History of Rolling Green Neighborhood of Edina
In 1941, The Crier newspaper in Edina published a sensational marketing piece for the new Rolling Green Neighborhood of Edina subdivision which said:
Now just relax, lean back in your chair, and in imagination explore what lies beyond this attractive stone pillar. Down the road stretches an expanse of beautiful rolling country, made more lovely by the colorful fall dress of stately trees…
Just a few years earlier in December 1936, the Crier reported that Merrill Hutchinson, head of the Hutchinson Advertising Agency, would be developing 130 acres of “gracious country living” into the Rolling Green Neighborhood. This was to be an exclusive enclave, with only 34 home sites on estate-like lots to be built. The Rolling Green Neighborhood land was purchased from the 8 heirs of the original family homestead dating back to 1867. The first two homes in the development were reserved for Mr. Hutchinson (17 acre estate) and Mr. Howard Files, vice president of Pillsbury.
In the original development plans, common areas were to include a stable and paddock to accommodate up to 12 horses, with an easement being retained for a “bridle path ten feet wide around the outer edge of the entire property so that riders need not leave Rolling Green.” In addition, the Rolling Green Neighborhood of Edina would also have tennis courts, a basketball court, two ponds stocked with bass and trout, and other recreational facilities “so that children may be safely left to play by themselves free from dangers of automobiles or other traffic, since there are no crossroads and no through roads in Rolling Green.” True country living!
Rolling Green Neighborhood Today
Currently, this highly sought after area of upper bracket homes has been subdivided from the original 34 home sites into roughly 90 lots. However, one home remains on a 15 acre lot, which is one of the largest single family lots left in Edina. Driving through the Rolling Green Neighborhood of Edina, you can still get a feel for the original vision for the area, with beautiful, tree-line streets and stately homes that sit graciously on large acre lots.
Rolling Green Homes for Sale in Edina
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