Home Remodeling and Renovation in
James J. Hill's North Oaks Farm Dairy Building
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North Oaks is a suburb north of Saint Paul in Ramsey County in the U.S. state of Minnesota. Formerly a gated community, all land is owned by homeowners with the North Oaks Home Owners Association maintaining all roads, plowing, parks, facilities, and recreation trails.
Structured around Pleasant Lake, the area began as a water source for the Saint Paul municipal water system, which still maintains water access rights today. The land was later purchased by Saint Paul magnate James J. Hill in 1883 and expanded into a breeding and hobby farm.
James J. Hill's grandchildren incorporated the North Oaks Company with a mission to build with respect for the natural environment, having witnessed metropolitan sprawl. To ensure their mission would be fulfilled, land was subdivided and sold with a warranty deed that created the North Oaks Home Owners' Association to be responsible for roads and recreation. Each deed placed each home's property line half way into the street, placing all roads into private ownership. The original farm buildings have been restored and are viewable to the public along with informational displays and tours are also available. Two of the remaining structures, the Blacksmith Machine Shop and Dairy Building, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.