Lyndale Victorian - Kris and Ben's Masterpiece

In an effort to highlight some of our wonderful neighborhoods in Minneapolis, we are digging into the vault and showing off some of our favorite home sales of the last 5 years. est. real estate focuses heavily on what our name implies, helping our clients establish themselves in our amazing neighborhoods and communities. 


Today's focus is the Lyndale neighborhood! Situated just west of 35W and east of Lyndale, spanning from Lake St to 36th, Lyndale is quickly changing from high rental volume to family friendly with it's large houses and the increasing popularity of Lyndale Elementary. Just steps from the bustle of uptown, close to the lakes, and blocks from the newly created restaurant mecca on Nicollet - Lyndale is a fantastic neighborhood to invest in - we see it as a top growth area in years to come.

Kris and Ben spent 18 years as discerning owners of their beautiful Victorian. Their kids grew up in this home, went to school in the area, and many a family/friend gatherings were hosted in the large space and stunning yard. Avid classic home lovers, Kris and Ben left no space untouched, ensuring that this home would be in great shape to pass onto many families for decades to come.

Meticulous preservation and timeless updates are hallmark features of the classic homeowner. Caring for a 112 year old home requires patience, dedication, and a budget line item. No classic home will ever be perfect, but with thoughtful updates each year, these homes will stand another century as long as the owners work for it. Kris and Ben did just that. 


This 3 story Victorian is indicative of many homes that stand in the Lyndale neighborhood. Stately 10 foot ceilings, beautiful columns, even radiant heat, and plenty of space for a growing family define these classic masterpieces. est. real estate focuses heavily on investment strategy while buying your home. While we recognize that a home is a home, we also try to blend this with sound investment planning for long term equity gains. In South Minneapolis, NE, and St. Paul, solid investment choices usually involve timeless features and, as always, location location location. A large footprint is a nice addition where possible. 

As our urban neighborhoods are becoming more popular and the suburban migration continues, the up and coming neighborhoods are the wisest investments. We mentioned that historically speaking, Lyndale has been heavily rental occupied, but as the demand for single family living increases, the neighborhood has risen in value and become a popular place for young families to purchase their 20 year home.

Lyndale Elementary is quickly rising up the ranks of MPS community schools. The restaurant scene on Nicollet Ave is slowly moving north and will soon connect Eat Street with the top spots on 38th and Nicollet, especially with additions of Ramen Kazama, Hola Arepa, Pat's Tap, and more to come. With a recent upscale apartment complex on 35th and Grand, continued presence of Pizza Luce, Vo's, Sonny's, The Chair, and the draw of Painter's Park, we only see Lyndale as a quickly rising hot spot in South Minneapolis. In the spring, Open Streets Nicollet is a huge hit with biking, yoga on Lake Street, and lots of fun and games for kids. The fall brings Open Streets Nicollet with tons of food, drinks and live music. 

Kris and Ben provide a great example of how to upgrade a Lyndale home to suit your modern family from couple-hood to large family. The backyard space showcases the other huge benefit of Lyndale vs other South Minneapolis neighborhoods - the airplane noise is virtually non-existent. Enjoy the warm weather in the serenity of your yard in summer months, blocks from many S. Minneapolis hot spots. The majority of Lyndale homes sit at palate-able price points between $275 and $425k depending on upgrades and square footage.


To find out more about living in Lyndale - get in touch with us OR check out the Lyndale Neighborhood Association website at