Wayzata (pronounced as Wise-etta) is a city in Hennepin County with a rich and colorful history. The name of the city is derived from the Sioux Indian’s word "Waziyata" meaning "Northern God" or "Northern Shore". The Mdewakanton Dakota tribe was the native settlers of the land when in 1803, France claimed its territory and sold it as part of the "Louisiana Agreement" to the United States.
It was in 1852 when two pioneer families settled in the area. After three years, settlers began to populate the region and they initially built a blacksmith shop, hotel and sawmill. Steamboats plying on Lake Minnetonka soon brought tourists into the locale and the place was then considered as a resort destination. Commercial activities increased yet again in 1867, when the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Burlington Northern-Sante Fe today) connected its tracks to the town.
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The connection of the town with US Route 12 and other developments in later years, lead to the modernization of the community into a city. Today, Wayzata real estate is considered as an affluent southwestern suburb of the Twin Cities metro area. The downtown area has several exclusive condominiums and townhomes and it is perfect for an executive office with a scenic view of the lake. The city’s downtown is also home to upscale shops and restaurants that serve the needs of the community. There are also plenty of single family homes and lake homes in Wayzata.
There are twenty two neighborhoods in the city: Bay Pointe On Mooney Lake Neighborhood, Birchwood Neighborhood, Breconwood Neighborhood, Chelsea Woods Association, Churchill Farms Neighborhood, Cimarron East Neighborhood, Fagerness Point, Friends of Parker Lake Neighborhood, Hawthorne Ponds Neighborhood, Kingswood Farm, HOA, Inc., Mapledell Neighborhood, Oakwood Hills Neighborhood, Parkers Lake Neighborhood, Parkview Neighborhood, Promenade at Parkers Lake Neighborhood, Shenandoah Neighborhood, Steeplechase Neighborhood, Sugar Maples Neighborhood, Tiberton Condo Neighborhood, Troy Lane Neighborhood, Uplands at Parkers Lake Neighborhood, and Wayzata Villa Neighborhood.
Attractions are varied and are mostly centered on the lake and the city’s glorious past. The Wayzata Depot, near the shore of Lake Minnetonka, will surely delight train enthusiasts and historians alike. You can also take a ride on Steamboat Minnehaha, built in 1906 and restored in 1996. The Towne Trolley can also be ridden to enjoy the beautiful parks and gardens. There is also Minnetonka Center for the Arts. Last but not the least, the Wayzata Library is built on a hill wherein you can look at the scenic lake view through its glass walls while studying.
Wayzata is truly an ideal place to live in given its natural setting, exceptional location and proximity to major cities, quality shops and restaurants, alluring neighborhoods, and affluent community.