Prior Lake

Experience the best of city living with a small-town feel.

Welcome to Prior Lake

Located approximately 30 minutes southwest of the Twin Cities, Prior Lake is a thriving, charming place to call home. The city offers small-town living with big-city conveniences, which is one of the many reasons people love living here. With a population of just under 28,000, Prior Lake has an unmistakable sense of community.

The area was first settled in the 1850s and first incorporated as a village in 1891. It received its name from a post office in the area. Since those early days, Prior Lake has seen significant growth and development. 

Prior Lake offers a variety of housing options, allowing you to find the property best suited to your needs. Here you can find starter homes, luxury lake homes, and everything in between. This makes it a great city for growth, and The Hancock Group is ready to help you find everything you’re looking for.

What to Love

  • A family-friendly community
  • Easy access to nature
  • Recreational activities on Prior Lake

People and Lifestyle 

Prior Lake has quickly become a highly sought-after community, and with so much to offer, it’s easy to understand why. This vibrant town is known for its strong sense of community, easy access to the great outdoors, and plenty to do. Here residents can enjoy a high quality of life and the conveniences of a big city with a small-town ambiance.

Families make up a large percent of the population here. With excellent schools, parks, and affordable housing, Prior Lake is a desirable place to raise a family. However, this cozy community also appeals to individuals from all walks of life.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

Nestled in downtown Prior Lake, Plate on Main is an upscale American eatery. Here you can choose from an array of distinctive dishes and homemade craft cocktails. Charlie’s on Prior is a casual waterfront restaurant that specializes in American fare, beer, and cocktails. Enjoy your meal on the patio while taking in scenic views. After dinner, satisfy your sweet tooth at Lakeside Eats and Treats. This local ice cream shop has something for everyone, including dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options.

Spend an afternoon strolling through the charming downtown area. Here you can find plenty of hole-in-the-wall eateries, local shops, and entertainment options.

Things to Do 

Regardless of what you enjoy doing, there’s something for you in Prior Lake. The city maintains more than 1,000 acres of parks jam-packed with hiking trails, picnic shelters, sports fields, and nature preserves. This provides a plethora of ways to connect with nature. Both Upper Prior Lake and Lower Prior Lake, totaling 1340 acres, provide an abundance of exciting things to do regardless of the season. This is one of the most popular areas for boating, skiing, and fishing.

Escape to Spring Lake Regional Park and spend time in the great outdoors. Spread over a vast 374 acres, this stunning park offers a diverse array of natural habitats, wetlands, marshes, and creeks. Cleary Lake Regional Park has something for everyone, including golf courses, swimming, cross-country skiing, and more.

Start your morning off improving your golf game at The Wilds Golf Club. This 18-hole championship golf course is nestled in a stunning setting of pine trees, wetlands, and wildlife habitats. Don’t wait to book a tee time at this unbeatable course. Mystic Lake Casino Hotel is a luxury hotel with 24-hour games, dining, and entertainment. It’s the place to go for nonstop action.


Prior Lake schools are highly esteemed, which is why it draws so many families. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Jeffers Pond Elementary 
  • Twins Oak Middle School
  • Prior Lake High School


Our success is largely attributed to strong community knowledge and involvement. We live, work, and play in the cities we serve.Not only do we have extensive knowledge of the neighborhoods you’re interested in, we also have inside information to upcoming listings that are exclusive to our group and our clients.

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