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Shorewood is an entirely different kind of place. Big, sprawling and comprised of all the land no other city wanted in the rush to incorporate during the 1950s, it stretches for six miles along parts of both sides of Highway 7 going west from Minnetonka to Minnetrista. Shorewood has a lengthy stretch of lakeshore and includes three islands, Spray, Enchanted, and Shady Island, which can only be reached from the north side of the lake. Homes in Shorewood range from moderately priced to very expensive. Three of the upscale neighborhoods are Christmas Lake, south of Highway 7, on the east end of Shorewood, Boulder Bridge on Lake Minnetonka in the west, and Waterford, south of Highway 7 at Old Market Road near Christmas Lake. Built in the 1980s, Waterford offers executive-level two-story homes and has its own city water system. (Only about one+third of Shorewood has city water; all has sewer.) Going west out Highway 7, there are more moderately priced neighborhoods of much smaller houses, circa 1970, with much bigger yards, built around Lake Minnewashta to the south, and Minnewashta Elementary school to the north.
Shorewood residents use Excelsiors' "downtown" as their own, but there are four strip malls and service areas within Shorewood: Highway 7 near Vine Hill, Highway 7 at Highway 41, and on Highway 19 going toward Navarre. Incorporated in the 1960s, Shorewood was able to make joint power agreements with the surrounding cities and shares many services including South Lake Minnetonka Police and the Excelsior Fire Department. There are five parks in Shorewood, offering playgrounds, tennis courts, ball fields and ice-skating. It is also situated along the Southwest LRT trail.
Shorewood is the one city around the lake that has open land and has expressed an interest in providing new affordable and life-cycle housing (housing for people through all the different stages of their lives). Unfortunately, with land prices skyrocketing and a dearth of public transportation and public support, it has only been moderately successful.
"Not in my backyard" is a popular refrain here. It's been difficult to convince residents to give up the protection of low-density zoning. It does make for interesting council meetings.