Becketwood Cooperative
An Active, Independent 55+ Community of Owners in Minneapolis

Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns and runs Becketwood?

Becketwood Cooperative is independently owned collectively by its Members in residence. Members take an active role in governance by serving on committees and electing Becketwood’s board of directors. The board provides direction to an excellent management staff.

How does the Waiting List work?

Becketwood maintains a Waiting List and prospective Members can indicate the type of unit desired and their current time frame. To join Becketwood’s Waiting List, you must complete an application and submit it along with an interest-bearing, refundable $3,000 deposit. If you pass on a unit you are shown, you retain your position on the Waiting List. When Members purchase a unit, they may decide to remain on the Waiting List until their most desirable unit becomes available -- or use the deposit for a down payment on the purchase of a unit.

What are the requirements for membership at Becketwood?

One Member per unit must be at least 55 years old, living independently and able to meet certain financial criteria. Becketwood is an Independent Living Cooperative housing facility and does not have medical facilities or provide medical or home health care services.

How much does it cost to live at Becketwood?

The value of a Membership at Becketwood is largely based on the size of the unit and its value in the marketplace, which has historically increased over time. Monthly fees can vary, depending on unit size and several other factors. Please contact us for more information. We'd be happy to speak with you.

What does the Becketwood monthly operations charge cover?

Your Becketwood bill covers 24 hr. on-site security, a repair and replacement reserve, management, upkeep of restaurant and common areas, heat and central air conditioning, water, trash removal, laundry facilities, grounds upkeep, snow removal, building maintenance, standard cable TV and internet. Additional charges include real estate taxes, electric and parking.

What type of parking is available at Becketwood?

Heated underground parking for cars and motorcycles is available for a monthly garage fee. Outdoor surface lots, some with electric plug-ins are also available. Bicycle racks are located in the garage and outside.

What recreational opportunities are there?

In addition to the fitness center, game room and many exercise programs and events within Becketwood, Members and their guests may use the tennis courts and running track at Minnehaha Academy when not being used by the school. As part of our management contract with Episcopal Homes, Becketwood Members are also able to use the Episcopal Homes Wellness Center which includes a therapy pool, fitness center and motion wellness system. West River Parkway public bike and hiking trails are right outside our front door. Minnehaha Park with its many features and picnic areas are within walking distance. Swimming pools at Dowling School, St Catherine University, YMCA, YWCA and Jewish Community Center are open to the public for nominal fees.

How much storage space and what laundry facilities are at Becketwood? 

Most units include a storage room. There are also storage rooms outside of the units. Some units have private washing machines and dryers. Communal laundry rooms are available for use by all Members on almost every floor. They are free.

 What is the policy on pets?

One small neutered dog, not to exceed 40 pounds, is allowed on any first floor units. No more than two indoor neutered cats per unit are allowed. Pets are not allowed in the common areas or in the guest rooms. Members must keep their pets leashed at all times on the grounds and in the building.  Members are responsible for immediate clean-up. Read the full pet policy here.

How does Becketwood handle emergencies?

The Becketwood 24/7 security staff is trained to provide assistance in the event of a problem or health emergency. There are emergency pull cords in every room in the unit. Wearable call buttons are also available.

What is Becketwood dining like?

Our food quality, chef and food service staff receive rave reviews. The restaurant-style menus are creative and make use of sustainable, organic and in-season ingredients available locally. Special dietary needs are addressed. Members enjoy dining in the Wellington Room with friends, family and neighbors. Tables can be reserved for a group, or Members can choose to dine alone. Meals are added to your monthly bill. If Members choose to eat in their units, tray service is available at no extra charge. Catering services are also available to Becketwood Members.

How about alternative ways to get around? Is there a store nearby?

The Becketwood bus makes regular trips for Highland Village, Minnehaha Mall, Southdale, Rosedale, Mall of America, Ikea, downtown Minneapolis and Southtown. This service is available to all Members free of charge. The MTC city bus stop is located on 46th Avenue outside the north entrance. The bus connects to the Light Rail station at 38th Street, which goes to downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport. A fully stocked Pantry is located on the first floor. It is accessible 24 hours a day and carries a wide variety of items for purchase. A mobile post office stops at Becketwood weekly.

What are the facilities for meetings, parties and guests?

Members may reserve, at no cost, the common area rooms and Kensington Square on a first-come first-served basis when the room is not being used for Becketwood activities. Our chef provides creative catering services at a reasonable cost. The Member hosting the event is responsible for restoring the room to its original condition personally or through Becketwood Maintenance for a fee. Two non-smoking guest rooms are available for $60 a night. Members may reserve guest rooms up to 90 days in advance.

 Are there housekeeping services? What about tipping?

Our housekeeping staff is available to clean your home at a reasonable hourly rate. Becketwood has a no-tipping policy.

Do you have more questions? Contact Maura for answers and details.