Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, attracts many potential homebuyers who are seeking an affordable alternative to some of the other lake properties available throughout the United States. Among the numerous lakes to choose from, there is Lake Osakis located in Douglas and Todd Counties. The quaint, small town of Osakis, Minnesota, borders the lake’s shores and is only 15 minutes from downtown Alexandria. Legend has it that the lake was named for a small band of Sauks who had been exiled by their tribe for the crime of murder. With nowhere else to go, they set up camp next to the shores of the lake. It’s believed that they were eventually slaughtered by the Dakota sometime in the 18th century. The area surrounding Lake Osakis had been inhabited by Native Americans for 9,000 years prior to the first European explorers arriving in the area in the 1650s. In addition to this region’s interesting history, some historians believe that Vikings had visited here at least 500 years before any other white men. Furthermore, Todd County is geographically in the center of Minnesota and is said to be where "the eastern forest meets the western prairie.”
Potential home buyers are often attracted to the Lake Osakis area because they’re searching for a second home in an environment that nurtures a love for the outdoors. Minnesota’s four seasons, numerous lakes, deep 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 near to Lake Osakis 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. Furthermore, resorts around Lake Osakis - such as Linwood Resort & Campgrounds located at 17898 Lake St East and Head of the Lakes Resort located at 15080 Gardenia Drive- 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.
Available real estate in the area of Lake Osakis 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 Osakis range in size from two bedrooms, two one bath, and 500 square feet to six bedrooms, four baths, and 5,100 square 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 Osakis 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 Osakis real estate or would like to visit for a look around, don’t hesitate to contact us anytime so we may assist you.