The Twin Cities’ Most Valuable Free (Public) Real Estate

When Minnesotans think of portaging, they usually have in mind carrying a canoe between two lakes somewhere in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota.

So, what’s bike portaging?

When the quickest way to get from one paved road to another is to carry your bike down a stairway — in this case, in the middle of St. Anthony Main just across the Mississippi River from Downtown Minneapolis.

Perfect Biking Weather 

In front of the 3rd Ave Bridge and The Carlyle (across River at upper left).

The bike rider pictured above is my (almost) 21 year-old son; we took advantage of yesterday’s glorious weather to explore the bike trails along the River, on Nicollet Island, and thru Loring Park.

The highlight: hidden-in-plain sight Water Power Park, jutting out into the Mississippi between the 3rd Ave. Bridge (behind us in photo, right) and the Stone Arch Bridge.

Free Views

The Park sits directly across the River from the Whitney Landmark Residence.

Formerly the Whitney Hotel, its multi-million dollar condo’s have some of the Twin Cities’ most impressive views.

But none rival the ones my son and I enjoyed Sunday . . .

See also, “Downtown Minneapolis’ $5M(!) Condo“; “The Twin Cities’ Most Expensive “For Sale” Condos“; and “Minneapolis vs. Miami vs. Malibu (“3 M’s”).”

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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