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What $274,900 Buys in Blaine MN

Here is MLS # 3998012

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This single-family house is located at 3509 126th Avenue NE in Blaine, Minnesota. This 2-story home is newly constructed in Blaine's hottest new community, Legacy Creek. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and 2,032-square-feet of space.

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This beautiful home features a sleek gourmet Kitchen with granite countertops, Knotty Alder cabines, and stainless steel appliances. Large panels of windows and smaller windows in unique places allow for plenty of natural lighting in almost every room of the house.

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The yard for this property includes sod and an irrigation system. The home has a two-car garage. This new house could be yours for $274,900!

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What $279,900 Buys in Blaine

Voila! It is MLS #  3971118 !

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This single-family home at 3517 126th Ave NE in Blaine, MN, is a new construction 2-story with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,232-square-feet of space, and an additional 1,012-square-foot basement that could be finished.

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Just imagine the wonderful meals that could be cooked in this gourmet kitchen with alder cabinets and granite countertops. This home features hardwood flooring, stone tile, and a gorgeous stone fireplace.

 

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It will be ready for you to move in by the end of October. Located in the Blaine's hottest new community, the Legacy Creek development, this house could be yours for $279,900!

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Minnesota to Receive Additional $6 Million for Home Weatherization

The state of Minnesota will receive an additional $6 million in weatherization aid. The funding comes through the Department of Energy from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The money will help the state to continue its success through its Weatherization Assistance Program. From April to June, Minnesota weatherized more than 2,700 homes. As of June 30, Minnesota has weatherized more than 6,000 under the federal stimulus funding, including 875 homes in June alone.

“This is an excellent investment, this $6 million in Recovery Act funding will create hundreds of jobs in the short term, putting people to work making homes more energy efficient,” U/S Rep. Jim Oberstar, DFL-8th District, said in a separate statement. “But in the long run, low-income families will spend less of their hard-earned money heating their homes in the winter.”

Minnesota’s efforts are contributing to the success of the program nationwide. Over 200,000 low-income homes have been weatherized across the country. The Weatherization Assistance Program is now weatherizing homes at a rate of about 25,000 homes per month - its optimal pace.

Seven local weatherization agencies in Blaine, Minneapolis, New York Mills, Shakopee, Virginia and Zumbrota have been selected to receive more than $6 million to expand their existing programs. The Weatherization Assistance Program is administered locally by the Bi-County Community Action Program....

Twin Cities Summer of New Construction

New numbers from around the Twin Cities metro area indicate home construction is beginning to pick up. After reaching record lows in 2008 and 2009, officials are cautiously hopeful about new home construction over summer.

According to the Builders Association of the Twin Cities
, Blaine was the leader for July in the number of building permits issued with 28, followed by Maple Grove with 26, Woodbury with 17, Hugo with 14, and Shakopee with 12.

For the total number of units permitted in July, Blaine topped the list with 28, followed by Maple Grove with 27, Woodbury with 25, Hugo with 21, and Shakopee with 12.

For the first seven months of 2010, Maple Grove issued 160 permits, followed by Blaine with 153, Shakopee with 126, Woodbury with 98, and Lakeville with 85. Oakdale, Woodbury, Cottage Grove and Forest Lake have already issued more permits this year than in all of 2009.

There has been a flurry of activity in Woodbury and Hugo
. Woodbury leads the entire metro area in terms of planned units for 2010, as well as the valuation of permits issued. Through the end of July, Woodbury had approved 98 permits for 373 units valued at $49.8 million. In 2009, 255 units were approved.

Though it is an improvement, it is unlikely home building will ever return to the boom period the Twin Cities saw during the last two decades, when Woodbury saw more than 1,600 new units a year....

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - In Blaine?

There was already an "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" that took place in St. Paul. Now the producers of the ABC reality TV show have focused their sights on homes in Blaine. The countdown clock is ticking! The show’s deadline to receive family nominations is next Friday, April 9, 2010.

To be eligible, a family must own their own single-family home and be able to show producers how a makeover will make a huge difference in their lives.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” provides home renovations for deserving families. Each episode features a race against time to complete a housing project that would ordinarily take at least four months. The effort involves a team of designers, contractors and several hundred workers. The residential property will be entirely rebuilt in 7 days.

What does it take to be picked for an “Extreme Makeover?”

“We really want to help families whose homes present major problems,” said Rebecca Shumsky, the show’s casting supervisor, in a recent news release.

“We want to help people whose stories have really affected their community or made a big difference,” Shumsky said. “We’re looking for special people who have amazing strength of character and never give up.”

Nominations may be submitted by the family or by a member of the community.

For additional information on how to apply as an episode nominee, read the rest of the news article and visit the show’s Web site.

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Community Highlights ~ Blaine MN

Blaine MN is a lively and involved community that's seen an increase in business and residential development in the recent years. The population now standing at about 54,000, Blaine is truly a community in the middle of a growth spurt. Straddling both Anoka and Ramsey Counties, it is in a first-rate location that offers superb access to the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area.

In 2006, Blaine was named one of Money Magazine's Top 100 Places to Live, and it shouldn't take long to understand why. Blaine, MN has an assortment of real estate and employment options for its residents. The city is a well-planned variety of business, light manufacturing, commercial, retail and residential areas. A handful of large employers are based in Blaine, including Aveda, Dayton Rogers Manufacturing and the Anoka County Airport. Nine universities are located in and around the city.

Great athletic, entertainment, and leisure activities are available for people who call Blaine MN home. The National Sports Center, an Olympic-class training facility, provides top athletes the space to practice and prepare to be the best in competition. The Schwan Super Rink, also in Blaine, is the world's largest indoor rink and it allows children and adults to ice skate and play ice hockey. For golfers, Blaine lays claim to the Tournament Players Club of the Twin Cities and features a course designed by Arnold Palmer and Minnesota's Tom Lehman. Brunswick Lanes bowling, Foss swimming and pool complex, and over 60 parks with trails, playing fields and courts can also be found here. Finally, Blaine is competing to become the home of the Minnesota Vikings new stadium.

From Blaine's mature, established neighborhoods to newer developments, there is sure to be right house for you to call home. Whether you can afford a multi-million dollar mansion, want to build on an empty lot, seek a pre-owned, single-family home or you just want a cozy townhouse, ...

Twin Cities Charities Need Your Help

Organizers of holiday food and toy drives in the Twin Cities metro area are gearing up to give away more turkeys, food baskets and toys this year than ever before, despite the difficult fundraising climate.

First and foremost, since it is deer hunting season, hunters can easily help the hungry. Minnesota food shelves are eager for venison donations. A state venison donation program accepts whole deer carcasses, complete with the hide and registration tag. Donated deer must show no signs of illness, decomposition or contamination.

Armful of Love, a holiday charity run by the Community Action Council in Burnsville, matches sponsors to families in need. Sponsors are given a list of the client's needs and wants for Christmas, including gifts for children  and help for the parents. The sponsors go out and buy gifts, wrap them and bring them to the Armful of Love warehouse, where the families in need pick them up.

Guests of the Minnesota Zoo during the holiday season can get admission discounts if they bring along a food donation for Second Harvest Heartland. For each donation of a nonperishable food item, guests get a $2 discount on adult admission and a $1 discount on child and senior admission. The most-needed items include meats and fish, fruits and vegetables, boxed meals, grains and pasta, hygiene products and cleaning supplies. The discount runs through December. The discounts are valid only one per person.

Some northern Twin Cities metro programs are looking for help as well. The Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) in Brooklyn Park, has seen 25 to 45% jumps from 2007 in the number...

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Descends on Saint Paul

Expect there to be a lot of noise and a flurry of action on St. Paul's West Side this week due to a taping of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." While the Morris family of 226 Prescott Street is off on a cruise courtesy of the show, thousands of volunteers have been working around the clock to complete the new home in less than 100 hours.

On Sunday, the house was demolished. On Monday, the basement wad been poured, framing put in place and working on the roof. The weather hasn't been helping matters.

"We can work with a little drizzle," said Tom Budzynski, owner of TJB Homes — the Blaine company spearheading the building of the Morris' new 2,800-square-foot home that will include three bedrooms, three baths and a separate area for the day care center that Sandy Morris operates out of her home. "But if it downpours, the health and safety of the crew is more important than working."

Apparently the Muppets have been on site? Miss Piggy had the honors of kicking down the last wall of the old Morris house, while Kermit ran the backhoe. They will be back on Thursday.

Construction on the Saint Paul home is scheduled to continue through Thursday. That is when the designers will decorate. The family will get the keys to their new home on Friday afternoon.

According to the Pioneer Press article:

If you want to see the house, a shuttle runs through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Signal Hills Center parking lot, 50 Signal Hills Center in West St. Paul. Spectators are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item as admission to the site. There will also be a blood drive on Thursday and Friday at the Neighborhood House at the Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St. E., St. Paul.

Personally, I'd aim for Thursday....

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