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Top Highlights of Chester Park

by JS Realty


Duluth neighborhood, Chester Park, is located adjacent to The University of Minnesota Duluth and includes 8th St, Kent Road, and Woodland Ave.

Chester Park also refers to a large park adjacent to the neighborhood, located on East Skyline Parkway. Chester Park straddles both sides of a wooded ravine that contains Chester Creek, one of 28 streams that flow through the city. It is a popular hiking spot. The ravine opens at the top into a wide, wooded, "bowl"-shaped valley known as Chester Bowl and contains a small lift served ski area, ski jumps, pond, soccer field and cross country ski trails.

School District

Chester Park is located in the Duluth public school district #709. Nearby schools include Chester Creek Academy, Duluth East High School, Denfield High School, Lincoln Park Middle School, Ordean East Middle School, Myers- Wilkins Elementary, Congdon Park Elementary and Lowell Elementary.

Things to Do

Chester Park Trails
Take Chester Park Drive or Chester Parkway to Skyline Boulevard to begin at the top of the trail. This 2.5 mile loop trail is somewhat steep and considered challenging. If you want to start at the base of the hill begin at 14th Ave. E. and 4th Street.

Chester Creek is one of 23 major creek ravines in the City of Duluth. Spring fed, it rises in the area of Rice Lake and Arrowhead Roads and after leaving Chester Park under the 4th Street bridge it is diverted by culverts until it empties into Lake Superior below the Rose Garden on London Road.

Igneous rock sculpted by glaciation and water erosion created the geographical features of Chester Creek. The rock formations found in this general area are part of the core of the continent, The Great or Canadian Shield. This volcanic rock is more than one billion years old, some of the oldest on earth. At the top of the Park is the historic shoreline of Glacial Lake Duluth. The deposits of red clay found throughout the Park were lake bottom sediment, eroded silts from younger volcanic and sedimentary rock washed down by water flows from the retreating glaciers.

Chester Bowl
Chester Bowl is one of Duluth’s greatest treasures. A forested, hilly oasis, the park has provided a safe and welcoming environment for generations of Minnesotans in which to enjoy the great outdoors. During the winter, it operates a popular downhill ski and snowboard area, while summer months offer the Summer Adventure Program. Also during summer, the Chester Creek Concerts Series at Chester Bowl welcomes approximately 5,000 people annually to enjoy music outdoors. The Fall Festival features the products many local artists and the produce of local farmers.

The Tweed Museum of Art
Established in 1950 when Alice Tweed Tuohy, widow of George P. Tweed, donated their house and approximately 500-piece American and European art collection to the University of Minnesota Duluth, the 33,000 square-foot facility boasts 15,000 square feet of exhibit space and services an average of 33,000 visitors each year. Of great artistic, cultural, regional and historical significance, the collection is the focus of all museum activities. It contains 15th-21st century European, American and world art in all media by artists of regional, national and international importance, including outstanding work by artists from the Upper Midwest and Minnesota.

Places to Eat

At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Café
A neighborhood staple since 2002, this quaint café focuses on healthy and delicious food from scratch. Sara’s does it all - breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, specialty coffee-drinks, wine and martinis. Their “creative cuisine with a conscience” is locally sourced including eggs, pork, beef, produce, fish, coffee, wild rice, beer, baked goods and chickens.

Other restaurants include but are not limited to Snooty Fox Tea Shop, Tavern on the Hill, VIP, Burrito Union, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and Toasty’s.

Places of Worship

Local places of worship include but are not limited to Chester Park United Methodist Church, Hope United Methodist Church, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, St. Benedict Catholic Church, Peace United Church of Christ, The River Church, Temple Israel, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lake Superior Interfaith Community, and First Spiritualist Church.


Top Highlights of Moose Lake

by JS Realty


Moose Lake is located 25 miles southwest of Cloquet and 43 miles southwest of Duluth. Interstate 35, Minnesota State Highways 27 and 73, and County 61 are four of the main routes in Moose Lake.


American Indians once roamed the area back in the early years. The old Indian Trail crossed the Moose Horn River near the present city on a rocky fording place. The Old Military Road ran east of the present city and was first used in 1856. It ran from St. Paul to Superior, and stagecoaches and freight wagons, pulled by horses, traveled the rutted road through the woods and swamps of the area.

A stagecoach stop, named by the early inhabitants who saw big animals they mistook for elk, called it Elkton. The stop was near Little Moose Lake, located east of the city. The development of the current location of the city came along with the railroad. The Northern Pacific Railroad started in 1864 when Jay Cooke received congressional authority to build a railroad from Lake Superior to Puget Sound, on the West Coast. The depot was soon built, and the town grew around the railroad, which remained the important artery to the north and south until the trains stopped running and the tracks were removed in the 1980s.

Logging and lumbering were big industries in the area for more than 50 years. A sawmill was located on the shore of Moosehead Lake, and, for years after its demise, logs would occasionally float up from the depths of the water. The village was incorporated on February 15, 1889.

Moose Lake is known as the Home of the World's Largest Lake Superior Agate, located at First National Bank, and agates have attracted visitors to the area to search the gravel pits and roads for 45 years. The Fourth of July and Agate Days in mid-July are the city's two biggest attractions, bringing thousands of people to the area each year.


The city continues to thrive, and plans for new commercial and housing development will continue to bring growth to this city that has risen from the ashes.

School District

Moose Lake Elementary School is located at 413 Birch Ave, Moose Lake, MN 55767 and caters to Kindergarten through 6th grade students. Small class sizes, ranging between 18-23 students, enable educators to give students the attention they deserve.

Moose Lake High School is also located at 413 Birch Ave, Moose Lake, MN 55767 and caters to 7th through 12th grade students. With an enrollment average of 400 students, this facility boasts three networked computer labs, a fully-equipped business lab and a well-rounded curriculum.

Things to Do

Moose Lake State Park

Established in 1971, the park is 1,194 acres in area including 5.5 miles of hiking trails, 105-acre Echo Lake, a wildlife pond, paved trail to Moose Lake and Willard Munger State Trail, and the Agate and Geological Interpretive Center.

Rolling hills surrounded by fields, woods, ponds and fishing lakes make this park popular for hikers, anglers, canoeists, swimmers and campers. Quiet Echo Lake is ideal for catching bass, northerns and panfish. The Willard Munger Trail stretches for 60 miles from Hinckley to west Duluth.

Be sure to stop in the Agate and Geological Interpretive Center when you visit Moose Lake State Park. The 4,500 square foot building, located at the entrance to the park, opened in 2003 and includes a multi-purpose classroom, nature store gift shop, park offices, a resource workroom, restrooms, and an exhibition hall that showcases Minnesota's gemstone, the Lake Superior Agate. Interpretive displays focus on rocks, minerals and geology of Minnesota.

Local Restaurants

Art's Café

This local staple still serves up bottomless cups of coffee for just $.40 cents – what more could you ask for! How about a menu of diner favorites served with a smile. You got it.

Joe Jitters Coffee House

For quality coffee drinks in the area, look no further than Jo Jitters where you’ll also find smoothies, breakfast and lunch food, a friendly staff and a peaceful atmosphere.

Gamper's, Food, Liquor & Bowling

A family-friendly establishment, Gamper’s offers a menu of American classics, a full service bar/lounge, and an 8-lane bowling alley for you to enjoy.

Moose Lake Brewing Company

Housed alongside Moosehead Lake, this local brewery is easily accessible by car, bike, ATV or walking. The handcrafted beers served in the taproom and on the outdoor patio are on rotation but are known to include Blondes, IPAs, EPAs, Stouts, and Wits!

Places of Worship

There are several places of worship in Moose Lake that include but are not limited to Moose Lake United Methodist Church, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Holy Angels Catholic Church, Hope Lutheran Church, Evangelical Covenant Church, Moose Lake Seventh Day Adventist Church, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, New Life Tabernacle Church, Saint Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Kettle River Apostolic Lutheran Church.

Local Businesses

Local businesses include but are not limited to Bremen Woods Resort LLC, Moose Lake Motel, Moose Lake State Park, St. Croix River Resort, Nickerson Campground, Beaver Roofing, BOLDT Construction, First National Bank of Moose Lake, Little B's Learning Center, Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College, Moose Lake Community Schools, Willow River School District, Mercy Hospital, TJ's Country Corner, Winky Dinky Donuts, Benoit's Bait, Minit Mart of Moose Lake, MarketPlace Foods, Downtown Dental Care, Frieberg Cleaning Service, Thrifty White Pharmacy, Sandstone Area Golf Course, YMCA Camp Miller and Moose Lake Auto Value Auto Parts. Visit the Moose Lake Chamber of Commerce website for a complete list.




Top Highlights of Carlton

by JS Realty


Carlton is located about 20 minutes southwest of downtown Duluth via I-35 S and MN-45. With a total area of 2.27 square miles, Carlton’s population measured 862 at the 2010 census. Don’t miss the annual Carlton Daze celebration held in late July.


In 1870, the Northern Pacific Railroad decided to finish a stretch of track that would link Duluth to St. Paul. Temporary shacks were erected for the workmen at the place that was soon known as "Northern Pacific Junction". In 1881, this settlement was incorporated as Carlton, taking its name from former State Senator Reuben Carlton.

School District

South Terrace Elementary is located at 530 Stine Drive, Carlton, MN 55718-0620 and caters to Preschool through 5th grade students.

Carlton High School is located at 405 School Avenue, Carlton, MN 55718-0310 and houses the middle and high school grades, 6 through 12.

Things to Do

Jay Cooke State Park

Only a short drive off of the interstate, Jay Cooke State Park offers a wide variety of activities for backpackers, hikers, bikers (both mountain and tour), horseback riders and skiers. Park trails link up to the Willard Munger State Trail at the north edge of the park.

Go during the spring to see the wildflowers or enjoy the vivid colors of the fall. Take a walk on the swinging suspension bridge high above the raging St. Louis River or visit the historic cemetery and gorge at Thomson Dam.

Plan to stay at one of the very well-maintained camping sites or if sleeping indoors is more your style, check out the Oldenburg House Inn, a Carlton bed and breakfast listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Swiftwater Adventures

If you’d like something more active for your itinerary, Swiftwater Adventures offers TripAdvisor’s #1 Thing to Do in Carlton – river rafting & kayaking.

Black Bear Casino

For some fun of the gaming persuasion, Carlton offers the Black Bear Casino! From slots and bingo to blackjack and poker, Black Bear has it all. Book a room in their 1st class hotel, complete with pool complex and arcade, or catch a show in the Otter Creek Event Center by one of the country’s premier artists.

Local Restaurants

Streetcar Pub

Enjoy this Carlton restaurant’s menu of American fare with local flair from their cozy dining room or while relaxing on the seasonal patio. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Streetcar Pub serves up burgers, wraps, flatbreads, salads, pasta dishes and other entrees alongside selections from their full bar.

Other local restaurants include Carlton VFW Post 2962, Spirits Restaurant and Bar & Third Base Bar.

Seven Fires Steakhouse

For an upscale meal, look to Seven Fires Steakhouse, housed inside the Black Bear Casino. Along with mouth-watering steaks, they offer an assortment of seafood delicacies including lobster tail and house specialties like Kobe beef burgers.

Buffet at the Bear

Who doesn’t love some All-You-Can-Eat from time to time? With buffet options for breakfast, lunch and dinner that run all through the week (with the addition of brunch options on the weekends), the Buffet at Black Bear is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

Local Businesses

There are several local businesses in Carlton, including but not limited to, Carlton Meat & Grocery, White Pine Dental, Kids Care Latch Key, Pine Hill Golf Club, Mop Shop, Power’s Barber Shop, Sheryl’s Golden Shears, Wells Fargo Bank, Spirit of the Wild Taxidermy, Carlton Storage, PrintCorp Inc., Alan Johnson Photography, A-1 Massage Therapy, Setterquist Chiropractic, AmericInn Carlton, Art Dimensions, MADHOUSE Fabrics and More, The Green House, Hillside Greenhouse, Carlton Self-Serve/Spur, Carlton Travel Center, ICO, Minute Mart, Weets Bros. Flatwork Inc., Carlton Bike Rental & Repair Inc., Harold’s Service, and Junction Tire & Auto.

Places of Worship

There are several places of worship in Carlton that include but are not limited to Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church, J M Paine Presbyterian Church, St Francis Church and New Life Community Church.

If you have any questions about Duluth or the surrounding area please contact us! We would love to help you out!

Top Highlights of Meadowlands

by JS Realty


Meadowlands Highlights

Meadowlands is located in St. Louis county about 35 miles northwest from Downtown Duluth.  Hwy 133 and Hwy 5 are the two main roads to get to Meadowlands.

Local Businesses
There are several places of business located in Meadowlands, including but not limited to, Kelly maly Screen Printing, Main Idea Creative Marketing & Design, Riversideknits, Kerri’s Cell Phone Accessories, Meadowlands Chocolate, Lahti Farms, Meadowlands Studio, Shaving Maker Customer Planning Ince, Larson Forge & Finish, Northwoods Organics, Little Moose Painting, and Ralidak Tree Farms.

School District
Meadowlands is part of the Independent School District 2142.  One of the closer schools in the district is South Ridge School in Culver. 

Local Restaurants
There is one restaurant to eat at in Meadowlands.  The Trailside Lounge & Grill provides a family atmosphere and as a well-rounded menu. People rave about the great service.  Check out their Facebook page!

Places of Worship
There are a few places to worship in Meadowlands, including, Christian Way Fellowship, Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and First Lutheran Church ELCA.

Bird Watching
Meadowlands has some great rivers, lakes, fields and bog areas.  These are ideal areas to go bird watching.  There are also two public bird feeders where people can go to sit and watch the birds that come to.  The feeders are the Abramson’s Feeders and the “Blue Spruce Rd Feeders”

Twin River Riders ATV Club
The Twin River Riders ATV Club is basted out of Meadowlands.  The club is always looking for new members and now has an instructor for getting ATV certified.  They also organize fundraisers and food drives. The love to ride their ATVs around the Meadowlands areas and also in the surrounding area and they do several organized local and trailered rides a year.  They meet monthly.

Meadowlands Community Center
There is a Community Center that is available to rent.  Elections are held here as well as many other events and meetings.

Wild Experience Hunting Preserve
The Wild Experience Hunting Preserve is located in Meadowlands.  It is open 7 days a week during from Labor Day to Memorial Day.  The Preserve sits on 400 acres and has different levels of difficulties depending on your hunting skills.  You can either do a guided hunt or a hunt on your own with your own dog.

Checklists: Before & After You Buy A Home.

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2016 Real Estate Market Summary

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The Final Walk Through

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The final walk through is an important step in the purchasing process.  During this time the buyer of a property will look at the condition of the home and to make sure nothing has substantially changed from the original viewing of the home.

When should the final walk through be performed?
The final walk through should happen the day before or the day of closing.  It is also best if the seller has moved completely out before doing the walk through.

Who should be there?
The buyer’s agent, the buyers and sometimes, if they buyers would like, the sellers can be there to give the buyers a play by play of the house.  This can be very useful if there mystery light switch or if there is something unique regarding the day to day operations of the house.

What should be checked?
Major things that will need to be checked will be that all of t
he seller’s debris is gone (unless otherwise specified), make sure everything turns on and off correctly and that nothing has substantially changed since your last viewing.  It is also a good time to verify that the utilities are in the buyer’s name (starting the date of the scheduled closing).  The final thing to check is that all personal property that has been negotiated is present and accounted for.

What if something is amiss?
If something is wrong, the buyer’s agent would communicate with the seller’s agent to figure out the fixes or to verify what is stated in the purchase agreement.

Do I get to keep the keys?
No, not yet.  Normally, the buyers receive the keys to the house at closing after all the paperwork has been signed.

Top Highlights of Central Hillside

by JS Realty

Located directly up the hill from Downtown Duluth, Central Hillside has fantastic views of Lake Superior and the City of Duluth.  Three of the main routes that go through Central Hillside are Mesaba Ave, Lake Ave, and 4th St.

Washington Center
Formerly a school building, the Washington Center is used by the community for some recreation programs and early childhood programs.  There is also some housing in the upper levels of the building.  The Washington Center also has an art gallery that has several exhibits throughout the year.

School District
Central Hillside is located within the Duluth Independent School District #709. 

Sacred Heart Music Center
The Sacred Heart Music Center was built in 1896 to be
the Sacred Heart Cathedral, now it is a music center that musicians, schools, corporations, performers or people who are looking to record in the state of the art recording studio, can use.  It is also a great venue for weddings or conferences.

Local Businesses
There are many businesses located within the Central Hillside neighborhood including, but not limited to, SVS Inc, Al’s Pawn & Variety Stores, Food Dudes Delivery, Center for American Indian Resources, Ktti Kenwood Tours & Travel, One Roof, 4th Street Market & Deli, Hemlock Garage Inc, American Radiator Repair Services, Loiselle Liquor, Floyd’s Hair Choppers, H&R Block, Eman’s Belly Dancing & Fitness, Whole Foods Co-Op, ITC Income Tax Consultants, Lake Superior Medical Equipment Inc, Dunbar Floral and Gifts,  Karbo’s Auto Repair, Auto Medics, Greg’s Auto Service & Repair, and UDAC Mailing & Shredding

Local Restaurants

There are several places to eat located in the Central Hillside neighborhood including, but not limited to, Round Up Bar & Grill, The Break Room, Huie’s Chopsticks Inn, Quiznos Sub, Uncle Loui’s Café, and the King of Creams.

Cascade Parkhere are a few parks located within Central Hillside including but not limited to, Strickland Park, Central Hillside Park, Cascade Park, and Lilliput Park.  One of the more popular parks is Central Hillside Park.  There is a basketball court and a playground available for use.

Places of Worship
There are some places to worship in the Central Hillside neighborhood, including but not limited to, Calvary Baptist Church and St. Mary Star of the Sea.

Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center
Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center is located within the Central Hillside neighborhood.  According to their website, Essentia Health- St. Mary’s Medical Center is the largest hospital in northeastern Minnesota.  There are 380 beds within the hospital and they have the regions only intensive care unit for newborns and children.  They are all about compassionate care and strive to have highly specialized care.

If you have any questions about Duluth or the surrounding area please contact us!  We would love to help you out!

Top Highlights of Congdon Park

by JS Realty


According to the City of Duluth’s neighborhood map, Congdon Park is located East of N 26th Ave E, South of Lakeview Dr and Snively Rd, North of Lake Superior and West of N 40th Ave E.  One of the main roads to go through Congdon Park is London Rd.

Congdon Park
Congdon Park is in the Congdon Park neighborhood.  Congdon Park was named after Chester Congdon who donated the 33.7 acres of land in 1908.  The Tischer Creek runs through the park and provides for some stunning views including several waterfall areas.  There are also some trails that are easy walking.  This is a hidden gem within the city and is also surrounded by nice big trees.  There are beautiful bridges, plenty of wildlife and Tischer Creek is a designated trout stream.

Places to Worship
There are several places to worship in Congdon Park, including, but not limited to, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Cathedral of our Lady of the Rosary, Diocese of Duluth, Chabad Lubavitch, and Duluth Congregational Church.

Northland Country Club
The Northland Country Club is a private country club that has an 18
hole golf course.  It is one of the top 5 golf courses to visit in Minnesota.  The Northland Country Club provides a great family atmosphere while still remaining private.  There is also a pool and a few tennis courts so it’s not all just about golfing. There are many activities that could be enjoyed.  There is also a luxury cuisine restaurant that is available to members only.

Local Businesses

There are several businesses that are in Congdon Park, including but not limited to, Holiday Stationstore, AG Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, Budget Blinds of Duluth, Custom Cap, Northern States Basement Systems and Paper Ink.

Glensheen Mansion
Glensheen Mansion is located in Congdon Park an
d it is a historical home museum that has been amazingly preserved.  Built for Chester and Clara Congdon between 1905 and 1908, the couple along with their children and grandchildren made it a home until 1977.  The main mansion has 39 rooms.  It is a stunning piece of history and the museum tours provide interesting facts and breathtaking architecture.

School District
Congdon Park belongs to Duluth Independent School District #709.  Duluth East High School, Ordean East Middle School and Congdon Elementary Schools all fall within the Congdon neighborhood.  Holy Rosary School, a private school is also in the Congdon Park neighborhood.

Local Restaurants
There are no restaurants located within Congdon Park, however the neighborhood is not far from the business district on London Rd which has several restaurants including but not limited to, Blackwoods, McDonalds, Perkins, Valentini’s Vicino Lago, Taco Johns, Subway and Pizza Hut.

If you have any questions about Duluth or the surrounding area please contact us!  We would love to help you out!

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