The Neighborhood

Welcome to the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood

The city’s oldest neighborhood is one of its hottest, a vital part of the Twin Cities cultural landscape for more than 150 years. With quiet, nature-filled streets by day and an urban entertainment scene by night, the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood is a welcomed mix of old and new, traditional and trendy. Conveniently located along the Mississippi River between downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, the neighborhood is home to three historic districts. You’ll also find many small shops, art galleries and an array of nationally recognized restaurants, community gardens, parks and public art displays.  Marcy Open School, an International Peace Site and student-centered K-8 school that encourages learning through the arts, is here as well.

Marcy-Holmes is a winner on many lists including:

  • One of the City’s Top 10 Neighborhoods (Metro Magazine, 2011)
  • Best Place to Take Out-Of-Town Guests (City Pages, 2008)
  • One of the Country’s Top 10 Eco-friendly Neighborhoods (Natural Home  Magazine, 2007)

Walkscore.com, a national organization dedicated to improving the walkability of urban neighborhoods, also ranked Marcy-Holmes “very walkable.”  A 15-minute stroll via the beautiful Stone Arch Bridge takes you to the Guthrie Theater, MacPhail Center for the Arts and other downtown attractions. The 5th Street SE bike path leads straight into the heart of the University of Minnesota and Dinkytown, the vibrant commercial area that was home to young Bob Dylan. The historic Pillsbury A-Mill is a stone’s throw to many conveniences in the St. Anthony Main retail, dining and cinema complex, as well as a nearby farmer’s market, full grocery store, fitness center and more.  Stroll up 6th Avenue and you’ll find bronze sculptures of our most famous buildings, award-winning gardens, many beautiful homes and a vibrant mix of students, professionals, families, artists and entrepreneurs. Whether you’re jogging along the Mississippi River, visiting an art gallery or dining in one of the local restaurants, the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood gives a new meaning to “city living.” Marcy-Holmes is east of the Mississippi and south of East Hennepin Avenue, which is why we’re called “Southeast” Minneapolis. Named for a politician (William L. Marcy) and a writer (Oliver Wendell Holmes), we’re proud to be a gateway to the University District, which includes Prospect Park, Southeast Como, West Bank-Cedar Riverside and the University of Minnesota.

MHNA produced a video about living in the University District: