SOUTH OR SOUTHEAST
South of downtown Minneapolis and southeast of downtown St.Paul, Apple Valley is a medium size suburb that really began to grow in the 1950s when the original developer, Orrin Thompson, built the first subdivision, named it ‘Apple Valley’ and planted apple trees on every new home that he built. For those who work in downtown St. Paul, it’s an easy commute up 35E, but the community also has great access to 35W and highway 77 (Cedar Avenue). Home to the Minnesota Zoo and the North Creek Greenway – a walking & biking pathway in development that will run for 14 miles through Apple Valley, Lakeville, Farmington and Empire Township.
Like many communities in the metro area, as Apple Valley’s housing stock ages, the city has made it a priority to provide resources for homeowners to keep their homes in good condition. Housing assistance and home improvement programs are available for residents through the Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA). The CDA provides help for first-time home buyer loans, down payment assistance, rental housing vouchers, senior housing, home repairs and other programs.
Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Apple Valley: $277,000
Public Schools: The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Independent School District
Home to Mall of America, Bloomington is a first-ring suburb just south of Minneapolis. Most locals think of Bloomington in terms of two distinct parts – East and West, with France Avenue acting as the informal dividing line. East Bloomington homes are usually modest one story ramblers, built in the 1950s and 1960s, on fairly deep lots. West Bloomington has a mix of homes built in all decades after 1960. These neighborhoods are often wooded and hilly to take advantage of numerous natural habitats like Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bush Lake and the Minnesota River Bluffs. West Bloomington is home to Hyland Park Ski Hill where many local kids have learned to ski and snow board.
Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in East Bloomington: $192,000
Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in West Bloomington: $321,000
Public Schools: The Bloomington Independent School District
Private Schools: Bethany Academy, Bloomington Lutheran, Trinity School at River Ridge
This community is actually considered to be a suburb to both Minneapolis and St.Paul as it has easy access to the major arteries in to each downtown area – highways 35W, 35E, 494 and 77. Bordered by the Minnesota River, Burnsville residents enjoy their parks (79 total), Crystal Lake for swimming and boating, skate parks and ice rinks. Buck Hill, a local ski hill, is best known for getting World Cup racer Lindsay Vonn started at an early age.
In 2007, Burnsville approved the ‘Heart of the City’ project, a downtown development initiative that aimed to create a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with trendy local restaurants, shopping, theater and housing. The centerpiece of the project has been the Nicollet Commons Park and the Burnsville Performing Arts Center which opened in 2009.
Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Burnsville: $244,000
Public Schools: The Burnsville Independent School District
With Minnesota summers being hot, Eagan’s Cascade Bay Waterpark, the largest outdoor waterpark in the Upper Midwest is the place to cool off. This St.Paul suburb, conveniently located near the Mall of America and the Minnesota Zoo, is only 15 minutes from both downtown Minneapolis and St.Paul which makes it a favorite suburb for commuting. Eat warm cookies and sip hot apple cider, or journey out on a tractor or hay ride while stepping back into a simpler time at the Holz Farm, a living history farm that was once a working farm in the 1870’s. With one of the largest amphitheaters in the region, Caponi Art Park, an intricate sculpture garden blending the beauties of art and nature, is host to festivities such as the Shakespeare Festival, Medieval Fair, Poets in the Park and many more. With over 50 picturesque parks, including Lebanon Hills Regional Park, a 2,000 acre park with a lake and all kinds of recreation opportunities, it’s easy to see why Eagan gained the title as being one of the best places to live in Money Magazine in 2012. Rental and For Sale housing options in this large suburb are available at all price points. For new construction, check out Stonehaven, Steeplechase and Pearlmont Heights, where multiple builders are busy building townhomes and single family homes.
Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Eagan: $294,000
Average Sale Price of a Town House or Twinhome in Eagan: $168,000
Public Schools: The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District, West St.Paul-Mendota
Heights-Eagan School District or Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District.
Farmington is a large southern suburb of Minneapolis/Saint Paul and is mostly single family homes and town homes. It can generally be divided into two sections, the area of the town north of County Highway 50 and the area south of Highway 50. The area to the north has been widely developed in the last 18 years, while the area to the south is generally known as "Downtown" and has had only two major developments in the last 20 years. The third area of the city is the North-East Farmington/West Central Empire Township developments, with large areas of development in the recent 5 years. Farmington has 45 miles of biking and walking trails integrated within its housing communities and the trail along the Vermillion River unites the downtown, uptown, and Empire Township neighborhoods. It also has 450+ acres of parks, open space, and natural areas, which provide plenty of opportunities for residents to participate in get out and enjoy all four seasons.
Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Farmington: $223,000
Public Schools: The Farmington Independent School District
This large suburb, 23 miles south of downtown Minneapolis, has been one of the fastest growing communities in the metro area for many years. Know, for its 62 community and neighborhood parks, athletic fields, greenways, ice rinks and water fun. Two popular spots where the locals go are Antiers and Valley Lake Beach – both have picnic areas, volleyball, fishing and other water recreation activities.
In Lakeville, you’ll find housing in every price point - from executive luxury homes to rentals and everything in between. While most of the homes have been built in the last 30 years, brand new neighborhoods are still going up. D.R. Horton, Tradition, Robert Thomas Homes, Inc., Lennar, Ryland and Country Joe Homes are just a few of the builders you’ll find in Lakeville. Check out Spirit of Brandtjen Farms, Lakeville Estates, Autumn Meadows and Crescent Ridge for new construction options.
Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Lakeville: $303,000
Public Schools: Lakeville is served by three school districts; The Lakeville Area School District,
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Independent School District, Farmington Independent
Twenty miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis, Prior Lake is a city that surrounds all of Upper and Lower Prior Lake, a large recreational lake with homes of all price points edging the shoreline. The suburb of Prior Lake actually contains 14 usable lakes within its borders, many of which are used year ‘round for fishing, skating, ice golf, July 4th celebrations, polar plunges and water skiing events. Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel is a popular attraction and is a regular venue for A-list music and comedy shows.
Commuting to downtown Minneapolis is easy with The Laker Lines Express.
Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Prior Lake: $354,000
Public Schools: Prior Lake-Savage School District
Private Schools: St.Michael Catholic PK-8
Public Schools: Robbinsdale Area Schools
The city of Rosemount lies 15 miles south of the Twin Cities and has the feel of both a small town and large city atmosphere. Unusual for a city of its size, Rosemount combines industry, agriculture, ag research with a rapidly growing residential community. The western part of Rosemount is a dynamic, growing residential community with an older but vital commercial center at its center. Housing options are many and include moderately priced single family homes, townhomes, condos and affordable housing. Hundreds of homes are currently under development and this pattern of growth is expected to continue well in to the future.
Average Sale Price of a Single Family Home in Rosemount: $264,000
Public Schools: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Area School District