Though the area now known as Woodbury was developed as farmland throughout the mid-19th century, things didn’t really get moving in the city until those ubiquitous housing developments started popping up in the 1950s. Twin Cities suburban flight during the subsequent decades allowed for Woodbury’s incorporation in 1967, and the spirit of the place hasn’t really changed since.
We don’t know if you picked up on this, but Woodbury is very white and very wealthy. This means that housing can be somewhat expensive throughout all neighborhoods. However, most townhomes and apartments are newly constructed and/or well maintained with great layouts and floor plans, so you’ll be getting a decent place for your money.
There is no real “area to avoid” when apartment hunting in Woodbury. Pretty much all of the neighborhoods are considered safe and desirable, with only slight variations between them, based on the construction of the properties within the planned communities. So when you start your apartment search, ask yourself, do I want a smaller garage in front of my townhouse or do I want a slightly larger garage to the side of my townhouse?
Once you’ve seen a few communities in Woodbury, you’ll be able to tell the difference between rentals. For instance, in a city with a high per capita income, Wedgewood has the distinction of being one of the more expensive areas in town, and you’ll see that in the amenities and floor plans of the town homes. The Citywalk at Woodbury skews a bit younger in terms of community and is highly walkable and contemporary. Stonemill Farms, in the southeastern portion of town is one of the most visibly planned communities, with its own public school located inside the “compound.”
Rental rates will vary by subdivision based on amenities and floor plans. Generally two bedrooms go for $850-1000 on the low end and up to $1400 on the high end.
Real estate agents will be your key to some of the best rentals throughout the city. If you have a very specific idea of what type of subdivision you’d like to live in, you can go directly through that community’s management company. Background and credit checks, as well as in-depth applications are standard for most of these communities.
Also, huge, planned subdivisions mean that Woodbury is the land of the HOA (Homeowner’s Association) fee and heavy rental regulations. Be sure to thoroughly read your lease and negotiate fees before signing.
Woodbury is a suburb, and a busy suburb at that. Because of its amenities, many area residents will be cruising around town weekdays, weekends and evenings. The commute into St. Paul is crushingly slow to some and totally manageable to others, depending on your outlook. Do you consider Woodbury conveniently located on Interstate 94, or is it locked into a singular commute path because of this highway proximity? Rush hour generally runs from 7:00 to 9:30 in the morning, and 4:00 to 6:00 in the evening. During this time, the 10-mile commute to St. Paul’s city center can take up to 40 minutes.
For the green-conscious commuter, Metro Transit provides express bus service from Woodbury into St. Paul and Minneapolis, with connections available to other major bus lines when you get into the metropolitan areas.
So, welcome to Woodbury, where a posh, suburban lifestyle awaits you!