If you are contemplating a move to the trendy Lyn-Lake neighborhood in Minneapolis, take a look at Blue Apartments. Located between the Uptown lakes area and Midtown, the Lyn-Lake neighborhood offers a fun mix of shopping, dining and entertainment and is home to the Wedge Food Co-op, which has been a Twin Cities institution for almost 40 years. Not only are the Blue Apartments the “epitome of modern quality, urban style and unrivaled amenities,” these studios, alcoves and lofts are also LEED-certified. The building includes 244 units of rental housing and 6,000 square feet of commercial space. The apartments are pet friendly, and, beyond being eco-friendly, have many amenities, including:
Blue Apartments loft
A loft floor plan in Minneapolis’ Blue Apartments. Image via move2blue.com.
  • Controlled access with a full-time concierge
  • Stainless appliances and full-size washers and dryers
  • Balconies, decks and terraces
  • High ceilings and windows
  • A gym-quality fitness facility with locker room
  • A swimming pool, a sauna and a spa
  • A pub room with billiards
  • A cyber café with a conference table, computer stations and common-area Wi-Fi
  • Underground, heated parking and car wash
  • A private dog park and pet-cleaning station
  • A peaceful sky deck
According to Sustology, which served as the sustainable design consultant and LEED project manager for Blue Apartments, some of the green-building features include:
  • A shared vehicle system
  • Secure indoor bike space for each resident, offering convenient access to the Greenway bike trail and public transportation
  • A daily shuttle to downtown Minneapolis
  • A unique lighting system that casts light downward to reduce night-time light pollution
  • Water-efficient plumbing
  • Low-impact landscaping
  • Reused-content building materials
  • Day lighting of 90% of all active indoor spaces
Sustology has overseen the LEED certification of more than 3.5 million square feet of development in the Twin Cities metro area — more than any other firm — including Marquette Plaza, which is the only LEED Platinum building in downtown Minneapolis (it also happens to house the Sustology headquarters). Blue Apartments’ location received a Walk Score of 98 out of 100, which means its residents live in a “walker’s paradise” where daily errands do not require a car. Walk Score also rates the address as having “excellent transit” close by, and it’s also a “biker’s paradise — flat as a pancake, excellent lanes.” If an urban eco-rental experience in Minneapolis is what you crave, Blue Apartments sounds very near perfect. To find out more information, visit move2blue.com