Sometimes the most important piece of 'location, location and location' is school district. And while it would seem to make sense that to be part of a particular school district you would have to live in the city of the same name, that isn't necessarily the case… at least not in the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area. Some cities don't have their own school district, and some school districts encompass parts of many different cities.
I think one of the most uniquely shaped school districts in the metro area is Hopkins… consistently ranked among the top schools in the country. I just did a search of properties for sale in Hopkins School District #270 and came up with properties in six of the most popular cities in the western suburbs, some which have outstanding school districts of their own… Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Golden Valley, in addition to Hopkins.
If you are looking for a particular school district, search not by MLS area or city but by school district. Be aware that a home may not be in the same school district as its city address. Sometimes it takes searching by a combination of city and school district to get the results you want.
Minnesota's public school students also have the option of applying to attend schools outside the school district in which they reside through open enrollment. In fact, more than 30,000 students participated in open enrollment last year. There is no charge, but families provide their own transportation. Students must apply by January 15 for the following year.