Forest Lake MN Homes for Sale

Located just over 30 miles from downtown Minneapolis, Forest Lake, MN originally started as a stop along the Duluth and St. Paul railroad, but given it happens to be situated right alongside the actual Forest Lake, it quickly grew into being one of the most popular summer resort towns in the entire upper midwest by the mid-1800s. Of course since then, Forest Lake has only grown in popularity not just as a summertime sanctuary, but also for anybody looking for a quiet place to call home all year long as well. Recent statistics show Forest Lake has a population of right around 20,000 people, but that number will most certainly continue to grow given the area’s strong development potential and close proximity to the Twin Cities.

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Things To Do in Forest Lake

When it comes to fun things to do in Forest Lake, most locals flock to the lake for fishing, boating, and just about any water sport you can imagine. With a high population of northern pike, largemouth bass, walleye, and plenty of panfish species, many consider Forest Lake to have some of the best fishing in all of Minnesota—which really isn’t all that surprising given it’s one of Minnesota’s 100 largest lakes. Ice fishing in the winter is also popular here and up until recently, Forest Lake played host to the annual Fishapalooza ice fishing tournament, which discontinued back in 2012. Other attractions in the area include the Running Acres Casino and Racetrack, Tanners Brook Golf Course, Forest Hills Golf Course, and the Hardwood Creek Wildlife Refuge, which features a scenic 9.5 mile multi-use trail that’s probably among the best outdoor attractions in the entire county.

Real Estate in Forest Lake at a Glance

Living in Forest Lake in many ways provides home owners with the best of both worlds. On one hand, you’ll have access to one of the best lakes Minnesota has to offer, not to mention plenty of other outdoor recreational attractions as well. On the other hand, a short commute to either St. Paul or Minneapolis also allows Forest Lake residents to enjoy plenty of additional big city amenities that you just can’t get from living in a smaller Washington County community. Homes for sale in Forest Lake are about what you’d expect from a town with about 20,000 residents. Plenty of single-family homes are usually available, ranging from older homes close to the center of town to sprawling new construction homes that offer more than enough interior living space and private outdoor space as well.