New & Improved Housing Stock — and a Price to Go With!

[Editor’s Note:  The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway (“Berkshire”), or any other entity referenced. Edina Realty is a subsidiary of Berkshire.]

Contemporary built in 2015 with almost 5,000 finished square feet overlooking Lake Calhoun. 3817 Sheridan for $2.995M.

Once upon a time — OK, until around a decade ago — the Linden Hills neighborhood in Minneapolis was known for its eclectic blend of housing stock.

So, mixed in with the upper bracket homes overlooking Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun always seemed to be an equal number of “cottage-y,” older homes further away from the lakes that were relatively affordable.


Not so much.

Average(!) List Price: $1.12M

4520 Drew “spec” house for sale: $1.35M. Don’t like it? Design something else.

According to the Multiple Listing Service (“MLS”), the average list price for the 14 Linden Hills homes currently on the market is over $1 million ($1.119M, to be exact), including several newly built or extensively remodeled ones in the last few years.

All of which helps explain why nearby Minneapolis neighborhoods like Lynnhurst, Fulton, and Kenny, as well as St. Louis Park’s adjacent Minikahda Vista neighborhood, are also doing very well.

Call it, “the spillover effect.”

“A River Creek Runs Through It”

Unsurprisingly, that “what-is-it-close-to?” phenomenon can help identify future up-and-coming neighborhoods.

2808 W. 40th Street, just south of Lake Calhoun. Wait till you see the inside! Price: $1.45M.

Exhibit A: Fulton in Southwest Minneapolis, adjacent to not one but two super hot Twin Cities neighborhoods, as well as host to one of the prettiest stretches of Minnehaha Creek, as it flows east from Lake Minnetonka to the Mississippi River.

Immediately to Fulton’s north is Linden Hills (note: contrary to popular perception, the Linden Hills-Fulton southern boundary isn’t 50th Street, but 47th Street).

Meanwhile, on Fulton’s west flank (just across France Avenue) lies Edina’s South Harriet Park neighborhood, home to possibly the highest concentration of upper bracket new construction in the Twin Cities.

Get Ready for . . . Minneapolis’ “Kenny” Neighborhood

In fact, Fulton has become sufficiently popular (and expensive) that it’s arguably creating its own spillover neighborhood(s).

5415 Washburn in Minneapolis’ Kenny neighborhood, just south of Minnehaha Creek. Price: $945k.

One obvious beneficiary: Minneapolis’ “Kenny” neighborhood, immediately to Fulton’s south — and sharing that same idyllic stretch of Minnehaha Creek.

This week’s Edina Realty Exceptional Properties meeting was held at Budd Batterson’s gorgeous new construction at 5415 Washburn Avenue South.

The home features an “open concept” main level (pictured, right), smashing Kitchen, and north-facing views of the Creek.

See also, “Congrats, Budd!“; “SoGlen”: Minneapolis’ Next Hot Neighborhood?!?“; “What the Twin Cities Lacks: Hot Neighborhood Names“; and “TriBeCa, SoHo, Dumbo . . . NOMI??.”

Plus: “Hot Neighborhood Harbinger: “The New Restaurant Test”“; and “Hmm . . . I Wonder Where Minneapolis’ “FiDo” Neighborhood Is.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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