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    Cool Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    Hey everybody, I'm really looking for some help here. I'm moving to the Minneapolis area for a new job opportunity with the company I work for and I have no idea where to even start looking for housing. Some important things to consider are:

    • Doesn't matter what side of Twin Cities (North, South, East, West), prefer to be South or East just to be closer to family in Iowa/Wisconsin
    • No need to worry about commuting as I will be working out of my home a lot
    • The smaller the schools the better, quality of school is obviously important
    • The smaller the community the better, living in Ankeny now, smaller than Ankeny would be great but not sure if that's feasible
    • Need to be close to hospitals or clinics for my wife's career
    • Need to be close to a good/great gymnastics training center for my daughter
    I've heard Lakeville is very small but pretty far South, also heard about Hudson, Wisconsin which is east of the Cities a bit but a great small town. Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you CycloneFanatic community!!!


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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    Lakeville is blowing up right now. It's growing so fast, they've recently had to split their high school into two schools. It's not going to be small for long, and it's a good 40 min. from downtown, on a good traffic day.

    Lots of people commute from Hudson, and it is a nice little town. Same goes for Stillwater (MN). You (or your wife) are going to have to commute 40-60 minutes (depending on traffic) to be in a "small" community, IMO.



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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    Lakeville is nice....have a friend with a house on the lake.

    If you want to go even farther south, Cannon Falls is about 45 minutes from the Cities and about the same from Rochester. Small town (5000 or so) but nice, on the river, etc.



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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    If you want to be in a "small" community, but in the metro, I can think of some little suburbs/neighborhoods that are nice and have a small-town feel...North Saint Paul and St. Anthony Park. I'm a Saint Paul guy, but I'm sure there are some similar-type areas of Minneapolis, too.



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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    Id make sure you have heated undies. It's winter up there from October into June.



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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    If you want to live in southwest suburb, Eden Prairie would be a good place. It's a good school district. I don't know whether you'll buy a house or rent, but house price in EP is considered a little bit higher than other areas. Very good community. It's about 10-15 mins to Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park and Fairview Hospital in Edina (although going to Fairview might take longer time as traffic is bad there).
    It's probably 15-25 mins to the airport without traffic, 20-25 mins to downtown.
    Other areas that you might want to consider are Savage (is a little bit more southwest than Eden Prairie), Chanhassen (west of Eden Prairie), Chaska (further west of Chanhassen).
    Not sure also how old your daughter is, but EPHS is a big school (I think there were 2500 graduates last school term), Chanhassen just opened a new high school this fall.
    If you look at the south, Apple Valley and Lakeville would be good too.
    Personally, I don't like the east side of MSP-STP, but some of my friends live in Woodbury and they like it. I've seen the city several times: it's a good city, very close to Wisconsin but personally, it's not for me.
    Feel free to ask follow up questions.



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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    Buy a snowblower.



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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    I have some relatives that live in Shoreview. Not exactly small, but seems like a very safe tight knit community on the NW side.


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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    Quote Originally Posted by 2020cy View Post
    Buy a snowblower.
    LOL - actually that was what my former boss suggested me when I moved up and bought a house in 2003 (I used to work in West Des Moines). He said that it would be a good investment. Didn't follow his advice until two years ago - when we have a little one who would like to go with us everytime we cleaned the driveway. So I ended up cleaning the driveway everytime.
    The turning point was the Spring storm that dumped 16 inches of snow in a day. I almost broke my hip and back from snoveling the snow :)



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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    Quote Originally Posted by IceCyIce View Post
    Id make sure you have heated undies. It's winter up there from October into June.
    really? He's not moving to northern MN, for crying out loud. I really didn't think Ames was any less cold than back home during the winter. If anything all the wind down here makes winter worse. But that's just me, I guess I grew up in it.



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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    Being from Ankeny and having lived in 'The Cities' - I would say Eagan was pretty close to the Ankeny feel - specifically District 96 which has Eastview high school and there are several area in the town reminiscent of Ankeny. Even some new construction in Steeplechase and a very progressive town council - they are trying to get fibre to the home for internet/video as an example. Its also south but just north of Lakeville but you don't feel SO far south.

    Shoreview, Lakeville, Apple Vallley and others would be good - Edina and Eden Prairie are nice but more in the city and a little bigger - although, Ankeny is nearing 50k residents, so not really that small anymore.

    I had season tickets to ISU in Eagan - it is an hour farther south than Maplewood or Shoreview in bad traffic.

    Good luck, Great place to live - but like someone said - bring a snowblower and long underwear!


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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    Actually I believe Iowa got more snow last winter than the Twin Cities area.



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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone13 View Post
    Actually I believe Iowa got more snow last winter than the Twin Cities area.
    But it has a chance of melting in Iowa... lol!


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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    If commute isn't really an issue, I'd suggest Egan or Apple Valley. Both will have a similar feel to Ankeny. Others are correct that Shoreview is nice, but I'd guess you'll want to stay on the South side for easier trips to Iowa. Eden Prairie is very nice, but coming from Ankeny, be prepared to pay about double for a house in EP.

    Shakopee is in the SW and is growing qickly, but stll has a "good" outer suburb feel.

    Most importantly, The ISU alumni association has game watches at Joe Sensors in Bloomington, so you'l want to stay within a reasonable distance of there.

    I work downtown & travel throughout the Cities for work, so I know a little bit about a good majority of the cities. PM me if you would like any more info....I'd be happy to answer anything I can.



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    Re: Moving to Minneapolis Area - NEED ADVICE

    Quote Originally Posted by TexaClone View Post
    But it has a chance of melting in Iowa... lol!
    But not last winter.


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