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Old 12-29-2010, 09:44 AM
 
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We are moving from Milwaukee to the Twin Cities area and are considering a home in Victoria. My daughter will be living with us for a couple years while she completes her DNP degree at the U. She will need to commute to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis for work. She works the hours of 7:00pm to 7:30 am. Does anyone know how long of a commute this might be for her? My husband and I are retiring so no commute worries for us. Is the Victoria area a nice place to live for those in their mid 50's?
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:15 PM
 
Location: MN
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Victoria should be good for you if you want to be in a small town at the edge of suburbs and rural areas. There is a nice big nature center/park reserve that borders Victoria. My wife and I walk the trails and picnic there sometimes in the summer.

Three Rivers Park District : Carver Park Reserve

The commute for your daughter will probably be in the 30-45 minute range. She will be going in the opposite direction of most of the traffic at those hours.
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Old 12-29-2010, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Marcy-Holmes, Mpls
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I don't disagree with moving123456, but I would emphasize that the commute will be in the 30-45 minute range on days when the weather is nearly perfect and there are no delays due to accidents or road construction. I work downtown and this time of year my co-workers who live out near Victoria are regularly frazzled because a significant snowfall can make their commutes 2-3 hours long -- each way. This is especially hard for parents of young kids, who are trying to pick up their little ones from day care.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:35 PM
 
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Seeing that she won't be traveling at rush hour (her way home will be opposite of traffic) she will have a half hour give or take for a commute. If she is living at home for free, does it really matter what the commute is .
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Old 12-30-2010, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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I honestly don't know why Victoria doesn't have like 50,000 people -- it's an awesome combination of small town feel, right on the lake, and near a large highway. I haven't been there myself as I've never had a compelling reason to go that far out but if you like living in the suburbs/exurbs that would seem like an ideal location.

Commuting in that area is pretty rough though because all of the highways are funneled into the I-494/Hwy 62 area and traffic is pretty nasty. I think the 30-45 minute estimate is a fair estimate for slower times of the workday, but my guess is that during rush hour (especially from May through Dec) a commute like that could easily take 1 hour or longer BOTH directions (especially on I-494). I just saw the working hours -- 30-45 minutes is a reasonable estimate, and you wouldn't need MNPass. But if her schedule ever changes to the daytime that would change everything! Get an MNPass for sure if you plan on taking I-35W twice a day -- it'll cut your commute time drastically on that portion of the route.
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Old 12-31-2010, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Home in NOMI
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Your description of Victoria reminds me of my impression of Chanhassen, circa 1978. It used to be a lovely little town; then the city fathers got hooked on developer cash, and it's becoming more and more like any other ugly strip malled, industrial suburb. Congrats to their short sightedness, Chanhassen.
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