Just 8 miles west of Minneapolis, with a population just over 50,000. The average home value is 329,400 and the average list price is 385,900 according to Zillow.com. Minnetonka is located on the eastern end of one of the largest lakes in Minnesota, Lake Minnetonka which makes it a great place to live if you love the lake life and being out on the water. Overall, the area is a great place to work, live, and raise a family.
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Students in Minnetonka have a few options when it comes to education with three public school districts, Minnetonka, Wayzata, and Hopkins. The Minnetonka district is one of the top ranked schools districts in the state and Wayzata ranks not too far behind it. There are also options for private schools in the area if you are looking to take that route for your child as well. Minnetonka school district is also home to the largest Language Emersion program in Minnesota with students starting as early as kindergarten.
Dining and Shopping
Minnetonka has lots of options to fill all your shopping desires with the Ridgedale Center, a variety of shops in nearby Wayzata, and the Eden Prairie Center just a bit south. You won’t have any trouble finding what you need with the amount of options in the area. For groceries you also have the options of Cub Foods, Lunds and Byerly’s, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s. Dining wise, Minnetonka also has a significant assortment of restaurant options from upscale to casual dining. You’ll be sure to find something whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner for two or somewhere for the family. Outdoor dining on Lake Minnetonka is also a must in the summertime, with options like Maynard’s or COV Wayzata, you’ll have a perfect view of the lake while enjoying dinner.
You’ll never have to worry much about running out of things to do when living in Minnetonka. If you’re looking to catch the latest movie, theaters in Plymouth, Hopkins, and Eden Prairie Center are just a few miles a way. In the summertime, arts in the park included with concerts and movie showings are offered at the Minnetonka outdoor amphitheater, these events are great for families and to enjoy the summer sun. If you’re looking to enjoy the lake life with the warm weather, take a swim, rent a canoe, or enjoy the beach volleyball area at Shady Oak Beach. If you’re looking to have your boat out on the water, Gray’s Bay Marina offers public access to Lake Minnetonka with 112 vehicle/trailer parking spaces. Being only 8 miles from Minneapolis, you also have the ability to enjoy all the city has to offer without having to worry about traveling far.
Parks and Recreation
Minnetonka offers a sanctuary of natural beauty all while in a metropolitan area near the big city. The Cities Park and Trail Maintenance division works within the Minnetonka-Hopkins Recreation Program maintaining 17 athletic fields, 10 ice-skating rinks, and the 81 miles of sidewalks and trails suitable for walking, running and biking. Additionally, there are 49 parks and over 400 acres of maintained parkland and 1000 acres of public open land that Minnetonka residents can enjoy. Wetlands, trails, playgrounds, and more is what you can find at these parks. Look here for further information on local parks.
The average commute time from Minnetonka is around 20 minutes. Minnetonka also has close access to major highways such as I-494 and highway 7. Which ever direction you’re traveling to, there is accessible routes to get you there. The area also has a lot of opportunity for jobs, if you’re on the job hunt and looking to work close to home with being the headquarters to two major companies, Cargill and United Healthcare.