The City of the Village of Minnetonka Beach is a unique lakeside community with an intense focus on community, heritage, and character. The Village of Minnetonka Beach is a boot shaped peninsula located on Lake Minnetonka with 230 homes and around 540 residents. It is a small village that packs a large punch with its pre-war era homes, gorgeous lake views and a commitment to keeping the Village residential. The only two non-residential occupants are the Lafayette Club and St. Martin's Church. Careful city planning and engaged residents have helped maintain open spaces and park lands, and the preservation of the "Village" atmosphere.
The history of the village, better known as "The Beach" to is residents, is long and diverse. The Village was officially settled in 1872 but some early settlers can be traced as far back as 1855. It was officially surveyed, planted and named Minnetonka Beach in 1883. Originally when the land was being sold off, many of the plats and lots could not even be reached during the Winter months.
The Hotel Lafayette was opened in the year 1883 and was it ever a grand affair. James J Hill, the railroad baron, chose the Hotel Lafayette as the summer resort for his railroad empire, the Great Northern Railroad. The hotel highlighted the glory days of the era with focuses on grand dining, formal dining, military band concert, and tennis. Fast forward 134 years, the Hotel Lafayette since burned down, rebuilt twice, and is now home to the only Lake Minnetonka waterfront country club.
Minnetonka Beach, with its 296 almost all waterfront acres, remains one of the smallest incorporated cities in the State.
The quaint village also offers annual dock slips to its residents. The city licenses through the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District and has 86 docks of varying size available to its residents. The residents must apply every year for the slips but word has it that once you have a slip, it's yours to keep as long as you remain a resident of Minnetonka Beach.
The Beach has its own City Hall and Post Office, but uses the City of Orono's Police and Fire Departments. Minnetonka Beach residents are in the Orono School District and within 10 minutes of the District's sprawling campus.
The lake location, small town feel, engaged residents, and access to the Orono School District makes Minnetonka Beach a safe and secure place to buy a home with potential upside in the near and distant future.
The only dining option in Minnetonka Beach is the Lafayette Club which is a private club. Part of the charm of Minnetonka Beach is its old time village feel and lack of commercial buildings.
Minnetonka Beach is part of the Orono School District (ISD #278). Orono School District is a top rated school district (#2 in the state) that serves Minnetonka Beach, Independence, Long Lake, Maple Plain, Medina and Orono.
Orono Schools are unique in many different ways. Starting at a single campus setting (all schools are located within walking distance of each other), the campus is nestled against 2,000 feet of lakeshore, and it sits on a serene natural setting. The school district is small in number of students but big in achievements. Orono High School makes the top of the "best" lists including being named on America's Top High Schools (Newsweek), Top high Schools (Daily Beast), America's Most Challenging High Schools (the Washington Post), and Best High Schools/Gold Medal Winner (US News & World Report). In additions the district was named a National District of Character by the Character Education Partnership. Orono not only excels in academics; there is a robust athletics program, arts & music program, and other extracurricular activities to meet everyone's needs.
Schools Within the Orono School District
If you are a fan of the old adage "Location Location Location," then Minnetonka Beach may be for you. The average house in Minnetonka Beach sold in 2017 for $2,164,127 with 168 days on market. In 2017 Minnetonka Beach proudly produced some of the biggest sales in the state most notably a home on Huntington Point Rd which sold for $7.8 million.
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