7.6 out of 10

Apple Valley

44.7506639588073 -93.2081306754454
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parking
  • Medical Facilities
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"#17 on Money Magazines 2013 list of Best Small Towns in America"

2013 Money Magazine Top 50 rank: #17
Population: 49,863

If you don't mind cold winters, there's plenty to recommend this family-friendly Twin Cities suburb. There's a wide range of affordable homes, great schools everything you need is close by.

Cars are still the de facto transport here, but the city recently added a $112 million rapid-transit bus system that connects the downtown to area attractions like the Mall of America. Apple Valley is also home to the Minnesota Zoo and 53 parks. Schools are top rated and it's centrally located with a 20 minute drive to both down towns of Minneapolis and St Paul.
  • 53 City Parks
  • Clean and Safe
  • Good Schools
  • growing pains
  • rush hour traffic on Cty Rd 42
  • gravel pits and construction projects
Jim Berg Jim Berg PRO
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5

"Best Kept Secret"

I think one of the best kept secrets in Apple Valley is the MN Zoo Summer Concert Series. I've been to several shows from top artists... and the intimate setting is a great way to enjoy a warm summer night.

Apple Valley is about 20 minutes south of downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul and 15 minutes south of the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport or the Mall of America. Home to 50 recreational parks with over 60 miles of trails, a number of golf courses and the Minnesota Zoo, one of the finest year-round zoos in the nation. Voted in the Top 20 Best Places to live by CNN. For those who want suburban living with great schools and city access, Apple Valley is the perfect community to call home.
  • MN Zoo
  • Close to MOA
  • 60 Miles of Trails
Kevin Burns
Kevin Burns PRO I agree, the MN Zoo Summer Concert Series is a great way to experience top talent in an intimate outdoor setting.
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"Apple Valley Real Estate"

Located in the southeastern ring of Twin Cities suburbs, Apple Valley, Minnesota has had a long standing tradition of being a family-oriented community that prides itself on safety and commitment to education and youth. Although two thirds of the city’s households are married couples, and nearly half have children, it is also a place that attracts many individuals because of its close location to Minneapolis and because of its quiet, relaxed pace of life. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, or are looking for something different, Apple Valley real estate has many options that will be sure to satisfy a wide variety of needs.

Apple Valley is one of the larger and more affluent suburbs of the Twin Cities. With over 45,000 residents, this suburb is the fifteenth largest city in the state of Minnesota. Because of this, Apple Valley is able to maintain a strong community identity, while still remaining close enough to the Twin Cities to accommodate business commuters and those seeking to take advantage of the city’s recreational amenities. The median household income for the city is nearly $70,000, and its poverty rate hovers around two percent. It’s financial success is seen throughout the community, and is reflected in the real estate, as well as the excellent educational system provided by Apple Valley.
One of the most interesting and attractive features of the Apple Valley educational system is its dedication to developing “magnet” schools, or schools that carry an advanced focus of study for its students. This fall, three elementary-level magnet schools are being opened, carrying themes of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), International Studies, and Arts and Sciences, respectively. These three elementary schools will complement the successful School of Environmental Studies for high-school level students. These focused schools offer an alternative to the mainstream, comprehensive school system, and provides parents with several viable options in order to stimulate and accommodate the needs of their children.

Apple Valley provides some of the most superb real estate in the surrounding Metro Area. Many of the available homes are exquisite, multi-story mansions that reach into the millions; at the same time, there are a number of excellent single-family homes available in safe neighborhoods at more affordable prices for those individuals or families looking to start out. There are certainly many factors to consider, and of course, many options available. I encourage you to contact me if you are even considering purchasing a home; I want to help you find the home that is right for you.
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.

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