Lakeville may only be 38 square miles but it is one of Minnesota’s fastest growing cities with a population over 63,000 residents. Families are attracted by Lakeville’s proximity to the Twin Cities (20 miles south of downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul) and the three good schools serving the area. Around a third of the population is under 18. The city has plenty on offer in terms of outdoor recreational activities with numerous parks, lakes and hiking trails.
Although Lakeville is a growing city it manages to maintain a small-town feeling and a high quality of living. It was voted #1 on SafeHome.org’s list of the 25 Safest Cities in Minnesota.
Lakeville is full of spacious homes for families. You can find single-family homes built in the early 1990s with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms for between $250k-$300k. Homes have one or two stories with open floor plans, large family rooms and expansive decks. Three car garages are also a feature, ideal for storing two cars and a boat. You can also find new construction single-family homes with three bedrooms and two bathrooms for $400k+.
Things to Do
Lakeville has a strong community vibe with leisure, cultural and educational activities held all year round. The warmer months sees nearby lakes well utilised for recreational boating, fishing and swimming. The two largest are Lake Marion and Orchard Lake. There are also over 60 parks in and around Lakeville. Antlers Park, at the eastern end of Lake Marion, features a picnic area, a playground area, a swimming beach with volleyball courts, baseball diamonds, water equipment, a fishing pier, and horseshoe pits.
If you fancy a bite to eat, there are no shortage of American style restaurants offering fare such as pizza, ribs, BBQ, steak and seafood. Porterhouse Steak and Seafood, Lakeville Brewing Company and Harry’s Scratch Kitchen, are all good choices for a mid-week dinner or weekend get together with friends.