Deephaven is full of families of all ages who enjoy the world-class Minnetonka Schools as well as empty-nesters who love the lake living lifestyle.
One of Deephaven’s chief attractions is Lake Minnetonka with its three deep-cut bays bordering the city. The points and peninsulas overlooking the lake provide some of the city’s most beautiful views. With six beaches and serval boat launches available for resident use, the lake furnishes endless opportunities for year-round recreation activities!
Deephaven residents are given complimentary parking passes each spring allowing them parking at the beaches and boat launches. This helps keep the use of our lake facilities primarily to our smaller community of residents, families, and friends.
South of Wayzata, down Highway 101, Woodland, and Deephaven (area. 2.3 square miles), are quiet residential villages on the lower lake. Houses in these communities are large, set in grounds of one plus acres until you get to the neighborhoods of Groveland Assembly Ground in Woodland, and Deephaven Park and Cottagewood in Deephaven, which offer smaller houses built close together on lots originally stakedout for tent camping. One old house on Cottagewood Avenue has been featured In Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and you'll find the little red 1893 Cottagewood Store pictured on local Christmas cards. Recently some of the older, smaller homes have been torn down and replaced with contemporary houses complete with triple garages that have the effect of walking the lake views off from the street. The neighborhood of Deephaven Park, on St. Louis Bay, has fared better. Here the waterfront is used for tennis courts, a swimming beach, and boat docks; and the fieldstone foundations offer nostalgic glimpses of the past when a grand hotel and its surrounding summer cottages stood here. Other historic neighborhoods include Walden, Chimo, and Northome/Cedarhurst, where houses have been built on properties that used to be large estates. Off the lake, there are relatively more affordable neighborhoods: Fairhomes and the houses around St. Therese Church, at the north end of town, Heathcote in the middle and Rosedale/Hooper lake Road at the south end. For those who live away from the lake, Deephaven has public docks and mooring buoys, but the waiting list is many years long. Deephaven has long been the kind of place where you can start walking in front of a mansion, but when you turn the corner you're in a lane where somebody is building a boat bigger than his little house, though, with the development that is occurring in both Deephaven and Woodland, those days may be coming to an end.
Deephaven is an outdoor kind of town. Boats bob on Carson's and St. Louis bays and the Minnetonka Yacht Club's fine sailors are world famous. Recreation facilities include four sets of tennis courts, a paddleball court, three main swimming beaches, three parks, hockey rinks, baseball diamonds and the Southwest LRT (hiking, biking, and ski) Trail. Deephaven has sewer, but not city water, consequently, it only has a small commercial area along Minnetonka Boulevard near Highway 101. Tiny Woodland (area, .8 square miles), has no busineses; no commercial property; no sidewalks; and, except for the closely-packed, modest Groveland Assembly Ground near Highway 101, no sewer or water. It is one of the smallest municipalities in the Twin Cities, with 190 houses sitting atop Breezy Point, a fist of land that juts out into the eastern end of the lake. People here vote at someone's home and the mayor usually runs unopposed. Though quaint would not be the adjective to describe this small town-Sunday gawkers head here to look at the multi-million-dollar estates, including a medieval re-creation and the Norwegian consulate.
Families with school-age children are drawn to this area by more than the desire to live at a good address-Wayzata School District #284 gets five stars from parents for its academic and sports programs, and for how well it succeeds at integrating new students. Nearby Orono School District #278 is small and personal with an excellent music program, and Minnetonka School District #276 has a reputation for working well with gifted students. (See Child Care and Schools.)
For those who are interested in local history, resident Ellen Wilson Meyer has written three books about Lake Minnetonka: Happenings Around Deephaven, Happenings Around Wayzata, and Happenings Around Excelsior, and the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society has published Picturesque Lake Minnetonka which features nostalgic glimpses of the good old days.
Web Site: www.cityofdeephaven.org
Area Code: 952
Zip Codes: 55331, 55391
Post Offices: 229 Minnetonka Avenue South, Wayzata, 800-275- 8777; located In the Coffee 101 shop, 17623 Minnetonka Boulevard, Deephaven, 952-404-1868; 545 First Street, Excelsior and 7730 Laredo Drive, Chanhassen, 800-275-8777
Deephaven/Woodland City Hall: 20225 Cottagewood Road, Deephaven,952-474-4755
Pollce non-emergency: 952-474-7555
Fire non-emergency: 952-474-3261
Library: 341 2nd Street, Excelsior, 952-474-8760; 620 Rice Street, Wayzata, 952-475-4690; www.hennepin.lib.mn.us
School: Minnetonka School District #276, 952-470-3400
Community Publlcatlon: Deephaven Sun Sailor, 952-829-0797, www.mnsun.com
Bus Transportation: For routes and schedules call the MCTO, 612- 373-3333, www.metrotransit.org. Number 75 buses run several times a day to Minneapolis. Number 74 buses provide commuter service, morning and evening rush hours, non-stop to downtown Minneapolis, in 19 minutes. The Park & Ride lot is located at Wayzata Boulevard at Barry Avenue. They start leaving Wayzata at 6:45 a.m. and begin returning about 4:30 p.m. The Wayzata Trolley provides free service departing from The Depot (on Lake Street) and circulating through the commercial district. The trolley does not operate in the winter.
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