Back To School In Shakopee Schools!

It’s that time of year and the schools in the Shakopee MN area have started up again. Even though it’s back to school time, the MN real estate market is still kicking! For families that might be relocating or thinking about moving to the Shakopee area, here is an overview of the Shakopee MN School District.

The Shakopee MN School District 720 serves almost 7,000 MN students in all or parts of Shakopee, Savage, and Prior Lake. The MN school district has five elementary schools: Sweeney, Sun Path, Red Oak, Pearson(Jackson), and Eagle Creek. From there MN students move into the Middle school, which is for grades 6 and 7. Shakopee MN is a unique MN school district, because after middle school, students go into the Junior High, which hosts grades 8 and 9. This is located right off of 169 and Marschall Road. Finally students will attend Shakopee Senior High School which has grades 10-12 which comes to a total of about 1,435 students. Shakopee is a good community with good schools, where students are very proficient in math and reading. It is a great place to live and raise a family.

Shakopee, MN is located about twenty minutes southwest of downtown Minneapolis off highway 169 and alongside the Minnesota River. Shakopee has a population of 37,076 and has many activities for its residents. The city has Valleyfair amusement park, Canterbury Park horse track, The Landing which is an 88-acre historic village located on the Minnesota River, and the Renaissance Festival is also associated with Shakopee.

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Ryland Homes Shakopee- Glacier Estates

Ryland homes a local builder in Minnesota purchased what looks to be 30 home sites in the Glacier Estate neighborhood in Shakopee, MN. According to their website prices are to be determined, but if I had to put a guess on it, I would assume they will be in the starting range of $250,000-$270,000 for their smallest model, but I will update this post once I find out. There will be five floor plans to choose from ranging in square footage from 2185-3200 sqft on the upper two floors with unfinished lower levels. Ryland Homes model, The Edgewood floor plan, looks to have their grand opening May 21st of 2011. Typically I see the model home being the best seller in communities because people can visualize the home better and this one looks to be a favorite. It is a 2756 sqft home on the upper two levels with an unfinished lower level. According to the Ryland Homes website the Edgewood model is a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath floor plan with a two car garage. I hope they decide to include a three car plan for their model because having a two story with only a two car garage tends to hurt resale. This is MUCH cheaper to do up front then say, “we will add it later”. Often times I see builders typically ask for an additional $7,500-$10,000 to put on a third stall which would ballpark to around $40-55 per month.

Glacier Estates in a nice neighborhood conveniently nestled between Eagle Creek blvd, County Road 18 and the new highway 21 with easy access to highway 169. Close to the Southbridge neighborhood in Shakopee Glacier Estates has plenty of shopping nearby. Ryland homes plucked a great area with access to large big box stores like Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Pier One Michael’s and Home Depot. Smaller store like Petland, Sprint, Gamestop and Once Upon a Child are nearby as well, along with plenty of fast food choices and restaurants. Chipotle, Caribou Coffee, Panera Bread and Dairy Queen are some of my favorite stops. Make sure to stop by and try WineStyles, a great wine store that also has some premium beers. The owner Jason is a great guy and runs a nice business there.

Glacier Estates is such a great location because you have very easy freeway access and at the same time are close to great communities like Prior Lake and Savage. You have Prior Lake within a stones throw and Savage has SO much shopping as well. If you do not like shopping at Walmart’s grocery department Rainbow Foods and Cub Food are within probably 2 miles and easy to get to as well as the Super Target in Savage.

Glacier Estates will be within the Shakopee school district and the elementary school will be Shakopee’s newest elementary school, Eagle Creek with the exception of Jackson Elementary opening Fall 2011 on the west side of town. My wife is a fifth grade teacher within the district and I can attest for the schools if you have any questions. I think there are great teacher in the area and support them to the fullest as we live in Shakopee as well.

If you are thinking of this neighborhood make sure to contact me for any information, I do know Ryland Homes are offering incentives currently. On another note, if you are still keeping your options open for builder their is a solid local Shakopee builder to consider, F & B Construction. Some of the things I like about them is they are a local builder who still is in the area. They use quality materials like custom cabinets with full extension drawers, full stone fireplaces instead of the typical fireplace with tile surround and also they use top quality Marvin Integrity windows. The owners, The Mendens, stand behind their homes and have been in the concrete business for decades. They always include concrete driveway and build a solid foundation for your new home. The little details they pay attention to in their home show. They can build on any available lot within the Twin Cities and unlike most builders can literally sit down and custom design a home you will enjoy forever. They build homes that last, don’t cut corners and are very energy efficient. To get to Glacier Estates:

Directions from Highway 169:
Take Hwy 169 South to County Road 18 exit and continue south. Take a right on Eagle Creek Blvd (County Road 16). Then take first right on Portage Lane until Moraine Circle. Turn left on Moraine Circle. The model home will be on the right.
Directions from I-35W:
Take I-35W North to the County Road 42/Egan Drive exit and go West. Turn right on Hwy 13 N to McColl Drive. Turn left on McColl Drive to Couty Road 18. Turn right on County Road 18 to Eagle Creek Blvd (County Road 16. Turn left on Eagle Creek Blvd (County Road 16). Take first right on Portage Lane to Moraine Cirvle. Turn left on Moraine Circle and the Model home will be on the right.

If you are looking to stay in a bit lower price point, but like the general area Dan Patch Trail in Savage may be a great alternative for your home search. Ryland Homes offer 7 floor plan choices in the development with prices ranging from $222,990-$277,990. There is a good mix of two story homes and ramblers in Dan Patch Trail. To get to the development:

Directions from Highway 169:
Take Hwy 169 to MN-13/Savage exit. Continue towards Savage and merge onto Highway 13 North. Continue on Highway 13 North to Lynn Avenue. Turn right at Lynn Avenue and models will be on the left.
Directions from I-35W:
Take I-35W South to MN-13 South towards Shakopee. Merge onto MN-13 South to Lynn Avenue. Turn left onto Lynn Avenue and the models will be on the left.

If you are a first time buyer or if this is another home purchase I always feel it is best to have someone represent your interests as a buyer. Realtors are also ther to help you identify what may be best for potential resale in the future. Real estate commission is often times paid by the seller, so why not have someone advise you? Also if you are curious what your current home may sell for, I can put together a 24 hour market analysis and have that emailed directly to you so you know where you will stand.

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Shakopee School Update

In reference to a previous blog post I had about Shakopee schools, it sounds as though the Shakopee school board will have some tough decisions ahead of them. I think the most crucial topic currently on the table before next school year is configuring the grade levels. They will need to decide on a Kindergarten center, 6th grade center or some other option I imagine sometime in the near future as teacher will need to be relocated and settled with the new elementary school set to open for the 2011-2012 school year.

In regards to the possibility of a new high school in Shakopee, some within Shakopee are worried dividing Shakopee Schools would also divide the town. Some are concerned this would be similar to when the mascot was the Shakopee Indians and the transition to the Sabers. Many propoents and long time Shakopee residents wanted to keep the Indians. Shakopee, which has always had a small town feel since I lived here, is rapidly changing. Many areas have expanded and built a second high schools successfully. Lakeville North/ South, Chaska/ Chanhassen, Apple Valley/ Eastview and Woodbury and Eastridge to name a few. I’m sure Shakopee will take into consideration ideas current resident have, but I ultimately see Shakopee within 5-10 years with a second school. I also see Shakopee expanding their business sector as well with an increase of Shakopee real estate land selling and builders again putting up many homes after a previous lag.

We have seen a population explosion of Shakopee real estate since the opening of the highway 169 bridge, and with that our town has become much more diverse in the process. Shakopee will continue to grow with the amount of vacant land around for building residential homes, commercial land and industrial areas to bring in new business and more resident. 10 years from now the Shakopee real estate landscape, Shakopee schools and the commerce will be very different, but I believe improved much like where my sister lives in Maple Grove. Look at the Country Rd 42 and Hwy 113 intersection on the border of Prior Lake and Savage, or the business sectors of Woodbury and Maple Grove. These positive additions brought tons of new residents to those areas and their populations have exploded in the process. I think it would be great if Shakopee turned the HWY 69 and 169 area into a shopping mega center and revive the movie theater. The east side of town I think could also use a grocery store with such high traffic at the local Cub Foods.

I think Shakopee has so many opportunities in the future and building another high school will only expand our possibilities.