September 2015

Found 4 blog entries for September 2015.

Last week we took a look at North Oaks’ latest real estate market statistics and learned that the median sales price here is a bit more than $735,000. I thought it might be fun to see exactly what type of home one can purchase here for our median sales price.

While nothing is listed at exactly $735,000, I did find several homes priced close to it and they’re all newly-constructed homes.

Charley Lake Preserve

This home, priced at $730,000, has yet to be built. It’s the Windham plan from Mattamy Homes and features 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 4,197 square feet of living space. So, for less than North Oaks’ median sales price you can purchase a brand new home and personalize it you’re your choice of designer features. By the way, homes at

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The North Oaks real estate market is so small that even one overly expensive home sale can skew the market stats tremendously. This is why it’s important to exercise caution when evaluating the market on a monthly basis.

August’s North Oaks real estate market numbers just came out, so let’s take a look at them, exercising the aforementioned caution.

New Listings

Here’s a perfect example of how wild the swings are in the North Oaks real estate market. In May of this year, new listings increased an amazing 214 percent over May of 2014. All it took was 15 additional homeowners listing their homes for sale to achieve this remarkable statistic.

Then, in June, new listings fell 10 percent from the previous year and in July they fell another 26

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Fall is almost upon us (two weeks from today) and that means tons of company for many of us. Rather than dig out the same old same old when it comes to decorations, take a tip from the pros and create new fall accents for the home.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Those cute little mini-pumpkins that fill the bins at the supermarket every fall ― ever wonder what you can do with them? Southern Living magazine has a great idea; hollow them out and then fill each one with a votive candle.
  • Another attractive use for these cuties is to fill a tall, glass candle holder with them. The white ones are especially attractive here.
  • Create a pumpkin patch on your porch. Stack hay bales on either side of the front door to act as pumpkin
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This month, salutes Chippewa Middle School, the only school in the Mounds View District that is actually located in North Oaks. The school serves 989 students in grades 6 through 8 with 45 full-time teachers. This gives the school a student/teacher ratio of 21:1, which is the highest among all middle schools in the Mounds View Public School District. This doesn’t seem to present a problem for students, however, as you’ll see when we discuss test scores.

Special Programs

Parents appreciate the school’s music, math and science programs, but Chippewa offers far more than that.

  • Academic competitions
  • Art
  • Band
  • Communication skills
  • Drama
  • Health
  • Intramural athletics
  • Orchestra
  • Physical education
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