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The National Association has just released some statistics about how green home features are affecting buyers decisions when purchasing a home. While commuting costs are a big concern for younger buyers, energy heating and cooling costs are the number one concern as buyers get older. Even though the data paints a broad stroke over the entire nation, it is safe to say that commuting and energy costs rank high in Minnesota, too. Local builders are taking building “green” into account, some becoming GreenStar certified.



Most Expensive Homes in the St. Paul Area

It’s always fun to see what the Most Expensive Homes For Sale look like, where they are located, and what price they are asking, so I thought I would update my readers and let them take a peak at these amazing homes, this time in St. Paul. Most are historic homes with some amazing architectural features that just can’t be replicated today.

View the rest of these luxury homes below:

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1712 Mount Curve Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Built in 1906, this stunning home was designed for Lawrence Donaldson, who with his brother William, founded the Donaldson Department Store in Minneapolis. The architectural firm of Kees and Colburn was commissioned to design the family’s residence, known for a number of major works in Minneapolis including the Grain Exchange Building, Donaldson’s Office Building, and the Charles H. Harrington Mansion. They later designed the Loring Theater, the Ford Centre, and The Lowry, to name a few.

Constructed mainly of brick, the home is exquisitely detailed with a mixture of several design styles, the most prevalent being Arts & Crafts and Beaux Arts. Subtle design elements throughout the home, linked to Mr. Donaldson’s Scottish heritage, feature the thistle. Probably the most identifiable symbol of all things Scottish, the flower can be found on the facade of the house, the entry columns, above the entry door, on the chimneys, in the living room Tiffany window, and more!

Completed sometime in 1907, additional modifications to the home began in 1908 by expanding the north side – a dining room and a second floor bedroom were enlarged, a sleeping porch was added, and the screened-in porch became an enclosed sun room. The Donaldson’s also hired well known designer John Bradstreet to create a Japanese inspired Sun Parlor, as well as design the Reception Room/Study off the main foyer. In 1916, the carriage house was completed with four large carriage stalls, a second floor apartment, a number of work rooms, and a connecting tunnel.

As happened to many large properties in the Twin Cities as time moved on, the estate was subdivided into six separate lots in 1959 when it was sold by the Donaldson family. After the passing of many decades and multiple owners, the main house was bought by the current owners in 2000, who later that year acquired the original northwest hillside lot extending down to Kenwood Parkway, and in 2001 the carriage house. With three of the six lots reunited, the land totals just over an acre, or 44,792 square feet, representing one of the largest residential properties in Minneapolis.

Restoration of a Gem

Thankfully the new owners had a vision of restoring the home back to its former splendor. Over the last decade, with love and dedication, some of the highest quality craftsman and artisans were employed to bring the home back to life, while incorporating state of the art technology and modern conveniences for today’s busy lifestyle.

Carriage House

1712 Mount Curve Avenue Minneapolis Carriage House

The 3 level carriage house includes a fully restored and renovated upper level 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath apartment with kitchen, living room, and dining room and just under 1500 finished square feet. If leased, one parking stall is included with the apartment, and is located on the main level in the property’s terrazzo floored 4 car garage. The space would also be perfect as a nanny or in-law suite. The garage main level also features a workshop and tool room. The lower level, which connects to the main residence via a tunnel includes an exercise room, work shop, half bath, and storage rooms.

Currently Listed For Sale at $5,495,000. More information available at property website


Mendota Heights Luxury Home for Sale

614 Hidden Creek Trail, Mendota Heights, MN


It is hard to believe a home of this stature can be so close to Minneapolis and St. Paul, major Interstates, and the MSP International Airport, but feel like it resides outside the Metro area. The home owners combined two lots into one to create a 5+ acre nature retreat that is amazingly quiet, secluded, and pristine…not to mention frequented by deer, ducks, turkeys, many varieties of birds, and more! Christened as “Three Meadows” for the meadows stretching on and behind the property, a favorite part of the owner’s day is walking along a nature trail that winds through the trees and land for a “good mile”.

As soon as you step into this one of a kind home, you will instantly see the quality in craftsmanship. With over 13,000 heated square feet, no detail was overlooked in its design. Built over a period of 18 months, the home was crafted by Mihm Custom Homes and finished in 2005. The three level layout has 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, 2 half baths, a main floor laundry, and another small laundry in the lower level.

Luxury Home Theater 614 Hidden Creek Trail Mendota Heights
To view additional photos, documents, floorplans, please visit the property website at

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Remodeled Luxury Master Bath

If you have been waiting and hoping for just the right home to come on the market but have yet to find “the one”, then look no further than 2700 Countryside Drive W in Orono, Minnesota.

With approximately 5700 finished square feet, the home is located in an upscale neighborhood in Orono about 1.5 miles north of Lake Minnetonka. The three level layout has five bedrooms, four full baths and one half bath, multiple living rooms, a beautifully renovated kitchen, and gorgeous master bedroom suite.

Do you like to entertain? The formal dining room and adjacent living area can easily accommodate large dinner parties, and the long tables needed for events. The home owners have had 30+ guests sitting in their dining room for holiday celebrations, but if you need even more space, it is here for your disposal. As for the beautifully renovated kitchen, it could easily fit a cooking class. Cabinet and counter space abound, and the built-in Sub-Zero and double oven is sure to please. The center island is so large, the chef of the home could have multiple baking stations all at one time. Perfectly hidden below is a second refrigerator as two pull out drawers, additional storage space, a pullout microwave, trash bin, and shelving.

To read more about this home, view additional photos, floorplans, etc please visit