8.4 out of 10

Bloomington

Ranked 4th best city in Minnesota
44.830083632741 -93.3036694133035
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
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Jim Berg Jim Berg PRO
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"Minnesota's 5th Largest City"

I kind of think of Bloomington as the "Twin Cities Packaged in a Suburb". Nearly everything you'd want to buy, see, or do can be found here!

As a 2nd ring suburb and a population of 85,000, Bloomington is the fifth largest city in Minnesota, but of course that number does not include the 40,000,000 people who come from around the world to visit Bloomington’s famous Mall of America.

It's home to numerous company headquarters including Toro. It boasts many preserves and parks, and internationally renowned shopping, and dining... and is one of the most central and convenient areas of the Twin Cities.

If you like to travel... you'll also like the fact that the MSP International airport can be found on the city's east side.
Pros
  • Mall of America
  • Shopping Meca
  • Great Choice of Restaurants
4/5
2yrs+

"Bloomington Real Estate"

Bloomington

Though Bloomington, Minnesota is a suburb of the Twin Cities, it is the fifth largest city in the state of Minnesota, and the largest suburb in the greater Metro area. It is certainly one of the most prosperous areas in terms of business, and its residents take great pride in its separate identity from Minneapolis and St. Paul, while retaining a superb location to all of the amenities of the Twin Cities. Residents of Bloomington love its blend of the urban and suburban, and Bloomington real estate is of high interest to many people looking to purchase a home.

Of course, the most notable attraction of Bloomington is the world-famous Mall of America. With approximately 4.2 million square feet, the Mall of America (or MOA) is the largest shopping center in the entire country, and one of the largest tourist attractions in the state of Minnesota. It boasts nearly forty million visitors per year, and employs over 12,000 workers, making Bloomington a significant economic power, as well as a wonderful recreational feature of the city. With shopping, dining, and a full amusement park, the Mall of America is an extremely popular place for residents of Bloomington to spend a weekend afternoon.

While the MOA offers a busy indoor recreational atmosphere, Bloomington offers some of the most striking parks and natural resources in the state. Over one third of the city’s area is devoted to parks, allowing numerous opportunities to spend time with your family outside. Several lakes have coasts along Bloomington, and many more state and regional parks are available for hiking, fishing, or having a barbecue. Bloomington also hosts a popular aquatic center with an indoor pool, diving boards, and water slides; so those people who enjoy being able to stay active will never be at a loss for things to do.

Because of its wonderful location to Minneapolis, Bloomington real estate is extremely popular for those looking to stay close to the city, while it retains the strong sense that suburb life offers. Many younger, post-collegiate buyers choose Bloomington, as well as many families. The real estate market itself is red-hot right now, with many wonderful single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums available at affordable prices. For those looking for more space, there are a number of stunning multi-story homes available near the lakes and in some of the most affluent and desirable neighborhoods in the cities. If you work in Minneapolis, Bloomington is an easy fifteen minute drive away. Regardless of your needs, Bloomington offers a wide variety of options that can suit any needs.

Buying a home, whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned real-estate investor, is an extremely important decision. It’s important to have all of your options easily accessible so you can make sure you are buying the home that is right for you. For your convenience, we are a fully cooperating member of the Twin Cities real estate community. The multiple listing service, or MLS, allows all member agents to view what is available in the market so you don’t feel compelled to go with an agent you are not comfortable with. So regardless of the company sign in the yard, please feel free to give me a call to arrange an appointment to view a home that you are interested in. Our website contains many helpful tools to get you started on your journey today, including mortgage rate calculators, mortgage rate quotes, and online mortgage applications. If you would like to browse for yourself, check out our Search Online Now! application. This will grant you access to all of the homes currently available through our multiple listing service.
Rob Davis Rob Davis PRO
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Looking for some winter fun? Check out Hyland Hills Ski & Snowboard Area"

Hyland is a great place for adults & kids to get a ski or snowboard lesson. The slopes and facility are top notch and the location is great. This is a super place to take the kids to let them burn off some of that winter energy. Spend the whole day or just an afternoon you will love it!
Pros
  • Excellent Schools
  • World Class Parks
  • close to the airport
  • excellant public transportation
  • free parking everywhere
  • Excellent Emergency Services, Police and Fire
  • Local Farmers Market
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Bloomington is a fantastic place to live"

I moved to Bloomington in 1984 on a "temporary basis and have not left yet. Having grown up in St Paul I just never thought I would stay. I have raised my three children in Bloomington and not only do I still live there I also own some investment properties in Bloomington as well.
Bloomingtons tax base is very reasonable compared to other cities and the services you receive including the schools, public transportation, snow plowing, police, fire and the parks are phenomenal. A couple of years ago they started a farmers market located in the parking lot of the new City Hall which is conveniently located just west of the 35W and 98th Street intersection. They feature a lot of local merchants and has become very popular in a very short period.
Living in Bloomington gives you easy access to either downtown as well as the famous Mall of America, Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport so commuting to work or play is very easy.
Pros
  • Local Farmers Market
  • Excellent Emergency Services, Police and Fire
  • Very good School System
  • close to the airport
  • excellant public transportation
  • free parking everywhere
Cons
  • heavy traffic on 494 most days and times
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"A Fabulous Place to Live"

Bloomington has so much to offer. It is home to both the Mall of America and the MSP International Airport. It is an older suburb than many in Minneapolis but it enjoys an awesome location. Minutes to MSP Airport, the MOA and most anything else you will ever need. The lots in Bloomington tend to be bigger and more wooded than many other suburbs. It also has lots of park, lakes and trails to enjoy. It's definitely worth considering in your next move.
Pros
  • close to the airport
  • excellant public transportation
  • free parking everywhere
Cons
  • heavy traffic on 494 most days and times
  • some areas of the city experience jet noise from the airport
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"A City Bursting With Style and Flair"

Bloomington is a well defined.
Shopping at it's finest includes The Mall of America, Southtown Center, Valley West and Normandle Village
just to name a few.
Nearly a third of Bloomington's 39 square miles is comprised of reserved parkland.
Some of the major parks are Minnesota Valley wetlands, Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Normandale Lake, Penn Lake, Valley View Playfield and Moir Park.
Bloomigton also has schools that are rated high in the state scholastically.
The Bloomington Theatre and Art Center is located in The Bloomington Center for the Arts Civic Plaza.
It offers theater productions, visual art exhibitions, out reach programs and concerts. In the summer months you can enjoy the local fresh produce at the farmers market.
Pros
  • close to the airport
  • excellant public transportation
  • free parking everywhere
Cons
  • heavy traffic on 494 most days and times
  • some areas of the city experience jet noise from the airport

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