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We Work For You

Creating a better way to live means constantly improving what we do to make the experience better for our residents.

Building Your Home

Our company is focused on providing quality homes for people and helping care for the properties long after we've finished building them. We are proud to serve the Twin Cities metro area, the place we also call home. Our passion lies in building up communities for the better. Strong and thriving communites are the backbone of a great society.

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Managing Your Home

From dreaming up a new building, to presenting the project to a city council, to the actual process of construction, to the final step in handing over the keys to residents, we are there every step along the way. We are proud to develop and build multi-family residential buildings; a place that people can call home. Once we are finished building, we like to stick around; we also manage and maintain the properties that we build.

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Improving Communities

Creating a better way to live means constantly improving what we do to make the experience better for our residents. In fact, we even have a team of people that focus on bringing new technologies into your home to make your life better. Check out our apartments to see what is available to rent.

Where We've Appeared

Lexington Lofts

Quad Community Press

October 2019

Lexington Lofts

The city of Lexington will be home to the largest apartment building that our company has built, yet. Comprised of 355 units, Lexington Lofts will take 3.5 years to complete. It will service not only luxury apartments, but luxury amenities and top notch technology. With that said, here's what was said at the planning commission meeting.

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Digging In

Forest Lake Times

June 2019

Encore Apartments construction site

Construction crews have been working on clearing the land next to the Mill Pond Forest Apartments (at the northeast corner of the intersection of 11th Avenue Southwest and Fourth Street Southwest). Local housing company Norhart is planning a new 91-unit building called Encore Apartments.

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First Smart Apartments Coming to Forest Lake

Globe St

May 2019

Gateway Green Apartments

Our Gateway Green Apartments, which opened May1, 2019 are the first smart apartments to arrive to Forest Lake. Since the introduction of smart apartments, residents in our other properties are asking when they’ll receive the new technology. Smart apartments seem to be a hit!

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Progress Minnesota

Finance & Commerce

April 2019

Mike Kaeding accepting award

Our company was awarded a Progress Minnesota award for our advancement in smart apartment technology. This technology has freed up not only staff time, but resident’s time. With this technology in place, we are set for the future.

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Pace of apartment renovation cycle quickens

Heartland Real Estate Business

April 2019

Remodeled apartment

A writer from the heartland Real Estate magazine reached out to us to cover the questions of what it takes to renovate apartments. We are completing renovations at a number of properties to enhance the lives of our residents.

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Encore Apartments Coming Soon

Finance & Commerce

March 2019

Encore Apartments rendering

The Finance & Commerce reached out to us to share the story of our next project. Out next project being a four story, 91 unit apartment community that will sit on the corner of 4th St SW and 11th Ave SW. These apartments will be unlike any other apartment community in Forest Lake, maybe even in the state of Minnesota.

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First Smart Apartments In Blaine

ABC Newspapers

November 2018

IT equipment

A reporter from ABC Newspaper heard about our smart apartments and wanted to see them for himself. Emberwood was the starting place for smart technology, where we go from here, the opportunities are endless.

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Hamline MBA Students Create the Next Generation of Apartments

Hamline Insider

September 2018

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Over the course of summer, Dr. Jae Lee and 16 of his MBA students partnered with Norhart for their final capstone project to create the next generation of apartments. As they continue to grow, Norhart needed the help from the students.

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Mike Kaeding and the MetroNorth Chamber

MetroNorth Chamber

September 2018

Mike Kaeding at Emberwood Apartments

Since we have rolled out our smart apartment technology, a lot of people have taken interest. President, Mike Kaeding got the opportunity to meet with the MetroNorth Chamber to give a tour and share the steps that were taken to turn this thought into a reality.

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Norhart is a SCORE Success Story


August 2018

Score success story graphic

After receiving the award for being a champion in SCORES’s American Small Business competition, we were recognized as a “Success Story.” We received this recognition through our efforts to not only create a better way for our residents to live, but also for the people in our community.

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Gateway Green Apartment Breaking

Ground Forest Lake Times

July 2018

Construction crew

Our latest apartment community is under construction as the Forest Lake Times documented when we broke ground. Gateway Green Apartments will soon be home to hundreds of people come spring 2019. Come discover your new home!

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Emberwood Become the first “Smart” Apartment Community in Blaine, MN


May 2018

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We have incorporated smart home technology into our apartments. What makes these apartments “smart” is the integrated technology from IOTAS. Our residents will be able to control their unit remotely, so that they can focus on the things that matter more.

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Norhart Receives National Recognition as an American Small Business Champion

Forest Lake Times

April 2018

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Through our efforts to create a better way for people to live, Norhart was named a small business champion by SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer expert business mentors. Norhart wouldn’t be the business it is today, without the support that they have received.

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Helping the Homeless

Forest Lake Times

December 2017

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Over the holiday season, Norhart partnered with Stepping Stone Emergency Housing to assist the shelter financially. In efforts to get the residents involved, we matched each donation. To say thank you, every resident received a gift to a local restaurant.

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Bringing Smart Technology Home

Finance & Commerce

December 2017

Emberwood Apartments

Following the trend of smart home technology, we thought why not have smart apartments too. For us, the most profound advantage of smart home technology is the improvement in one’s quality of life. The smart apartment technology that we’re starting at Emberwood, will likely roll out to our next properties.

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We couldn't continue to create a better way for people to live without all the support that we have received. Norhart has been honored with awards that reflect our company's innovation, leadership, commitment, and dedication. We are pleased to highlight these awards here as a way of saying thank you. Together, we can create a better way for people to live.
Corporate Excellence Awards
Corporate Excellence Awards
CEO World Awards
Golden Bridge Awards
2020 Real Estate Awards
2020 Forest Lake Times Readers' Choice
American Business Awards
One Planet Awards
2019 Forest Lake Times Readers' Choice
2019 Best in Biz Awards
2019 Golden Bridge Awards
2019 American Business Awards
Rising Young Professionals
2019 Progress Minnesota
Bold Awards Nominee
2018 One Planet Awards
2018 Best in Biz Awards
2018 Finance and Commerce Reader Rankings Awards
2018 American Business Awards
2018 Forest Lake Times Readers' Choice
2018 American Small Business Championship