New Homes in Orono, MN

If ever there’s a picture of slow but steady, it could be the number of residents of Orono, a city on the north side of Lake Minnetonka in Hennepin County. And if ever there was an example how a city’s feel isn’t based solely on the land upon which it sits, it’s Orono, which covers about 24 square miles – nearly one-third of which is water. In fact, nearly every foot of the city’s southern boundary is a shoreline of one of Lake Minnetonka’s many bays. 

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Incorporated as a city in 1955, Orono had 6,787 residents in 1970. By 2014, 7,785 people lived there, and forecasts predict 9,500 people will live there in 2040. Single-family detached homes make up the vast majority of housing in Orono, where large lots are common, though recent years have seen construction of townhomes and multifamily units, tooAbout 20 percent of the city’s 15,356 acres is agricultural and undeveloped land. The number of permits for single-family homes has remained remarkably stable for years, ranging between 10 and 42 from 2000 to 2014. One of the current projects in the city involves a 46-lot residential development on what once was the Lakeview Golf Course. 

Located along Highway 12, Orono is about 18 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. Its proximity gives it an urban feel, yet it retains a strong rural character as might be expected given its land-use patterns and location on one of the largest lakes in the state. Indeed, a key part of the city’s philosophy is to “Protect and preserve Lake Minnetonka, its water quality, and its recreational assets.” Within the city are a number of parks, trails and natural areas, some of which are associated with Lake Minnetonka. 

The city has undertaken a project designed to revitalize the city’s Navarre area, which is a business district just south of Crystal Bay on Lake Minnetonka. The city has added new streetlights and repaired sidewalks to the district, which includes businesses, the Livingston Tower Park, and residential areas.   

 

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Listing information last updated on October 22nd, 2017 at 6:20am CDT.