I live in St Michael - same school district. Albertville is a nice community. It's a little quiet - which is nice. There isn't a village/town quite yet (I believe they are still planning on one in St. Michael). There are places for coffee and several restaurants between the 2 cities. The shops at Albertville are a nice convenience.
The schools are good (from what I hear - I only have a toddler). Roads have just been redone, so you missed the headache of construction but get to enjoy the benefits of 4 lane roads. There's a little work being done downtown St Michael, but the detour is non-intrusive.
It's a growing community. They added a festival/fair in August just a year or so ago. Great sense of community among residents. The parks and trails around the crow river are great. People are always very friendly. Definitely more of a small town feel with the amenities of a suburb. Maple Grove is 10 minutes down 94 and I get home from downtown in 25 minutes (including driving through Minneapolis on Hennepin first).
Traffic is only bad on Friday afternoons in the summer. But there are several options to take back roads and those only add 5 minutes compared to the highway. Granted, my times are to St. Michael - Albertville will probably be another 5 minutes to my times.
I would recommend the area to anyone looking for a great community to live in. I think it's great for everyone except those that want to go clubbing every night of the week (it's not a downtown area). It's a great suburb for families, outdoor enthusiasts, shoppers, everyone.... more