Historically a working-class area of Eastern European immigrants, Northeast Minneapolis has become a hot spot in recent years, attracting new residents with its unpretentious feel, reasonable home prices, burgeoning art scene, and neighborhood bars on seemingly every corner. The hub of Northeast’s new development and nightlife lies near East Hennepin by the river, but you’ll find quieter residential neighborhoods farther north. Audubon Park is on such neighborhood: Its hilly streets exude a warm community feel and its houses are still moderately priced, with many starting in the $200,000s. The homes get nicer as you move east, with the most elaborate clustered around Stinson Boulevard and St. Anthony Boulevard. Though most of the Audubon Park neighborhood is residential, its western edge borders Central Avenue, one of the biggest and most diverse thoroughfares in Northeast Minneapolis. Here you’ll find ethnic eateries (try the Holy Land Deli) and a higher concentration of rental properties. Audubon Park also has its own small-town commercial hub at Johnson Street Northeast and 29th Avenue Northeast, featuring the requisite coffee shop, bookstore, gift shop and neighborhood restaurant. For some, the neighborhood may seem a bit quiet, but it can be a great place to enjoy the character of Northeast without getting stuck in a spotty area or caught in the commotion of the commercial districts.
The logistics of buying a home can be complicated for most of us. There is a lot of paperwork and steps we take before we arrive at the closing table and are given the keys to our new kingdom. What many buyers are not aware of is the battle between ... Read More