Anoka Homes for Sale

Anoka is located in the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota and has excellent access to Highway 10 and Highway 169, making Anoka real estate very convenient for commuters.  Anoka’s homes for sale range from old to new and small to medium size.  As one of the original settled towns in the region, the city has some great history and a defined downtown area. In more recent years the city has seen condos and townhomes added to the housing mix as redevelopment opportunities have come up.  Anoka real estate prices have taken a tumble with the housing market downturn but have stabilized recently.  While a quick run-up in prices is not expected, Anoka real estate values are most likely done falling and should increase in 2013.

Anoka Homes for Sale

Anoka Condos and Townhomes for Sale

With the Mississippi River to the south and the Rum River winding its way through the center of the city, Anoka boasts an unparalleled natural landscape. Just a half hour commute to either Minneapolis or St. Paul, this suburb of about 17,000 is a quick ride to everything the Twin Cities have to offer. But there are plenty of reasons to stay local. Rich in American history, a wealth of outdoor and community activities, and places to dine, shop and work, residents are proud to call Anoka home.

History

Father Louis Hennepin, a Belgian missionary who was the first European to describe Niagara Falls, explored the Anoka area way back in 1680. Setters, however, did not arrive until the 1840’s. Soon after, thanks to the town’s woodlands and proximity to the largest river system in North America, logging and milling arose as the first industries. Finished products found their way from the mills of the Rum River to growing American communities all along the Mississippi.

When shots rang out at Fort Sumter on January 9th, 1861, ushering in the Civil War, six Anokan citizens became the first in the country to volunteer for the Union Army – on that very same day. On the lighter side of history, Anoka is officially known as the “Halloween Capital of the World,” for having put together the first city-wide Halloween celebration in the nation’s history, in 1920 – a yearly celebration that continues today.

Parks and Recreation

The 200-acre Rum River Nature Preserve bordering Anoka to the northwest is lined with hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and jogging trails and features a diverse wildlife – birds (like the Great Blue Heron), rabbits, deer, waterfowl, beaver and more.
There are 12 other “premier” parks in Anoka that together make up nearly 400 acres. More than half have river views. They sport basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds, ice and roller skating rinks, boat launches, fishing areas, grilling stations, several baseball, football and soccer fields, and fitness trails of every sort.
There’s even a lit sledding hill, a nod to Anoka’s small-town feel, and an 18-hole championship golf course that is open to the public.
Anoka’s outdoor Aquatic Center features an enormous pool with areas for just getting one’s feet wet to deep diving. There’s a 200-foot waterslide, too.
Annual events include a classic car show, county and craft fairs and a month-long Halloween celebration befitting Anoka’s nickname.

Schools

Anoka public schools are part of the larger Anoka-Hennepin School District 11, which has 24 elementary schools, six middle schools, five high schools and two alternative/technical programs to choose from.
Within Anoka County itself, students attend the Franklin, Lincoln or Wilson Elementary Schools, the Anoka Middle School for the Arts and Anoka High.
There are also three private Christian academies that go up to eighth or ninth grade and an additional private preschool-kindergarten.

Major Employers

School District 11, the biggest in Minnesota, is one of the top three local employers. Federal Cartridge and Pentair are the other two.
Between Anoka and Champlin, a city of 23,000 just across the Anoka-Champlin Mississippi River Bridge, there are hundreds of local businesses.
Not far away in Minneapolis-St.Paul, some of the biggest corporations in the country call home. Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial and Ecolab are just some of the firms that are headquartered in the Twin Cities.

Constituent Populace

Anoka first breached the 10,000-person mark in 1960 and has hovered around what may be the perfect number for this sized town – 17,000 – for the past 20 years. According to the 2010 census, the median age was 37.6 with a median household income of just over $47,000.

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