Orono is a vibrant lakefront city found by the shores of Lake Minnetonka, MN. Spanning 25 square miles, Orono is one of the area’s most coveted communities with its beautiful open spaces and cozy suburban setting. It lies 27 miles west of Minneapolis.
Over 8,000 homeowners get to enjoy all the perks of lakefront living. The location is serene, the neighbors are friendly, and the waters present opportunities for countless water activities. If you want to escape from the city life, then this is the place for you.
Orono Real Estate
Orono is famous for its majestic homes overlooking the waters of Lake Minnetonka. From French Colonial-style homes with beautiful gardens to Mediterranean-style houses, Orono luxury properties for sale come in diverse styles.
That’s not all, though. There are many other housing options available to suit a range of needs, whether you’re raising a family or considering a place to retire. Orono, MN real estate offers everything from modern single-family homes to cozy lakefront cottages.
Like the neighboring cities of Minnetonka and Wayzata, Orono is experiencing a spike in property development. The area is seeing the rise of new communities through the construction of condos, hotels, fitness centers, convenience stores, and more. It is now a hotspot for finding new construction homes with top-of-the-line features that boost security and technology, save on energy, and enhance aesthetics.
Orono prides itself in being the safest city in the entire state of Minnesota. According to a recent report on Alarms.org prepared by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, only three violent crimes were reported in 2017. This translates to an average of 0.15 crimes for every 1,000 residents.
Orono’s proximity to Minnetonka and Wayzata gives its residents more options for jobs or schools. This advantage extends to recreational and commercial areas.
Schools Districts in Orono
The best options for students in Orono are either in the Orono School District or in the Westonka School District.
Orono School District serves students from pre-kindergarten to college. Its schools can be found in the areas of Independence, Long Lake, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, and Orono. It ranks fifth in Niche.com’s list of best school districts in Minnesota. The US News & World Report also ranked Orono Senior High as the second best high school in Minnesota.
Westonka School District, meanwhile, offers high quality education from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Westonka, a blend of the words “west” and “Minnetonka,” serves students from this particular side of the lake. Areas under this district include Mound, Spring Park, Navarre, Orono, Minnetrista, and Shorewood. In 2018, the district’s primary and high school students landed in the Top 10.of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs).
Places to go and things to do in Orono
- Big Island Park
- Noerenberg Memorial Gardens
- Orono Public Golf Course
Also known as “Big Island Amusement Park,” this 56-acre nature reserve operated as an amusement park back in the 1900s. When it closed down after six seasons, nature took its course. Now it is a protected area by the City of Orono and the State of Minnesota. While visitors are welcome to commune with nature here, activities are strictly regulated to ensure the preservation of the natural environment.
This famous garden is located on the shores of Crystal Bay and is part of the Three Rivers Park District, a sanctuary for plant and animal life. It is an ideal site for weddings and other outdoor events. For more information, click here.
This nine-hole golf course was founded in 1924 and prides itself in being the first to carpet its landscape with grass greens in Minnesota. The scenic fairways offer a challenge to golfers from newbies to enthusiasts. For rates and schedules, click here.
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