Rush Creek Golf Club Maple Grove, Minnesota – Stunning Photos

Rush Creek Golf CourseThere are many wonderful golf courses in the area, but one that has really grown beautifully and continues to attract attention is Rush Creek Golf Club located in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

This is a much sought after venue for corporate golf tournaments as well as just active golfers  in the area. It offers an 18-hole championship golf course that I can personally testify to is quite challenging. As you can see by the photographs by Wayne Moran that it’s a stunning setting. Wayne Moran is my brother-in-law and has an amazing eye especially when it comes to outdoors or architecture. Check out his full portfolio at his photography site – Wayne Moran.

While I have permission to use the photos you see below, be sure to check out the entire incredible album that Wayne Moran has put together at Rush Creek Photo Album by Wayne Moran.

In addition to the outstanding golf course, Rush Creek hosts many events including wedding receptions, parties and corporate events.

Rush Creek | 7801 County Road 101 N., Maple Grove, MN 55311 | 763-494-8844

Commuting to Minneapolis from Plymouth and Medina: Highway 55 and County Road 101 Intersection

This is the first of 4 posts where I will publish brief 90 second videos at key intersections along Highway 55 for those who are considering moving to the northwestern suburbs of Plymouth, Medina or Maple Grove (and beyond).  The videos were taken at approximately 7:45 – 8:00 am on October 3, 2011.  Note from this intersection at Highway 55 and County Road 101 where Medina, Plymouth, and Uptown Hamel converge, it typically will take between 7-10 minutes to get to 494 in the morning.  From 494, it’s another 15 minutes usually to downtown Minneapolis.  My hope is these videos will help you get a little better sense of the area.  One observation is that it seems traffic may be a little lighter than usual.

Part 2: Highway 55 and Vicksburg Lane

Part 3: Highway 55 and Fernbrook Lane

Part 4: Highway 55 and Northwest Blvd.

Maple Grove, MN Median Home Prices Decline by 15% Year over Year Through August 2011

This is why sometimes you have to be suspicious of statistics.  The City of Maple Grove, MN has been one of the growth stars in the Twin Cities.  It’s in the northwest corner of the Twin Cities and has seen massive grown in housing, retail and commercial over the past 10 years.  It’s hard to believe that their home prices are down by 15% year over year but that’s what the statistics say.  Without going in to the specific detail underneath these numbers, my sense is the mix of home sales has just shifted to the lower end of the market and thus the data results are skewed.

That said, here’s the link to the pdf for the one page report for the month of August from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.

(Click image to enlarge from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors):

Maple Grove Housing Stats August 2011


Plymouth, MN Foreclosure Inventory Dreadful – Fewer Than 20 Properties for Sale

There has been lots of press lately about the declining inventory of bank owned property as well as notices of foreclosure across the country as well as in the Twin Cities.  Banks have absolutely driven the market the past 3 years but perhaps that tide is about to change.  If inventory is any judge, that may be the case.

I just looked at the bank owned inventory in Plymouth, MN and all I can say is it’s dreadful!  There are only 18 properties currently for sale.  2 of them are under contract right now.  A total of 10 are single family homes and 8 are townhomes/condos.  None of them are over $300,000 with the exception that one of them is an auction property that should sell for well over $300,000 when it’s finally auctioned.  (The last purchase on it was a few years ago for over $900,000).

If you’d like this search that I just ran, please send me an e-mail and I’ll forward it to you on e-mail.  Otherwise, I’ve set up a custom search for Plymouth bank owned properties.

Builders Association of the Twin Cities Hot Sheet – Plymouth, MN Leads Metro in Building Permits for June 2011

The Builders Association of the Twin Cities is out with its latest Hot Sheet for June 2011.  There’s commentary published from a national perspective, but there is also good bits of information about the local market.  Home building remains constrained.  That said, Plymouth, MN led the way in new units for June.  The top 5 cities in the Twin Cities metro for permitted units in June were as follows:

Plymouth: 87

Blaine: 59

Woodbury: 26

Maple Grove: 25

Vadnais Heights: 17

It’s not surprising that Plymouth led the way in June.  Anyone who has driven around northwest Plymouth has seen the building going on.  I suspect the high number in June was in part the apartments that  will be built on the northwest corner of Vicksburg Lane and County Road 47 (Hackamore).