June 2015

Found 10 blog entries for June 2015.

Now don’t balk when you read that the Fountain Woods community was built in 1972 (converted from apartments in the early 1980s). Most of the units have been updated and, viewing the interiors, it’s hard to tell their age. But the best part about living in an older community is that the landscaping is mature and that certainly holds true in the Fountain Woods condo community, with lots of grass and mature trees.

This community is also located nearby to some of Edina’s favorite amenities, such as parks and bike and nature trails.

Fountain Woods is comprised of two 4-story buildings with 160 units in total. All of the homes, with the exception of the studios, have balconies and those on the upper two floors feature wood-burning fireplaces.

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The Southdale Center is your destination for everything shopping in Edina. It’s the nation’s first indoor regional shopping mall too. It’s been open since 1956 and was the first to take a chance on such a shopping center. Find the classics like Macy’s, JC Penney and Herberger’s inside along with over 120 specialty stores including gifts, jewelry, apparel and more.

Find great stores like J. Crew, Sophora, Coach and more at the Southdale Center. Located at 10 Southdale Center in Edina, it’s easy to access seven days a week from morning to night. Here is a look at what you can enjoy at this favorite mall in Edina.

What to Expect

The mall is open seven days a week from 10am-9pm on Monday through Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sundays. Special hours

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The so-called “boomerang” buyers are now re-entering the Twin Cities real estate market, which is great news for Edina homeowners hoping to sell their homes this summer. Boomerang buyers are those that took a loss during the recession, either short selling or experiencing a foreclosure.

Our local MLS releases its market statistics a month behind, so these statistics are from May, 2015.

New Listings in Edina

Yay! Finally, Edina homeowners are getting the message that this is an amazing time to sell a home here. New listings in Edina increased 14.6 percent this year over last. We also sold 10 percent more homes in May of 2015 than we did in May of last year.

Median Sales Price in Edina

Prices are up again in Edina, increasing 12.8 percent

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DailyDose Café and Express is the place to go for your coffee stop in Maple Grove, MN. Not only is it the perfect place to grab a cup of joe but they offer lunch, dinner, wine and locally brewed craft beer. You can use their free Wi-Fi which means you can catch up with friends on your smart phone or get some work done on the laptop.

They are open seven days a week at 15517 Grove Circle North in Maple Grove near Target. If you’re ready for the perfect lunch spot, a place to grab an afternoon coffee with friends or a place to grab a late night brew, check out DailyDose Café and Espresso near you.

What to Expect

Voted the “Best of Maple Grove” by Maple Grove Magazine for the last three years and the “Best Cup of Coffee” from Osseo-Maple Grove

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If you’re considering buying a home in Edina you’re no doubt surfing the Internet looking at homes (BIG mistake) and maybe reading advice about how to successfully purchase a home. What’s interesting is that, especially on real estate agent websites, the typical first suggested step is to find a real estate agent.

In reality, finding an agent to help you in the purchase of an Edina home is the third step in the process. All buyers should see a lender before hiring an agent and WAY before looking at homes for sale, either online or in person.

So, What’s the First Step?

You won’t like this. It’s not fun, like looking at houses. It’s not comfortable, unless you are really good with your finances.

Step one, if you hope to be able to afford a

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Pinstripes offers a one of a kind dining and entertainment experience. With over 40,000 square feet, you will engage in some of the best dining and entertainment around. Pinstripes restaurant offers Italian/American dishes and wine.

There is more than enough room to have your next special occasion or event at the Pinstripes. They have party rooms that will accommodate 20 to 600 people. Great for weddings, birthdays, retirement, anniversaries, and much more.

They also have a bowling alley and a bocce court, and an all year outdoor patio and fire pit. They serve lunch and dinner, and cater to private parties. On the weekends you can enjoy some blues and jazz music. Other events that are hosted by the Pinstripes includes wine dinners, mom and tot

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The 3 Squares Restaurant is a Blue Plate Restrurant Company, which is a group of community eateries that have been deemed the tastiest treats in Minnesota. You will find a variety of menu options, but all are sure to delight. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and you will feel like you just ordered a homemade meal prepared by your mama.

They are located at 12690 Arbor Lakes Parkway in Maple Grove. Open Monday through Thursday from 7am to 12am, Friday and Saturday from 7am to 1am, and Sunday from 7am to 11pm. They serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition, they offer desserts, beer, wine, cocktails and happy hour specials.

Happy Hour

  • Monday through Saturday from 8am to 11am and 3pm to 6 pm.
  • Sunday from 10am to 11am, 3pm to
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Willow River State Park is one of Hudson, Wisconsin’s favorite parks offering panoramic river scenery, prairie, forests and year-round recreation. It’s located in western Wisconsin and has about 3,000 acres of river, forests and prairie.

It’s located only 5 miles away from northeast Hudson making it easy to reach for a weekend of camping, boating or time at the beach. The park offers a 400-foot beach and picnic area, a boat launch, and campground all at the 172-acre Little Falls Lake. Here is a look at what you need to know to visit Willow River State Park in Hudson all year.

Visiting the Park

The park is open all year from 6am-11pm making it easy to plan a visit. You can reach it from Highway 94 if you take exit #4 going north on US Highway

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The higher home prices you’ll find within a strong school district’s boundaries are worth it when you consider that homes in these areas hold their value better than schools in poor-performing districts. Whether or not you have children, you can’t go wrong purchasing a home in the award-winning Edina Public Schools District, ISD 273. We don’t know if there’s something in the water in this district or what ― there isn’t a bad school in the bunch.

This month, we take a look at Countryside Elementary School.

Overview of Countryside Elementary

Countryside serves 588 students in grades K through 5 with 33 full time teachers. This gives the school a student/teacher ratio of 17.5:1. Parents laud the supportive teachers and staff.

In addition to

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Edina Grill is your stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner in Edina. They have an award winning Turkey Burger, Banana Waffle and Hashbrowns and everything is made fresh from scratch seven days a week. You’ll love the American cuisine, the fish and chips and the Minnesota-made beers.

Try something off of the small wine list, the local and national beer list and enjoy some grub in a hip and trendy atmosphere. If you’re ready for a great meal, a place to socialize and relax, check out Edina Grill located at 5028 France Avenue South in Edina.

What to Expect

The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 7am-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 7am-11pm and Sunday from 7am-9pm. They’ve been open since the 90s when David Burley and Stephanie Shrimp,

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