There has been much discussion about the Canadian Pacific Railroad crossing located on Vicksburg Lane in northwest Plymouth, Minnesota. The railroad crossing is north of Schmidt Lake Road and south of County Road 47. Vicksburg is a major thoroughfare moving traffic back and forth from Plymouth to Maple Grove and vise versa. The City of Plymouth will begin the Vicksburg Lane construction soon to eliminate this crossing by putting in an bridge for both autos and pedestrians. It will be a welcome relief both because of the noise from the whistle as well as the traffic backups.
This video was shot Saturday, January 31, 2015 at about 3:30pm. The train seemed longer than usual and it took 4 1/2 minutes to pass through the crossing.
The neighborhoods affected by this train include Spring Meadows, Taylor Creek, Hampton Hills and Seven Greens. The broader area is affected especially if they happen to get caught up in a train crossing during rush hour.
Vicksburg Lane is going to get a major upgrade over the next couple of years. It’s needed but it’s going to be painful during construction.
You don’t need a report from me to know that new construction is booming in Plymouth, MN. In fact, the northwest Plymouth area was one of the first places to really turn the corner a couple of years ago as we bottomed out in the real estate market. Growth in 2012 has only accelerated and given the continued massive investment firms such as Gonyea and Lennar are doing in the area, 2013 and 2014 should see similar activity.
In the full year report for 2012, you’ll find the following comparisons:
Wayzata vs. Osseo
Wayzata schools – finished basements vs. not finished
Osseo schools – finished basements vs. not finished
Wayzata vs. Osseo – comparison of finished basements
Wayzata vs. Osseo – comparison with no basement finishing
The first data table is found below and compares the homes built in the Wayzata School District vs. the Osseo School District in Plymouth, MN. All homes were built in either 2011 or 2012 but they closed in 2012 (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2012). The source for this data was the NorthStarMLS system – 13 County Metro. Search was performed by me, John Murphy, Prudential Lovejoy Realty on February 10, 2012.
To say the Spring Meadows development, located in the Wayzata School District in northwest Plymouth, is doing well is to downplay just exactly how well they are doing out there. The neighborhood is being built out substantially faster than the developers expected. The demand for custom homes priced between $600,000 – $800,000 caught even the optimists off guard.
Feel free to check it out for yourself. Take a drive to northwest Plymouth. From downtown Plymouth at Highway 55 and Vicksburg, head north on Vicksburg about a mile and a half and you’ll see all the Spring Meadows new homes on the west side of Vicksburg.
In talking with the builders and the agents, the demand for new construction in the Wayzata School District does not appear to be slowing at all.
Other neighborhoods are also doing well including Taylor Creek and Woodcrest – both in the Wayzata School District. Hampton Hills is doing well although probably not at the same pace as Spring Meadows in part as it’s located in the Osseo School District. Osseo schools are good, but just not seeing the same demand as we are for Wayzata.
It’s my understanding that his home is currently sold but you could choose to have this home built by Homes by Tradition on a different lot in Hampton Hills or Spring Meadows where they also have some lots available.
There were a couple of things that really struck me as I viewed the home. There is a combination of old world charm combined with a light, bright open feeling. The curvature in the entries is very different than what one finds in most new homes today. That probably gives it the old world charm effect. The floor plan is open and I’m sure the paint colors along with the many windows allow for lots of natural sunlight. The home is good sized but not overly huge. The main floor master suite is a big draw I’ve been told and can see why.
What I wanted to call attention to was the striking nature of the lighting in this home. It’s absolutely stunning. Below are pictures so you can see them, but they really don’t do justice to the elegant, modern feel that they provide. They really are an outstanding complement to the rest of the design of the home and they go way beyond much of the standard lighting seen in so many of the new homes today. The lighting was done by Southern Lights located in Burnsville Minnesota.
Homes by Tradition and their lighting designer are to be commended for the choices they made. I suspect the lighting may have pushed the budget a bit but what a difference it can make in a home. A few thousand dollars in lighting can make a good home a spectacular home as long as the style works well with the rest of the home.
Enjoy the gallery below of photos from the Arlington model in Hampton Hills. The photos are courtesy of Homes by Tradition and are being published with their full approval. To see even more of the pictures of this home or to view other beautiful homes that they have built, check out the Homes by Tradition Facebook Page.