Terrible Place to Raise Kids - 7/21/2011
I have found Lakeville to have many amenities and its nice its so close to the Twin Cities. HOWEVER, unless have bunches of money in your pocket or are a local you will find Lakeville a terrible place to live. Lakeville is the clickiest place I have ever lived and I, and many others hate it. It is a very political motivated environment which is hostile unless you become one of the Lakeville zombies. I have spoken to others that have lived in Lakeville and moved away, and they have the same comments. DON'T move here to raise kids, unless you have money, or are buddies with the local clicks, you don't stand a chance.[read more...]
Looking for a place to retire someday - 7/30/2009
Currentlty we live in Lakeville, MN. Very nice but would like to someday find a location that is just as wonderful but with less of a winter. I'm not saying no winter, just ones that are not 6 months long. If I could knock 2 - 3 months off my winter time, I would be happy. Sweatshirt weather is what's best. Able to play golf almost year round.[read more...]
Great Place to Live - 8/22/2007
Great place to live. Took a job transfer from suburb of Philadelphia and love it here. Minnesota nice has been very true for us. As an example, went to a parade in the city and asked a large group of people to allow me to throw out a cup in the trash can that they happened to be standing around. They turned and offered to throw it out for me!
As mentioned, people are very friendly. Location is great. Since I fly frequently, it was important for me to have easy access to the airport. Door to door is only 25 minutes which is great. And, MSP is a great airport that is easy to get around with lots of amenities.
Shopping is great. Burnsville Center Mall (Macy's, Penney's, and Sears) is within about 10 minutes and Mall of America is less than 20 minutes away.
Culturally, can be in downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul in about 30 minutes.
Though traffic can be a little heavy during rush hour around the beltway and into the city, it is manageable (remember, I lived outside of Philly).
Schools are very good. If you are transferring in with kids during the school year, the deans at our kids' middle school (Century) arranged for peer guides on their first day. These students were kids in the same classes as mine who gave them a tour of the school, introduced them to their friends, and made them feel at ease. Both kids (6th grade and 8th) commented how 10 kids each asked them to join them for lunch.
One other thing, Minneapolis is one of the cleanest cities and healthiest cities to live. In Lakeville, their are bike paths that go for miles which encourages physical activity. It is not unusual to see people outside in the winter time jogging, walking their dogs, etc.
Overall, we have been very happy living here even though we never lived outside of PA.[read more...]
Raised in Lakeville - 7/19/2005
I am 22 and I have lived in Lakeville all my life. When I was young, there was a cornfield in my backyard and a barn at the top of my street. I can remember the years that the transformation began to take place. Soon, there were countless roads and houses behind my house and now a new high school where the barn stood.
My parents tell me that there is a joke that used to go something like, "Watch out for the Indians if you go to Lakeville." That was meant to warn city-people that Lakeville was way out in the boonies.
Today it is a community full of young people that is growing fast. Our second high school is opening soon. A SuperTarget opened up a few years ago where another patch of wilderness once was. We got a Cub recently and will be getting a Rainbow. But we still have to drive to Burnsville to go to the mall! (which is okay by me)
I recently took a job in North St. Paul and regretfully, will be moving away from Lakeville soon. Nevertheless, the city will always be home to me.[read more...]