighborhood Chinese restaurant that serves all your favorites. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the service is quick. They serve dishes from the four most popular Chinese cuisines--Hunan, Peking, Szechuan, and Cantonese. Their menu includes crispy boneless duck, Mandarin pork, and lobster Cantonese-style. They have vegetarian options as well.
Martina (4312 Upton Ave. S, 612-922-9913) is an open and airy restaurant with Argentinian-influenced cuisine. The atmosphere is intimate and classy, yet also relaxed. Their menu is focused on meat and seafood, including spicy tuna tiradito, steamed mussels, braised lamb fusilli, and grilled octopus. They also pride themselves on their inventive cocktails, which include Frida's House and Sous Les Mer. Finish off your meal with something sweet like the flan.
Naviya’s Thai Brasserie (2812 W 43rd St., 612-276-5061) opened in 2011, and the owners, Naviya and Kim Labarge have been running Thai restaurants since 2004. It is a small and cozy restaurant with a laid-back atmosphere and a friendly staff. They use the freshest vegetables as the base for their dishes, and each dish is an explosion of flavor. Their menu has many different options including hot plates, curries, and stir fried rices. The favorites include Sawai Fillet with Red Curry, Rama Thai, and the Basil Turkey Stir Fry. They are also serious about the wine they serve ,and they have an extensive list of teas and beers as well.
Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse (4501 France Ave. S, 612-236-4827) is the newest endeavor of Dave Anderson, the founder of Famous Dave, in his quest to bring barbecue to everyone in the Midwest. They smoke their meat daily, and all the sauces and sides are made every day as well. It's a casual BBQ joint with big and bold flavors, a friendly staff, and all the barbecue you could ever want. They have a BBQ bowl you can fill with your favorites if you can't decide on just one, sandwiches, and tacos. They have ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and so much more. If you are a BBQ lover, this is the place for you.
Rose Street Patisserie (2811 W 43rd St., 612-259-7921) is a classic yet contemporary French restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the chef/owner, John Kraus, is eager to serve the French specialties that excited him the first time he tasted them. They have a bakery that includes mouthwatering and eye-pleasing treats such as chocolate tartiner, challah, and a pain d’épices (for the holidays). Their menu includes a pastry basket with seasonal preserves, a baker's breakfast pizza, and a ham & gruyère croque monsieur.
The Harriet Brasserie (2724 W 43rd St., 612-354-2197) is an open and inviting restaurant that believes in sustainability. They use locally-produced ingredients when possible, and they have gluten-free options as well as vegetarian dishes. Their menu includes Norwegian salmon, lobster and pork belly, clams & bison sausage. They have some decadent desserts as well, including the brigadeiro chocolate cake.
Tilia (2726 W 43rd St., 612-354-2806) is a cozy restaurant with a great staff. They pride themselves on crafting food that looks as good as it tastes, and they like to take familiar foods in excitingly different directions. They have a small menu with big flavor, featuring dishes such as hamachi crudo, cacio e pepe, and slow-poached eggs in parmesan cream. For dessert, there's always the butterscotch pot de crème.
Turtle Bread (3421 W 44th St., 612-924-6013) opened in 1996 with the belief that good food takes time, patience, and passion. Since then, they have expanded to other locations and also a restaurant with wood-fired pizza. The decor is homey and inviting, and the staff is friendly. They are known for their fantastic breads and pastries, which include spinach bread, asiago pepper dinner rolls (seasonal), croissants, and puff pastries. They also have cakes, cupcakes, pies, and other sweet treats. Finally, they also have other food, such as soups, sandwiches, and quiche.
Zumbro Café (2803 W 43rd St., 612-920-3606) has a nouveau rustic decor and a friendly staff. It's been a neighborhood favorite for over two decades, and it's family-owned and family-friendly. They serve breakfast and lunch, and they are hearty portions. They put a healthy twist on old favorites such as chicken wild rice hash, buckwheat wild rice pancakes, and an albacore tuna and cheddar melt.
Brown & Greene Floral Market (4400 Beard Ave. S, 612-928-3778) is a warm and inviting florist shop that offers a wide array of European-style still-life arrangements. The staff is helpful and friendly, and they will work with you to ensure that you have the right arrangement for any given situation. They have everything from hand-held bouquets to plants and creations for weddings, and they have a selection of cards that range from humorous to thoughtful.
Hearfelt (4306 Upton Ave. S, 612-877-8090) is a community favorite as it has a homey and inviting atmosphere. It was opened by Lisa MacMartin because she wanted to share her passion for natural arts and crafts to people of all ages and skills. The staff is cheerful and knowledgeable, and they love sharing both with their customers. The store has a large crafted tree that kids can play in and around when they're taking a break from crafting. The store offers times every month that members of the community can come in and do crafts, and they have birthday party packages as well.
Heart of Tibet & Sky Door (4303 Upton Ave. S, 612-926-8723) is a Tibetan store with a calm and soothing atmosphere. They have been around for more than 25 years, offering authentic Tibetan textiles, jewelry, books, and more to the community. The staff is very knowledgeable about all things Tibetan, and they are happy to share everything they know with their customers. They also have meditation classes, and anyone from the community is welcomed to join in.
Hunt & Gather (4944 Xerxes Ave. S, 612-455-0250) describes itself as a 'vintage amusement store' by which they mean that they have two levels filled with curios, baubles, knickknacks, and other antiques. They have fifteen dealers who are all eager to match you with the perfect retro find. Jewelry, houseware, clothing, and much more. The store is crammed with interesting antiques, and you are sure to find something to tickle your fancy.
Lily and Violet (3413 W 44th St., 612-746-4160) is a women's boutique in a refurbished red house. The store is comfy and homey, and the clothing is on-point and trendy. They have a Mix & Mingle every week and a warehouse sale once a month. The staff is friendly and flexible, and you can order online if you see something you like on their Facebook wall or their Instagram.
Linden Hills Farmer’s Market (2813 W 43rd St. (outdoor season, Settergren's Hardware), 3723 W 44th St. (indoor season, Sunnyside Gardens), 612-867-0854) is a Sunday morning must in Linden Hills. It is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m./2 p.m. in rain, shine or even snow from the middle of May to the end of December. Locals love their farmer’s market so much that when the weather becomes untenable, they move it inside. They see this as an opportunity to strengthen the local musicians, growers, artisans and businesses and teach others the importance of community. They also include the Minneapolis Craft Market, which is a roaming marketplace that is devoted to, yes, crafts.
Poppy Linden Hills (4301 Upton Ave. S, 612-236-3660) is a women's fashion store started by Jill Henderson (the second of three) as a way to bring fun fashion to the community. The store is cozy and warm, and the staff is friendly and helpful. The clothing is mostly casual with some of it being classic and some of it being quirky. There are accessories as well, such as jewelry, scarves, and bags.
The Linden Tree (4404 Beard Ave. S, 612-961-7623) opened in 2009 with the simple desire to bring creative crafted gifts to the neighborhood. The staff members are passionate about sewing, and they are happy to share their passion and knowledge. To their surprise, their customers responded enthusiastically to the fabric they had in their store. To that end, they became connoisseurs of fine fabrics, and it gives them great pleasure to match up their customers with fabrics that thrill their touch. In addition, they offer sewing classes in which they offer love and support no matter what skill-set the customer brings to the table. They also offer custom-made gifts as well.
Victory (3505 W 44th St., 612-926-8200) is a vintage shop run by two best friends (Lisa Balke and Susan Blankenship). They have jewelry, interior decor, light fixtures, books, and much more. Candles, soap, and eyebobs are also part of their inventory. They have furniture as well, and mirrors and frames. If you're looking to brighten up your home, this is a great place to look for an unexpected treasure.
Wild Rumpus Bookstore (2720 W 43rd St., 612-920-5005) is not your typical children's bookstore. Its been around for more than 25 years, and its most distinguishing feature is that it is home to many different animals, including cats, chinchillas, a chicken, spiders, and more. Parents can bring their children, not only to read and learn, but for an eye-opening and heart-warming experience involving both the loving animals and the kind and fun-loving employees.
Beaujo's Wine Bar & Bistro (4950 France Ave. S, 952-922-8974) is a warm and cozy restaurant in neighboring Edina that is perfect for a night out on the town. Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable about wines. They have over 30 kinds of wines, along with a variety of domestic and imported beers. They also have food, including the Beaujo burger, shrimp with a spicy tamarind sauce, and the pan-fried cod sandwich. Their menu includes desserts and coffees, too.
Everett & Charlie (2720 W 43rd St., 612-444-8706) is the brainchild of Suzie Marty, someone who wanted to combine her passion for art with the love of her grandchildren. She believes that art should reflect the experiences of the artist, and the store reflects that belief. It has a cozy and inviting atmosphere, and the staff is friendly and helpful. There is a variety of artist mediums, and the products include jewelry, paintings, furniture, and more.
Jimmy Wilson Gallery (4304 Upton Ave. S, 612-201-0701) features the art of Jimmy Wilson and select guest artists. His work includes still-life, figures, and plenty of nature. There is a serenity in his paintings that you can feel as you walk by and study them. If you want some art and a moment of respite in your busy day, this is the place to visit.
Linden Hills Recreation Center (3100 W 43rd St., 612-370-4913) is a community gathering place that has something for everyone, including events throughout the year. The indoor activities include adult yoga, a computer lab, and more. For the more outdoor-oriented, they have a baseball field, a basketball court, a hockey rink, and ice-skating rink, and that's not even the half of it. They also have a soccer field, a softball field, a playground, a tennis court, and a wading pool. They also have events such as the spring fling egg hunt.
Movies in the Parks (Lake Harriet Park, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy., 612-230-6400) is an annual event that happens across 30 parks in Minneapolis, including Lake Harriet Park. It runs from early June to late August, and some of the movies at Lake Harriet Park last year included Hidden Figures and Wonder Woman. It's a great way to see a movie you want to see surrounded by plenty of fresh air rather than in a stuffy theater.
Music in the Parks (Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy., 612-230-6400) is a beloved tradition that happens every summer at five parks around Minneapolis, including Lake Harriet Park. The music includes rock, swing, classical, pop, alternative, and so much more. At the bandshell, free concerts are offered daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day except on Wednesdays. It's a great way to enjoy a nice summer day with friends and/or family.
Annual Linden Hills Corn Feed (Linden Hills Recreation Center, 3100 W 43rd St.) is also known as the Big Corn Feed, and it's an annual community tradition. it's a night full of family entertainment such as face painting, inflatable structures to jump in, and of course, delicious corn on the cob. What could be better on a Minneapolis summer night?
Fall Fest (Linden Hills Park Building, 3100 W 43rd St., 612-926-2906) is an annual event in which the members of the community gather in order to enjoy autumn together. Who doesn't love making s'mores by a nice toasty fire while chatting with their neighbors? There is also a bouncy house and a food truck. In addition, you can vote for members of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council while you're there.
Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival (Lake Harriet Park, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy., 612-230-6400) is a bit of summer fun in the middle of winter, and it has been an annual event for nearly 20 years. Brightly-colored and creative kites sailing gaily across the sky against the backdrop of snow and crisp winter air. There will also be ice-fishing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn wagons, and a marshmallow roast. Stave off the winter blues surrounded by a fleet of festive kites.
Linden Hills Festival (Linden Hills Park, 3100 W 43rd St., 612-926-2906) is an annual festival hosted by the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council. It has been a community favorite for nearly half a century, and it's filled with activities that everyone can enjoy. It starts with the always fun Decorate Your Wheels, and Parade of Wheels and Pets. There's also a silent auction, live music, a used book sale, tons of food, and much more. All the proceeds go back into the neighborhood, so you can benefit the community while enjoying yourself at the same time.
Reindeer Day (Linden Hills) is an annual tradition that brings warmth to a cold winter day. There is a free trolley available to take people in a loop in the heart of the neighborhood so they can enjoy different activities along the way. You can make s'mores or just roast marshmallows over open fire pits, listen to carolers sing their jaunty tunes, and have the kids talk to Santa if you so desire. The Linden Hills Business Association is on hand to collect donations for the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf. And, of course, what would Reindeer Day be without live reindeer?
Symphony for the Cities (Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy., 612-371-5600) is an annual Minneapolis tradition that has happened for over 40 years. It's a one-hour free concert by the Minnesota Orchestra at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, and it's part of their week of free outdoor concerts for the community to enjoy. What's better than music in the great outdoors?
Taste of Linden Hills (Rose Street Patisserie, 2811 W 43rd St., 612-926-2906) is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, co-hosted by the Rose Street Patisserie. It's an upscale event that allows for the collaboration of all the local chefs to raise money for neighborhood grants. Discover the best eats in the neighborhood and do something good for the community at the same time.
Tilia Augtoberfest (Tilia, 2726 W 43rd St., 612-354-2806) is an annual event hosted by Tilia, Fulton Beer, and a few others in which members of the community gather at Tilia to enjoy good food, boisterous live music, and some cold beers. It's a good way to enjoy a community favorite while getting to know your neighbors better.
WinterFest (Linden Hills Park, 3100 W 43rd St., 612-230-6400) is an annual winter get together for the community. There is horse-drawn wagon rides, sledding, ice-skating, music, marshmallow roasting, and so much more. It's a great way to get the circulation going and to get to know your neighbors while enjoying many winter activities. There are warm beverages available as well to warm the stomachs and hands.
Woofstock (4306 Upton Ave. S) is going to the dogs in the best of possible ways. It's an annual puppy fest sponsored by the Linden Hills Business Association and several other co-hosts. It's a highly-anticipated yearly event when all the pooches in the neighborhood come out to play. There are more than 40 booths in the Woodstock Exhibition. There is live music that is guaranteed to make your hound howl in glee. There are internet-famous dogs who will gladly race about with the local dogs. If you are a dog lover, this is definitely the event for you.
In the area of public transportation, Linden Hills relies mostly on bus transportation by Metro Transit. Bus #6 stops every few blocks along the bordering roads of Linden Hills, such as France Ave, W 47th St, Xerxes Ave, and Sheridan Ave. This helps community members get around the neighborhood without using cars! It also connects to other bus lines that so the community members can go almost anywhere in the city of Minneapolis and beyond using just the bus system. As of 2015, Current bus fare is $2.25 during rush hour and $1.75 at all other times. You can pay your bus fare in the farebox next to the driver as you board the bus.
Carondelet Catholic School (Lower Campus) (2900 W 44th St., 612-920-9075) is a private Catholic school that serves students in grades pre-K through 2. It is the parish school of two local Catholic churches, St. Thomas the Apostle and Church of Christ the King, and the goal of the school is to give a well-rounded education taught with Christian values in hopes to create life-long stewards and learners. Their focus for the younger students is to nurture the whole child and instill a solid educational core.
Carondelet Catholic School (Upper Campus) (3210 W 51st St., 612-927-8673) is a private Catholic school that serves students in grades 3 through 8. It is the parish school of two local Catholic churches, St. Thomas the Apostle and Church of Christ the King, and the goal of the school is to give a well-rounded education taught with Christian values in hopes to create life-long stewards and learners. Their focus for the older students is to continue to nurture them and help them transition to the rigors of high school/higher education.
Lake Harriet Community School (Lower Campus) (4030 Chowden Ave. S, 612-668-3210) serves students in grades K-3, and they believe in tailoring the education to the specific child. They know that every child learns differently, and they respect those differences while holding each child to a high academic standard. They have small class sizes, and they use flexible groupings in math and reading so kids of all levels can learn and grow. The school has earned the "School of Excellence Award" given by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association.
Lake Harriet Community School (Upper Campus) (4912 Vincent Ave. S, 612-668-3310) serves students in grades 4-8, and they provide an education that is both challenging and nurturing. They hone the social skills of their students within student-to-student relationships and student-to-teacher relationships. Because of their emphasis on small class sizes, they are able to focus better on each individual student in order to provide the best education for that particular student. The school has earned the "School of Excellence Award" given by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association.
Southwest High School (3414 W 47th St., 612-668-3030) is the public high school in the neighborhood, and it serves students in grades 9-12. It is certified as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, which prepares students to further their education not only in the United States but also in other countries if they so choose. Southwest has around forty-two clubs and programs that expose students to arts, music, and culture--not to mention athletics. They are rigorous in preparing their students for college and for the rest of their lives.