Rochester, MN Real Estate News

Rochester MN Holiday Season EventsThe holiday season is easily upon us, and the area in and around Rochester, MN is packed with things to do to celebrate the season before the end of the year.

Mayowood Christmas Tours- November 11-December 17

Take a step back in history, as visitors embark on a “Christmas with the Mayo Family”. Holiday themed tours of the Historic Mayowood Mansion take place from now through mid December.

Holiday Train- December 5

Get ready for the Holiday Train, as it rolls into town on December 5. The free event features plenty of fun, plus hot chocolate and live performances. As well, organizers will be collecting food for needy food banks.

Zoodazzle- December 9

A trip to the zoo isn’t just for the warmer months of the year. The nearby Zollman Zoo is

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Luxury Home Communities in Rochester MN If you're in the market for a fabulous new place to live, here are several Rochester, MN communities you’ll want to consider when starting your new home search:

Salley Hill

Surrounded by plentiful open space and wooded terrain, the homes of Salley Hill sit close to the peacefulness of the Zumbro River, with spacious lots and plenty of privacy. Many of the homes are on cul-de-sacs too, adding to the exclusiveness of the neighborhood.

The Estates of Windamere Woods

Also extremely private, the Estates of Windamere Woods are encircled by lush woodlands, with only around three-dozen available lots to choose from. This luxury community offers home sites starting at around a half-acre to nearly two-acres in size.

Hunter Pointe

Meanwhile, the

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Rochester Real Estate Old Man Winter may be coming up fast, but there’s still plenty to do in Rochester, MN before the winter season hits.

Pumpkin Patch

Head out to the pumpkin patch for a day of fun, including the corn maze and more than 20-acres of things to do. Just outside Rochester, Tweite’s Pumpkin Patch in Byron provides plenty of entertainment for the entire family throughout the month of October.

Visit the Orchard

While you’re at it, stay in town for a trip to Sekapp Orchard. The orchard includes upwards of 170 acres of fruits and veggies. Not only can you pick up some fresh produce, including apples, but also go on a wagon ride while you’re there.

Mansion Xmas Tour

From mid-November through mid-December, head to the historic Mayowood Mansion, for a

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New Construction Homes For Sale in RochesterEverybody loves new construction, which makes sense. The fresh look and feel of a new home, brand new kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures, and even the piece of mind of having a new home warranty makes buying new construction in Rochester an appealing option for anyone searching for a new place to live. 

Of course every home buyer has different needs and wants, and every home buyer’s budget is usually what dictates any eventual decision. But taking all that aside, if you’re looking for the perfect new home somewhere in the Rochester, MN area, here are a few great places to begin your search. 

Scenic Oaks 

A quiet Rochester subdivision that features some of the nicest ranch-style homes you’ll find anywhere, Scenic Oaks has a little bit of a

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There’s an on-going push to build a new clock and bell tower at the corner of Sixth and Broadway, which is a project that would essentially return a prominent piece of Rochester’s rich history to a distinguished part of downtown. The campaign is called “It’s Time to Bring Back The Clock,” and it’s a community-wide effort to match a $100,000 donation from a local resident that would bring the city one-step closer to reaching the $270,000 to $300,000 it would take to build the brand new structure.

Although the tower itself will be new, the clock and bell both date all the way back to 1899 when each was used to call area firefighters to work, and also mark the hours next to the old Central fire station at Broadway and Fourth.

The plan to build the new tower

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Rochester MN Real Estate With the month of July now in the books, the Southeast Minnesota Realtors recently released the latest housing data from last month, which as you might expect, was more of the same of what we’ve been seeing for most of 2017, and even in 2016  for that matter.

Once again, the median home sales price in the Rochester area increased slightly year-over-year last July, this time jumping by 2.2%. In addition, inventory also took a major hit compared to this time last year, falling 22.1% to just 1,406 units.

The steady decline of existing homes on the Rochester real estate market continues to be the driving force behind increased home prices, but buyers still seem to be responding. As noted in SEMR’s monthly report, many communities in Rochester are still seeing

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Details about this year’s Rochesterfest are starting to be revealed, and 2017 will mark the 35th anniversary of our city’s annual summer festival. With the slogan “35 Years of Summer Fun,” Rochesterfest 2017 will take place from June 17th through the 25th, and as always, organizers are pulling out all the stops to ensure everyone attending will enjoy a variety of fun, wholesome, and entertaining events that range from the annual community parade to a new Treasure Hunt that’s new to the 2017 Rochesterfest lineup. 

While it’s still early and changes can certainly be made to the schedule, here’s a brief look at what to expect during this year’s event: 

Events We're Most Looking Forward to at Rochesterfest 2017:

  • Country Breakfast on the Farm -
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Rochester City Grass Ordinance Lawn care and maintenance is part of the deal when owning a home in Rochester; or just about anywhere for that matter. But starting this summer, failing to adequately keep up with cutting the grass or keeping weeds under control could hit you direct in the pocket book. 

Just added to the list of city ordinances is an administrative fine that can (and will) be imposed on Rochester, MN home owners for out-of-control grass or weeds on a property. 

So just what does “out-of-control” mean, you ask? Well, according to the Department of Agriculture, grass or weeds on the department’s eradicate list that measure 12 inches or more will result in a fine of $60 to start with, and turn into an additional $90 for a second violation and $120 for each violation

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It seems more people are working for themselves than ever before, regardless of whatever industry of business sector you happen to be in. 

If you’re somebody who's ever worked for yourself or started your own business before, you don’t need us to tell you how much hard work and how many long days go into building a recognizable and serviceable brand. But regardless of your work ethic, plenty of other factors go into how successful you may be as a business owner, which certainly includes where your business is located. 

First and foremost, a good city to start a business must have a high-level of livability for you personally, but also must maintain an even higher level of diversity, creativity, transportation infrastructure, and technological

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Rochester MN Named Best Place to Live in 2017Those of us who already call the quaint community of Rochester home are certainly well aware of how special of a place it can be for a variety of reasons. The local economy is booming, the collection of cultural and other area amenities continues to expand, and tourism is also on the rise here in the Rochester area as well. 

But while Rochester locals may be a little biased when it comes to how livable a place like Rochester, Minnesota can be at times, others across the country are also starting to take notice. Just recently, livability.com unveiled their list of 2017’s top 100 places to live, and believe it or not, Rochester was honored with this year’s top spot. 

As mentioned on the website, livability.com looked at more than 2,000 cities with a

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