Forest Lake / Scandia / Marine, Minnesota

Forest Lake Area Featured Listings
Martin Lake - $389,900 Martin Lake - $389,900
Perfect Sandy Shoreline on full rec lake! New Construction Lake home, 30 minutes to Twin Cities, Open concept, vaulted ceilings, wall of windows lake facing, Attached garage, MF laundry, MF bedroom+loft, Walkout to lake. Customize it, be in before summer!
Fawn Lake Access - $129,900 Fawn Lake Access - $129,900
Cute rambler available w/access to sandy lakeshore. Surrounded by perennial gardens, fenced backyard, cute storage shed & large deck. This remodeled home is done & ready for you! Fresh paint, solid hickory floors, large master BR, new applcs, energy eff.
5 Acres with pool - $519,900 5 Acres with pool - $519,900
Beautiful executive hilltop home with panoramic views of the countryside and many features. In-ground pool, extra tuck under garage, all on 5 acres of privacy

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About the Area

In the past decade or so, the community of Forest Lake has grown from a small water's edge hamlet, to the main hub for the little towns and townships that dot the map to the north of the Twin Cities along the Interstate 35 corridor. Still holding onto its identity which ties its name to this popular 2,200 acre water playground, Forest Lake has an active lifestyle and busy downtown business district along the lake's western shore. And just so residents have other options, 500 acre Clear Lake sits just a few blocks away.

As the focal point to this area, about a half hour north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the city of Forest Lake draws both students and those in need of everyday services from the surrounding villages and townships for about ten to fifteen miles. Its restaurants and stores stay busy year-round, and the shopping options continue to grow to meet the demand.

The lake itself is a vast expanse of three connected bodies of water named: First Lake, Second Lake and Third Lake. Although, not extremely creative in choosing the three titles, they seem to have done the job since most everyone recognizes these geographic locations when it comes to talking about lake homes for saleā€¦or great fishing spots. First Lake, which is home to the business district, also typically hosts the most expensive real estate, but the entire lake has a variety of housing from cabins to high end showpieces.

As you drive a few miles east of Forest Lake toward Wisconsin, you will enter Scandia, which feels a bit more like New England with its plentiful barns and small active farms. Many serene lakes appear as you wind along narrow wooded roads, and within about ten miles you will end up at the extremely scenic St. Croix River and its storybook towns such as Marine On St. Croix.

Another group of lakes will be found to the west of Forest Lake throughout Linwood and Columbus Township, and there are many other recreational lakes that are scattered within just a few miles. Most of the lakeshore properties in the outer edges of the Forest Lake region have larger lots and plenty of wooded privacy. Our local real estate experts can provide you with housing values and any other information you need about Forest Lake and the area that surrounds it.

Communities

  • East Bethel
  • Forest Lake
  • Ham Lake
  • Linwood
  • Marine On St. Croix
  • Scandia

Lakes

  • Big Marine Lake
  • Bone Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Coon Lake
  • Deer Lake
  • Forest Lake
  • Goose Lake
  • Halfbreed Lake
  • Ham Lake
  • Hay Lake
  • Howard Lake
  • Island Lake
  • Lake Netta
  • Linwood Lake
  • Long Lake
  • Martin Lake
  • Neds Lake
  • Sand Lake
  • Shields Lake
  • St. Croix River
  • Tamarack Lake
  • Typo Lake

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