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Overview of Excelsior

Located just 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Excelsior, Minn., is a small city of 2,188 people. Excelsior spans just one square mile of land, but its personality and character are reflective of a much larger city. With a Walkscore of 75, this little town offers numerous amenities within walking distance of all residents' homes, as well as convenient access to Minneapolis via highway access and Light Rail service.

Excelsior was founded in 1853, marking the colonization of the Lake Minnetonka area. The area originally served as a resort town for wealthy businessmen and aristocrats. Steamboats began to proliferate beautiful Lake Minnetonka, while tourist attractions like the Excelsior Amusement Park began to attract out-of-towners. From the colonization of Excelsior came the communities of Wayzata, Minnetonka and Tonka Bay.

Those searching for Excelsior apartments for rent will come to enjoy the city's convenient walkability, access to Lake Minnetonka and outstanding city vibe. The area is known for its ability to draw visitors from the Twin Cities region.

Living in Excelsior, MN

Excelsior still revels in its historic roots, boasting a vibrant downtown, restored streetcar and steamboat tours, and a historic museum. Downtown Excelsior serves as the gathering place for this small city, attracting both locals and visitors to events like girls' nights out, the Excelsior farmers market, concerts in the park, "Art on the Lake" and more. The numerous stores in downtown Excelsior boast a customer service ideal reminiscent of simpler times, while walkable streets, accessible public transit and an urban vibe carry Excelsior into the future.

Although Excelsior is packed into one square mile of city space, it boasts beautiful natural spaces like parks and beaches. The Commons, a park that dates back to the origins of the city, spans 13 acres of recreation areas, picnic sites, a bathhouse, playgrounds, two beaches, boat docks and tennis courts. Additionally, residents can opt to participate in the city's community gardens, which are located in Excelsior Parkland.

Excelsior Work and Study

Although Excelsior is not home to any major colleges or universities, numerous institutes of higher learning are located within commutable distance to Excelsior. Normandale Community College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Capella University, Hennepin Technical College, Walden University, Augsburg College and North Hennepin Community College are all located within 17 miles of Excelsior.

Because of its small land area, Excelsior generally serves as a bedroom community. According to city-data.com, the mean travel time to work for Excelsior residents is 22.2 minutes. Many residents work in either the Twin Cities themselves or one of the metro's larger suburbs. The top employers in Hennepin County are University of Minnesota, Thayer/Hidden Creek, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Hennepin County, Fairview University Medical Center and Ameriprise Financial.

Rentals in Excelsior, MN and Cost of Living

According to city-data.com, Excelsior's cost of living index is 116.9, which is 16.9 percent higher than the U.S. average. Excelsior's high desirability contributes to its living costs. Those searching for Excelsior apartments for rent should be happy to note that 59.8 percent of Excelsior homes are renter-occupied. The median gross rent in Excelsior is $762 per month.

Excelsior Attractions and Special Events

Excelsior's location on the banks of Lake Minnetonka allows residents unique access to historic Minnesota steamboats. The Museum of Lake Minnetonka offers public cruises on the historic Minnehaha steamboat. The Minnesota Streetcar Museum showcases historic local streetcars, and allows visitors to take a ride on the Excelsior Streetcar Line.

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