Like Loring Park to its west, Elliott Park neighborhood is located on the edge of Downtown, directly to its south. The park, originally known as Elliott's Gardens, was donated to the newly established park board in 1883. The property was enlarged that year to a full four acres, its fashionably naturalistic plan devised by the well-known landscape architect, H.W.S. Cleveland. Large, handsome residences were soon built around the park.
Over the past century, Elliott Park has evolved as Downtown grew, as the Swedish-St. Barnabas hospital complex expanded, and after the Metrodome was built. In the postwar era, substantial amounts of senior housing was constructed, mostly in towers located in the southwest section of the neighborhood. Over the past decade, hundreds of housing units have been rehabilitated in historic buildings dating from the time the park was created. Recently, luxury residential towers have been built at the neighborhood's northern edge, adjacent to Downtown.
Because of its location next to Downtown (especially to the Hennepin County Medical Center) and adjacent to Cedar-Riverside and the University's West Bank campus, Elliott Park neighborhood has been growing in population, and becoming younger in age. The neighborhood's average income is lower than the citywide average, reflecting the senior housing, a large number of young adults, ages 18-24, at least some attending North Central College, and probably, the number of lower-paying jobs at the medical center. Elliott Park offers relatively inexpensive housing considering its central location near Downtown, and conveniently close to the University and the Art Institute.
Grant Park, 500 East Grant Street, Minneapolis
Grant Park is a commanding tower situated in the south of Downtown. From the uppermost floors the pure magnitude of the building is especially revealing as residents look down upon Downtown – a tangible painting from the balconies. Living units range from 1,500 to more than 2,000 square feet in floor area which is larger than most single family homes. Grant Park is a newly constructed building that has top-of-the-line materials and finishes. Units include two underground parking spaces, two terraces per unit, and a modern day workout room and pool.
Sexton Lofts, 521 South 7th Street, Minneapolis
This conversion is well located, between Government Center and the Hennepin County hospital complex. It is within a block of the skyway system, and within two blocks of a light-rail stop. The modest-sized living units offer exposed brick walls and ceiling heights of 12-16 feet, with balconies opening to an inner courtyard.
Skyscape, 929 Portland Avenue, Minneapolis
This new high-rise, underway in 2007, joins the recent cluster of high-end housing constructed at the west end of Elliott Park, right at the edge of Downtown. At 2,000 square feet in floor area, Skyscape's living units are quite large, offering the expected amenities for a building of this class. The location is equally convenient, easy walking distance, to both Orchestra Hall and to the Metrodome, with direct access to I-35W and I-94