Saint Louis Park, MN Real Estate News

By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
This Ain't Your Mother's 1950's Rambler! Home Staging and Redesign in Minneapolis, MN I got the opportunity to work with a contractor who bought this 1950s Rambler in it's original condition and totally updated it for today's buyer. Do you remember the Rambler's from the 50's. Small chopped up rooms? This developer took down walls, opened up the room, opened the staircase, and put in 21st Century Upgrades. First of all check out this back-splash!     The biggest positive feedback the investor received was how open the home was. So, staging this vacant home meant keeping the openness but defining the space so the buyer could see how the furniture would be layed out.     The rooms actually look bigger now.         Your eye now goes directly to the stunning fireplace instead of getting los...
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By Sharlene Hensrud, Realtor. Listener. Knowledgable. Patient.
(RE/MAX Results - HomesMSP.com)
The original Park Tavern in St. Louis Park, MN dates back to the early 1900's, when it was located at the corner of Louisiana Avenue and Minnetonka Boulevard. But it wasn't until the St. Louis Park's population exploded after WWII, when 60% of the city's homes were built, that Park Tavern added pinballs and it became a neighborhood gathering spot in the 1950s. When Louisiana Avenue was expanded in the 1980s the old Park Tavern was destroyed and a new Park Tavern was built 4 blocks away at 3401 Louisiana... expanded to also include a bowling alley.   Today the neighborhood Park Tavern tradition is stronger than ever. It is a dining and entertainment gathering spot for all ages. From casual dining... to kid birthday parties... to PINGO (their own version of Bingo)... to Karaoke... to bowl...
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By Jennifer Tyre, luxury home specialist, short sale, bank owned, buyers agent
(Re/Max Results, house for sale in mn)
    City of St. Louis Park, MN City of St. Louis Park, MN is a small quaint town conveniently located outside the Twin Cities. With its convenient location, the city of St. Louis Park, MN offers its residents the small town feel but they can also enjoy the big city. The city of St. Louis Park, MN is home to many attractions that offer community events for the residents. Along with many attractions, the city of St. Louis Park, MN consists of over fifty parks that offer the residents trails to ride their bikes through the residential areas as well as the downtown area. View Larger Map The city of St. Louis Park, MN has many walking and biking trails throughout the city that are safe and secure for the residents to enjoy. Along with the trails, the city of St. Louis Park, MN is home to a R...
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By Sharlene Hensrud, Realtor. Listener. Knowledgable. Patient.
(RE/MAX Results - HomesMSP.com)
NOTE: see the bottom of Sunday's Site posts for homes for sale in the area This past week 'Where is HomesMSP?' has been visiting local drive-in restaurants. It has been fun searching out these icons of decades past (no, Sonic isn't in this group), with many hearkening from the 1950's on the outer reaches of the metro area. I have longed for years to re-discover the onion rings of the beloved A&W drive-in from Grand Forks, ND, where I grew up... (the restaurant was such a busy hang-out that it had controlled access and you had to use the token delivered with your order to raise the bar to get out!) ...I think they use the same recipe for their homemade onion rings at the Minnetonka Drive-In, and although the fresh onions aren't cut as big and fat as those I remember it was still a delici...
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By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Last week I mentioned that municipal inspectors will sometimes miss important details on permit inspections, partially because they just don't have the time to go over every little detail on a home the way that a private inspector does.  That reminded me of another aspect of municipal inspections in the Twin Cities that most people don't know about: Municipal inspectors typically don't walk on roofs to inspect them. That's right.  When municipal inspectors in the Twin Cities come out to inspect roofs, they will rarely set foot on the roof, or even lean a ladder up against the roof.  The rules vary between cities - some prohibit their inspectors from walking roofs, while others actually provide ladders for their inspectors. So why don't municipal inspectors walk on roofs?  Because they ...
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By Sharlene Hensrud, Realtor. Listener. Knowledgable. Patient.
(RE/MAX Results - HomesMSP.com)
As I was at an open house in St. Louis Park yesterdayI found myself talking about the wonderful community of St. Louis Park and why 95% of residents feel welcomed in the community, rate quality of life as good or excellent and would recommend it to others.  After selling two homes in "The Park" in the last couple weeks I thought about a list of 10 Reasons to Choose St. Louis Park compiled a few years ago by the city itself and decided to share it. Not on the list is the fact that it is where the film-making Coen brothers and politician Al Franken grew up. St. Louis Park is a pretty amazing city bordering the west side of Minneapolis. 1. Small town feel, big city amenities Location. Location. Location. Nestled between Minneapolis and the Western suburbs, its location is a perfect blend o...
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By Sharlene Hensrud, Realtor. Listener. Knowledgable. Patient.
(RE/MAX Results - HomesMSP.com)
UPDATE: Now in a new location across the street at 8028 Minnetonka Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55426 Tucked into a small strip mall at the corner of Minnetonka Blvd and Texas Ave in St. Louis Park, MN is Thanh Do...an unassuming-looking restaurant that is far from ordinary...serving some of the best Asian cuisine in the metro area! Owner Thom Pham grew up in Vietnam, working alongside his grandmother in her catering company. He was transplanted to the Twin Cities when he was adopted by a South Minneapolis family when he was 14.  Here he worked at a Vietnamese restaurant for many years as he saved enough money to open Thanh Do about 10 years ago.  Four years later he opened the trendy Azia Restaurant, a gem of Eat Street on Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis. ThanhDo remains a gem of this ...
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By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
  Last year at about this time I wrote a blog about ice dams, covering what needs to be done to prevent ice dams from happening, both on the inside and outside of the house.   This year I'll discuss a bunch of different ways to get rid of ice dams.  The methods involve axes, ice picks, pantyhose, salt, and heat cables. Axe The most obvious way to get rid of ice dams would be to just take a blunt instrument and hack away at the ice dams.  I tried an axe. Pros: Fast results - I hacked through several feet of six-inch thick ice dams in a matter of minutes. Cons: Unsafe and cumbersome.   I had to set up a ladder on the icy ground and swing an axe while standing on a ladder.  The ice also really flew in my face - I should have been wearing goggles!  I was only able to remove the ice down to ...
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By Sharlene Hensrud, Realtor. Listener. Knowledgable. Patient.
(RE/MAX Results - HomesMSP.com)
We made several stops at The West End in St. Louis Park this week...an exciting new mixed use development that includes restaurants, movie theatres, shops and a grocery store.  It's exciting to see this new complex opening in St. Louis Park after the last couple years of little new development. The top front page story in the StarTribune recently reported on the strongest jobs improvement since the recession began two years ago. Hopefully the opening of The West End is yet another sign that the economy is moving in the right direction. Our grandson calls CREATIVE KIDSTUFF "the birthday store". If I were a kid I know I would love to have my birthday presents come from there! We actually stopped there three times this week...the new store is great, and it's wonderful having it so close. W...
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I was recently asked what it takes to sell a home in Saint Louis Park with Real Estate being so tough.  I spent the next three hours talking about the things you can do to get your home noticed.  What other options do you have if you are in Saint Louis Park selling a home?  There are many options available. including blogging about the home.  Having the ability to take a home in Saint Louis Park and talk to people looking for real estate is really the key.  Buyers and investors alike look for the same thing.  They want as much value as they can get for the money they are going to pay.  You do not need to give the home away but they are not going to pay more then the home is worth.  If you were buying a Saint Louis Park Home or any Real Estate, you would not overpay in this market, neith...
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By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
I don't think I'll be recommending any more furnace certifications.  Heresy you say?  No, I have good reason not to.  I started out meaning to write a blog about what's involved in furnace certifications and who does them, so I contacted 40 local HVAC contractors. I was shocked at most of the responses I received. An Easy Call When I inspect a furnace and I find a serious problem, such as a cracked heat exchanger, it's easy for me to tell my clients what to do: replace the furnace.   The photo above shows a cracked heat exchanger on a furnace, looking at it from the back - this GE furnace had a removable back panel that gave me a good look at the back of the heat exchanger, and made finding cracks very easy. Cracked Heat Exchanger The Grey Area Unfortunately, diagnosing a cracked heat ...
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By Steve Jecha
(Coldwell Banker Burnet)
Here is my listings hot sheet for current foreclosure properties in Saint Louis Park, MN. If one of them interests you I can send you the full MLS Listing sheet via email. 7316 W 22ND STREET UNIT 308 ST LOUIS PARK  MN  55426  $56,900.00 3964-3966 XENWOOD ST LOUIS PARK  MN  55426  $137,000.00 3040 TEXAS AVENUE SOUTH SAINT LOUIS PARK  MN  55426  $153,900.00 4031 YOSEMITE AVENUE SOUTH ST LOUIS PARK  MN  55416  $189,900.00   The process for buying a foreclosure property is very similar than buying from a traditional homeowner, except the sellers are banks and the asset managers are unemotional about their properties. I both list and buy REO ("Real Estate Owned"/foreclosure) properties. I work closely with banks and their asset managers and do a substantial number of Broker Price Opinions on...
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When preparing walls to be painted or wallpapered, you might find it necessary to patch some holes.  A good handyman knows the importance of using the right product on the right surface.  If the walls to be repaired are plaster, then the old-time spackle is fine to use on minor holes.  Painting Contractors prefer to use a softer, lighter weight product is better to use on drywall such as Durabond.   It is best to use a new container of spackle or drywall mud, but most people try to be conservative with products they pay for.  Maybe you have some left over from the last time you patched some holes.  Most likely, this was some time ago and you will find that the spackle has dried and thickened.  The professional handyman knows to just throw this out, but the average homeowner will want to...
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By Debbie Danielson
(Edina Realty )
Ever wonder why people choose to live where they do?  Being a Realtor I think about it a lot.  Personally I have lived in the same community practically all my life.  St Louis Park MN and I have to say I just love the community, St Louis Park feels like a small town in many ways, yet you have all the benefits of the Metropolitan ammenities.  We have a great school district with staff that are passionate about what they do, but like so many districts these days funding all the desired programs has become difficult.  As a parent I know how important a quality school district is and I think St Louis Park and for that matter many of the surrounding districts are continually working to meet the needs of all their students.  I always say it's not about just your kids or my kids, it's about ev...
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By Crystal Brummer, Lake Calhoun, Uptown, St. Louis Park, Minneapolis Specialist
(Brummer Realty -)
I was chatting with some of the twin cities best Realtors and Lenders this morning and we were talking about what a great real estate blog consists of.Here's what it ended up being.....Providing Value!  It's that simple.  My purpose in creating this St Louis Park Real Estate Blog is for you to be able to get straightforward information on what is happening directly in our local St. Louis Park Real Estate Market.  And, of course value is only recieved when it is recognized so if you find something of value on The St. Louis Park Real Estate Blog, please let me know and pass it along to someone else you think may recieve value from it.If you have a specific question about real estate or just a question about St Louis Park email me.Looking Out For You,Crystal
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By Crystal Brummer, Lake Calhoun, Uptown, St. Louis Park, Minneapolis Specialist
(Brummer Realty -)
Wondering how to find the best real estate deals on a home in St. Louis Park???
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The figures are in for St. Louis Park real estate activity for November, 2006.  New listings were down by 19 units for the month and 5 units for the year.  Closed sales were off by 6 units for the month and 124 units for the year.  Average sale price came in at $262,079 for November 2007, down from $272,796 in November 2006.  Average sales price for the year stand at $254,749, up $1,560 over last year.  Percentage of list price received at sale stands at 95.4% for the year, down from 97.2% last year.  Average days on the market until sale, as of November end, is 93.These figures represent relative strength when compared to other areas.  St. Louis Park remains one of the most stable areas of the twin cities metro. The two most noticeable numbers are the average sale price and the days on...
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By Debbie Danielson
(Edina Realty )
For those looking for information about St Louis Park Minnesota:St Louis Park Minnesota is a first ring suburb west of Minneapolis. amenities just minutes away include Minneapolis chain of lakes, universities, downtown theatre district and major league sports as well it's own Excelsior & Grand uptown area, St Louis Park Community Recreational center and Knollwood Mall to name a few as well as 51 parks and numerous walking and bike trails. St Louis Park has a vision for it's future, one that involves the following set of commitments: St Louis Park is committed to being a connected and engaged communitySt Louis Park is committed to being a leader in environmental stewardship, looking to increase environmental conscientiousness and responsibilities in all areas of city business. St Louis P...
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By Shawn Gerhardson, Top Rated Mortgage Professional
(Waterstone Mortgage NMLS#186434)
If you are looking to purchase a home in St Louis Park, Minnesota here are some demographics of the area that I thought would be useful to you. If you are moving to the area and would like help with financing or would like me to refer a realtor to you I would be happy to do that for you as well.St Louis Park, MinnesotaPopulation:27276Major City:MINNEAPOLISHouseholds:13787County:HENNEPINAverage Household Income:$55,252State:MNAverage Commute Time:19.1 Minutes Household DetailsTotal Housing Units:14175Total Households:13787Total Population in Households:26964Total Households with a member under 18:2676Total Households with a member over 65:3344Total Families in Households:6187Total 2-Person Families in Households:3312Total 3-Person Families in Households:1351Total 4-Person Families in Hou...
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