Bloomington MN Historic Real Estate & Homes

Say the term “historic homes” to many people and they instantly envision Victorian-era structures or those lovely Queen Anne style homes of the late 1800s. Did you know, however, that the term covers homes that were built as recently as 50 years ago?

It’s true – at least that is one criterion used to judge a house for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. That’s good enough for us, especially when discussing historic homes in Bloomington, Minnesota. Out of respect for our friends in their 50s, however, we choose to call these homes “vintage.”

Although you’ll find half of the city’s homes built before the 1980s and half built after, the median year built in Bloomington is 1983. Yes, Bloomington homes are a youthful bunch, but you can still find a wonderful selection of vintage homes, built in the 1950s and 1960s. And, in case you’re wondering, mid-20th century architecture appeals to a wide variety of homebuyers

Just what are these styles? Most popular among home builders and buyers in the 1950s and 1960s were ranch-style homes, commonly called “ramblers.”

Ramblers are uniquely American. In fact, the first rambler was built in San Diego, Calif. in 1932, where it was originally dubbed the ranch-style home, or “rancher. Today, what these homes are called depends on where in the country you live. Here in Minnesota we call them “ramblers,” but in California they’re still known as “ranchers.”

Typical ramblers have a horizontal layout -- either L- or U-shaped. They feature a gabled roof and lots of large windows. The interior is rambling (thus the nickname), with fewer interior walls than older homes.

The beauty of purchasing a rambler is that, because of its simplicity, the home is easy to update and modify, or rehab.

Bloomington has come a long way since Gideon Pond built the area’s first home in 1856, and although you won’t find many homes that date back further than the 20th century, our city’s vintage homes for sale are amazing, and well worth touring if you’re in the market for an older home.

Whether you long for a circa 1954 classic in Ackerman’s Riverview Addition or your thoughts turn to a rambler in Shepherd Hills, if it’s listed for sale in Bloomington, you’ll find it here on

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Bloomington Historic Real Estate Listings

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6 Properties Found.
Photo of Listing #5572122

8525 Girard Avenue S


Bloomington, MN
4 Bed, 2 Bath, 1532 Sqft, 0.23 Acres
Arthur Realty

MLS® #5572122

Photo of Listing #5569352

8127 2nd Avenue S



Bloomington, MN
3 Bed, 2 Bath, 2002 Sqft, 0.23 Acres
Bridge Realty, Llc

MLS® #5569352

8449 Wentworth Avenue S


Convenient Bloomington location provide easy access to everything plus, walking distance to grocery and dining. Enjoy this solid Stucco home boasting 3 bedrooms on one leve...

Bloomington, MN
3 Bed, 1 Bath, 1377 Sqft, 0.23 Acres
Bridge Realty, Llc

MLS® #5570089

8010 Portland Avenue S


Wonderful opportunity to own a 2-story home in Bloomington! Solid bones with this home and ready for a new owner to make it shine (kitchen remodel needed and other light T...

Bloomington, MN
3 Bed, 2 Bath, 2029 Sqft, 0.45 Acres
Re/max Results

MLS® #5570457

8145 2nd Avenue S


Beautiful home ready to move in. Large and well maintained corner lot. New kitchen cabinets, stove and refrigerator.Finish an livable basement recently remodeled. New AC.Qu...

Bloomington, MN
4 Bed, 2 Bath, 1846 Sqft, 0.23 Acres
Bridge Realty, Llc

MLS® #5567857

Photo of Listing #5492959

2117 E 86th Street


Beautiful 5 bed 3 Bath with huge master bedroom, open living room, close to Mall of America and Minnesota River, with all the renovation you can imagine. Newer kitchen with...

Bloomington, MN
5 Bed, 3 Bath, 2674 Sqft, 0.37 Acres
Keller Williams Premier Realty Lake Minnetonka

MLS® #5492959

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Listing information last updated on May 30th, 2020 at 2:20am CDT.