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 tourism by making it a popular summer destination for Minneapolis inhabitants. The city hasn't stopped growing since!

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $2.4M
Lowest Price $325K
Highest Price $13.5M
Total Listings 38
Avg. Days On Market 110
Avg. Price/SQFT $641

Property Types (active listings)

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

The Wayzata real estate market offers a diverse variety of homes, and there is a wide range of properties such as:  

  • downtown homes that highlight the walking 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 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. Great schools and easy public access to Lake Minnetonka make Wayzata a perfect choice for 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 crime rate 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.


The city of Wayzata is served by the Wayzata School District

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Wayzata is located in the Wayzata School District and 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. 


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There are too many fantastic dining options in Wayzata to list. Whether 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.


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 CenterPost 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 the term Shop Local? You do not need to leave Wayzata for any shopping needs. You can find everything from groceries at Lunds & Byerlys to clothing, 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.

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