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Building Your Dream Home on Lake Minnetonka

Ah, Lake Minnetonka. Lake living is the best way to get the most out of the gorgeous Minnesota summers, not to mention the cold, yet beautiful, winters. Wondering where to build your home on Lake Minnetonka? Here are four nearby communities to fit any family and lifestyle:

marinaTonka Bay 

The cute and charming lake community, Tonka Bay, is burrowed right between the upper and lower lakes of Lake Minnetonka. Tonka Bay is a premier recreation spot with Lake Minnetonka’s largest full-service marina and nearby restaurants like Hazelwood Grill. While there are no public schools in Tonka Bay, the community is surrounded by high-ranking schools which are open to residents based on availability. If you and your family are looking for a lakeside community with a smaller-town feel, Tonka Bay is the best place to build your dream home.



A mere twenty minutes from downtown Minneapolis right on the shores of Lake Minnetonka is the quiet city of Excelsior. Here is a relaxed and vibrant community with yearly events like Art in the Park and Apple Day festivities. Downtown Excelsior offers a selection of antique shops, specialty stores, restaurants, and a theater. No matter the season, life revolves around the lake, with fireworks in the summer and pond hockey in the winter. With its quaint and welcoming charm, Excelsior feels as though you’ve stepped into a Hallmark movie. 


Looking for a modern and chic city? In Wayzata, there are plenty of restaurants, lakefront views, and thriving businesses for young professionals, couples, and active families. Careful city planning allows the city to maintain its parks, which makes Wayzata a unique and historic community. With close proximity to the city, top schools, a variety of restaurants and chic shops, and a new hotel and spa, Wayzata is a great choice for building your dream home. 




Just 15 miles from the Twin Cities, with many surprises that add to a small-town feel, the residents of Orono have a town full of gorgeous, scenic trails, ample wildlife, and high-performing schools. While many suburbs in Minnesota are crowded, Orono has large lot sizes available. In Orono, you’re able to enjoy both privacy and comradery when you want, due to ample lot sizes. In addition to its space and offerings, Orono is one of the safest places to live


Build Your Home on Lake Minnetonka with Gordon James 

We’ve been beautifying lakeside communities in Minnesota for years. After you discover the neighborhood perfect for your family, partner with the professionals at Gordon James to start designing and planning your dream home. Our dream homes are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs while fitting into the neighborhood of their choice. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce the perfect results – your dream home!

For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.