It's too sleepy to be the best neighborhood and although there are a few destinations they aren't enough to set it apart from the rest. Every neighborhood with a majority of single family homes and a decent amount of businesses offers "suburban living with an urban appeal", which is almost every Mpls neighborhood except Downtown. Also, would you really take an out of towner to Armatage to show them the city's best neighborhood?
Best Neighborhood Minneapolis 2012 - Armatage
Sitting right on the border of Edina, the Armatage neighborhood has quickly staked its claim as one Minneapolis's unsung hotspots for foodies, families, and fitness, providing a little something for everyone. For the food lover, uber-popular Café Maude offers a phenomenal Sunday brunch (the full menu is pretty good too), Café Vin brings a French flair to the neighborhood, and just recently, Food Network star Guy Fieri swung by Pizzeria Lola for its appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Armatage has begun to see some turnover in recent years, with younger families moving into the area thanks to its easy access to downtown, as well as to Southdale Mall and even the airport. Finally, the budding community is just a quick run (literally) to Lake Harriett, giving weekend walkers and joggers a scenic route to stretch their legs. Being in Armatage is like having suburban living with an urban appeal.
It's also a good place to park right in front of your house, and a bad place to ride a bike. The residents just rejected bike lanes on Penn in favor of parking on both sides that they currently don't use. Most typical neighborhood, maybe, but not the best.
Easy access to downtown? It's pretty much the farthest neighborhood from it...it's basically in Edina although it looks more like Richfield.
This will be my new neighborhood in 4 weeks! Good Choice! And yes, we are a young family looking for a charming neighborhood with easy access to downtown.
So the whitest neighborhood in Minneapolis is also the best? And "suburban living with an urban appeal," that's supposed to be good? GUY F***ING FIERI? Grooooooooosssssss, City Pages. Gross.
Part of what makes Armatage unique in SW Mpls is that it isn't the "whitest," and is growing more diverse every year with about 85% white (and shrinking)...true, we are surrounded by whiter, but that alone does not a neighborhood make.