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Bloomington real estate is probably best known for its most recent attraction to put it on the map: The Mall of America. Although it was well known long before the MOA (as it’s commonly referred to) this giant community Mecca put it on the map for national attention.

Bloomington is actually one of the largest cities in MN behind only Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester. It is so large that is traditionally broken up into two halves: East Bloomington and West Bloomington as divided either north-south running Highway 35W. West Bloomington in his typically held as more prestigious, academically and economically, but it is East Bloomington that is really the economic center for retail and business here, housing the Mall of America, bordering on the MSP international Airport and containing the majority of what’s known as the 494 strip, a strip of highway lined back to back with hotels, restaurants and retail.

Geographically, we sit directly south of Minneapolis, separated only by Richfield and is the southeastern most city in Hennepin County. This city was named by its original settlers after their hometown of Bloomington, Illinois, meaning "flowering field". In 1982 Twin Cities two major sports teams (the Minnesota Twins baseball and the Minnesota Vikings football) both left their home-base, as they moved to the newly constructed Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome downtown Minneapolis. The area was then left with an enormous plot of land in an ideal location easily accessible to both downtowns, the international Airport and major Minnesota highways. It wasn’t long before a major developer bought this prime land to form what is now the Mall of America, opened in 1992. One year later, in 1993, the beloved Minnesota hockey team, The Minnesota North stars, were relocated to Texas and the plot adjacent to the Mall of America was now for sale as well. A large portion of that realty was purchased by internationally known IKEA, much of the rest is allocated to the Mall of America, part 2, including a large water park, which opened in 2006 (the Water Park of America, ninth largest in the US.)

If you are searching Bloomington homes for sale, both east and west, they can be easily accessed through the Minnesota MLS. Search for houses, townhomes, condos, and all other properties by entering your search criteria and match it to all active listings. When you do so, you will also find licensed Realtors available to assist you. All active listings will come up within your search criteria. Remember, the more specific you can be about your desired home, the more precise the list will be.

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