Run Minneapolis: Kenwood

Yesterday, Matt and I hit the St Louis Park border to start a run up through the Kenwood neighborhood:

France Ave S at W 30 1/2 St

After starting just South of W Lake St, we went North on France Ave S, then East on Sunset Blvd then over the canal the connects Lake of the Isles to Cedar Lake:

Canal Toward Cedar Lake

Then we crossed over the Kenilworth Trail that runs from St Louis Park to downtown Minneapolis but not quite to the river because that would make too much sense.

Kenilworth Trail

We dropped down along the Kenilworth trail and spotted this impressive basketball court:

Backyard Basketball Court

Then passed by the East side of Cedar Lake near the legendary nude beach:

East Cedar Lake Beach

From there, we started climbing up to the top of Kenwood near the old water tower:

Water Tower on Kenwood Parkway

And down Kenwood Parkway past these modern townhomes:

Condos on Kenwood Parkway

At the base of the hill we passed the Blake School:

Blake School

Then looped back past the Walker Art Center and the empty lot that used to be home to the Guthrie Theater before it moved to the Mill District:

Walker Art Center

The homes in this area are ginormous, including this palatial estate at the top of Mt Curve:

Mansion on Mt Curve

Here’s a view of the same home from below:

Mt Curve Mansion

Kenwood has no shortage of turrets.

Kenwood Parkway Homes

The canal bridge at Isles to Cedar provides a great view of the downtown skyline:

Minneapolis Skyline from Lake of the Isles

I hear that some folks in this neighborhood are resisting new developments that can be seen from the lakeshore. Admittedly, I don’t understand the entire issue, but it does seem like some of the most popular photos people take from Lake of the Isles and Calhoun are skyline shots like this.

We wrapped up by passing Lakewood Isles Apartments behind the Whole Foods near Lake Calhoun. This particular apartment complex has been home to many friends at one time:

Lakewood Isles Apartments

Incredible homes, great skyline shots, and plenty of vertical. A great run.

3 thoughts on “Run Minneapolis: Kenwood”

  1. Whoa there pardner. That shot indicative of lots o’ turrets is (drumroll please) the Mary Tyler Moore house.

    You *could* have been running in a bubble of rememberance of all of those times that you watched the showing dreaming of Rhoda.

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