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Title: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area? Update #19
Post by: NyaChan on October 18, 2013, 04:57:15 PM
I'm helping a close friend who is in a position where she needs to move suddenly to MN for work and personal reasons.  She's going through a really hard time and I know her family will be no help at all.  I feel bad that though I've lived in a neighboring states for extended periods of time, I have almost no information on that area.

Do any MN ehellions know what a good - as in safe - neighborhood would be?  She's going to be living alone.  We've found listings in Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount, Eagan, Burnsville, and Apple Valley ( though this area seems too expensive so far).  Any red flags popping up?
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: MummySweet on October 18, 2013, 05:02:55 PM
I lived my first 35 years in the Twin Cities (I've been gone for 10, but my family is there and I visit often.) The cities have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ring suburbs.  There are a lot of safe areas, but rental housing is tight and priced a bit higher than many other cities.  Feel free to PM me.  If you friend can be more specific to the area where she will be working it would be helpful in recommending the areas that will offer a reasonable commute.

I love my hometown.  I don't miss the snow, but I miss everything else!!!
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: Oh Joy on October 18, 2013, 05:06:30 PM
Lived here almost 40 years (and love it)...would be glad to help.

Geographically where will she be working, and does she have a car?
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: Lady Snowdon on October 18, 2013, 05:07:42 PM
I live in Eagan, so might be able to be of some help.  Feel free to PM me as well for info!  Overall, Burnsville, Eagan and Inver Grove Heights are pretty safe cities.  It's more a matter of how close you want to be to certain areas, or to public transportation, etc. 
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: NyaChan on October 18, 2013, 05:11:48 PM
Lived here almost 40 years (and love it)...would be glad to help.

Geographically where will she be working, and does she have a car?

She is working in Eagan and will have a car, so public transportation is not necessary.  I was advising her to stay within a 20-30 minute drive of Eagan because of weather/her not being used to long commutes.
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: Lady Snowdon on October 18, 2013, 05:15:51 PM
If she wants to avoid a long commute, she'll want to look at where her workplace is and choose an area to live in where she can avoid I-494!  Other highways in the area, like 77 or I-35E can also be backed up by quite a bit, but I-494 always seems to be going through some phase of construction and the backups always seem to be longer somehow.  Maybe that's just because I hate that highway?  :P 

What is she looking for in terms of living space?  Does she want an apartment, or is she planning on buying a house?  Does she have pets? 
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: NyaChan on October 18, 2013, 05:20:59 PM
She is looking for a 1 bedroom apartment or a studio in a pinch and does not have pets.  Thanks for the 494 tip! 

Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: esteban on October 18, 2013, 06:14:18 PM
I would try to stay in Eagan, burnsville has some pretty sketchy areas.  Inver Grove is nice in  most parts, but depending on where she is working could have her pretty far away.
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: CharlieBraun on October 18, 2013, 06:25:18 PM
She might also considering living in SW Minneapolis, on the border with Edina.  In particular, look near France Avenue between 44th and 50th.  Advantages are walking distance to shopping (including grocery, an excellent wine store, restaurants, etc.) and fantastic public transportation on one of the 35 buses.  If she is working downtown, those express buses are inexpensive, easy to use and very safe. 

Because M-SP is one of the most sprawling metropolitan areas in the US, the traffic can be nightmarish.  So while she will have a car, that doesn't necessarily mean that commuting by car is easy or happy.  In fact, it's pretty clogged.

If she enjoys city living, she might also consider the Uptown neighborhood, although it tends to be expensive.

The Twin Cities gave me the greatest years of happiness I have known, prior to meeting and marrying Mr. Charlie Braun.  If I could convince him to brave the cold and snow, I'd be back there in a heartbeat.
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: esteban on October 18, 2013, 07:38:12 PM
She might also considering living in SW Minneapolis, on the border with Edina.  In particular, look near France Avenue between 44th and 50th.  Advantages are walking distance to shopping (including grocery, an excellent wine store, restaurants, etc.) and fantastic public transportation on one of the 35 buses.  If she is working downtown, those express buses are inexpensive, easy to use and very safe. 

Because M-SP is one of the most sprawling metropolitan areas in the US, the traffic can be nightmarish.  So while she will have a car, that doesn't necessarily mean that commuting by car is easy or happy.  In fact, it's pretty clogged.

If she enjoys city living, she might also consider the Uptown neighborhood, although it tends to be expensive.

The Twin Cities gave me the greatest years of happiness I have known, prior to meeting and marrying Mr. Charlie Braun.  If I could convince him to brave the cold and snow, I'd be back there in a heartbeat.

But all of those areas would be a hellish commute to Eagan where OP stated she is working.

One thing I would reccomend is signing a 1 year lease at max (maybe even go with a shorter term to test it out if the landlord is kosher, lots easier to fill a rental in the summer) then she can feel out neighborhoods and drives and see where she wants to be.  I almost moved to Denver this summer and that was my plan.
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: CharlieBraun on October 18, 2013, 09:21:08 PM

But all of those areas would be a hellish commute to Eagan where OP stated she is working.

One thing I would reccomend is signing a 1 year lease at max (maybe even go with a shorter term to test it out if the landlord is kosher, lots easier to fill a rental in the summer) then she can feel out neighborhoods and drives and see where she wants to be.  I almost moved to Denver this summer and that was my plan.

Ah - for some reason, I missed the part of working in Eagan.
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: sparksals on October 19, 2013, 06:30:51 PM
She might also considering living in SW Minneapolis, on the border with Edina.  In particular, look near France Avenue between 44th and 50th.  Advantages are walking distance to shopping (including grocery, an excellent wine store, restaurants, etc.) and fantastic public transportation on one of the 35 buses.  If she is working downtown, those express buses are inexpensive, easy to use and very safe. 

Because M-SP is one of the most sprawling metropolitan areas in the US, the traffic can be nightmarish.  So while she will have a car, that doesn't necessarily mean that commuting by car is easy or happy.  In fact, it's pretty clogged.

If she enjoys city living, she might also consider the Uptown neighborhood, although it tends to be expensive.

The Twin Cities gave me the greatest years of happiness I have known, prior to meeting and marrying Mr. Charlie Braun.  If I could convince him to brave the cold and snow, I'd be back there in a heartbeat.


I don't think this will work if she works in Eagan.  The traffic on 494 is horrific now, especially with construction.  If she was working in Edina or Bloomington or Richfield, great suggestion. 
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: sparksals on October 19, 2013, 06:40:20 PM
I would recco Apple Valley or Eagan for proximity.  I find Inver Grove very spread out and depending on the location of her job, IGH can be far and sketchy.  I agree about Burnsville having sketchy areas, there are some nice areas around the town center that have nice rentals.


There are also sketchy areas of Eagan.  While it is a generally nice area, every area has that part that one shouldn't or wouldn't want to live.


I live in Rosemount and it is 15 minutes away from Eagan.  There are decent rentals here, but I would stay out of the rentals on Shannon Pkway just off Dodd.  They are townhouse looking homes. 


When I was in the process of moving to MN, I was always warned about the commute and traffic.  I went against my realtor b/c she though we were moving too far from my husband's work.  Turns out, most of his office lives near us.  The commutes really aren't that bad unless it is during a rain or snow storm or accident. 


I would avoid I35 and 494 routes... both are horrendous.. Cedar (77) isn't really that bad compared to the two interstates.  Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount and parts of Burnsville are good choices.  I have never cared for Inver Grove Heights or Mendota.  I don't know why. I think there are just some nicer areas available. 







Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: esteban on October 20, 2013, 10:11:30 AM
I would recco Apple Valley or Eagan for proximity.  I find Inver Grove very spread out and depending on the location of her job, IGH can be far and sketchy.  I agree about Burnsville having sketchy areas, there are some nice areas around the town center that have nice rentals.


There are also sketchy areas of Eagan.  While it is a generally nice area, every area has that part that one shouldn't or wouldn't want to live.


I live in Rosemount and it is 15 minutes away from Eagan.  There are decent rentals here, but I would stay out of the rentals on Shannon Pkway just off Dodd.  They are townhouse looking homes. 


When I was in the process of moving to MN, I was always warned about the commute and traffic.  I went against my realtor b/c she though we were moving too far from my husband's work.  Turns out, most of his office lives near us.  The commutes really aren't that bad unless it is during a rain or snow storm or accident. 


I would avoid I35 and 494 routes... both are horrendous.. Cedar (77) isn't really that bad compared to the two interstates.  Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount and parts of Burnsville are good choices.  I have never cared for Inver Grove Heights or Mendota.  I don't know why. I think there are just some nicer areas available.

I don't shop rentals enough to know but I think IGH and Mendota are overpriced for homes.  But they would put OP close to eagan, and if the rental prices are good they aren't in a bad area.

Rosemount is good, but it is getting her farther from Eagan depending on where she goes (cause it is also pretty sprawling).

I think she needs to start perusing the renters warehouse or similar sites, and find some areas to look at and maybe have us help narrow it down (cause we are helpful:)
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: mime on October 22, 2013, 01:18:30 PM
I've been 40 years in different locations in the Twin Cities (currently Woodbury). I second the "avoid-494" comment; I hate when I have to travel that in rush hour!

I see your friend is looking at areas that don't involve crossing the MN River to get to work. I don't know if that was deliberate, but that's a good choice. At one time I had to cross that river every day and learned that there are limited options for crossing the river, and if one path is backed up with accident or construction, your alternate options are limited.

When DH and I were house-hunting, we found some nice places in Eagan for slightly lower $$ because it was closer to the airport and being in the flying lanes (I think that's what they were called) made it a noisier place. I thought 'cool-- pay less money for my house!' DH thought 'ugh. I don't want that noise.' I don't know if rental prices would reflect that as well, but there's a trade-off worth considering.

Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: Firecat on October 22, 2013, 02:00:48 PM
Here's a map of the metro area: http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Minnesota-Monthly/Guides-Resources/Maps/Metro-Map/ (http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Minnesota-Monthly/Guides-Resources/Maps/Metro-Map/)

A lot depends on what part of Eagan she's working in. If she's working more in the northern part, then the SE corner of Minneapolis (near the airport) or parts of Richfield might not be a horrible commutes. But if she's more in the southern part, then Rosemount or maybe parts of Bloomington or Burnsville might be better.

If she's concerned about the safety of the neighborhood, most of the local police departments publish crime statistics (in Minneapolis at least, it's by neighborhood), so if she Googles "Crime Statistics Eagan" (for example), she should find some helpful information.

Rental vacancy rates are pretty low right now, so rents are higher at the moment. Not having pets will help a bit.
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: sparksals on October 25, 2013, 10:04:25 AM
I would recco Apple Valley or Eagan for proximity.  I find Inver Grove very spread out and depending on the location of her job, IGH can be far and sketchy.  I agree about Burnsville having sketchy areas, there are some nice areas around the town center that have nice rentals.


There are also sketchy areas of Eagan.  While it is a generally nice area, every area has that part that one shouldn't or wouldn't want to live.


I live in Rosemount and it is 15 minutes away from Eagan.  There are decent rentals here, but I would stay out of the rentals on Shannon Pkway just off Dodd.  They are townhouse looking homes. 


When I was in the process of moving to MN, I was always warned about the commute and traffic.  I went against my realtor b/c she though we were moving too far from my husband's work.  Turns out, most of his office lives near us.  The commutes really aren't that bad unless it is during a rain or snow storm or accident. 


I would avoid I35 and 494 routes... both are horrendous.. Cedar (77) isn't really that bad compared to the two interstates.  Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount and parts of Burnsville are good choices.  I have never cared for Inver Grove Heights or Mendota.  I don't know why. I think there are just some nicer areas available.

I don't shop rentals enough to know but I think IGH and Mendota are overpriced for homes.  But they would put OP close to eagan, and if the rental prices are good they aren't in a bad area.

Rosemount is good, but it is getting her farther from Eagan depending on where she goes (cause it is also pretty sprawling).

I think she needs to start perusing the renters warehouse or similar sites, and find some areas to look at and maybe have us help narrow it down (cause we are helpful:)


There are two main routes to Eagan from Rosemount - Pilot Knob connecting from 42/Diamond Path/McAndrews and Hwy 3 to the north side of Eagan that connects to 55/494/Lexington.  That is also the connecter to IGH and Mendota.   The latter hwy 3 route connects more to the industrial part of Eagan, but there are some nice homes back there too.   I don't think a 15 minute drive is all that bad, but living in Eagan would be the ideal .. .the drawback is rental costs would be a bit higher.   Rosemount is also a bit more isolated in terms of shopping/Restaurants.  There is FAR more in Eagan. 



Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: sparksals on October 25, 2013, 10:08:36 AM
Here's a map of the metro area: http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Minnesota-Monthly/Guides-Resources/Maps/Metro-Map/ (http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Minnesota-Monthly/Guides-Resources/Maps/Metro-Map/)

A lot depends on what part of Eagan she's working in. If she's working more in the northern part, then the SE corner of Minneapolis (near the airport) or parts of Richfield might not be a horrible commutes. But if she's more in the southern part, then Rosemount or maybe parts of Bloomington or Burnsville might be better.

If she's concerned about the safety of the neighborhood, most of the local police departments publish crime statistics (in Minneapolis at least, it's by neighborhood), so if she Googles "Crime Statistics Eagan" (for example), she should find some helpful information.

Rental vacancy rates are pretty low right now, so rents are higher at the moment. Not having pets will help a bit.


There is also the area of South Minneapolis around 62/55 that might work.  There are lots of rentals in that area.. I don't know the name of it if she could cross 55 into Eagan.  S. Minneapolis is highly transient though. 


 



Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: Firecat on October 25, 2013, 10:31:29 AM
Here's a map of the metro area: http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Minnesota-Monthly/Guides-Resources/Maps/Metro-Map/ (http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Minnesota-Monthly/Guides-Resources/Maps/Metro-Map/)

A lot depends on what part of Eagan she's working in. If she's working more in the northern part, then the SE corner of Minneapolis (near the airport) or parts of Richfield might not be a horrible commutes. But if she's more in the southern part, then Rosemount or maybe parts of Bloomington or Burnsville might be better.

If she's concerned about the safety of the neighborhood, most of the local police departments publish crime statistics (in Minneapolis at least, it's by neighborhood), so if she Googles "Crime Statistics Eagan" (for example), she should find some helpful information.

Rental vacancy rates are pretty low right now, so rents are higher at the moment. Not having pets will help a bit.


There is also the area of South Minneapolis around 62/55 that might work.  There are lots of rentals in that area.. I don't know the name of it if she could cross 55 into Eagan.  S. Minneapolis is highly transient though.

The 62/55 area is near the airport, so potential airport noise is a consideration to keep in mind in that area. Crossing 55 and/or 62 isn't typically a huge issue, just takes a bit of getting used to and learning the alternatives if traffic is exceptionally bad for some reason.

I know that there's a fair bit of new development (some of it including new apartments) going on along the light rail line that goes down Hiawatha Ave (aka 55). So that might be worth checking out.
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: NyaChan on October 25, 2013, 10:46:20 AM
Update --

 I wasn't actually able to go with her for the trip up to see the apartments, but she saw almost 10 of them in Eagan, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Minneapolis, and Inver Grove Heights.  I got a couple of sad texts on the first day when she fell in love with a property in that wouldn't be available until a week to possibly two weeks after her job starts up again, some scared texts when she came across a place or two that was bad but still expensive.  Then the next day I got super excited texts when she toured a property that gave her deja vu - same layouts as the beloved unavailable apartment complex, same amenities, lower price - and available immediately.  Turns out it was the same company who owned both and they'd essentially built the same property in two different cities.  It was a little less nice, as in shiny/new, but the commute is less and there are routes that do avoid 494 and the other big highways.  She received word that her application was accepted, so I'm driving up with her and all her stuff next weekend, and I can already tell how much more excited she is about the move than before when there was all this uncertainty.

Thank you for all the tips everyone!
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: Lady Snowdon on October 25, 2013, 12:48:02 PM
Update --

 I wasn't actually able to go with her for the trip up to see the apartments, but she saw almost 10 of them in Eagan, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Minneapolis, and Inver Grove Heights.  I got a couple of sad texts on the first day when she fell in love with a property in that wouldn't be available until a week to possibly two weeks after her job starts up again, some scared texts when she came across a place or two that was bad but still expensive.  Then the next day I got super excited texts when she toured a property that gave her deja vu - same layouts as the beloved unavailable apartment complex, same amenities, lower price - and available immediately.  Turns out it was the same company who owned both and they'd essentially built the same property in two different cities.  It was a little less nice, as in shiny/new, but the commute is less and there are routes that do avoid 494 and the other big highways.  She received word that her application was accepted, so I'm driving up with her and all her stuff next weekend, and I can already tell how much more excited she is about the move than before when there was all this uncertainty.

Thank you for all the tips everyone!

That's a great update!  I hope she's happy here in MN; moving here from other areas can be tough, even if you think you know what you're in for in terms of weather and cold and such.  I thought I knew what winter and cold was like, coming from Colorado.  I was wrong.  :-[  I love the state in the spring and fall though, with how green it gets and then when the leaves change color and it's apple picking season!

Can you tell us what city she decided on?
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: sparksals on October 25, 2013, 12:51:37 PM
Here's a map of the metro area: http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Minnesota-Monthly/Guides-Resources/Maps/Metro-Map/ (http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Minnesota-Monthly/Guides-Resources/Maps/Metro-Map/)

A lot depends on what part of Eagan she's working in. If she's working more in the northern part, then the SE corner of Minneapolis (near the airport) or parts of Richfield might not be a horrible commutes. But if she's more in the southern part, then Rosemount or maybe parts of Bloomington or Burnsville might be better.

If she's concerned about the safety of the neighborhood, most of the local police departments publish crime statistics (in Minneapolis at least, it's by neighborhood), so if she Googles "Crime Statistics Eagan" (for example), she should find some helpful information.

Rental vacancy rates are pretty low right now, so rents are higher at the moment. Not having pets will help a bit.


There is also the area of South Minneapolis around 62/55 that might work.  There are lots of rentals in that area.. I don't know the name of it if she could cross 55 into Eagan.  S. Minneapolis is highly transient though.

The 62/55 area is near the airport, so potential airport noise is a consideration to keep in mind in that area. Crossing 55 and/or 62 isn't typically a huge issue, just takes a bit of getting used to and learning the alternatives if traffic is exceptionally bad for some reason.

I know that there's a fair bit of new development (some of it including new apartments) going on along the light rail line that goes down Hiawatha Ave (aka 55). So that might be worth checking out.


Hiawatha is hte area I was thinking of.  A friend of mine lives a few blocks from there on the S. Minneapolis side, near Lake street.  NOT a good area. 
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: sparksals on October 25, 2013, 12:54:48 PM
Update --

 I wasn't actually able to go with her for the trip up to see the apartments, but she saw almost 10 of them in Eagan, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Minneapolis, and Inver Grove Heights.  I got a couple of sad texts on the first day when she fell in love with a property in that wouldn't be available until a week to possibly two weeks after her job starts up again, some scared texts when she came across a place or two that was bad but still expensive.  Then the next day I got super excited texts when she toured a property that gave her deja vu - same layouts as the beloved unavailable apartment complex, same amenities, lower price - and available immediately.  Turns out it was the same company who owned both and they'd essentially built the same property in two different cities.  It was a little less nice, as in shiny/new, but the commute is less and there are routes that do avoid 494 and the other big highways.  She received word that her application was accepted, so I'm driving up with her and all her stuff next weekend, and I can already tell how much more excited she is about the move than before when there was all this uncertainty.

Thank you for all the tips everyone!

That's a great update!  I hope she's happy here in MN; moving here from other areas can be tough, even if you think you know what you're in for in terms of weather and cold and such.  I thought I knew what winter and cold was like, coming from Colorado.  I was wrong.  :-[  I love the state in the spring and fall though, with how green it gets and then when the leaves change color and it's apple picking season!

Can you tell us what city she decided on?


Yes, I am curious too.


It is also hard to make friends here.  I don't know her age range, but she she might want to check out meetup.com so she can meet new people.  That is how we made most of our friends.  While Minnesota is friendly, Minnesota Nice does not usually extend to inviting you out with established groups of friends. 



Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area? Update #19
Post by: MrTango on October 25, 2013, 01:23:43 PM
I posted suggestions before I noticed the update.

Good for your friend!!
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with Minneapolis/St. Paul/Eagan area?
Post by: Firecat on October 25, 2013, 01:26:46 PM
Update --

 I wasn't actually able to go with her for the trip up to see the apartments, but she saw almost 10 of them in Eagan, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Minneapolis, and Inver Grove Heights.  I got a couple of sad texts on the first day when she fell in love with a property in that wouldn't be available until a week to possibly two weeks after her job starts up again, some scared texts when she came across a place or two that was bad but still expensive.  Then the next day I got super excited texts when she toured a property that gave her deja vu - same layouts as the beloved unavailable apartment complex, same amenities, lower price - and available immediately.  Turns out it was the same company who owned both and they'd essentially built the same property in two different cities.  It was a little less nice, as in shiny/new, but the commute is less and there are routes that do avoid 494 and the other big highways.  She received word that her application was accepted, so I'm driving up with her and all her stuff next weekend, and I can already tell how much more excited she is about the move than before when there was all this uncertainty.

Thank you for all the tips everyone!

That's a great update!  I hope she's happy here in MN; moving here from other areas can be tough, even if you think you know what you're in for in terms of weather and cold and such.  I thought I knew what winter and cold was like, coming from Colorado.  I was wrong.  :-[  I love the state in the spring and fall though, with how green it gets and then when the leaves change color and it's apple picking season!

Can you tell us what city she decided on?


Yes, I am curious too.


It is also hard to make friends here.  I don't know her age range, but she she might want to check out meetup.com so she can meet new people.  That is how we made most of our friends.  While Minnesota is friendly, Minnesota Nice does not usually extend to inviting you out with established groups of friends.

If her interests are geeky at all, she could consider checking out the Geek Partnership Society http://geekpartnership.org/ (http://geekpartnership.org/). It is, to the best of my knowledge, the only geek-oriented community center in North America. Once she's settled in, volunteering for something important to her is a good way to meet people, and a natural ice-breaker, too.

So glad she found an apartment she really likes!