Living in Birchwood
In many ways, Birchwood Village is the epitome of small town America, which these days, isn’t always easy to find. Already existing residents will be the first to tell you that neighbors know each other by name and that when it comes to taking pride in where you live, nobody does it better than those who call Birchwood Village home. From citywide potlucks to any number of annual events planned by locals, there’s an overwhelming sense of community in Birchwood Village that tends to be one of its most desirable qualities.
Birchwood Real Estate at a Glance
The ideal location of Birchwood Village is also something that makes living here appealing. Situated directly on the southeast shore of White Bear Lake, it’s here you’ll find some of the most attractive lakefront homes anywhere in either Washington or Ramsey counties. Furthermore, even homes that sit further inland off the water provide a tranquil, woodsy setting that couldn’t offer a more inviting atmosphere for home owners to enjoy each and every day. The commute to either St. Paul or nearby Minneapolis is also fairly painless from just about any location in Birchwood Village, as East County Line Road offers a straight shot all the way down to I-694, which of course connects to either city.
As recently as 2013, the population of Birchwood Village was still under 1,000, so don’t expect to find lots of available homes on the market. Because of its desirability and lakefront location, many home buyers now view Birchwood Village as a long-term place to settle down, which also limits the available inventory to some degree. In terms of housing styles, a significant portion of the original homes in the area were initially built to be northing more than summer cottages for area locals looking for a pleasant seasonal retreat. But since then, many have been completely remodeled, or in recent years specifically, completely torn down to make way for larger, more livable homes to fit the needs and wants of today’s modern home buyers.