West Calhoun

West Calhoun

West Calhoun is an affluent neighborhood comprised mostly of green space and trails. It is divided by the Midtown Greenway bike path, and bus service is available to downtown and the suburbs via Lake Street. Situated next to Lake Calhoun’s beautiful shoreline, West Calhoun offers an active shopping district, many luxury high-rise buildings, and 32 single family homes.

West Calhoun Neighborhood Boundaries

West Calhoun is part of the greater Calhoun-Isles Community and lies adjacent to Lake Calhoun. The neighborhood is bordered by Lake Street to the north, the lake’s shoreline to the east, 36th Street to the south, and France Avenue to the west.

West Calhoun Neighborhood History

Until the 1880s, much of the land around Lake Calhoun was swamp land. Despite its terrain, the lake became a popular resort area in the 1870s, as city residents sought out a place to get away from the city. Over the course of the next century, the city of Minneapolis invested in a major effort to build up the land surrounding the lake and bring more homes and businesses to the area. Today, nearly all of the parks, beaches and boulevards in this area were built atop man-made land.

West Calhoun Neighborhood Landmarks

In 1898, the Minikahda Club was established in the now-West Calhoun neighborhood. The club’s name is a combination of two Sioux words, which combined mean “by the side of the water.” It was first founded as a place for club owners and members to play the newly popular game of golf, and later grew to include tennis courts, banquets, a wedding venue and more. The green was first laid out to accommodate nine holes, and was expanded seven years later to include 18 holes.

Also located here is the Calhoun Beach Club, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building includes luxury penthouses, a health club and a commercial center. It is one of the best places in the area to take in stunning views of Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake and downtown Minneapolis.

West Calhoun Neighborhood Activities

Residents can enjoy the many conveniences found at nearby Calhoun Village and Calhoun Commons. These two dining and shopping destinations include local hot spots like Noodles & Company, Ben & Jerry’s, Caribou Coffee and Punch Neapolitan Pizza. Mystery science lovers can explore the mysteries of the electrical world at the Bakken Museum. A popular spot for intramural sports is the large soccer field located at the intersection of West Calhoun Parkway and 32nd Street, where players can pick up a game of soccer, lacrosse or bicycle polo.

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West Calhoun Top Picks


  • My Burger 3100 Excelsior Blvd 952-500-9118

Education & Childcare

  • Lake Harriet Lower Elementary 4030 S Chowen Ave (612) 668-3210

Shops & Businesses

  • Whole Food’s 3060 Excelsior Blvd 612.927.8141
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream 3070 Excelsior Blvd 612-970-9900

Arts & Entertainment

  • The Bakken Museum 3537 Zenith Ave S 612-926-3878

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