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Oct. 17, 2019

Five Tips for Moving Houses: How to Make Moving Day Painless

Is it all starting to sink in? The ink is dry, the for sale sign is in the yard, and the realization that you just bought a new home is upon you. Moving houses can be almost as daunting as it is exhilarating, but there are a few key ways to ease the transition. 


Packing and moving are skills just like any others, though most of us don't get much experience with them in our lifetimes. If you haven't had a lot of practice, these tips are for you. 


Whether you are a novice or an expert at the art of moving houses, Roost Real Estate can help you choose the perfect digs for your next life chapter in the Twin Cities. If Minnesota is where you call home, let Roost be your guide to the housing market. We will get you into the perfect condo, house, or townhome. 


If moving day is near, read through these five recommendations. You’ll learn how to prepare and navigate this day so that it flows as seamlessly as possible. 

1. Keep a Running List When Moving Houses

It’s helpful to dedicate an entire notebook to the moving process. This can hold everything from evolving to-do lists to budget breakdowns and receipts. 


You should get your lists going long before moving day comes. That way, when the big day is near, you will have all your information already prepared and organized. There are plenty of tasks, like changing your address with the post office and notifying your insurance company that you can complete beforehand. 


Start your room-by-room packing lists of things you need to bring with you and other items you may need to buy once you get to your new home. Consider a list of items you are not taking with you that you need to sell or donate.

Stay organized with colorful sticky notes and page dividers. Did you empty the fridge and freezer? Did you take out those last trash bags? As long as you have your running to-do list, you won't forget. 


Once you begin packing, it can be easy to forget what you've already packed that is no longer visible. Mark off the things you've already tucked away and in which box or container you put them. Then you can have peace of mind as you continue with your many moving tasks. 


You can also include contact information for realtors, movers, and contractors that you may need to reach during this process. Keep it all in one place to ease the hectic nature of moving. 

2. Plan Furniture Placement 

There is nothing worse than lugging a bulky piece of furniture up a flight of stairs when it needed to stay on the ground floor. Keeping this in mind, be sure to plan where each piece of furniture will go before arriving at the new house.


Visualizing your new house should be one of the greatest joys of moving. This home is the next step in your life. How do you want it to look? 


Measure the walls in your new home and match these measurements with your furniture to make sure everything will fit. It may also be a good idea to label your furniture just like your boxes to let the movers know where to bring it. 


While packing your stuff into boxes, remember to pack the essentials on top. Things that you may not use for a while, like a crockpot or books, can go into the box first. More necessary items like utensils and electronic chargers can go in last.  

3. Get a Babysitter or Pet Sitter

Whether you have a fur baby or a human baby or both, moving day is not the right moment for quality time. If possible, arrange a babysitter or pet sitter for the time when you will be loading and unloading trucks. 


You will be required to spearhead many tasks this day, and your patience may already be thin. You don't need any more distractions. Not to mention, moving big furniture can be dangerous with pets and children around.


Let the young ones have a relaxing day away and enter the new home once it is already a little settled. 

3. Hire Movers or Bribe Your Besties 

If you have a lot of heavy furniture and require a moving van, it may be best to hire movers. If that is your situation, be sure to include this in your moving budget. Shop around for the best, most reliable company and let them take the burden off your shoulders. 


When moving day arrives, consider having some cash on hand to tip each of the movers. It is not an easy job to do what they do.


If you have a more DIY vibe, ask a few great friends to come to the rescue and help you carry the load. Asking for help with a move just may show you who your true-blue friends are.


Be sure to let them know how much you appreciate it. Cook your friends some dinner, buy them a nice bottle of wine and help them move when it's their turn. 

4. Prepare a Go-Bag and a Snack Cooler 

Moving day requires quite a lot of physical activity, and you want to make sure you are hydrating and eating enough to replenish your energy. But with your entire kitchen packed into boxes, this can be tough. 


To solve this, pack a cooler full of protein-rich, easy-to-grab snacks and water. Keep this cooler handy for you and your friends. 


It is also a good idea to leave out cleaning supplies so that you can tackle those last-minute stains on your way out the door. If you are leaving a rental, you likely need to have it nice and clean to receive your deposit back. 


Most importantly, you want to pack a go-bag to get you through the first couple of nights in your new place. This can include essential items like:

  • Toiletries
  • Pajamas
  • Clothing for a couple of days 
  • Medications 
  • Wallet and ID
  • Electronics 

It could take you a long time to unpack your entire household, so you need to have a few necessary items handy until you've reorganized your life. 

One More Step - Call the Roost Experts

If you’re eager to find the perfect home so you can get to your own moving day, it’s time to reach out to Roost and our award-winning team of real estate experts to find you the home of your dreams. We are with you through every step of your home buying experience. Give us a call today.

Posted in Home Buying
Oct. 9, 2019

Live the High Life Near Downtown Minneapolis at Bookmen Stacks

For young professionals in Minneapolis, Bookmen Stacks is more than a place to live. It offers a lifestyle. Whether you are a new arrival or lifelong Twin Cities resident, you will love this vibrant North Loop neighborhood high-rise. The team at Roost is here to help get you settled in your new Bookmen Stacks home.

Get to Know the North Loop Neighborhood

The North Loop neighborhood is an ideal site for anyone looking to be near the center of it all. With everything a young professional could want, North Loop is in the top 25 places in the world to visit. This former industrial district has so much to enjoy that it earns comparisons to Berlin, Brooklyn, and New Orleans.


North Loop’s offerings include world-class restaurants, retailers, and hotels. The area also boasts proximity to Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. With a median age of 32 years old, North Loop has plenty of recreational opportunities for its young population. Riverfront trails and a city park with a playground make it ideal for active adults and young families.


The area originated as a warehouse district, as evidenced by the area’s buildings. These early 20th century structures initially stored wholesale goods for railroad transport to western territories. The region’s heyday lasted from about 1880 to 1920. The warehouse district is notable for its variety of architectural styles and enjoys a listing in the National Park Service National Register of Historic Places.

Restaurants and Bars

A crucial part of North Loop’s transformation from warehouse district to a dynamic hub is its fantastic restaurant scene. These seven square blocks boast dining options to suit every palate.  The restaurant offerings include two James Beard Award-winning chefs. Spoon and Stable’s Chef Gavin Kaysen, and Bar La Grassa’s Chef Isaac Becker are sure to wow you.


Whether you are looking for neighborly and casual, upscale dining, Japanese cuisine, or coffee shop pastries, North Loop has something for you.


You’ve got to love a city where a horse-drawn streetcar garage becomes home to “the hottest retailer in America’s hottest retailing city.” That retailer is Martin Patrick 3, which was an early adopter of North Loop real estate back in 2001. Martin Patrick 3 is a purveyor of sophisticated menswear, accessories, and home goods, right in the heart of North Loop.


Retail is a key driver of Minneapolis and North Loop’s success. In addition to retail shops, North Loop is home to tech and creative startup firms, making it a destination for innovators and creators.

North Loop is Twins Territory

The Minnesota Twins stadium, Target Field, is located in North Loop. Even if you are not an MLB fan, you will enjoy Target Field’s other exciting events, from concerts to trade shows. Target Field also has event space for private gatherings.

Get Moving!

Minneapolis and St. Paul are among America’s top 10 most fit cities. North Loop features trails and paths facing a beautiful view of the Mississippi River, ideal for scenic walks and runs. Whatever your chosen form of recreation, you will find it in North Loop: 

  • Running
  • Biking
  • Boutique Fitness Classes

Young families with children will appreciate the North 4th Avenue Playground. Built with funds raised by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, this custom-designed spot pays tribute to the Mississippi River area.

Shop Local

North Loop’s urban location doesn’t mean residents can’t access farm-fresh produce. The neighborhood has been home to the Lyndale Minneapolis Farmers Market since 1937. This market offers a variety of local goods daily.

Bookmen Stacks

If you like the historic vibe of North Loop, but you are looking for something newer, you’ll love Bookmen Stacks. Although North Loop itself has deep roots in Minneapolis, Bookmen Stacks came on the scene within the last twenty years. The high-rise boasts a more contemporary style but still keeps in line with the North Loop’s overall look and feel.


Bookmen Stacks offers one or two-bedroom condos, with square footage up to 3,450 feet. All Bookmen Stacks condos have stunning vaulted ceilings and exposed ductwork. You will also enjoy plenty of natural light thanks to the large windows.


Depending on availability and your preference, you may find yourself in a Bookmen Stacks condo with a private balcony. Common areas are consistent with the modern comfort of the condos. Bookmen Stacks condos feature an inviting lobby, a rooftop deck and fireplace, a fitness center, and a community room with a kitchen.


If you choose Bookmen Stacks, you will appreciate the indoor, heated garage when the famous Minnesota winter makes its appearance.

The Advantages of Condo Living

Condos have a lot to offer busy professionals. The amenities make it simple to meet your neighbors, something a frantic work schedule would otherwise make difficult. Additionally, you save time by living close to work and play, and by letting someone else handle things like outdoor maintenance.


A hectic travel schedule, a new career, or busy life events can make you look for a simpler homeownership option. A condo can be just what you are looking for as a buyer. It offers the chance to own real estate without all of the responsibility that comes with purchasing a single-family home.

Roost Can Help

Buying a condo can feel like a big step, which is why it is important to do your research ahead of time. With North Loop on your front doorstep, Bookmen Stacks is a fun, hip introduction to condo ownership. The world-class entertainment, dining, and job opportunities in the district are unmatched.


If you’ve decided that this mix of innovation, cutting-edge dining, and recreation is for you, contact Roost to get started. At Roost, we know you are as passionate about your community as we are. The combined experience and knowledge of our cohesive team will help you end up where you need and want to be. 


Roost has more than a decade of Minneapolis real estate experience. We will guide you through the condo-buying process with confidence and expertise. With condo listings in up to sixteen Twin Cities-area neighborhoods, Roost leads the way. We are in the top 1% of Minnesota real estate agents, so you can feel confident working with the best. 


Visit the Roost website for our user-friendly search feature and find a Bookmen Stacks condo that’s perfect for you.

Sept. 16, 2019

Top 3 Things Millennial Home Buyers Want in a House


We all know that millennials, now the most populous generation in the US, are changing the game on every level. Those born between 1981 and 1996 now outnumber their parents’ generation, the baby boomers. They are rewriting all the rules and straying from the patterns set down by their parents. These habits are true even in real estate. 


In Twin Cities real estate and all over the US, millennial homebuyers have different needs than baby boomers had when they were in their 20s and 30s. They don't want to settle in the suburbs, and they want different types of houses than their parents did. 


But millennials also have less money on average than their parents did. So they are conscious of making every purchase count. From splurging on that spiced chai latte to deciding whether to backpack in Thailand, millennials have learned to prioritize their needs in a struggling economy. Of course, the most significant purchase of your life is usually buying your home. So it needs to be just right and cater to what is essential in the millennial experience. 


Whether you're a millennial looking for your perfect urban home or a baby boomer trying to downsize, count on Roost Real Estate for all your real estate needs. Roost is made up of a unified team of Minneapolis’ most exceptional real estate experts. You’re guaranteed the best experience possible in Twin Cities real estate. 

What Types of Houses Do Millennial Homebuyers Want?

The demands of millennials are transforming the real estate game in the US and particularly in the Twin Cities. There are three significant components for homebuyers in this generation

Location is Key 

Yoga Studio

If baby boomers are selling it, chances are millennials don't want to buy it. In this case, they are not interested in the big suburban homes that drew the baby boomers in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. 


If you want to make a millennial cringe, just say the word “suburbia.” It conjures the vision of cookie-cutter neighborhoods where every house looks exactly the same, with no style or personality. Instead, millennials are flocking to urban locations and straying from once-popular suburbs. 


For the real estate market, this means that there is a surplus of suburban homes that are struggling to sell. Meanwhile, smaller and more manageable urban homes are flying off the shelves. In fact, US millennials are the first generation to be more happy in urban areas than in rural areas. 


This generation insists on being in the middle of the action. They will sacrifice excessive space to be walking distance to the hot yoga studios, popular bars, and their office buildings. 

Transportation Options 

Another thing millennials are over? Being stuck in traffic with long commutes. By purchasing real estate in the city, this generation has prioritized speedy transits to and from work so that they can spend their time how they want. 


Ideally, millennials will have the option to bike, scooter, walk, or roller skate all over town without ever having to pump gas. They are more health-conscious and more concerned about environmental issues like global warming and fossil fuel dependence than any previous generation. 


Helping the environment, staying fit, and saving money on the many expenses of car ownership are all part of their world. This lifestyle is a no brainer for the average 20 to 30-year-old. It also frees up families to have just one car or maybe none at all. 


Luckily, Minneapolis boasts the second-highest number of bike commuters in the nation. So biking is not only possible but encouraged by events like 30 Days of Biking. Biking trails like the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, Medicine Lake Regional Trail, and the uber convenient Midtown Greenway complete the biking culture of the Twin Cities. 

Move-in Ready

Open floor plan

The largest generation is also shifting in the types of houses it prefers. They tend to opt for smaller, more modern homes with casual living spaces and open floor plans. They are not interested in the overly formal homes of their parents’ generation. They see those structures as having unnecessary rooms and details. 


When you look at how millennials like to spend the majority of their time, this transformation in taste makes a lot of sense. They prefer to be outside of their house, exploring the city just beyond their front doors. 


Unlike their parents, they would rather meet their friends at the new top-rated brewery than entertain at a dinner party. So formal dining rooms with lavish place settings are no longer necessary. And because millennials are waiting longer to have children and are having fewer children on average, extra bedrooms are not always necessary either. 


In addition to a simple layout, millennials want minimal maintenance. Fixer-uppers are increasingly unpopular in this demographic. Give them the backyards that are already fenced-in for their fur babies. Make sure the appliances are modern and won't need repairs or replacement any time soon. They will gladly trade in elaborate, gigantic spaces for a home that is fully functional, practical, and easy to call home. 

Let Roost Do the Work for You

As your local Twin Cities condo experts, the Roost team is perfect for millennial homebuyers. We know the cities inside and out. If you're a millennial looking for your first home, let our friendly realtors guide the way in showing you all the Twin Cities has to offer. The perfect home is out there, and we can make sure you find it.   


At Roost, we can help you find just what you want. Whether you are looking in a particular neighborhood, need to find something close to your job, or have no idea what you want, we have you covered. You can trust each member of our team to guide you through the whole process. We will be your real estate buddies every step of the way.


Contact us today and let the world-class realtors at Roost help you live the dream. 

Posted in Home Buying
Aug. 26, 2019

Where the Money Is: Dellwood, MN

Pine trees in fog

Dellwood, one of Minnesota’s most affluent and sought after places is well worth a closer look. The city has much to offer. If you’re looking for the perfect place to purchase a home, look no further. 


From idyllic landscapes to fantastic restaurants to elegant people, Dellwood, MN offers an elevated lifestyle that you cannot beat. At Roost, we know how to help you find your perfect home. Contact us now so we can show you all Dellwood has to offer.


Before we talk more about all that Dellwood has for you right now, let’s look back on its humble beginnings.

The Origin Story

Dellwood was founded in the 1850s by people fleeing city life in St. Paul. They were seeking the sanctuary of a more rural lifestyle during the hotter months of the year. With its beautiful rolling hills, Dellwood, MN was an ideal setting for a relaxing and fashionable summer.


The population started to grow in the 1870s when the Stillwater and St. Paul Railroad completed an expansion around White Bear Lake. After its founding in 1882, The Village of Dellwood would have to wait 100 years before the great state of Minnesota recognized it as a city. 


Today, Dellwood is principally a residential area with some farmland dotted throughout its approximately 1800 acre area. It’s a great place to call home, and those who choose to live here consider themselves fortunate indeed.

Dellwood, Your New Home

If you are looking for a place to put down some roots, Dellwood might be the place for you. 


Dellwood is the wealthiest city in Minnesota. It has an average income of around $171,000, and more than half of all homes are worth more than $500,000. Dellwood, MN is an affluent community that draws many families who are looking for the perfect place to live. It is one of the most splendid cities in Minnesota and a fantastic place to call home.


For families with school-aged children, Dellwood’s location in one of the top ten school districts in Minnesota is ideal. Mahtomedi Public School District has an overall grade of A+. It consists of about 300 students per grade with an average class size of 24. It also boasts an impressive 17 to 1 student/teacher ratio. 


For the food-lovers out there, Dellwood is full of incredible restaurants. Acqua features an Italian flair with a focus on the highest quality ingredients. Its romantic location on White Bear Lake is picturesque, and the views are stunning.


Margaux’s is a fresh take on farm to table with a New American themed menu featuring organic and gluten-free options.

Local Hot Spots

In addition to fantastic dining options, Dellwood also features a few other local gems. And with its proximity to downtown St. Paul, the opportunities for entertainment are endless. Here are some of the favorites:


Vineyard in the sunlight

7 Vines Vineyard

This gorgeous winery sits on a historic 180-acre estate that was once owned by railroad baron James J Hill. 7 Vines Vineyard is truly a destination. 


Founded in 2010 by local St. Paul couple Ron and Arlie Peltier, the bonds of family are at the heart of everything they do at 7 Vines. In fact, you can find the names of Ron and Arlie’s seven grandchildren on the neck of every bottle of wine they produce.


The Peltiers planted the first grapevines at 7 Vines in 2012. Those vines grew into a few more, and now there are over 5,000 vines that decorate the rolling hills of the winery. 


Head winemaker Brian Forbes spent many years working and training at some of the best wineries all over the world. He uses the extensive knowledge and expertise he gained to produce some of the most excellent wine that Minnesota has to offer. 


So make a trip over to 7 Vines and taste for yourself.

Dellwood Country Club

Just blocks away from 7 Vines is the stunning Dellwood Country Club. This incredible venue boasts a gorgeous location for weddings and other events. With gourmet dining, golf, tennis, swimming, and a top-notch fitness center, Dellwood Country Club is a unique family-friendly treasure. 


Members and guests enjoy the upbeat, casual atmosphere that welcomes everyone to enjoy the world-class amenities.

White Bear Lake

Did you know that F. Scott Fitzgerald may have gotten much of his inspiration for his pivotal work from his time spent at White Bear Lake? He and his wife, Zelda, stayed on White Bear for several summers, and this area heavily influenced his famous novel, The Great Gatsby


He spent one summer staying at the White Bear Yacht Club where he and Zelda famously were booted from the hotel for reasons mostly unknown. Fitzgerald was a St. Paul native and is said to have had a love/hate relationship with his home town. 


Beyond its ties to Fitzgerald, White Bear Lake is an attraction all on its own. It gets its name from a Native American Story about a fight between a young man and a great white bear. The battle claimed the lives of both, dooming them to forever haunt the shores of the lake in search of each other.


This melancholy and whimsical tale sets the stage for the mystical landscape of the great lake. With striking views and serene settings, it is the perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon, wandering in the wilderness.

Pine Tree Apple Orchard

 Apple orchard

One of the longest-running farms in the area, Pine Tree Apple Orchard resides on over 300 acres of beautiful farmland. Sustainability is essential here, with optimal freshness and local sourcing as the ethos by which they live.


They grow a wide variety of produce, including apples, pumpkins, and strawberries. Fall is the busiest time at Pine Tree, and they offer a plethora of events and activities. Notable among these are pony and wagon rides, a corn maze, U-pick fruits, and live music. 


On top of all that, they offer freshly made baked goods and farm-made cider! This farm is definitely worth a visit.

What Are You Waiting For?

Don’t hesitate. Dellwood, MN is calling you to make this lovely place home. The perfect home could be right around the corner, and the good ones are going fast. Dellwood is the place you want to be.


Contact us today and let the experienced realtors at Roost, help to make your dream a reality.

Aug. 21, 2019

Planning to Rent? Apartment vs. Condo Pros and Cons

The first condominium or condo was built in the continental United States in New York City in 1881. In 1960, Utah became home to the first modern condo, Graystone Manor, and the condo went on to flourish in popularity in states such as Florida. Developers offered the condominium to retirees as an economical housing option. And from this sprang the eternal question of condo vs. apartment.


If you are in the market for a new house, condo, or townhome, Roost is here for all of your real estate needs. Give us a call. We would love to help you find your next home.

Condo vs. Apartment

What is a Condo?

A condo is an independently sellable living space similar to an apartment. But unlike an apartment, a condo is legal real estate. A condominium structure is divided up into units that are owned by multiple, separate people. 


The condominium structures may offer common areas and amenities such as parks, fitness and barbeque areas, pools, or other shared spaces. All of the individual owners are joint owners of these areas. Typically a homeowner’s association, or HOA, manages that part of the ownership.

What is an Apartment?

An apartment is a self-contained housing unit located within a building that has multiple units. Individual apartment units are not typically owner-occupied or individually owned. Because of this, they are not considered real estate.


Apartment buildings may or may not offer common areas such as parks, pools, fitness areas, or laundry facilities. Many of these community area offerings are only in luxury apartment living situations.

What is the Difference?

The primary difference between an apartment and a condo is ownership, but there are additional differences:

  • Condos have private owners. The owners of condominiums have the right to change the interior of their condos at their discretion. Typically, those living in apartments are renters, not owners. As tenants, their decorating options are limited and usually require owner approval. 
  • Condo owners usually pay HOA fees to share the collective costs of maintaining common areas. Apartments include the cost of maintaining any common areas in the monthly rental price.

Condo owners ready to paint

Advantages of a Condo vs. an Apartment

Condo and apartment living are very similar. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of a condo vs. apartment can help to decide which one is best for you. 

  • Equity - As the owner of a condo, you will build equity every month as long as the property appreciates. Although condominiums may raise in value slower than some other types of real estate, you still gain equity. Apartment renters do not gain any equity. The owner of the entire building does instead.
  • Monthly Cost - There may not be much difference in monthly costs between owning a condo vs. apartment living. When renting, condo and apartment rental fees can be comparable, but condos may receive better maintenance since private individuals own them.
  • Maintenance - Neither apartment or condo owners are responsible for doing the maintenance on the exterior of their buildings or units. But condo owners generally pay HOA fees to help cover those costs. They also are responsible for maintaining the interior. Apartment buildings may have 24-hour maintenance staff to call when a dishwasher breaks or the washing machine goes berserk.
  • Up-front Cost - Unless you can pay cash, you will need to secure a mortgage to buy a condominium. You will likely need a down payment and could be responsible for closing costs. To rent an apartment, on the other hand, you generally only need to have a security deposit and the first and last months’ rent. This amount may be less than what is required to purchase a condo.
  • Inventory - Nationwide, there is a much bigger selection of apartments than condos available.
  • Amenities - Condos typically have an extensive list of amenities which can include pools, fitness facilities, BBQ areas, and other community advantages. Apartments vary widely in the amenities they offer residents, and many offer no extras at all.
  • Length of Stay - When you live in an apartment, the rent can go up. The building may sell. Any number of things can come up, forcing the tenant to need to make a move. As the owner of a condo, you don’t have to worry about rent-hikes and landlord-induced life changes because you will own your unit.

As the owner of a condo, you can be a long-term member of a community while you build equity in your piece of real estate. You truly can call your condominium home.

Roost Is Your Condo Expert

Unlike with renting an apartment, if you choose to purchase a condo, you will not only build equity but also gain the freedom of owning your space. You will enjoy the flexibility of designing your home with full freedom to showcase your style and expression. By purchasing a condo, you can ensure the stability of your future and take advantage of the many community amenities available to you.


If you think a condo might be the perfect place for you to call home, call us. Roost has a variety of housing options to show you, including homes, condos, and townhomes. We live here, and we know this market. We would love to help you find your perfect place.

Posted in Home Buying
Aug. 13, 2019

Amazing Fun Facts About Minnesota

The word "Minnesota" with pictures


In 1849, Minnesota proudly became the 32nd state in the nation. And it has grown and flourished ever since. Minnesota’s economy sprung from its natural resources and included significant logging and farming. With a vibrant modern culture and a robust history, there are some amazing fun facts about Minnesota and all the things going on there today.


If you are excited to call Minnesota home, Roost can help you navigate the housing market and get you into the perfect house, condo, or townhome.

Fun Facts About Minnesota

Land of Lakes

Yes, this is where the butter came from, and they don’t call us The Land of Lakes for nothing. Our license plates claim we have 10,000 lakes, but Minnesota actually is home to 11,000 lakes.


We have more shoreline than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined. If you enjoy water sports or ice skating, you will love knowing that just about anywhere you call home in Minnesota will have a lake nearby.

We Have the Best Coffee

You might like your Starbucks, but we have something better - Caribou Coffee. You can find a cozy coffee shop on almost every Minnesotan city corner. Nothing beats sitting on a plush chair by the fireplace, with a hot specialty drink in hand, as you watch the snowfall outside. 


If you are a coffee lover, Minnesota is a bucket-list state. And if you are looking for a new home in which to enjoy your coffee, why not live here?

We Love Our Food

Whether it’s cold, creamy Izzy’s ice cream in a bourbon waffle cone or a mouth-watering Jucy Lucy (we invented that), we love our food. And why shouldn’t we? It’s delicious. Wondering what a Jucy Lucy is? Glad you asked. It’s our legendary cheeseburger that has the cheese inside the patty instead of on top. 


Candied apples on sticks 

Oh, and for the record, we’ll fry anything. Anything. The Minnesota State Fair is a must-do trip, and while you’re there, you’ll find more fried food on a stick than you ever dreamed could exist.

We’re Fun People

Minnesota has a festival or celebration for pretty much anything you can imagine, all year round. 


We have the Renaissance Festival & Art Fair in the spring and summer and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Holidazzle festivities in the winter. Every time you turn around, we have another festival for you. We are really fun people here.

Zombie Pub Crawl

One of the most obscure Minnesota fun facts is that we invented the Zombie Pub Crawl. Every October, you can stalk the streets, roaming from pub to pub with fellow zombie lovers. Costume up and join in the fun.

Minnesota Craft Beer

Minnesota has a variety of locally-brewed beers you can enjoy at bars and pubs across the state. Walk into any bar or store, and you’ll likely find Summit or August Schell beer for your enjoyment. If you are a beer connoisseur, Minnesota might be the place for you. 

Minnesota Fruit Creations

Along with our many fantastic apple orchards, Minnesota is also responsible for creating some of its very own delicious varieties of the fruit. Scientists at the University of Minnesota created both the Honey Crisp and Sweet Tango apples. 

Awesome Music Scene

Some people might not know that Prince, Morris Day, and Bob Dylan were all born here. We have an explosive music scene with concerts and festivals year-round, including the Mid West Music Fest. With more than 100 acts in two cities, this music festival is an incredible opportunity to enjoy premier live performances. 


For country music lovers, be sure to catch We Fest. This festival has been entertaining fans for almost 40 years. First Avenue and Fine Line bring downtown Minneapolis residents live music that gets them dancing. And in 2020, Minneapolis will be home to the Fillmore Minneapolis, a venue that plans to host more than 150 live events each year.

Minnesotans Ride Bikes

Minnesotans love outdoor activities, and bicycling is no exception. With over 1000 miles of biking trails, cyclists can enjoy both road and mountain biking.

We Ski

Minnesota is the place to go for cross country or downhill skiing. We have fantastic cross country trails throughout the state, including in metropolitan areas like Theodore Wirth and Como Park. Some residents even enjoy skiing to work or school during the winter.


For downhill enthusiasts, we are lucky enough to have Afton Alps, one of the magnificent Vail resorts. With 300 acres for skiing, Afton Alps can keep everyone happy, from beginners to experienced thrill seekers. 

Minnesotans are Totally OK with Eating Out of Trucks

The idea of getting a great meal from a truck may seem foreign to some people, but we Minnesotans know better. Some great gourmet food is available from the food trucks that abound in our metropolitan areas. If you like Latin food there’s Hola Arepa. For sustainable, eco-friendly delights, grab something from the Gastrotruck.

What is Unemployment?

Unemployment is practically non-existent here. Minnesota is home to 19 Fortune 500 companies, so there are ample work opportunities available to most anyone. Minnesota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, making it a fantastic place to call home.

Minnesota Welcomes Hipsters

Minnesota has been named the most hipster state in the country. With our fabulous bike life, incredible music, and plenty of coffee shops, we’re not surprised by this claim to fame.


We have more coffee shops and gourmet eateries than you’ll find anywhere else in the Midwest. We rock our music and flannel hard. And with our unique culture, you will fit right in, whatever your style.

Let Us Help You Settle Right Here

Minnesota is a trendy, diverse, amazing state with a lot to offer anyone searching for their next home and big adventure. If you enjoy the great outdoors or are a food and drink connoisseur, come join us. If you like to ride your bike around town, rock out to the music scene, or take advantage of the snow, Minnesota might be the place to call home.


With excellent food, a vibrant cultural scene, and an inclusive mentality, Minnesota is full of great things. If you think Minnesota might be the perfect place for you to land, give us a call. Roost has a variety of housing options to show you, including condos, townhomes, single-family homes, and investment properties.


Roost is locally owned by an expert crew that has lived here for most of our lives. As natives and locals, we know this market better than most. We would love to be on your team as you look for the perfect home.

June 26, 2019

Spotlight on: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Minnetonka "Great Water"


Minnetonka, Minnesota. Who would want to visit, much less live there? Well, you might be surprised. This exciting yet homey town has a great deal to offer both visitors and residents.


Whether you are looking for parks, schools, outdoor adventures, festivals, restaurants, or more, you might be surprised at everything you can see or do in the city. 


At Roost, we specialize in finding people their perfect home, whether it is in Minneapolis or surrounding areas, including Minnetonka. Call us today so we can start looking for your next roost.

History of Minnetonka


The city of Minnetonka boasts around 50,000 residents. People from all walks of life call this charming place home. The name Minnetonka comes from the Dakota Sioux word mini tanks, which means “great water.”

Minnetonka is eight miles west of Minneapolis and at the eastern tip of Lake Minnetonka. Before settlers came to the area in 1822, the Dakota and Obijwe Indians resided in the area. In 1851, the Dakotas sold the land that is now Minnetonka.


A variety of mills operated in the area in the following decades. A sawmill opened in 1852. Fun fact: the bridge at Saint Anthony Falls was built from oak milled at this sawmill. A flour mill and grist mill, as well as other mills, were in operation in Minnetonka, as well.


Minnetonka fluctuated in size and scope for generations until finally becoming a village in 1956. Eight years later, the town of Minnetonka became a city.

Working in Minnetonka

Many major corporations call Minnetonka home. Whether you are looking to work for a large company with substantial holdings or a small business based in the community, you will find a little bit of everything.


United Healthcare, under the umbrella of UnitedHealth Group, employs more than 4,000 people in the area. This healthcare company serves more than 115 million people and brings in more than 200 billion dollars in revenue each year.


Cargill is the next largest employer in Minnetonka with around 3,400 employees. Cargill was founded initially in 1865 and is the largest corporation that is privately owned, based on revenue. Cargill focuses on trading, purchasing, and distributing agricultural products.


The third largest employer in Minnetonka is Carlson, with approximately 3,100 workers. Carlson is one of the largest family-owned companies in America, with more than 37 billion in profits each year.


On top of these substantial companies, there are numerous other employers, including the Minnetonka School District, as well as many small businesses and companies that call Minnetonka home.

Minnetonka Schools

Minnetonka is known far and wide for having a superb school district. However, living in Minnetonka, there are three different and independent school districts a student might fall under for schooling.


The Hopkins School District serves students in the central and eastern areas of town.


Minnetonka School District covers all students who live in the western part of the city north of the lake.


Wayzata School District is responsible for students in the southern area of Minnetonka.


There are also several private schools inside city limits. Accell Academy, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, and Minnetonka Christian Academy all serve a variety of students throughout Minnetonka.

Living in Minnetonka

Minnetonka Center for the Arts is located on North Shore Drive and is a fantastic resource for everyone in the area. At the Center for the Arts, you can do so much more than take an art class. There are rotating exhibits, workshops, and events throughout the year.


There are four levels of membership at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts with varying degrees of benefits. By becoming a member, you not only get discounts to classes and events at the Center, but you also help ensure art is available to the entire community.


The park system in Minnetonka, like many park systems throughout the area, offers a variety of outdoor entertainment. From beaches in the summer to ice rinks in the winter, the park system will keep residents and visitors of all ages busy, happy, and active.


In Minnetonka, there are more than 90 miles of trails available for running, biking, or walking. There is a 40 -mile loop, the Loop Trail Corridor System, which is maintained by the city. The majority of the trails are maintained year-round. You can even get a pocket map for your convenience.


One of the best parks in the city is the Gro Tonka Park, located on Prospect Place. This vast park offers football fields, softball fields, skating, roller hockey, tennis courts, covered areas and picnic areas, horseshoes, and restrooms. You might find yourself spending many afternoons in the beautiful park.


In the summer, you can take advantage of multiple beach locations that are maintained by the city. When the temperature rises, make your way to Shady Oak Beach or Libbs Lake Beach.


When the temperature falls, and you’re in the dead of winter, lace up those skates and head to any of the numerous parks that offer skating rinks. There are thirteen rinks with warming houses between Minnetonka and Hopkins.

Call Roost

If Minnetonka sounds like a great place to call home, give Roost a call today. We specialize in finding people a perfect place to call home. We strive to work hand in hand with each of our clients. We work hard to get to know every home-seeker who comes through our doors.


Whether you are looking for an apartment or condo, townhome, or a house, we have experience finding that elusive home. We help our clients navigate the jungle of real estate and land in a place they want to come home to each night.


Give us a call today and let us show you some available properties in Minnetonka, Minnesota. We can show you houses near fantastic schools, or close to UnitedHealth Group, or next to any of the trails that flow through the city.


Whatever is important to your family is important to us, and we will work hard to ensure you find the perfect home.

June 19, 2019

Spread the Word! Minnesota is a Great Place to Be!


Nestled in the heart of the Great North, Minnesota is one of those states you don't quite understand until you've been here - and then you may never leave.


At Roost, we're passionate about Minnesota real estate and finding you the perfect place to call home.

There are so many reasons why Minnesota is a great place to live that we couldn't possibly say them all - but we gave it a shot! Read on to discover why Minnesota should be on your short list of "Places to Move."




  • 5.6 million residents
  • 60% of residents live in the Minneapolis-St.Paul metro
  • 22nd most populous state
  • 12th largest state




For nearly a decade, Minneapolis-St. Paul has consistently ranked at the top of lists of states with the best quality of life.

 In a 2018 Gallup survey, Minnesota was ranked as the fourth healthiest state in the nation.

 In 2019, a WalletHub evaluation put Minnesota at number 2 in the Best States to Live In (just behind Massachusetts).

 The Minnesota cost of living is slightly higher than the national average, but we say you get what you pay for!




Part of being "Minnesota Nice" is maintaining a humble demeanor, but there is one thing we're happy to brag about: our food.

 Epicureans and foodies will delight in the various options found around the Twin Cities and beyond. The state's Scandinavian cuisine heritage is melded with delicious flavors from around the world, thanks to our growing multicultural population.

 Don't take our word for it, though. Check out this article from the Smithsonian entitled "Why Every Food Lover Should Visit the Twin Cities" or this hot take from Esquire that proclaims "Minneapolis Is the Food World's Best Kept Secret."

 If you're planning a trip soon, check out Twin City Eater's list of The 38 Essential Twin Cities Restaurants to plan all your must-eat meals.




In the past decade, the craft brewery scene has exploded across the nation, and Minnesota is no exception.

St. Paul wealth of character and old-school charm has spawned some seriously impressive breweries and brewpubs.

 Minnesotans also take patio season very seriously. If you'd like to join in our favorite pastime of eating and drinking outside while repeating things like "Wow, can you believe it was snowing just last week?" check out this list of Breweries with Patios provided by Meet Minneapolis.




There's a reason Prince stuck was loyal to Minneapolis for so long. According to a report by the Western States Art Federation, Minneapolis ranks as the fifth-most "creatively vital" city in the country.

Live music is an integral part of the Twin Cities nightlife scene. Whether you're into punk rock, folk tunes or hip hop, there's a venue for that. First Avenue, The Fine Line, Dakota Jazz Club, The Cabooze and the Cedar Cultural Center are just a few stages that showcase local talent.

If art and museums are more your speed, there's plenty of options to choose from. Maybe we're biased, but we love the giant blue rooster at the Walker Art Museum. It's one of the most iconic art pieces in the city - second only to the infamous Spoon and Cherry sculpture.

Theatre geeks are also in luck: Explore Minnesota estimates there are more than 440 theaters throughout the state. From drama to comedy to big Broadway musicals, ballet to modern dance, professional to up-and-comers, there is a show for every taste.




The Twin Cities is a haven for professionals looking to make serious inroads on their careers. The metro area is one of the most concentrated regions of the world for fortune 500 companies and is home to prominent companies like Target, United Health Group, 3M, Land O' Lakes, Best Buy and more.

The unemployment rate stands at just 3%, making Minnesota one of the best states in the union to find a job.

According to the Pioneer Press, Minnesota is creating thousands of new jobs in the leisure, hospitality, trade, transportation, and financial activities sectors in 2019.




Minnesotans are notoriously sports-obsessed. Despite being far from the most populous state, we maintain an impressive roster of professional sports teams that we love to watch and sometimes hate to love.


  • Minnesota Twins - Baseball
  • Minnesota Vikings - Football
  • Minnesota Wild - Ice hockey
  • Minnesota Timberwolves - Basketball
  • Minnesota Lynx - Basketball
  • Minnesota United F.C. - Soccer
  • Minnesota Whitecaps - Ice hockey    




Shopping is one of Minnesotan's favorite indoor activities, no matter the season. From hipster to suburban mom or retro glam, there's a little bit of something for everyone. Thrift stores abound across the metro area, with entire neighborhoods devoted to vintage and secondhand goods.

Minnesota is also home to the largest mall in the entire nation: the Mall of America. Located just across the interstate from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MoA features 520 stores, 60 restaurants, the SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium and indoor theme park Nickelodeon Universe.

P.S. If you want to fool a native Minnesotan into thinking you're one of them, refer to MoA's amusement park as "Camp Snoopy."




There is indeed life outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

  • Excelsior - This quaint small town on the shores of Lake Minnetonka is full of cafes, boutiques and effortlessly gorgeous views of the water. It's about 40 minutes away from Minneapolis, making it a convenient place for an afternoon escape.
  • Alexandria - Alexandria (or "Alec," as locals call it) is about two hours from the Twin Cities. It is a small town with a little bit of something for everyone: the Runestone Museum for history buffs, Carlos Creek Winery for wine enthusiasts and miles of shoreline for those looking to sample the famed Cabin Life.
  • Taylor Falls - Taylor Falls Park lies within both Minnesota and our (mostly) friendly neighboring state of Wisconsin. In the summer, it's a beautiful destination to explore the majesty of the north woods and waters. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders flock to Wild Mountain for a day on the slopes.




Navigating the real estate scene in a new city can be tricky, no matter if you're a buyer, seller, landlord, renter or developer.

Let the experienced professionals at Roost Real Estate help you make serious strides on your next real estate investment. Our talented agents are experts at knowing the market and providing expert customer service, which is why we consistently rank in the top 1% of real estate agents in Minnesota.

Come and find out what Minnesota Nice is all about with exceptional service from Roost Real Estate.

June 9, 2019

Attention World Travelers: Minnesota is a Great Place to Live

When you were in high school, people would ask, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” You’d always answered, “I’m going to travel around the world.” So you traveled, and you have the Instagram posts to prove it.


You’ve walked the Great Wall of China; swam with dolphins in the Galapagos Islands; marveled at the Great Pyramids in Giza; learned the secrets of French cuisines in Paris; and while it sounded terrific, you thought better of going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.


Every travel experience whets your appetite, feeding your determination to continuing globetrotting every continent on Earth, but you feel it’s time to put down some roots in a sweet and lovely city. You remember reading an article about some fellow world travelers who decided to move to Minnesota and call it home.   


Like any true adventurer, you decide to give Minnesota a shot at becoming your new home. You arrive at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport, determined to learn as much about “The Bread and Butter State” as possible.




One of the first things that amazed you about Minnesota is its affordability, meaning life in the “North Star State” could put more money in your travel account. In recent years, Minnesota has ranked in the top 20 for having the lowest unemployment rate in the United States. Also, seventeen Fortune 500 companies call Minnesota home, which means there are excellent opportunities for employment to keep the travel account flushed with money.




You’ve also noticed that Minnesota cities strive to maintain a high quality of life and sense of environmental responsibility. As a world traveler, you love the hustle and bustle of the city, but every now and again you long for bike trails away from the highways, lovely green spaces with trees providing surreal tranquility. It pleases you to learn Travel + Leisure Magazine voted Minneapolis/St. Paul, “the second greenest city in the country.”


Minnesota also has a relatively low crime rate compared to the national average. As an experienced world traveler, low crime rates is always a good thing when checking out a new location.




While you enjoyed the glitz and glamour of a big city, you can also picture yourself living in a small town. Minnesota has plenty of enchanting small towns that will warm your heart.


Grand Marais, a charming town on the shores of Lake Superior, is one example. Budget Travel once named this picturesque northern jewel “America’s Coolest Small Town.” Grand Marais also uses Lake Superior’s summer cooling effect to great advantage, hosting numerous festivals to celebrate the North Shore’s history and culture. Can’t you see yourself winning the Le Grand Du Nord, considered by many to be the most awesome gravel courses in the United States?


Ely is another small Minnesota town, one that will grab a nature lover’s heart and never let go. The city is the nearest city to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, one of the most visited wildernesses, popular for canoeing, fishing, and hiking. Ely is also home to the Dorothy Molter Museum, the “Root Beer Lady” whose homemade root beer became a welcome delight to campers.




Whether you love the outdoors or want to get your groove on at the local hotspot, living in Minnesota, you’ll quickly learn you’ll never run out of things to do. There seems to be a fair or festival of some kind for every occasion. Whether it’s a music festival, farmers market, county fair, or car show, you’ll never be at a loss for fun activities.


But what about the days you’re not in the mood for festivals? Not to worry, Minneapolis is second only to New York City for the number of theaters per capita. Don’t forget the many concerts and other shows at the Target Center, Target Field, or the Xcel Energy Center. Catch the latest performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, or a Shawn Mendes or New Kids on the Block concert.


Need some new clothes for your night out on the town? Not a problem because you’ll head over to the Mall of America in Bloomington, which at one time was the largest shopping mall in the United States. You’ll have more than 520 stores to shop at, or you can hang out at Nickelodeon Universe, the largest indoor theme park in the USA.




Traveling the world, you’ve come to appreciate and admire the ways sports bring people together. You loved attending soccer matches during your visits to Europe. So when you need your “football” fix, you can catch a Minnesota United FC match at Allianz Field. And in the fall when you need another “football” fix, the Minnesota Vikings are there for you. Minnesota is home to the MLB’s Minnesota Twins, the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, and the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. If there’s a sport you love, Minnesota has you covered.




Affordability, sporting events, festivals, museums, shopping, big city versus small town — these are all critical details you consider when choosing a new place to call home. Anyhow, the most important consideration to a world traveler like yourself — The People. The best part about traveling the world is meeting new people and making new friends.


As you’ve explored Minnesota, you quickly learn Minnesotans love their state, and they love showcasing the friendly atmosphere. If you mention you’re fond of a particular type of pie, you won’t be surprised when your new neighbor brings you one. You’ll love hanging out in your new friends’ backyard, chatting away, sipping wine or chugging a beer, and eating the best home-cooked meals you’ve ever tasted. You love how people smile and wave at you as you pedal your bike down the street and along one of the many bike trails. Minnesotans take friendly to a new level, and that’s not a bad thing.




After an adventurous exploration of Minnesota, you can’t help but ask yourself, “why not call Minnesota home?” It’s a beautiful state with lovely people, excellent quality of life, and multiple activities to enjoy.


The best bit - it’s has one of the top 20 airports in the United States, enabling you to continue globetrotting and living life to the fullest.


June 2, 2019

Condos to Castles: Minneapolis Has Home Styles for Everyone


Are you planning on relocating to the Minneapolis or St. Paul area? Whether you are looking for high-end condos in Minneapolis or downtown lofts to work and live in one of the many up-and-coming neighborhoods, the perfect home is waiting for you. The Twin Cities area is known for fabulous homes. From upscale condos and townhomes to lovely houses in the suburbs, there is something for everyone.


Families looking for their forever home or young professionals looking for a residence near their new job will easily find the perfect place to call home. Regardless of your lifestyle, occupation, family size, or interests, the Minneapolis and surrounding area is a fantastic place to put down roots.


The housing options are abundant, and there are many great neighborhoods in which to choose. Whether you’re looking to be in walking distance of your job and other amenities, or for a home away from downtown in a quiet neighborhood, you’re sure to locate what you need.


As soon as you’re ready to move into your Minneapolis dream home, the professionals at Roost are here to assist you through the process. From finding the perfect match to navigating the purchase of your new home, we are area experts and can help you decide on the ideal place to live.


With connections to some of the top professionals in the industry, we can make buying a home smooth and even fun. Let us help you discover your ideal home type and locate the perfect one for you here in the Twin Cities.


When it comes to selecting the right home in the right area, it’s essential to explore your options and familiarize yourself with the various homes available. Take a look at these fantastic selections and realize the home of your dreams.

Condos in Minneapolis

One of the premier places to call home in Minneapolis is in one of the many fabulous condos. Downtown Minneapolis is full of upscale condos. Some condos are newer construction, while many others are conversions from historical warehouses, factories, or mills. These condos have a vintage look and feel with modern amenities.


The exteriors of many of the condos in Minneapolis include brickwork and a historic look. Whether they’re a remodel of an original old building or brand new construction built to resemble the historic appearance, many condos boast an industrial aesthetic. The interiors frequently have upgrades like gourmet kitchens, exposed ductwork, hardwood floors, and private balconies.  


In addition to being stylish and high-end, condos in Minneapolis also often have the convenience of being in walking distance of restaurants, shops, and services. Often surrounded by the natural beauty of the parks and trails of downtown Minneapolis, you’ll enjoy scenic views and opportunity for enjoying your time outside.


Whether you’re a family that wants to be in the center of it all, or a young professional who loves the convenience of luxurious amenities, you’re sure to find the condo that’s just right for your lifestyle. Not only will you have your choice of fabulous condo buildings to reside in, but you’ll also have your choice of vibrant neighborhoods to choose from in Minneapolis.  

Downtown Lofts

Lofts are also an excellent option for Minneapolis living. Like many of the condos in the area, plenty of lofts are conversions of older historic buildings. You can enjoy the timeless feel and look of industrial meets modern in these luxurious lofts.


Some lofts include a studio or workspace, making working or creating from your home a possibility. Lofts range in size and amenities, but typically include details like floor to ceiling windows, open floor plans, and heated parking garages. The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to finding a loft that suits your needs. Take your pick from any of the exciting and flourishing downtown neighborhoods and choose the loft that fits your lifestyle.

Classic Homes With a Traditional Look

Do you love homes that are reminiscent of the traditional styles of the past? The Twin Cities area is full of older homes, as well as newer ones that replicate the historic look that many residents love.


Victorian style homes typically are very elaborate and fancy. From decorative trim to the distinctive front porches, Victorian homes are plentiful in the St. Paul area. Built between 1840 and 1900, these homes stand-out as beautiful and ornate specimens of the era.  


Another traditional style of home is the colonial style. Easy to find in the historic areas of the Twin Cities, colonial style homes boast lots of windows and a front door that serves as a focal point to the house. You’ll love the traditional and homey feel of these fabulous homes.

The Perfect Fit

Whether you’re looking for a traditional looking home, or a luxurious condo or loft, you’re sure to find the perfect fit in the Twin Cities. Whatever your lifestyle or family size, you have abundant options and locations for your dream home. From high-end to cozy, you can’t go wrong with any of these fabulous options.


Whether you’re looking for a home in a building that offers services and amenities, or you want a lovely yard and home in a quiet suburb, the choices are endless. You can easily discover your next home, including all of the features you’ve been looking for in the Twin Cities area.

Roost Can Help

If you’re ready to relocate in Minneapolis or St. Paul, Roost is available for all of your real estate needs. We will help you find the ideal home in the Twin Cities area, and make sure you meet all of your criteria. From the neighborhood you desire to the amenities you have wanted, our professionals are ready to locate your dream home for you.


Contact us today and let us help you get into the perfect condo, loft, or house. We can help you determine the perfect area in the Twin Cities to call home, as well as the ideal home to reside. We look forward to meeting with you and making your home buying dreams a reality.