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Old 03-11-2012, 09:13 PM
 
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Default Robbinsdale neighborhood - Hwy 100 and 42nd Ave

Hi all,

My wife and I currently live in the Roseville area, but are looking to purchase a newer townhome on the Western side. We checked out a place in Robbinsdale yesterday that we absolutely loved. It is in the townhome development right on the SW corner of Highway 100 and 42nd.

The home felt great and the price is right....we've heard mixed opinions (not negative but not enthusiastic) on the neighborhood in terms of school quality and safety. When driving around during the day, it felt fine.

Just want to hear others' opinion on that area...I think it's far enough away from anything really rough, but just wanted to see what you all think of this area or development in particular.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:18 PM
 
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A friend lives there and likes it. She hasn't said anything in particular about it as far as safety goes but I'd have zero safety concerns there.

I chose not to send my son to the local elementary because I didn't feel they could meet my sons needs. I know some people who love it. One new option in Robbinsdale starting next fall is the STEAM school (STEM with art)
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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I can't speak to that development or neighborhood since I live in Southwest Minneapolis, but my kids go to school very close to there and the school is wonderful (King of Grace Lutheran). It's at Duluth and Highway 100.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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I grew up there ten years ago, and if I had to we'd go back. I think you'll get a lot of what you've gotten...not enthusiastic but not negative. Blue collar, some of the houses in the surrounding neighborhoods are trashy, not kept up, but not necessarily by "bad" people! I'm sure that the neighborhood will be what you make it...get involved and meet your neighbors and I bet it'll be a great experience. I was always given free reign to go wherever I wanted to the park etc though too young to be out after dark, I nor my parents ever had any concerns. The tornado sirens went off at 9 PM I believe to act as a curfew for certain ages. I doubt that still happens though.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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I grew up there ten years ago, and if I had to we'd go back. I think you'll get a lot of what you've gotten...not enthusiastic but not negative. Blue collar, some of the houses in the surrounding neighborhoods are trashy, not kept up, but not necessarily by "bad" people! I'm sure that the neighborhood will be what you make it...get involved and meet your neighbors and I bet it'll be a great experience. I was always given free reign to go wherever I wanted to the park etc though too young to be out after dark, I nor my parents ever had any concerns. The tornado sirens went off at 9 PM I believe to act as a curfew for certain ages. I doubt that still happens though.
The sirens do go off every night at nine in town still. That area, the townhomes, are where the school used to be. It's new in the last ten years if that helps at all.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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The townhome development you are looking at has always looked great- kept up very nicely and a nice little development. From there you would be walking distance to downtown Robbinsdale, which is great (where you have multiple great restaurants, DQ, a Wuollet's, Hackenmueller's, etc.).

A number of our neighbors send their kids to Robbinsdale schools and they seem happy with them. The schools are likely more diverse than most suburban schools in the area, but I view that as a positive versus other persons' belief in test scores (and having children only be around other kids that are just like them) as the end-all/be-all to rating the quality of a district.

Robbinsdale's a nice close-in suburb, although more 'urban' in feel than many other local suburbs, it really has retained a small town feel throughout the years (downtown, Whiz Bang days, etc.). I wouldn't be worried about crime/safety anywhere in the area.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:15 PM
 
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Thanks guys. This is super helpful info. We're meeting with the realtor tomorrow to talk through the details and look forward to learning more about the house and neighborhood!
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:02 AM
 
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I'm interested to see how it works out for you. I lived near there from 1950 - 1953 and 1964 - 1965 and attended Robbinsdale High. I have a friend who currently lives within a mile from 42nd and 100. A great place to grow up back then. I remember uptown Robbinsdale with Red Owl, Coast to Coast Hardware, Buster Brown shoes, Merwin's, Robbinsdale State Bank and of course the municipal bar.
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