SEARCH FOR HOPKINS REAL ESTATE
Hopkins offers the convenience of city life as well as the security and the serenity of small town living. Despite its proximity to the Twin Cities in Minnesota (just 13 minutes) Hopkins has managed to maintain its tradition. The Hopkins community remains strong and committed to maintaining and improving the quality of life in their city.
It has a total land area of 4.1 square miles but is surrounded by small ponds and creeks on the western and northern side, the most popular of which is the Minnehaha Creek.
With a meager population of 17,000 people and 8.224 households Hopkins may well be one of the smallest communities in Minnesota. The quality of life is ideal with a density of 4,205 people for every square mile. Majority or 82.61% are Whites followed by Germans (23.9$), Norwegians (12.4%), Asians (5.92%), Hispanics and Latinos (5.54%) and a mixture of Irish, Swedish, African Americans and Native Americans. The average population is considerably young with a median age of 34 years.
Compared to the other Minnesota cities, there are more families (8.1%) and people (9.3% of the total population) living below the poverty line. Average income per household is $39,203 with the male population getting a higher average income of $37,541 compared to the female population with an average income of $30,687.
Among the famous Hopkins residents are former CNN anchor Aaron Brown, Espy Awards 2004 winner Blake Hoffarber, Miami Dolphins star football player Michael Lehan, Jeffrey Lee Parson-infamous creator of a variant of Blaster Worm and co-host of Dancing with the Stars Samantha Harris.
The economic beginnings of Hopkins are deeply rooted in the Minneapolis Threshing Company (which manufactured farm equipment) and the West Minneapolis Land Company (which built housing units for the factory workers) built sometime in 1887. The Minneapolis Threshing Company is one of the three companies that merged to form Minneapolis-Moline, a Hopkins-headquartered company producing large tractors and other machineries.
Hopkins used to be a part of Minneapolis until 1893 when the residents, represented by the Hennepin Country Board of Commissioners, signed a petition which seeks for the formation of a separate village. With only a population of 1,105 and three square miles of land, it was incorporated as a West Minneapolis village.
The village name was then changed to Hopkins in 1928 not necessarily in honor (but more of an accidental twist) of one of the first postmaster and first homesteaders of the village, Harley H. Hopkins. The train depot was built on the land of Hopkins in exchange for naming the train station after him. However, the name stuck since the people using the train station assumed that Hopkins was the name of the town. Hopkins was chartered as a city in January 1, 1948.
Employee and corporate relocation to Hopkins would be easier for families with children since the city offers both public and private educational facilities. For those who have an interest in the arts, the Main School of Performing Arts is an ideal training ground for dance, theater and music. Aside from that, the Hopkins School District provides educational services to seven suburban communities in Minneapolis namely Hopkins, Golden Valley, Edina, Minnetonka, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and Eden Prairie. There is one senior high school (Hopkins Senior High School); two Junior high schools (West Hopkins Junior High and North Hopkins Junior High; and seven elementary schools namely:
- Alice Smith Elementary
- Eisenhower Elementary
- Gatewood Elementary
- Glen Lake Elementary
- Katherine Curren Elementary (which is already closed and being rented out)
- Meadowbrook Elementary
- L.H. Tanglen Elementary
The four private schools in the city are:
- Hopkins Montessori School
- St. John’s Catholic School
- St. David’s School (specializing in preschool education)
- Blake School (accepts K-12 students)
There are Minnesota real estate packages that remain attractive to corporate relocation, residential relocation and employee relocation because of the quality of life in Minnesota and adjoining cities. Those moving to Hopkins should take note of the truth-in-housing policy of the city. This is one of the most relocation information that can benefit those buying condos and residential real estate in Hopkins.
The truth-in-housing policy makes sure that real estate buyers are made aware of the real state or condition of the real estate properties they are about to purchase. It applies to condominiums and townhouses intended for single to four family dwelling. This was implemented to maintain concerns related to health and safety in the city. Under this policy, each unit is evaluated (by independent evaluators) and classified as real estate property that:
- Meets minimum requirements
- Below minimum requirements
- Repair, replace or comment
The evaluation report, which costs from $100 to $200, guides property owners as to the next step to take. If the evaluation yields a rating of repair or replace, the property owner is required to make the necessary corrections or repairs before selling the property. The property will once again be inspected and evaluated after such repairs have been made. While the evaluation assures property buyers that any accessible area that needs repair will be noted down by the evaluator, it does not serve as a warranty for hidden or inaccessible defects.
This special concern for real estate comes from the fact that around 60% of the housing stock of Hopkins consist of properties for rent. The city thus conducts inspection of real estate properties for rent or for sale on a routine basis or when there is a complaint. All apartment complexes consisting of at least three units are inspected annually. The duplex, condominiums, single family properties for rent and townhouses are inspected often.
If you are moving to Hopkins then you might want to look at the mortgage programs being offered by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. You might want to avail of Home Stretch, a three-part education program for home buyers offered by the Community Action for Suburban Hennepin or CASH for a meager $20 fee per person. Join the program and get to know the home buying process in Hopkins, determine the mortgage amount you can afford and learn to overcome the perceived and real barriers to owning a home. The fee also entitles you to a comprehensive guidebook for homebuyers.
Incidentally, you can be entitled to as much as $20,000 mortgage grant. You can avail of loans at an interest of 3% payable in 12 years.
As the adage goes, all work and no play make Hopkins residents boring. So take part in the year-round recreation activities being held at the various city parks and playgrounds. Summer is always fun at Hopkins with more activities at Shady Oak Beach (operated by the recreation department) and the Libbs Lake Beach. Make it a point to get a comprehensive listing of the city activities through the seasonal brochures that are published every March, July and December.
With six parks and ice rinks to keep everyone occupied no matter what the season is, you can be assured that life in Hopkins is never dull and boring.
Here is a link to the City Of Hopkins website: http://www.hopkinsmn.com
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