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Houses of the Big and Little Screen As I’ve mentioned in past posts, I’m a fan of winter—a good snowy winter means plenty of cross-country skiing, with some sledding, Nordic hiking, and ice skating thrown in for good measure. Still, I do reach a breaking point every year, and this year it’s happe...
In the past month, I’ve had the opportunity to work with two wonderful young couples. The first, whose home purchase is in the works right this minute, consists of a woman who grew up in the northern suburbs, and a man who hails from the UK. The second couple, non-Minnesotans who are just finishi...
When preparing to purchase a first home, the process seems a complete mystery to many buyers. It becomes clearer if the individual or couple has done research and prepared in advance by working with a financial planner, or by getting pre-approved before choosing a real estate agent. Still, the pr...
Every person has a story. Every house has a story. Every neighborhood has a story. Stories are what connect us and turn a house into a home. For most people, moving is exciting but also scary and filled with questions. What will it be like to live in this new space? What about the neighborhood? W...
If you are a University academic relocation and/or looking for a classic mid-century modern home, don't miss the awesome and unique University Grove neighborhood. Only 8 blocks long and one and a half blocks wide, University Grove is nestled between the University golf course and the awesome St. ...
I’ve always had a thing for trains, as I mentioned in an earlier post (see related: National Train Day/Opening of the Green Line). I don’t really know where it started, though I suspect that it began, as it does for many while traveling in large foreign cities where rail transport is as normal a...
When mention of buying a second home comes up, as Minnesotans, our first thought is typically of a lake home, a cabin in the woods, somewhere up north. And there are several benefits to owning this type of vacation property: more lenient guidelines to purchase, more relaxed down payment requireme...
Minnesota is famous for its abundant lakes. It's easy to think of lakes for summer fun, but lakes can be a recreation source even in the frozen winter... think ice fishing! We are not interested in ice fishing, but just spent a restorative week up on the Wisconsin side of Lake Superior, near the ...
It is weeks like this last one when the wind chill was low enough to close schools that make me dream of living on the downtown Minneapolis skyway system... the largest continuous skyway system in the world, spanning 8 miles and 69 blocks. Some say it looks like a hamster maze, but it is pure bl...
When both Twin Cities Living and Minnesota Monthly include a neighborhood on their lists of Top Twin Cities neighborhoods it's worth paying attention. If you don't already know Minneapolis' North Loop you should take a look at this neighborhood that both young hipsters and progressive empty neste...

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