About North Oaks
Preserving the natural setting
North Oaks Company’s development philosophy has been to preserve and complement the natural beauty of the area. Whenever possible, roads and homes are sited to maintain the natural topography without disturbing woodlands and wetlands. Winding roads, cul-de-sacs, the absence of sidewalks and the limited use of street lights all contribute to the privacy and seclusion of the neighborhoods.
Some 620 acres have been permanently set aside as a conservancy land — never to be developed. Another 220 acres within North Oaks are agricultural land, almost all of which will remain green space. Within the city there are another 500 acres of open space available for use by North Oaks residents.
In the 1990’s, North Oaks Company chose renowned landscape planner Randall Arendt to design the development areas centered on a conservation area. Arendt first designated the area to be preserved. Then he grouped development spaces around its edges. Home sites are placed to offer the best views and advantages of living within a natural environment.
The city currently has about 1,600 homes, with a population of approximately 4,500.
In addition to its convenient location to both Minneapolis and St. Paul, North Oaks offers residents many amenities, such as a private beach, walking trails, golf course, tennis courts and more. Learn more ...
North Oaks history
Most of the area within the present city limits was at one time known as the North Oaks Farm, the foremost experimental farm in the United States.
Owned by railroad pioneer, James J. Hill, the farm played a pivotal role in American history, helping to open the West by supplying the seeds and livestock that the early settlers desperately needed. His grandson, Louis W. Hill Jr., recognized North Oaks’ potential to become an extraordinary residential community. Learn more about North Oaks’ history.
For information on property in North Oaks, call Chris Heim at 651-484-3361.