6.2 out of 10

Downtown East

44.9759200428735 -93.253857066214
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Pest Free
  • Childcare
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

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

"Art and Nightlife Gallore"

Downtown East is at the heart of Minneapolis and is also a center for the fine arts. Cultural centers including the MacPhil Center for Music, Guthrie Theater and Mill City Museum call this urban hub home. The neighborhood touches the Mississippi River to the north and is directly next to the West Bank buildings of the University of Minnesota. Though it was formerly a place for business and aesthetic pleasures, Downtown East has also evolved into quite the residential are over the past decade. Housing consists almost entirely of apartment complexes and condos, but the cherry on top is how dirt cheap the rent is for properties closer to the interstate, sometimes going as low as $300 a month. Of course, properties facing the river are slightly more expensive and buying a place here will add a dent into someone's wallet.

Higher educational facilities dot the neighborhood from the University of Minnesota to the North Central Bible College and the Swedish Hospital provides residents with any medical needs they may have. Families and those who like anything close to absolute silence during the night would do best to avoid living here. Also, the criminal activity that takes place every now and then does deter some. The local population is mostly young professionals, students and every now and then artists. The food and nightlife options are plentiful, leaving those who live here very few reasons to ever step out. Sports fans will love living here as well since Downtown East is where the Hubert H. Humphery Metrodome is located. In short, Downtown East is a great place to live for the young at heart, but only good for visiting for those who like a little peace and quiet.
Pros
  • Tons of nightlife
  • Next to the river and campus
  • Cheap rental prices
Cons
  • High crime
  • Very noise
  • Crowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Culture and Trendy Rennovations"

In the heart of Minneapolis you will find the neighborhood of Downtown East, a center for culture, heritage, and trendy renovations. Surrounded in part by the Mississippi River and Interstate 35W, Downtown East is home to many recreational and social opportunities. The infamous Metrodome, Gold Medal Park, the MacPhail Center for Music, and the Guthrie Theatre all call the Downtown East community home. These major influences help to provide and promote awareness of social, historical, and cultural activities and opportunities. Whether you want to see a play, watch a ball game, or visit and learn more about a historical mill or factory, Downtown East has what you are looking for, and more.

Many of the older mills and industry buildings have more recently been converted and renovated into trendy lofts, commercial properties, or residential spaces (many of them high-rise). While only a small portion of the overall neighborhood is comprised of residential buildings, those who live there and those who visit can all take advantage of numerous restaurants and shops in the area, especially along the waterfront where a new park has been developed. This new park attempts to teach visitors about the history of Minneapolis, specifically about the milling industry and featuring the Mill City Museum.
Pros
  • theatres and shops
Cons
  • crowded
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

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