The Linden Hills neighborhood captures some of the best qualities of Southwest Minneapolis: beautiful older homes, proximity to Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet, and a quaint, small-town feel. Here you’ll find families riding the historic streetcar line, enjoying free outdoor concerts at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, or playing ball at Linden Hills Park. The neighborhood’s hub at West 43rd Street and Upton Avenue South illustrates Linden Hills’ blend of small-town charm and city sophistication. It boasts a butcher shop, bakery, boutiques, quality restaurants (the Zumbro Café is a neighborhood classic), and an adorable children’s bookstore, Wild Rumpus, which even has a pint-sized purple front door for kids. Therein lies one of Linden Hills’ major selling points: It’s about as family-friendly as you can get, with good schools, plentiful parks, and low crime rates. It doesn’t come cheap, though. Smaller homes start in the $300,000s-400,000s while larger homes near the lakes can easily cost $1 million. But isn’t it worth it for a place that still hosts corn feeds and sock hops?