Known for its relaxed lifestyle and extensive recreational activities, Perham is a community located on the eastern side of Otter Tail County, in the heart of Minnesota’s Lake Country. With a population of 3,000 people, Perham has a thriving business community, and a strong job market representing a variety of industries, including agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing.

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Perham Schools

The Perham-Dent Public School District provides education services for students from Pre-K through high school. The district offers academic programs and co-curricular activities as well, including athletics and fine arts. Perham High School educates children from 9th grade through 12th grade, and in addition to the standard curriculum, offers college courses and industrial trade training.

Prairie Wind Middle School’s student body is made up of 5th-grade through 8th-grade students and enlists a grade-level, team-teaching approach. The elementary school teaches students from Pre-K through 4th grade and offers smaller class sizes and a strong academic culture.

A new high school is currently under construction with an opening date planned for the fall of 2018. The same bond that provided the funds for the new high school also allowed for renovations to the middle school, and a new gym addition and classroom wing for the elementary school.

Recreation and Parks in Perham

As a community surrounded by 1,048 lakes, Perham offers a long list of recreational activities to choose from. Locals and vacationers alike enjoy turtle races, swimming, boating, and fishing in the summer, and ice fishing and 140 miles of snowboarding trails in the winter.

There are resorts, a community center, a championship golf course, and an ice skating facility in Perham as well. If you enjoy connecting with nature, visit one of the state parks. Maplewood State Park provides visitors with 9,500 acres of beautiful forests, sandy beaches, picnic areas, and eight major lakes for fishing or swimming.

Perham Weather

The Perham area experiences a nice, long summer, with temperatures seldom rising above 88 degrees. The warmer months generally begin in mid-May, and extend through mid-September, with an average daily high of 67 degrees. The cold season in the Perham region begins in late November and continues through early March. The average daily high in the cooler months is 30 degrees. The first snow usually occurs in late October, with additional snowfall occurring through the end of April, and an average yearly snowfall of around 49 inches.

Perham Real Estate

Compared to other cities in Minnesota, Perham has a lower cost of living, and it’s only a short commute to reach one of the state’s larger urban areas. For those who are purchasing homes, the City of Perham offers some income-based financing incentives including down payment assistance, utility discounts, and tax increment financing.

Residential real estate property prices in Perham average around $156,000, with both residential and commercial lots also available for sale. Home appreciation has increased to about 5.8 percent over the last 12 months in Perham, with lakefront properties being highly sought after by home buyers. Perham’s small-town atmosphere, its high-quality medical and educational services, and its unique shops and stores make it an ideal place to live.

Your real estate agent is the best source of information about the local community and real estate topics. Call Tom Verhelst at 218-205-2604 | Karen Zell at 218-731-6836 to learn more about local areas, discuss selling a house, or tour available homes for sale.