6.2 out of 10

Downtown West

Ranked 9th best neighborhood in Minneapolis
44.9783800755505 -93.2726937774453
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Childcare
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Where Business is King"

Downtown West is the business hub for Minneapolis and is also where the headquarters for numerous Fortune 500 companies are located. The typical day through these streets is passing by one suited professional after another between the many office buildings and dining spots. Downtown West is also home to smaller institutions of higher education including the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis, the Metropolitan State University- Minneapolis Campus and Minneapolis Community and Technical College. The Minneapolis City Hall and the Minneapolis Central Library sit right near the river and the Minneapolis Convention Center sits along I-94.

The Nicollet Mall provides families with something to do with many shops and restaurants while the rest of Downtown West caters to a more mature crowd with countless late night and upscale bars. Those looking to take a little look at nature can walk or take a bus down to Loring Park, where jogging trails and a tennis court are sure to keep people active. While the rest of Minneapolis has houses and complexes that offer a look into history, the majority of properties in Downtown West and newer and sleeker, and of course expensive. Rent most often exceeds $1,000 per month and sale prices are also on the pricey side. Those who can afford to live here, however, cannot deny the convenience of being able to walk to work and to all the favorite local spots.
Pros
  • Tons of dining and shopping
  • Next to the river
  • Tons of nightlife
Cons
  • High crime
  • expensive!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Core of Minneapolis Business"

Situated at the core of downtown Minneapolis is the neighborhood of Downtown West, which is also the Central Business District of Minneapolis. Home to Fortune 500 companies, upscale retail stores, luxury hotels, and trendy boutiques, the Downtown West community is the epitome of a neighborhood of success.

The Nicollet Mall runs south from Washington Avenue and is filled with extensive dining and shopping options for residents and visitors. Near that you have Hennepin Avenue which runs south from the Mississippi River and provides numerous locations for theatres, the arts, and entertainment. Downtown West is also the proud home of the Minnesota Orchestra, founded in 1903 and located in the Nicollet Mall.
The Downtown West neighborhood is not extensively residential, but there are apartment buildings and condos amid the office buildings, shops, and hotels. The residential spaces are often small one or two bedroom units, but for a steeper price tag than you might find in nearby communities. While many people spend their days in Downtown West, only a small number actually call it home.

In order to help create and maintain a positive atmosphere and environment, the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) works with residents and business owners in Downtown West to provide support services and improvement projects, as well as serve as a liaison between the residents and the developing agencies.
Pros
  • luxury boutiques
Cons
  • expensive!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

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