Governing responsibilities in North Oaks are shared between the City Council and the North Oaks Home Owners’ Association. 

City of North Oaks

The City is responsible for traditional government services, such as police and fire protection, traffic control, animal control, planning, recycling, licensing, building code and ordinance enforcement.  

City of North Oaks Website 

North Oaks Home Owners’ Association

The Home Owners' Association is responsible for road maintenance as well as for recreational programs and facilities. All North Oaks roads are privately owned. All home owners are members of the Association. 

North Oaks Home Owners’ Association Website

North Oaks Farm

North Oaks Hill Farm

The Hill Farm Historical Society was established in 1989 to restore and preserve the three remaining buildings on 5.6 acres of James J. Hill North Oaks Farm.

The buildings — granary, dairy and blacksmith machine shop — are all on the the National Register of Historic Places. 

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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.

Twin Cities mapSome 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 1,700 homes, with a population of approximately 4,900.


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 ...

Charley LakeNorth 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.