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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Ready to buy or sell a home? Call the sister team.
We’d love to help you move forward.

Ellen and Kate Walsh
Coldwell Banker Burnet
612.220.3304
emwalsh@cbburnet.com

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What Goes Up When Something Comes Down?

One day I was out walking around one of the city lakes here in Minneapolis. I came upon this retaining wall and gate. Not so unusual except that the house that once stood behind this gate was no longer there.

Gate

Here’s the house that used to be on this lot. My thanks to Dorothy Childers for permission to use her photo. It was a white stucco house with a red tile roof. The design has some quirky features and there appears to be an addition (possibly two)made over time.

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Here’s the new house that is going up.  I took this photo back in October, 2012. I haven’t been back to see if they’ve completed it yet.

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Here’s a shot of the back side:

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This new one has a lot of detailing:

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I like the copper accents. I’m not sure I care for the “wavy” brick exterior. No doubt there is a name for this look; I don’t know what it is. I think house numbers with a bit more polish would be better for a home of this stature. Perhaps the owners are creative types and preferred a bit of whimsy over elegance. What do you think? Do you like this new house or the old house better?

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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: Summer

Two Cardinals
May 27, 2012

Captured these two cardinals at the feeder on a window

This week’s photo challenge is to post an image that signifies summer. What signifies summer to you? Learn more about the Weekly Photo Challenge here.

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Summer Photo #2

Waiting for the fireworks to begin

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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.

Ready to buy or sell a home? Call us.

Ellen Walsh | 612.220.3304 | emwalsh@cbburnet.com

Kate Walsh | 612.220.3309 | info@designhouse9.com

 

Coldwell Banker Burnet
Minneapolis Lakes Office

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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
REALTOR®
612.220.3304

Kate Walsh
REALTOR®
612.220.3309

Coldwell Banker Burnet
Minneapolis Lakes Office

Woes of Ice Dams and Other Winter Tales

Icicles at Home

Photographer: Ian Britton

You can see them as you walk and drive around your neighborhoods. Icicles. They hang from roofs and can be long and short. I’ve seen some that stretch all the way down to the ground, nearly covering the entryway or a wall of a home. Yes, winter brings us not just snow but ice.

Here’s an article in the Wall Street Journal on this topic: Homeowners Beware: After Snow, the Ice Dam Cometh. People use roof rakes, RoofMelt tablets, ice-cutting, electrical ice-melt roof systems, and insulation in an effort to minimize and eliminate snow buildup. Others climb on their roofs and try removing the snow in other ways.

Care is necessary when taking on these projects. One can fall off a roof and be injured. Icicles can fall and hit people. Ice melts and leaves icy patches on stoops.

A friend lives in a 1940’s house. It’s a single story with an attic above. He had considered adding recessed lighting to his living room and kitchen while renovating. I advised against it due to the possibility of future ice dams as a result of heat from the recessed lights entering the attic. My client also wanted to retain as much architectural integrity as possible in the house. Recessed lights were not part of 1940’s architecture. Today his house is free of both recessed lighting and interior water damage from ice dams.

Read more about icicles.

Photographer: Ian Britton

Learn more about ice dams through the University of Minnesota.

Here’s why summer is the best time to prevent ice dams.

Of course, winter is not without its charm. There is plenty of breathtaking beauty to go with winter’s challenges. I am both enchanted and in angst upon sight of the first snowfall of the season. And the long days of winter provide more of both of these emotions in me. Here then, some photos of the prettier side of winter.

Photos by Ian Britton courtesy of FreeFoto.com
All other photos courtesy of BigFoto.com

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Neighborhood Photo Tour: Isles

Lake of the Isles–October 2010
Part 1 in a Series

A sculpture of a horse in a front yard of a home on Lake of the Isles Parkway.
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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

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Photo of the Day: Wayzata Yacht Club

Early Evening in Wayzata
September 16, 2010

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

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Loft-Style Condo by Lake Calhoun

3104 Lake Street West, Unit #311

Loop Calhoun Condominium
~ Love your Life Whether You’re Inside or Outside ~

Open floor plan and plenty of natural light

This two bedroom, two bath corner unit features an open floor plan with a most inviting ambiance. The large windows overlook green spaces that provide a wonderful sense of nature within the city. Lake Calhoun, shops and restaurants are steps from the front door. The Midtown Greenway Trail is just outside the back door.

View of greenery outside one of the large windows.

The smaller photos below can be clicked on to see in a larger format.
Copyrighted photos were taken with my cell phone.

Large walls of windows!
The condominium complex features Italian kitchens by Valcucine

 


This unit includes a fireplace.
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Entry/Foyer with view to living spaces
Balcony with view of trees

I love the interior window above the vanity. It allows natural light into what would be a windowless space without it. I think this is a great design feature and wish more developers would make use of it. This bath also features a soaking tub and a separate shower with glass-framed surround.

 

This exercise room is one of the building amenities.
Courtyard view from one side of this condo.
Front of building

The Details:

  • Two bedrooms and two baths
  • Nine-foot ceilings
  • Hardwood floors
  • In-unit laundry
  • Keating floor plan
  • Single attached garage plus additional parking
  • Central air conditioning
  • Pets allowed with restrictions
  • Building amenities include a conference room and community room.
  • Year Built: 2007
  • Finished Square Feet: 1,288
  • Taxes: $4,739
  • List Price: $312,000

For more information and/or to arrange a showing, contact:

Kate Walsh, REALTOR
Lakes Area Realty
612.220.3309
info@designhouse9.com

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More about the Midtown Greenway Trail

Midtown Greenway Bike Trail Map

Minneapolis Park System Trail Distances (in miles)
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Listing provided courtesy of Coldwell Banker Burnet.

Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Lasted updated on December 21, 2010 at 22:29pm.

The data relating to real estate for sale on this site comes in part from the Broker Reciprocity program of the Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, Inc. Real Estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Lakes Area Realty are marked with the Broker Reciprocity logo or the Broker Reciprocity house icon and detailed information about them includes the names of the listing brokers. DesignHouse9 is not a Multiple Listing Service MLS, nor does it offer MLS access. This website is a service of DesignHouse9 and Lakes Area Realty, a broker Participant of the Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, Inc.

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