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Relocating to the Twin Cities

I recently began working with a relocation client who had read about Eden Praire in Money Magazine and was wondering if it was the really the best place to live.  I explained to them that while Eden Prairie is a great suburb, there’s a lot of great suburbs throughout the Twin Cities to consider.

Their next question is which city I thought was the next “up and coming” place to live, and I said that at least in the suburbs of Minneapolis, I thought the clear winner was Brooklyn Park.

Many of you may wonder why I gave that answer.  Well, let’s review what’s changed & changing in Brooklyn Park:

  • Highway 610 opened with great access to employment centers across the northern suburbs.
  • Once 610 is extended to I-94 and Highway 169 is upgraded through The Devil’s Triangle, Brooklyn Park will have even greater access.
  • Target’s announced $2 billion expansion at the intersections of 169 and 610 will provide up to 15,000 jobs, shopping, and housing to what is currently farm fields.
  • Substantial amounts of retail and housing have and are being built in the areas just north and south of 610.
  • Much of our local residents don’t know about “the new Brooklyn Park” and are only familiar with the much older part of the city.  As development continues, perceptions will change.
  • Based off of my experience, homeowners save $30,000 or more off of a comparable home in Maple Grove by buying in the newer developments in Brooklyn Park.

When relocating, it’s always a good idea to go beyond the news articles and do your own investigation on what communities might be the best fit for your specific needs.

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Aaron Dickinson
Aaron Dickinson

That's a good question. I think that a large part of it is that the west and south metro were built later than the north, which I think encouraged a little more affluent land usage. It's also a little closer to Downtown Minneapolis than the east metro I'm sure someone has done some research on the history. I didn't say that Brooklyn Park was anything like Eden Prairie, my comment was regarding what I think is a new "up and coming" neighborhood. Eden Prairie is almost fully developed and market values there are already some of the highest in the area. Brooklyn Park on the other hand still has quite a bit of development potential, and has significantly lower market values for comparable housing. It doesn't have a large shopping destination at this time but is only 5 minutes from the Arbor Lakes development in Maple Grove.

Real Estate Guru
Real Estate Guru

Why have the western suburbs and southern suburbs continued to be more attractive in the twin cities? I can't begin to comprehend how you go from Eden Prairie to Brooklyn Park, there is no comparison between these communities.


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