Named after a lake in Switzerland because of the trees lining its shore of equal beauty, Lake Geneva in Douglas County, Minnesota, features a water clarity of six to eight feet, sometimes more depending on conditions. It’s a part of the Alexandria Chain of Lakes and home to a number of resorts. The city of Alexandria has a deep history and a humble beginning that dates back to the mid-19th century when European settlers began to move into the area. In 1862, nearly all of the original settlers were forced to flee the area as the Dakota War of 1862 erupted over European settlers breaching multiple treaties established by the United States government. Over four years later, the Treaty of Laramie eased some of the tensions and development continued starting in the early 1870s. The cluster of lakes in and around Alexandria has always attracted tourism, even since before the turn of the century with the first log cabin and hotel being built by Alexander and William Kinkead in 1858 on the shores of Lake Agnes. In 1867, a pioneer and land developer by the name of William E. Hicks purchase the land which later became the town’s site and decided not to change its name in honor of the Alexander brothers.
The thing about owning a home in the Lake Geneva area is how charming and peaceful of an area it is. This is a place intended for those who love the outdoors but don’t necessarily want to be in the middle of nowhere - you can choose when and where you want to get lost in nature. If you want those things only found in bigger cities, you have Minneapolis only two hours away. In addition to that, there is Mall of America - the largest mall in the United States at almost 100 square acres - in Bloomington and is also two hours away. Both of these destinations are along I-94 East, making it one straight shot to get there. When it comes to daily needs, the cities and townships surrounding Lake Geneva have everything you need. In Alexandria, there is Midway Mall and Viking Plaza Mall, both offering big name brand retail stores, local shops, and great dining establishments. Nevertheless, in these parts, it’s all about the natural spaces, tree-filled parks, countless forests, and thousands of crystal clear lakes.
Available real estate in the Lake Geneva area coincides with residential architecture found all throughout the Midwest. You have your Ranch-style homes, Classical-style homes, various kinds of European-style homes, Bungalow-style homes, and, befitting of the area, numerous cabins of different styles, shapes, and sizes. On average, homes for sale around Lake Geneva range in size from two bedrooms, two one bath, and 1,000 square feet to 10 bedrooms, eight baths, and 6,000 feet. In addition to that, this is a great area to build your home from the ground up, since there is a big selection of lots for sale in the Lake Geneva area, ranging in size from a quarter acre to three acres. With all that Alexandria, Minnesota, has to offer, there is no reason not to place it at the top of your list of places to visit. If you’re interested in learning more about Lake Geneva real estate or would like to visit for a look around, don’t hesitate to contact us anytime so we may assist you.