The healthy and broad-based economy of Minneapolis is home to five Fortune 500 companies: Target Corporation, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial, U.S. Bancorp, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Minneapolis contributes 63.8% to the gross state product of the state of Minnesota. If you’re coming to Minneapolis to work temporarily, or relocating to the city permanently, you will want to live in corporate housing first. Temporary corporate housing leases allow you to test out the different neighborhoods of the city before committing to a more permanent housing solution. If you are looking for Minneapolis corporate housing, here are 10 areas of the city that you may want to consider:
1. St. Louis Park. St. Louis Park grew rapidly post World War II, and as a result your first impression of the city will be block after block of ranch houses. Don’t let the age of the properties deceive you: real estate here has been on the uptick in the past decade, and the demographics may be rapidly changing. St. Louis Park corporate housing is more budget-friendly than other parts of the area, and it is within a short commute to all that Minneapolis has to offer.
2. Edina. For the corporate traveler who is relocating to Minneapolis with children, Edina furnished apartments may be your best option. Edina public schools are consistently rated among the top 100 best for academics in the United States. Almost half of the high school graduates here go on to pursue a master’s degree or higher. Edina furnished apartments are closer to Minneapolis than St. Louis Park furnished apartments are, but Edina is still far enough removed to feel like its own small town.
3. Rochester. Rochester isn’t technically part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan statistical area. Major employers in Rochester include IBM and the Mayo Clinic, and as a result Rochester corporate housing is easy to find. If you choose a Rochester furnished apartment, you will find that it is not too far from the Twin Cities to make a night out there impractical.
4. Eagan. Minneapolis and its surrounding suburbs are known for landing on many “Best of” lists. Eagan is no exception. Money magazine voted it the best place to live in 2006. Eagan is an atypical suburb, with an exceptionally democratic socioeconomic mix of people. If you’re looking to live comfortably and within a short drive from Minneapolis, you may want to consider Eagan corporate housing.
5. Downtown Minneapolis. If you are a night owl, it might make more sense for you to live in downtown Minneapolis corporate housing. The Skyway and the Light Rail link the major attractions of the city together, and when it fails to reach your destination, you can always fall back on walking or taking a cab.
6. Brooklyn Park. Known for the Edinburgh USA Golf Course and for being the headquarters of Target Corporation, Brooklyn Park also has a community college and a technical college located there. If you love to golf and want to take full advantage of the 26,600 jobs that Target brings to the area, you may want to consider a furnished apartment in Brooklyn Park.
7. Eden Prairie. Eden Prairie corporate housing is for the nature lover. With more than 2,250 acres of parkland, 170 miles of trails and 1,300 acres of open space, you would never know that you are living only 15 miles from downtown Minneapolis.
8. Bloomington. Bloomington has several major employers located within its city limits: Ceridian, Donaldson Company, Inc., Health Partners, Toro, and Mall of America. If you hate to drive, Bloomington furnished apartments may be for you because it is the only suburb that has a stop on the light rail line.
9. Maple Grove. If you love to shop, you should take special interest in Maple Grove corporate housing. The city is fast becoming a shopping destination in the Twin Cities area, with new developments such as the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes being built.
10. Plymouth. With more than 50,000 jobs in the area, and home prices for a three-bedroom, two-bath house going for around $350,000, it’s easy to see why in 2008 Money magazine named Plymouth the best place to live in America. If you’re relocating to Minneapolis permanently, you will definitely want to try Plymouth furnished apartments.
Living in a Minneapolis furnished apartment will give you more time to realize why Forbes magazine recently named it the “Most Affordable Place to Live Well.” Choosing to live in Minneapolis is an easy decision. Deciding which neighborhood or suburb to live in should be the most difficult part of your stay.