Great Neighborhoods: Chaska

Move into a park paradise just southwest of the Twin Cities
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Photo by Mark MacLennan

There is no shortage of green space in Chaska; parks encompass its borders to the north and south in the scenic Minnesota River Valley. In this neighborhood southwest of the Twin Cities, explore the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a 1,200-acre horticulture garden that is the perfect backyard playground year round.

Another highlight is Paisley Park, Prince’s Minneapolis residence and recording studio, now a museum devoted to his legacy. After select Saturday tours, visitors are able to stay and dance the night away.

Paisley Park
Paisley Park

Courtesy the Prince Estate-Paisley Park

Moving south on North Chestnut Street leads you to the Minnesota River and Chaska Lake. The Hazeltine National Golf Club is a picturesque, premier golf club, and was the host of the 2016 Ryder Cup (and will be host to the 2028 Ryder Cup). There’s also the Chaska Curling Center, the national training facility for USA Curling, which boasts the largest curling membership in the country. The Chaska community center offers aquatics, fitness, ice skating, batting cages, classes and more, and the Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center is a perennial favorite venue for weddings, corporate retreats and other events.

Hazeltine National Golf Club
Hazeltine National Golf Club

Courtesy Hazeltine National Golf Club

Tree-lined streets in Chaska, like North Pine Street and West Fourth Street, offer beautiful single-family homes. The distinctive yellow “Chaska brick” can be found in historical buildings such as the Guardian Angels Catholic Church.

Chaska truly combines the feeling of a friendly small town with the modern offerings of larger cities. The area is rapidly expanding, having seen a population growth of 33 percent since 2000, and developments have kept up with the demand. There is a slew of new shops and restaurants, and the local clinic and emergency room, Two Twelve Medical Center, has seen significant additions. It’s no surprise, then, that each year the area adds between 100 and 300 new residential homes.

By the Numbers:

Population: 26,561
Households: 9,843
Median Household Income: $81,938
Persons per household: 2.69
Median housing value range: $249,000
Approximate Property Taxes: $3,000+

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