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Old 04-27-2016, 10:50 AM
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I'm considering a move to the Minneapolis St. Paul area. We're a typical nuclear family, 2 kids, one dog, tend to live in the suburbs. One of my basic requirements is to be on a decent lake, with a great school district. Most of the online lists and reviews of best places to live in the Twin Cities focus on the SW metro area, with a couple references to the SE area. Since I can't afford Minnetonka lake front, I've considered White Bear Lake / Bald Eagle lake. I understand there may be some ground water influences that are decreasing the White Bear Lake water levels. Outside of that issue, can everyone give me the pros and cons of the area. School District (decent reviews on zillow), local economy, things to do, future outlook of the area vs. other parts of the Twin Cities, professional vs. blue collar, distribution of younger families vs. retired, overall local culture of the area? Thanks to everyone
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:06 AM
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I forgot to mention, there seems to be a decent number of foreclosures and pre-foreclosures on zillow for the area (smaller houses, non-lakefront).
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:15 AM
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WhiteBear /Mahtomedi is awesome!!! It really depends on your budget. We live in Mahtomedi. Great schools, close to the city, but right next to beautiful Stillwater, St. Croix, Dellwood etc. This area is priceless to me. I've lived all over, CA, MO, CO, to name a few. This area is small town America at its finest. Real
estate isn't cheap if you want a newere bigger house on acreage but the really is something affirdable for everyone. WBL lakefront is pricey and the area can ne kind of cramped feeling etc. Lake Demontraville, Lake Elmo, and other lakes are around too.
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Old 05-02-2016, 09:25 PM
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What do you intend to use the lake for? Recreation? Fishing?

Lakefront property anywhere around WBL starts at about $340k and quickly escalates from there. I suggest checking out Bald Eagle Lake, Turtle Lake, or even Gervais.

Zillow is be a good staring point but the data can be old and is often unreliable. If you would like info straight from the MLS let me know.
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