Welcome to Minnetonka
A large suburb with tons of characters minutes from Lake Minnetonka.
Sitting eight miles west of Minneapolis is the bustling city of Minnetonka. It shares its name with the lake it borders and was first established in 1852 when a settlement was built at the current Minnetonka Mills site. The site held the largest business in Hennepin County at one point, a furniture factory, and later developed into the bustling and diverse city it is today. There are many employment opportunities, from privately held companies like Cargill to the United Health Group.
Residents are also offered abundant outdoor recreational opportunities on Lake Minnetonka, from boating and swimming to ice fishing in the winter. There are various options for shopping and dining, including high-end stores and restaurants at Ridgedale Center. A quick drive east takes you to downtown Minneapolis.
This large community is a beautiful city with gorgeous neighborhoods along the lake. The housing options range from mid-century, single-family homes to spacious contemporary properties. In addition to the handful of magnificent lakefront homes, you’ll also find an assortment of luxury high-rises and condominiums. Whatever your style, you’ll find it in this incredible real estate scene.
What to Love
A bustling community with ample amenities
Various housing options
An eclectic mixture of shopping and dining
Plenty of parks and trails
Minnetonka has a lot to offer residents, with an eclectic mixture of options to suit everyone’s needs. There are upscale shopping, activities on the lake year-round, and plenty of quality restaurants. This active community is the perfect spot for any point in life; it blends seamlessly with the other lakeside communities of Lake Minnetonka.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
As one of the area’s best-developed communities, residents are offered exceptional shopping and dining options. Ridgedale Center
features various retailers like Apple, Coach, and Sephora and ample restaurants. Enjoy well-known big box stores like Nordstrom, plus more than 120 other retailers and restaurants. The center offers a children’s play area, fun family events, and a one-of-a-kind experience for everyone. The wide variety of dining options includes steak and seafood at Redstone American Grill
, a rugged yet romantic setting perfect for any occasion. Their wood-burning rotisseries and open flame grill create their signature flavors, while local ingredients add to the freshness of the dishes.
Snuffy’s Malt Shop
is an award-winning option for burgers and comfort food that’s been a staple since 1983. Their delicious sundaes and milkshakes are one of many reasons locals love this establishment. The 1950s drive-in theme adds nostalgia and a fun atmosphere.
For gourmet burgers, succulent steaks, and mouth-watering seafood options in a tavern-style setting, Ike’s
is the place to go. In addition to its exceptional menu, the Diner’s Choice Award winner offers a great wine list, happy hour cocktails, and a lively atmosphere. For a quick, healthy option designed to taste great without compromising your healthy lifestyle, Nautical Bowls
is the place to go. Their fresh superfood bowls, uplifting atmosphere, and friendly staff are an excellent addition to your day.
Things to Do
The lively community of Minnetonka offers residents many local events throughout the year. These include the Summer Festival
in June, which starts with a fun run and features plenty of activities for all ages throughout the day and ends with an evening of live music and fireworks, and the Kids’ Fest
, which includes dog sled rides, horse-drawn trolley rides, face painting, and more.
Shady Oak Beach
and the recreational area offer 85 acres of multi-use land. There are 76 feet of sandy beaches and spring-fed waters to enjoy, playground areas, concessions, water sports rentals, and more.
The Burwell House
, a historic home on the register, is owned and operated by the city of Minnetonka and offers tours, is rentable for special events, and makes the perfect spot for a weekday lunch. They hold the Burwell Spooktacular each year, a fun Halloween-themed event.