Top 5 Minneapolis Condo Views Under 200k

Downtown views are not important to everyone but to many it is the very reason why purchasing a condo downtown Minneapolis is appealing.  I want to highlight 5 different Minneapolis neighborhoods and condo developments that I would recommend under $200,000.

1.    Riverwest Condos
Riverwest

 

Neighborhood: Mill District/Downtown East

Current Inventory: 11 condos with views of downtown Minneapolis

The Breakdown: The current options available in Riverwest under 200k are all 1 bedroom condos ranging from 618 sq ft- 832 sq ft.  Riverwest is a great option for both downtown skyline and striking views of the Mississippi River.  All current available units under the 200k price point are on the downtown side of the building but there are 3 options on the river side not far away in price point around the low 200’s. The location along the riverfront is hard to beat and the inventory is on the lower end of the price scale for the neighborhood.
2.    Herschel LoftsHerschel Lofts Minneapolis

Neighborhood: North Loop/Warehouse District

Current Inventory: 1 loft with views of downtown Minneapolis

The Breakdown: The Hershel Lofts is one of the few buildings in the North Loop that have views of the Minneapolis skyline under 200k.  The historic warehouse conversion is perfectly positioned for optimal views from every loft in the building. The current inventory consists of a 723 sq ft, ground floor, 1 bedroom corner unit with a large patio space, ideal for those pre-game grill outs. If you are looking for a loft style space near Target Field keep an eye on the building as more options come available.

3.    Falls/Pinnacle
pinnacle falls

Neighborhood: St. Anthony Main/NE Mpls

Current Inventory: 4 condos with downtown/neighborhood views

The Breakdown: The views from the St. Anthony Main side of the river are unique to the downtown condo market having both southern exposure and the Mississippi River in the foreground.  There is currently a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom condos available under 200k with a square footage ranging from 916-1205.  If your condo does not face directly downtown, have no worries, there is no lack of common space on the rooftop deck.

4.    Skyscape Condos
Skyscape Condos

Neighborhood: Elliot Park

Current Inventory: 2 condos for sale with southern exposure

The Breakdown: Post auction, the Skyscape Condominiums do not have many options remaining in the building under $200,000.  The units available for purchase currently are both on the sunny south side of the building positioned away from high-rises downtown.  Both are one-bedroom units ranging from 710-780 sq ft and starting at $159,900.  The views at Skyscape are split between more of a bird’s eye view of various Minneapolis neighborhoods and the central business district.  If views, proximity to the central business district and up to date amenities are important to you this would be a great option to explore.

5.    Eat Street Flats
Eat Street Flats

Neighborhood: Whittier

Current Inventory: 2 remaining condos with downtown views

The Breakdown: Located on Eat Street along the border of downtown and Uptown Minneapolis the Eat Street Flats is a 4-story new construction condominium development with retail on the 1st floor. The remaining inventory boasting downtown views start at $164,900 for a 1 bedroom condo and range between 732-736 sq ft.  The 3rd and 4th floor have unobstructed downtown views that light up like a Christmas tree at night.  The building is FHA approved and the 2 available condos have never been lived in.  This would be a great option for new construction under 200k.

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Bookmen Lofts Minneapolis

North Loop, Minneapolis Loft Penthouse

The Bookmen Lofts from mike seebinger on Vimeo.

A North Loop Bookmen Lofts Penthouse designed by James Dayton. Located near the Twins Stadium in the warehouse district. With top of the line finishes, this urban Loft has the most breathtaking views of downtown Minneapolis from the private rooftop patio. 2 bedroom Condo plus den or media room.

North Loop News: New Warehouse District Restaurant to Open This Summer

Great news for condo and loft owners in the North Loop! 

North Loop Condos

Photo by Michelle Bruch, City Pages

Eric and Andrew Dayton, sons of Gov. Mark Dayton are renovating a vacant warehouse district building into a restaurant and cocktail lounge set to open this summer.  Located  at 1st St N. and 2nd Avenue N., the new developement will feature a restaurant, retailer on a first floor and a cocktail bar in the basement.  The rooftop will be turned into a garden which the the restaurant will use in its menu.

More details to come.

Top 5 Condos with Restaurants on the Ground Floor

Minneapolis Lofts and Condos with Restaurants in Them

One of the unique and great perks of living downtown… is a restaurant in your building!

North Washington Cafe

Tower Lofts

Café: North Washington Café

Category: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cuisine: Coffee/Soup/Sandwich’s/Wine and Beer

Hours: Monday through Thursday 6am – 11pm, Friday – Saturday 7am – 2am, Sunday 7am – 9pm

Neighborhood: North Loop

Address: 700 Washington Ave N

Humboldt Lofts

Restaurant: Spoonriver

Category: Weekend Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Cuisine: New American/Vegan/Vegetarian/Full Bar

Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11:30 – Bar Close, Sat/Sun 10 – Bar Close

Neighborhood: Mill District

Address: 750 S 2nd St

The Ivy

Restaurant: Porter and Fry

Category: Weekend Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Cuisine: American/Seafood/Full Bar

Hours: Monday through Friday 11 – Bar Close, Sat/Sun 7:30 – Bar Close

Neighborhood: Central Business District

Address: 1115 2nd Ave S

Basset Creek Lofts

Café: C. McGee’s

Category: Breakfast, Lunch

Cuisine: Coffee/Soups/Sandwich’s

Hours: Monday through Friday 7 – 4

Neighborhood: North Loop

Address: 901 N 3rd

Arts Quarter Lofts

Café: Bad Waitress

Category: Breakfast, Lunch

Cuisine: Coffee/Soup/Sandwich’s/Wine and Beer

Hours: Monday through Friday 7 – 11:30, Saturday  8 – 11:30, Sun 8 – 11

Neighborhood: Eat Street

Address: 2 E 26th St

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$1.78 Million Raised for Twin Cities Nice Ride Bike Sharing System

Expansion would cover downtown St. Paul – University Avenue corridor

According to Nice Ride Minnesota, ”A local nonprofit bike sharing system, launched last June with 700 bikes in 65 stations. With over 100,000 trips taken on Nice Ride bikes last season, Nice Ride’s first season was a great success. So much so that cities across the nation are following the Twin Cities’ lead. Last fall, Nice Ride held public workshops, resulting in a Phase 2 expansion plan. Bike Walk Twin Cities and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the major contributors to Phase 1, have both announced commitments to Phase 2. They are joined by the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative and the Macalester College High Winds Fund, with more funding in the pipeline.

Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) committed $1 million to Phase 2 capital. TLC administers, under the program Bike Walk Twin Cities (BWTC), the federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, a $25 million initiative to further bicycling and walking as transportation options. Nice Ride Minnesota has shown benefit in shifting trips from driving to bicycling,” said Joan Pasiuk, director of BWTC. We believe that expansion of the Nice Ride system will increase its transportation significance and accessibility by more Twin Cities residents,” Pasiuk said. Walking and bicycling foster safer, more livable, family-friendly communities, promote physical activity and health, and reduce vehicle emissions and fuel use.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), using proceeds from the historic tobacco settlement, is Nice Ride Minnesota’s title sponsor. As part of its mission to improve the health of our communities by combating the obesity epidemic and sedentary lifestyles, Blue Cross also issued a challenge pledge last fall committing up to $1.5 million toward Nice Ride Minnesota’s Phase 2 expansion. The Bike Twin Cities grant has now triggered $500,000 of that pledge. According to Patrick Geraghty, President and CEO of Blue Cross, One of America’s biggest challenges is finding ways to make physical activity easy, fun, and convenient so it becomes part of everyday life. That’s why bike sharing is great for Minnesota. It’s easy and accessible, and Blue Cross is proud to continue our support towards Nice Ride’s expansion so that even more Minnesotan’s can bike their way to better health!

The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative is a group of local and national foundations working to leverage the Central Corridor light rail transit system to create neighborhoods that are places of opportunity for all. The Funders Collaborative’s Catalyst Fund has committed $250,000 for stations near light rail stations. According to Jonathan Sage-Martinson, Director, the bike sharing system is a great ‘last mile’ solution, extending the area served by light rail to businesses, schools and neighborhoods a short bike ride away.”

The High Winds Fund, which invests in the community surrounding Macalester College, has also committed $30,000 towards Phase 2 capital. With these commitments in place, and a few other irons in the fire, Nice Ride hopes to install approximately 50 new stations this spring. That will include eight stations already committed to North Minneapolis with funds secured through the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support and the federal Communities Putting Prevention to Work” program. Transit for Livable Communities also contributed to the North Minneapolis expansion. Expansion in Minneapolis and St. Paul comes with strong support from both City Halls.”

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North Loop Loft Renovations: Then and Now

5 Historic Minneapolis Warehouse Renovations

Crowd of people in warehouse district

Minneapolis has gone through somewhat of a renaissance over the past decade or so. Industrial buildings and warehouses that the city was built on have been renovated and converted into amazing urban dwellings. Here’s a list of my Top 5 historic renovations in the North Loop neighborhood. 

700 Washington Avenue N

One of the tallest structures in the Warehouse District, the name Tower Lofts comes from the prominent tower rising above the 6th floor roof. Before becoming the Tower Lofts this building was one of the largest artist’s coops in the Warehouse District, better known as the Studios @ 700.  The first residential occupancy was actually in 1982.

Then

Tower Lofts Yesterday
Gamble-Skogmo Building, Flour City Brush Company Building, Northern Bag Company Building, Studios @ 700

Built: 1920

Architect: Hewitt & Brown

Style: Medieval Revival

Now

Tower Lofts Live Work

Tower Lofts

Renovated: 2004

Architect: Elness Swenson Graham Architects

Style: Warehouse Loft, Live/Work, Open Floor Plan, Concrete Floors, 13 ft Cielings

525 3rd Street North

The Bookmen Lofts is one of the few historic renovations in the North Loop where the architect was able to build the addition of a 6th floor bump out/private rooftop deck for the top floor penthouse units.

Then

Bookmen Yesterday

Bookmen Printing Building, IWS Warehouse, Slocum Bergen Building, Red and White Food Stores Warehouse

Built: 1914

Architect: Long, Lamoreaux & Long

Style: Commercial

Now

Bookmen Lofts Penthouse

Bookmen Lofts

Renovated: 2004

Architect: James Dayton Design, Ltd.

Style: Warehouse Loft, Brick Walls, Concrete Floors

801 Washington Avenue N

801 Washington was originally home to a farm implement factory, a Studebaker Packard showroom and Shafer Refrigeration. The most recent tenant prior to the loft renovation was an Antiques dealer, Architectural Antiques.

Then

801 Washington

Pence Auto Co.

Built: 1914

Architect: John Wunder Co.

Style: Classical Revival

Now

801 Washington Today
801 Washington Ave Lofts

Renovated: 2003

Architect: Meyer Scherer Rockcastle Architects

Style: Warehouse Loft, Brick Walls, Wood Floors, Exposed Timber, Single and  Multi-Level 

748 3rd Ave N 

The City of Minneapolis apparently approved a plan to add two story penthouses atop the Hershel building which would have increased the height from 6 floors to 8 floors, but this never came together.

Then

Herschel mfg
Herschel Roth Manufacturing Co..

Built: 1915

Architect: Walter H. Wheeler.

Style: Commercial

Now

Herschel Lofts Minneapolis
Herschel Lofts

Renovated: 2006

Architect: Tanek Inc.

Style: Warehouse Loft, Brick Walls, Hardwood Floors

716 1st St. N.

In the early 1980’s the Itasca Lofts became the first warehouse conversion from industrial use to business and residential lofts in Minneapolis. 

Then

Warehouse district 2
Itasca Warehouse

Built: 1886

Architect: Long & Kees

Style: Richardsonian Romanesque

Now

The Itasca
The Itasca

Renovated: 1981

Architect: Edwins & Halden

Style: Warehouse Loft, Timber Loft, Brick Walls

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More historic North Loop photos @ “A Look Back at the North Loop: Photo Montage

Bookman Lofts: James Dayton-designed top-floor condo with views of the new Target Field

One of our Penthouse listings recently made the front page of the Star Tribune’s ‘Home Section’.  Gorgeous unit in one of the best buildings in the North Loop, Bookman Lofts.  The below article is from the Star Tribune.  Looking for current listings in the Bookman Lofts and Stacks?  Search Current Listings Here

Up on the roof

A spa-style master bath has replaced stacks of books in a James Dayton-designed top-floor condo with views of the new Target Field.

By LYNN UNDERWOOD, Star Tribune

Photos: Spacecrafting

Last update: November 30, 2010 – 11:17 AM

When Maya Petrovic was growing up in a Minneapolis suburb, she dreamed of living in a downtown condo with a rooftop deck.

“I always gravitated toward the city and people,” she said.

She got her wish in 2004 after she and Rob Colasanti moved to the top floor of the Bookmen Lofts in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood.

Architect James Dayton designed the conversion of the 1916 five-story brick building to condos. It was formerly the offices and distribution center of Bookmen Inc., a family-owned regional book wholesaler that was sold to the Ingram Book Group in 2002.

“We were attracted to the raw space with light brick walls and a skylight and saw the potential for the rooftop deck,” said Petrovic, a freelance writer.

Dayton helped them choose materials to enhance the classic minimalist loft interior defined by an open floor plan, 10-foot ceilings, distressed concrete floors and exposed duct work. He designed the steel spiral staircase that leads to a lofted space that has a wet bar. From there, Petrovic and Colasanti can step onto the 25- by 23-foot private rooftop deck that offers 360-degree views of the Minneapolis skyline and new Target Field. Inside the condo, they star-gaze through a window-size skylight. Other luxe features include a spa-style master bathroom outfitted with a chromatherapy-lit soaking tub.

The couple also bought into the Bookmen for its ideal location close to Mississippi River trails, a fenced dog park where they can exercise their Great Dane and scores of eclectic restaurants. Colasanti can even walk to his job as manager of the Fine Line Music Cafe.

Petrovic and Colasanti are selling their corner unit and plan to rent a condo. They no longer want to be tied down by homeownership. But since they will be staying in the North Loop, the only amenity they’ll have to give up is the one-of-a-kind rooftop deck.

“On the 4th of July we always had a party,” said Petrovic. “We could watch six different cities shooting off fireworks at once.”

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Condos Near Target Field

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Jeune Lune Bought Out of Foreclosure: First & First LLC Paid Approximately $885,000

 As reported in Finance and Commerce,  the ‘Jeune Lune’ building was bought out of foreclosure.  This mammoth 77,000 sq ft building is an icon the Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood.  It will be intersting to see what comes of this historic property.  See the article from Finance and Commerce below:

Jeune Lune building bought out of foreclosure

Posted: 7:00 pm Fri, October 29, 2010
By Burl Gilyard 

Photo: Bill Klotz 

The hulking, historic – and vacant – former home of Theatre de la Jeune Lune in downtown Minneapolis has a new owner. 

The “for sale” signs on the building are gone, replaced by “for lease” signs from Minneapolis-based Java Properties. 

Numerous sources identified the buyer as an LLC connected to Peter Remes. Minneapolis-based First & First LLC is listed as the owner on Hennepin County property tax records. 

Mark Krogh, principal with Java Properties, said that the firm is in the process of developing a plan for the property and is seeking a restaurant user for the former theater lobby space in the building. 

The building at 100 First Ave. N in downtown Minneapolis has been in foreclosure and went to a sheriff’s sale in February. 

Read More…… http://finance-commerce.com/2010/10/jeune-lune-building-bought-out-of-foreclosure/

A Look Back at The North Loop/Warehouse District; Photo Montage

Many of us have gotten to know and love the North Loop/Warehouse District as it is today.  Multiple condo developments, award winning restaurants, dive bars and of course the new Twins Stadium are all pretty recent developments in the area, but how did it look pre condo boom?

The North Loop was mainly an industrial area. Railroad yards and numerous warehouses and factories were the bulk of the territory.

When one thought about the warehouse district they may have associated it with the railroad transportation network.  It was the hub connecting Minneapolis with the rest of the Midwest and the rest of the country.   Wholesale, storage of goods related to milling and manufacturing were the most common uses of the numerous warehouses.

Today the neighborhood has a very different feel so it is cool to look back and reflect for a minute.  Enjoy the photo collection cherry picked from the Minnesota Historic Society’s website.

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Postgame Fireworks at Target Field

A message from Dave St. Peter of the Twins -
After 28 seasons under the Metrodome’s gray canvas, the Minnesota Twins will finally light up the night sky with two postgame pyrotechnic performances scheduled for Friday, July 2nd and Friday, August 13th at Target Field. Fans in the ballpark and throughout downtown Minneapolis will enjoy the fireworks launched from the top of the “B” Ramp. First pitch for both games is slated for 7:10 pm with the first comet fired about 10 minutes after the games’ completion (estimated to be around 10 pm).

Each show will last about 15 minutes and should not impede traffic departing from the game. The fireworks may be postponed in the event of severe weather or strong winds.

We ask that you share this information with your respective groups/associations and hope our friends throughout the Warehouse District and North Loop neighborhood enjoy these shows almost three decades in the making!

Please call or e-mail with any questions.

Win Twins!!!

Dave St. Peter