For walkability and charming, small town feel it doesn't get much better than Hopkins. Only 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and not far from the city lakes district, it was incorporated as the Village of West Minneapolis in 1893 and became Hopkins in 1928. There are still historic homes from this early era along the Avenues north of Main Street, which still has that historic village feel from the first half of the last century.
The historic district on 'The Avenues' north of Main Street has a walk score of 78, which is hard to beat even in the city of Minneapolis itself. Lined with shops and restaurants, Main Street is currently undergoing renovations to make it even more attractive and pedestrian friendly.
But it isn't just the shops and restaurants on Main Street at the south end of The Avenues that make historic Hopkins such a great place to live. Alice Smith Elementary School is at the north end... and on the south end is Main Street School of Performing Arts (MSSPA), a tuition-free, public charter high school open to all students in grades 9 through 12 in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
The area in between boasts Maetzold Field... a playground and one of the best little league ball parks around, also serving the best hot dogs! Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail, a 'rails to trails' biking/hiking trail also cuts diagonally through Hopkins, going past Maetzold Field to Main Street.
Check out Hopkins homes for sale if this sounds like a place you might like to live... then contact us so we can show you!
Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - Hopkins Realtor