Eden Prairie

What $324,900 Buys in Eden Prairie MN

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This two-story home located at 17793 George Moran Drive is in Eden Prairie MN. Built in 1993, it is situated near Mitchell Lake with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and 3,002-square-feet of space.

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This home has spacious vaulted ceilings and a built-in workspace. With its close proximity to the lake, residents here have easy access to local parks and trails systems.

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The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and maple cabinets. It could all be yours for $324,900!

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Money Magazine: Eden Prairie is #1 Place to Live

Money magazine recently announced its annual list of the 100 Best Places to Live. Topping this year's list, as in years previous, is yet another Minnesota city. This time, it is Eden Prairie, Minn., the family-friendly town with a population of 64,000 located southwest of the Twin Cities.

Eden Prairie is ranked at the top not only because it is a great place for families, it has a resilient economy. At 5.1%, its unemployment rate is nearly 1 percentage point below the rate for Hennepin County and more than 4 points below the national average. It's not hard to understand why that is, with 50,000 jobs located right in town. Major companies in Eden Prairie include the headquarters of Supervalu, ADC Telecommunications, MTS Systems Corporation, and the Minnesota Vikings, whose practice facility and front office are here.

Eden Prairie MN isn't all work with no play, though. Eden Prairie residents enjoy swimming in the summer and skating in the winter at 17 lakes. The City has more than 1,000 acres of active use parkland. Bikers, hikers and walkers enjoy Eden Prairie's nearly 200 miles of sidewalks and trails.

Four other Minnesota cities also cracked the top 20 list of America's best small cities.  Plymouth ranked #11th, Woodbury ranked 13th, Eagan came in at #15, and Apple Valley rounds off the list at #20. Eden Prairie has been ranked somewhere in the top 100 “Best Places to Live” in America since 2006.

Minnesota cities consistently rank high in these lists. Last year, Money Magazine listed Chanhassen as the #2 Best Place to Live. In 2008, Plymouth was listed as the #1 Best Place to Live.

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Greening Minnesota ~ October

Including North St. Paul and Anoka, 12 Minnesota cities have begun installing wind turbines. Buffalo, Le Sueur and Faribault have had wind turbines installed already. Anoka, Arlington, Brownton, Chaska, East Grand Forks, Olivia, Shakopee and Winthrop are up next. If everything goes as planned, all of the Minnesota Municipal Power Association wind turbines will be up and running by mid-November.

The St. Paul Convention & Visitors Authority has rolled out the "50-50 in 2" program. It is meant to cut trash output at the RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center in half and push the recycling rate up to 50% in two years.

Three Minnesota schools took top marks on a national report card that measures colleges' sustainability efforts. The University of Minnesota, Carleton College in Northfield and Macalester College in St. Paul were three of 26 schools to score an A- on this fall's College Sustainability Report Card.

To meet federal clean water standards, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is considering ways to keep runoff and pollutants out of three west-metro lakes. Eagle Lake, a 291-acre lake popular for fishing and swimming, phosphorus would have to be reduced by 40% to meet Clean Water standards for swimming. The phosphorus levels in 81-acre Cedar Island Lake would have to be reduced by 67%. The 58-acre Pike Lake would need a 49 percent cut in phosphorus. The three lakes in Maple Grove and Plymouth are so polluted, it may take 20 years to get them off the state's impaired waters list.

In a similar move, Eden Prairie will repair two catch ponds at the base of the Minnesota River bluff to reduce storm water runoff and pollution from going into the river. The Lower Minnesota River Watershed District has also commissioned an engineering study on how storm water, groundwater and river water are interacting to erode the north bank of the river below the bluff, where Riverview Drive is located.

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Greening Minnesota - August

The residents, businesses, and government of Minnesota have been doing so much to make the state a greener place to live. Greening Minnesota is a monthly installment that explores some of these actions and developments.

First, a story about an eco-friendly home rennovation. Can a green remodeling project look good and not break the bank? A St. Louis Park bungalow got an affordable, earth-friendly makeover that respected the 1940 home's vintage charm while at the same time reducing its energy costs. The renovation included a two-story addition to expand the kitchen and add a family room and mudroom as well as create space for upstairs bedrooms. St. Louis Park design/build company Sicora followed the new Minnesota Greenstar certification program to meet green building standards, but the bottom line was also a factor. This affordable remodel doesn't include all the bells and whistles. Though there aren't spendy bamboo floors or a geothermal heating system, it does have hardwood floors repurposed from the original home, remnant granite countertops, and two Energy Star-rated furnaces that heat and cool in zones.

The U.S. Green Building Council has announced the introduction of its new LEED for Homes Affiliate Program, which allows regional green home building programs to promote the growing green residential market by partnering with USGBC. The objective of the new program is to increase the availability of the green homes stock through collaborations with local green home building programs across the country and  further promoting sustainable design and energy-and-resource efficiency in all dwellings. Third-party green home building certification system Minnesota GreenStar was one of the first two green home building programs to sign on with LEED for Homes Affiliates.

Let's not forget that Minnesota is about to get $52.7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to weatherize 16,800 homes this year. A home that is properly weatherized...

August Events in the Twin Cities

August is a swinging month in the Twin Cities when it comes to community celebrations, festivals, and other excuses to walk around in shorts and eat "Something on a Stick." There's lots to do, starting with today!

New Brighton's annual summer Stockyard Days are taking place on August 2 through 9. The event, now in its 29th year, features a golf tournament, a kiddie parade and grand parade, street dances, and fireworks. For a complete list of times and locations for all Stockyard Days activities, go to www.stockyarddays.org and click on "events."

Lake Hiawatha’s Annual Neighborhood Festival is taking place today, Wednesday, August 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lake Hiawatha Park, 2701 E. 44th Street in Minneapolis. There will be a talent show with prizes, carnival games, food for sale, and community information tables.

There will be some Outdoor Puppet Theater on Thursday, August 6, from  6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Folwell Park, 1615 Dowling Avenue N. in Minneapolis. "The Adventures of Katie Tomatie" will be presented by Open Eye Theatre with live music.

LYNAS Summerfest takes place on Thursday, August 6, from 5:30 p.m to 9p.m. at Lynnhurst Park, 1345 Minnehaha Pkwy. W. in Minneapolis. As always, the annual event will be a fun evening for the whole family with food, games, music and more.

The 36th Annual Longfellow Cornfeed occurs on Thursday, August 6, from 5:30 p.m to 8 p.m. at Longfellow Park, 3435 36th Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Join in for an evening of fun, food, and entertainment perfect for the entire family! Enjoy hot, delicious corn on the cob, live family-friendly entertainment, hair and face painting, fair style concessions, large inflatable attractions, community information tables, and much more!

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Greening Minnesota - June / July

The regular Greening Minnesota feature was interrupted in June because we were moving over to the new website. But that doesn't mean that the collection of green stories stopped. This month's edition includes stories from and for June and July 2009. This is in some-what chronological order for when the stories were published.

Four creative containers for recycleables (and only recycleables) were unveiled in Mears Park. The Lowertown park is the third location to take part in an experiment by St. Paul and Eureka Recycling to see whether "public space recycling" can be cost effective and help the environment. People can recycle aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles. If you see them, make sure you don't put garbage in them! That can take away from  some of the benefits. St. Paul has set a goal to be waste free by 2020.

Speaking of recycling, you probably know places where you can recycle electronics and cellphones in Minneapolis and St. Paul. But what about electronic chargers? A recent article by the Star Tribune answers that question for you.

Cub Foods and Supervalu have announced that a Cub store has become the first grocer in Minnesota to be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold NC2.2 Certification. The Cub store, located in the Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul, is one of three grocery stores in the nation to successfully achieve LEED Gold Certification. Check out the link to read all about the store's green technology, including its 44 skylights that illuminate 75 percent of regularly occupied spaces using a solar powered GPS system that tracks and redirects sunlight as needed.

Workers have given the Target Center some of its first patches of green. Once completed, the $5.3 million, 2 1/2 acre project will be the fifth-largest green roof in the United States. It will prevent an estimated 3.68 million gallons of rainwater annually from draining into the Mississippi River. It is the the third...

Money Magazine: Chanhassen is #2 Place to Live

Money magazine has named Chanhassen as one of the best places in the nation to live. The Twin Cities suburb was named the second-best small American town to call home. For the 2009 rankings, Money focused on "small towns," defined as having a population between 8,500 and 50,000. Chanhassen came in behind only Louisville, Colorado.

Money ranks the communities based on financial data, housing, safety, crime rates, weather and similar factors. Reasons for the ranking include an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, falling property taxes and rising median income. Here is what Money Magazine had to say about Chanhassen:

Apparently Chanhassen never got the memo that it's supposed to be in a recession. Unemployment here was more than three percentage points below the national average in May, thanks to a broad jobs base in the Twin Cities area.

Property taxes have dropped every year in the past five, even as median home prices have crept up. And the town still boasts a per­fect triple-A bond rating.

But Chanhassen has much more going for it than terrific numbers. "There's a genuine small-town feel," says Sarah Pinamonti, 41, who moved here with her husband, Rick, 43, in 2002. They've never regret­ted it. "We rarely have to leave town to have fun," says Rick.

No wonder: The town has 11 lakes, 34 parks, and the 1,047-acre Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Come winter there's a carnival, ice-fishing contests on Lake Ann, and skating and hockey everywhere (town officials flood grassy areas to create outdoor rinks). Wimps beware: Those activi­ties require braving temps that often dip into single digits.

This isn't the first time a Twin Cities community has breached the Top 10. Last year, Plymouth was listed at the #1 place in America to live. Eden Prairie was listed at the #10 best place to live in the U.S. in 2006.

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More Twin Cities Real Estate Events - April

More Twin Cities Real Estate Events for April.

Where Do I Begin? Cabinet Concepts and Interiors at 6563 City West Pkwy. in Eden Prairie will be holding a class on Kitchen Remodeling on Monday, April 13, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The cost to attend is $24.

Is There A Do-It-Yourself Solar Project Out There? At this event, learn what you can do yourself, and more importantly when to hire a professional. It's free to attend and will be held at Natural Built Home, 4020 Minnehaha Av. S. Minneapolis, MN.  It takes places from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 14.

ABC's of Finding and Negotiating your First Home. Learn how to purchase the best house and negotiate the best price and terms in a buyer's market. Avoid common mistakes and Internet pitfalls that can cost you thousands. Learn how to make smart decisions when choosing a mortgage to fit your budget and dreams. Learn about first time buyer programs, zero down and government loans and grants. It will be held on Wednesday April 15 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Anwatin, 256 Upton Ave. South, Minneapolis. The cost is $15.

If you can't make this one, another session will be held Monday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM on April 20 at Henry, 4320 Newton Avenue North, Minneapolis.

Is Your Home Healthy? Continuing with the trend of home improvement classes named in question-form, learn what causes basement mold, moisture and mildew and how to correct it at this class. The price to attend is $15 and it will be held at the Winnetka Learning Center located at 7940 55th Ave. N. in New Hope from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday, April 18.

Home Improvement and Design Expo. At this event, exhibitors and vendors will show the latest in home improvement resources, energy efficiency, services, and more. Have a question? You can "Ask the Expert" and likely get an answer. This event is being held at the Schwan Events Center, 1750...

Money Magazine: Plymouth is #1 Place to Live

Money magazine has named Plymouth one of the best places in the nation to live. In fact, the Twin Cities northwest suburb was named the No. 1 place to live among U.S. cities with populations of 50,000 to 300,000. Money ranks the communities based on financial data, housing, safety, crime rates, weather and similar factors. Plymouth? Our little Plymouth? Really? But it’s truly no wonder why this city of about 71,000 made the list, let alone reign over the top. I really can’t sum it up any better than what Money magazine said about Plymouth, Minnesota:

Topnotch schools, good jobs, affordable housing, low crime, an active outdoor culture - yep, they're pretty much all here. Plymouth could have become just another Twin Cities suburb, but more than 50,000 jobs keep residents working there. Home prices are within reason: The typical three-bedroom, two-bath house goes for $350,000. The city's main school district is ranked among the top three in the state, and for culture, Plymouth's open-air amphitheater, the Hilde Performance Center, hosts numerous summer concerts. Residents are a quick drive from the Mall of America, the nation's biggest mall. And did we mention the outdoors? Plymouth boasts more than half a dozen sizable bodies of water. Of course, this being Minnesota, winter can be brutal: January's average low temperature is about 13°F. But when the mercury plummets, the locals get busy. In February the city hosts a Fire & Ice Festival that includes mini-golf, bowling and basketball - all right on the ice.

And it was Plymouth’s first appearance on the list to boot!

Of course as the Star Tribune put it, this means that Plymouth has some serious bragging rights on which to market. And you can be certain that they will. A community that breaks the annual magazine's top 10 usually advertises it. Like other cities before it, Plymouth plans to tout its No. 1 status on billboards, in its newsletter, at festivals...

New Section of Highway 212 Grand Opening

A new section of Hwy. 212, between Hwy. 41 in Chaska and the existing Hwy. 212 in Carver, is having its grand opening today! The main road is scheduled to fully open in two weeks and connect up with its final link, Hwy. 147, by mid-August.  The new road, which covers 11.8 miles between Eden Prairie MN and Carver MN, is expected to handle about 50,000 vehicle trips a day, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

More than 50 years in the making, the lack of efficient transportation between the Twin Cities and Chaska has been the topic of discussion since the late 1940s. The need was there, but the money to accomplish it was difficult to acquire. It was not until four years ago that funding was made available by the state Legislature.  The project cost a total of $238 million.

In the long run, that will be a small amount of money compared to the economic development potential this nearly 12 mile stretch of highway has provided.  The new stretch of Hwy. 212 will increase business opportunities.  The increased accessibility to Twin Cities communities is expected to drive up property values: Outlying towns and cities such as Carver, Cologne and Waconia will be much more attractive because commuting times will be reduced by 15 to 20 minutes.

Chaska Mayor Gary Van, who will be among the speakers at the grand opening today, said he expects the freeway will help his city grow to about 35,000 residents and add another 10.000 jobs by 2020. In fact, several large developments are already popping up on or near the highway, including a planned bio-technology business park and a new college campus designed to attract commuting students and satellite learning. 

Chaska won’t be the only city to benefit.  Carver County Administrator Dave Hemze says the highway segment will definitely have an effect on the county’s...