Chaska is a community about 25 minutes west of Minneapolis that looks and feels like a small town, albeit with the conveniences of a major metropolitan suburb. At its heart is a historic downtown area whose vitality the city has made a priority. Evidence of this can be seen in the recent $15 million expansion and improvement of Fireman’s Park and the new Chaska Events Center. Located in town on Fireman’s Lake, the facility houses a Crooked Pint Alehouse, curling courts that have surprised everyone with their popularity, picnic facilities, a fishing dock and more. Chaska is a city that has found a way to honor its history, preserve its main street and move into the future with modest aplomb. Here are a few more reasons you may want to consider Chaska for your next home.
Features of the landscape in and around Chaska include rolling hills, prairies, woods, river bluffs, creeks and ravines. It’s no surprise that the MN Arboretum is located here and includes over 1,200 acres of gardens, tree collections, prairie and trails.
Hit the Sticks
You like golf? The Chaska Town Course is one of the top rated public golf courses in the state and Hazeltine National Golf Club, a private facility, is a world-class course that has hosted the US Open and will welcome the Ryder Cup this fall.
Bricks and Pickles
Chaska once mined its abundant clay soil and produced millions of distinctive cream-colored bricks that are visible in buildings throughout the city and used to build both the State Capitol and the Grain Belt Brewery. It’s also home to the Gedney Pickle company whose founder, Matthias Anderson Gedney, defied conventional wisdom that the semi-exotic cucumber could be grown this far north.
Swim in a Clayhole
The large holes left in the ground after the clay and brick businesses closed in the 1950’s are now clean recreational lakes, Firemen’s, Brickyard, and Courthouse, where residents can swim, fish, picnic and enjoy baseball fields and playgrounds.
In downtown Chaska you’ll find both older historic homes, and a few fixer-uppers, as well as newer townhouses along the river. If you prefer newer, larger homes in more traditional suburban style developments, there are several to consider. Grand Chevalle is located on Lake Bavaria and offers bigger single family homes with lots of amenities and access to the lake. Across the street is a similar but more moderately priced Nickel Creek.
If it’s a small town feel, close community and natural beauty you seek, then Chaska may be just the right fit for you.
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