Top 5 Condos and Lofts Downtown Minneapolis: Rooftop Decks

Another perk to condo and loft living downtown Minneapolis– gorgeous views! Below are my top 5 picks for best rooftop decks.

Stone Arch Lofts: You can’t use the rooftop deck all year long but during spring and summer time in Minnesota it becomes a huge perk. One of the best reasons to live in a building with a usable rooftop is the view. You don’t get much better views of the riverfront and Stone Arch Bridge than the ones from the roof of the Stone Arch Lofts.

Stonearch Condos Minneapolis

Humboldt Lofts: The Humboldt Lofts is one of the more exclusive addresses downtown Minneapolis. Surrounded by mill ruins and river views, this rooftop is truly a space that embraces what it means to live in the Mill District.

Humboldt Condos Minneapolis

Tower Lofts: With over 2000 sq ft of usable rooftop space, the Tower Lofts has the largest outdoor condo communal area in the North Loop.  The deck is more or less broken up into a section for grilling and another for lounging.  You do get some river views but I would argue the city views are really what it’s all about.

Tower lofts Minneapolis

Phoenix on the River: If you are looking for views of the Mississippi River with the backdrop of the Minneapolis Skyline this is your rooftop deck.  Facing basically south the Phoenix on the River’s rooftop is unique to this list being the only one on the St. Anthony Main side of the river.  This is one huge outdoor space with lots of potential.

Phoenix on the River

The Carlyle: The best part about the rooftop deck at The Carlyle aside from the views is the pool and hot tub.  There are limited condo developments downtown Minneapolis with this amenity and I am sure it can be quite the scene.  Equipped with a grilling station and lounge chairs this is one swanky rooftop deck

Carlyle Condos

Mike Seebinger– Urban Realtor Downtown Resource Group – Urban Real Estate

Renting at The Carlyle: Masterpiece Home

Rent at The Carlyle 

Rare opportunity in The Carlyle highrise downtown Minneapolis: 32nd floor Carlyle Masterpiece Home corner unit for lease with the best views in Mpls! This corner condo features floor to ceiling windows throughout with spectacular views of the downtown Mpls skyline, Mill District and Mississippi River, gourmet kitchen with large island, master suite with beautiful bathroom and huge walk in closet (with orgainizers), large balcony with gas outlet, window treatments throughout and more!
Address: 100 3rd Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55401 Listing
Type: Rent
Property Type: Condo
Interior Size: 1600 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 2 room(s)
Bathrooms: 2 room(s)
Garage Size (# of cars): 1 (Option for 2nd)

Price: $3750
Terms Available: 12 month lease
Move-In Date: 5/1/2011
Deposit: $3750
Pets: No
Utilities INCLUDED: All utilities included except for electricity and premium Direct TV
Application Fee: $75 Per Person – Gittleman RHR

Current Available Caryle Rentals

Amenities:
Pool, Spa, Bonus Room, Living Room, Dining Room, Fireplace, Balcony, Security System, Garage Door Opener, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-In Closets, Panoramic View, Patio, Central Air, Master Bedroom, Gourmet Kitchen
Local Area Information:

The Carlyle is located in the heart of the Mill District area, right at the 3rd Avenue Bridge taking you to St. Anthony Main. With Skyway access just one block away and Light Rail Station just 5 blocks away, this is a perfect location for downtown business executives who travel. Easy access to Mpls parks and trails, highway system, fine dining and shopping.

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Time to Get in Shape: Top 5 Condo Gyms in Minneapolis

DTM5: Top Five Minneapolis Condo Gyms

 via: South-of-Canada

Pinnacle FallsPinnacle Falls Gym

Downtown Mike knows the condo scene, really well. Actually, he knows things you probably don’t even realize you need to know. Mike will regularly feature his top 5 in any given category, hence, “Downtown Mike’s Top Five (DTM5)” Which will come in handy as a resource when you or a friend are looking to move downtown. This week we start with the top 5 gyms. Because healthy living is the way to go.

You’ll be impressed by the options each of these condos offer! Living downtown is a pretty sweet deal…

1. 100 3rd Ave S (Mill District): CarlyleCarlyle pool gym
Features: Praxis Healing Spa is attached to the gym (Here you can get a massage, get your nails did, hot stone massage, acupuncture, etc.) They also have a Yoga/Pilates room and classes. 24 Hr Fitness Center (windows overlooking pool), tanning booths, rooftop lap pool (one of only a few outside-rooftop pools downtown), hot tub, outdoor grilling station and fire pit with views of downtown skyline… a necessity when living downtown.

2. 500 E Grant (Elliot Park): Grant ParkGrant park gym
Features:  All year round-indoor Pool, tanning, massage Room, hot tub, sauna, fitness center.

3. 20 2nd St NE/110 1st Ave NE (NE Mpls): Pinnacle/FallsPinnacle Falls
Features: Newly renovated gym, originally an apartment building converted into condos, yoga room, fitness center, basketball hoop on the rooftop terrace, attached to gym, pool, sauna, hot tub.

4. 929 Portland Ave S: SkyscapeSkyscape Hot Tub
Features: Fitness Center, yoga and pilates studio, and plenty of space for individual and group activities. cardio and weight training equipment, individual TV’s while you train, a whirlpool spa (no regular pool), a sauna, a massage room, and nice views of the rooftop park and the downtown skyline from treadmills.  Group fitness classes twice a week.

5.  401 S 1st St (Mill district), Riverwest:Riverwest Gym
Features:  24 Hr Fitness Center, sauna, hot tub, very active outdoor pool with unobstructed views of downtown skyline, outdoor grilling station and fire pit with views of downtown skyline, attached to club room with pool table and kitchen.

I have been in all of these facilities many times and would say that the ranking is pretty accurate.  The Carlyle is the Country Club concept, Grant park more of a Lifetime Fitness, Pinnacle/Falls and Riverwest the YMCA and Skyscape are like something you would find at a chic hotel. 

-Mike S