Buying a Home in Minnetonka, MN
Buying A Home In Minnetonka, MN
Minnetonka is a dynamic city located on the eastern tip of Lake Minnetonka. The land mass is 26.93 square miles, water covers a 1.29 square mile area, population according to the 2010 census is 49,734, median home price as of April 2015 is $306,100 and expected to rise 0.9% within the next year according to Zillow. It is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Here are my top 9 reasons to consider buying a home in Minnetonka.
Minnetonka Homes Have Great Metro Access
A location 8 miles west of Minneapolis makes commuting to the city for work or play a snap. Whether your intent is to explore the uptown or downtown options, less than 20 minutes finds you there! Families relocating to Minnesota often find themselves being encouraged by their Realtor, Co-Workers, and Relocation Director, to look at homes for sale in Minnetonka.
Minnetonka Neighborhoods Have Tons of Shopping
North, south, east or west, there is a profusion of shopping options available to suit your wants and needs. Shop till you drop at the Ridgedale Center where you can browse through 2 levels featuring 140 retail stores which include Macy's, Sears and JC Penney. Spend a warm sunny afternoon in nearby Wayzata’s thriving retail center featuring dozens of high-quality shops featuring fashions, art, and antiques. Eden Prairie Center is just south featuring Kohls, Sears, Target, JC Penny, and Von Maur as the anchor stores. Need groceries? In and around town you can choose from Cub, Lunds & Byerly’s, Trader Joes, or Whole Foods.
Minnetonka Families Enjoy A Wide Variety of Restaurant Options
If your preference is casual family dining or an elegant and romantic dinner for 2, you will find an eclectic assortment of restaurants in and around Minnetonka. Score a table overlooking the sparkling waters of Grays or Wayzata Bay and watch the sail boats or the Steamship Minnehaha as it cruises on Lake Minnetonka. After lunch or dinner catch the latest movie at the Mann or Willow Creek Theaters in the nearby community of Plymouth, or the Eden Prairie Mall, or on Main St. in Hopkins.
Minnetonka Neighborhoods Have Easy Access to Parks and Recreation
The Cities Park and Trail Maintenance division works within the Minnetonka-Hopkins Recreation Program maintaining 17 athletic fields, 10 ice-skating rinks, and the 81 miles of sidewalks and trails suitable for walking, running and biking. Additionally, there are 49 parks and over 1000 acres of public open land that Minnetonka residents can and enjoy.
In summer, take a swim and cool off at Shady Oak Beach or Libbs Lake Beach. If you have or want a sailboat, public access to Lake Minnetonka is available and there is a Marina on Grays Bay that rents boat slips.
Take an aerobics or spin class at the Williston Fitness Center, swim in the indoor pool play tennis on one of the 5 indoor courts or watch your kids run around in the indoor playground known as the "Tree House". Use the exercise equipment or press some weights, play volleyball or shoot some hoops with your friends, relax in the whirlpool or sauna. The options for staying fit and having fun are limitless in Minnetonka.
The City of Minnetonka is All About Community
Of special interest to senior (55 and over) is the Minnetonka Community Center where residents can enjoy a meal, take a class, get a health screening, play bridge, billiards or bingo, or perhaps attend a meeting of the Garden Club or Minnetonka Red Hatters!
Read any good books lately? There are 2 Hennepin County Library locations in Minnetonka. Play a musical instrument? Join the Music Association of Minnetonka, or perhaps the Historical Society, MOMS Club, or Rotary Club will pique your interest.
Are you inspired by the visual arts? At the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, you can take classes, view exhibits and be inspired to create. A full range of classes is available in the visual arts for children, teens, and adults.
The Minnetonka School System is Nationally Recognized
Education for Minnetonka’s students is provided by 3 public school districts, Minnetonka, Hopkins, and Wayzata. The Spanish Language Academy is a Charter School option and with 3 private school options also available to round out the academic menu. The Minnetonka School District is one of the top School Districts in Minnesota and the Wayzata School District follows very closely behind.
Minnetonka is Known for Having a Low Crime Rate
The Crime Rate in Minnetonka has been lower than both the Minnesota and the National average for crime. It’s important to feel safe where you live and a big reason families look to buy a home in Minnetonka is because it is known to be safe and family friendly.
Minnetonka Has Jobs Galore
Minnetonka serves as the headquarters for Cargill, (the largest privately held corporation in the country in terms of revenue) and United Healthcare (the largest public held company in Minnesota). This translates into jobs and an unemployment rate in Minnetonka of 3.1%, considerably lower than the state of Minnesota average of 3.8% and the national average of 5.4%
Minnetonka, MN a Great Place for Families to Own Real Estate
As if all the above were not enough, yearly events include Kids’ Fest, Native Plant Market and Eco Fun Fest, Summer Festival, Ice Cream Social, Burwell Arts and Crafts Fair, Farmers Market, Music in the Park, Movie in the Park, and Minnetonka Night for Neighbors.
Minnetonka’s convenient location, great schools, a full range of community services, endless options for recreation, shopping, dining, and entertainment make it a dynamic and tempting choice!
Make a move to Minnetonka a reality. Start your search for homes in Minnetonka now. If you have any questions, I am only a phone call or email away and would love to help!
See our featured listing at 17460 Sanctuary Dr. For more photos and information on this outstanding home please read the story on our blog.