The Mill District, Minneapolis (Downtown East)

mill-district-minneapolisThe Mill District, Minneapolis (also known as Downtown East) is re-emerging as the city's historical and cultural epicenter. The legendary flour mills which once dominated the St. Anthony Falls, have been given new life as many of the original buildings have been converted into elegant homes, and slick office space.

Many of the historic buildings have transformed into cultural attractions with the Mill City Museum, Guthrie Theater, and MacPhail Center for Music, all taking up shop in the Mill District. As a result, a large number of homebuyers have migrated back into the neighborhood, which now offers a great mix of new construction and converted lofts starting at around $250,000-$300,000.

This area is about to undergo a major urban redevelopment with plans to add high-rise office buildings, retail space, residential buildings, and a park. This new construction is scheduled to be completed by the usmmer of 2016.

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Mill District Real Estate Opportunities

mill-district-minneapolisMill District real estate is a combination of residential and commercial office space. Homebuyers can find riverfront condos with fantastic views of the Mississippi River as well as loft-style condos. Characteristics of converted loft housing include high ceilings, open floor plans, exposed ductwork/brickwork, and concrete flooring. View Mill District real estate listings.

Some of the more popular buildings include the RiverWest Condominiums, Stone Arch Lofts, The Zenith, and The Whitney Landmark Residences.

Schools near Downtown East

While there are no schools in East-Isles, residents can choose from several schools in neighboring communities including:

  • Cedar Riverside Community School (charter: k-8)
  • DeLaSalle High School (catholic: 9-12)
  • Marcy Open Elementary School (public: k-8)
  • Second Foundation School (private: K-12)
  • New Horizon Academy

Nearby universities:

  • Augsburg College
  • Walden University
  • Carlson School of Management
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Metropolitan State University

Mill District Amenities & Attractions

mill-district-minneapolisBeing in the heart of Minneapolis' cultural scene, there's always something to do in this lively neighborhood. In the warmer summer months, the Mill District Farmers Market between the Guthrie Theater and Mill City Museum offers visitors organic produce and handmade wares.

Parks & Recreation

Recreational opportunities can be found at Gold Medal Park, a 7.5-acre greenspace found in St. Anthony Falls. Take the spiraling pathway to the top for outstanding views of the city. Uncover the historical Mill District at Mill Ruins Park which features original mill ruins, walking and biking paths and Stone Arch Bridge. Other recreational attractions include the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Vikings football team.


The Mill District is home to many fabulous restaurants as well. Pracna On Main has great al fresco dining. Spoonriver Restaurant, run by Minneapolis chef Alice Waters offers an expansive menu with a focus on local, and organic ingredients. Dunn Bros Coffee according to locals, has one of the best cups of joe in town.

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