2009 MEDIAN SALES PRICE: $344,600
SCHOOLS: Top props in the city
DESTINATION SHOP: Gallery 360
Just south of trendy (and more expensive) Linden Hills is Fulton, a community with its own special charms. Bordered by Minnehaha Creek, 47th Street, and France and Penn Avenue, and snuggled up to Lake Harriet's southwest corner, Fulton's amenities draw families looking for an in-the-city neighborhood with gracious livability. Schools are another major attraction:Lake Harriet Community School provides an intimate setting for kindergarten through second grade at its lower Campus at 40th and Chowen; grades 3-8 are at the Upper Campus at 49thand Vincent. Nearby SouthwestHigh School earns kudos in academics, arts, and sports, and is one of a handful of city schools that placed on Newsweek's 2009 list of top American public schools (#231, which is more impressive than it looks, considering this list ranks only the top 5 percent of public schools).
Fulton's well-seasoned housing stock, built mostly in the '20sand '30s, is a pleasing mixture of Craftsman bungalows, 4-Squares, Dutch Colonials, and even a smattering of Spanish Revivals close to Minnehaha Creek and Lake Harriet. Most homes are meticulously maintained and many have been (or are in the process of being) remodeled with such 21st-century amenities as gourmet kitchens, mudrooms, and owners' suites.
Lake Harriet, Minnehaha Creek,and Pershing Park provide plenty of green space, though Fulton's pleasant residential streets are themselves park-like in summer. Regular commercial intersections — 50th and France, 44th and France, Linden Hills, and 50th and Penn — frame the neighborhood, keeping retail. restaurants, and services handy, yet unobtrusive. Delightful local cafes include Broders' Pasta Bar and Cave Vin. At the center of Fulton, at 50th and Xerxes, is a treasure trove of quaint shops. That's where you'll find Michael's Lamp Studio (and a huge selection of lamps), Gallery 360 (artwork and jewelry), Hunt & Gather (antiques), and Xylos (fine, custom wood furniture and accessories).
Reprinted with permission from the April 2010 issue of Minnesota Monthly.