8.8 out of 10

Windom

44.8958780944627 -93.2853298773042
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Safe & Sound
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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

"Wonderful Windom"

Windom is the stepping stone to all the other great SW Minneapolis neighborhoods. We are conveniently located near the intersection of 35W and Crosstown 62. Lyndale, Nicollet and W 54th St are the major collector routes. There is a wonderfully diverse population and a great and affordable selection of housing options. The major retail areas are 54th and Lyndale and Nicollet, 60th and Nicollet and 61st and Lyndale. We are home to Bachmans anchor store and headquarters, Kowalskis and Cub Foods. Here is a link (http://tinyurl.com/lqovf3c) to the SW Journal web site that will give you a full listing of all the varied business, social, dining, health and worship opportunities. One thing to note, that is not listed on the site, is that Perkins is no longer there but has been replaced by the very first two story Goodwill donation and retail outlet.
Everything above is great but the real feel of Windom has to be experienced by just walking throughout the neighborhood. The people are THE BEST part of our neighborhood. Just go for a walk after supper or on the weekends and you will be greeted by lots of others out doing the same thing. My wife Teri and I have made so many friends all through the neighborhood just by walking or biking. Very often our walks take a little longer or are a bit shorter because we have stopped to chat about the new baby, the work being done at the home, gleaning any and all gardening tips we can or just saying hello and spending time getting to know our neighbors. Isn't this what a great neighborhood is supposed to be about? We love living here and plan on being residents for many years to come.
Doug & Teri (57th and Grand)
Pros
  • Convenient access to major freeways
  • Close to Minnehaha Parkway and Chain of Lakes
  • Several excellent schools serve the neighborhood kids
  • Great for families
  • affordable homes for new families
  • Close to airport
  • Low crime rate
Cons
  • Airplane noise
  • A little dull for younger crowds
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Boundary community that offers affordable housing"

The Windom neighborhood is situated to the very south of the Minneapolis community, and is the southern city limit boundary. While it might seem far away from everything that the city has to offer, it is actually very close to the suburbs of Edina and Richfield, two great communities themselves. The residential portion of this community is made up of homes that were built mostly before the 1940s, and are nice two or three bedroom houses that have been well-maintained. The prices for these houses are lower than average when compared to others in Minneapolis, and also offer affordable housing options to those in the surrounding suburbs. A fair share of the residences in Windom are multi-family units or apartments, making them even more affordable to young people, seniors, and young families. Edina tends to run on the higher end of average pricing, so Windom is a good option for those with a smaller budget. There are also two charter schools within the community.
The neighborhood of Windom sits at the bottom of the chain of lakes region giving residents easy access to the many opportunities for year-round activities and recreation. People from Windom can also find great places to shop along Lyndale and Penn Avenues, and there are several major retail stores near the highways in that area.
Pros
  • affordable homes for new families
  • Great for families
Cons
  • A little far from the central neighborhoods
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Throughway Between the Urban and Suburban"

The transparent border between the urban and suburban areas of the Minneapolis metropolitan area, Wisdom offers many things for those looking to settle down a little out of the way of the hustle and bustle of the more centralized neighborhoods. The homes consist of beautiful two and three story wooded architecture and style that speak of times before World War II, offering a subtle look into history. Windom also shares the southern borders of Minneapolis with the smaller cities of Edina and Richfield and is within close proximity to the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. The community also offers many shopping options, most of which are from larger retailers, and residents have easy access to outdoor recreational spots like the Chain of Lakes and the Minnehaha Creek Parkway.
Named so after the former senator, William Windom, Windom is a site of activity, but such that is identified with families. Housing is a bit out of the price range of many young single adults and students, but is affordable for those with one or more children. The available housing is limited to single or multi- family abodes, most of which have been built in stages throughout the neighborhood with the smaller, single family houses forming a grid layout. The larger homes were built during the 1970's in a more spares pattern and are slightly closer to main public transportation routes. With I-35W forming the southern and eastern borders, residents enjoy being able to move in and out of the neighborhood with ease in addition to a very low crime rate compared to other Minneapolis communities.
Pros
  • Low crime rate
  • Close to airport
  • Great for families
Cons
  • A little far from the central neighborhoods
  • More expensive housing
  • A little dull for younger crowds
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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