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Published October 07, 2012, 08:56 PM

West Fargo development is bringing in expensive homes to the metro

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- West Fargo's housing boom is bringing in some expensive homes to the metro.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- West Fargo's housing boom is bringing in some expensive homes to the metro.

The city-wide upgrade evident in the Shadow Wood development, where some houses are topping 1 million dollars.

Construction crews, as well as new residents, can't wait to turn an empty lot into an expensive home....

Jim Brownlee: "I look at the building permit list and the value of the homes is going way way up from what we saw a year or two ago."

within the West Fargo neighborhood of Shadow Wood.

Ellenbaum: "lot prices maybe, people want to live here. It's a good area."

Ellenbaum's crew says they spend about 90 percent of their time building homes around this neighborhood, bound by 9th street east and the Sheyenne River.

West Fargo City Administrator Jim Brownlee says people are building because it's out of flood's reach, but still has some of the last river lots available...and for that they're willing to pay anywhere from 250 thousand to one million dollars.

Shadow Wood is just one of several new neighborhoods going up in this part of West Fargo, all bringing in money for the city's tax base.

Brownlee: "We're spending more money but growth in the city is funding all of that so our millage rate stayed exactly the same as it was last year and I anticipate that will be that same, that we will be able to keep our millage rate the same or even decrease it as evaluation increases."

This growth could eventually reduce costs for taxpayers, but it also means an increasing need for city services.

Brownlee: "As the city doubles in population, we just have to hire a lot more people to service that same area."

Some jobs that may be paid for, right out of the ground in these newly developed neighborhoods.

Shadow Wood and the new developments around it have already added nearly 1-thousand homes to West Fargo.