Privacy and Beauty in Orono

4505 West Branch Road
List price: $424,900


Three Bedrooms ~ Two Baths

Main Floor Master ~ Open Floor Plan ~ Hardwood Floors

Newer Roof and Mechanicals ~ Walkout Lower Level

Double Attached Garage ~ Close to Golf Courses ~ 9.55 Acres

Approximately 2400 Finished Square Feet ~ Taxes: $4208


For additional information, please contact:

Ellen Walsh

Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty




Hardwood Flooring in the Kitchen

I love hardwood floor in a kitchen. I know some people get concerned about ruining them due to all the cooking that takes place here. There’s really not a need to worry though. Hardwood flooring is durable with some care. Mostly we swept our floors. It’s a low-tech, quiet way to care for them. Wood is  also warmer both visually and underfoot than tile and concrete. Wood offers natural beauty and an organic nature that has timeless appeal. It adds so much to a kitchen.

Have you been on the fence about putting wood flooring in your kitchen? Does this help you make up your mind?

The homes I grew up in had wood floors in the kitchens. We had three dogs and numerous children in our house. My parents still prefer wood floors in their kitchen.


For Sale: Mac-Groveland Cottage

Upcoming Listing!

This property is now pending and is no longer available for showings.

This charming cottage is coming on the market later this week. The home is set back from the street for greater privacy. The front and side yards have beautiful perennial  gardens and raised beds for annuals and herbs. This home is within walking distance to the river, Grand Avenue shops and restaurants, Macalester College, and the University of St. Thomas.

One Bedroom +  Sun Room, Office or 2nd Bedroom
Living Room
Formal Dining Room
Eat-in Kitchen
Upper Level Loft/Studio
Screened Porch
Hardwood Floors
Central Air

Walk Score = 85 / Very Walkable

Read about the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood.

Call or email us if you’d like more information. A more complete post, with additional photos, will be posted here later this week.

Ellen Walsh

Kate Walsh

Coldwell Banker Burnet


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


Courtesy: Roger Fazendin Realtors, Inc

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Condo Listing in Edina: 6415 York Ave S #204

This property has been rented and is no longer for sale.

6415 York Avenue South #204 (Additional photos below)
Edina MN 55435
MLS #3943981

Brochure for 6415 York Ave S, #204

Incredibly affordable!

  • One bedroom, one bath.
  • Spacious living room can easily accommodate two seating areas.
  • Wood flooring in entry, kitchen, dining room, and hallway.
  • Updated kitchen and bath.
  • Separate dining area off kitchen.
  • Home office alcove.
  • Large balcony with privacy walls.
  • Attached, underground garage.
  • Secured entry building.
  • Air conditioning.
  • 760 square feet.
  • Second/top floor unit.
  • Walk Score = 75 (Very Walkable).
  • Convenient to Southdale Mall, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Centennial Lakes Park, 50th and France, Lake Harriet, Galleria, AMC movie theaters, restaurants, shops and more.
  • Near buslines.

List Price: $69,000

Quiet setting with green spaces and landscaping.



West-facing balcony with sunset views.

For more information, contact:

Kate Walsh
Lakes Area Realty

Things to see and do near this condo, including visiting Edinborough Park and Centennial Lakes Park in Edina.

Centennial Lakes Park - Photo © City of Edina / Used with permission.
Centennial Lakes Park - Photo © City of Edina / Used with permission

Centennial Lakes Park - Photo © City of Edina / Used with permission

Centennial Lakes Park - Photo © City of Edina / Used with permission

Map courtesy of City of Edina
Edinborough Park Track and Pool
Edinborough Park



Caring for Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors add beauty to any room.

They offer an organic, earthy and non-allergenic quality to spaces. I love wood floors in a kitchen. They are generally warmer underfoot than ceramic tile and stone. They also provide a more cushioned surface that is easier on the joints.

Kitchen with beautiful hardwood flooring.

What’s the best way to care for these fine floors? Start by minimizing the dirt, grit and sand that enters your home by using a mat or rug near your entrances. These elements act like sandpaper on the finish of your wood floors and cause scratches and dents that lead to dulling.

  • Use a broom and/or vacuum to pick up any dirt, grit and sand.
  • Clean up any spills immediately. Liquids can damage and warp the surface of a poorly finished floor.
  • Move furniture by lifting it off the floor rather than dragging it. Make use of felt pads under the legs of furnishings to minimize scratches.
  • Avoid direct sunlight, especially in spaces with a southern or western exposure. The sunlight lightens fabrics and artwork and it can do the same to your wood floors. Use your blinds and curtains to prevent extended exposure of sun to your floors and home furnishings.

There are many products marketed as cleaning solutions for wood floors. Some have chemicals that are actually damaging to your floors. Others have substances that cause problems when it comes time to refinish your floors.

Read the letter below from the President of Heritage Hardwood Floors, Inc. to learn more about how to care for your wood floors. Take proper care of them and they’ll provide you with years of beauty, warmth and natural elegance.

Click here to read the letter from the President of Heritage Hardwood Floors, Inc.