Edina Real Estate Uplifted by Community Spirit

The City of Edina emerged from a small whirlwind of chaos. It was originally known as Richfield Township, which was primarily settled by Irish immigrants escaping the devastation of Ireland’s potato famine. English and Scottish flowed into the area afterward, and in 1888, the townspeople decided to form their own village.  All of the neighborhoods that make up Edina:





Over the course of many town meetings, a conflict arose around the name for the new village. Should it be Westfield? What about Edina, after Edina Mills? Or how about Hennepin Park? The debate was long, and tension thickened until a committee member motioned to adjourn. Tempers immediately flared, and several committee members threatened to abandon their positions if their opinions were going to be ignored. Finally, order was reached, and a future meeting was scheduled where the committee voted on the name. Edina won by five votes.

The City of Edina is situated in Hennepin County, nine miles southwest of Minneapolis. A number of major highways run through Edina, including Interstate 494, Minnesota State Highways 62, 100, and 62, and U.S. Route 169.  This allows Edina real estate owners, renters, visitors, and commuters to easily travel within the metropolitan area. The city is one of Minnesota’s most affluent cities, which turns Edina homes for sale into hot commodities. 47,941 people call Edina their home.

A handful of large companies provide many jobs to the community. Its top four employers are Jerry’s Enterprises, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Southdale Center, and Edina Public Schools, respectively. Its abundant retail shopping centers (such as Southdale Center, Yorktown, the Galleria, and Centennial Lakes Plaza) support employees.

Prospective homeowners looking into Edina real estate certainly don’t lack for entertainment. Downtown Edina bustles with activity and life, especially at the intersection of 50th Street and France Avenue—known as 50th and France—and the aforementioned retail centers cater to your every shopping need. You’ll also find that Edina real estate is surrounded by well-kempt parks. The city is fiercely proud of its protected landscape, which occupies about 1,550 acres. There are forty-four parks under the purview of Edina’s Parks and Recreation Department. A wide array of amenities offers residents and visitors excellent recreational opportunities. A number of fields are dedicated to outdoor sports such as soccer, baseball, and football. Tennis and basketball enthusiasts have their respective courts, and the kids have access to a number of playgrounds and outdoor skating rinks. Not into sports but like the outdoors? Edina has trails for bicycling, walking and jogging, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Edina’s local government ensures that the highest quality of care is given when providing services, including a full Advanced Life Support ambulance service and efficient snow plow capabilities. Edina’s citizens work in tandem with the city to promote a strong community, and many residents volunteer their time to help keep the city beautiful and preserve its culture. More than seventy organizations exist to bolster the community spirit while making sure that Edina real estate is the most desirable real estate on the market for potential residents.


To learn more about Edina, or to setup your own personalized meeting to discuss your position and make the best possible move forward, please give the Jesse Olson Group a call at 952-924-7111 or email us.  Thank you.