Category Archives: Hampton Hills

Canadian Pacific Railroad Vicksburg Lane Plymouth

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.

Below is the location noted in the video.

Plymouth Minnesota New Construction Report for 2012 is Completed!

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.
Plymouth – All
By School District
Wayzata Osseo
Number of Homes Sold 129 14
Average Sold Price $625,028 $545,046
Sold Price as % of Orig. List 99.16% 100.00%
Price per SF $140.64 $153.64
TFSF 4249 3642
Abv. Grd. 3276 3033
Blw. Grd. 972 609
FSZ 1556 1435
BR 4.91 4.5
BA 4.69 4.29
GAR 3.04 3
Lot 0.35 0.3
If you’d like to receive the brand new 2012 Plymouth New Construction Report, please fill out the form found on the page linked.
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Spring Meadows – New Development in Northwest Plymouth Selling Well Ahead of Schedule

Spring Meadows Monument Plymouth Minnesota
Spring Meadows Monument

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.


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Hampton Hills Beauty by Homes by Tradition – Arlington Model’s Fabulous Lighting!


Homes by Tradition Hampton Hills Arlington Plan Parade of Homes #141
Homes by Tradition Hampton Hills Arlington Plan Parade of Homes #141

Homes by Tradition builds some beautiful homes and they certainly have done it again with the Arlington model which is being shown in the Parade of Homes Spring Preview #141 in the Hampton Hills neighborhood located in northwest Plymouth Minnesota.

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.

Homes by Tradition Hampton Hills Arlington Plan - 01
Homes by Tradition - Gorgeous Lighting in Informal Dining

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 Hampton Hills Arlington Plan
Gorgeous kitchen lighting over Center Island - Homes by Tradition

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.

The rest of the home is just as beautiful and it’s no wonder the home sold during the first two weeks of the Parade of Homes.  Learn more about Homes by Tradition or certainly stop out and see their new homes on display during the Parade of Homes in Hampton Hills which runs through April 1, 2012.

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.

If you would like some help and consultation on new construction, please check out our new construction buyers representation services.  Also, you may wish to request your free copy of the Plymouth New Construction Report or the Maple Grove New Construction Report.  The Medina report will be produced in the next couple of weeks.

Click on any image below to enlarge.


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