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Long Lake Minnesota Real Estate

Long Lake, Minnesota, Minneapolis Western Suburb

Real Estate Agents Love Long Lake, MN

The tiny but charming community of Long Lake is a just west of Wayzata nestled along the south shore of Long Lake.  Real Estate has never been so sought after if the Lake Minnetonka Area.

What the Best Realtors in Long Lake MN know

1.  Easy Access to Downtown Minneapolis

Want to attend a concert at Orchestra Hall or attend an event at Target Center?  Just hop on Interstate 12/394 and head west 17 miles to downtown Minneapolis.  Perhaps you want to attend the Uptown Art Fair or a concert at the Lake Harriet Band Shell.  No problem because it only takes 20 minutes or a 17-mile ride to get to Uptown from the City of Long Lake.  When you buy Real Estate in Long Lake you get the small town feel and community with the big city conveniences.

2. Parks and Recreation in Long Lake are Great

Long Lake Minnesota has 4 public parks offering a variety of options for recreation. Nelson Lakeside Park on Long Lake features a beach for swimming, a playground and picnic facilities including a shelter with tables and grills that may be reserved by Long Lake residents.  There is also a fishing pier and a boat launch. Holbrook Park boasts a ball field with bleacher seating in summer and a hockey/ice skating rink with a warming house to enjoy when winter arrives.  A picnic shelter is available and can be reserved for those summer family gatherings.

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How Do I Sell My Home

How Do I Sell My Home

The best real estate agents know how to market real estate. Here is an example of a blog post that helped us sell a listing we had in the Sanctuary of Minnetonka. We removed the photos, the address, the 3D virtual showing and the video of this home at the request of the new owners.

The Blog Post that helped us sell this Minnetonka Town House

Once upon a time in a cozy little nook in Minnetonka, there was a truly enchanting community of townhomes called The Sanctuary.  This is not a fairy tale but you will definitely be enchanted by the magic of this 2 bedroom, 3 bath, 2811 square foot residence. Keynotes of spacious elegance, gracious warmth, and peaceful serenity create the signature ambiance of this unique home, a theme that is evident both inside and out of doors. As I approached the main entrance, I felt vibes of Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie design in the light fixtures and the door and this was a theme that continued inside the home, but quietly noted in characteristic trademarks like sconces, black wrought iron, rich natural woods, architectural niches and an open flowing floorplan. It is striking how comfortably it fits into its surroundings and that it was designed and situated to take advantage of the...

Buying a Home in Minnetonka, MN

having it all in Minnetonka

having it all in Minnetonka

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.

Beautiful downtown Minneapolis MN

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.

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How we Sold this Maple Grove Home

8402 Passfield Turn, Maple Grove MN

This Maple Grove Home Will be Sold Quickly

Take a 3D Tour

This chic contemporary home is light, bright and airy and brings to mind casual elegance. Coupled with the open floor plan is an abundance of warmth and charm, which promises years of comfort and enjoyment for the family who will live here. With 2013 square feet, three bedrooms and three baths on two levels of living space, this stylish home has most of the amenities you would expect to find in this price range, plus a couple of lovely surprises!

The home is well situated on a corner lot in the desirable Shadow Creek neighborhood of Maple Grove. Close to shopping, convenient to highways, and surrounded by lakes and recreation you will love the lifestyle available in this outstanding location. Did I mention great schools and a 30-minute commute to downtown Minneapolis? 

Let’s take a closer look as I show you the 7 characteristics I love about this house and I think you will too.8402 Passfield Turn, Maple Grove MN...

How To Be a Rock Star Home Seller in 5 Easy Steps

How To Be a Rock Star Home Seller in 5 Easy Steps

Selling your family home can be a stressful experience under the best of circumstances.  Listing your home creates a condition that interferes with the daily rhythm of your family life and invades the privacy of your personal space, not to mention the mixed emotions your family might be feeling about letting go of the old home and moving on to a new one. That being said, if you want or need to sell your home, you must realize and embrace the fact that things are going to change. 

On the other hand, change is not a bad thing.  Hopefully, you will be moving forward to a bigger home, preferred location, new job, or a new life adventure! Perhaps you are downsizing and looking forward to less responsibility, more time for leisure activities or a simpler, less complicated lifestyle. Whatever your particular situation, you want and need to get your home sold and you want the process to be as seamless and stress-free as possible.

You’re ready to sell and I want you to be a Rock Star Seller so here are 5 easy ways to make that happen!

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1. Listen to Your Real Estate Agent 

One of the reasons you selected your real estate agent was because you trusted that he was the...

It's November. What Are You Doing This Month?

Centennial Lake Park Edina MN November 2015

Hey Minneapolis and St Paul, what are you doing this month?

November is the month that falls right smack in the middle of fall. In addition to the bounty of the season, we have a couple of holidays to celebrate this month. November 11 is Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor the brave men and women who have served our country by their service in the military.Thanksgiving on November 26 is the day we gather with family and friends to watch the Macy's Day Parade and football, as well as to eat too much turkey and pumpkin pie. The day following is Black Friday and although it is not technically a holiday many people have the day off work and it is the busiest shopping day of the entire year kicking off the biggest shopping season of the entire year. 

Now that we have the holidays accounted for, let’s take a look at some weekend events going on in the Metro and celebrate this great month.

Walker Art Center Minneapolis MN

Sunday November 8

Join the Walker Art Center in celebrating its 75th anniversary. Visit the McGuire Theater for the Object Lesson, part of the Walker’s Immerse Yourself series. In this comically moving one-man show, award-winning actor Geoff Sobelle transforms the stage into an immersive and immense performance-installation that unpacks our relationship with everyday...

11 Reasons It Rocks to Live in Bloomington MN

Bloomington MN at Lake Normandale

Bloomington Minnesota Rocks! Here are 11 Reasons Why

The Minneapolis metro area boasts many suburbs that are outstanding places to live and Bloomington is one of them. Located ten miles south of downtown Minneapolis, Bloomington sits on the north bank of the Minnesota River above its confluence with the Mississippi. Land Mass is 34.68 square miles with water covering a 3.78 square area. The population according to the 2014 census is 86,314.

Bloomington become established as a Minneapolis suburb during the housing boom following WW II.  The Eastern end of city is comprised of modest housing on tree lined streets in tidy neighborhoods. West Bloomington development took off in the 70’s and is comprised of more upscale and expensive homes.  The median home price as of August 2015 as published on Zillow is $218,218 up 1.7% from the previous year with a prediction values in Bloomington will rise 1.5% over the next year.

Downtown Minneapolis MN

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9 Reasons Hopkins MN is a Great Place to Live

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Hopkins

Located in Hennepin County, land area is 4.08 square miles and water covers a .03 square mile area. Population according to the 2010 census is 17,591, median home price as of August 2015 is $192,900 up 2.5% from the previous year according to Zillow. Hopkins is a small town with a large presence and a lot to offer in amenities.  Here are my 9 great reasons which make it a great place to call home.

Hopkins MN home

1.  Hopkins is Affordable

Looking for a good deal? With the median home price at $192,900 for a single family home, and when you compare that to surrounding communities that is a pretty good deal for a Twin Cities suburb! We recently listed 2 home for sale in Hopkins and they were under contract in a matter of days! 

medium home values Hopkins MN

2.  Hopkins Enjoys Convenient Metro Access

A location 10 miles southwest of Minneapolis makes commuting to the city for work or play a piece of cake.  And trendy uptown is only 5 miles east!  So take in a Twins game at Target Field...

Ready or Not It's September

September on the Lake

September, Ready or Not.

Here we are with one foot in Summer and the other in Fall. It’s September in the Twin Cities, a month of seasonal transition. The glory of summer departs with the Autumnal Equinox on the 23rd. Days are still warm, but mornings and evenings are becoming chilly. Fall Festivals are touted. Recipes for things apple and pumpkin are featured in my favorite food blogs.

It cannot be denied. Fall is in the air. My plan is to embrace and enjoy it, while still savoring the warm days that remain. Let’s take a look at Twin Cities Metro events for this month and decide how we will celebrate the final days of summer and welcome the first week of fall.

Mary Poppins at Chanhassen Dinner Theater

Are you a Mary Poppins fan? This supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical production is playing through Oct. 24th at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s main stage. This musical couples outstanding choreography with unforgettable songs. Do not miss! 

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Nov 1st you can find your way through the corn maze, listen to music, enjoy some great food, and check out the petting zoo at the Fall Festival at ...

7 Perfect Reasons to Buy a Home in St. Louis Park

For Sale 4213 Utica Avenue S Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

St. Louis Park

So you have made the decision to buy a home! Now what?  One of the very important questions you need to ask yourself is where do I want to live?  Perhaps many of you already know.  Great! But for those of you who are still undecided, St. Louis Park deserves serious consideration.

St. Louis Park, often referred to as simply “the Park”, is a first-ring suburb just west of Minneapolis. Land mass is 10.64 square miles, water covers a .22 square mile area,  population according to the 2010 census is 45,250, median home sale price as of June 2015 is $252,225 and expected to go up 1.1% next year according to Zillow.  The City motto is “Experience Life in the Park”.  Life in the park is pretty darn good as a matter of fact, and here are 7 reasons why.

1.  Location, Location 

The Park is a commuters dream if you work in the city. Whether your intent is to explore the uptown or downtown options you are ideally located.  With Highway 100 and 169 running north and south and 394 east and west, it has great interconnectedness to the entire Metro.

St. Louis Park Property Value Index

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Is Golden Valley MN a good place to buy a home

Minnesota Property Group loves Golden Valley MN

Is Golden Valley MN a good place to buy a home?

Located 5 miles west of downtown Minneapolis lies the first ring suburb of Golden Valley. The land mass is 10.19 square miles, water covers a .34 square mile area, population according to the 2010 census is 20,374, median home price as of October 2015 as published on Zillow is $254,300 with prediction values in Golden Valley will rise 1.4% over the next year.

9 Reasons why Golden Valley MN is a good place to buy a home

1. Easy Access to the Downtown Minneapolis

A location 5 miles west of downtown Minneapolis makes commuting to the city for work or play a snap. All the cultural and recreational attractions the city has to offer are a mere 10-minute drive!

downtown Minneapolis

2. Shop in and around Golden Valley

If you love to shop you have great options!  Why not explore the trendy Shops at the West End in nearby St. Louis Park. Need a mall fix? A mere 5 miles to the west lies the Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka where you can browse through 2 levels featuring 140 retail stores.

Shops at the West End Golden Valley MN...

August Rushes In - Twin Cities Loving the Summer

August, Minneapolis, St. Paul

Hot August night and the leaves hanging down and the grass on the ground smelling sweet- Neil Diamond

August is the last hurrah of summer.  The kids head back to their classrooms in a few weeks as we hear a large collective sigh of relief from parents throughout the Metro.  But before that happens, we have the entire month of hot August days and nights ahead of us.  Summer celebrations continue across Minneapolis and St. Paul, with some of the summer’s most popular events happening this month.  

August, Minneapolis, St. Paul

Many people look forward to August for The Fringe Festival and the State Fair, two great events that occur in the Twin cities and are nationally recognized. For others, August is about squeezing the last drop out of summer by playing golf every weekend, listening to one last concert in the park or taking that day trip to the Eagle Refuge in Wabasha you had planned. 

Just in case your August bucket list is not full, here is a sampling of art, music, and fun going on in our beautiful Twin Cities Metro this month.

Fringe Festival Minneapolis August 2015

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My 15 Favorite Summer Things

Summer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Summer is in full swing in the Twin Cities Metro, and I couldn’t be happier! Admittedly I struggle with the long Minnesota winters, but I can only describe the summers as exquisite and all the sweeter for the anticipation!  Although I admit, every season has its charms; summer wins hands down in its ability to motivate and inspire me. So with no further ado, here is my list of 15 favorite summer pleasures that prove you can have beautiful things.

Summer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1. Long Days, Blue Skies and Sunshine

Daylight is a mood enhancer. In summer we enjoy longer hours of sunshine to catch up on our Vitamin D! The cold Minnesota winters keep the less hardy among us indoors and so when we feel the warmth of the summer sun we want to get outside and enjoy our beautiful parks, trails, and lakes. In addition to sports and other traditional outside summer activities, here in the Twin Cities we listen to great music, watch movies, eat, drink, and shop outdoors as well.  We put those extra daylight hours to good use!

Summer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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July - Celebrate Twin Cities Style

July at the Minnesota Arboretum

Let's Hear It for July

It’s July in Minnesota and Twin Cities Metro folk couldn’t be happier! We hate to brag, but seriously, our summers are fabulous! Everywhere we look the landscape is bursting with color. Flower beds are strutting their stuff, geraniums and petunias are outgrowing the confines of their window boxes and daylilies are spots of color on a green background of lush lawns. 

July music and magic are in the air. Fairs, festivals, art, concerts, food and drink await us from one end of the Metro to the other!  Here is a short list that piqued my interest for this month. Hope they give you some ideas and help make this summer the best since Grandma won the Blue Ribbon for her apple pie at the state fair!

July Activity Calendar Twin Cities

The Minneapolis Pops - Every Weekend in July

Can you believe it? This year marks the 66th year our own Minneapolis Pops has been providing free concerts in the Twin Cities. Every year I look forward to this well-performed music at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.  Concerts begin at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 5:30 pm on Sunday and they are free.  Pack a picnic basket and arrive early for dinner al fresco and a choice spot for the concert.  Visit the Minneapolis Pops online...

June Has Arrived – Let’s Give Her a Warm Twin Cities Style Welcome!

June Event Calendar Minneapolis-St. Paul

June is Bustin' Out All Over

June is bustin’ out in the Twin Cities, and the moon is shining on our beautiful lakes and rivers! We have a lot to celebrate! The entire summer spreads out ahead of us, and we are enjoying more daylight than any other month of the year. The weather is warm but isn't hot and the June nights are made for romance! It’s green as far as the eye can see except for the flower beds bursting with colorful blooms. June is roses, strawberries melting with sweetness on the vine, weddings, the ending of the school year, cookouts, baseball, and the beginning of summer with the Solstice occurring on Sunday, June 21.

The citizens of Minneapolis-St. Paul are celebrating the kickoff of summer in grand style. There is certainly no shortage of activities and things to do in the Metro this month.  Fairs, festivals, art, music, food, and drink, abound from one end of the Twin Cities to the other. Here is the short list of events that intrigue me and of course, I want to share.

The 49th Annual Edina MN Art Fair

It’s All About the Art

The 49th Annual Edina Art Fair

Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7, 50th and France, Edina Minnesota

The first official art fair of...

May in the Twin Cities - What's Happening?

Tra La, It's May!

Check out May events in the Twin CIties

May in the Cities

It’s May in the Twin Cities Metro, and spring is busting out all over! And what a spring it is!  Not a kinda spring, or a sorta spring as we are known to experience most years here, but it’s an honest to goodness spring!  The days are warm but not hot, perfect weather for planting a garden.  We are enjoying lots of sunshine, the grass is green, the trees are wearing leaves, daffodils, magnolias and even a few tulips are in bloom at the Arboretum. If you doubt me, check out the bloom report or better yet, head out to Chanhassen and see for yourself.  Having witnessed the Tulips in bloom in previous years, I can tell you the display is magnificent and will not disappoint! 

It's May in the Twin Cities and the tulips are in bloom

Mother’s Day is just ahead, and we are looking forward to Memorial Day at the end of the month which many consider the official kickoff of summer.  We are planning our gardens, and some overachievers have begun planting.  Gardening for me is low key these days since all I only have a small deck, but the outdoor furniture is washed, the wind chimes hung, the garden lights...

Top Realtors in Plymouth Minnesota Know Why This City is so Great

Beautiful Home located in Plymouth MN

Top Realtors in Plymouth, MN 

Discuss the 10 Best Reasons to Live in Plymouth

Plymouth is the 7th largest city in Minnesota.  The land mass is 32.68 square miles, water covers a 2.64 square mile area,  population according to the 2012 census is 72928, median home price as of July 2015 is $300,700 up 8% from the previous year according to Zillow. Prices are predicted to rise another 2% within the next year.

Why is Plymouth a great community?  Let us count the ways!

1. Plymouth, MN is a Nationally Recognized Best Place to Live

Chosen by Money Magazine as the number 1 best place to live in 2008, and again featured in the top 12 for 2011.

Turtle Lake Park in Plymouth MN

2.  The City of Plymouth has easy access to the Twin Cities Metro

Whether traveling to downtown Minneapolis for work or play, just hop on Interstate 394 and head west 12 miles to reach your destination.  Should you want to enjoy the shopping and dining experience of Uptown, or enjoy a free concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell you can be there in about 22 minutes.

Plymouth MN was chosen Best Place to Live by Money Magazine in 2008 and made the top list again in 2012...

New Homes in Medina MN

Home buying, Medina Real Estate

Buying a New Home in Medina MN 

Medina is a small but charming community with a rural flavor.  It is located on the western edge of Hennepin County.  The area of the city is 27 square miles, 1.55 square miles of that area is water.  The population as of 2010 was 4,892 people.   As of July 2015, the median home value is $551,200 up 4% over the last year and predicted to rise another 1.2 % in 2016, according to Zillow. 

Top 7 Reasons buy a new home in Medina

1.  New homes in Medina have easy access to Downtown Minneapolis

Want to hear the symphony, watch a play, visit a museum, or plan a special evening of dining? Downtown Minneapolis is an easy 20-mile drive heading east on the expressway. Hop on 494 in nearby Plymouth and access the entire Metro! 

Beautiful Minneapolis

2. New home developments in Medina are close to shopping & restaurants

Just 12 miles south you find Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka which offers endless options in fashion for yourself and for your home in a mall setting.  Also to the south a mere 7 miles is the chic and charming Wayzata shopping district.  There you will find dozens of high-quality retail shops featuring fashions, art, and antiques.  Stop for lunch at one of the restaurants overlooking Lake Minnetonka for a leisurely meal and a stunning water view. 

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Hello February! Here are 9 Fantastic Twin Cities Events to Celebrate

 

Winter Minneapolis Minnesota

Winter is a lingering, quiet season, when nature whispers through softly falling snow. 

It’s February, the last complete, official month of winter and here in the Twin Cities February begins auspiciously with a little snow fall. February 2, is Ground Hog Day, but shadow or no shadow here in Minnesota we know there is at least 6 more weeks of winter!  It’s the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, and Presidents Day. It’s also American Health Month and Chocolate Lovers Month!

Let’s take a look at what is going on in our beautiful Twin Cities Metro this month as we decide how and where to celebrate the fabulous month of February!

Featured Event Daily Throughout February!  

1. Miller Park, 17970 East Miller Parkway Eden Prairie. Ice Castles in Eden Prairie. Ice Sculpture exquisitely beautiful, filled with sparkle and shine! Fire performances on Friday and Saturday. Check out these great photos from MPR. For more information check out the website.

February 7 and 8

2. Lyndale Park, Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Feb....

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

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