Shorewood was primarily a rural community when it first was founded. It included the shores of Lake Minnetonka and Christmas Lake. It thrived on tourism during the 19th century and enjoyed easy access from the trolley that ran from Minneapolis to Excelsior.

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $1.2M
Lowest Price $478K
Highest Price $2.5M
Total Listings 5
Avg. Price/SQFT $231

Property Types (active listings)

Shorewood Highlights:

  • The city of Shorewood is located in Hennepin County and has a population of roughly 8,000 people.
  • The city of Shorewood encompasses three islands on Lake Minnetonka: Enchanted, Shady and Spray.
  • Shorewood is nestled between the towns of Excelsior and Tonka Bay with a majority of its lakeshore on Gideon Bay.
  • Shorewood is 6 miles long and one mile wide with over 3600 acres.
  • In 2016, listed Shorewood as the richest town in Minnesota with a median household income of $113,719.
  • The location and ease of access to Minneapolis makes this a popular location for commuters.
  • The city of Shorewood is served by the Excelsior Fire District and the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department. The islands are served by Mound Fire Department and SLMPD. Shorewood is an extremely safe place to call home with an almost nonexistent violent crime rate.

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Shorewood is primarily residential with only a few retail and commercial offerings. The abundance of parks and greenspace makes this close in city feel rural. The majority of the lake homes in Shorewood face North overlooking Big Island.



Shorewood is located within the Minnetonka School District. The Minnetonka Public School District is among the highest performing school districts in Minnesota and the nation and proudly serves families in all or part of 10 communities: Minnetonka, Chanhassen, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, Tonka Bay, Victoria, and Woodland. In addition, students from 45 other Minnesota school districts attend Minnetonka schools through the state's Open Enrollment program.  

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