Post by ● Sep 9, 2015

Near North: Harrison

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The Harrison neighborhood is on the western side of Minneapolis. It received its name from the local Harrison Elementary School, which was named after William Henry Harrison. Harrison was the ninth president of the United States and was born in 1773. Lots of industrial land occupies the Harrison neighborhood on the east side, while the western portion is mostly residential. Harrison is conveniently located just a few minutes from downtown Minneapolis, whether it be driving, biking, or walking. With a population of around 3,000, Harrison offers a more peaceful location in which to live that is in the midst of a large city.

The homes in Harrison range from lofts and apartments to newer, single-family homes, many of which are available at affordable prices. There are several rambler-style homes built in the 1960’s and 70’s as well as much older homes built in the late 1800’s.  Rental options are also offered in duplexes and other recently established apartment complexes.

The neighborhood borders the International Market Square, which is a regional location that consists of interior design and commercial decorative showrooms, the American Institute of Architects Minnesota offices, and residential loft space.

Venture North is one of the most beloved businesses in the Harrison neighborhood. A unique bike shop, Venture North not only provides bike sales and services, but it is a coffee shop as well. Guests can enjoy a cup of coffee while waiting on a repair or browsing the store’s selection. What makes Venture North most unique, however, is their mission. Venture North strives to be a contributor to the overall community. They do this by supporting local leadership programs for youth, offering classes and workshops on biker safety and maintenance, sponsoring an earn-a-bike program for neighborhood members, and providing internships for local youth to learn about bike repair.

The Harrison neighborhood is home to two parks. They include:

Bassett Creek Park: Bassett Creek Park is a 70-acre park that offers visitors lots of open space in addition to several amenities. They include a biking/walking path, playground, soccer and softball fields, sports facility, and tennis and volleyball courts. With so many active amenities, Bassett Creek Park is ideal for residents who are seeking a destination to play a sport or compete in a league. Additionally, the park’s trails connect to larger, regional trails such as the Cedar Lake Regional Trail and the Luce Line Regional Trail. These trails extend for miles in all different directions and connect visitors to other parks and cities within the metro area. Bassett Creek Park services the Harrison and Bryn Mawr neighborhoods.

Harrison Park: Harrison Park is a park that is close to 7-acres located in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. Adjacent to the Harrison Education Center and the Harrison Neighborhood Association, this park is an important location for the neighborhood. In addition to being the site of many neighborhood events, the park offers visitors a multitude of amenities. Amenities include a baseball/softball fields, a basketball court, biking/walking paths, a football/soccer field, picnic area, playground, restrooms, and a wading pool.

If you have any questions regarding the city of Minneapolis, the Near North Community, or if you would like to sell or buy a house in the area, please feel free to visit Twin Cities Property Finder or call 1-800-909-1953