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House #22: After Eric and Angie Whitman started a church in north Minneapolis, the couple, who have two young children, decided to leave suburbia and move there. “We wanted to be right in the community itself,” said Eric. Their search for an active, close-knit neighborhood led them to Old Highland, an enclave of Victorian-era homes that was named a “Best Old House Neighborhood” in 2012 by This Old House magazine.
“We could tell there was a sense of community; it seemed like a great fit,” said Eric. And the house, a 2,400-square-foot foursquare built in 1900, was move-in ready, having been converted from a rundown duplex and rehabbed by Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis.
The Whitmans love their home’s hardwood floors and original woodwork, plus all the recent updates. And their new neighborhood has lived up to their expectations. “In Woodbury, it took two or three years to get to know our neighbors,” Eric said. “Here we met them as soon as we signed the purchase agreement.” Old Highland is close to downtown, which is handy for Twins games or holiday visits to Santa, Eric noted, but there’s also a lot going on right in the neighborhood, from progressive dinners to spring cleanup days. “National Night Out is right on our corner,” Eric said. “The Family Day Parade goes right by our house. We love the location.”
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