Anyone who has driven a car or ridden a bike through the streets of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo or Dilworth can tell you there is no such thing as a typical home or neighborhood here. Neighborhoods in the area range from old, quaint and quiet to modern and fast-paced with all the bells and whistles (and, of course, everything in between). Cookie-cutter houses need not apply.
CHARACTER HOMES VS. NEW HOMES – FARGO/WEST FARGO
Fargo is home to some of the most iconic, character homes in the state of North Dakota. Eighth Street South has been recognized for its historic architecture and still features 19th century street lamps. Kari Myhre says nearby Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Streets can be equally historic. “I’ve met a lot of people who love the history of this neighborhood,” Myhre says. “A lot of Fargo’s past is right here, and they want to be a part of it.”
Brenda Richert says recently the area has been attracting empty-nesters who are downsizing from larger homes in other parts of the city. “People in their late 40s or 50s want to be closer to downtown, but still have a home,” she says. “So they buy homes in this neighborhood and refurbish it – redo kitchens and bathrooms.”
South Fargo isn’t the only place in Fargo to find a home of character. Dan Hedrick says the Holes Addition from 12th Avenue to 17th Avenue North on the east side of 10th Street is a popular choice for people who like older homes in a quiet neighborhood. He lives there himself. “It’s really a beautiful area,” he says. “There are mature elm trees providing a canopy over the road.”
Homes have a Tudor or English-cottage style and most were built between 1920 and 1939. Myhre says West Fargo has fewer character homes simply because of it’s history as a one-time bedroom community to Fargo – home to many people who worked in local factories. Because of that, West Fargo has a healthy inventory of smaller homes perfect for young families just starting out.
If you prefer newer homes over older ones, Fargo has many new developments that have popped up in the last few years. The Silver Pointe neighborhood and Crofton Coves offer homes in a fairly moderate price range of $250,000 to $350,000. Luxury developments with homes selling in excess of $350,000 include Rocking Horse Farm, Eagle Point, Cottage Wood and Crofton Coves in south Fargo and Edgewood Estates in north Fargo.
It’s not surprising that West Fargo – with its booming population growth over the last decade – would be home to several new housing developments. Brooks Harbor, Eaglewood and The Wilds offer moderately-priced options, while River’s Bend, Shadowood and other parts of The Wilds offer luxury options in excess of $350,000.
CHARACTER HOMES VS. NEW HOMES – MOORHEAD AND EASTWARD
If you’re looking for an older home in Moorhead, your best bet is the neighborhood north and east of Concordia College. Many of the two-story homes were built in the early 20th century and feature large sun porches. Some have fenced-in yards and trees lining the street out front.
Willy Jacobsen gives tours of the region to incoming faculty members at Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead. “I have to tell them that we have faculty from two different universities competing for these homes that are within walking distance of both campuses, so these homes can sell fast,” she says.
Jacobsen points out that Moorhead has a wonderful neighborhood from about 12th Avenue to 20th Avenue South where homes are slightly newer than those around Concordia, but are still a good choice. “Most of them are one-story ramblers with three bedrooms, hardwood floors – a nice neighborhood and a good first-time-homebuyer home,” she says.
Dilworth, just east of Moorhead, has several neighborhoods that feature small, comfortable homes. The neighborhood south of the railroad tracks has been given the nickname “Little Italy” because it was once home to many Italian immigrants who worked on the railroad in the earliest days of the city.
Fans of new homes on the Minnesota side of the Red River in Moorhead can choose the higher-end developments of Evergreen Meadows, Horizon Shores and Tessa Terrace where homes usually sell for $350,000 or more. The second phase of Horizon Shores, Johnson Farms and Stonemill Ponds offers buyers homes that sell for less than $350,000.
If a buyer wants to live in the Dilworth-GlyndonFelton area, developers are offering luxury options in the Woodbridge and Summerwood developments. The south side of Glyndon also offers homebuyers moderate to higher-end choices.
Park Co. Realtors say it doesn’t really matter if would-be homebuyers prefer older or newer homes; good high-quality options can be found across the area. “I can say the quality of the homes constructed here are superior to the rest of the country,” Richert says. “They have to be built for the extremes, so they last.”
And that’s great news for anyone looking to call the Fargo-Moorhead area home.