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North Vs RiverSouth
I grew up in Edina and then spent the next 12 years of my life in Minneapolis, in a cute little "single girl" arts and crafts bungalow off of Minnehaha Parkway. When I married my husband and moved into his house in Bloomington, I wept - both for the joy of co-habitation, and the sadness of becoming a suburbanite (next thing you know, I'll be driving a mini-van). I never would have guessed that a year later, as we were getting ready to welcome our first child, we'd sell both of our hipster homes and move South of the River to Savage, MN. Like most good Minneapolitans, I RARELY crossed the Mississippi river and headed East, and barely knew that life existed below the Minnesota River. I used to joke that I'd been to Chicago more times than I'd been outside of the confines of our beautiful rivers.
Three years and two kids later, I'm writing this from the breakfast bar of my beautiful house -- affordable new construction and a strong real estate market are only two of wonderful the things that RiverSouth offers. Canterbury Park, Mystic Lake Casino, Valleyfair, The Landing... those are just a few of the fun things to do in the Shakopee / Savage / Prior Lake / Burnsville area. With those attractions come employment opportunities - seasonally, and year round. New construction is affordable down here, as are existing homes, and the schools consistently rank at the of the charts. In the older, more established neighborhoods, you'll find larger lots with mature trees, and the newer neighborhoods feature the "walkability" that most newer communities are designed to support, with walking/ biking paths along most major roadways.
And then there's the lake. Beautiful Prior Lake. I'm stunned that nobody talks more about how beautiful and accessible Prior Lake is. While I grew up hearing about and enjoying the city lakes (Calhoun, Harriet, Isles, Nokomis), and luxurious Lake Minnetonka, and everybody's summer escape to Brainard lakes area, nobody ever said two words about Prior Lake - just another testament to how separated that river really makes us. But all you need to do is stumble upon Sand Point beach at sunset, or slowly cruise through downtown Prior Lake to realize that there is a quiet rival to all of that, just waiting for you to explore.
And at the end of a long week, if you want to head to the city for some entertainment, the extension of the carpool lane / MNPass all the way to Lakeville, makes it a quick northern jaunt.
In short (too late!), I encourage you to check out all that there is to offer South of the river... you won't be disappointed!
Now I have to go - the kids are waking up, and we're going to test drive some mini-vans. ;-)
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