By Hillary Sorenson
From the outside, Fargo-Moorhead appears to be an average, mid-sized community. From within, however, Fargo-Moorhead is teeming with people who have many unique interests. Those hobbies can reflect where you decide to put down roots. If you’re interested in the arts, perhaps downtown is the best place for you. Do you want to be near many businesses? Consider moving to south Fargo. Do you desire a more small-town feel? Then south Moorhead is your dream home destination.
Here is a rundown of Fargo-Moorhead’s most popular neighborhoods and determine what type of community member you will be:
The 8th Street neighborhood is one of robust history. Back in the late 1800s, Fargo boomed thanks to bonanza wheat farming and railroad accessibility. The city’s first wealthy socialites built beautiful homes near the center of town, so today, the neighborhood is a reminder of Fargo’s first days. You’ll find large trees and elegant homes that once belonged to Fargo’s first pioneers.
West Fargo is one of the fastest-growing cities in North Dakota. As you drive from 13th Avenue in Fargo to West Fargo, you won’t even be aware that you’re heading into a different city, as the only signs are often hidden by the many restaurants and shopping centers. Developing neighborhoods in the western and southern edges make West Fargo a prime location for those desiring a fresh start in an up-and-coming community.
South Moorhead caters to established and new families. Whether you desire a 1960s rambler or a brand-new bilevel, south Moorhead has what you’re looking for. The area is a small town within a city, offering plenty of schools, churches, shopping centers and bars all right there for its Moorhead’s 38,000 residents.
Let south Fargo be your first stop as you enter the community of Fargo-Moorhead. Stop by the Fargo-Moorhead Visitor Center (the grain elevator just off 45th Street South) for everything you wish to know about the F-M area, Don’t forget to checkout the woodchipper that made this community famous. South Fargo covers a large area – booming with shops, parks, theatres, and restaurants galore – and has everything you might want in a new community. The residential communities are well-developed and new houses are plentiful.
Downtown is the heart of Fargo and home to both businesses and residents. The area has access to parks, trails, bars, a theatre, and much more. If you’re seeking an area that has tons to offer and rarely sleeps, this is the place for you. The housing is a collection of older homes, apartments, and new modern spaces. The historic charm of downtown is just an added bonus.
Other Notable F-M Neighborhoods
- Anderson Park was established in 2010 and is a quaint area replete with a variety of rental properties, apartments and long-term housing. Anderson Park is home to the Red River Valley Zoo and caters to families that desire parks and playgrounds within walking distance.
- Centennial is a golfing community. With seven golf courses and access to many parks, Centennial takes leisurely activities to the next level.
- Hawthorne is apart of the original townsite and features many historical mansions. If you aren’t interested in being in the heart of downtown, but want to be near it, this is the neighborhood for you.
- Horace Mann is not only a historic neighborhood, it’s also a nature lover’s dream neighborhood thanks to the beautiful landscapes from the bordering Red River.
- Roosevelt is dominated by rental properties and is located between NDSU and downtown Fargo. If you desire a close-knit community filled with energy, Roosevelt just might be your next home.
- West Acres is home to more than 40 apartment complexes. The community is surrounded by restaurants and shopping areas, which is appropriate because it’s name derives from the West Acres shopping mall.
Are you convinced that Fargo-Moorhead is the place for you? Has Fargo-Moorhead stolen your heart like it has to 233,836 other residents?
I thought so. Welcome home.
The preceding story is published in Impact: The magazine for Fargo-Moorhead business and industry 2016