The city of Shorewood is located in Hennepin County. It is 6 miles long and one mile wide with over 3600 acres. Shorewood has a population of roughly 8,000 people. The city of Shorewood encompasses three islands on Lake Minnetonka: Enchanted, Shady and Spray. Shorewood is nestled between the towns of Excelsior and Tonka Bay with a majority of its lakeshore on Gideon Bay.
Although Shorewood was officially founded in 1956, residents can be traced back to the 1840’s. When George Bertram traveled from New York to the Southern shores of Lake Minnetonka, he sought to create a village and farming community. He teamed up with a home builder, Robert McGrath, and began to construct homes in the original Excelsior township. The township originally included Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, Tonka Bay and parts of Deephaven and Orono. As time went on, some of the areas started to break off from the Excelsior Township. Orono was the first one to break off and Greenwood and Shorewood were the last with their departures in 1956.
Shorewood was primarily a rural community when it first was founded. It included the shores of Lake Minnetonka and Christmas Lake. It thrived on tourism during the 19th century and enjoyed easy access from the trolley that ran from Minneapolis to Excelsior.
In 2016, MSN.com listed Shorewood as the richest town in Minnesota with a median household income of $113,719. The location and ease of access to Minneapolis makes this a popular location for commuters.
The city of Shorewood is served by the Excelsior Fire District and the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department. The islands are served by Mound Fire Department and SLMPD. Shorewood is an extremely safe place to call home with an almost non existent violent crime rate.
Shorewood is primarily residential with only a few retail and commercial offerings. The abundance of parks and greenspace keeps the city from feeling overdeveloped. The majority of the lake homes in Shorewood face North overlooking Big Island.
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Shorewood is served by the Minnetonka School District. Minnetonka School District is nationally recognized as one of the best school districts in the state. It currently has 10,600 students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The Minnetonka School District serves families in the Minnetonka, Chanhassen, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, Tonka Bay, Victoria and Woodland areas. 91% of Minnetonka High School graduates are college bound and over 97% of the students who attend MHS graduate. The Minnetonka School District has six elementary schools including Spanish and Chinese immersion schools, two middle schools and one high school.
Shorewood residents would attend Minnewashta Elementary, Minnetonka Middle School West and Minnetonka High School.
Being only 20 miles away from Minneapolis and easy access to Highway 7, which takes you straight into the city, Shorewood is a highly desirable location. For any commuter or those looking for quick access to highways, Shorewood would be a great option. Shorewood also offers a wide range of price points from starter homes to moderately priced homes all the way to expensive Lake Minnetonka real estate. For a lake home without the Lake Minnetonka price, Christmas Lake is a nice option in Shorewood. The average Shorewood home sold in 2017 for $697,751 with 120 days on market.
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