In the mid-1800s, a pioneer by the name of Andrew Darling established a very successful farm in the area near present-day Lake Darling. Later on, at some point, the lake was named in his honor. This is the story behind most of the lakes in this region, as well as the story behind many of the cities and townships that prosper from them. Since the very beginning of Douglas County’s establishment, people from around the Midwest chose the Land of 10,000 Lakes as a place for them to escape. As a matter of fact, Alexander and William Kinkead, two brothers who were military veterans and are recognized as being founders of the first settlement in what is considered modern-day Alexandria, built the first log cabin and hotel in the area with the sole purpose of building a resort town. During the Dakota War of 1862, Native Americans from the Dakota tribe, angered over white settlers breaching federal treaties and stealing their land, attacked numerous European settlements, causing many of the settlers to flee the area and never return. Nevertheless, the Treaty of Fort Laramie was presented to the Dakota bands and signed April 29, 1868. This allowed the area to begin growing once again until it became what is seen today.
Potential home buyers are often attracted to the Lake Darling area because they’re searching for a second home in an environment that nurtures a love for the outdoors. Minnesota’s four seasons, countless lakes, numerous forests, and abundant wildlife support activities that range from skiing to ice fishing, hiking to camping, dog sledding to ice skating, horseback riding to four wheeling, and much more. Another thing that adds to the allure of purchasing a home in Alexandria near to Lake Darling is its ease-of-access to Minneapolis and Mall of America in Bloomington, both two hours away down I-94 East. For those daily needs, the city of Alexandria has two large shopping centers, Viking Plaza Mall and Midway Mall, featuring big-name retail chains, locally owned shops, and dining establishments. In addition to that, there is a variety of museums, art galleries, cultural centers, and other educational venues for all ages. Furthermore, resorts around Lake Darling - such as Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center and Lake Darling Resort - offer wine tasting events, cabin rentals, swimming, boating, fishing, lawn games, and so much more. Then there are numerous golf courses, snowmobile rentals and trail tours, downhill skiing, and ice skating arenas. It doesn’t matter what season it is, you’ll never run out of things to do.
Homes for sale near Lake Darling vary in architectural style from Cabin-style homes, Modern-style homes, Classical-style homes, Log Cabin-style homes, as well as a few other styles. Most Lake Darling properties range in size from three bedroom, two baths, and 1,200 square feet to five bedrooms, four baths, and 3,500 square feet. Furthermore, if you are looking to build a lakeside home here at Lake Darling, there is a huge selection of lots available ranging in size from a half-acre to as large as 3,000 square feet. If you’re interested in learning more about homes or lots for sale at or near to Lake Darling, please don’t hesitate to contact us today so we may assist you further.