Photo courtesy of the City of Arden Hills
Sunset over Lake Josephine in Arden Hills
Lake Josephine resides in Arden Hills and Roseville.
Incorporated as a city in 1951, Arden Hills is east of 35W and bisected by 694, about 8 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Roughly 9,600 people call Arden Hills home, as well as large corporations such as Boston Scientific and Land O’Lakes, which also reside across the 9.4 square miles the city encompasses.
History: Arden Hills has a storied history. In the late 1800s, the wealthy built summer vacation homes on Lake Josephine and Lake Johanna, which were popular places to swim, fish, and boat. In 1941, the government needed 2,530 acres to manufacture ammunition, so they bought land in Arden Hills. About 50 years later, 585 acres of the land was considered excess. Of this parcel, 155 acres became the site of a new city hall, Ramsey County Public Works, and an administration building. In 2012, Ramsey County and Arden Hills purchased and redeveloped the remaining 430-acre parcel.
Housing Stock: About one-third of Arden Hills homes are families with children, higher than the county’s average, which is 30.69 percent. The median age of residents is 36, and the area’s median home price is $464,900 with a median household income of $79,208. Proximity to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul draws families seeking short commute times.
Schools to Note
Irondale High School: In 2012, Irondale High School began its Early College program—the first in Minnesota, allowing students to graduate from high school with a diploma and an associate’s degree from Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Graduation rate for Irondale is 94 percent, with 77 percent of students going on to post-secondary studies. U.S. News & World Report ranked Irondale as 15th best high school in Minnesota, and The Washington Post recognized it as the ninth most challenging high school in Minnesota. moundsviewschools.org/irondale
Mounds View High School: The public high school was ranked 12th in Minnesota by the U.S. News & World Report, and sixth most challenging high school in Minnesota by The Washington Post. The four-year graduation rate is a stunning 99 percent, and 76 percent of students go on to attend college .moundsviewschools.org/moundsview
Photo courtesy of Lawrence Hutchinson
Flaherty's bowling alley in Arden Hills
Flaherty’s is more than a bowling alley—it’s got bingo and trivia, too.
Flaherty’s Arden Bowl: The family-owned and operated bowling alley has been open since 1938, and according to management, is the oldest family-owned bowling alley in the United States. In addition to bowling leagues, there’s open bowling, cosmic bowling, and a bar and grill in the complex—with a solid happy hour, and special pricing during sporting events. Rock and roll music bingo, cosmic bingo, and pop culture trivia nights are also on the menu. flahertysbowl.com
Lake Johanna and Lake Josephine: While Lake Johanna is part of Arden Hills, Lake Josephine splits its residency within Arden Hills and Roseville. Both are hotbeds for fishing, boating, walking, running, and biking. The lakeside backdrop is visible from the road, sun glittering off the water in the summer and fluffy snowdrifts across the frozen, ice fishing-ready lakes during the winter. A bevy of lakeside houses and trees creates a cozy backdrop.