There are many great neighborhoods around Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles in fact, it’s hard to go wrong here but one of the most vibrant is East Isles. This long and lean neighborhood between Hennepin Avenue and Lake of the Isles can be whatever you wish it to be: a peaceful, high-end area filled with stately homes near the lake, or a hip, urban spot feeding off the energy of the Uptown commercial district near Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street. Either way, you’ll find many gorgeous homes here, as well as plenty of apartments, condos, and townhomes that make the neighborhood accessible to those who can’t afford million-dollar lakeside mansions. A big part of East Isles’ appeal is all of the attractions within walking distance. You can step out your door and head to any number of restaurants (check out Duplex on Hennepin Avenue South), two high-end grocery stores, the much-loved Isles Bun & Coffee, the Uptown Theatre and Lagoon Cinema, and countless shopping venues. And, of course, you can walk to Lake of the Isles itself, a huge bonus year-round. Not all residents live lakeside, many of the skaters, bikers, and joggers you'll pass live between Kenwood and Hennepin Avenue, where the hills of East Isles sport several architecturally significant houses and many well-maintained apartments. The Purcell-Cutts house at 2328 Lake Place is considered one of the best examples of Prairie School architecture in the state. Young professional families live in these large houses where the neighborhood personality is both active and sophisticated. To find an apartment here, look for discrete signs posted in yards or windows-rarely do the best ones make the classifieds.
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