Morningside Real Estate for Sale

Morningside Stands Out from Edina

When you look at a map of Edina, it's no wonder that the Morningside neighborhood in the northeastern corner of the map sticks out. It's symbolic. Morningside has always been a little different from the rest of Edina – and that goes back to its roots.

We have not seen an explanation of the origin of the name "Morningside," but it may be significant that Morningside is a neighborhood or suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland. Edina is a shortened form of Edinburgh.

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  • MLS® #: 4833937
  • 4232 Sidell Trl
  • Edina, MN 55416
  • $2,400,000
  • 5 Bed, 5 Bath, 5272 SqFt, 0.42 Acres
  • Residential
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  • MLS® #: 4889186
  • 4401 Branson St
  • Edina, MN 55424
  • $1,550,000
  • 5 Bed, 5 Bath, 4200 SqFt, 0.2 Acres
  • Residential
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  • MLS® #: 4892510
  • 4311 Morningside Rd
  • Edina, MN 55416
  • $1,399,000
  • 5 Bed, 4 Bath, 4301 SqFt, 0.22 Acres
  • Residential
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  • MLS® #: 4887106
  • 4306 Oakdale Ave S
  • Edina, MN 55424
  • $1,200,000
  • 5 Bed, 4 Bath, 4000 SqFt, 0.22 Acres
  • Residential
  • Office: Re/max Results
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  • MLS® #: 4829254
  • 4020 Kipling Ave
  • Edina, MN 55416
  • $1,149,900
  • 5 Bed, 5 Bath, 4292 SqFt, 0.15 Acres
  • Residential
  • Office: Dm Wallace Realty Llc
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  • MLS® #: 4882917
  • 4204 Branson St
  • Edina, MN 55424
  • $730,000
  • 4 Bed, 3 Bath, 2848 SqFt, 0.15 Acres
  • Residential
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  • MLS® #: 4880695
  • 4012 Inglewood Ave S
  • Edina, MN 55416
  • $559,900
  • 4 Bed, 3 Bath, 2050 SqFt, 0.19 Acres
  • Residential
  • Office: Necklen & Oakland
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  • MLS® #: 4826477
  • 4124 Grimes Ave S
  • Edina, MN 55416
  • $550,000
  • 3 Bed, 2 Bath, 2163 SqFt, 0.22 Acres
  • Residential
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Morningside Was an Early Commuter Suburb

Morningside was Morningside before Country Club was Edina. Morningside was one of the first streetcar commuter suburbs on the edge of Minneapolis in the early 1900s. Morningside was along the path of the original streetcar line built from Minneapolis past Lake Harriet to Hopkins and then on to Lake Minnetonka in the 1880s. At that time, several residential subdivisions were platted near stations at Morningside, Browndale, Brookside and West Minneapolis (Hopkins) to the west. None of those platted additions amounted to much when the streetcar company at the time failed after only a few years of operation. (For more information on those developments, see the entries on Todd Park and Interlachen Park neighborhoods.)

The real growth of Morningside began when Twin City Rapid Transit renewed streetcar service west from Lake Harriet in 1905. The new streetcar track built in 1905 ran north of 44th Street from Lake Harriet to France Avenue in Minneapolis, but crossed over to the south side of 44th Street west of France in Morningside all the way to Brookside Avenue in today's Todd Park neighborhood.

At that time the Grimes family, whose farm and orchards occupied much of what is now Morningside, subdivided their land, creating the Morningside Addition between France Avenue and Grimes Avenue from 42nd Street to 44th Street. The farm had been built by Jonathan and Elizabeth (Gordon) Grimes, the one-time owners of the Edina Mill. They built their home, which still stands, on 44th Street across from what is now Kojetin Park in 1869. Jonathan and Elizabeth had both died before the streetcar service was resumed, so it was their children who platted the new subdivision – along with real estate developer Charles Fuller. The original plat of Morningside featured 69 lots 100 feet by 300 feet at a cost of $250 to $1000 each

The timing of the Morningside subdivision was driven not only by the streetcar expansion, however. The Minneapolis Tribune reported in October of 1905 that land transactions near Lake Harriet, less than a mile east, were "frenzied." According to the paper, some residential lots had changed hands seven or eight times that year as land prices soared. With such demand for residential lots, it is no surprise that the owners of one of the single largest parcels of land in the vicinity, the Grimes homestead, would consider subdividing and selling.

Morningside Had an Independent Streak

Many houses had already been built in the Morningside Addition, as well as two smaller Grimes additions to the west and the Waveland and Berkeley Heights additions across 44th Street, before Samuel Thorpe conceived of the Country Club addition that would eventually make Edina what it is today.

By the time Thorpe built the high-end Country Club suburb and golf course targeted at affluent Minneapolis families in the 1920s, Morningside had seceded from Edina. In 1920, the suburbanites of Morningside determined that their interests no longer coincided with those of the predominantly farm-based community in the rest of Edina, so they created their own municipality. They did, however, remain part of a combined, but contentious Edina-Morningside school district.

Morningside remained independent until 1966 when the community voted to rejoin Edina. By that time, Edina had become a suburb with much the same character and needs as Morningside. Morningside was really too small – fewer than 2,000 people – to provide services as efficiently as a larger community could.

One remnant of Morningside's independence is that the neighborhood still gets its water from Minneapolis, not Edina. Perhaps that is why the City of Minneapolis Public Works Department still owns nearly ten acres of land in Morningside at France and 40th.

Morningside Parks

Morningside is home to two Edina parks. Weber Park, a 12-acre recreation park created in 1948, features a hockey rink and warming house, softball and baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball court and children's playground. The park was named in 1950 for George Weber who had been Morningside's constable for many years. (For more on Weber and many other aspects of life in Morningside, visit the Edina Historical Society web site at

Kojetin (Koteen) Park, just under three acres south of 44th Street, is an open area with a children's playground. The park was named for Bob Kojetin who was Edina's Park and Recreation Director from 1977 to 1994.

Arden Park in Morningside?

Arden Park is a park in Edina along Minnehaha Creek and it is the name approved in 2013 for the neighborhood south of 50th and west of France Avenue that surrounds the park. But it is also the name of a subdivision that is not very close to either the neighborhood or the park.

Arden Park is the official name of the three additions that run along the south side of 44th Street from near France Avenue to Brookside Terrace next to Minnehaha Creek in the Todd Park neighborhood. The Arden Park addition is one lot deep for its entire length and the homes in the addition were built from 1956 in the east to 1973 in the west. One of the lots, at the corner of 44th and Wooddale is almost completely in St. Louis Park and two are in Kojetin Park. Can you guess what these 35 lots used to be? Yes, they were the former right of way for the streetcar track that was abandoned in the 1950s. But why were they named Arden Park? Arden Avenue is the eastern-most street in Country Club running south from Sunnyside Road to Arden Park, but it doesn't extend to the Arden Park additions.

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Listing information last updated on November 21st, 2017 at 1:22pm CST.