Our “New” Home

So here it is!  We bought this house last week, in all its glory.  It does not look like much at the moment, but over the course of the next few months, I hope you will see the potential that Paul and I saw the first time we laid our eyes on the property.

Not much to look at--yet!

Here’s some basic facts about the property:  The house was built in 1890, but not in the location it’s in now.  It was moved here in the 1930s (yes, the house was moved–apparently this was relatively commonplace in Minnesota. Don’t ask me).

Needless to say, well be re-painting the exterior.

The property it was placed on was 20 acres.  It wasn’t exactly a farm, but we think that they had horses, and there was an orchard on an adjacent  property.  The owners, over time, sold parts of the property off–a number of which were bought by Ramsey County for bluff preservation land.

What will be the garage--currently more of a large storage shed

Fast-forward to 1992, when the home was sold to the guy we bought it from.  Things didn’t really go well for the property over the next 19 years, and Paul and I bought it in this sad, sad condition.  Our vision is to bring it back to its former glory and beyond–adding energy efficiency and technology to bring it into the future.


About Leigh

Born and raised in Rochester, MN, Leigh moved to the Twin Cities in 2004 for college. She stayed, and now works for a south metro city in the recycling department. In February of 2011, she and Paul bought a neglected farm house in the city to start our own urban hobby farm.

Posted on February 21, 2011, in History, House and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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