28445 Forest Boulevard, Wyoming, MN

28445 Forest Boulevard, Wyoming, MN

For Sale

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1344 SQUARE FEET

Beautiful 5.5 acres for building or renovating current home. Very private tree covered wildlife filled property. Home is a handyman special but has possibilities. 3 bedrooms on one level, 2 baths and 3 car garage.

 

28445 Forest Boulevard, Wyoming, MN – Just Listed

28445 Forest Boulevard, Wyoming, MN

Just Listed

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1344 SQUARE FEET

Beautiful 5.5 acres for building or renovating current home. Very private tree covered wildlife filled property. Home is a handyman special but has possibilities. 3 bedrooms on one level, 2 baths and 3 car garage.

 

Minnesota Has 52 Native Trees!

Did you know that Minnesota has 52 native trees?

With spring starting in Minnesota I started to think about planting some trees and got curious about our trees.  Questions like what species do we have?  Are there specific areas that certain trees grow in?  Do we have invasive trees?  Can I grow fruit trees here?

I did some looking and found out that our own Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a wonderful site on the subject of native trees.

From reading I found out that we have two basic categories of trees in Minnesota, Deciduous and Coniferous, more commonly known as Evergreens.  Basically, deciduous are trees that drop their leaves each autumn and coniferous trees are cone-bearing trees that have thin, needlelike leaves.  Another great source on native trees is, A Beginners Guide to Minnesota Trees, produced by the University of Minnesota.

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When traveling from south to north through Minnesota a person will notice that coniferous trees become more and more prevalent.  Coniferous trees tend to stand up to harsh winters better than deciduous trees.  This is why the landscape changes as you move north.

For wildlife, both trees have there places.  Deciduous are for, most species, a better source of food where the coniferous is a better shelter during bad weather.  Spruce grouse in far northern Minnesota have a diet consisting of almost all pine needles.  One of the few animals in Minnesota that dines so exclusively on pine needles.

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Here is fly in the ointment, there is a coniferous tree that sheds its needles each fall.  Say it ain’t so!  Aren’t they called evergreens?  The Tamarack tree, that you see in wetter areas, has needles but drops them each fall.

We also have an invasive species of deciduous tree, Buckthorn, that does not drop it’s leaves in the fall.  If you see green leaves late in the fall into winter it is most likely Buckthorn.  This is a very invasive species that our DNR wants you to to eradicate.  They have nasty thorns so watch out.

Take a few minutes and look into our varied family of Native Trees in Minnesota.  We have fruit bearing trees, nut trees, maple syrup producing trees, etc., etc.  Minnesota has very large timber and pulp industry too.

Learn something about Minnesota’s 52 Native Trees, you will be glad you did!

31357 Gable Avenue, Stacy, MN

31357 Gable Avenue, Stacy, MN

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (1 full, 1 ¾ bath ) BATHROOMS | 1,832 SQUARE FEET

Stunning home in an upscale area! Gorgeous view from large deck that overlooks huge private and landscaped yard. Impressive home that won’t disappoint. Don’t forget the 3 stall garage for those winter months and storage. Very convenient location and easy drive to downtown metro.

 

31357 Gable Avenue, Stacy, MN

31357 Gable Avenue, Stacy, MN

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (1 full, 1 ¾ bath ) BATHROOMS | 1832 SQUARE FEET

Stunning home in an upscale area! Gorgeous view from large deck that overlooks huge private and landscaped yard. Impressive home that won’t disappoint. Don’t forget the 3 stall garage for those winter months and storage. Very convenient location and easy drive to downtown metro.

 

31357 Gable Avenue, Stacy, MN – Just Listed

31357 Gable Avenue, Stacy, MN

Just Listed

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (1 full, 1 ¾ bath ) BATHROOMS | 1,832 SQUARE FEET

Stunning home in an upscale area! Gorgeous view from large deck that overlooks huge private and landscaped yard. Impressive home that won’t disappoint. Don’t forget the 3 stall garage for those winter months and storage. Very convenient location and easy drive to downtown metro.

 

31357 Gable Ave, Stacy, MN

31357 Gable Ave, Stacy, MN

For Sale

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1832 SQUARE FEET

Stunning home in an upscale area! Gorgeous view from large deck that overlooks huge private and landscaped yard. Impressive home that won't disappoint. Don't forget the 3 stall garage for those winter months and storage. Very convenient location and easy drive to downtown metro.

 

31357 Gable Ave, Stacy, MN

31357 Gable Ave, Stacy, MN

For Sale

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1832 SQUARE FEET

Stunning home in an upscale area! Gorgeous view from large deck that overlooks huge private and landscaped yard. Impressive home that won't disappoint. Don't forget the 3 stall garage for those winter months and storage. Very convenient location and easy drive to downtown metro.

 

31357 Gable Avenue, Stacy, MN – Just Listed

31357 Gable Avenue, Stacy, MN

Just Listed

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 2 (1 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 1832 SQUARE FEET

Stunning home in an upscale area! Gorgeous view from large deck that overlooks huge private and landscaped yard. Impressive home that won’t disappoint. Don’t forget the 3 stall garage for those winter months and storage. Very convenient location and easy drive to downtown metro.

 

Tiny Houses, Traditional Houses or a Big Problem?

As many of you know, Tiny Houses have become a very popular trend in the USA and Europe.  The biggest reason it seems is that they cost so much less than a “regular” sized home.  Also, a person has the ability in many cases to be move the home with them if they choose to live somewhere else.

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With the housing market in another fast upward spiral, affordable homes are becoming tougher to find in many areas and Tiny Houses seem like a viable alternative.  Yes, of course there are less expensive homes if you are willing to drive farther to your job.  For example, in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area to live say in the suburb of Shoreview, your commute to downtown St. Paul will be about 10-15 minutes on a normal day.  North Branch, MN is about 30 miles north of Shoreview and will take you about 50-65 minutes on a normal day.  Seems like a lot of driving but consider that an average home will cost you about $262,000 for a 3 bedroom home while in North Branch that same home will be on average $202,000.

Longer drive cheaper home, shorter drive more expensive home.

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With rising housing costs and a move to more basic living, Tiny Houses have hit the market like gang busters to fill this niche.  Tiny Houses can many times take lots that a “normal” sized home would not be aloud to use because of building setbacks.  A Tiny House has an average size of 500 sq. ft. or about a 20’x25′ space.  Whereas an average new home these days is 2500 sq. ft. or about a 50’x50′ space.  So you can see the opportunities for using those non-buildable lots in urban areas.

What does a Tiny House cost?  One of the nationwide leaders, Tumbleweed Tiny House Co., has homes that average between $50,000 and $75,000.  It is possible to do DIY Tiny Homes for $20,000 to $40,000.  There is a great article on entitled, How Much Does a Tiny House Cost? that will take you through the comparison of DIY, secondhand, or company built new construction.

My understanding how much room you need or size, is that you should have 100 sq. ft. per person.  Family of 4 means 400 sq. ft., for example.  A couple would need 200 sq. ft.  It’s your home so use what you want.

For the right person this trend seems like a great alternative to having a big monthly mortgage payment and large home full of stuff you don’t need.  The hardest part is finding where you can put your Tiny House as many cities/towns, etc. do not have zoning in place and won’t allow them.  Do you homework before jumping into buying a Tiny House.  We know of a young man who bought a city lot in Colorado and started building his Tiny House to find out the city ordinance did not allow for a Tiny House.  The city ordinance also required he build on the lot within a year of purchase.  He couldn’t afford anything but a Tiny House and now had a big problem.

Check out everything and get it in writing before taking on the Tiny House trend.

Have fun and enjoy whichever way you go, traditional or Tiny House!