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Possible relocation to Minneapolis Area

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Possible relocation to Minneapolis Area

hi! I am interested in whatever information you guys can give me about the best suburbs in the twin cities area with the best schools.

the family has a few relocation spots that are up in the air right now and the twin cities area is one of them. we just need a safe area, reasonable home prices, and good schools. i have 2 kids - 14 year old daughter + 18 year old son. can anybody recommend some good cities? i'm not sure if minneapolis or st. paul themselves would be suitable.

also, we may take a trip out (we're from california) before we actually move to the area. what would you recommend for my kids and my husband and i as first time visitors?

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21. Re: Possible relocation to Minneapolis Area

I was born and raised in MN but just recentley moved to another state for the warm weather, but I would like to say that my family and I lived in Eagan before moving and we really loved it. The schools were great. I have elementry and middle school age children. Eagan is the perferct suburb to raise children. It is centrally located to everything and has lots of nice parks and recreation areas for families.

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Fun reading and I live here! Edina is still a place to aspire

to live in, isn't it? But where do you find a 3 bedroom bungalow

in Edina for $250,000?? I lived in St Louis Park for 13 years

and moved "south of the river" awhile back. The drive from

Savage over the river has not been bad, as I had been warned.

There are a few bad snow days but with our winters getting

better and better, it's not been an issue. Prior Lake is

a great area but don't let the secret out.

You hit the nail on the head regarding Minnesotans wanting

to give people space and that often is llike oil and water when

you mix with East Coast people. Just two very different ways

of doing things. But if you run out of gas and it's 10 degrees

below, people will stop and help you here. Keep that in mind.

Lastly, I agree on Eden Prairie and Maple Grove being wastelands.

I worked in EP for 17 years before all the growth. It was terrific

back then. But now it is so transient.

Oops, this is the last,.....get your family out on Lake

Minnetonka. She is still the queen of lakes in my mind.

And rent some bikes with the kids in the Uptown

and bike the chain of lakes. I sooooo miss that since

moving from St Louis Park.

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23. Re: Possible relocation to Minneapolis Area

Regarding your question about the commute from Minnetonka....

It depends on how far you are from the freeway. Minnetonka

is very spread out. And if you live anywhere around "the lake",

the roads are narrow and winding which can add more time.

It's a great area to live, but some areas are harder to get

to and from then others.

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24. Re: Possible relocation to Minneapolis Area

I don't know where you are coming from in California, so perhaps commuting is a non issue. There is a lot of road construction in the summer in the Twin Cities, so commuting can be a real hassle. I-94 coming in from the north and west corridors are terrible. I-94 coming from the East (ie Woodbury) to Minneapolis or St. Paul can be slow. I-35 from the north is terrible coming in as well. And I-35W from the south is bad. Now, I am talking about coming into the cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. The TC is large and spread out. If you had to drive from one end to another in no traffic, it would take you 1.5 hours to cross the cities from one corner to another (suburb to suburb). I agree with all the other posters on their recommendations for homes. There are many, many options. You will need to take time and look around.

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