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Wayzata

"Northshore" of Lake Minnetonka



Wayzata

"North Shore" of Lake Minnetonka

Wayzata is derived from a Lakota Sioux phrase meaning North Shore. The city is located in the North East corner of Lake Minnetonka.  Wayzata's history is deep being one of the oldest cities on the lake. It was originally inhabited by the Dakota Indians, transferred ownership to Spain and then France, and was eventually sold to the United States of America from France in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

By 1855, Wayzata had an influx of new residents and they built a sawmill, hotel and a blacksmith shop. The early development of both retail and the railroad being extended from Minneapolis to Wayzata  made it a popular tourist destination and the rest is history.

Wayzata has its own Police Department, Fire Department, Post Office and City Hall. The multiple fire and police stations help ensure a quick response time. Over the past few years, the rate of crime has decreased by over 40%.  The overall crime rate for the city of Wayzata is 33% lower than the national average making it a safe and secure place to call home.

Wayzata, with its booming downtown area, has the most robust retail and restaurant scene out of any other Lake community. The city offers transient docks within steps to downtown so if driving to dinner or the Post Office by boat suits your fancy, then you'll always have a place to complimentary park while you shop and dine.  

The walk ability to downtown Wayzata, great schools and public access to the Lake makes Wayzata a perfect choice for both lakeshore and non lakeshore real estate.


Insider Tips

Restaurants
There are too many amazing dining options in Wayzata to list.  Whether you are looking for casual and relaxed dining such as the Muni (city of Wayzata owned restaurant), to something quick like Crisp & Green or elegant dining like Gianni's Steakhouse, you'll always find what you're looking for in Wayzata.

Parks & Nature
Bell Courts Park, Big Woods Preserve, Broadway Docks, Children's Garden, City Hall Park, Great Lawn, Heritage Park at Batson's Corner, Klapprich Park & Field, Margaret Circle Park, Nature Center, Play Area, Post Office Pocket Park, Shaver Park, Wayzata Beach and Marine, Wayzata Depot and Railroad Museum, Wayzata West Middle School Courts

Retail
Wayzata has a diverse and extensive retail community.  You can find everything from groceries at Lunds & Byerlys, to designer jewelry at one of the many jewelers and everything in between.  You won't be disappointed with the shopping and neither are the tourists who frequent this popular town.

Hotel
Wayzata boasts one of the only hotels on Lake Minnetonka with the newly built "the Landing."  The Landing combines luxury condo ownership with daily rate hotel rooms and helps marry the lakeside community life with hotel amenities.


Wayzata School District

The school district of Wayzata is unique in its serving multiple cities and communities.  School District 284 serves the cities of Wayzata, Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka and Plymouth. The Wayzata School District is an award winning school district for academics and has a very competitive and diverse athletic program.  Oakwood Elementary was awarded the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award in 2017 recognizing the school's and District's commitment to excellence. In a recent community wide survey, 93% of the parent's of students rated the quality of education provided by Wayzata Schools as excellent.

Elementary Schools
  • Sunset Hill
  • Plymouth Creek
  • Oakwood
  • Meadow Ridge
  • Kimberly Lane
  • Greenwood
  • Gleason Lake
  • Birchview

Middle Schools
  • West Middle School
  • East Middle School
  • Central Middle School
  • High School
  • Wayzata High School

Real Estate Insights

The Wayzata real estate markets offers a diverse variety of homes. The wide range of properties that meet different needs makes it a sure bet that there is a property for everyone. You can find anything from downtown homes that highlight walk ability, to neighborhoods of new construction, to historic neighborhoods with homes from the '20s, all the way to the “Gold Coast” of Lake Minnetonka the prestigious streets of Bushaway and Ferndale with their sprawling lake lots and palatial homes.The average Wayzata home sold in 2017 for $1,350,365 with 162 days on market.

Unlike any other Lake community, Wayzata definitely caters to the empty nesters with the new condominiums, townhomes and one level living recently added to Downtown. There is even a recently completed assisted living complex in downtown that provides step down care all the way to 24/7 hour assistance.

Wayzata, with its close proximity to downtown Minneapolis (12.5 miles), plentiful amenities with restaurants and shops, municipal docks, and lots of property choices, is a fun and exciting place to call home.