Stillwater, known as the birthplace of Minnesota, began as a logging camp on the banks of the St. Croix River. Today, the city's historic charm attracts both tourists and year-round residents. It’s convenient location offers an easy commute to the hustle and bustle of the Twin Cities.
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Stillwater has experienced a housing boom over the last several decades as more commuters flock to the city as an alternative to the urban sprawl of the Twin Cities. In response to the boom, developers have built several condo and smaller home developments on the outskirts of town.
Despite the new housing boom, Stillwater remains a town with beautiful, well-established neighborhoods and an abundance of single family homes. The local real estate market features homes of many sizes, including small cottages and large, luxurious homes. The average home costs just over $226,000, with a median home age of 37 years. Now is an excellent time to purchase in Stillwater, as home appreciation rates are up 8.90% over the last year. Browse the newest Stillwater, MN homes for sale.
Stillwater students largely attend the local public school district, Stillwater Area Public Schools. Originally, public education in town began with one-room schoolhouse in the 1840s. Today, the school districts are made up of ten elementary schools, two junior high schools and the Stillwater Area High School. Nationally recognized for excellence, Stillwater Area High Schools was recently awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, Stillwater offers an alternative education option. The St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center emphasizes life skills alongside meeting state educational standards through small class sizes and hands-on learning activities. Search Stillwater homes for sale by school district.
Once a booming logging town, today Stillwater's economy offers a boom to tourism, and small businesses like restaurants, shops and bed and breakfasts. Additionally, the town is a popular location choice for the film industry. Several popular movies were filmed in and around Stillwater, including Fargo, Grumpy Old Men, Beautiful Girls and The Unearthing.
The town is also a popular choice for commuters and young professionals. Stillwater's location offers an easy commute to St. Paul and Minneapolis, providing residents with plenty of employment opportunities. The Twin Cities area is home to many of the country's largest companies including Best Buy, Target, 3M, General Mills, Cargill, U.S. Bancorp, UnitedHealth Group and Supervalu.
Stillwater offers historic charm and an abundance of outdoor activity. Bordered by the St. Croix River, Stillwater encourages residents to get out on the water for a little bit of fun. The river, named a national scenic waterway by the National Park Service, offers plenty of recreational opportunities including boat rentals, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise down the river on a paddle wheel boat or a romantic ride on a Venetian gondola.
In addition to the river activities, there is always something to do and explore in Stillwater. Walk along the city's historic downtown corridor to discover a new restaurant, boutique shopping and interesting antique shopping. Stillwater offers the types of community activities that attracts residents looking for an alternative to city life. Join your favorite residents for an antique car show, arts festivals and farmer's markets.
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