Cottage Grove

History of Cottage Grove


Most early settlers of Cottage Grove came from New England. James Sullivan Norris, a grain farmer, made claim to a section of farm land in 1842 and he became known as the founding father of Cottage Grove. Cottage Grove then remained a rural township for over a century. Cottage Grove became a city in 1974. By 2000, Cottage Grove was home to about 30,000 people and was one of Minnesota’s fastest growing communities.


Why do people choose Cottage Grove?


Cottage Grove offers a wide variety of affordable real estate options. The residents of this growing city enjoy its open space and beautiful landscape with rolling hills. The city has more than 30 community parks and over 45 miles of trails. The city has great freeway access — four miles south of Interstate 494 on Highway 61 and nine miles south of Interstate 94 and is only 20 minutes from the Minneapolis-St.Paul Airport. The community has excellent public and private schools.


What’s going on in the city of Cottage Grove?


Residents enjoy a park system that provides plenty of scenic trails, picnic areas, play equipment for children and sports fields. Ravine Regional Park has 515 acres to explore. It has wonderful landscaping and topography that is perfect for nature walks, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and fishing. Close by is also Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific Natural Area that provides great photography opportunities.


What schools will your children attend?


The largest school district in Cottage Grove is South Washington County School District consisting of 27 schools. The city has 10 preschools, 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 6 high schools, 10 private schools.


Here is a list of Subdivisions in Cottage Grove to consider:

Acorn Ridge Auburn Woods Cayden Glen
Eastridge Woods Everwood Hidden Valley
Mississippi Dunes Mississippi Dunes Estates Pine Arbor
Pine Forest Pine Summit Reserve at Cottage Grove
River Oaks River Oaks Development Summers Landing
Thompson Grove Estates


Looking for a home in Cottage Grove?


If you are interested in seeing what kind of homes are for sale in Cottage Grove, just click here to see what options are currently for sale in this area of the Twin Cities. Your search can easily be modified to meet your price, beds, baths, and many other factors worth considering in your Cottage Grove home search.