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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.

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The Pink Victorian

I always seem to notice pink homes. Perhaps it’s because they are rare. What sort of person lives in a pink house? Creative? Confident? Artistic? Fun? Bold? Gentle? Caring? Content? Blissful? Loving? Sweet?


What if I wrote those same adjectives in another way:

Creative.
Confident.
Artistic.
Fun.
Bold.
Gentle.
Caring.
Content.
Blissful.
Loving.
Sweet.


If a home is going to be pink, it needs to be the right shade and hue of pink. This Victorian wears its pink well. Some homes will wear pink better than others. Victorians, yes. Cottages, yes. These styles generally have some architectural detailing that works well with pink. Your basic 1950’s rambler? Probably not so much.

Locale makes a difference. Southern states may have more of these pink homes than northern states. This home is here in the northern state of Minnesota. I get the sense winter wouldn’t be quite so dreary coming home to a pink house.


Landscaping can make a difference as well. Note the variety of landscaping here that softens the overall ambiance.



Would you live in a pink house?

I would.

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Photos of the Day
December 24, 2011



Is time on your mind today? One of the things I love about this time of year is all the decorations with light. It adds so much to our shorter days. The clock(s) in the photos above are in Chicago along Michigan Avenue. They provide light year round. I took these in July. May your days and nights be merry and bright.

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Finding the Unexpected

Photo of the Day
December 15, 2011

Here’s an example of a home with attractive holiday curb appeal. Lighted trees flank the front door, a lit wreath hangs on the chimney, and a lit shrub on the left side balances the trees by the door.

I came home and looked at the photo on my computer’s large screen. I noticed a surprise element in the photo. (Click on the photo to enlarge it.) Can you find it? Does it put a smile on your face?  Happy holidays!

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Real Estate for Sale
Mac-Groveland Neighborhood of Saint Paul, MN

Sunny Spaces Inside
Beautiful Gardens Outside
List price: $144,900
Sale price: $139,300

This property is sold and no longer available for showings.

Detailed wrought iron fencing provides picturesque structure to yard.

Living room with wood floor and crown molding.

Sun room with windows on three sides. Use as an office, guest bedroom, or den.

Formal dining room with two windows, wood floor, and crown molding.

Kitchen has granite counter tops and checkerboard flooring.

Exposed brick in one corner of the kitchen.

Informal dining space in the kitchen. Note the two windows!

Large bedroom accommodates an upholstered chair. Note the three windows.

Very nice walk-in closet with organizers in main bedroom!

Stained and leaded-glass architectural detailing in bath.

Upper level space is currently used as an art studio.

The front yard has perennials and raised beds for annuals.

Close to the river and the walking/biking paths!

Map of area–click to enlarge

This one-bedroom plus den home is a “not so big house” in terms of size but has plenty of style and charm! It’s located just a block from Grand Avenue and is within close proximity to three private colleges/universities. Other features include a screened porch, main floor laundry, a single garage, and central air conditioning.

Walk Score = 85 / Very Walkable

Read about the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood.

For additional information and to arrange a showing, call, text or email:

Ellen Walsh
612.220.3304
emwalsh@cbburnet.com

Kate Walsh
612.220.3309
info@designhouse9.com

Coldwell Banker Burnet
Minneapolis MN 55416

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Photo of the Day
October 13, 2011

Adirondack Chairs Outside a Cape Cod Style Home

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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.

$1,499,000

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
612.220.3304
emwalsh@cbburnet.com

Kate Walsh
612.220.3309
info@designhouse9.com

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Vintage Goods at 40% Off

Hand Hammered Iron Lantern

If you’re a fan of architecture and antiques, here’s a sale to check out this weekend. Explore a vast array of unique and desirable architectural pieces. These rescued items are the real thing, not reproductions. Categories include lighting, doors, windows, hardware, mantels and cabinets, ecclesiastical, and iron and stone items for both home and garden.

Original 1930's School Room Clock.

Glass Knobs

1904 Iron Exterior Door

Architectural Antiques has been offering their salvaged, antique decor for over thirty years. They’ve been written about and featured in most of the prominent interior design, antiques and restoration magazines. Stop in and have a look. And, yes, that’s 40% off everything this weekend.

Sale Dates and Times
Friday, September 30th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 1st: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 2nd: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Architectural Antiques
1330 NE Quincy Street
Minneapolis
612-332-8344

Map for Architectural Antiques

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Classical Architecture


There’s a saying in real estate that a house has “good bones”. Some say “good bones” refers to a solid house, a good foundation. Others use it to mean the roof and basic systems (wiring, plumbing, heating, cooling) are in good shape.

My own definition of “good bones” is about the architectural design aspects of a home, both interior and exterior. Is there a good flow from one room to another? Are design details still in place? Do the proportions of the rooms work? Is there a balance of public and private spaces? Can rooms easily be used for multiple purposes? Are there adequate windows, allowing natural light and ventilation in the rooms? Is there a connection to the outside areas by way of views and passageways? Often but not always, the phrase “good bones” is used to describe a home in need of updating.

The home pictured above had (at the time I walked through it) “good bones”. It also had what I call “pretty bones”–elements like the French windows along the front. It sits on a lovely lot and on a tree-lined, winding street. At the time I saw this home, it clearly would have benefited from a significant amount of updating; my Realtor colleagues felt the same way.

Several agents questioned my passion for this home. I could see it had the “bones” to be a magnificent jewel.

The home sold quickly–just twenty-four days. I was not surprised. I consider the family who bought it lucky. They chose a house that will serve them well on many levels for years to come.


Here is another home with both “great bones” and “pretty bones”. This Renaissance Revival came on the market after being in the same family for thirty years. Interestingly, this home also sold in just twenty-four days.

I’m glad I was able to see these two homes when they came on the market. It may well be another thirty years before they come on the market again.

I love a house with “great bones”. Even more, I love a house with “pretty bones”.

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If you’re wanting to find a home with “great bones”, give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to help you find just such a home.

Ellen Walsh
612.220.3304
emwalsh@cbburnet.com

Kate Walsh
612.220.3309
info@designhouse9.com

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The Home You’ve Been Waiting For!

This listing is sold and is no longer available for showings.

Wonderfully updated three bedroom, two bath home on beautiful lot!
List price: $149,000
Sale price: $145,000

Sold in just 17 days!

Sun-filled living/family room with fireplace, built-in cabinetry and door to deck.

Living/family room with view to dining room.

Formal dining room with doors to close off living/family room.

Remodeled kitchen with cherry cabinets, Corian®, and granite!

Two-tiered island with seating. Note TV cubby and convenient garage access.

Beautifully remodeled baths on main and lower level.

Bright bedroom with large closet and a view of the backyard.

Large deck and yard.

Wonderfully maintained inside and outside!

Covered entry and two-car attached garage.

This home features over $65,000 in improvements including newer kitchen, renovated baths, newer windows, roof, and more! Sun-filled, turnkey spaces are ready to move into. Beautifully landscaped yard with privacy fencing and a large deck is perfect for summer relaxing and entertaining! The main floor features three bedrooms and a full bath. The lower level has a family room, bath, workshop area, and potential future office or bedroom. Improvements include:

2010 Remodeled main level bath
2008 New windows (except living room which were not needed)
2007 New 30-year roof
2006 New water heater
2006 New maintenance free garden shed for backyard
2005 Landscaped yard, installed sod, and improved grade from house to yard.
2005 New water softener
2003 New maintenance free deck
2002 Remodeled lower level bath, replaced plumbing, fixtures, vanity and walls.
2002 New kitchen appliances, range, refrigerator and microwave.
2002 Remodeled kitchen to add cherry cabinets with roll-out shelving, granite and Corian® countertops, Corian® inset sink, and a 2-level island with bar for seating for three.
2000 New air conditioning system
1999 Buried electric/cable lines in backyard to house.
1998 New washer and gas dryer
1995 New dishwasher
1995 New furnace with humidifier

7941 Colorado Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN
All photos by Kate Walsh

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Thinking of selling? Let the sister team of Ellen and Kate Walsh
show you a personalized marketing plan to sell your home!

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For more information about Colorado Ave or selling your home, please contact us:

Ellen Walsh
612.220.3304
emwalsh@cbburnet.com

Kate Walsh
612.220.3309
info@designhouse9.com
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Photo of the Day
May 4, 2011
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What’s a good number of hours to sleep each night?
Enough to wake up renewed and refreshed.

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Real Homes. Real People. Real Ideas.

April 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 1 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s the 24th Annual Home Tour in the Twin Cities. The tour is an opportunity to see numerous interesting remodeling and expansion projects in homes throughout the two cities. It’s also an opportunity to get a sense of various neighborhoods.

Homeowners are the focus of this tour and have been since the beginning twenty-four years ago. Owners often choose to remodel their current homes because they wish to stay in the neighborhoods they’ve come to love.

The tour features homes with the following renovation projects:

  • Whole-house renovations
  • Space additions, basement and attic finishing
  • Kitchen remodel
  • Bathroom remodel/addition
  • Historic preservation, adaptation
  • Green construction or solar features
  • Landscaping
  • New construction

All tours are free and self-guided. Visitors will be requested to remove their shoes so slip-on shoes are a good choice. Shoe coverings will also be provided for visitors with special needs.

MSP Home Tour Website and Information

A List of the homes on the Home Tour

Home Tour Maps and Directions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Home Tour

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Photos featured in this post are not of homes in the Home Tour.

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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
REALTOR®
612.220.3304

Kate Walsh
REALTOR®
612.220.3309

Coldwell Banker Burnet
Minneapolis Lakes Office

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A Mix of Ruins and Modern Architecture

Yesterday I spent the morning with my photographer friend Valerie. We walked along the riverfront of downtown Minneapolis and across the Stone Arch Bridge. It was an overcast morning–not the best for taking photographs. But that’s what nature dished up for us. Here then, some of the photos from the morning walk.

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This is a wonderful part of the city to explore. There’s plenty to see and do. Take a Segway tour. Visit the Mill City Museum and the Guthrie Theater. See St. Anthony Falls from the Water Power Park on the other side of the river. Explore Father Hennepin Park and Island. Stroll along Main Street. Have fun!

 

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Photo of the Day
April 8, 2011

66 Malcolm Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN

Most of the snow here in the Twin Cities has melted. The days are getting longer and warmer. I was browsing through photos and came across this one from earlier in the winter. I like the signage with the name and street address in metal.

Goodbye winter and snow and cold. See you again someday but not too soon!

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Photos of the Day
March 30, 2011

The Irvine Park Historic District is a wonderful place to take an architectural walk.

Read more about the Irvine Park neighborhood and see photos of other homes.

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Photo of the Day
March 23, 2011

A simple wire number attached to a weathered brick pillar.
A charming first impression.

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Photo of the Day
March 21, 2011

The Prospect Park Water Tower was designed by Frederick William Cappelen and constructed of concrete in 1913 at Tower Hill Park. It was given the nickname “Witch’s Hat” due to its green tile conical roof. It’s easily visible from I-94 since it soars up above the tree tops and has that uniquely shaped roof. For years I wondered exactly where it was located. I now know it’s at 55 Malcolm Avenue SE.

Directly below the roof is an octagonal Romanesque-arched belvedere with panoramic views of the city.  The interior of the tower is open to the public just one day a year on the first Friday in June. I haven’t had the pleasure of going inside yet. Maybe this year.

The tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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