Ready for “Surban” living? Where you can find it in the Twin Cities

The demand for walkable urban neighborhoods has been strong for years, but the newest trend is shifting to SURBAN living… a suburban area with the feel of urban living, including walkability, great restaurants/coffee shops and great retail. Not only Millennials, but also downsizing 55+ are drawn to this new wave of growth for the same.

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St. Louis Park… Friends of the Arts at West End

We were hanging out in the lobby waiting for friends before going into the West End theater recently and I was fascinated by all the mosaic discs adorning the wall. It is a permanent art installation created by 100 St. Louis Park individuals and families as part of their biennial community art program and is.

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Minnehaha Creek…new boardwalk opens in St. Louis Park

Minnehaha Creek and its awesome parkway between connecting the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Falls and Lake Harriet is well known in south Minneapolis. What many people don't know is the creek continues all the way to Lake Minnetonka. St. Louis Park recently marked the grand opening of 1 1/2 miles of boardwalk and paved trail at.

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Road Construction… when 1000 men took the place of 1 bulldozer!

It's hard to travel anywhere in the metro area these days without finding barriers and DETOUR signs as roads are closed for construction. Highway 100 is one of the biggest highway projects right now. Highway 100 was also the largest Minnesota WPA project in the 1930s, employing a crew of up to 4,000 as they.

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Are we at the lake? The Kilmer Pond Neighborhood in St Louis Park

We have a couple of friends who live in the Kilmer Pond neighborhood which is "kitty corner" from the General Mills world headquarters. They are proud (but not too proud) of the rolling hills, trails and ponds in their neighborhood. Wooded and quiet, Kilmer Pond Neighborhood of St Louis Park encircles Kilmer Pond in its.

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St Louis Park’s Fern Hill Neighborhood

Last week I was checking out the new construction on Highway 100 in St. Louis Park. Lots of dust and earth moving near Minnetonka Boulevard and Highway 7.  As I took pictures of the highway construction, the beautiful autumn colors drew me into the nearby Fern Hill neighborhood. It really hit me how beautiful this.

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Excelsior and Grand… walkable urban suburban in St. Louis Park

St. Louis Park's Excelsior & Grand is one of my favorite 'walkable' neighborhoods. Located in the southeast corner of St. Louis Park bordering Edina and Minneapolis, this redevelopment has an urban village feel with restaurants, coffee shops and shopping at street level and condos and apartments above. It even features the first Trader Joe's neighborhood.

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St. Louis Park… awesome kid-friendly suburb close to everywhere

St. Louis Park is a first ring Twin Cities suburb bordering the western edge of Minneapolis. Although developed primarily after WWII, it also has historic homes dating back to the early part of the last century… and more recent developments such as the West End entertainment district and the Excelsior and Grand district with condos.

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Where to find Mid-Century Modern Homes in Minneapolis-St. Paul

You can find different architectural styles scattered throughout the metro area, but simply by definition you will find the most mid-century homes in first-ring suburbs that were developed primarily in 1950s. One of the richest sources for unique mid-century homes is in Golden Valley, with many in the Tyrol Hills neighborhood where most of the.

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St. Louis Park landmark in cluster of historic firsts

The concrete tower painted with a Nordic Ware sign near the St. Louis Park water tower is such a familiar site that most days I just drive by on Highway 100 without even thinking about it. The first time I stopped to think about it I wondered what it had to do with Nordic Ware,.

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