Living in Northfield, MN
About Northfield, Minnesota
Professional Pride Realty is here to help you find the perfect piece of Northfield Real Estate, whether you want to live in Rosewood Estates, Fargaze Meadows or Liberty Park. Located just 34.5 miles from the Twin Cities, this picturesque college town has experienced an explosion of growth since the mid-1990s, accumulating a resident population of more than 17,000.
The town is largely populated by young married couples with children, although this content college community is also home to more than 5,000 students annually. Northfield was originally founded in 1855 as an agricultural village to take advantage of the 112-mile Cannon River that runs through the center of town. Farmers first specialized in wheat, corn, lumber and flour, then later offered dairy and beef products. Most local farmers today produce soybeans, corn and pork products. The cereal giant, Malt-O-Meal, which established its headquarters in the city in 1927, continues to operate a manufacturing plant in Northfield.
Some of the most popular communities in Northfield include Rosewood Estates, Liberty Park and Fargaze Meadows. Village on the Cannon, Millstream Commons and the Northfield Retirement Center currently serve the growing senior community.
Elementary, middle school and high school students can either enroll in Public School District #659 or in one of two public charter schools, ARTech or Prairie Creek Community School. Northfield High School has some of the toughest academic standards and highest achievements in southern Minnesota.
Because the local universities are central to the Northfield economy, higher education is treated with great respect in this community. Carleton College, originally founded as Northfield College in 1866, sits on the northernmost edge of the Minnesota Conference of Congregational Churches. The first St. Olaf students began attending classes on the western edge of town in 1874 to become preachers and teachers. The institution was created by Norwegian Lutheran immigrant reverends and farmers who wanted to preserve and pass on their knowledge, faith and culture.
The extensive, well-maintained downtown area of Northfield offers an authentic glimpse into late 19th and early 20th century architecture. Serving as a strong cultural attraction for the city, the bustling Main Square features a beautiful fountain, a scenic walkway along the river and a variety of neighborhood boutiques.
Northfield’s historic claim to fame is celebrated annually during the Defeat of Jesse James Days. In 1886, the infamous gang seized control of the First National Bank, although the town citizens thwarted the robbery. Today, the bank operates as a museum and the annual weekend celebration in early June includes a reenactment, championship rodeo, carnival, parade, arts and crafts expo and music events.
Northfield also offers 35 parks spread across 400 acres, as well as the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum. Residents and tourists also enjoy the numerous U-Pick farms that offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, raspberries and asparagus.
The agents at Professional Pride Realty are available to answer your questions about the Northfield Real Estate market. We look forward to helping you find your dream home in this cozy college community.
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