East Harriet Farmstead Quick Facts
County: Hennepin
Population: 3604
Size: 1.22 sq mi
Median Home Price: $420000
Average Rent Price: $1568
Commute to Mpls: 12 minutes
Commute to StP: 20 minutes
Electricity: XCel Energy
Natural Gas: Centerpoint Energy
Garbage / Recycle: Minneapolis
Water: City
Sewer: City
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East Harriet Farmstead Overview
The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood is one of Southwest’s neighborhoods, receiving its name from Lake Harriet, which in turn was named after Henry Leavenworth’s wife. This area is widely park and nature based, with gardens and lakes taking up nearly half of the area. Lake Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) and Lake Harriet are the two large lakes partially inside the East Harriet Neighborhood, as well as the Lyndale Park Rose Garden--which proudly displays 3,000 plants of over a hundred varieties of roses. Another appreciation of nature is provided in the Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary, which is very close to the rose garden. The sanctuary is the end of the road for migratory birds in the spring; a popular place for warblers to gather. For those who love nature and lush greenery, East Harriet is for you. Most of the houses in East Harriet are two stories, and they are set back from the road.
East Harriet Farmstead History
The East Harriet neighborhood was strongly influenced by Colonel William S. King. The neighborhood began as his summer estate (Lyndale Farmstead) and was later transformed into a park. Parks were very important to Colonel King, and he was an avid player in setting aside land for parks surrounding Lake Harriet. In 1991, the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA) was founded to preserve and obtain the neighborhood’s wants and needs. Comprised of neighbors and volunteers, the EHFNA has focused on amping the benefits of the Lyndale Farmstead Park. With more attention shining on the park, more and more people have moved into the area and turned it into a thriving neighborhood.
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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Lyndale Farmstead Off-Leash Dog Park - (3845 Dupont Ave S, 612-230-6400, website) Not only are there parks for people, but there are parks for dogs too. For instance, Lyndale Farmstead Off-Leash Dog Park is a completely fenced off park for the safety and enjoyment of dogs. The park does require a permit to bring your dogs to the park, with a $35 annual fee, or a $5 fee for just a day.
Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center - (3900 Bryant Ave S, 612-370-4948, website) Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center (3900 Bryant Ave S 612-370-4948) is a park that is very family-play friendly. With a biking path; football, soccer, and softball fields; a garden; ice skating rink; tennis court; walking path; and playground; the Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center is a great place to take kids to goof off outside.
Lyndale Park Rose Garden - (4124 Roseway Road, 612-230-6400, website) Lyndale Park Rose Garden (4124 Roseway Road 612-230-6400) is the second oldest public rose garden in the country. They have 3,000 different types of plants in 100 varieties, located on a 1.5 acre space. Founded in 1946, the Lyndale Park Rose Garden also features an Italian fountain installed by Frank Heffelfinger in 1947.
Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary - (4124 Roseway Road, 612-230-6400, website) Right next to the Lyndale Park Rose Garden is Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary (4124 Roseway Road 612-230-6400). The Sanctuary offers wetland, prairie, and forest habitats across a 33 acre preserve for people to enjoy birdwatching and hiking. With a mission to identify and conserve areas for birds, the Sanctuary wants to help people connect to nature.
Harriet’s Inn - (4000 Lyndale Ave S, 612-354-8352, website) Harriet’s Inn, a modern pub, holds around 60 lunch and dinner options. The menu ranges from warm, greasy burgers and pot pies to healthier fresh salads and flatbreads. Not only are there many food options at Harriet’s Inn, there is also about 28 types of locally crafted beer and 24 varieties of wines.
Calhoun Pet Supply - (901 W 36th Street, 612-824-1094)
Farmstead Bikeshop - (4001 Bryant Ave S, 612-824-9300, website) Farmstead Bikeshop (4001 Bryant Ave S, 612-824-9300)
Larue’s - (4001 Bryant Ave S, 612-827-7317, website) Larue’s (4001 Bryant Ave S, 612-827-7317) is a women’s clothing store that sells eccentrically patterned dresses, sweaters, hand warmers, and other vintage items to place around your house.
Harriet’s Inn - (4000 Lyndale Ave S, 612-354-8352, website) Harriet’s Inn, a modern pub, holds around 60 lunch and dinner options. The menu ranges from warm, greasy burgers and pot pies to healthier fresh salads and flatbreads. Not only are there many food options at Harriet’s Inn, there is also about 28 types of locally crafted beer and 24 varieties of wines.
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