Chaska Homes for Sale

They say in real estate it’s all about “location, location, location,” and few cities in all of Minnesota have so desirable a location as claimed by Chaska. It’s just 30 minutes west of the heart of Minneapolis. Fifteen minutes directly north sits a vast network of dozens of lakes, bays, parks and reserves. Bordering Chaska to the south is an accessible state wildlife refuge.

But that’s if you want to leave the city. Chaska’s 24,000 residents often prefer to stay home in their “quality small town,” as their motto contends. There’s plenty to keep townsfolk feeling cozy, yet spirited and alive.

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History

Chaska’s modern history begins before the American Revolution, in 1769. But the first European surveyors, fur traders and missionaries to the region were scouting the area as early as 1700.

For three thousand years before that, the Native American Mound Builders, and later the Dakota, lived here. In Chaska’s City Square today, three prehistoric, ritual mounds have been preserved. The city’s name itself is derived from the Dakota for “first-born son.” In the early 1850s, an agreement between the U.S. and the Dakota paved the way for settling.

The first industries were brick making, logging, milling, canning and pickling, and commercial sugar production – most notably by Crystal Sugar, a company whose origin dates back to 1890 and that is still in operation today. Chaska’s known as “Sugar City” with many of its buildings also still reflecting its brick-making past.

Parks and Recreation

There are 26 community and regional parks in Chaska taking up over 650 acres of land. Nearly all of them have trails, playgrounds and picnic areas. There are also several ball fields and basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. Other amenities include public swimming pools, fishing piers, boat launches, and five ice and hockey rinks.
Chaksa has two public golf courses, a full 18-hole and a par 30. There’s also the world-famous (and private) Hazeltine National Golf Club which has hosted several PGA majors including the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. The Ryder Cup is scheduled to be played here in 2016.

The beating heart of Chaska is the city’s community center, which is simply enormous and houses a daycare, adult and youth sports programs, a senior center, turf and ice arenas, a pool, two gyms, a theater, meeting rooms, a gallery and more.

Chaska has a host of annual events from its River City Days weekend to free summer concerts in the park. There are parades, beach days, movie nights and a seasonal calendar packed with social mixers all year long.

Schools

Chaska is served by ISD 112, which also serves six other nearby towns. Within Chaska specifically, residents attend the Chaska, Clover Ridge or Jonathan Elementary Schools, the East and West Chaska Middle Schools and Chaska High. There are also several private elementary schools, a private high school, a charter school and six different special-needs academies.

Major Employers

Chaska’s primary employer is school district 112, followed by Entregris, a semiconductor firm. In fact, Chaska is becoming known as a hub of technical manufacturing and engineering. FSI International is another semiconductor firm with offices here. There are medical supply and equipment companies, telecommunications concerns, manufacturers of navigational instruments and other start-ups of the digital age.

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

Chaska’s residents have numbered over 1,000 as early as the 1880s, and it basically stayed that way until 1960, when the Twin Cities metropolitan area’ expansion began to engulf close outlying areas. Ever since, the population has risen in the thousands per every 10-year census, doubling between 1970 and 1980 and again between 1990 and 2010.

Chaska’s median age is 33.8 and its median household income is above the state average at $62,000.

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