Deephaven is a smaller city within the county of Hennepin located in the west metro on the shores of Lake Minnetonka with only 2.4 square miles of territory. People started building Deephaven homes in the late 1800s, starting 1885 and later. And it was a slowly built community averaging a dozen or so Deephaven homes built a year through the 1940’s, then the growth spurt slowly started coming along, until the late 50’s when Deephaven really hit its peak. Development continued through the 90s’ and 00’s, but much of the newer Deephaven homes were built among the older distinguished ones.
Deephaven condos are difficult, if not impossible to find. There is a small community of Deephaven townhomes built in 2006 and 2007 on Valley Cove Court, but otherwise Deephaven is primarily a city of single family homes.
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This city is also home of the Minnetonka Yacht Club on Lighthouse Island, and historic Cottagewood General Store established in 1895 which is a real Deephaven landmark and located next to the Children’s Park area, traditional place where the city holds its annual 4th of July celebration. The park features swings, a picnic area and open fields to play.
Other parks in Deephaven include Haralson Park which was built in 2008 right next to the City Hall to display a more aesthetically pleasing entrance to the city. It contains a convenient access point to the popular LRT trail and also has a public tennis court available for use, one of a very few in Minnesota. City Hall has paddles and balls available for use. Not too far away across from the St. Therese Church, is Pump Park where an old hand pump once stood. The city is trying to find the pump (or a similar one) to have it re-installed. This park has a small trail and some limited on-street parking. Shuck park was created in 1937 to honor A.M. (Bob) Shuck. He worked tirelessly for the village and Hazen J. Burtons and was key in getting the village out of debt in 1932 and remaining solvent through the depression. Shuck Park facilities include an open field, picnic area, play area, basketball court, 2 tennis courts and limited on-street parking.
And lastly, Deephaven’s grandest park of all, Thorpe Park. Upgraded in 1996, the park features off street parking, picnic tables, grill, a shelter, playground, pond, flower gardens, basketball court, 2 tennis courts, 2 ball fields, a warming house, lighted hockey rink, skating rink, horseshoe pit, inline skating, drinking fountain, walking path, and a snow sliding hill for winter.
Also, given Deephaven’s perch on the noteworthy Lake Minnetonka, the city features a host of notable beaches: Deephaven beach has a tennis court and “sport court” for multiple uses, canoe racks, trail access, picnic area and swings. Linwood Beach is a smaller, unsupervised beach. Nocomo Beach is also a smaller unsupervised beach in the Walden neighborhood with some off street parking with permit.
Robinson’s Bay Beach is slightly larger, some off street parking with a permit, and is supervised seasonally. Rocky Beach has lake access and limited off street parking with a permit, Sandy Beach is also smaller, but has a lifeguard seasonally.