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.
From the category archives:
Luxury Home Builders
Dream Home by Nor-Son, Inc in Chanhassen
If you have been wanting to get out of the house to see some really beautiful homes, then don’t waste anymore time. This is the final week of the Fall 2013 Parade of Homes, which runs until Sunday, September 29th. The Remodeler Showcase is also this week, running Friday through Sunday.
I stopped by one of the Dream Homes last week in Chanhassen, and it is definitely one I would recommend viewing. The interior design and decor might be more Northern Minnesota, but it was nice to see something different in the Twin Cities. The home owner obviously hunts, what with all the stuffed animals in the lower level, but they fit nicely with the theme of the home. Luxury radiates from the master suite, and the kitchen is stunning. My favorite space by far is the outdoor screened in patio. I could sit out there all night (and so could my husband) and enjoy the wood burning fire, sipping on some wine. Check it out…I’m sure you’ll love it too!
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.
To view additional photos, documents, floorplans, please visit the property website at www.614HiddenCreekTrail.com
I was reading today about a Luxury Mansion in Florida being listed for sale at a staggering price of $75 Million. Problem is, the house is not entirely finished. In fact, it doesn’t go much past the studded walls. The unfinished 90,000 square foot home includes a roller rink in the basement, home theater, bolling alley…oh, the list goes on. Needless to say, but selling an “as-is” home is pretty difficult. Buyers have a hard time envisioning the final product, and many will discount the home even more.
The article got me wondering if there were any new construction homes listed in the Twin Cities MLS database that were priced above a million dollars and being sold “as-is”. I was able to find one on Long Lake with 5200 square feet of unfinished space that is for sale for $1.1 Million. It originally started out at $2.2 Million, but with the market crash, and the simple fact that it is not finished, I am not surprised it hasn’t sold yet. Once a potential buyer also looks at the $18,000 yearly property taxes, they might think twice about buying the home. Oh, and did I forget to mention that the home is now lender owned?
If you’ve got some time over the next few weeks, make sure to check out the luxury home tour presented by Midwest Home Magazine. There are 15 new construction homes on the tour found from Stillwater, across the Twin Cities, to Lake Minnetonka. Estimated prices of the homes range from the low $1 Million to as high at $3.59 Million. Tickets can be purchased at Caribou Coffee locations.
Twin Cities Luxury Home Tour
June 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, 2009