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Old 03-21-2011, 06:52 AM
 
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I am a professional female, and a single parent. My company is offering me a promotion that would require relocating to the Twin Cities from central Iowa. I would be managing 12 stores throughout Minnesota, so I do not need to live in the cities, but my main office is located in Minneapolis. Most of my time is spent traveling to other locations.

I would prefer to live in the suburbs, or in a smaller quiet neighborhood. I am also an accomplished equestrian and would love to find an area that has horse farms where I could continue my hobby.

Ideally I would like to find a house that is 3-4 bedrooms to rent. My budget is about $600-$800/month, not including utilities.

I know my wishlist is somewhat restrictive, but I am also very flexible. My biggest priority is the budget, the rest are just perks.

I was raised in Philly and moved to the Midwest about 4 years ago. I love it here and really want to stick around. I have heard great things about the Minneapolis area, so I'm excited about moving.
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:01 AM
 
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I would start looking in the New Prague or Hastings areas. Both areas have a lot of horse farms and will be somewhat less expensive. I will say that it will be next to impossible to find a 3-4 bedroom house to rent in your price range though. You may need to reconsider either your budget or the size place you want.

I should ask though, where are the stores you will be managing? If they are on the north side of the cities, for example, you don't want to live south.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:12 AM
 
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I am a professional female, and a single parent. My company is offering me a promotion that would require relocating to the Twin Cities from central Iowa. I would be managing 12 stores throughout Minnesota, so I do not need to live in the cities, but my main office is located in Minneapolis. Most of my time is spent traveling to other locations.

I would prefer to live in the suburbs, or in a smaller quiet neighborhood. I am also an accomplished equestrian and would love to find an area that has horse farms where I could continue my hobby.

Ideally I would like to find a house that is 3-4 bedrooms to rent. My budget is about $600-$800/month, not including utilities.

I know my wishlist is somewhat restrictive, but I am also very flexible. My biggest priority is the budget, the rest are just perks.

I was raised in Philly and moved to the Midwest about 4 years ago. I love it here and really want to stick around. I have heard great things about the Minneapolis area, so I'm excited about moving.

Just so you know, the term CITIES applies to both Minneapolis-St. Paul and it's 300+ suburbs.

Outside of the cities? Refer to the OUTSTATE thread, lol.

But seriously, anything around the metro or suburbs is the CITIES.

So with that being said, do you want to be in the CITIES or not?
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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Since she wants horse farms, presumably that means very far outer suburbs or small towns that are near, but not in, the metro area.

I would agree, however, that locations of the specific stores will play a role in suggested locations. I assume they're somewhat scattered, but like golfgal notes, if they're all in Minneapolis and north, she won't want to live south. If they're more central or very scattered, some of those southern areas mentioned are quite nice.
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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Hugo (located in Washington Co) has a pretty well established reputation for stables, boarding and training facilities. It is located about 15 miles N of DT St Paul. Would be an option if you were looking for something in the North East part of the metro.
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:27 PM
 
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Hugo (located in Washington Co) has a pretty well established reputation for stables, boarding and training facilities. It is located about 15 miles N of DT St Paul. Would be an option if you were looking for something in the North East part of the metro.
I have something to add about Hugo. I have no idea if this is really true, but here goes...my house insurance has jumped three years in a row. I asked my agent why. She told me that insurance premiums reflect the marketplace and losses from a few years prior. In other words, it takes a few years for the losses to be reflected in premiums. Further, she explained that insurance in Hugo (and Forest Lake) is getting quite expensive because of the tornado three years ago.

Does this sound legit?
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I have something to add about Hugo. I have no idea if this is really true, but here goes...my house insurance has jumped three years in a row. I asked my agent why. She told me that insurance premiums reflect the marketplace and losses from a few years prior. In other words, it takes a few years for the losses to be reflected in premiums. Further, she explained that insurance in Hugo (and Forest Lake) is getting quite expensive because of the tornado three years ago.

Does this sound legit?
Would guess that depends somewhat on the amount of the increases and if the pctg is any higher than anyplace else. I do believe that some neighborhoods seem more susceptible to storm tracks than others. southern Bloomington and Shokopee/Burnsville seem to have a bullseye on them perhaps because of the wide Minnesota River Valley. Circle Pines thru Hugo also seem to have a disproportionate share of severe weather alerts. I've also noticed how many of these storm cells seem to track just south of us along Hwy 95 between Cambridge and North Branch and north of us through Pine City. Would presume the insurance industry tends to dial into those trends with unwavering commitment.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:56 PM
 
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Just so you know, the term CITIES applies to both Minneapolis-St. Paul and it's 300+ suburbs.

Outside of the cities? Refer to the OUTSTATE thread, lol.

But seriously, anything around the metro or suburbs is the CITIES.

So with that being said, do you want to be in the CITIES or not?

My apologies.... That is why I am posting on this forum, as I have never been to MN so I do not know the area at all.

My stores are located all throughout MN and scattered. My main office is at Lake St.?? I would spend maybe 1 day/week there, and I don't mind travel time (Company car etc...)

I guess I am looking for that quiet smaller town in the suburbs. Some place my son can go outside and play without me having to be worried about him. In all the major cities I've lived in (Philly, D.C., Chicago, Quad Cities etc...), there are always those quieter suburbs where rent is reasonable and it has that small town feel.

Having never been to MN, I am trying to reduce the amount of travel time up there to look at areas. I would like to narrow down the places I visit to those that fit what I'm looking for.
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:04 PM
 
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Thank you for teaching me the term "outstate". I never heard of it until I searched the forums. Now I know what I need to be looking for....
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:26 PM
 
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Do you have favorite suburbs in the various cities you've lived in? That might help people get a feel for what you're looking for; I'm familiar with the DC area (lived in Virginia and in DC) and some of the Philly area, and I know we have some Chicago locals on here, too. That might be a place to start.

How long of a commute are you willing to take on for your trip to the Minneapolis store? (perhaps both your ideal commute time, plus the absolute maximum, time-wise) That would probably be a good place to start, too, since you'll be doing that one once a week.
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