Lake Minnetonka Real Estate
Lake Minnetonka is just 20 minutes west of the Twin Cities metro area. It is a popular destination for visitors and a fun recreation stop for residents. Lake Minnetonka is by far the largest lake in the Twin Cities area with over 14,000 acres of water. What makes this lake so unique is that it is actually made up of numerous bays and meandering waterways that interconnect unlike your typical, basically-round body of water.
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History of Lake Minnetonka
The native Dakota Indians previously inhabited the area and named it Lake Minnetonka, translated "Big Waters." Mounds of dirt that can still be seen along the shoreline are actually the ancient burial grounds of the Dakotas. These mounds are especially evident in the appropriately-named town of Mound. The now popular Tonka Toys line can trace its roots to an old schoolhouse in the city of Mound.
Much of the shoreline on the lake is privately owner although there are many public access points. Known for excellent fishing and boating, the lake is a popular destination for sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Experienced anglers tout Lake Minnetonka as one of the best bass fishing lakes in the Upper Midwest. The Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is a large, public park offering a separate swimming pond, a fishing pier, a paved hiking and biking trail, a pet trail, a visitor center, and snowmobile access in the winter. Kids love the multi-level creative play park designed around a nautical theme.
The Noerenberg Memorial Gardens, located in Crystal Bay on the north shore, is an idyllic and tranquil place with walkways and an extensive flower garden. It is very popular among artists and photographers desiring to capture the color and peaceful beauty of the gardens and surrounding lake waters.
Lake Minnetonka also offers a variety of shops and restaurants. Overnight guests have their choice of anything from campsites to hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts. Relax on the beach, ride on a relaxing cruise, ride the trolley through town, enjoy the views on an afternoon drive - the splendor and activities at Lake Minnetonka are virtually endless.
Lake Minnetonka Real Estate Market
The Lake Minnetonka real estate market remains strong. Many of Minnesota's wealthiest families have owned or currently own homes around the lake including the Pillsbury and Crosby families. Lakefront property is certainly sold at a premium with homes and homesites ranging from $500,000 to over $20 million depending on the desirability of the lakeshore and quality of the home. There are less expensive homes inland and in each of the surrounding 12 cities and townships around the lake.
Each area around Lake Minnetonka offers unique and beautiful views, a small-town feel, and a plethora of outdoor activities. It's no wonder this refreshingly peaceful place is so popular among the Twin Cities crowd, and the best part is that it's an amazingly short drive from the urban sprawl and activity.
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