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Deephaven

Americana at its finest



DEEPHAVEN

“Two square miles of tranquility”

Deephaven is a city in Hennepin County on the shore of Lake Minnetonka. The city is 2.43 square miles and has about 3900 residents. Deephaven has a beautiful contrast of dramatic woods with the backdrop of Lake Minnetonka.  The fall colors of the leaves along the road of Deephaven are not to be missed.  

Deephaven was incorporated in 1900 and there were originally 231 permanent residents. Fast forward 117 years and it currently has roughly 3,900 people that call Deephaven home.  

One of the earliest hotels built in the area was built in Deephaven at the present Walden Site in Deephaven Park.  The Hotel St Louis could house 400 guests and vacationers from all over the country who came to spend their summers at this luxury hotel. Another hotel, located in the current Cottagewood part of Deephaven, called the Keewaydin Hotel, also helped accommodate the growing amount of tourists to the area. The Minnetonka Yacht Club was established in 1887 because the demand from the vacationers was so high for sailing. Unfortunately at the turn of the century, both of Deephaven’s luxury hotels were destroyed by fire.  

You can't mention Deephaven without mentioned the Cottagewood General Store. Since 1895, the Cottagewood General Store has been serving its customers a healthy dose of Americana. It looks like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting and takes you back to a simpler time of penny candy, backyard barbecues, and neighbors coming together at the local general store. The store sits adjacent to the Cottagewood Children’s Park and has Friday evening Grill Nights, a family Fourth of July celebration, and many more community events. The store is run by the non-profit Cottagewood Community Foundation and people can buy in and help support this darling piece of history. 
 
Deephaven is also home to the Minnetonka Yacht Club. MYC was founded in 1882 and is one of the oldest yacht clubs in the country. MYC has two facilities- one on Lighthouse Island and the Carson’s Bay facility. 

The city of Deephaven as its own police department and is served by the Excelsior Police Department. 

Deephaven has made a long term commitment to conserving the environment, access to parks and open spaces, designating ecologically sensitive areas and promoting active recreation. Deephaven has over 76 acres in its parks system and when you consider the relative small size of the city, it is an impressive amount of public land. Their recreational areas includes parks, tennis courts, baseball fields, platform tennis courts,basketball courts and walking trails. Hiking and biking trails connect to many other recreational areas and during the winter these trails are used for cross country skiing.  


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Parks and Beaches in Deephaven
  • Burton Park
  • Cottagewood Children’s Park
  • Pump Park
  • Shuck Park
  • Thorpe Park
  • Village Hall Park
  • Deephaven Beach
  • Linwood Beach
  • Nocomo Beach
  • Robinson’s Bay Beach
  • Rocky Beach
  • Sandy Beach
  • Carson’s Bay Landing
  • Hill Property
  • Hineline Property
  • Lake Louise Sanctuary Trail

MINNETONKA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Deephaven is located within 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.  

Deephaven residents would attend Deephaven Elementary, Minnetonka Middle School East and Minnetonka High School.


REAL ESTATE INSIGHTS

The combination of the good schools, low crime, and quick  commute to downtown Minneapolis make Deephaven a solid choice among buyers. Deephaven has done a nice job of making the Lake accessible to everyone and it is not necessary to live on Lake Minnetonka to be able to enjoy it. The six public beaches and adequate boat slips at the Minnetonka Yacht Club gives its residents the ability to buy homes off the lake and still live the Lake Life. There are a lot of wonderful neighborhoods in Deephaven including Heathcote and Cottagewood.The average Deephaven home sold in 2017 for $1,080,697 with 81 days on market.