7.1 out of 10

Nicollet Isle / East Bank

44.9906900017126 -93.2521815023624
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Childcare
  • Internet Access
  • Schools
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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

"The Island at the Center of it All"

Nicollet Island is proof of a charming island getaway surviving well within an urban area. The island along with the East Bank area along the Mississippi River has only recently seen an influx in population since it was previously left alone. Both commercial and residential spaces have been erected, with most being added within the past thirty years, and have attracted residents of various types. Though families do occupy Nicollet Isle/ East Bank, this is a neighborhood known for a high concentration of young educated professionals. The island has some very distinct late 19th century historic houses. Given that the land area for this community is smaller, it is natural that the population would also be modest in size.

The housing prices come in a very wide range with some properties below $200,000 and others exceeding seven figures. Those interested in living in this community just have to do a very thorough search to make sure that they find a place that fits within their income. East Bank has the majority of businesses while Nicollet Island is mainly residential. The river banks have numerous eating and shopping spots as well as a new grocery store. Residents here have no need for personal vehicles since they have access to all the public transportation they will ever need.
Pros
  • Small town vibe
  • Eating and shopping spots
  • close to downtown but still small town feel
Cons
  • Expensive real estate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Build it and they will come"

Perhaps it is because until recently there were no new apartment buildings or a wide selection of grocery or retail shops, but Nicollet Island and the East Bank neighborhoods did not have the influx of development see in other places with such proximity to Downtown. That is all changing lately, and residents and visitors alike are finding that investing in the businesses and residential buildings is this area is helping to make it a great place to raise a family or settle and retire.
Almost directly in the center of Minneapolis, Nicollet Island/East Bank has grown along the riverside, and homes on the 47 acre island reflect the history of the area. They are typically Victorian, built in the late 1800s. Compared to other areas of Minneapolis, the population of Nicollet Island/East Bank is relatively small, especially in the residential areas. Homes in the area vary in price pretty drastically, from $100,000 to a million+, and the apartment choices seem just as eclectic.
More life can be found along the East Bank section of the community, as new shops, business offices, and restaurants are making this a popular place to visit and live. A new Lunds grocery store in the area also has residents really excited, bringing convenience and amenities to their own neighborhood. If you want to travel into Downtown, Nicollet Island/East Bank is closely connected via public transportation.
Pros
  • close to downtown but still small town feel
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

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