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The latest Minneapolis housing market stats are out and the median sales price in the 13-county metro area in November was $205,000. I thought it might be fun to take a look at just what that amount of money will buy in Minneapolis.

Como

Priced right at $205,000, this large Como home was built in 1939 and features not one, but two kitchens. It holds 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 2,240 square feet of living space.

Given its size and the fact that it’s within walking distance of the university, you can no doubt imagine the possibilities for this home if you purchase it as an investment.

Elliot Park

Condo living is a great way to get into homeownership without all the maintenance chores involved in owning a single-family home. The Skyscape in

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Restaurants

With the colder weather here, people are more interested in spending time indoors. The winter blues are hard to beat but Minneapolis offers a ton of great options to keep you warm and allow you to have fun despite the weather.

In downtown Minneapolis are the skyways that are a great way to avoid going outdoors. It’s the largest indoor system in the world with shopping, offices, restaurants and more. Here is a look at some of the top spots for lunch in the skyway.

Dave’s Downtown – 900 2nd Avenue South, Suite #230

The perfect lunch spot at the skyway is Dave’s Downtown, serving up healthy options on a budget. You can get wraps and sandwiches for under $7. They offer daily specials on sandwiches, pastas and off the grill items. You can get a

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Bar

Did you know that there are some Minneapolis bars that only few know about? These bars are hidden away or a little more of a secret to most. Sometimes they are hidden in plain sight or beneath the city streets.

You may already spend time at these bars regularly without realizing they may be hidden to the masses. Here is a look at some secret bars in Minneapolis.

Marvel Bar – 50 North 2nd Avenue

The Marvel Bar is located beneath The Bachelor Farmer and has a cool secret entrance. You have to walk down 2nd Avenue North, towards the back of the building, and then on your left you’ll take the stairs down an illuminated staircase to the patio with the taupe-colored door. From there, head down the hallway to the purple door to find the entrance to

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What to do to ring in the 2014 holidays in and around Minneapolis? We've put together this handy guide for you.

December 10 and December 12

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be rolling through Minnesota from December 9th – December 13th. Billed as “rolling fundraising event,” the LED-bedecked locomotive travels across the United States and Canada, raising money, gathering donated food and holding concerts in the boxcar.

Catch the train tomorrow, December 10th at the CP facility on Central Avenue in NE Minneapolis. It arrives at 8:30 p.m. and the concert runs from 8:45 until 9:30.

If you miss it, the next stop is in St. Paul at Union Depot. It arrives at 6:00 p.m. on December 12 and the concert begins at 6:30 and ends at 7:15.

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 Minneapolis

Minneapolis, or as some people call it the “Mini-Apple,” is full of "gems" throughout its neighborhoods.Let's take a look at some of them.

Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den – 2027 North 2nd Street

Donny Dirk’s is on the list for neighborhood gems around Minneapolis. It’s a bar, saloon and drink celebrating all things zombie. You’ll see zombie masks and unique leather chairs at the Den.If you have the guts, try Donnie Dirk’s Tree Climber cocktail, made from silver tequila infused with strawberry and jalapeno and fresh squeezed lemonade – otherwise known as Zombie Poison.

Matchbox Coffee – 1306 2nd Street Northeast

If you're a fan of neighborhood coffee shops, check out Matchbox Coffee on 2nd Street, a favorite hipster hangout. Whether you want to

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Tapas are snacks, or finger food, that originated in Spain. They can be cold or hot, but they are always savory. 

Make it a date night or group outing and enjoy tapas, such as a plate of mushroom tart, baked brie cheese or a cup of rabbit stew. You can order as many plates as you like because they are small. Here are the places to find yummy tapas in Minneapolis.

Rincon 38 – 3801 Grand Ave. S

What are tapas without sangria? If you're a fan of the wine punch, head to Rincon 38. Here you'll find what just may be the best sangria in the Twin Cities with tapas that will blow you away. Try the patatas bravas, paella, albondigas, pintxo de pollo -- come to think of it, you can't go wrong with anything on Rincon 38's menu. If tapas in a trendy yet

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There’s not much in life that is more confounding than to have your home sit on the market while those around you sell like $50 47-inch HDTVs.

Of course the real estate agent typically gets the blame, despite the fact that it’s rarely the agent’s fault. You’re laughing because the latter statement comes from a real estate agent. But wait – read on and you may end up agreeing with me.

Some People Clean their Homes

I think it’s safe to say that nobody wants to look at a dirty house let alone pay good money for it. Study after study has shown that homebuyers want “turn-key” homes – so they can move in without having to clean up after the former owner.

If cleaning isn’t your thing, hire a crew to come in and get the home in shape and then all

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This week I’ve asked a friend of the team to write a blog post about fancy dresses – it’s not a topic I’m particularly familiar with, but I do understand the need. So, please welcome her and find out where to go in Minneapolis to get that perfect holiday dress.

 

Company holiday parties, family get-togethers, dinner out with friends – fall and winter are full of events for which we like to get decked out in holiday finery. We went on the hunt in Minneapolis for fancy dresses, ideal for a variety of holiday soirees.

Whether your budget is luxuriously fat or it squeaks when you even peek at it, we think you’ll find something cute at any of the fabulous retailers listed below.

Boutique shopping is amazing. It takes a little longer because they’re

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Kids Eat for FreeFamilies looking for a place to eat near Minneapolis should check out the restaurants that will let kids eat for free. Some restaurants are family-centered and believe offering free kids options will bring in more clientele.

This is a great way to make going out to dinner more affordable. While deals and offers change, these are the restaurants that typically serve free kids meals as long as you purchase an adult meal too. Most restaurants require children to be under 12 years old.

St. Paul Restaurants

Check out D’Amico and Sons at 975 Grand Avenue. Kids can eat for free after 2pm on Sundays. They serve food like soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta and pizza, while kids can enjoy spaghetti, pizza, grilled cheese or mac n’ cheese.

Champp’s is the place

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There comes a time in every host or hostess’ life where he or she just can’t take the thought of preparing another Thanksgiving feast for the multitudes of family that descend every year. Hey, it’s ok – nowhere is it written that YOU have to cook Thanksgiving dinner. All most of us expect is that it’s tasty and we spend the meal with those we love.

Read on for some alternatives to the crazy-making cooking marathon that will happen all over the country this November 27, 2014.

Take out Thanksgiving Dinner

Kowalski’s Markets are a local favorite and their Thanksgiving dinners fly out the doors. They have several options available for folks who want to pick up their turkey day dinner rather than cook it. Their most popular includes the following meal

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