2012: A Very Good Year

Our Minneapolis Lakes Office soared in 2012!

Here’s a note we received today from Robin Peterson, president of Coldwell Banker Burnet:

Congratulations to Matt Baker and the Coldwell Banker Burnet Minneapolis Lakes Office. Today they were honored for achieving the Top Office in the United States for Total Units for Coldwell Banker. Outstanding!


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We’d love to help you move forward.

Ellen and Kate Walsh
Coldwell Banker Burnet



I Love Porches!

If I had a choice between having a porch or a deck, then a porch would win any day of the week. I’m devoted to screen porches in particular. There’s nothing like having a shaded or sunny spot with no bugs and a breeze. And if it’s raining, you can still enjoy a screened porch despite the weather(provided the rain is coming down rather straight and your porch is large enough to allow you a sitting spot away from the screens).

I spend time on decks but they can get too hot in the middle of the day. The mosquitoes can eat at you in the evening, or even dusk. Forget being out there when it rains, unless you want to be wet.

Here, then, some images showing a variety of porches. Summer is on it’s way after all.

A traditional porch in Boston

Note the blue ceiling on this porch

This one has a rustic feel with its wood furnishings

A conservatory style porch in London

Another conservatory, this one in Philadelphia

A sweet porch in Charleston

An octagonal porch in Chicago

A porch with motorized Phantom screens and a fireplace

A small cottage in Los Angeles with a sweet and inviting front porch

A porch decorated with colors and plants

A wraparound porch in Portland, Maine

This porch feels very open and airy with its high ceilings

I had to include this one because I know exactly which house this is. I’ve been inside this house and this porch! The views are lovely.


Crimson Hues at The Lake

Autumn Beauty

On Tuesday I spent the afternoon with a friend. We walked around Lake of the Isles. The crimson and golden hues presented plenty of photo opportunities. Here’s are some photos from the afternoon walk. Big thanks to my friend for stopping and waiting for me to capture all the images.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

Last Saturday I posted a photo showing the Minneapolis Queen paddle wheeler. Sunday I went out on a boat on Lake Minnetonka with friends. I kept watching the waves being created by the boat. At some point, I thought of this photo challenge. I pulled out my cell phone to snap a few photos. Here’s a sampling of some photos I took.

I’d say these have definitely captured the theme of movement. I had no idea what quality I’d get by using a cell phone and traveling along at a fairly rapid clip on a boat. They came out surprisingly well. I posted these four because they show a variety of movement. Do you have a favorite?

A new weekly photo challenge will be posted on Friday. If you’re interested, you can find more information here: Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post at WordPress.



Fleeting Moment

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment
May 29, 2012

Minneapolis Public Library in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

Setting the table at D’Amico Kitchen restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Children playing in a tree next to Lake Minnetonka

Learn more about the Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment.


Quintessential Blue

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

This week’s photo challenge on the The Daily Post is ‘Blue’. So many images come to mind with this word. The sky. Water. Cobalt blue glass. Pottery. Coldwell Banker Burnet real estate signs. The blue jay. Blueberries. Hydrangeas. Where to begin? Let‘s start here:

This, to me, is quintessential blue; the beloved blue jean.

A magazine cover depicting water and the word blue.

Lake Calhoun and the Minneapolis Skyline

A starlit background with a message.

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Coldwell Banker Burnet
Minneapolis Lakes Office

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together – At Lake of the Isles

This week’s challenge is the theme “Together”.  Here are a few shots I took earlier today while out seeing homes on the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour.

It was overcast when I walked by these two bikes in East Isles. I applied a couple of Photoshop filters to this one to create an art look.

Trees along the lake were blossoming and in the pink!

A father and daughter were playing in a tree, more or less unseen but heard. They said yes to having their picture taken and gave thumbs up about their experience in the tree.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

April 21, 2012
A Different View of a Sunset

The docks at White Bear Lake at sunset.

Sometimes the best view of a sunset is where the sun is striking an object or objects. One recent evening I found the setting sun lighting up these docks on White Bear Lake. The silver and gray docks against the blue water created an eye-catching contrast. The wind was fierce and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep my small camera steady enough for the shot. Fortunately, I was able to snap a couple of photos that captured the silvery light reflecting off the docks.


I was browsing through some photos in the archives last night and came upon this one. I thought it fit this challenge quite well.

April 26, 2012

It’s a full sun afternoon and I have time for fun. I went out with my camera because this is what all passionate photographers do. Here are more “sun” captures. Let me know if you have a favorite. You might need  your sunglasses for this first one.

Blinding Sun

Natural and Artificial Light

Sunlit Tree Trunk

Sun Shining Through

Sun Growth

Sign and Shadow

A Tree and I Keeping Company

Me-1 | Self Portrait

Me-2 | Self Portrait

Thanks for stopping by. I had a fabulously fun time playing in the sun with my camera.




An Arch and a Courtyard

A Lake Harriet Home

This lovely home has a beautiful stone arch over the driveway. Beyond is a courtyard with a carriage house, garages, and a side entry. On this particular day, the sun was beginning to set and the waning daylight cast a golden glow across the facade.

This is a good example of why I love older homes. The craftsmanship is superb–the materials and construction hold up over time. We can’t say that about a lot of things made today. Additionally, the designs are classic, remaining uncommonly beautiful year after year. I’d like to photograph this home at twilight, with the lights on.

Below is a view of the front of the home.

There are many lovely homes along Lake Harriet Parkway in Minneapolis. I’ll be posting more photos of homes in the area in the coming days. Come back for a visit and we’ll take a virtual walking tour of Lake Harriet homes and architecture.


Photo of the Day

Clouds Over Calhoun

This photo was taken in August of this year. My sister and I were walking back to the car after our fun afternoon at the Uptown Art Fair.


Lakefront Estate in Minnetonka

Elegant Home on Over 4.5 Acres

French-inspired architecture abounds in this seven-bedroom, four-bath beauty overlooking Gleason Lake. This home has spacious rooms with fine detailing and three finished levels. Both the living room and library feature bowed-window walls with views of the lake and grounds. A French door in the library opens out to an elevated garden space with reflecting pool. Finishes include plaster walls, and hardwood, marble, and terrazzo floors. Wayzata school district. Located just minutes from downtown Wayzata.


Library with Bowed Window and French Door to Garden and Reflecting Pool

Generously Sized Upper Hallway

This bedroom has a Jack and Jill bath.

Master Bedroom with Bath to left and Window Seat to right.

Example of Detailing in Master Bedroom

Dressing Area with Closets and Built-Ins

Elevated Garden Area with Reflecting Pool

Gleason Lake

Update: Nov. 16, 2011: This home is currently off the market.

Call or email for a private showing.

Ellen Walsh

Kate Walsh


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Silvery Night at the Lake

Photo of the Day
June 26, 2011

Lake Ann Park in Chanhassen, MN

Beautiful Lake Ann is a quiet, non-motorized lake
offering solitude, clean water, and 100% undeveloped shores.

Lake Ann Park in Chanhassen, MN


Condominium Row on Lake Harriet

Condo Living on Lake Harriet

Most of the properties located along Lake Harriet Parkway are single-family homes. The exception is a stretch along the west side of the lake. Here one can find a condo in a variety of buildings. These featured here are located on the 4400 block of East Lake Harriet Parkway. There are a few others on the 4300 block of the parkway.

4400-4402-4404 West Lake Harriet Parkway (3 condominiums)

4418 West Lake Harriet Parkway

4430 West Lake Harriet Parkway

4444 West Lake Harriet Parkway

4444 West Lake Harriet Parkway

4444 West Lake Harriet Parkway

If you’re interested in buying or selling a condo, give us a call or send us a note.

Ellen Walsh

Kate Walsh

Coldwell Banker Burnet
Minneapolis Lakes Office

Keeping it Local

Ten Great Things About Shopping Locally

Friday after Thanksgiving is typically known as “the biggest shopping day of the year” and as “Black Friday”. Monday has become known as “Cyber Monday” when folks spend millions of dollars online. I would like to make a case for spending some of those dollars locally.

The other day my sister told me about someone sailing on Wayzata Bay. She thought it would make for a good photo: A sailboat cruising along the open water with the icy shoreline. Alas, by the time I got to Wayzata Bay, the sailboat was gone. Still, I found plenty of photo opportunities.

There was a beautiful sunset over the Wayzata Bay…

Local shop windows were decorated with holiday flair. Here is the shop with the name The Bookcase:

The Bookshop’s doorway is decorated with greenery and ornaments. The sunset can be seen in the window reflection.

The adjoining Caribou Coffee shop is a nice place to take a break from shopping and taking pictures as well as a place for getting gift cards and meeting friends for a hot drink. The windows were decorated with the season’s theme of snow.

Down the street from The Bookcase is Five Swans, another locally owned shop with beautiful housewares and other gifts. They, too, have nicely decorated windows and a wreath on the front door.

But back to the ten great reasons to shop locally. Here’s what you do when you shop locally:

  1. You keep dollars in our economy. For every $100 you spend at a local business, $68 stays in the community. When you spend that same $100 at a national chain, just $43 stays in the community.
  2. You embrace what makes the shop unique. We don’t want our houses to look like every one else’s so why would we want our communities to look alike? I relish finding local gems whether they be shops, restaurants, theaters, parks, etc.
  3. You create local jobs. Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
  4. You help the environment. Less fuel for transportation and less packaging = conserving energy and resources.
  5. You nurture community. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
  6. You conserve your tax dollars. Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify our community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong–right in your own community.
  7. You create more choice. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual market. They pick items based on what they know you like and want.
  8. You take advantage of their expertise. The shop owners are our friends and neighbors, and they have a vested interest in knowing how to serve us. They’re passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?
  9. You invest in entrepreneurship. Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.
  10. You make it a destination. The more interesting and unique a community is, the more it attracts new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone in the community.

Another simple truth is that some of these independent shops are really struggling to make it right now. They need your business to survive. Read more on this topic from the owner of The Bookcase.

Bookcase of Wayzata website

And learn more about Five Swans at the link below. I’ve noticed a significant reduction in inventory in their store both last year and this year.

Five Swans website

And more local shops in Wayzata that are worth the trip:

Anne and Friends–Wayzata Artists’ Market–represents 100+ local and regional artists, both established and up and coming. You can find paintings, jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, photography, and more.

Fleurish–A Purveyor of Find Gifts and Stationery – specializing in corporate gift baskets but also has a variety of items that will appeal to the individual shopper.

Blanc de Blanc – tableware and apparel in the neutral color families of white and beige. One exception to this color scheme is the Christmas holiday ornaments.

Circa Vintage–High quality retro finds in a quaint shop.

Pick up a boxed lunch at Village Meats.

I love local. I try to do much of my own shopping at local merchants. It’s a charming and fun experience with a more interesting mix of gifts and products to choose from. The passion is evident. Let’s spread the word about local shops that are gems. Use the comments section below to tell your story and share the name of a local shop you like.

Lastly, another shot of the sunset, taken later this same day. Nature’s own decoration.



Photo of the Day: Wayzata Bay

Wayzata Bay next to Gray’s Bay Bridge

Stately Homes with Views of Wayzata Bay and Gray’s Bay

A Man Takes in the View



Photo of the Day: Wayzata Yacht Club

Early Evening in Wayzata
September 16, 2010

Hello to fellow sailboat photographer Matt.
Thanks for sharing your photos with me. It was fun.
Same time next week, weather permitting?