These side-by-side neighborhoods share a close-in location just south of Downtown, as well as a common planning-area designation. But they are quite different in their visual personalities. Loring Heights occupies an eminence, as its name implies, with marvelous skyline views from houses along Groveland Avenue. This (sub)neighborhood, bounded by Lyndale, Nicollet, I-94, and Franklin, is still characterized by large houses, many now subdivided. The tactile Van Dusen mansion at La Salle and Groveland is the visual icon.
By contrast, Stevens Square is made up largely of prewar walk-up apartments. Despite the open space provided by the square, this is the most densely populated neighborhood in Minneapolis. Many of the buildings were renovated beginning in the 1970s with the financial support of General Mills, so physically, Stevens Square's housing stock is generally in good condition. But this economical housing provides shelter for those for whom affordability is an overwhelming issue. Hence, the area's median-family income is much lower than the citywide average. The Craftsman-style Hewitt House at 126 E Franklin is Stevens Square's architectural landmark.
Both neighborhoods are within practical walking distance of Downtown, and also enjoy frequent bus service. Loring Heights is close to Walker Art Center, while Stevens Square is just two blocks from the Art Institute, the College of Art and Design, and Children's Theater.
Stevens Square is the ideal neighborhood for first-time homebuyers looking for a close-knit community near downtown Minneapolis. The charm of this neighborhood is most evident in the beautiful turn-of-the-century brownstone buildings, tastefully converted into modern lofts and condominimums for today's young family. Stevens Square is located within walking distance of a number of amenities and local attractions. Downtown Minneapolis, the Humphrey Dome, Target Center and the gorgeous Lake of the Isles are all just a stones' throw from the typical Stevens Square loft.
As well as being close to a host of amenities, Stevens Square is home to one of the city's best kept secrets - "Eat Street". Nicollet Avenue, nicknamed "Eat Street" due to the variety of cafes and restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and specialty food stores, runs right through the center of Stevens Square. Most condos in Stevens Square are also close to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Children's Theatre, and of course, the community's own Stevens Square Park.
Maybe it's the confluence of heritage buildings in the area, or maybe it's just plain old "Minnesota Nice", but newcomers to Stevens Square soon discover that their new home has a strong sense of good old-fashioned community. Neighborhood events include Winterlights, The Full Moon Harvest Festival, and Movies and Music in the Park, a weekly summertime series of local music and outdoor movies. Check out the Stevens Square home search for the Lofts and Condos you've been waiting for.
3rd Avenue Place Condominiums, 310-314 East 18th Street, Minneapolis
Urban meets monumental when this new complex’s outstanding value is coupled with its perfectly placed location. Nestled across the street from the contemporary Frank Lloyd Wright Bridge to Downtown, Third Avenue Place is just minutes away from the Art Institute and the popular Fair Oaks Park. Spacious floor plans and huge bay windows ensure an inviting and bright experience. Shining hardwood finishes, reliable security systems, and convenient underground parking add even more appeal to every economically priced unit.
3rd Avenue Place Condominiums, Phase 2 1800 Clinton Avenue South, Minneapolis
These newly built condominiums won’t shy away from those who seek an array of social and cultural experiences associated with an urban chic lifestyle. Each airy unit includes nine-foot ceilings and welcoming balconies to help foster mingling with friends and family. For formal occasions, an extravagant two-story party room is readily available to make any event a success. In addition to the distinctive assortment of ethnic restaurants located only blocks away from home on Nicollet Avenue, the countless downtown restaurants and stores, Orchestra Hall, the Art Institute, and the Hennepin Theater District will keep any social life active and adventurous. When feeling stressed, stay balanced and keep moving with the conveniently located in-house workout center.
Eat Street Flats and Market, 15 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis
Although Eat Street Flats was built in 2008, it strives to keep the traditional tone of the neighborhood that is set by Fair Oaks Park and the Art Institute. This is accomplished in part by a brick exterior and darker finishes than those that are currently used. Eat Street is the clever nickname bestowed upon Nicollet Avenue between 22nd and 28th Streets which provide a vast variety of ethnic food and culture. Downtown, with its very own culture and ample entertainment, is less than one mile away.
Greenleaf Lofts, 9 West Franklin Avenue
Greenleaf Lofts has well defined architecture; the building is modeled after the neo-New Urbanism idea which stresses the ease of access to shops, jobs, etc. This has led to living units being built above retail shops, in the case of Greenleaf Lofts this shop is a Starbucks. Located nearby are recently built Eat Street Lofts and Franklin Lofts which gives the corner of Franklin and Nicollet a discernibly small neighborhood feel. The living units in Greenleaf Lofts are fairly sized and well lit by large window walls. The building also features a deck-patio which acts as a lovely outdoor area.
Franklin Lofts, 111 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis
Franklin Lofts were transformed from an early postwar office building which is a divergence from the typical conversion of industrial buildings into lofts; this fact accounts for many subtle difference that lend these lofts a more domestic fell than usually found. For instance, the aluminum windows are larger than basic apartment windows and more polished than the steel, industrial-sash windows of transformed manufacturing buildings. Living units are a towering 13-feet high, but more intimate than industrial loft units. The building itself is relatively new and exhibits International Style modernism which is uncommon of any type of housing. Units are rather small but still livable and comfortable. Frankline Lofts is near the Art Insitute and Downtown.
Lofts On Arts Avenue, 1829 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis
The reference is to the City's intention to develop Third Avenue from the Riverfront to the Art Institute as a signature cultural corridor. The handsome, abstracted architecture of these lofts certainly supports that goal. At about 1,200 square feet in floor area, living units are generously sized. The two-story unit configuration with mezzanine sleeping space is the memorable feature. Both Downtown and the Art Institute are short walks away, and the variety of Eat Street restaurants along Nicollet Avenue is similarly close by.