Visitors and residents alike fall in love with Minneapolis because of the Calhoun-Isles community with its linked "Chain of Lakes" and the myriad activities possible here: running, roller-blading, biking, swimming, sailing, people-watching, etc. Calhoun is one of the top lakes for windsurfing in the Twin Cities, and the running/biking paths around all these lakes are part of the Grand Round Parkways (see Lakes and Parkways).
The Calhoun-Isles community was the first Minneapolis suburb, and it's still one of the most popular places for newcomers to settle. For those working in the northwest or western suburbs, this is a particularly convenient place to live as you'll be able to travel on Highway 7 and Cedar Lake Road and avoid the gridlock on 1-394. For those who work in downtown Minneapolis, the office is only a short walk, bike ride, or brief bus ride away.
Calhoun-Isles can be divided into three distinct districts: the trendy, populous rental neighborhoods commonly known as Uptown; the meandering streets along the southwest border of the city that make up Bryn Mawr, Cedar-Isles-Dean and West Calhoun; and the city's most expensive neighborhoods, Kenwood, Lowry Hill, and East Isles, which wrap around Lake of the Isles.
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