Minneapolis Association of Realtors summary and analysis of the local real estate market. 

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September! What?!?!? How can we already be in the ninth month of 2019? As I am sitting here writing this and listening to the rain (again!!!), I am not sure where the summer went? Was this the fastest summer ever or what? Maybe summer never felt like it fully arrived this year with the cooler temps and non stop rain? Or maybe it's just that I haven't fully recovered from the past two winters?

It's not all bad though, right? Fall is one our favorite times of the year. Lake Minnetonka doesn't disappoint with her fabulous displays of color changing leaves set against the backdrop of the crystal blue waters! Crisp fall air and no mosquitos! Who doesn't love fall boating, football, crockpot dinners, sweaters, autum leaves, pumpkins and

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Set on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge is a top Minnesota destination where lake life and delicious food pair together to make a delectable experience.

Since 1968 Lord Fletcher’s has been providing an exceptional dining experience for its guests.  Accessible by land and water with three different dining venues- it’s sure to be a fit for all seasons and moods.  Fletcher’s has used many of the original recipes for over 50 years!  House staples include walleye, parmesan house salad and mud pie (don’t let the name scare you- one of the best desserts ever!).  Fletcher’s serves almost 50,000 pounds of fresh walleye every year- making it the number one place for walleye in the state and number 3 in the country! The…
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Minnetonka Conservation District is Declaring High Water to Promote Public Safety and Protect the Lake and the lakeshore from erosion and damage. Until further notice, the minimum wake areas on Lake Minnetonka will be extended to 600 feet from shore throughout the lake and certain bays are entirely minimum wake (meaning speeds less than 5 mph or speeds slow enough to create a minimum wake). Lake Minnetonka remains open to the public. Regular speed limits apply in all other areas of the bays.

Reduced watercraft speeds of less than 5 mph in extended minimum wake areas will help minimize erosion of shorelines, damage to structures, and protect the public from possible accidents. It can also be very relaxing. The HCSO Water Patrol and

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Community Spotlight: the city of Minnetonka Beach

The City of the Village of Minnetonka Beach is a unique lakeside community with an intense focus on community, heritage, and character. The Village of Minnetonka Beach is a boot shaped peninsula located on Lake Minnetonka with 230 homes and around 540 residents. It is a small village that packs a large punch with its pre-war era homes, gorgeous lake views and a commitment to keeping the Village residential. The only two non-residential occupants are the Lafayette Club and St. Martin's Church. Careful city planning and engaged residents have helped maintain open spaces and park lands, and the preservation of the "Village" atmosphere. Pictured above is the beach and swimming area for

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Simplify Your Move


Moving is tough.  The list of things to do can seem endless and it feels like you’ll never get moved out of the old place and settled into the new place.  It’s no wonder moving is one of the top 5 most stressful life events. But, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We’ve created a Moving Checklist to help you keep your sanity during this exciting but intense time.


First things first….  Choosing the right realtor to help facilitate the sale and purchase of your homes is crucial.  Dan Hollerman will guide you through this process and ensure your sale and purchase is smooth and headache free.  From the prep work needed to get your home market ready to helping you find the perfect interior decorator for the new

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Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt 2018

‘Tis the season for merry making and gift giving!  Looking for something fun to do Thanksgiving weekend?  Bring the whole family out to the 13th Annual Christkindlsmarkt in downtown Excelsior! Christkindlsmarkt is a traditional German Christmas festival that is held the three days after Thanksgiving (November 23-25).  It is a celebration of the holiday season with shopping and activities for everyone!


The festival kicks off on Friday at 10 AM with the Grand Opening Parade.  Father Christmas, the Grand Marshall, the Excelsior Queen and many more lead the parade down Main Street to the official ribbon cutting ceremony.  The festival officially opens at 10:15 AM and there are three activity packed

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It’s fall!  Pumpkins, crisp Autumn air, vibrant leaves- a few of our favorite things!  However, with the falling leaves and dropping temperatures means one thing- winter is coming!  We’ve compiled a list of Fall chores that are must-do’s before the winter sets in!

Outside the Home

Summer is gone, but all of her debris and dirt isn’t!  

Time to come inside for winter! Outside the house tend to these autumn chores:

  • Winterize your Sprinkler System before the nightly temperatures drop below freezing

  • Fertilize before the first frost to provide nutrients and help with the winter die off. Aerate for good root development. Keep mowing until it stops growing and can be kept 2 to 2½ inches tall.

  • Overseed your

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Liberty on the Lake- Tim McGraw

Snap Fitness is, once again, hosting Tim McGraw for the second annual Liberty on the Lake event.  On July 28th, Tim McGraw will be gracing the shores of Lake Minnetonka to rock out and raise funds for charities that support soldiers and soldiers’ families.  

By land, it is a private charity event, but by “sea,” it is open to the public.  The stage is a dual direction stage so all party goers by boat can see and hear the acoustic performance.  The concert is taking place at the home of Snap Fitness owner, Peter Taunton, on Palmer Pointe in Minnetrista.  Palmer Pointe is in between Smithtown Bay and West Upper Lake.

Here's a video that Snap Fitness put together of the event last year:


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Community Event This Weekend: Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon

Looking for something to do this weekend?  What about run 13.1 miles along the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka?  Too long for your liking? There is also a relay run and a kids run to meet every runner and non runner’s needs!  The Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon is not to be missed!

There are approximately 100 spots left for this May 6th event.  The race starts at 7 AM in Wayzata and follows a scenic route from downtown Wayzata, along the shores of Lake Minnetonka, and ends at the Commons Park in Excelsior. Registration and race information can be found here.

Annually, over 2,000 people participate in this fun race that supports the Freshwater Society.  The

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