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WAYZATA

This affluent Twin Cities suburb is about to undergo a major makeover.

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Lake Minnetonka has long been a popular destination, first by resort-goers who spent summers by the water, and now, long after hotels have left the area, by some of the Twin Cities’ more affluent residents, particularly on the northeastern tip of the lake where the city of Wayzata is located.

Charm can be found around nearly every corner here, from the ivy-covered CōV restaurant and bar to the front porch outside of Starbucks. Boutiques dot East Lake Street, where you can pop inside shops such as Maha Boutique for ready-to-wear high fashion, Oh Baby for upscale children’s goods, or Blanc de Blanc for home decor. There’s plenty to eat along this waterfront stretch as well, from steaks at Gianni’s to pub food at McCormick’s and ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s. The patio at CoV is always bustling, as diners never tire of eating with lake views. Pick up groceries at Lunds and Byerlys or more at the Lunds and Byerlys Kitchen, a first-of-its-kind part grocery store, part restaurant and bar. Plus, the city is currently in the midst of a 10-year plan to revitalize its lakefront, so you can expect lots of activity in this area in the coming years.

Most of the homes here are single-family detached, ranging from waterfront estates and those in gated communities to more modest properties in the surrounding streets, although townhomes and apartments are also available options.

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