Welcome to Shorewood

The best of all worlds along the south side of Lake Minnetonka

Welcome to Shorewood, Minnesota — a waterfront and woodland jewel nestled in the beautiful Lake Minnetonka area. The combination of Midwestern charm and all the amazing amenities it offers makes this idyllic community an increasingly popular location for affluent homebuyers. Shorewood is known for its stately homes, quiet streets, and abundant parks; it's no surprise that folks find it so appealing. With culture-rich Minneapolis just minutes away, you'll experience the best of modern living while enjoying the peace and privacy of your own property.

There's also plenty of green space here to explore. There are abundant forests with towering trees, wetlands rich with wildlife, and beautiful open areas with skyscraping views over nearby landscapes. Thanks to the natural terrain, there is an endless sense of adventure, and the region is perfect for boating, fishing, biking, running, skiing, and more. But the real delight comes from admiring the unique architecture of Shorewood homes. You’ll find classic colonial shingle and clapboard styles alongside modern farmhouses with compelling craftsman-style details and mid-century modern ranch designs that make for stunning displays. There truly is something for everyone here in Shorewood, Minnesota.

What to Love

  • Quiet suburban feel with plenty of nearby city conveniences
  • Minutes to Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka, downtown Excelsior, and Minnetonka
  • An abundance of trees, parks, and trails
  • Excellent schools and shopping
  • Great variety of home choices

Local Lifestyle

For most, life in Shorewood is a dream come true. During the day, locals enjoy walking through the community's tree-lined streets, swimming or boating on Lake Minnetonka, and exploring the area's abundance of recreational opportunities, from fishing to fitness trails. At the same time, nearby Excelsior, Minnetonka, Chanhassen, and Chaska serve as retail therapy hotspots, while Minneapolis delivers every amenity one could desire. Then, as evening falls, inviting lights from storefronts and homes offer a cozy atmosphere as locals pick up groceries at local markets or head out for dinner in one of Shorewood's many restaurants. With its strong sense of community, suburban tranquility, and prime location, this serene city provides unparalleled comfort — not to mention plenty of quiet time for contemplation under the clear night skies.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Shorewood and its surrounding cities are replete with delicious dining, shopping, and entertainment spots. North Coop Restaurant & Bar features mouthwatering, southern-inspired cuisine in a cozy atmosphere perfect for date night or dinner with the family. Using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, Lulu's Pizzeria Excelsior serves gourmet-style pies inspired by New York, Chicago, and Detroit. For chops, specialty burgers, and seafood, Ike's Minnetonka is a fantastic bar and grill boasting delicious food, excellent service, and a lively atmosphere. Hazelwood Food and Drink is perfect for breakfast, brunch, and American grill cuisine served in a cozy setting. Menu standouts like wood-fired pizza, house-roasted ribeye, and pan-seared scallops will have you coming back for more.

Just a few minutes away, downtown Excelsior is a historic district full of charming hotels, unique merchants, and savory restaurants. In addition, shopping along County Road 101 and Highway 7 promises plenty of vibrant retail spots, such as the Westwind Plaza shopping mall.

Meanwhile, Howard’s Point Marina is the ideal place for anyone looking to enjoy the stunning beauty of Lake Minnetonka. Located along the shores of one of Minnesota's most beloved lakes, Howard’s Point promises a day of adventure out on the water. The marina offers boat, pontoon, and tritoon rentals, as well as boat slips and fishing opportunities galore. Those who perch their boat on the dock can also explore some of the area's tastiest restaurants and small shops nearby.

Things to Do 

Shorewood has no shortage of exciting events and attractions in store. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum boasts 1,137 beautiful acres of gardens, walking paths, and sculptures that are sure to impress nature lovers. 

Every year in the third week of January, the Arctic Fever celebration is a must-see, with cookie decorating, snowshoeing, ice carving, Arctic bowling, carriage and dog sled rides, and more at the Shorewood Community & Event Center, Manitou Park, Excelsior Library, and Freeman Park.

During the summer, locals flock to Freeman Park to relax to tunes and enjoy the Music in the Park and Movies in the Park series. The fresh produce and artisan vendors at the Excelsior Farmers' Market at 230 West Drive are also popular this time of year. Plus, don’t miss the parade, firecrackers, live music, and shimmering fireworks show during Excelsior’s 4th of July Celebration near the Excelsior Library


The majority of Shorewood is located within the Minnetonka School District #276. A part of the city is also zoned to the Westonka School District #277. Notable schools in the area include:

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Overview for Shorewood, MN

19,756 people live in Shorewood, where the median age is 51.1 and the average individual income is $83,266.07. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

51.1 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Shorewood, MN

Shorewood has 8,552 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Shorewood do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 19,756 people call Shorewood home. The population density is 1,680.56 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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52.61 / 47.39%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree

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Schools in Shorewood, MN

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The following schools are within or nearby Shorewood. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Our Savior Lutheran School
PreK - K
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Minnewashta Elementary
K - 5th

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