You are getting some good thoughts already, I see.
Listen, as a Certified Relocation Specialist for Edina Realty, I can tell you that there is some truth to what each of these fine members are telling you. There are many places within 30 minutes of DT that will potentially make you happy.
I am not sure how you focused on the Brooklyn Park area, but let me state for the record that this is a FINE choice! I lived in and raised my children in Brooklyn Park and there is a lot to offer you. I have not just a lot of history there, but a lot of experience working there, as well. In the past couple of weeks I have been looking at everything available between $225,000 and $265,000 with two different buyers. Let me just tell you that we are looking at some gorgeous newer homes that were purchased a couple of years ago for $350,000 and $400,000 that can be picked up today for this price range you are talking. The area just up the road in Champlin has the same things going on over there, and is also a grand community.
I realize that you won't be moving for 7-8 months. But now is the time to find a good, qualified real estate professional (you don't have to pay us anyway, you know....we come free of charge!) and have him/her begin showing you what is available in the various areas. I can set up a very detailed search and set up a portal directly on the MLS for you so you can see all the details and not waste a lot of time doing searches. This would all be in real time. So when a broker puts a new property on the market or if there is a price adjustment..... BAM! It is in your email box within 8-10 seconds. So by the time you get serious about looking, you will already have your arms wrapped all around this thing and you should be intimately in tune with the market and you will most importantly know what a good deal looks like.
The goal is that you can come here, look at a couple of properties in a couple of areas and relax. This should be fun and worry-free. That is what I do as a relocation specialist. And I would be honored to walk you through the process using these reports, a few maps, a few reports, etc. You may become as knowledgeable as some of us in no time!!
I look forward to hearing more from you,
Depending on the time of day for your husbands commute to Bloomington it may be a hassle. However, Hwy 100 is a gem many forget about. But if he works non-peak hours Bloomington is a piece of cake.
Your commute to downtown would not be an issue anymore than other surrounding suburbs. There are plenty of great neighborhoods in Minneapolis itself in your price range so don't count that out either.
As everywhere else, there are many nice homes available.
These Realtors all offer good advice. Let's also consider resale. I know you are just moving here but the average buyers live in their new homes about seven years. In which areas would you be most likely to sell at a profit in 5, 10, 15 or more years? The old Realtors motto of Location, Location, Location still counts. My Price Trend Analysis shows that Brooklyn Park still has not yet settled in the market (prices still declining).
You may consider west Bloomington, Eden Prairie, parts of Minnetonka, or Plymouth for the home and commute times you seek.
That said, you can get a great home with a nice yard and a 2-car garage in many areas of the Twin Cities. The area has parks, lakes, bike trails, dog parks, good schools and other things that make for the good life almost everywhere. I think you'll really like it here.
I have one listing right now in Bloomington â€“ a beautiful town home, but probably not what you want â€“ and am very familiar with the area. I'd think you'd like it. You can contact me, if you'd like and I can send you examples of Bloomington homes as they come on the market.
There's a lot of folks who work in downtown Minneapolis (9-5 M-F) who use the mass transit options which are excellent in Burnsville, Apple Valley, Bloomington. But you would still be within 30 minutes of downtown. Check out metrotransit.org.
Personally I would find the prospects of driving from Brooklyn Park to Bloomington to be quickly tedious.