Category Archives: Minneapolis Neighborhoods

the kenny neighborhood

The Kenny neighborhood is one of 9 different neighborhoods that make up Southwest Minneapolis. It’s also where we live and have for the last 20 years.

It’s a quiet neighborhood and a close knit community. Admittedly there’s not much to do in Kenny if you don’t live here but we’re in very close proximity to so many wonderful coffee shops and restaurants. Not to mention Kowalski’s Markets and South Lyndale Liquors. And we can’t forget Grass Lake. It’s a sweet little spot to get some exercise or simply enjoy nature. I used to spend hours here with the kids when they were little.

Located on the southern edge of Minneapolis. The Kenny neighborhood boundaries are 54th Street on the north, on the south Highway 62, Logan Avenue on the west, and on the east Lyndale Avenue.

The houses here are predominately one and a half story homes built from the 1930s to the 1960s with a boom between the 1950s and the 1960s. You see quite a bit of newer construction homes here as well. Mostly because people love the neighborhood but need more space.

Here are a couple examples of the different types of houses found in the Kenny neighborhood. The first one is ours so I had to share. But it’s a two story and not as abundant in Kenny as the other house styles.

A blue two story colonial home located in the Kenny Neighborhood of Southwest Minneapolis.
Our sweet home in the Kenny neighborhood built in 1938.
A white one and a half story home located in the Kenny Neighborhood of Southwest Minneapolis.
This one and a half story style home is typical for the Kenny neighborhood built in the 1950’s.
A charming Tudor style home located in the Kenny Neighborhood of Southwest Minneapolis.
The Kenny neighborhood is also home to quite a few Tudor style one and a half story homes.
A beautiful new construction home located in the Kenny Neighborhood of Southwest Minneapolis.
And more recently more and more new construction homes like this one built by Alma Homes.

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.