HJ/EDMay 15, 2006

Hidden Creek offers a little bit of everything

By Jenni Sebora
Correspondent

Hidden Creek Mayer residents Rod and Lois Maetzold did not have to pack their belongings, or even change their residency, to move from the country to the city. But they will receive a new address.

The Maetzolds have resided in the same home in southwestern Mayer since building it in 1977. Although they have been city residents since the 1980s, they will soon be city residents in every aspect.

This summer, they will receive a new address and city services, and benefit from the much desired conversion from gravel roads to tarred roads as part of living in the Hidden Creek housing development in Mayer.

Rod Maetzold, owner of Mayer Lumber and Mayer fire chief, was born and raised in Mayer. A small part of his parents’ farm acreage, along with acreage from other farms, was sold to a developer, and the Hidden Creek housing development was born.

Although the Maetzolds have to endure some growing pains with the change of their address, and the possibility of some of their trees being cut down, they welcome added luxuries and the observance of all of the growth that is occurring in Mayer.

“We are tired of the gravel roads and are waiting for tarred streets,” Lois said, which may likely occur this summer.

Although the Maetzolds’ home isn’t a newly constructed house in the development, there are plenty of new homes that have been built, beginning in 2002. More new construction will follow as Hidden Creek fifth addition was approved in April. This addition will add about 60 more lots to the approximate 187 lots that make up the four other additions.

A sixth addition, consisting of 25 acres, will come to life sometime in 2007, and 55 more acres are devoted to Hidden Creek West, which will begin work sometime between 2008-09.

Andrew and Kristin Keppel, who built their home in February 2002, were among the first Hidden Creek residents to build a home in the development. The Keppels agree there are lots of good things about living in Hidden Creek, including the configuration of the development and size of the lots.

The Keppels (who have a 14,750-square-foot lot next to the creek) enjoy the space and distance between the lots as well.

“We really like the configuration of the development – the houses are a little farther apart,” Kristin said.

Depending on size, the lots range in price from approximately $40,000 to $50,000-plus range, Kristin noted.

Lot owners also enjoy the freedom and flexibility of choosing their own builder and style of home, depending on the location.

The Keppels, who chose Principle Homes as their builder, were required to build a split-level style home because of the water level resulting from living next to the creek.

Besides the creek itself, the development offers other amenities for its residents to enjoy, including an approximate 1.5 miles of trails and walkways and a 12-acre natural park area. A future park is also planned for Hidden Creek West.

Keppel noted that one will see a lot of people out and about walking, and many people enjoy the walk from Hidden Creek development into Cold Water Crossing development, which is just north of Hidden Creek and County Road 30.

“It is actually a nice long walk from Hidden Creek into Cold Water Crossing, and a lot of people walk that (route),” Kristin said.

Aside from the neighborhood trails and walkways, the Dakota Rail Line Trail abuts the Hidden Creek development.

Mayer City Planner Benjamin Baker noted that the trail between Hidden Creek and Cold Water Crossing does actually connect the neighborhood to the Dakota Trail.

The future of this trail is in the planning stages right now, and a master plan is being developed for it.

Marty Walsh at Carver County Parks explained that the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the three counties, Carver, McLeod and Hennepin, have reserved a corridor along the former Dakota Rail for future transportation. It has conducted a public meeting and will hold another one Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Mayer Community Center to gain public input on interim use ideas for the corridor.

“We are in the stage of drafting a master plan (for interim corridor use) – an information-gathering stage and want input on what people would like to see for the corridor,” Walsh said.

More than just a housing development

Not only have a variety of new homes been built and will continue to be built in the Hidden Creek development, but friendships among the residents have been “built” and prosper as well.

The predominance of young families with children in the Hidden Creek housing development has lent itself to the formation of play groups right in the development, which is conducive to the building of lasting friendships among the residents, Kristin noted.

“We are even keeping in touch with people who have moved away and no longer live in Hidden Creek,” Kristin said.

Low traffic levels due to no through streets also make the development family-and child-friendly.

There is some traffic in the morning and late afternoon when homeowners are traveling to and from work, but the rest of the day, traffic levels are minimal, Kristin said.

The Keppels, who have a young family, and are not originally from Mayer, enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere of the development and the City of Mayer.

“Mayer is a good place to raise a family. You meet and know a lot of people. It has a supportive, small-town atmosphere,” Kristin said.


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