Beautiful Connections with Nature: Renew your soul -- and your soles -- in easily accessible Northtown Bunker Regional Park. Hike, bike and stroll along the 8.4-mile Bunker Northtown Trail. Relax on the beach, rent a boat, fish or play on the volleyball courts at stunning Lakeside Commons.
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Great Neighborhoods with Value Growth: Blaine's most popular neighborhoods are The Lakes and Stony Creek. Last year showed a 2.1% increase in home values in Blaine. Savannah Grove may be the best place to find a home for sale or rent to own option, due to higher inventory.
Flights of Fancy Museums: If you like airplanes, check out the Golden Wings Flying Museum. This private collection of rare and unique planes is housed at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine. Nearby Anoka County History Center recounts Blaine's settlement and involvement in the Civil War.
Eat and be merry: Cozy, quaint and family owned, eateries in Blaine offer a variety of dining choices near the neighborhoods you'll discover with rent to own houses. Sample Spicy Steak Bites at The Ole Piper Inn. Which Wich is a unique sandwich shop where you can choose from more than 50 additions to your basic sandwich. After lunch, drop into Lillian's of Blaine for affordable, contemporary fashions.
Grow Your Own: Veggies and flowers are fresher when you grow your own. Apply to the city for a permit for Blaine's Community Gardens in Town Square Park, where local residents work their 15-feet by 20-feet plots of land. Assigned by the city, workers will even till and prepare the soil for you, and provide water. There are minimal annual charges for this and prior gardeners have first rights. Malmborg's Garden Center and Greenhouse also offers plenty of green things to get your garden going.
Embrace Art and History: Learn all about Blaine's historic past at the Anoka County Library and Museum in the Northtown area of Blaine. Revolving art exhibits include local paintings and collectible photos of Blaine's past lives.
Now is the Time: Folks searching for rent to own houses have discovered stable neighborhoods like The Lakes with its lovely grassy paths and Harper Street Woods, just a few minutes from the National Sports Center and the Northtown Mall.
Short Commutes: 15 minutes is the average commuting time for most Blaine residents. Minneapolis is just a mere 12 miles from Blaine on Highway 135. You may not need to venture out much -- everything you need can be found in Blaine with big chain stores, including Best Buy and Lowe's.
Have it Your Way: The average sale price in the fourth quarter of 2013 was right around $200,000, so buying a home here isn't a completely unattainable goal. Check out homes near the private Tournament Players Club golf course or Cloud Drive NE.
Curling up: New to the sport of curling? Blaine locals will be happy to give you tips on that and hockey at Fogerty Arena, a private non-profit rink open to the public. Fogerty Arena is the home of the Four Seasons Curling Club and has the largest rink outside of the National Sports Center. If you just want to watch, Gabe's Grill offers rink-side viewing.
Enjoy More Bang for Your Buck: Homes in Blaine are valued at 8.2% higher than the national average, but property taxes are much lower, so it's a win-win situation for people looking for rent to own homes. If you're looking for an apartment to rent, check out North Bay at the Lakes Apartments or Carriage Oaks Apartments.
Be a Sport: Minnesotans love their sports. Join them at the National Sports Center, the home of Minnesota's professional soccer teams for 23 years. The Minnesota United FC and the North American Soccer League will share the Center in future seasons.
Local Nightlife: If you like tipping back beverages while staying close to home, there are some great places to down a draft or two in Blaine. Check out the Ole Piper Inn for a bloody Mary bar on Sundays. Team Trivia and live music at Brick's Pub go great with the big selection of craft beers and burgers. You can also go gluten free here!
A Great Place to Live and Play: The Blaine Parks and Recreation Department hosts popular events and activities for its population of 57,186. Blaine is a very stable housing community with only 7.7% of the population renting. That's quite a bit lower than the state average of 19.1%. Start your home search in the popular Garden Wood and Harpers Street neighborhoods.
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