Blaine is located north of Minneapolis and is connected to highways 35W, 65 and 610. Blaine’s proximity to Minneapolis and its large undeveloped tracts of land have made it one of the fastest growing Twin Cities communities for several years in a row! While some homes in Blaine have been around for more than thirty years, many of the houses are less than ten years old and there is still some new Blaine homes being built.
Blaine real estate prices have taken a tumble with the housing market downturn, especially with neighboring cities having so many foreclosures, but have stabilized recently. While a quick run-up in prices is not expected, Blaine real estate values are most likely done falling and may start trending up slightly by 2012. While new construction has slowed, new construction Blaine homes for sale are coming back as land prices have fallen to a point that builders can build at prices buyers will pay.
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Some people will tell you Blaine is home to the best soccer facility in the state. Others will say it is the unofficial center of the Minnesota hockey universe. And it is tough to argue with either.
Blaine’s National Sports Center boasts 52 soccer fields and an 8,500-seat soccer stadium. But it is also home to the Schwan Super Rink, an ice arena that has eight ice sheets. The National Sports Center, a facility that is the combined project of 11 government entities and the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission, is a hive of activity all year round.
The Sports Center also includes one of Blaine’s two 18-hole golf courses, the other, TPC of the Twin Cities, was designed by golfing legend Arnold Palmer.
Located on the northern edge of the Twin Cities, it is a short drive from Blaine to a number of key destinations. Minneapolis is just 17 miles south, and St. Paul is a 22-mile trip. Getting to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport or the Mall of America takes a little more than a half hour.
Blaine has a community garden, dog parks and a disc golf course, and more than 60 parks are located inside the city’s borders.
Blaine is also a great place to get an education. Based on data from 2010, Blaine test scores were 26.3 percent higher than the state average in reading and 23.2 percent higher than the state average in math.
The best way to fully understand the blaine real estate market and which of the homes for sale are best for your needs is to enlist the help of a Realtor. Most buyers wait till they’ve located a short list of homes for sale that they want to see before contacting an agent, spending much of their time trying to understand the areas and dynamics of real estate when if they had called a Realtor sooner, that agent could have shared a lot of real estate knowledge and helped them focus their search in much less time.
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