9 of the Best Places to Live in Minnesota Near the Twin Cities: City Life, Lake Views & More

Updated December 10, 2019
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There are hundreds and hundreds of cities across the great state of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area is home to over 200 of those cities. It’s hard to narrow down the best in the state, but we picked some of the best places to live around the Twin Cities.


Minneapolis is one of the best cities in Minnesota for a fully immersive city life experience. As one of the smallest ‘large cities’ in the nation, Minneapolis boasts easy transportation by car, bus, bike, and taxi, with everything being incredibly accessible and walkable. With 13 lakes, Minneapolis is home to tons of beaches, parks, and walking trails that are open to the public all year round. Bigos currently has three apartment complexes within Minneapolis, two of which are near Bde Maka Ska, formerly known as Lake Calhoun, which is a bustling lake in the summer, and just as easily accessible and walkable for a beautiful winter walk or snowshoe on the lake. There are also events, local markets, farmer’s markets all summer, so you will never ever be bored. There is truly something for everyone in Minneapolis, and it is a great central point to everything from the airport to the Mall of America.

St. Paul

The St. Paul website says it is the “Most Livable City in America,” and it brings the city life to people looking for a slower, quieter city life. The “other” city of the Twin Cities, St. Paul borders up to Minneapolis and is also located along the Mississippi River. St. Paul has some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities, and you can find most of them all within walking distance from your apartment. With multiple parks throughout downtown and Lowertown, such as Mears Park, Rice Park, and Kellogg Mall Park, St. Paul may have some of the most walkable, most accessible parks in the metro area. They also have Excel Energy Center that hosts our Minnesota Wild games, along with concerts and events all year round, plus CHS Field for our minor league baseball team, The St. Paul Saints. Fun fact: Bill Murray is part owner of the Saints, and has been seen tearing tickets at the front gate. Bigos has nine apartments throughout the St. Paul area, no more than a short drive from downtown, or to neighboring Minneapolis. Take a look!


Edina is a suburb southwest of Minneapolis. It’s known for its upscale golf courses, shops, and restaurants. It also borders Bloomington and has tons of shopping at Southdale mall, 50th and France, and The Galleria. Edina is still close to everything Minneapolis has to offer, especially its upscale Linden Hills neighborhood. For a high-scale level of living, Edina is the place to be, with gorgeous homes and even more beautiful landscaping.

Eden Prairie

Go just a little more Southwest of Edina and you’ll find Eden Prairie. Eden Prairie is home to over 15 lakes, which opens up numerous activities for families to enjoy. There are river walks, swimming beaches, and beautiful views along the Minnesota River. For indoor fun in the winter months, Eden Prairie Center, where the cult classic MallRats was filmed, is great for shopping and grabbing a bite for dinner without having to go too far!


Minnetonka is in the Western suburbs a few miles west of Minneapolis. It is home to Lake Minnetonka, the 9th largest lake in the entire state. It is very popular in the summer and you will find boaters, sailors, and fishermen filling the lake all summer long, and into the winter months during ice fishing. With boat-up restaurants and dinner cruises, it’s definitely the place to be for a nice summer evening on the water. Home to many local celebrities and athletes, Minnetonka houses the elite and brings a very upscale vibe to the suburbs. It’s one of the most beautiful cities with lake views and the cutest little shops for a nice Sunday stroll.


Located east of St. Paul, Woodbury is one of the largest populated cities in the state with over 70,000 people. Woodbury has 45 parks and over 100 miles of trails. It even has a large indoor central park, next to the library which can lead to a nice Sunday afternoon in the cold months, bringing the outdoors in, and be able to read in the “park.”


Plymouth is the 7th largest city in the state and is a great residential area not far from the Twin Cities. It has movie theatres, restaurants, shopping, golf courses — you name it! Plymouth is home to over 58,000 people, and is extremely family-friendly, while also giving first time home buyers a great location close to the city, but with a nice neighborhood for their first homes. At just 15 miles outside of downtown Minneapolis, it’s not hard for people to have bits of the city life, while also going home to the view of a lake or pond in the lush landscape that is Plymouth.

Apple Valley

Now, we can’t forget about the southern suburbs! Apple Valley is located south of Burnsville and Eagan and is home to the beautiful Minnesota Zoo, amongst other golf courses, dog parks, and lush landscape. Apple Valley is a beautiful blend of lush riverbank, parks, and farmland. It’s mainly residential, and home to homes built after the 1950s — it’s a perfect midwest suburban town!


Quaint is a great way to describe Chanhassen, found southwest of Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, and Shakopee. With cute residential homes with lush trees and walkable neighborhoods, Chanhassen is an adorable suburban city. Its claim to fame is also being home to Paisley Park Studios where Prince lived and recorded his famous hits and albums. Tourists flock from miles around to tour Paisley Park to this day!


There are hundreds of beautiful cities in Minnesota, both in and around the Twin Cities. Bigos is centered within the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area and we love that we can help you find a home that is in the perfect city for you. We love the views, the trails, and the city life that these cities have to offer. Check out one of our open apartments, today!


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