Introducing: Behind the Mortgage’s Name that Condo Contest

by Alex Stenback on February 7, 2006


Exciting news, gentle readers, because today we kick-off, and are proud to announce, Behind the Mortgage’s first annual Name That Condo™ contest.

Eager to make your indelible mark on the gentrification of South Minneapolis?  Ready to be a part of history?  Does the thought of one day driving by a building and saying: "See that building? I named it." sound hot? Then this contest is for you – read on for details.

Here’s the deal:
  Come up with a catchy, edgy, "urbany" name for a new condo conversion in the Whittier Neighborhood in South Minneapolis.  The winner, which we’ll choose from the entries, will own a brand-new 2GB iPod Nano.  Runner up/honorable mentions will receive a $25.00 gift card from Starbucks or Home Depot.  [Note: This is a joint venture of sorts with our man Derrik Dyka of the Condo Bling saga]

Here’s The Catch: This is condo-conversion "vaporware" because we can’t tell you exactly which building it is, or the address, only that it is in the Whittier Neighborhood, near MCAD and Eat Street.  The conversion will include three separate buildings, for a total of about 155 units, which will be priced somewhere in the middle to high 100′s.  The buildings are not-real-new-yet-not-real old and have a definite late 50′s early 60′s retro feel.

How to Win: Be creative, be clever – the name does not have to have anything to do with the neighborhood, or the area, but certainly can.  For example, there’s three buildings, so you could go with something using "Tri" in the name – Tryptic, Trifecta, etc. -  (not indicative of the level of creativity we are hoping for.)

We’ll post running updates on the contest, and announce the winner on Tuesday February 21st (that’s two whole weeks kids) So submit your entry and ask questions in the comments below or via email, and be sure to at least give a valid email address so we can contact you.

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February 10, 2006 at 1:41 am

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mike b February 7, 2006 at 1:14 pm

Good idea. Here’s my first entry:
Condoland Arms
That sounds jokey. I’ll keep thinking.
Good luck!

Dave February 7, 2006 at 3:25 pm

“Greenleaf Flats”
Since the area was named for John Greenleaf Whittier

“The Whittier Commorancies”

Paul February 7, 2006 at 3:26 pm

Yellow-Snow Condo…

dont worry i’m just getting started. I’ll be here all week. :)

Joe February 7, 2006 at 5:48 pm

Pastel Place

High-Tri Tenants

Sore Eye Tri

I’ll be back with more mental refuse.

Brett February 7, 2006 at 6:05 pm

What says late 50s, early 60s like retro like an old movie? How about Hudson-Day Condos.
Or urban with Oppidan Lofts.

steve February 8, 2006 at 11:29 am

How about naming them: circa 1999
Squeezing the last bit of blood from the turnip
How I lost my ass in the housing bubble
Condo’s outside of downtown, great idea!!!!! why didn’t I think of that…….

Editor February 8, 2006 at 4:56 pm

We are adding a rule: If you are going to post a funny, make it funny.

Todd Carpenter February 8, 2006 at 6:47 pm

How about Fair Oaks Flats? – afer the Historic district
The International? – it’s the “International Neighborhood” and has a 50′s feel to the name.
My Three Dads? – all I could think of with “three”

thomas February 8, 2006 at 10:26 pm

ana condos

the three sisters (chekhov play)

the three seasons (and when someone asks “aren’t there four seasons?” you say “not in minnesota.” “so what are the three seasons?” “winter, summer, and winter.”)

domenic February 9, 2006 at 8:12 am

Minneapolis Condos of Art and Design

Joe February 9, 2006 at 8:28 am

Cozy Condos

Crafted Condos

Beneficial Bungalows

duane February 9, 2006 at 10:34 am

Taser Lofts?

named for the taser guns needs when these condo projects later go section 8?

Victoria February 9, 2006 at 3:40 pm

Prettier Whittier

Trifecta Flats

The Independent

John Gall February 9, 2006 at 10:15 pm

Vetra Domestico

Christine February 10, 2006 at 3:03 pm

It’s the beautiful brick buildings behind the MIA! I know it! No!! Please don’t convert them. I have friends who live there.

Here is my contest entry:



Roach Motel

Crystal February 10, 2006 at 4:21 pm

My suggestion – Wheat Condos (get it? – Whittier and Eat Street) or Wheat Street Condos or Polis Lofts or Whipolis Lofts…ok, that’s all I’ve got on a Friday afternoon.

thomas February 12, 2006 at 8:47 am

i forgot to mention above that if you use The Three Seasons you get automatic name recognition thanks to the four seasons, and you also might get an automatic lawsuit. how can you beat that?!

Mike February 12, 2006 at 5:37 pm

The Vistas de Whittier…It’s just so obviously what they should be called.

Dan February 12, 2006 at 8:59 pm


Todd Carpenter February 20, 2006 at 5:08 pm

I thought of some more

Whittier House
Washburn Village
Starbucks-Kinkos Just lease some space to them on the fist floor. They’ll even provide the signs.

iwannaipod February 24, 2006 at 6:55 am


or is this too european?

Andy March 12, 2006 at 6:25 pm

How about Whitter Care Center?
Just a guess at the location…

Erik March 14, 2006 at 12:42 am

Three Rivers Condo

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