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Best places to live in Minnesota’s Twin Cities

The Minneapolis suburb of Edina is filled with green spaces

The Minneapolis suburb of Edina is filled with green spaces

Minnesota is once again on the map because of the quality of life it promises, a robust job market, and incredible real estate values. Here are the communities that are among the best places to live in Twin Cities:

  1. Edina
    Population (2017 Census estimate): 51,958
    Land area: 15.97 square miles

    This Minneapolis suburb is one of the most coveted in Twin Cities, thanks to its laidback environment and highly rated schools. The housing market is quite diverse, with single-family homes, townhomes and condos. The high rate of homeownership brings a great deal of stability into the community.

    Residents have a wide array of shops and restaurants to choose from. 50th and France, which make up downtown Edina, highlights locally owned businesses – shop for unique finds at Bluebird Boutique and At Home and Co., have a cupcake at Sweet Retreat, and savor the dishes at Coconut Thai.

  2. Eden Prairie
    Population (2017 Census estimate): 64,400
    Land area: 12 square miles

    This well-planned community of scenic trails, spectacular community events, and breathtaking views is synonymous with Minnesota’s shimmering lakes and green spaces. The neighbors are friendly, and schools offer a supportive environment where your child can thrive.

    Buyers have an excellent selection of single-family homes, townhomes and condos to choose from. Popular architectural styles include Bungalow, Ranch and Cape Cod. With homes in high demand, developers are rushing to add new residential units to the housing stock.

    Downtown Eden Prairie is a culinary destination, with dining hotspots like Mix Fusion Bistro and Great American Grill.

  3. Falcon Heights
    Population (2017 Census estimate): 5,592
    Land area: 2.23 square miles

    This idyllic St. Paul suburb consistently ranks among the safest and most affordable places to live in Twin Cities. Peaceful, tree-lined streets and vast agricultural fields give this community a rustic charm that few places in Minnesota can match.

    Located eight miles east of Minneapolis, Falcon Heights is close to big city amenities and places where high-profile events are held like the Minnesota State Fair, which draws roughly two million visitors a year.

    Residents, however, don’t need to stray far from home to enjoy themselves – there are four well-maintained parks in the community where you can go for a walk or play your favorite sport.

    The housing market consists mainly of single-family homes and condos.

    Ranch and Colonial are two of the most prevalent architectural styles.

  4. Linden Hills
    Population (2010 Census estimate): 7,564
    Land area: 1.393 square miles

    When people mention Linden Hills, the image of rolling hills and small neighborhood shops and eateries come to mind. This compact neighborhood is home to some of the hottest restaurants in Minnesota like Tilia, Lake Harriet Brasserie and Bread & Pickle.

    Nestled between gleaming Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun, Linden Hills is one of the most pedestrian-friendly communities in Twin Cities. Plus, it’s just a short drive to Mall of America and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

    Your real estate choices consist mostly of Bungalow and Craftsman-style single-family homes, many of which feature exquisite oak woodwork and hardwood flooring.

  5. Lowry Hill
    Population (2010 Census estimate): 3,733
    Land area: .622 square miles

    Named for Thomas Lowry, one of the community’s first residents and developers, Lowry Hill can be found just two miles west of Downtown Minneapolis. Highlights include Thomas Lowry Park, Parade Stadium, Parade Ice Garden, and Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

    The real estate market offers a stunning array of single-family homes, townhomes, and condos to suit each taste. Some of the architectural styles that can be found in the area are Victorian and Contemporary.

If you think Twin Cities should be your new home, let me, Adam Fonda, show you your best options. Call me at 612-308-5008 or send an email to Adam(dotted)Fonda(at)LakesMN(dotted)com.