5.5 out of 10

Como

44.9877877583703 -93.2234136950718
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Professionals

Reviews

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

"Home to Both Young and Old"

The surrounding industrial areas would not make one think that a community like Como was close by. Between the University of Minnesota, Mid-City Industrial and Murray Field Area with railroad tracks passing through, Como is in fact a harmonious neighborhood where residents of various ages live together. Businesses are located along E. Hennepin and Como Avenues, but the majority of streets are filled with residential spaces. The populations is a mix of families, students, younger professionals and retired individuals. Residents can enjoy an upbeat lifestyle that is at the same time subdued. A diner and coffee shops provide places for study and casual conversation while the noise of the University neighborhood is out of reach for those who need some peace and quiet.

While most Minneapolis neighborhoods consist of either mostly renters or mostly home owners, Como caters equally to both crowds. Families and older individuals can settle down with some established houses while students can rent small bungalows or apartments. Both the sale and renting prices are mid-range, which is natural given its close proximity to downtown and the university. One of the most notable things about Como, however, is its neighborly love. Residents look out for each other and work to maintain a tight- knit, yet welcoming community.
Pros
  • Diverse population
  • Close to campus and downtown
Cons
  • Very high traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A cross-section of family and student life"

Named after Como Avenue, the Como neighborhood (sometimes referred to as Southeast Como) is nestled in a vibrant University community. Just north of Dinkytown and the east bank campus of the University of MN, Como neighborhood boasts the history of early 20th century homes, many of them bungalows or of Victorian architecture.

These Victorian style homes have been in large part converted into student housing. There are a few newer homes and multi-dwelling homes that have been built in recent years, drawing new families to the area. A new University child care center has also recently opened in the neighborhood. The Como neighborhood also has an elementary school for local families, three churches of varying religions, and a mosque.

Families and student alike enjoy the close-knit neighborhood with tree-line streets and gardens. Small businesses lines several of the streets in Como Neighborhood, including 2 small grocery stores, a hardware store, coffee shops, gas stations, and several dining establishments.
Tucked into this busy neighborhood is Van Cleve Park. Families, individuals, and students can enjoy this park year round through the playground, wading pool, winter ice rink, and several sporting fields. This park also includes an area dedicated to educational gardening for children.

Continued improvement of this Como neighborhood is expected through the Southeast Como Improvement Association, which has been advocating in the neighborhood for more than 25 years.
Pros
  • There is a unique relationship between families, retired peoples, and students in the neighborhood, giving it an unusual but beneficial mix of perspectives.
Cons
  • The streets can be busy and traffic-filled.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

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