Sally St. Clair

A Real Estate Agent at Washington Group, LLC

Sally St. Clair

Washington Group, LLC

A Real Estate Agent based in Saint Paul, MN

 
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Cottage Grove prides itself on being one of the safest communities in the Twin Cities area, and also in the state. It currently has a violent crime rate that is 80% lower than the US average and 65% lower than the Minnesota average. There’s no doubt that if you rent here you will immediately notice how friendly everyone is, and how safe the area is for individuals and families alike.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Cottage Grove is widely considered to be a “bedroom community” for professionals in St. Paul. This means that a lot of the residents here don’t actually work or spend a lot of time in town; they wake up, go to St. Paul, come back and sleep. It may be because of this that the median household income for Cottage Grove is very high. In 2007, Minnesota households averaged a median income of $57,990. That year, Cottage Grove households had a median income of $79,342, which is much higher than normal. Additionally, only 1.8% of families were below the poverty line. This all makes Cottage Grove a wealthy community in the metropolitan area.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Cottage Grove is widely considered to be a “bedroom community” for professionals in St. Paul. This means that a lot of the residents here don’t actually work or spend a lot of time in town; they wake up, go to St. Paul, come back and sleep. It may be because of this that the median household income for Cottage Grove is very high. In 2007, Minnesota households averaged a median income of $57,990. That year, Cottage Grove households had a median income of $79,342, which is much higher than normal. Additionally, only 1.8% of families were below the poverty line. This all makes Cottage Grove a wealthy community in the metropolitan area.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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During the Woodbury Days event here, the Taste of Woodbury is one of the most popular attractions. This takes place in a tent, and many chefs representing the city’s finest dining establishments present their dishes to the public. If you rent here you’re going to become very familiar with the great local restaurants. For example, the Acapulco Restaurante, or Culver’s (which both won at the 2011 festival). There are many unique restaurants in the area that were founded by residents, and then of course there are chain favorites here like Chipotle or the Outback Steakhouse.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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3,000 acres of open space. 100 miles of trails. 45 parks. These are all offered to and maintained for the public in Woodbury, providing one of the best recreational systems in the area. There also three gorgeous lakes in town, and are part of three large parks. Woodbury has two golf courses, one is public and the other private. There are also festivals, like Woodbury Days, an event that has music, fireworks, a carnival, and parade.

 
Weather

Weather

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When one thinks of St. Paul’s climate, the first thing that comes to mind is probably “brrr.” And they would be right; the city lives up to its frigid reputation: St. Paul has the coldest annual mean temperature out of all the large cities in the U.S. If you rent in Inver Grove Heights, you’re going to have to have thick skin in the winter. But the summer more than makes up for it. The temperatures are perfect -- usually in the 70s and 80s -- and aren’t too cool or too hot. Of course, Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” so there are plenty of great destinations for the summer too (if you rent in Inver, Baldwin and Spring Lake are two).

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The great thing about living in the “Twin Cities” metropolitan area is the access you have to two large cities. Even though Inver Grove Heights is technically a suburb of St. Paul, it’s also close enough to Minneapolis to commute every day. So your search shouldn’t be restricted to just St. Paul suburbs or just Minneapolis ones either. With that said, Inver has a great location because it also is just a 15 minute drive from the Mall of America in Bloomington as well. And if you want to go to Baldwin Lake or Spring Lake on the weekend? Just 15 minutes. And with easy access to Route 52 and Interstate 494, Inver is a great place for commuters.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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For K-12 education, Minneapolis Public Schools is the largest district area, with 36,370 students enrolled. They service around a hundred public schools in the metropolitan area. Minnesota has an open enrollment statue where students can choose where they enroll in school, even if they’re not in the school’s jurisdiction. As for Minneapolis’ higher education, it is home to many public and private universities. The University of Minnesota, based in Minneapolis, is the eleventh-largest college in the U.S.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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In 2010, there were more renters in Minneapolis than homeowners. Of all the city’s housing units, 84,353 were rented and 81,442 were owned. In fact, nearly a fifth of the entire state of Minnesota’s rented properties are in just Minneapolis. Rent here is fairly inexpensive for such a large city -- it’s around $1000 for the average apartment, and prices vary in different neighborhoods, of course. Overall, Minneapolis is great for renters, with a lot of available apartments and prices that are cheaper than most other cities its size.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Half of the residents in Minneapolis work in the city, and even though most of them own cars, 60% of the 160,000 people who work in the downtown area commute by a form of transportation that’s not driving. Walking is a great option, as a 2011 Walk Score study rated Minneapolis as the ninth most walker friendly city in the country. Seven miles of pedestrian bridges, or skyways, form the Minneapolis Skyway System, which connects 80 blocks of downtown Minneapolis so walkers won’t have to deal with cars or the cold weather. Minneapolis also ranks second in the U.S. for the highest percentage of commuters that take bicycles, and in 2010 was named America’s top bicycling city by Bicycling Magazine.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Minneapolis has one of the best recreational systems in the entire country. Overall, 16.6% of the city is parks, which is 770 square feet of parkland per resident, the highest in the nation. The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway surrounds the city, and provides 50 scenic miles of roads for bikers, joggers, and walkers. It also is host to the Chain of Lakes, which are seven lakes in Minneapolis that are open to the public, and it provides access to the Mississippi River. Runner’s World ranked Minneapolis the sixth best city for runners in the U.S. The city also is home to the most golfers, cyclists, sport fishermen, and snow skiers per capita. Minnesota is perfect for both urbanites who enjoy city life, and outdoor lovers who spend their free time exercising or exploring.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Burnsville offers many services that pet owners can appreciate. They have opened three dog parks. The Alimagnet Dog Park is the best they have to offer; there are seven acres of off-leashed fenced area, a pond, an open grass area, and picnic tables. There are also a few pet-friendly hotels in the area if you’re visiting Burnsville. If you’re leaving town, there are a number of pet hotels with staff that will watch them while you’re gone. Other companies, such as the Camp Bow Wow or Woof Dah Doggy Day Care, will take care of your pets in the daytime while you’re at work. Pets aren’t just allowed in Burnsville, they’re welcome.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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After you eat at one of Burnsville’s excellent restaurants, such as Nha Sang (Asian fusion) or Giuseppe’s (Italian), don’t go home -- explore the city instead! Go see a show at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, where they host a variety of events from comedy stand-ups to rock concerts. Or, check out the latest art gallery at the Lake Alimagnet Center for the Arts. For something more casual, play some pool at Shooters Billiard Club Cafe & Pro Shop, or go bowling at Burnsville Bowl.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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South St. Paul is a great community with a relatively low crime rate. In 2009, the rate of violent crimes here is 67% less than the national average, and 43% lower than Minnesota’s statewide average. The chance of a resident being affected by a violent crime is less than one in 1000. Even though South St. Paul’s property crime rate was 10% above the national average in 2009, and 27% above the state average, it is projected to be below both in 2012.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Renting an apartment in South St. Paul can be much less expensive than renting in any of its neighboring cities. The average two bedroom apartment here costs $840. Comparatively, the same apartment space costs $1005 in St. Paul, $1038 in Cottage Grove, $1090 in Inver Grove Heights, and $1162 in Rosemount. Apartments with fewer bedrooms are also available in South St. Paul. An average studio apartment goes for $595, and the average one bedroom costs $652. For a three bedroom apartment, the average price is $1260.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Maple Grove offers a number of public transportation options to their residents so they can travel to anywhere in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. There is a commuter express service that takes residents to downtown Minneapolis or the University of Minnesota’s campus, courtesy of Maple Grove Transit. They also offer a Dial-a-Ride program, where you can call for a van service to pick you up and take you wherever you need to go. Another service is the Jefferson bus lines, which transport people from inner-city Minneapolis to rural areas such as Maple Grove, and vice versa. While you still probably need a car, there’s no reason why every Maple Grove resident who works in Minneapolis can’t take public transportation.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Maple Grove is considered to be the cultural capital of the northwest Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. There are a variety of restaurants here for practically any type of food. If you want a Mongolian meal, swing by Mongo’s Grill. For Indian, be sure to visit the Bollywood Bistro. Visit El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant for the best Mexican food in the area, and Mt. Fuji for a Japanese dish. But make sure you save some room for dessert so you can enjoy a pastry from Chez Arnaud, the best bakery in town.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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White Bear Lake is home to 24 parks, nine public beaches, and four off leash dog parks (including Battle Creek, the 2012 winner of “Best of Minnesota Dog Park”). On the first warm days of spring, visit the Little Bear Bait & Tackle and go fishing. In the summer, go to Tally’s Dockside and rent a boat to cruise the lake with. Or, learn how to water ski with the Midwest Sea Otters. In the fall, go to the Pine Tree Apple Orchard and pick some ripe apples. When the cold winter arrives, go inside and bowl at White Bear Bowl. No matter the season, there are a variety of recreational opportunities available in White Bear Lake.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The only form of public transportation White Bear Lake offers is one bus route (#265) through the Metro Transit’s service, which limits their residents’ options for their commute. As a result, 82% of them drive to work every day, and only 1% of them use public transportation. With so many drivers on the road, the interstates (35E and 694) and highways (U.S. 61, Ramsey County Highway 96, and Minnesota State Highway 96) experience heavy traffic during rush hour.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Blaine is one of the lowest violent crime rates in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, as it is 74% lower than the national average and 29% lower than the average Minnesotan city. Blaine’s property crime rate, which measures incidents involving personal property like robbery and larceny, is a different story. It is 49% higher than the Minnesota average, and 18% higher than the national average.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Renting an apartment in Blaine is more expensive than the typical Minneapolis suburb. The average two bedroom apartment costs $1086. In comparison, neighboring Anoka is much cheaper at $852 for the same amount of space. Brooklyn Center ($871), Brooklyn Park ($980), Shoreview ($988), and Circle Pines ($990) are also less expensive alternatives. For less space, the average studio apartment in Blaine costs $600, and one bedroom apartments average $765. A place with three bedrooms averages $1375.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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In the first six months there were around 2000 apartments on the market in Eden Prairie. The area used to be a bedroom community for those who worked in Minneapolis-St. Paul, but has been transformed into a business center for flourishing companies. The city is home to over 2,200 businesses and headquarters, including Lifetouch, Alliant Techsystems, SuperValu, and the Minnesota Vikings. Because of this, the unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country. In 2010, in the midst of a recession, 95% of the city was employed, and there were 50,000 jobs in the area. Today, there is still an abundance of jobs, and apartments for workers to rent, available.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Eden Prairie has been ranked on CNN Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live List every year since 2006, and in 2010 earned the #1 spot. A large reason they received this honor is their recreational amenities. Minnesota is famous for their lakes, and Eden Prairie has an astounding 17 of them, along with more than 100 ponds. Residents can enjoy 4,500 acres of open space wetlands, and 1,000 acres of parks. Bikers, walkers, and runners fit right in here: there are 125 miles of sidewalks and trails interwoven throughout the city. In addition, the city allows public access to beaches, fishing piers, public fields, and a state-of-the-art Community Center with a pool, three ice rinks, and a fitness room. Whether you’re ice skating in the winter or swimming in one of the lakes in the summer, you will never be bored in Eden Prairie.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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South St. Paul is a great community with a relatively low crime rate. In 2009, the rate of violent crimes here is 67% less than the national average, and 43% lower than Minnesota’s statewide average. The chance of a resident being affected by a violent crime is less than one in 1000. Even though South St. Paul’s property crime rate was 10% above the national average in 2009, and 27% above the state average, it is projected to be below both in 2012.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Renting an apartment in South St. Paul can be much less expensive than renting in any of its neighboring cities. The average two bedroom apartment here costs $840. Comparatively, the same apartment space costs $1005 in St. Paul, $1038 in Cottage Grove, $1090 in Inver Grove Heights, and $1162 in Rosemount. Apartments with fewer bedrooms are also available in South St. Paul. An average studio apartment goes for $595, and the average one bedroom costs $652. For a three bedroom apartment, the average price is $1260.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Bloomington’s 16 public schools are operated by the Independent School District 271. There are eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. In 2006, the city’s first public charter school, Seven Hills Classic Academy, opened. Bloomington was also the home to the first online public high school, Mindquest, which ran from 1995 to 2003. There are three private schools in Bloomington, and three universities. Normandale Community College is the largest, with 13,000 students currently enrolled.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Bloomington is much further ahead in public transportation than any of its neighboring cities. It’s currently the only suburb in the south Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area to have access to the light rail transit system, which connects the city with downtown Minneapolis. The rail access was originally provided because Bloomington is home to the Mall of America, the largest shopping center in the country. However, the rail also serves residents who use it to go to work in Minneapolis every day, as well as those who want to spend their Friday or Saturday downtown. Bus routes are also provided in Bloomington by the Metro Transit.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Shoreview’s restaurants, some of which are great for dinner with the kids and others a private meal with your significant other, helped the city rank #6 on Family Circle’s 10 Best Towns For Families. One of their best restaurants is Fresh Picked Pizza, a place whose name comes from its ripe vegetable toppings. Another is Kozlak’s Royal Oak Restaurant, an American eatery known for its Sunday brunches and a jazz trio that plays music from table to table. The Red Ginger China Bistro is a Chinese restaurant that has some of the best dim sum in all of Minneapolis’ suburbs. After you choose a place and enjoy your dinner, head over to Raz’s Coffee & Ice Cream for a delicious dessert.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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One of the reasons Shoreview was ranked in CNN Money’s Best Places to Live 2011 is that it has one of the lowest crime rates in the area. The chance of being affected by a violent crime here is one in 1193, which is 76% better than the Minnesota average and 91% better than the U.S. average. The chance of someone being affected by a property crime is just one in 84, which is 48% better than the Minnesota average and 59% better than the national average. There has been a noticeable decline in crime in Shoreview over the past decade. Currently, it is 50% safer than the average Minnesota city and 62% safer than the typical U.S. city.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Minnetonka offers a variety of services that make life easier for pet owners. The Bark Park is a family owned, cage free daycare center for dogs. It also has a park that allows the pups to exercise and play. The city has four other dog parks located throughout the city so pet owners can walk to one that’s closest to them. If you’re looking for a place to watch your animals overnight, Minnetonka is home to the Rovernight Network, where dog owners will watch your pups for the night. Two other similar companies, Pets Are Inn and Auntie Ruth’s Furry Friend’s Home Away From Home, offer the same service to any type of pet you have. Whether you’re bringing your animals to the park or letting another owner watch them for a night, they will always be in good hands in Minnetonka.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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This suburb, eight miles west of Minneapolis, is one of the more expensive cities in the area with an average price of $1194 for a two bedroom apartment. Similarly priced apartments can be found in Golden Valley ($1086), Eden Prairie ($1139), Saint Louis Park ($1176), and Edina ($1228). If you only need one bedroom, the average studio apartment in Minnetonka costs $824, and the average one bedroom apartment goes for $968. For three bedrooms, the cost averages around $1603.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Brooklyn Park’s public education is run by three districts: Osseo Area School District 279, the Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 and Robbinsdale School District 271. There are eleven elementary schools, four middle schools, and four high schools that students can enroll in. The city is also included in the Northwest Suburban Integration School District. This district runs magnet schools, which are public schools that institute a specialized, or focused curriculum. For example, there are magnet schools that teach the same subjects as regular schools, but in two languages to promote bilinguality. Other magnet schools emphasize and require more art classes, such as music or writing. Brooklyn Park students can apply to any of these magnet schools, and are selected through a lottery.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The recreational opportunities Brooklyn Park are some of the best in the area. There are six parks overall, one being the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, which has 610 acres, paved trails, and a walkway over The Mississippi River. Brookdale Park offers access to baseball and softball fields, a skate/hockey rink, basketball court and playground. It also has an off-leash dog exercise area, where pet owners can go and let their animals roam free and play. Aside from parks, there are also opportunities to take lessons in sports like figure skating and golf, art programs, dance instruction, and other activities for children, teenagers, and adults alike.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Metro Transit services bus routes that run through Hopkins to Minneapolis and its surrounding suburbs. These buses are the perfect form of transportation for going to and from work every day, or for getting you to downtown Minneapolis for a night on the town. Hopkins also offers access to a transit link, which is a van or minibus service. You can call and reserve a vehicle, and they’ll pick you up and take you to your destination. In the future, a light rail station may be built here, as Hopkins is one of the proposed sites on the Southwest Transitway. It should also be noted that Hopkins is the trailhead for four regional trails that allow bikers and runners to commute to nearby cities.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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If you are interested in renting a property in Hopkins, you’ll be happy to know that it’s one of the only cities in the area where the average price of a two bedroom apartment is less than $1000, although just barely, at $994. It’s much less expensive than Edina ($1228), Minnetonka ($1194), and Saint Louis Park. Some other cities that have similar prices to Hopkins are Wayzata ($944) and Richfield ($952). If a two bedroom is too much room for you, a studio apartment or one room apartment are cheaper options with averages of $638 and $791, respectively. If you need more space, a three bedroom apartment costs an average of $1357 in Hopkins.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Edina’s public education is run by Independent School District 273, and has one of the finest public school systems in the entire country. They were listed in the 2005 Newsweek as one of the top 100 schools in academic proficiency, and on America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People because it has reduced dropout rates in their schools. 98% of Edina high school students graduate, 85% go on to college, and 85% complete college within five years of their high school graduation. In addition to their prized public school system, Edina is also home to three private schools.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Edina is one of the safest cities in Minnesota. The city has exhibited a decline in crime over the past ten years, and in 2009 it was reported that their violent crime rate was lower than the national average by 87%, and lower than Minnesota’s average by by 78%. Their property crime rate was lower than the national average by 32% and lower than Minnesota’s average by 22%. In 2009, there were only 24 violent crimes, and it’s projected that in 2012 there will only be 21. These are very low statistics considering that there are nearly 50,000 people in Edina.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Richfield is home to the Richfield Bus Company, which is one of the only few remaining private city bus services. They offer a number of bus routes starting in Richfield that transport residents around the city, or as far as Minneapolis and everywhere inbetween. Prices vary based on their destination. As for public transportation, the Metro Transit offers four service lines that run regularly.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The Independent School District 280 is in charge of public education in Richfield, and they organize their school system differently than most of the country. Instead of three stages -- typically, elementary, middle, then high school -- they have four: primary, intermediate, middle, and high school. Primary is grades K-2, intermediate is 3-5, then like most public schools, middle school is 6-8 and high school 9-12. Richfield also has three private religious schools, and a fourth called the Minnesota Japanese School. This is a non-profit organization supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education that holds classes from kindergarten to high school in Japanese.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The crime rate in Brooklyn Center is slightly above the national average. It should be noted that there aren’t as many violent crimes being committed as there are property crimes. For every 100 violent crimes committed in Brooklyn Center, there are over 1,300 property crimes. However, the city was far worse off ten years ago, nearly doubling the U.S. national average on the crime index. Now, it is only slightly higher, and should keep declining in the future.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The Community Activities, Recreation & Services department of Brooklyn Center has provided a variety of activities and places to keep kids and adults alike in shape. There are 522 acres of parks and 20 miles of trails. Whether you want to take your children or friends out for a picnic, or go for a run to stay in shape, there is plenty of recreational area to spend the summer in. There is also a community center with an Olympic-sized pool (swimming lessons offered) and exercise room. Finally, the Centerbrook Golf Course is a 9-hole course that can be used for tournaments or practice. With all the recreational amenities offered in Brooklyn Center, it’s almost impossible for residents to be bored or stay inside.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Apartments in Roseville are some of the least expensive properties to rent in the Minneapolis area. At the average price of $907 for a two bedroom apartment, only Brooklyn Center ($871) is a less expensive option. Similar areas to Roseville include White Bear Lake ($948), Shoreview ($988), Circle Pines ($990). For someone looking for a little less space, a studio apartment averages $625 and a single bedroom averages $710. For three bedrooms, the average price is $1298.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There’s no shortage of quality restaurants in the Roseville area. If you’re craving Italian, swing by the Chianti Grill or D’Amico and Sons. For a Chinese meal, head to the China Restaurant. Or, for a Mexican plate, Baja Sol is the answer. If you’re in the mood for a traditional American meal, be sure to make reservations for The Good Earth Restaurant. Great eateries can also be found in neighboring Golden Valley, and of course, Minneapolis.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There’s no shortage of quality restaurants in the Roseville area. If you’re craving Italian, swing by the Chianti Grill or D’Amico and Sons. For a Chinese meal, head to the China Restaurant. Or, for a Mexican plate, Baja Sol is the answer. If you’re in the mood for a traditional American meal, be sure to make reservations for The Good Earth Restaurant. Great eateries can also be found in neighboring Golden Valley, and of course, Minneapolis.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Even though three bus lines run through Saint Louis Park regularly, the majority of its residents (78%) choose to drive to work every day. To leave or return to Saint Louis Park, residents can either take interstates I-394 or I-494, or highways 100, 7/25, or 169. Because only 6% of Saint Louis Park’s population takes public transportation -- a trend that is similarly reflected in surrounding suburbs -- there usually is traffic during rush hour in the morning and early evening.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The St. Louis Park School District is comprised of seven public schools serving 4,200 students. Every one of these schools has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the only district in Minneapolis to receive this honor. In addition to their public schools, St. Louis Park is also home to eleven private schools. Residents can’t go wrong either way, with the quality of education in both the public and private sector.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Golden Valley’s apartment costs are normal for the Minneapolis area. The average two bedroom apartment in Golden Valley goes for $1086, which is very close to the prices for Saint Louis Park ($1176), Minneapolis ($1106), and Hopkins ($994). If you’re interested in single living, an average studio apartment costs $630 and a one bedroom is $846. More rooms will cost you: the average price for a three bedroom apartment in Golden Valley is $1380.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Golden Valley residents don’t have to go all the way to downtown Minneapolis to find a good meal. While this is an option, it’s much easier to stay close to home and enjoy local restaurants. Places such as Benihana (Japanese), Nong’s Thai Cuisine (Thai), Piazza’s Italian Ristorante (Italian), and Osaka Sushi and Hibachi (Japanese) are just a few examples of Golden Valley eateries that match the quality of their Minneapolis counterparts. Mort’s Delicatessen deli and the breakfast diner Good Day Cafe are also established community restaurants.

 

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