St. Anthony West is among the oldest Minneapolis neighborhoods, laid out in 1849 as part of the town of St. Anthony. Because treaties then forbade European settlement west of the Mississippi, St. Anthony initially occupied the extreme fringe of legal American expansion. Due to its age, and the typically impermanent nature of frontier and pioneer construction, St. Anthony has effectively been rebuilt several times since its birth, most recently through urban revitalization programs in the 1960s. As a result, much if not most of the housing in St. Antony West is fully modern and up-to-code, despite its early history.
This is a traditional Midwestern workingman's neighborhood, made up largely of modest houses set on small lots. It is defined by a busy street, Broadway, on the north, and bisected by another busy street, University Avenue. The neighborhood's northwest corner is given over to long-time commercial-industrial uses, while most of the rest is occupied by lower density residential. Boom Island Park along the Mississippi River is St. Anthony West's signature feature; it was gradually expanded over the years to its impressive present state.
St. Anthony West offers a comfortable, small-scale atmosphere within walking distance of Downtown, with good bus service elsewhere, especially to the University. Compared to many other Minneapolis neighborhoods, particularly to those located close to Downtown, St. Anthony West offers both convenience and value.
Cobalt Condominiums, 45 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis
Cobalt Condominiums is a chic, streamlined, and ultra-modern building set amongst the happening and lively area of East Hennepin. Nearby are numerous retail shops, fashionable restaurants, and a Lund’s grocery story is located on the ground floor of the building which makes last minute shopping for food easy. The building is located across the river from Downtown and one mile from the University. Living units are sold as shells which allow owners utmost choices when designing a layout and when decorating with their own unique style.
La Rive, 110 Bank Street SE, Minneapolis
Opened in the mid-1980s, La Rive was initially part of the ambitious Riverplace festival marketplace. While the festival marketplace fad is long extinct outside of a handful of American cities, La Rive is just fine when considered on its own. Its attributes are many, including spacious living units of about 1,500 square feet in floor area, a beautiful riverfront setting, numerous nearby restaurants and a Lund's grocery store, and, of course, a location within walking distance of Downtown, and two miles from the University
The Archive, 708 Central Avenue NE
Under development in 2007, The Archive adopts the New Urbanism ideal of living units above street-level storefronts. The site is at the crossing of Hennepin and Central (thus convenient to virtually continuous bus service) occupying both the head of the lively East Hennepin commercial district and the gateway to Northeast Minneapolis: Central Avenue. Numerous restaurants and Lund's groceries are within a short walk, and Downtown is ten minutes by bus.
Calumet Lofts, 127 5th Street NE, Minneapolis
This small-scale commercial building dating from 1913 was recently converted into residential loft spaces. Wood structure and brick walls are exposed in living units, which have concrete floors. This is very basic space, in effect, an empty palette from which to establish a personalized interior. Calumet Lofts is located within the East Hennepin commercial district and its restaurants, and is one block from frequent bus service to the University and to Downtown, both ten minutes away.
The Falls and Pinnacle 20 2nd Street NE/110 First Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Like the neighboring La Rive, The Falls and Pinnacle were part of the 1980s Riverplace development along historic Main Street, right across the Mississippi from Downtown. Reflecting the architecture of that era, the conjoined towers are sculptural, their visual effect enhanced by deep balcony reveals. These buildings were renovated in 2005 in anticipation of conversion to condos, so lobby spaces and shared facilities like the expansive fitness club and indoor pool are updated and stylish. Living units are offered at lower-than-average square-foot prices, especially considering their lively East Hennepin location, with nearby restaurants and signature retailers Lund's and Surdyk's
Village of St. Anthony Falls, 101 Main Street NE, Minneapolis
This substantial seven-story building was constructed in 2004, yet it has the presence of a fine prewar apartment near Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. Living units are large and gracious; some of the floor plans are appealingly irregular, and, of course, units provide high-end amenities and finishes. The Bridgehead location enjoys direct access to Downtown, and an East Bank setting offers an array of restaurants and the new Lund's grocery store.