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Old 11-08-2019, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Menomonie, WI
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My wife and I are hoping to relocate to the Twin Cities from Denver. We’re trying to narrow down the best areas for us to look for a home. I’ve looked at old threads similar to what I’m asking, but I sense the market is much different today as I see you have a housing shortage and values are skyrocketing (very similar to us in Denver).

We’re a early 30s couple with a newborn, our priorities include:
  1. Great school district.
  2. Young family area with many others similar to our situation.
  3. Basic shopping (clothing, groceries, etc.) not too far away.
  4. The utopian “beautiful neighborhood” with children biking up and down the streets. You know, a Norman Rockwell “Midwestern USA” painting.
  5. Overall a relatively safe neighborhood.

I’ll be commuting to downtown Minneapolis every day, so that’s where we need help choosing the best suburbs where the commute isn’t too bad (I’d say 45-50 mins is about my max preferred one-way travel time.)

Price range: Up to $700,000

We like newer, more modern builds, but not opposed to other areas.

Where are some great new developments that fit our needs?
What neighborhoods/suburbs should we be looking?
How insane is the market there? It sure looks crazy from an outside perspective.

TIA, everyone.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:22 PM
 
Location: MN
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Edina, the area around 50th and France or anywhere within the city. You won't find new builds in that price range though.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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Lakeville, Chanhassen, St Michael-Albertville, and Medina have lots of subdivisions full of kids going to giant public schools. They all push your commute time on a bad day, but that’s where the cornfields are being transformed into housing developments.
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:46 PM
 
Location: MSP
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Why any sane person would make the daily commute from St. Michael to Downtown is beyond me. 94 any time of day is a nightmare.
OP- check Edina, St. Louis Park, Golden Valley, Linden Hills (MPLS). West Bloomington, pretty much any of the western burbs (Minnetonka, Plymouth etc. ).
We bought a home this spring in the south metro and it was crazy. Granted we were in the 300K range. We were beyond fortunate to have our offer accepted and had to go above asking. You will find newer builds in south Minneapolis and some closer burbs where smaller, older homes were demolished to make room, but may be out of your price range. If you work Downtown, newer subdivisions are going to be pretty far out and the commute will take years off your life expectancy.
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:46 AM
 
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Why any sane person would make the daily commute from St. Michael to Downtown is beyond me. 94 any time of day is a nightmare.
OP- check Edina, St. Louis Park, Golden Valley, Linden Hills (MPLS). West Bloomington, pretty much any of the western burbs (Minnetonka, Plymouth etc. ).
We bought a home this spring in the south metro and it was crazy. Granted we were in the 300K range. We were beyond fortunate to have our offer accepted and had to go above asking. You will find newer builds in south Minneapolis and some closer burbs where smaller, older homes were demolished to make room, but may be out of your price range. If you work Downtown, newer subdivisions are going to be pretty far out and the commute will take years off your life expectancy.
This. So much so.

Commuting into downtown Minneapolis during typical M-F rush has gotten worse and more congested the past ten years and will only get worse as the seven-county area conitinues to grow through the '20s. From all directions.

Add weather issues and it can easily double your windshild time (even light rain, for some reason). Add a severe snowstorm and bets are off.

If you have the money - and you do - look closer to downtown if you will be required to be at work daily.
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Isanti County, Minnesota
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Edina, the area around 50th and France or anywhere within the city. You won't find new builds in that price range though.
They said "newer". There aren't any newer builds in Edina for 700K? Are they all million dollar homes?

OP, we lived in Lakeville for a year and loved it. Fits the description of what you're looking for very well. Super close to stuff like the airport, the zoo, Mall of America, lots of other retail/dining and to me the commute downtown was very reasonable compared to other major cities I've lived in. Very safe with some of the best schools in the state. Plus, 700K in Lakeville will get you a palace compared to a spot like Edina. I also love Chaska, which is a very pretty and totally "Rockwellesque" river town on the SW side of the metro. Their downtown area is beautiful.

It's been a sellers market here for a good while now, so be prepared to move quickly when you find the home/location you want.

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Old 11-09-2019, 09:43 AM
 
Location: MN
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They said "newer". There aren't any newer builds in Edina for 700K? Are they all million dollar homes?

OP, we lived in Lakeville for a year and loved it. Fits the description of what you're looking for very well. Super close to stuff like the airport, the zoo, Mall of America, lots of other retail/dining and to me the commute downtown was very reasonable compared to other major cities I've lived in. Very safe with some of the best schools in the state. Plus, 700K in Lakeville will get you a palace compared to a spot like Edina. I also love Chaska, which is a very pretty and totally "Rockwellesque" river town on the SW side of the metro. Their downtown area is beautiful.

It's been a sellers market here for a good while now, so be prepared to move quickly when you find the home/location you want.
I really couldn't find any. I did find this basically new home in price range. Zach Parise has a house within two blocks of here (he bought my ex nhl friend's house he had built few years ago)

https://www.edinarealty.com/homes-fo...5436-5323412#/
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Old 11-09-2019, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Isanti County, Minnesota
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I really couldn't find any. I did find this basically new home in price range. Zach Parise has a house within two blocks of here (he bought my ex nhl friend's house he had built few years ago)

https://www.edinarealty.com/homes-fo...5436-5323412#/
That's crazy. Edina's nice, but like I said, OP can get a lot more for their $$ a little further out and still meet most of their criteria.
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Old 11-09-2019, 09:58 AM
 
Location: MN
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That's crazy. Edina's nice, but like I said, OP can get a lot more for their $$ a little further out and still meet most of their criteria.
Sure, makes sense, I was doing it on location. I've always lived close to my work and I wouldn't change that.
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Old 11-09-2019, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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Sure, makes sense, I was doing it on location. I've always lived close to my work and I wouldn't change that.
I never liked a long commute either and moved into the city to avoid it, but the OP seems up for it and will definitely get more house for the money and more kids in the neighborhood in one of the outlying suburbs.
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