"NORTH SHORE" OF THE LAKE
The word Wayzata is derived from a Lakota Sioux phrase meaning North Shore. The city is located in the North East corner of Lake Minnetonka. Wayzata is 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.
The city began growing in 1855 with new residents that created a local commerce hub by building a sawmill, blacksmith shop and a hotel. James J. Hill and his western expansion of the railroad system helped grow Wayzata’s tourism by making it a popular summer destination for Minneapolis inhabitants. The city hasn’t stopped growing since!
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 shops by boat suits your fancy, then you'll always have a place to complementary park while you shop and dine.
The Wayzata real estate markets offers a diverse variety of homes and there is wide range of properties such as:
downtown homes that highlight walk ability
neighborhoods of new construction
historic neighborhoods with homes from the '20s
the “Gold Coast” of Lake Minnetonka- the prestigious streets of Bushaway and Ferndale with their sprawling lake lots and palatial homes
new condominiums, townhomes and one level living added to downtown Wayzata. There is even an assisted living complex that provides independent living options all the way to 24/7 hour nursing home 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. There are great schools and easy public access to Lake Minnetonka makes Wayzata a perfect choice for both lakeshore and non lakeshore real estate.
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 39% lower than the national average making it a safe and secure place to call home.
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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
Wayzata has an extensive retail community- you’ve heard of term Shop Local? You do not need to even leave Wayzata for any of your shopping needs. You can find everything from groceries at Lunds & Byerlys to clothing to furniture and everything in between. You won't be disappointed with the shopping in Wayzata.
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 Wayzata School District is an award winning school district for academics and has a very competitive and diverse athletic program. School District 284 serves the cities of Wayzata, Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka and Plymouth and serves over 38 square miles of citizens.
Wayzata serves over 12,075 students in its preschool through high school programs
West Middle School (WMS) has been named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education!
Wayzata High School is ranked 6th best school by US News World and Report for 2019
Five elementary schools, two middle schools, Wayzata West Junior High School and Wayzata Senior High School have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.
West Middle School
East Middle School
Central Middle School
Wayzata High School
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Listing information last updated on March 30th, 2020 at 4:25pm CDT.