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  • Writer's pictureSarah McKee

Neighborhood Guide: Calhoun-Isles

Calhoun-Isles is an upscale lakeside community around the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes that offers exceptional urban outdoor living. With miles of walking and bike trails, beaches, boating, and the famous Sculpture Garden the area has a huge variety of outdoor recreation available. In addition to easy access to the great outdoors, residents also enjoy a buzzy commerce district with shopping, dining, and entertainment plus world-class museums like the contemporary Walker Art Center. With so much to offer for a variety of lifestyles with a blend of gorgeous historic homes and contemporary condos, this area is a perennial hot spot.

Homes in the Neighborhood

The median sales price for a home in Calhoun-Isles last month (March 2022) was $415,000 and was on the market for a median length of 35 days. This community does vary from neighborhood to neighborhood pretty drastically, however. For instance, the median sales price in condo-dense Uptown was $319,000 while the stately Kenwood neighborhood was at $1,180,000!

Calhoun-Isles Dining

With a unique blend of Korean, Mexican, and global flavors Sooki & Mimi offers inventive small and sharable plates from their elegant yet earthy dining room. Take a jaunt down the alley to visit their basement bar for an excellent cocktail with some laid-back 70s vibes.

The Lynhall is a stylish restaurant and bakery serving breakfast, lunch, brunch, plus adult beverages. Don’t miss out on their killer pastry selection. For a unique experience try the “afternoon tea” offered on weekends at their Edina location.

You almost can’t go wrong with anything from the menu of globally inspired street food at the fast-casual World Street Kitchen. If you have room for dessert, the connected Milkjam Creamery has creative, crave-able ice cream treats.

With floor-to-ceiling windows and a beautiful patio overlooking the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the views are as good as the food at Cardamom. The fabulous Medditerain and Aegean menu is further complemented by an excellent cocktail and pastry program.

The light-filled, equestrian-chic dining room at The Kenwood creates a charming backdrop to enjoy the chef-driven, yet approachable menu. The focaccia benedict with Calabrian paper hollandaise makes an indulgent brunch and the dinner menu always features excellent house-made pasta options.

Bebe Zito is on a mission to “provide flavor vacations in the medium of cup, cones or pints” and their inventive ice cream flavors definitely deliver. As an added bonus, on the weekend they beef up their menu with a killer burger and fries.

Calhoun-Isles Shops

Women’s clothing and accessory boutique, Covered, carries contemporary styles and premium denim. Need a look that really brings your A-game? Book a private consultation with a dedicated stylist for an exclusive personal shopping experience.

Magers & Quinn is the largest independently owned new and used bookstore in the city. This beloved shop has a fantastic staff of literary fans who have been selling new and used books at the location since 1994.

For unique and inspired gifts, home decor, jewelry, toys, and paper goods head to Patina. This locally-owned shop has grown to multiple locations in the Twin Cities thanks to the popularity of its curated collection of stylish, clever inventory.

Lowry Hill Meats is a full-service butcher shop and delicatessen, specializing in whole animals sourced directly from local farmers. In addition to a great meat selection, they also have curated pantry and deli items, a menu of stellar sandwiches, plus hands-on classes, and a monthly “meat club”.


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