Calhoun/Bede Maka Ska and Lake of the Isles

Welcome to Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Isles Neighborhoods

Minneapolis is known as the City of Lakes, and no other Minneapolis community has more lakes than Calhoun-Isles. This group of nine neighborhoods in west central Minneapolis boasts several lakes, one of the cities largest parks, and includes some of the most lively entertainment areas in town. 
Both the Uptown and Lyn-Lake commercial districts are filled with great restaurants, bars, shops, and entertainment venues. And more of all of those things line Hennepin Avenue, which bisects the community from 36th Street West to the edge of Downtown.  
Calhoun-Isle includes four of the lakes in the city’s Chain of Lakes, Bde Maka Ska (formerly known as Lake Calhoun), Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake and the diminutive Brownie Lake. 
Although there is a lot of commercial activity in these neighborhoods, you’ll also find many of the city’s largest and finest homes set around the perimeter of the lakes and in the Kenwood and Lowery Hill neighborhoods.
That said, the Calhoun-Isles community is also home to many renters. More than 60 percent of the residents in these neighborhoods rent.
This area is also undergoing something of a  transition as an extension of the Metro Transit Green light rail route is being built through the area. The line  will run from Downtown Minneapolis to the suburb of Eden Prairie.
If you’re thinking of moving to the Calhoun-Isles area, check out these neighborhoods: West Calhoun (also known as West Maka Ska), East Bde Maka Ska, South Uptown, Cedar-Isles-Dean, East Isles, Lowry Hill East, Kenwood, Lowry Hill, and Bryn Mar.
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Calhoun-Isles by the Numbers

TOTAL RESIDENTS                         35,582

TOTAL HOUSING UNITS               20,146

     Owner Occupied                           33.7%

     Renter Occupied                           61.4%

MEDIAN SALE PRICE   (April 2023)         

      Single Family                            $666,650

      Multifamily                                 $199,450

MEDIAN RENT                                 $1,296


     2010 or later       7.6%

     2000-2009          4.9%

     1970-1999         18.9%

     1940-1969         23.9%

     Before 1939       44.6%


The Calhoun Isles community is home a number of private and public schools.

Blake School is an independent pre-k-12, private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school.

Southwest High School an  International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for grades 9-12.

Anwatin is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) school.

Places of Interest

In addition to the opportunities for boating, biking, swimming, skiing, and skating, this lake-rich area has lot of cultural attractions.

The Walker Art Center is one of the leading contemporary/modern art museum in the United States.

Adjacent to the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden features more than 50 sculptural artworks by prominent local,  national and international artists in a park-like setting.

More than just the final resting place for Twin Cities residents for the past 150 years, Lakewood Cemetery offers trolly-ride grave-art tours and musical concerts during the warm-weather months in it’s Italianate-style chapel.

The Bakken Museum explores the ways science and technology can make our world a better place.

Part of Theodore Wirth Park, the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary features more than 600 plant species and 130 bird species. 

Homes For & Sold in Lake of the Isles

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