3.3 out of 10

Hawthorne

45.0054076719194 -93.2862287482179
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
  • Safe & Sound
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Professionals
  • Retirees

Reviews

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

"Cheap Housing in a Hard Hit Community"

An abundance of foreclosures have left many properties vacant at very affordable sale and rental prices. This northern Minneapolis neighborhood is next to the Mississippi River and provides quick access to other parts of the metropolitan area via I-94. Fairview Park offers some outdoor recreation and is located at the very center of the community. This area is close to the Warehouse District and its smaller neighborhoods located across the Mississippi as well as North Loop. Hawthorne has very few dining, retail and entertainment spots, but residents only have to travel less than a mile to downtown for everything they could need.

The Hawthorne neighborhood is a work in progress since hard economic times have made it a place of crime and poverty. There are efforts, however, to rebuild the community into an affordable and enjoyable place to live. Hawthorne is a wise investment for those who want to spend little money to buy a house and then have the property value increase over time as the neighborhood undergoes revitalization. Several local businesses dot the streets, but Hawthorne is mainly a residential area. Those looking to buy or rent their first house or those who simply wish to pinch pennies have numerous options with all the properties that are still vacant within this community. Residents should be weary of the occasional suspicious activity.
Pros
  • Affordable housing
  • Close to downtown
  • Revitalization
Cons
  • High crime and poverty
  • Few retail spots
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"A work in progress"

In North Minneapolis, the Hawthorne neighborhood is one of the communities that has seen a rise in foreclosures and empty homes, contributing to the stress the area has experienced over the years. For those looking for affordable housing, this loss of home owners in the area has left many of very reasonable options for those who are in the market. There are also classic row-houses in the neighborhood, and some of the historic homes date back to the 1880s. The people of Hawthorne are friendly and appear to want to work to improve and maintain their community.

In part of an effort to increase the safety, security, and sustainability of the Hawthorne community, a development project is in the works. The Hawthorne Eco-Village will be able to provide stable, affordable, and healthy places for individuals and families to live. It is hoped that this project will also then reduce the crime and poverty rates in the area which are relatively high, as well as improve the standard of living overall and clean up the neighborhood, while still maintaining its history.

One of the nice features of the Hawthorne community is Fairview Park in the middle of the neighborhood. You can go to the top of the hill within this park and see a great view of the skyline of Minneapolis
Pros
  • plans for Hawthorne Eco-Village
Cons
  • crime
  • poverty
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

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