Streets of housing development built on Prince property pay homage to Minnesota icon

Updated: December 13, 2019 07:55 PM

After Prince died in 2016, he left behind many pieces of property in his adopted hometown of Chanhassen, but none bigger or more beautiful than the 188-acre parcel along Galpin Boulevard. Now it's being developed into 169 homes on the property that is now part of Minnesota history.

"It's very unique and it's definitely a one of a kind opportunity for anybody who wants to come out and live in Chanhassen," Lennar new home consultant Lisa Hokkanen told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS on Friday.

This week, Lennar began digging the foundations for the first two model homes in the development along a road called 'Paisley Path,' a tribute to Prince and his nearby sound studio Paisley Park.

In fact, all the roads are connected to Prince or his legacy in some way.

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"We have Purple Parkway," says Hokkanen. "We have Paisley Path, Rogers Court and Paisley Court."

Prince's given name was Prince Rogers Nelson. There's even a street named after his mother called 'Mattie Circle.'

Hokannen says they're not directly marketing the development as a Prince property, but they're paying tribute to him with the street names because just about everyone knows it was his property. He lived in a big house on the land for several years until 2006 when he had it torn down. All that remains now is the security guardhouse out front, a landscaped replica of the famous Prince symbol and an abandoned tennis court.

Houses in the development will range from $500,000 to $900,000 or more.

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There will be an open house at the sales center on the property on Sunday and Hokannen anticipates many people asking about Prince as well as home sites.

"A lot of people know the property and know the history of it," she says. "A lot of people have some enthusiasm about it."

She's also not surprised when people visit wearing purple and will likely see some of that at the open house on Sunday... and not just because there's a Minnesota Vikings game.

More information about the development is available at the link here

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