I decided to do my latest neighborhood tour on Maple Grove, MN. It was like trying to eat an elephant in one bite. Maple Grove isn’t a “neighborhood” – it’s a city of over 60,000 people, so … I’ll call this an overview? Summary? Drive by? Basically, I was a little ambitious about what I thought I could include in one video.
In the video you can see the housing stock that is available – from a planned community surrounding Central Park including everything from apartments to townhouses and larger single family homes. I love the idea of having community space for a neighborhood to gather and enjoy, and this community space was really nice. A lake, a skating ribbon, playground, basketball and tennis courts, a farmers market every week – just so much to appreciate! The neighborhood is really close to 2 major shopping centers as well.
Maple Grove also has very easy access to freeways for commuting – it’s probably about 20-30 minutes to downtown Minneapolis during rush hour and far less when not. So you can get in and out of the city for Twins games or festivals relatively easily.
The other aspects that really appealed to me were access to giant lakes – big enough for motorized boats and water skiing, as well as Elm Creek Park Reserve. Elm Creek Park is part of the Three Rivers Park District – I was a fan of it before because we have found their trails to be really well marked, the camping uncrowded and clean, the parks are easy to access from the Twin Cities… but I had never been to this one. It is so nice! They have skiing and tubing in winter, disc golf, an off leash dog park, camping – in camper cabins if that’s your thing!, an enormous and amazing playground, a manmade swimming area, bike and roller blade paths, picnic areas… If I lived closer I would probably be there every week for one reason or another.
The homes that border the park are older and similar to what you see in many other suburbs of Minneapolis – ramblers or split levels.
Other things that stood out to me are the library – drop dead gorgeous! And HUGE. As well as the community center and all of the things that Maple Grove provides for its residents – from a pool to 2 hockey rinks and senior citizen services. If this is a suburb you’re considering at all – check out their web site and just start to get an idea of all the things that Maple Grove has. If the suburbs are your jam – I would say that Maple Grove should be near the top of the list.
City of Maple Grove https://www.maplegrovemn.gov/