Living Without A Car In Minneapolis

There’s a reason that Livability.com ranked Minneapolis No. 2 in the nation in its 2015 Top 10 Best Downtowns listing and having the option of living without a car has to be one of the many great reasons that got Minneapolis on that list.

Well, actually there are many reasons, the same ones that prompted the website to also name Minneapolis No. 5 in its 2014 10 Best Cities for New College Grads.

Downtown Minneapolis offers a wide and attractive array of lofts, condos, duplexes and single-family homes, with so many work, shopping and recreational amenities nearby that you can easily live without owning a car. All you need to get where you’re going is a smart phone.

Buying A Home In Downtown Minneapolis

That might seem like a strange concept in our automobile-centric culture, but it’s increasingly true. Let us help you find a home there and save you the at least $8,698 a year, the average cost to own a vehicle in America, according to AAA. The true cost of owning a car includes not only buying the vehicle, but also insurance, maintenance, gasoline, registration and parking.

How is this possible? For one thing, downtown living offers easy access to Metro Transit, Minneapolis’ bus and light rail systems operator. Its rail lines connect downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul, MSP International Airport, the Mall of America and Bloomington. Dozens of bus lines link downtown with the rest of the metro area.

You can walk more than 120 city blocks and enjoy skyline views, parks, museums and riverfront. There are eight miles of enclosed skyway that connect 80 city blocks, allowing you to walk no matter what the weather is like.

Living Downtown Without A Car Lifestyle

Downtown dwellers enjoy a thriving arts scene, including the historic Theatre District along Hennepin Avenue for Broadway musicals or comedy shows. Art lovers can take in the Walker Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art or the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum.

In the summer, downtown residents can easily get around by bicycle. Minneapolis was one of four metro areas chosen by Congress in 2005 in the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. The pilot activities, which include the 14 municipalities surrounding Minneapolis, were allocated $22 million and are known as Bike Walk Twin Cities. The project has created an expanded network of bike and pedestrian routes. The number of people biking in Minneapolis increased 56 percent from 2007 to 2012, and those walking rose 22 percent, according to studies the group has done.

Car2Go, HourCar and ZipCar are car-sharing apps that you can utilize when you need to take longer trips, go somewhere that’s off the beaten path, or haul items, such as groceries.

Join The Move To Downtown Living

As you can see, there’s a lot going on to make downtown Minnesota an attractive place to call home, a message the Minneapolis Downtown Council has worked hard to share. There work has paid off. There were 38,909 people living in downtown Minneapolis in 2014, a 22-percent increase since 2006, according to the council, which has set a goal of 70,000 people living downtown by 2025.

We hope we’ve piqued your interest in living downtown Minneapolis. Contact us soon and we’ll get to work helping you find a home where you can enjoy having everything but a car payment.

Are you interested in buying a downtown Minnesota home? The Kris Lindahl Team are downtown Minnesota real estate experts, get in touch, today!