Belle Plaine


A scenic rural town along the Minnesota River

Belle Plaine is about 45 miles southwest of Minneapolis along the Minnesota River and surrounded by rolling hills. It has a great, rural, small-town feel and is less than an hour outside of the downtown areas of the Twin Cities. Belle Plaine is about equidistant from the Twin Cities and Mankato, and Highway 169 ensures it remains conveniently well-connected to the surrounding area. The founding of the town in the 1850s was due to Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court Judge Andrew G. Chatfield choosing the site to hold court since it was halfway on his path between Mendota and Traverse des Sioux. The judge gave the town its name of Belle Plaine, which is French for Beautiful Prairie.

Friendly people who want a quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city make up the residents of Belle Plaine. The community is well known for being a bit of a hidden jewel in the Minnesota River Valley. The quality school system and healthcare facilities along with the convenience of urban centers mean people can enjoy the comfort of semi-rural living without ever being too far away from the amenities of the city. It’s a good choice for families as well as retirees who want some peace and quiet.


Lovely scenery and access to natural areas

The peace and quiet of semi-rural living

Urban centers within reach in less than an hour’s drive

Friendly neighbors

Good schools

Gorgeous rolling hills


Belle Plaine attracts the type of person who wants to live in an area where they can enjoy tranquility and fresh air while never being all that far away from the city. It’s a semi-rural area with a friendly suburban ambiance, perfect for laid-back living. There is a cute, historic downtown with a handful of local gathering spots for locals to enjoy as well.


Even with its semi-rural feel, there are still great dining options in Belle Plaine. Johan’s Bar and Grill is a cherished favorite. Located in the heart of the cozy downtown, it’s a terrific spot for a family dinner, date night, watching a big Vikings, Timberwolves, or Twins game, or just a few drinks with friends. Their menu includes everything from burgers to pizza to salads. Mizzy’s Pizza is a family-run establishment that also provides catering. Along with pizza, pasta, and salads, they have crazy good desserts. Andy’s Bar and Grill is another favorite, and Sparetime Tavern is the quintessential unpretentious local bar.

For some extra fun, locals like to head to Borough Bowl and Prairie Grille, which not only have great food but also bowling alleys. The Belle’s Event Center is also a great venue for weddings and other events. 


Belle Plaine’s residents enjoy the many parks in and around town. Among those parks are Prairie Park, Meadow Park, Hickory Park, and Heritage Square. The Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area is north of the community and offers picnic areas, hiking trails, horseback riding trails, and lots of opportunities to see wildlife.

The town’s premier annual event is Barbecue Days, with a themed parade and float contest, a car show, and a fireworks show. It’s the perfect summer event for family fun. The town also hosts an annual Scenic Byway River Run.


The schools in Belle Plaine are run by the Belle Plaine Public School District. Schools in the community include:

Chatfield Elementary

Oak Crest Elementary

Belle Plaine Junior and Senior High School

Trinity Lutheran School

Our Lady of the Prairie School


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Belle Plaine - Town vs. County Stats

Avg Price in Belle Plaine: $379,700 / County Avg $622,000


Avg Taxes in Belle Plaine: $2,100 / County Avg $3,800


Avg Sq. Ft. in Belle Plaine: 1,893 / County Avg 2,670


Avg Price per/sqft in Belle Plaine:$201 / County Avg $233


Avg Walkscore in Belle Plaine: 13 / County Avg 13


Avg Year Built in Belle Plaine: 1997 / County Avg 2004


Avg Days on Website in Belle Plaine: 190 / County Avg 76


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