You will know when you have reached Deephaven when you see the Hill Property as you enter the city from the east side of Minnetonka Boulevard. This location is incidentally the shopping district of Deephaven where coffee shops and small stores abound. Another landmark for which the city is known for is the Cottagewood General Store, located adjacent to the Children’s Park.

Nestled in Lake Minnetonka’s southeast shores and surrounded by woodlands and bays, Deephaven is a refreshing city to visit and to reside in.  Its close proximity to Lake Minnetonka allows both visitors and residents a chance to enjoy and bask in the lake’s beauty.



Deephaven was named after the title of a book.  The name was given by a certain Hazel J. Burton, a resident of Carson’s bay, after she was asked to give a name for that railroad station at the foot of the hill. 

Population profile 

Deephaven is an average-sized city with a population of 3,853 as of the 2000 census.  There are 1,098 families residing in 1,409 housing units. A great majority or 97.35% are Whites.  The rest of the population is composed of a mixture of Hispanics or Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, Pacific islanders and other races.


The residents of Deephaven are on top of the ladder compared to the other Minnesota cities income-wise, with each household having an average income of $101,278.  It also has a remarkably low poverty level, with only 1% of families or 2.6% of the total population below the poverty line.



Deephaven follows a weak Mayor-Council plan which means that the mayor’s power is equal to each council member aside of course from the mayor’s duty to preside over council meetings.


Where to go Parks

With 76 acres allocated between the 5 parks that offer basketball courts, hockey rinks and picnic grounds, Deephaven is a veritable destination for outdoor adventure among residents and visitors.  Those moving in to the city can look forward to lots of adventures. The five parks are:

  1. Thorpe Park-The Thorpe Park, which is considered the primary park of the Deephaven community, used to be a farm maintained by local farmers George and his father Frank Bennis.  It was upgraded by the local government in 1996 and now offers outdoor adventures for families.  It offers off-street parking, playground and picnic shelter, flower gardens and a pond, two ball fields, two tennis courts, a warming house, facilities for hockey, inline and open skating, basketball court, trails and a drinking fountain. It is also a good place for those who want to get a good exercise or just relax for a while.
  1. Cottagewood Children Park-The Park will always be remembered as the site where the donkeys of the Hazeltine sisters were allowed to graze.  However, they were banned by the city council in 1918 and since then animals were no longer allowed to be tied inside the park.  It is also famous for being the venue of the annual celebration of the 4th of July.
  1. Pump Park- It is a small park across the St. Therese Church and mostly used by those who work and reside in the neighborhood.  The people maintaining the park are still in search of the old hand pump, which was once located in the park, so they can install it in the park to give it a sense of history.
  1. Shuck Park - The Park, which was purchased by the Village in 1937, was named after Bob Shuck.  Shuck came to Deephaven in the 1880’s and spent the rest of his life serving his employer (Hazen Burtons) and the Village in various ways.  He is credited for keeping the Village solvent and out of debt during the Depression.  He is also known for coaching the first football team of Deephaven.  The park has two tennis courts, a small basketball court, a play area, Village Hall Park, a picnic area and a small open field, and provides limited on-street parking.
  1. Burton Park-The Park’s 10-acre area is a mixture of open spaces and woodland.
  1. Pump Park-It is a small neighborhood park which offers limited on-street parking.

Deephaven boasts of six beaches namely:

 Minnetonka Yacht Club  

If you haven’t made up your mind yet about moving to Deephaven and you are a water-worshipper, the existence of the Minnetonka Yacht Club (which has a private membership) may just change your mind.  The Club was organized in 1882 by a few yachtsmen and started with 25 members contributing ten boats to the club’s fleet.


The club’s membership rose to 54 (with 30 boats under its fleet) in 1889. The Club became famous by August 1890 after Owana, a sailboat owned by Ward Burton and built by Deephaven resident Arthur Dyer, won almost all races. The members decided to incorporate the Minnetonka Ice Yacht Club in September 1899, with a total of 167 members. The clubhouse was known for offering aquatic sports, buffet lunches as well as golfing privileges for its members.


Deephaven residents are particular about maintaining the loosely-knit and progressive image of their community.  Thus, the city maintains specific standards for residential homes, condominiums and apartments located in the city to ensure the health and quality of life of the residents.  Relocating in the city can mean being subjected to these ordinances and yet, this is such a small price to pay considering the benefits that one can get from residing in one of Minnesota’s prime locations.


Here is a link to the City Of Deephaven website:

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