Welcome to City Lakes
Recreation and luxury waterfront living combined in Minneapolis
In the land of 10,000 Lakes, the City Lakes area is the crowning jewel of the Twin Cities. No other city combines luxury amenities, upscale dining, and endless recreational opportunities in quite the same way as Minneapolis — and no neighborhood does it better than City Lakes. Encompassing the areas near Minneapolis' lakes, City Lakes is an established, affluent community located just outside of downtown Minneapolis.
City Lakes is home to some of the most luxurious lakefront properties set along Minneapolis' best-known lakes: Cedar Lake, Lake Harriet, Lake of the Isles, and Bde Maka Ska (formerly known as Lake Calhoun). Each lake is interconnected, with year-round recreational activities in and around the water. From the extensive cycling trails to the numerous events and festivals throughout the year, living in City Lakes provides the best in city living.
What to Love
- Luxury lakefront homes in the heart of Minneapolis
- Endless recreational opportunities in and around the lakes
- Upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment nearby
- Iconic festivals and events throughout the year
Sophisticated and historic, City Lakes is home to a collection of Minneapolis’ most coveted neighborhoods: Linden Hills, Kenwood, East Isles, Lowry Hill, and Uptown. Each area evokes a certain ambiance, from the liveliness of Uptown to the serene splendor of Linden Hills. While each neighborhood has its differences, they all share many similarities residents love.
City Lakes has a variety of homes at nearly every price point. Some of the most coveted properties are the area’s lakefront homes, which come in various architectural styles, from historic estates to contemporary mansions. City Lakes also has direct access to bike trails, water sports, upscale dining, and everything downtown Minneapolis has to offer.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
For the many benefits of living in such a cosmopolitan neighborhood, City Lake’s fine dining is unrivaled within Minneapolis. Whether in Uptown or Kenwood, there are plenty of excellent restaurants in City Lakes. Tilia, located near Lake Harriet, is a chic restaurant with craft beer and some of the area’s best brunch. For a bright and airy dining experience, check out Café and Bar Lurcat, located near Loring Park. For some of Minneapolis’ best french cuisine, check out Barbette, situated in the bustling Uptown area.
If you are in search of top-tier elegance, try The Kenwood Restaurant. Located near Lake of the Isles, The Kenwood Restaurant specializes in refined American fare. For a hip, upscale dining experience, check out The Lowry. Sit out on their patio and order one of their signature cocktails for a heightened dining experience. After exploring the area’s many museums, check out Cardamom, an elegant eatery in the Walker Art Center.
Things to Do
From indoor entertainment to outdoor recreation, City Lakes offers the best of everything when it comes to living in the Twin Cities. For many, Minneapolis’ art museums rival many of the ones found in New York City and Chicago. One of the city’s most beloved museums is the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Home to over 90,000 works of art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art has one of the most impressive art collections in the Midwest. Along with the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center is one of the area’s most famous museums. Located in Lowry Hill, the Walker Art Center showcases a world-class contemporary art collection.
Located adjacent to the Walker Art Center is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, home to the city’s most iconic landmark — the cherry and spoon statue. City Lakes is also home to some of the area’s best festivals and events. Check out the Uptown Art Fair during the summer and the Loppet Winter Festival during the winter.
For those who love outdoor recreational activities, Lake of the Isles is one of the area’s best recreational lakes. Some popular Lake of the Isles activities includes kayaking, sailing, and paddleboarding. The lake also has a nearly three-mile bike path along the lakeshore.