Northfield, Minnesota, along the Cannon River, has long been an agricultural city dating back to days of wheat, corn and flour mills and, later, dairy cows and beef cattle. With wheat came the time-honored Malt-O-Meal manufacturing plants, still located in Northfield and under the ownership of Post. Today, with over 20,000 residents, Northfield remains agricultural with a focus on corn, soybeans and hogs.
Education is another hallmark of Northfield, earning college-town status with its Carleton College and St. Olaf College. The Cowling Arboretum and nature preserve is owned by Carleton College and offers trails for walking and cross-country skiing. St. Olaf Natural Lands covers hundreds of acres of natural habitat and agricultural land, is open to the public and owned by St. Olaf College.
Less than an hour’s drive south of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro, Northfield is a growing residential area with a state-of-the-art hospital and clinic. The city has a lovely town square with its signature popcorn wagon, fountain and flowers. Visitors and residents enjoy the many shops, boutiques and dining options. The city serves its senior citizens with retirement complexes and the Northfield Senior Center, equipped with a pool, fitness center, meeting rooms, computer lab and art classes.
The September 7, 1876 failed attempt to rob the First National Bank of Northfield by the James-Younger gang of Missouri-based outlaws is reenacted during Defeat of Jesse James Days at the original bank building (now a museum). With citizen help, many of the gang were killed or taken into custody, but Jesse James and Frank James escaped westward. This heritage festival is held the weekend after Labor Day and draws a huge crowd each year.
Northfield attracts families and seniors with its relaxed environment, healthy lifestyle and affordable housing. Major employers in the area are Northfield Hospital, Allina Health Care, St. Olaf College, Carleton College, Northfield Schools and Multek Flexible Circuits. Residential housing is readily available for homeowners and real estate investors.
If you have been thinking about buying a house south of the metro, Northfield, Minnesota could be a perfect setting for you. Here is our recommended list of the best 10 real estate agents in Northfield. They understand the local real estate market and the distinctive qualities of the city and the surrounding rural area. Contact one or more of these top 10 agents for buying or selling opportunities in Northfield today!