Upscale rentals expand to suburbs

  • Article by: SUSAN FEYDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 8, 2012 - 6:40 AM

Proposed upscale Apple Valley apartments reflect suburban demand.

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jeffportOct. 7, 12 8:07 PM

With all the "Upscale" apartments being built in both the downtown Mpls & suburban ares, there must not be an economy issue. If there is, who is it effecting?

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exrepublicanOct. 7, 12 9:55 PM

Transit IS the issue in many new developments. What many old, long-term Suburbanites do not understand is why someone would not want what they have long held as the American Dream: that bland, vinyl-covered box on some curvy street (preferably named after some kind of tree) with a huge lawn. A lot of people in their 20s and 30s--and a lot of us Empty Nesters--just don't want that. We want connection to non-driving modes of transportation, walking and bike trails, and being near the city. We pay taxes--a lot of taxes--and we want alternatives besides roads for our tax dollars.

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garagewineOct. 7, 12 9:59 PM

Expand? Where have you been?

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joejoe1Oct. 8, 12 1:54 AM

exrepulican has a great point -- when cheap gas, pensions, non-congested roads and single income household competition was the norm, one could commute reasonably far from work and still maintain the big yard. I'm in my 30's and although the kids would love the yard, I could easily give that up for a safe community playground.

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furguson11Oct. 8, 12 6:21 AM

"..we want alternatives besides roads for our tax dollars." Or you could just move into town and ride the bus.

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ntaggartOct. 8, 12 6:35 AM

As a long time apartment dweller I can say that the deals on houses will likely improve in the next couple of years for first time buyers. I may be going against tide on this one, but big well built houses that fetched $600 grand in '05 that can now be had for $400 grand, and that will probably drop a little more, seem like a good deal. Besides, I'm tired of the Uptown living thing, it's gotten too overrun by suburbanites in recent years so the character has changed a lot from 20 years ago. Now there are too many latte sippin' psuedo-hipsters munchin' on brie and baggettes and talking about different wines they've tried and thinking this is cool(?!).

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commonrobOct. 8, 12 7:03 AM

This will be typical of other cities that have been convinced by economic development groups that this is the wave of the future and they are vacent all over the place and I won't memtion other cities names that have been bilked into the deal and they all just sit vacant. Folks had better take a hard look at the what their tax dollars are beoing spent and they will find their way into failed developments in many cities! The same old failed developments by companies trying to keep afloat and using tax dollars to do it!

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jimmyjames76Oct. 8, 12 7:57 AM

"We want connection to non-driving modes of transportation, walking and bike trails, and being near the city."...Apple Valley has walking and bike trails going all over town that are heavily utilized by the people that live there, large county/city parks, playgrounds, bus stops on every major street to take you around town, many park and rides to take you to the downtown areas, and it's 5-10 mins from the light rail. It isn't in the city, but many people regardless of age don't really want to be right in the city. Not knocking anyone that does or doesn't; it's a personal choice. Personally I lived in uptown for awhile out of college, and it wasn't for me. I typically worked 16 hour days for a consulting firm, spent a half hour working my way through uptown traffic to go 4 miles (bus or car, made no difference), and many nights spent 30 mins - 1 hour looking for a parking space within 2 blocks of my apartment (because that late in the evening parking options are slim). That life wasn't for me, so I moved out to the suburbs. I don't spend any more time commuting, I spend more time outdoors on the trails and in the parks, and I live in a quiet neighborhood with nice people. For me it's a infinitely better option, but I also understand that it's not for everyone.

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copper88Oct. 8, 12 8:38 AM

It's too bad that Apple Valley didn't insist on getting the LRT run down Cedar Avenue and let Met Council build them the Bus Route instead. I think they short changed themselves in the long run.

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biasedmediaOct. 8, 12 8:45 AM

Build it and they will come! 400+ units... who is this developer trying to fool? The bank... the city... investors...? Renters won't be fooled when they see the price tag to rent luxury units.

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