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9 Reasons Eden Prairie MN is a Great Place to Live

Eden Prairie

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with its gently rolling hills and 17 lakes is a great place to call home. Eden Prairie, sprawled along the north bank of the Minnesota River, contains 32.45 square miles of land and 2.73 square miles of water.

The population according to the 2010 census is 57,792 and the median home price as of November 2014 is $306,300 up 4% from the previous year according to Zillow.

1. Eden Prairie is Nationally Recognized 

Money Magazine named Eden Prairie the best place to live in America in 2010!  Not a city who rests on its laurels, it ranked 3rd in Money’s 2012 survey and in a biannual random survey conducted by the city, residents gave their community a 99% quality of life rating!

2.  Easy Access to the Big City

A location 12 miles west of downtown Minneapolis means an easy commute for work or play.  Should you prefer to explore uptown options for dining and entertainment you are a mere 10 miles away!

3. Economy and Corporate Presence 

If you need a job, Eden Prairie has them.  Companies such as Supervalu, Digital River, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, MTS Systems Corporation and the Minnesota Vikings help keep the unemployment rate at 2.5%, lower than the state of Minnesota average of 3.2% and the national average of 5.8% (Nov. 2014 per Homefacts)

4. Eden Prairie has Great Schools

Your child will receive a great education in a public school system, 5 star rated and ranked #24 in the state.  Education is provided by 3 public school districts, Eden...

Let's Go Dogsledding!

To tell the truth, I never thought a dogsledding trek would be my cup of tea.  It conjures up images for me of too cold, too uncomfortable and too wet. So, then my intrepid friend Kay went dogsledding and had the time of her life, and she doesn't relish cold either!  So I thought well maybe, just maybe, I'm not getting the complete picture.  Maybe I am missing something here. 

I was winging my way to fulfill another childhood dream:  a dogsledding trek in the beautiful mountains of Montana. For years I had visions of white powder transforming the world into a winter wonderland. However, climate change had another agenda in mind. As the wheels were lowered for our descent at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport I noticed the Bridger, Crazy and Gallatin mountains had plenty of snow, but the ground in the valley was bare brown. Crap!  My childhood friend who lives in the area had called Chico Hot Springs Resort ahead of time and yes, there was snow on the trails, and the ride would go on as scheduled. Phew!

Greeted by owner Hannah.

The morning of December 12, four of us piled into a van and started down Paradise Valley to hook up with Absaroka Dogsled Treks. Owner, Hannah greeted us, had us sign releases, and checked our wardrobe to make certain we were dressed appropriately.  If we weren’t, there was an ample supply of winter gear in many sizes that could be borrowed.  It was a sunny day, probably in the 40’s so we sat out at the picnic tables and pulled on our snow pants and boots.  We were ready for our adventure.

Harnessing up the team....

5 Reasons Winter is a Great Time to Sell a Home

Is the winter a good time to sell my house in MN?

Although spring and summer are typically thought of as prime time for selling and buying a home, there are distinct advantages to list your home for sale in the first part of the year. Really, you ask? Your skepticism is certainly understandable, after all winter is darn cold here in the Twin Cities Metro, right? And aren’t buyers gravitating to a warm fire and a cozy corner waiting for the spring thaw to house hunt? Some, yes, but all of them, absolutely not! Let’s take a closer look at reasons you may want to list your home now.

1. Winter buyers are Not Window Shoppers

While some buyers hibernate in winter, not all of them do.  There are folks out there that need to buy homes 12 months of the year due to job changes, (large corporations traditionally hire and transfer more in the early part of the year) relocation, or family changes, like the birth of a child.  These folks are serious buyers because they don’t just want to move, they need to move. As a seller, you will like these buyers a lot!

2. There is Less Competition

When spring arrives house for sale signs pop up everywhere like mushrooms after a heavy rain. Because the inventory of homes for sale in the winter is lower, your chances of landing a buyer improve.  It’s that basic and fundamental principal of supply...

Bring It On January – We’re Ready!

January is here, with eyes that keenly glow, 

a frost-mailed warrior 
striding a shadowy steed of snow. 
-  Edgar Fawcett


The holidays with its whirlwind of social activities are behind us, our days resume a normal cadence, and winter is solidly entrenched. Yet, it doesn’t mean that life comes to a standstill because it’s cold and snowy!  We’re Minnesotans after all and that means we are hardy folk!  Many of us love this season as we break out the ice skates, skis, sleds, snowboards and snowshoes.  We try out that new long underwear we bought from LL Bean and dig our warmest mittens and scarfs from the bottom of the drawer. 

If cavorting like Frosty the Snowman is not your scene, there is the theater, symphony, opera and ballet.  Perhaps an afternoon at one of our wonderful museums or art galleries. How about a weekend Happy Hour or a movie?  Unless you are a member of the Minnesota Snowbird population and head south to lands with palm trees, white sandy beaches and drinks sporting tiny paper umbrellas, the Minnesota Property Group would like to offer some great suggestions for what’s noteworthy in January on the Twin Cities Metro scene. 

January – any day!

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN

Admission is free for the entire month of January so enjoy the Arboretum inside and out.  Stay warm while you oh and ah as you view the 25 foot tall tree covered with orchids in the Great Hall. Outside 16 miles of snowshoe and cross country ski trails await you. Warm up after with a cup of hot chocolate in the café.  


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