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My dh just got a job in Edina we will be moving there may 31st. We can't live in Edina as it is too expensive plus we'd like maybe and acre or two. We've been looking in New Prague and surounding areas and are also interested in fixerupers. Anything under $180.<br><br>
What is the community like around New Prague? And would that be a mistake to live so far away due to the winter storms?<br><br>
Any thoughts or suggestions would be great. Thanks,<br><br>
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I think it's going to be hard to find something under 180K, especially with acreage. That's not to say it can't be done, but it will be HARD. FWIW, we were recently looking in the same area. We wanted an acreage under 300K, and pickings were slim. There were a fair number of houses that needed MAJOR work in the 200-250K range. Eventually, we did find an acreage outside of Belle Plaine, and we're closing in a couple of weeks.<br><br>
One thing you'll want to keep in mind is how far you'll be from major roads. There's a big difference between driving on county roads vs. driving on the interstate. And the hours that your DH will be working will also make a difference in commute time. My DH is able to go in and come home early, so he misses the BIG traffic rush. He usually gets to work around 7am- but if he leaves the house even 10-15 minutes late, traffic is much heavier and it takes longer to get there. And, yes, snow will definitely be an issue in the winter. The farther out you are, the longer it may take to get the roads plowed.
 

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Thanks for the info. I really am afraid we are priced out.<br><br>
We found a home with 1 acre in new prague for 130 However it needs to be gutted. Floors, windows new kitchen, bathroom the works which I'm afraid would take more than 50 to fix.<br><br>
For now dh will be working nights 6-6. I'm wondering about the roads.<br>
Is New Prague extremely rural?
 

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We live in Chaska and my DH commutes to Eden Prairie for work. New Prague imo is rural, but if you are looking for any acreage thats probably what you are going to have to look at, because all of the little suburbs out here are being goggled up by developers. Someone at our church got a few acres in Waconia not too long ago, but I'm not sure what they payed for it. The house is tiny. Also if you are interested in bus travel the southwest metro transit buses are REALLY nice!<br><br>
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I grew up in New Prague and I am there often. It can be pretty rural, It is about 15 minutes from either I35 or 169 (without weather and/or traffic). In highschool I worked in Burnsville and I gave myself a good 45 minutes to an hour to get up there during bad weather. It is normally a 30 minute drive.<br><br>
If you have a good vehicle and can get up to burnsville before ruch hour than I would say the drive is very doable... but I am biased...we plan to move back there soon<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
With his shift, He would be against most traffic both ways so that should be fine! You definitely don't want to be stuck going north in the am near Lakeville/Burnsville. That is very much a headache during rushhour!<br><br>
The community is growing and the schools are pretty good. I would highly recommend coming down for a Sat morning and checking out what they have to offer, some neat shops and restaurants. Its a typical bigger small town!<br><br>
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One other thing about N.P.<br><br>
One of the tricks to that area is look on the LeSueur county side of town! Taxes are much less and so are the houses. Main Street divides Scott Cty and LeSueur Cty. It will add a few minutes to the commute but will make the housing much more affordable!<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">My dh just got a job in Edina we will be moving there may 31st. We can't live in Edina as it is too expensive plus we'd like maybe and acre or two. We've been looking in New Prague and surounding areas and are also interested in fixerupers. Anything under $180.<br><br>
What is the community like around New Prague? And would that be a mistake to live so far away due to the winter storms?<br><br>
Any thoughts or suggestions would be great. Thanks,<br><br>
Emily</div>
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How long does your dh want to spend in the car one way? My dh works in Fridley (north east of where we are) and spends about 45 minutes one way in the care (up to 90 minutes on really terrible weather days).<br><br>
I live in Bloomington, right next to Edina. My dh grew up in Edina. We lived in St. Louis Park for 5 years (in an apartment). We wanted land too so we moved up to Ramsey (45 minutes north of Edina). Four years later, we moved to Bloomington. We've got 1/3 of an acre. We're close to Edina/Richfield and South Minneapolis--where I know tons of ap-minded mamas. If you move out of the metro, be aware you might not find as many like-minded people.<br><br>
In East Bloomington, where I am, you can find homes in the low 200,000's. There are financing options where you can do interest-only for five years (and refinance after that--or sell and move). That's what I recommend...unless you like being far out (I don't!!)
 

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Hi mama! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
New Prague is a great town, but you will have less traveled roads to drive on, which *can* be a pain, but really only a few times a year. I'm from Jordan (born and raised...actually just moved from there a few months ago to Shakopee).<br><br>
For about the same distance away, you could look at LeSueur. They are right off 169, so the commute isn't as bothersome. That and houses are a lot cheaper there than in New Prague. Henderson is another good little town to look at, but they are kind of just an offshoot of LeSueur and don't really have much as far as a grocery store or anything. But it is absolutely charming. They also have a neat charter school there, if you would be looking into something like that in the future.<br><br>
You are looking at probably an hour commute, though, from LeSueur, Henderson or even New Prague. Not sure if that's do-able or desireable to him/you.<br><br>
Victoria and Waconia are both lovely towns as well.<br><br>
Shakopee is fine, as well as Jordan...but you will get less house for the money here. I guess it depends on what exactly you are looking for and if you'd prefer less or more of a commute.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">: because it's not an easy decision.
 

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I'll toss in a vote for New Prague! I grew up in NP, moved to Alaska for 10 years, and am now back in NP for the past 7 years. We love it here. I second the pp who said look for something on the LeSueur side of town. Usually much cheaper in the long run. We have 5 acres just outside of town and built our own house. We did much of the work ourselves and saved considerably. If that is a route you are interested in, you can still find acreage out here that isn't priced out of this world like lots near Chaska, Shakopee, Lakeville, etc. Also, I commute to downtown Minneapolis 3 days a week for work. Not my favorite thing to do, but we get by. 169 is a pretty decent route, particularly if you can leave a little early and miss the major rush hour. IMHO, winter driving really isn't a problem except for 2 or 3 days each year.<br><br>
The area is growing but striving to keep it's small town quaint charm. Schools are pretty good too. Feel free to PM me for more info.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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NP is a cute town. I love it there! I'll throw a vote in to stay away from the Scott county side of town. Land prices is getting really high here. We are in Credit River Township right now and would like to move further out, but land is expensive around here. I agree the closer you are to either 35 or 169, the easier the commute will be in the winter. You may want to look at the towns west of Edina. Going south, you are limited to a few roads to cross the river. If you go west, you definitely have more driving route options.<br><br>
Sidenote; I never knew there were so many MDC's that live in NP. We really should have a little meet up sometime. I think there are quite a few of us that live in Scott, Dakota, Rice and LeSueur Counties.
 

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We absolutely should have a get-together sometime! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I don't want to highjack this thread so I started one for a get together in New Prague.<br><br>
Its titled "Scott and Lesueur County MAMA's... Playdate???" Check it out!<br><br>
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Anakna4,<br><br>
If you would be willing to come down 169, Belle Plaine has quite alot to look at at the moment. It is just north of Lesueur and just west of New Prague.<br><br>
There have been quite alot of foreclosures so you may find something for a great deal! Its worth looking at! My neighbor just put her house on the market for $199,000. It is completely finished 4 bed 2 bath. It is right in town and I know that is not what you are looking for. Just wanted to give you an idea.<br><br>
Belle Plaine is about 45 minutes out of edina, but right on the highway so not so much to deal with as far as back roads.<br><br>
Laura
 
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