Inside a Craftsman-Style Retreat on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka

Listing of the Day

Location: Minnetrista, Minnesota

Price: $3.195 million 

This 1994 house in Minnetrista, Minnesota, was designed and crafted for the former PBS home-improvement show “Hometime,” and many of the features, such as geothermal heating and cooling, and exterior concrete walls, were cutting edge at the time, said listing agent Jeff Martineau, of Coldwell Banker Realty.

Perched above the shores of the nearly 15,000-acre Lake Minnetonka, the Craftsman-style waterfront retreat offers a covered dock for a 40-foot boat, four fireplaces, and a spiffed-up lower level with a new game room, bar and family room. 

“The hillside setting gives the house elevated vistas of Lake Minnetonka,” said Martineau, who found a buyer for the home shortly after speaking with Mansion Global. It’s now in contract to sell.

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The home is on the west side of the lake, which has larger lots and wooded nature areas, he said. “The house looks to the east and it’s on one of the major bays so you have unobstructed water views.”

“This is the premier lake of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul), one of top bass-fishing lakes in the country,” Martineau said.

The current owners have had the house for about eight years and have made many improvements, the agent said. 

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On the lower level, they “did a total renovation and added a bar/game room and a family room,” he said. They also updated and replaced a lot of the original materials and details, including the geothermal system, the stonework and the landscaping.

“The ceiling treatments are off the chart,” he added. Other architectural details include a mix of hardwood and tile floors, built-ins, radiant in-floor heating, wainscotting, crystal doorknobs and lots of wood details.

From the front door, you step into an entrance area trimmed in aged fir. The great room has walls of glass overlooking Lake Minnetonka, a stacked stone fireplace made of limestone and atrium doors to the lakeside patio. 

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The eat-in kitchen features an island, a lake-facing breakfast area, custom cabinetry and a door to a separate patio, according to the listing. This level also holds a formal dining room, an office with a fireplace and custom paneling, and the primary bedroom suite, which features a sitting area with a fireplace.

The second floor holds two bedrooms and a loft area, according to the listing.

The lower level features a game room, a bar with custom cabinetry, a TV room with a stone fireplace, a workshop, a bedroom, a full bathroom and a sauna. A covered vestibule leads to the heated garage.

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The 6,506-square-foot house has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one partial bathroom. It sits on a 0.87-acre lot.


Amenities include a heated garage with space for four cars, a covered dock for a 40-foot boat, four fireplaces, a sauna, a game room, a fire pit, a workshop, a bar, an office, and a large back patio with multiple seating and dining areas.

Neighborhood Notes 

It’s about 10 to 15 minutes to the small lakeside city of Wayzata, which has shops, restaurants, bars and walking trails, Martineau said. It’s about 30 minutes to downtown Minneapolis.

The city of Excelsior, which has restaurants and shopping, is also nearby, he said.

Agents: Jeff Martineau and Gregg Larsen, Coldwell Banker Realty 

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