New Homes for Sale in Farmington MN

Few other cities have a name as logical as Farmington, which lies about 20 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul and is in Dakota County. Established in the 1800s as a railroad center for the farming community that surrounded it, farms today still form a buffer between Lakeville on the city’s north and west sides. Yet the strong ties to its agricultural past belie what’s actually a city that’s experiencing tremendous growth thanks in part to its central location between Interstate 35 to the west and Highway 52 to the east.   

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Between 1970 and 1990, the city’s population grew from about 3,500 residents to 6,000. About 12,000 people called the city home in 2000, and that number had risen to 22,386 by 2014. According to the city’s comprehensive plan, it has grown “at an incredibly rapid rate.” Part of that growth is due to an annexation of about 1,400 acres of land to the east of the city. Farmington now covers 9,484 acres, of which more than half is agricultural or undeveloped land. There was a development boom in the early 2000s, but in recent years between about 50 and 100 single-family detached homes have been permitted each year. National builders such as DR Horton have been active within the city. The vast majority of the city’s recent development has occurred north of Highway 50.  

Farmington’s residents enjoy easy access to the Twin Cities, but one of the city’s main draws is its quaint downtown area. That alone distinguishes it from many larger cities, but so, too, does its nearly 1,000 acres of parkland, open space and natural areas. There are another 48 miles of paved and nature trails. One of the parks in the city – Rambling River Park – also provides public access to the Vermillion River, which moves through Farmington on its path toward the Mississippi River. The Vermillion at one time was heavily degraded, but it’s since been restored and today is one of the few blue ribbon trout streams in the United States. Trout require cool, clean water, a testament to the river’s health. Trails along the river connect the various parts of the city. 

Farmington also contains the Dakota County Fairgrounds, which, at 360 acres, if even larger than the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Fair time is an especially busy time of year, since the Dakota County Fair boasts the largest average county fair attendance in the state, about 125,000 people each year.



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Listing information last updated on October 19th, 2019 at 5:20pm CDT.