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Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 11:49pm. 711 Views, 1 Comments.
With the presence of Earth Day and the start of spring, April is a popular month for mobilization in the green movement. The future of the real estate industry has a lot to contribute towards reducing humanity's impact on the environment. Homes use a lot of energy and by reducing how much they use, we can be more gentle on the earth while lowering how much money we pay toward lighting, heating, cooling and more. Additionally, the way our communities are constructed and what services are offered within it can affect whether we even have the option to pursue other modes of transportation, like light rail, buses, even biking or walking. Read on to find out about how Minnesota communities are working towards creating a greener world.
The Community Partners Bike…
Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:56am. 978 Views, 0 Comments.
This Old House magazine recently published its fourth annual list of North America's most timeless neighborhoods from each of the 50 states. Minneapolis' Prospect Park was chosen to represent Minnesota.
House hunters and residents alike delight in Prospect Park's mazelike streets, which are lined with trees planted nearly a century ago and homeowners' pristine gardens. "In Minnesota, we're serious about our gardens, and in Prospect Park you can ratchet that up quite a bit," says Joe Ring, longtime resident and historic preservation committee chair for the Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association. Sandwiched between the University of Minnesota campus and the border of twin (and rival) city St. Paul, this neighborhood has loads of character—and…
Friday, April 15th, 2011 at 8:53pm. 2086 Views, 1 Comments.
It's Friday, a day to cast away seriousness and daydream a little. How about a $6.5 million daydream?
This 1906 home was built for department-store magnate Lawrence Donaldson. Designed by Kees and Colburn, the same architecture firm that designed Donaldson's downtown Minneapolis office and the Minneapolis Grain Exchange building, the house at one time contained 10 fireplaces, a three-level carriage house with terrazo-marble floors and an ahead-of-its-time central vacuum cleaning system. Over time, the original gold-leafed ceilings had been painted over, the custom-made Tiffany light fixtures were auctioned off, and the once-sprawling yard had been subdivided.
After a top-to-bottom restoration and more than 10 years of living in the home, Ron Beining and…
Saturday, April 9th, 2011 at 10:47pm. 783 Views, 2 Comments.
An amazing home that played a part in Minnesota history is for sale in Vasa, MN. The Barker & Hedges Team with Re/Max Results, a leader in the Twin Cities real estate market, is offering this exquisitely restored home that once served as Lutheran Social Services Vasa Children’s Home. Located at 15251 Old Children’s Home Road in Vasa, Minnesota, this home was built in 1899. For 27 years, this house was the dormitory for the Vasa Children’s Home. From 1926 to 1968, the property was used for many purposes, including as grain storage for local farmers.
In 1968 the home, remaining structures and land were purchased as a single family residence. The previous owners began the work of restoring both soundness and beauty to the structures. Over the course of eight…
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 4:20pm. 535 Views, 0 Comments.
Here is MLS # 4028679
This condo located at 929 Portland Avenue is in the Central community of Minneapolis MN. This rare, beautiful unit available in Skyscape was built in 2006. It has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 800-square-feet of space.
This urban high-rise features a gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors throughout, and countless windows to complete the modern feel of this beautiful home!
The condo also features a large master bedroom with his/her closet and luxury master bathroom. In a coveted location, this home could be yours for just $174,900!
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Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 1:12am. 463 Views, 0 Comments.
Spring is in the air, the snow is melting, and hearty Minnesotans are beginning to stir from a long winter. With our local world getting ready to turn green, its only natural that more projects to Green Minnesota have been popping up. Here is a roundup.
According to the quarterly U.S. wind energy rankings published by the American Wind Energy Association, Minnesota is ranked fourth in the nation in installed wind capacity. Three new, large wind farms that came online late last year pushed Minnesota to No. 4, up from No. 7 the previous quarter. Minnesota ended 2010 with wind energy production capacity of 2,196 megawatts.
Coon Rapids' Homes for Generations program aims to take houses that are older but otherwise solid and "recycle" them by transforming them…
Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 12:29pm. 650 Views, 0 Comments.
Minneapolis planners are hoping to finish a 10-year-long citywide update of historic sites and places this year. It is the first survey of its kind since the 1970s.
Some may think historic preservation saves buildings that were sites of historic events or are associated with famous people. But there's more to it than that. Other things can come into consideration, such as a collection of relatively intact homes from a specific period as few as thirty years ago.
One example is the Mereen-Johnson Machine Co. on Lyndale Avenue N. near Shingle Creek. Its a a 1906 brick factory that curves along a railroad track. The woodworking machine fabricator is a remnant of the sawmill industry that once proliferated in Minneapolis near the Mississippi River.
Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 at 6:49pm. 646 Views, 0 Comments.
Here is MLS # 4009685
This charming single-family house is located at 3601 E 54th Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This one-story home was constructed in 1927 in the Nokomis Community of Minneapolis. It has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 640-square-feet of space.
One of this home's best features are its beautiful hardwood floors. With a little tender loving care, this property would make a wonderful home.
This adorable house could be yours for $139,900!
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at 7:36pm. 1093 Views, 1 Comments.
Men's Journal Magazine has proclaimed what many of us already know when they selected Minneapolis as one of 18 "coolest towns in America."
Specifically, in its April issue, the magazine is lauding Minneapolis as the "Best Place to Live in a Big City Designed for Getting Outside." The editors say its "countless parks, large biking community and numerous farmers markets" as the reasons.
They also chose Angry Catfish bike and coffee shop owner Joshua Klauck as a "model citizen" of Minneapolis. The magazine says Klauck used a neighborhood grant to spruce up his shop and sells organic coffee and handmade bikes.
Men's Journal chose 18 towns they conclude have mastered the art of living well in the modern world. In its analysis, the magazine took into account…
Monday, February 28th, 2011 at 11:10am. 960 Views, 1 Comments.
With all eyes looking towards spring, there have been some environmental developments happening around the Twin Cities and Minnesota, particularly in regards to parks and natural areas. Here are some of the community-related green news and stories that broke in February.
All over the Twin Cities metro, registration for local community garden plots has begun or starts quite soon. Community gardens are popular right now, due to tough economic times and a desire for chemical-free, home-grown produce. People applying for community plots include homeowners, apartment dwellers, senior citizens, immigrants, people who are trying to save money on food and gardeners looking for green-thumb fun. The size and cost of renting a plot varies from city to city. In most…
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