Ely, Minnesota

Historic Preservation Meets the Great Outdoors

Ely is a small town in northern Minnesota with timeless charm. As the gateway into one of the world’s most popular wilderness destinations known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Ely is home to canoeing, hiking, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, dogsledding, swimming, camping, skiing, and much more. At Alley A Realty, we are working to restore and preserve some of Ely’s most unique and historically significant downtown buildings. We’re proud to begin contributing to Ely’s rich heritage and bright future!

Entrepreneurship in the Northwoods

Columbia, Missouri has been ranked as high as the second-best place to live in the U.S. by Money Magazine’s annual list, and is regularly in the top 100. Not to mention, this humble and lively town in the Midwest has been named #16 in the nation for “Young and Ambitious” college grads by Creative Class author, Richard Florida.

It’s Rich in Culture

From world-class film festivals to black box theater and art galleries, there is always something to look forward to in Columbia. Here are some of our favorite downtown cultural amenities…

It’s Great for Families


Coolest Small Town in America

Ely’s residents and families enjoy living in a walkable community with restaurants, shops, schools and the lake all within a few minutes from the front door.  Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital sits on the western edge of downtown while Washington Elementary and Ely Memorial High School, which is among the highest performing schools in the state, are conveniently located right in the heart of town. On the east edge of town, the next generation of outdoor educators and natural resource managers, among other degrees, study at Vermillion Community College. Walkability, award winning schools, a local hospital, a historic downtown and diverse outdoor recreation offerings set Ely apart as one of the coolest places to be.

Big Wilderness

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness extends nearly 150 miles along the International Boundary adjacent to Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park. It contains over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites. In the winter months, the lakes are home to dogsled teams and cross-country skiers. Throughout the year, two hundred thousand tourists embark on trips to this special place every year.

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