5.5 out of 10

Cooper

44.9455858445841 -93.2105219309276
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Childcare
  • Schools
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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

"History, Beauty and Water"

Those who live in Cooper have the luxury of being just steps away from the Mississippi River and just being downriver from downtown Minneapolis. The neighborhood was named after the historically acclaimed author, James Fenimore Cooper, and the streets maintain a historic appeal with its many homes that predate World War II. Those wishing to live in Cooper would be most comfortable with a relatively high income since a great number houses are priced just under or just over $200,000 and rent is seldom below $750 per month.

The majority of historic homes are modest in size, with one or two bedrooms. E. Lake St. is where the majority of businesses are located and it later turns into Marshall Ave. after crossing the river. There are no public schools in the Cooper community, but there is a private education option with Minnehaha Academy, which is set on the river banks. The local population, which consists of various age groups, with very few college students, enjoy having access to numerous riverside parks and easy access to downtown via W. River Parkway.
Pros
  • Affordable homes
  • Beautiful historic neighborhood
  • Next to the river
Cons
  • No public schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Historic Neighborhood on the River"

The Cooper neighborhood, part of the larger Longfellow Community, of southeastern Minneapolis runs along the western shore of the Mississippi River, and is adjacent to the Mississippi River Gorge – an 80+ foot gorge cut by the years of engineering maneuvering during the milling boom of the history of Minneapolis. This is now a federally protected natural landscape.

The neighborhood of Cooper got its name from James Fenimore Cooper, an American novelist who was born in 1789 and is probably most famous for writing The Last of the Mohicans. It is now primarily a residential neighborhood, with a commercial corridor near Lake Street. Residents and visitors can find parks scattered among the banks of the Mississippi River. Homes in the area are on average between $100,000 and $200,000, with virtually all of them being priced less than $300,000.

In 2005 the residents said goodbye to Cooper Elementary School, meaning that those children now have to travel to other communities for their education. However, Cooper is also home to the very prestigious Minnehaha Academy on West River Parkway, a rigorous private Christian school that overlooks the Mississippi River. There are also a variety of restaurants and stores in the Cooper neighborhood, including the Blue Moon Coffee Café, Corazon, the Craftsman Restaurant, and Riverstone Salon and Spa.
Pros
  • history of the area
  • low costs of homes
Cons
  • lost an elementary school
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

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