Category Archives: House Styles in Minneapolis

Sharing what we love about all the different house styles in Minneapolis.

The Northrop Neighborhood

The City of Minneapolis has over 83 different neighborhoods. Each with its own unique personality and reasons for living there. For today’s post I’m going to focus on the Northrop Neighborhood of South Minneapolis.

A personal favorite of mine the Northrop Neighborhood’s boundaries are 42nd Street to the north, Cedar Avenue to the east, Minnehaha Parkway to the south, and Chicago Avenue to the west.

Close to Minnehaha parkway, access to I-35 and Hwy. 62 and home to so many many cute shops and restaurants this neighborhood is beautiful and vibrant.

The houses are mostly pre-1940s stucco, brick and stone houses. Each one with its own unique character and situated on tree lined streets which adds to the overall charm and walkability of the neighborhood.

A popular little niche within the Northrop Neighborhood is Shenandoah Terrace. It’s filled with the same charming Tudor houses, bungalows and a quaint retail district at 48th and Chicago where 14 Hill and the cutest coffee shop Sovereign Grounds are located.

Here are a few of my favorite houses in the Northrop Neighborhood.

Northrop Neighborhood | Matt Engen Group
A charming Tudor with black trim.
Northrop Neighborhood | Matt Engen Group
A stone chimney and timber details add to the unique character of this home.
Northrop Neighborhood | Matt Engen Group
This beauty is yet another example of the beautiful homes in Northrop.
Northrop Neighborhood | Matt Engen Group
This stunning Tudor with the red door is the definition of charming.

Characteristics of a Colonial Home

We live in a classic colonial home in Minneapolis. There are several different versions of a colonials; English, French, Spanish, Dutch and Georgian. Our colonial home was was built in 1938 and the floor plan is one of the many reasons we fell in love. With 2 young kids at the time having the living spaces, the kitchen, dining and living rooms on one floor with the bedrooms up worked perfectly for our family.

Traditionally built the classic colonial home is simple, rectangular and is often 2-3 stories tall. As I mentioned previously most of the living spaces are on the first floor, with the staircase in the center and a dining room and kitchen on one side and the living room with a fireplace on the other. A lot of colonial homes in Minneapolis also have a sun room off to one side. Shutters and some sort of decoration over the front door.

Here are a few of my favorite colonial home examples in Minneapolis. The first one is ours.

An example of a colonial home in Minneapolis.
This is our colonial home in Minneapolis
An example of a colonial home in Minneapolis.
A classic brick colonial and one we sold a few years back.
An example of a colonial home in Minneapolis.
A favorite of mine in the neighborhood.

Characteristics of a Tudor

We have a lot of Tudor homes with some or all of the characteristics in all shapes and sizes here in Minneapolis. This is because the Tudor architecture was popular at a time of intense population growth in Minneapolis.

Tudors are characterized by their steeply pitched roofs, elaborate masonry chimneys, embellished doorways, groupings of windows, and decorative timbering. Tudors are mainly stucco but they can also be brick.

Tudor houses of Minneapolis
Tudor home example in Minneapolis
Tudor houses of Minneapolis
Tudor home example in Minneapolis
Tudor houses of Minneapolis
Tudor home example in Minneapolis

These beautiful homes are some of our faves in Minneapolis because of the character and charm they add to our pretty city.