Also known as the Warehouse District, North Loop Minneapolis is yet another up-and-coming neighborhood teeming with new business, new construction, and new residents. But it wasn't always this way. The revival of this industrial wasteland can be attributed to the renovation and conversion of abandoned warehouses into trendy apartments, boutiques, and restaurants.
The vintage aspect of these historic apartments and lofts is truly one of the most alluring aspects of living in North Loop. Even the shops and restaurants have brick accents and wood floors, while some of the apartment buildings still bear the faded original logos of the companies that once thrived there. This neighborhood caters to the renter population, so often North Loop Minneapolis apartments are often priced in the mid-range.
You will never want for things to do in North Loop Minneapolis. You just won't. Want to see a play? Done. An opera? No problem. A super hip indie rock band that no one has heard of? There's three playing tonight within five blocks of your apartment. This area was revived by artists that needed cheap studio space, and part of the neighborhood's charm is that it still hasn't lost its grit. North Loop continues be a hotbed for artists, galleries, and venues galore.
If you're into shopping and you're not so into the Mall of America, North Loop features a large array of boutique shops where you can get one-of-a-kind goods. It's becoming a really popular place for high-end menswear, but don't worry ladies! There's cool stuff for you, too.
Minneapolis is nationally recognized for its intense foodie culture, and North Loop is no exception to this trend. In fact, there are about 520 restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in this neighborhood alone. And don't expect many of those to be of the chain variety. Eric Dayton, owner of popular North Loop restaurant The Bachelor Farmer said, "There's a creative and entrepreneurial energy to the neighborhood that attracts and inspires people," and this creativity undoubtedly translates to the cuisine. You will never be lacking in trendy food and crafty cocktails if you make North Loop Minneapolis your home.
And did we mention bars? Whether you prefer dive bars or house-infused cocktails, you'll easily find your favorite neighborhood watering hole in no-time. There are also dance clubs and small music venues, so go dance to that DJ, to a live band, or both!
If you have a pet that likes grass, such as a horse or a dog, they will not be happy here. Because of its industrial beginnings, this neighborhood is almost entirely composed of concrete. You'll have to make an effort to take small trips to parks with your pet if you snag an apartment here.
There are no vets, dog parks, or pet stores in this area. There are quite a few just across the river in the Northeast community and there's an animal hospital Downtown as well.
The one redeeming quality is that most North Loop Minneapolis apartments do accept animals. Almost all of our properties accept cats, and if you have a cat you know how happy it will be looking out of those loft apartment windows onto the neighborhood below thinking, "Who's the small one now, humans?!"
North Loop is easily one of the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis for biking and public transportation. At Target Field, residents can access both the Blue Light Rail and Skyway so you can get anywhere Downtown without facing the cold winter weather.
A high percentage of people in this area bike to get around and some apartments in North Loop Minneapolis have heard their demand for bike-friendly living spaces. Newer buildings typically feature wider hallways, bike racks, and elevators so people with bikes can easily move about the apartment building without bumping the walls or wearing out their biceps.
As of early 2014, the schools in this area are non-existent. There are a handful of private Pre-K options in the area, and the residents of North Loop have started pushing for the reopening of an elementary school that's tentatively scheduled to open in 2015. There is also demand for a public park with a playground for children. In the future it's anticipated that there will be more young families in this area, but for now people with elementary children have to commute to Marcy-Holmes or choose a private school.
In terms of higher education options, the University of Minnesota is located in convenient proximity to North Loop, as well as the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) .
Some prominent employers in the Minneapolis area include Hennepin County, Fairview Health Services, and Capella Education Company, among others.