This historic suburb has a strong connection to the arts and culture of Minnesota.

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This idyllic neighborhood just west of downtown Minneapolis draws a mix of young professionals and families with varied housing and an easy commute to downtown Minneapolis by public transportation or bike. It’s a neighborhood with a lot of history and a lot of famous former residents, including Senator Al Franken, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Cohen, and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Tom Friedman.

The award-winning Steel Toe Brewery calls this neighborhood home, and the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting has been described by the Star Tribune as “nerd heaven.” June brings the St. Louis Park Parktacular to the streets, featuring four days of fun, including kids attractions, a parade, waffle breakfast and more free events. The Westwood Hills Nature Center is a great way to retreat from city life in over 160 acres of marsh, woods and prairie.

Spacious condos and single-family homes populate the streets around St. Louis Park, and its nationally recognized school system makes it a prime choice for families. St. Louis Park also has been placed six times on the list of 100 Best Communities for Young People list from America’s Promise Alliance. With 52 parks and a nationally-recognized school district, St. Louis Park is one of the friendliest communities around.


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