If you’re looking for a new nest to call home, and you want it to be as trendy on the inside as it is outside, then consider the Riverwalk Lofts in the North Loop. This turn-of-the-20th-century warehouse was converted into condos in the early 1990s. This building isn’t just a pretty facade; the 76 lofts inside boast 13-foot ceilings, gorgeous hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, large windows, wood beam construction, and some fantastic views of the Mississippi River.
If the historical architecture and beautiful brick don’t have you smitten, then let the location be the cherry on top. The Riverwalk Lofts are in the heart of Minneapolis. Located in the North Loop, also known as the “Warehouse District,” this area is bubbling with activity, creativity, soul, and innovation.
As part of the National Register of Historic Places, living in the North Loop neighborhood means living in history. This neighborhood once held warehouses, factories, and a large railroad yard. These warehouses stored goods for milling and manufacturing. The area was a crossroads for many businesses because it connected the Midwest and Minneapolis with the rest of the country.
The Riverwalk Lofts building was first known as the Wyman Building, and it is one of the most impressive structures of the Warehouse District. In the early 1900s, the building served as headquarters for the drygoods exporter Wyman Partridge and Co., and then later became a clothing assembly factory and a merchandise market.
By the 1980s most of the businesses had migrated out of the district. Artists moved into these warehouses and used them for studios and galleries, and soon the area became the core of the Minneapolis art scene. The Wyman building was home to more than twenty contemporary art galleries at the time.
The North Loop became primarily residential in the 1990s. While some industry remains in the Warehouse District, the majority of the old factories and warehouses are now commercial spaces, condominiums, and apartments.
These lofts were one of the first warehouses to be converted into rental space in the 1980s. Most of the units are one bedroom and are between 700 to 850 SqFt. You’ll enjoy the high ceilings, large windows, and exposed brick walls. Some of the units use the open platform concept, enhancing the acoustics in the apartment.
The building boasts five floors with a total of 76 units. There is also a lobby and, for residents without their own washer and dryer, there is a shared laundry space on each floor. Your association fees cover utilities such as heat, AC, water, sewer, and trash service. In addition, there are six guest parking spaces available for those visiting the residents of the Riverwalk Lofts.
Residents of the North Loop are far from starving as the area is teeming with elegant and innovative eateries. Whether it’s a quick bite in the morning before work or reserving a table for a romantic dinner date, the area boasts many establishments ranging from fine dining bistros to cafés, pizzerias, diners, and craft breweries.
The Spoon and Stable is a former carriage house transformed into a four-star restaurant, and it’s one of the most popular places in town. The kitchen prides itself on serving local and in-season cuisine with a French flair, and the many stellar reviews ensure an excellent dining experience from start to finish.
If you’re looking for more casual dining that is lighter on the wallet, check out Nolo’s Kitchen and Bar. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, serving up deliciously wholesome, American comfort food.
There are many bars and breweries in the Warehouse District, but Modist Brewing is undoubtedly worth a mention if beer variety is something you’re after. They brew and serve unique beers in a modern and industrial atmosphere. Modist Brewing also hosts events from trivia game nights to roller skating, so it’s no wonder they’re a local hotspot.
Within walking distance from the Riverwalk Lofts, you’ll find these eateries and many more. In addition to great restaurants that’ll have you visiting a new spot each week, the North Loop also has the Minneapolis Food Market and a Whole Foods so you can get all the organic and wholesome food you need to fill up your fridge.
If you’re a fan of baseball, you’ll be happy to hear that Target Field is in the North Loop. It’s home of the Twins and besides baseball, the stadium also frequently holds popular performances such as Kenny Chesney and Paul McCartney.
The artistic roots of the Warehouse district haven’t wholly disappeared. Traffic Zone Art Center for Visual Arts opened in 1995 and is a den for creative souls. Here artists pursue their passions in affordable studios, share their work in open galleries, and hold classes, workshops, and public events. You’ll find an eclectic mix of painters, sculptors, concept artists, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists and more.
For bookworms, checking out James and Mary Laurie Booksellers is a must. Founded in 1969, the shop holds more than 120,000 volumes of hand-selected books in a variety of fields, as well as over 30,000 vinyl records of classical and jazz music. They also sell antique maps and prints.
The North Loop leaves nothing to be desired. Besides the spots featured above, the area has museums, escape rooms, spas, daycare for kids, libraries, parks, cinemas, and theaters. As one of the most bike-friendly neighborhoods in the US, the majority of restaurants and venues in the North Loop are not only walkable but also easily accessible via bicycle.
In the North Loop you can eat, play, relax, discover, and develop in a way that is true to yourself and conscious of the environment. Choose the North Loop for your next home and give Roost a call to help you settle into one of the many gorgeous Riverwalk Lofts today.
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