The Minnesota community of Orono can be found on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka, about 18 miles west of Minneapolis on Highway 394. Orono's population was 7,920 in July of 2009.
Conveniently located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Orono MN offers a small town atmosphere just a short drive from the Twin Cities and all of the employment opportunities, entertainment venues, and cultural amenities that urban communities provide. With 14,000 acres of water, nearby Lake Minnetonka wields a major economic and geographic influence on the communities settled around its shores – cities like Orono. Orono's connection to Lake Minnetonka includes Casco, Lydiard, and Summit Beaches as well as lake-side parks, several marinas, and some business and dining options. Lake Minnetonka is not only the most heavily-trafficked lake in Minnesota, it is one of the most prestigious, but of all the lakeside communities, Orono is probably the quietest and the least high-profile. Orono covers a total area of 24 square miles, and a full 8 square miles of that are lakes and for that reason, the city is serious about preserving the quality of its water. Nature in general is important, as Orono is also located just south of the 2,700 acre Baker Park Reserve.
There are several highly elite neighborhoods around Lake Minnetonka and homes in Orono MN can be quite grand with large lots. More moderately priced options tend to be located more inland. Architectural styles found in Orono range from ramblers and multi-levels to Victorians and Colonial revivals. Condos and town homes are also available. Single family homes range in price from $150,000 all the way to over $11 million. Town houses and condos also start at $150,000. In September 2010, the median sales price for a home in Orono, MN was $248,750. Though this data has been collected from the MLS and is reliable, it is not guaranteed.