Places to Live in Washington CountyWhether it’s providing housing for busy working families or a sense of community for our seniors, we’re looking for ways to improve our communities everywhere we work. Sometimes we’re contributing to the vitality of new growth. Other times, we’re turning forgotten or neglected parcels of land into revitalized jewels that create new pride and purpose in our neighborhoods. Here are some examples.

Woodbury – As part of the explosive growth surrounding the Woodbury Commons area near Woodbury Dr. and I-94, we saw an opportunity for partnership with local government and a non-profit agency to ensure that affordable housing was available near a new hub for employment. The answer was the Views at City Walk project.

Oakdale – What happens when you take a neglected, old manufactured home park and dream big? Oakdale found the answer with the Red Oak Preserve project, a community that provides rental and homeownership opportunities for people at all stages of life, beautifully integrated within a serene outdoor setting.


Forest Lake – Because of rapid growth, Forest Lake had needs for both senior housing and working families. We had an opportunity to tackle both while also adding vitality and sparking renewed interest in the Headwaters at Forest Lake development. The addition of TrailSide Senior Living and the Forest Oak Apartments has done just that. Now, home construction is underway in the development, a charter school is due to open soon, and other residential and business opportunities are likely to follow. Affordable housing and community development go hand in hand.