Apple Valley, Minnesota Real Estate & Homes for Sale
Located just 12 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the city of Apple Valley is home to more than 51,000 residents as well as a variety of real estate options and the exciting Minnesota Zoo. Apple Valley is a fantastic place to call home and in fact, Money Magazine recognized the city as the 17th best place to live in 2014 and 2013, the 20th best place to live in 2010, and the 24th best place to live in 2008. Peacefully bridging the rustic lifestyle of the farm with the metropolitan offerings of the Twin Cities, this is a city that has successfully combined the best elements of modern life with the strong community orientation of a traditional small town.
Comprised of an attractive collection of neighborhoods and bustling business districts covering nearly 18 square miles, the city primarily revolves around a three and a half mile downtown center. Intended to be the "main street" for the city and designed with extra wide sidewalks, decorative lamps and trees, the area offers the convenience of centralized shopping in a modernized atmosphere.
Quiet suburban neighborhoods surround the commercial center and the development of these initial neighborhoods is where Apple Valley took its name, after the popular Orrin Thompson Homes real estate housing developments where every lot was planted with an apple tree.