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    Roseville, Minnesota
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    A Neighborhood for True Outdoorsmen


    Krista and Drew embarked on a search for their first home in October 2005. They had scoured the entire Twin Cities Metro area trying to find the perfect neighborhood.


    Drew, who works as a manager at Target headquarters in downtown Minneapolis and is an avid outdoorsman, wanted their new home to have connection to nature. Krista, who freelances as an interior designer, wanted their new home to have the convenience of location and easy access to both city centers.


    “We remember the night we drove down Heinel Drive in Roseville, Minnesota along the shore of Lake Owasso to check out a house that Drew had found online. When we pulled into the driveway, we saw deer lying in the backyard. Since Drew loves outdoors as much as I do, we were amazed with the wildlife despite being so close to both downtowns,” explains Krista.


    Krista and Drew instantly fell in love with that house. After looking at many different metro locations, “Heinel Drive and the house simply spoke to us, ‘you need to live here.’ By far, this was the most beautiful and conveniently located metro neighborhood we had ever imagined we would live in.”


    Drew believes, “when you are here, you do not feel like you are living in a city; it is sort of like living up north yet in reality you are just 5 minutes away from Minneapolis.”


    Proximity to the lake was one of the main factors that convinced Krista and Drew to buy a home in Roseville, Minnesota. The lake allows them to decompress and relax, and the quietness of streets, lack of traffic, and surrounding parks make this community a perfect place to live.


    Krista and Drew take long walks with their dogs around the lake and like to watch their puppies swim. Drew also likes to bike to work—merely 15 miles to downtown Minneapolis. While biking is a fun workout in the summer, he takes a commuter bus from the center of Roseville to downtown during the winter.


    “Our family is spread all over the Twin Cities. Krista’s relatives live to the west of the metro, mine to the east. Whenever we plan an outing in either St. Paul or Minneapolis, we all meet at our house—it has become a hub for our family and an ideal gathering place for our friends. It’s close to everywhere,” explains Drew.


    “Our friends like the fact we live here. They can really relate to the central location,” adds Krista. “Even though in Roseville you may find houses that are not as big as new construction in Blaine or Woodbury, our 40 year-old, 4-split level house offers just the right size for our family.”


    Krista and Drew also emphasize that in addition to parks and recreational opportunities, Roseville is a dynamic economic center, with all the great amenities and resources of urban and suburban lifestyle. “We like to shop for groceries. Having Trader’s Joe, Whole Foods and Target only within a short bike ride from our house is very beneficial,” remarks Krista.


    “We like to live in a space where you cannot just walk to a far corner. This community feels cozy and is centrally located. Our street is the most breathtaking street from the living perspective.”


    About Roseville, Minnesota
    Abundant in parks, lakes, vibrant economic climate and low taxes, Roseville, MN is at the crossroads between St. Paul and Minneapolis offering immediate access to all the great amenities and resources of urban and suburban life in the Twin Cities.


    Roseville, MN is also not just a place to live where everything is close, it is a community that boasts a 'sustainable lifestyle.' And no matter where you’re on the journey toward a sustainable, check out the "Living Smarter" pages, developed by the Roseville Housing & Redevelopment Authority (RHRA), to help you discover Roseville, Minnesota and tap into resources that will save you money, reduce energy demands, connect with the healthy lifestyle options, and create a difference to you and your family.


    Discover Roseville, Minnesota and 'Living Smarter' resources at www.livingsmarter.org

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