Community Profiles: Eden Prairie and Chanhassen

At Desrochers, when it comes to choosing between different homes, we believe it’s important to be as familiar with the attributes of the community as you are with the attributes of the house. As part of our ongoing series of Minneapolis-St. Paul community profiles, this month we introduce you to Eden Prairie and Chanhassen.

Eden Prairie

Offering some of the most expensive real estate not only in Minnesota but also in America, Eden Prairie is a thriving community of successful professionals with families. The city’s demographics create an environment that fosters strong social bonds amongst children and families, and promotes educational values and (academic?) achievement. But Eden Prairie offers more than a good school system and a stable community when you consider its 170 miles of trails, 2,250 acres of parks, and an impressive 2,200 local businesses. MONEY Magazine consistently ranks Eden Prairie among the “Best Places to Live,” earning the #1 spot in 2010.

Population: 62,603
Median Home Value: $338,135
Median Household Income: $95,069
Distance from Minneapolis: 18 miles

Chanhassen

Twelve of Minnesota’s famed 10,000 lakes can be found in Chanhassen, along with boasting 885 acres of parks and 90 miles of trails for walkers, bikers, and runners to traverse. Chanhassen is connected to Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs by five major highways that make it easy for the city’s predominantly white-collar residents to commute to jobs downtown. The many shopping, dining, and entertainment options have attracted a community of urban sophisticates with cultured tastes. Chanhassen is also an exceptional place to raise a family, with a solid public school district and plenty of family-oriented community events hosted throughout the year, like the February Festival and annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Population: 24,432
Median Home Value: $371,026
Median Household Income: $105,563
Distance from Minneapolis: 20 miles

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