Living in the Twin Cities, including metro and suburban areas, means you’re never too far from the water. The largest of the Twin Cities lakes is Lake Minnetonka, located just 10 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. It boasts more than 125 miles of shoreline and features many different lifestyle and lifestage options.
When it comes to pairing people with homes and neighborhoods, Barry Berg knows the right questions to ask. If you’re interested in lake life, read on.
The Good Life
With a rich history of beauty, boating, and relaxation, Lake Minnetonka is an epicenter for the west metro. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the lake was known for grand hotels, summer cottages and country estates. By the late 20th century, seasonal housing had turned to year-round residences, including single-family homes and condos. Throughout the years, the western suburbs have continued to provide a retreat from urban hustle.
Fitting Your Lifestyle
Iconic communities such as Deephaven, Excelsior, and Wayzata ensure that Minnesotans don’t have to choose between the lake lifestyle and their proximity to the city. Lake Minnetonka is full of amenities that make it feel convenient yet worlds away from the urban metro. Whether you’re looking for a distinguished country club, a convenient horse stable, or a relaxed and quiet community, Lake Minnetonka has it all whether you choose the shoreland or an inland neighborhood.
Fourteen unique cities touch the lakefront, providing buyers with a variety of neighborhood and lifestyle options. Over the years, Barry has helped clients on all shores of the lake, including the northeast corner: Wayzata.
When people picture Wayzata, they think of the gorgeous properties along the lake. Unlike other lakefront properties throughout the metro, residents on Lake Minnetonka have the ability to live what Barry describes as an “active water lifestyle”.
In addition to canoes, kayaks, and sailboats, Lake Minnetonka allows speedboats, jet skis, and watersports. This means that for many homeowners who live on the shoreline, these particular water activities are at the top of their list.
However, enjoying the lake isn’t limited to those who live on the water. Wayzata has exceptional homes and communities that are tucked away from the lakefront. Homeowners can enjoy the convenience of Lake Minnetonka from the privacy of their homes on side streets and nearby golf courses.
Although Wayzata’s population is under 5,000 people, its school district is one of the best in the state. Barry frequently helps families find their homes in Wayzata, which means the neighborhoods are full of school-age kids. In addition to Wayzata’s great school district, its neighborhoods offer residents a strong sense of community and the opportunity to live in a recently built home.
All Life Stages
People may initially move to Wayzata for the access to boating or the school district, but it is a city that fits you during all life stages. We have helped many clients around Lake Minnetonka shift from their single-family home into a condo or townhome. The walkability, retail, and nearby amenities make Downtown Wayzata a great place to live.
“A lot of people who have spent the last 40 years living in Wayzata choose to stay in the area by shifting into townhomes or condos,” says Barry.
By the water, restaurants like 6Smith and COV present guests with exceptional views and delicious food. Charming local boutiques line the mainstreet, giving the city its storied small-town feel. Downtown Wayzata can be a tranquil place, but it can also be the life of the party. There are winter events, summer art fairs, and in September, enjoy food trucks, live music, and a shorefront carnival at the annual James J. Hill Days.
“Downtown Wayzata is more urban-feeling than ever, but it still offers a suburban experience,” says Barry.
Making a Shift
This is a wonderful time of year to explore the possibilities of living in the Lake Minnetonka area. Give us a call and let’s talk about what’s important to you as you consider your next home.Posted by Lizzie Byrne on