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

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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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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

FHA Approved Condos Downtown Minneapolis: Full List

What is the minimum down payment requirement for FHA?

“Generally, the borrower must make a cash investment of at least 3.5 percent of the contract sales price as required by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.” FHA

What are the basic eligibility requirements for FHA financing?

“Generally, to be eligible for an FHA loan, you must have a valid social security number and have lawful residency in the United States and be of a legal age to sign on a mortgage in your state. Lenders will verify income, assets, liabilities, and credit history for all parties on the loan.” FHA

When considering purchasing Condos or Townhouses in Minneapolis with an FHA loan these project must have already been approved by the FHA and HUD.  Below is a full list of FHA approved condos and lofts in downtown Minneapolis.

Where can I buy downtown Minneapolis with an FHA Loan?

Harvester Lofts: 618 Washington Ave N

Franklin Lofts: 111 E Franklin Ave

The Crossings: 121 Washington Ave S

Rappahannock Flats Condominium: 607 S 9th St

Summit House: 400, 410 Groveland Ave

1200 on the Mall: 1200 Nicollet Ave

The River Towers Condos: 15 S 1st St and 19 S 1st St

301 Oak Grove: 301 Oak Grove St

Eat Street Flats: 15 E Franklin

710 Lofts: 710 N 4th St

720 Lofts: 720 N 4th St

730 Lofts: 730 N 4th St

Zenith Condos: 901 S 2nd St.

Madison Lofts: 1701 Madison Ave NE

Bridgewater Lofts: 215 10th Ave S

Groveland Terrace: 48, 50, 52 Groveland

Herschel Lofts: 748 N 3rd St

M Flats Condos: 2900 University Ave

Bookmen Lofts: 525 N 3rd St

Skyscape: 929 Portland Ave S

Security Warehouse: 404 Washington Ave N

5th Ave Lofts: 401 2nd St S

Calumet Lofts: 127 5th St NE

Carlyle: 100 3rd Ave S

Village Lofts at St Anthony Falls: 150 2nd St NE, 100 2nd St NE

1900 Stevens: 1900 Stevens Ave

Itasca Condos: 702-724 N. 1st St

801 Washington Lofts: 801 N Washington Ave

Tower Lofts: 700 Washington Ave N

Rock Island Lofts: 111 4th Ave N

River Tower Condos: 1920 S 1ST ST

Greenleaf Lofts: 9 W Franklin Ave

Cobalt Condos: 45 University Ave SE

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*for complete Minneapolis List visit Hud’s official website

Minneapolis Loft Stlyes

For many Minnesotans, moving downtown into an urban dwelling is about the lifestyle, general excitement and cultural opportunities of city living.  It often means a shorter commute to work or in some cases quite the opposite with the concept of an urban cabin.  The term ‘Loft’ is easier understood broken up into four loose categories.  There are various spin offs of the loft concept but in downtown Minneapolis there are basically 4 different styles of Lofts.

Warehouse Lofts “Hard Lofts”

A majority of the warehouse lofts in Minneapolis are located in and around downtown areas that were once industrial districts such as the North Loop. Former manufacturing plants retain their industrial flare, with freight elevators, concrete floors, exposed brick walls, timber beams and high ceilings. Loft buyers will enjoy the historical touches of these ”New York inspired” dwellings which often have open floor plans and few walls to separate living spaces.  In Minneapolis some example of  warehouse lofts in the North Loop would be the Security Lofts, Itasca Building, Bookman Lofts, 918 Lofts, and SOHO Lofts on Washington Ave N. 

New Construction Residential Lofts

If you like the loft feel but would prefer new construction there have been several condo developements downtown Minneapolis built to emulate the warehouse feel with elements like exposed duct-work and concrete floors. While not the authentic warehouse, new construction residential lofts are spaces designed in the warehouse-loft style but with post tension concrete, glass and steal. Like warehouse lofts, they often contain floor-to-ceiling windows, often times with non conforming walls and open floor plans but lack the industrial details of a historic structure.  Examples of new construction residential lofts in Minneapolis are the 710 Lofts, 720, Lofts, 730 Lofts, Bookman Stacks,  and Village Lofts.

Soft Lofts

The demand for loft style spaces but with more of a traditional layout has resulted in what is called a soft loft, or hybrid of what is known as more of a traditional feeling space with loft-style floor plans. These “softer” lofts may include room-like divisions more familiar to someone coming from a single family home but have the high ceilings and often times exposed concrete pillars.  Condo developements such as the 5th Ave Lofts, Bridgewater and Lyndsay Lofts are great examples of the the soft loft.

Live-Work Lofts

Live-Work Lofts are not as common downtown Minneapolis but a popular concept. Designed to house a home owner and his or her business, this style loft allows an  artist, manufacturer or other business owner to save moneyby living and working at the same address.  There will be some limitations to what you can use the space for in respects to retail i.e. restaurants ect. The majority of options in Minneapolis for Live-Work Lofts include the Madison Lofts, 801 Washington, CW Lofts and Tower Lofts. 

Not everyone agrees on what exactly a loft is.  The wide spectrum of loft styles in Minneapolis gives prospective buyers plenty of options tailored to personal taste. 

For a  Free Comprehensive List of Minneapolis Lofts please fill out my Condo and Loft Tour Form and I will email you your options broken down into the various categories.

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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