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7202 Robinwood Draw, Woodbury, MN

Beautifully Updated Woodbury Townhome Near Ojibway Park

Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac, this beautifully updated townhome is steps away from Ojibway Park. The well-equipped kitchen is open to the dining room and living room. All new kitchen cabinetry with soft closed doors/drawers, quartz countertop, and farmhouse sink. New tile flooring in entryway, dining room, and kitchen. Enjoy the sun on your large wooden deck with views of Ojibway Park. New interior doors and trim work. Two generously sized bedrooms with new organization systems in all closets throughout the home. The upper level has been freshly painted. Unfinished lookout basement provides the opportunity to build instant equity. The home is conveniently located close to many parks, Woodbury High School, shopping, dining, and easy access to highways. Don’t miss your opportunity to own this move-in-ready home in Woodbury with great equity potential! 

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1519 11th Ave SE, Forest Lake, MN

Impeccable Home Ready For Life at the Lake

Wake up to the beautiful sound of singing birds in this impeccable home within walking distance of a Forest Lake public boat launch! The home has been well maintained and updated over the years. Extensive exterior upgrades including improved grading, professional landscaping, iron fence, Tuff Shed, etc… too many to list! Generously sized heated 3 car garage with epoxy flooring, extra washer, and utility sink. Additional concrete pad next to garage for boat storage. Inside you’ll find a well-equipped kitchen with SS appliances and tiled backsplash. The spacious living room, with gas fireplace, flows into sunny 3 season porch. 3 bedrooms on the main floor, one with ensuite 1/2 bath. Additional tiled full bath, guest 1/2 bath, and laundry/mudroom complete the main level. Private master suite in the upper level with full bath including jetted tub, walk-in closet, and additional storage. Build instant equity by finishing the basement. Egress window in place makes it ready for an additional bedroom. The home is located on a corner lot in a quiet neighborhood with mature trees and other well-maintained homes. Live by the lake without paying lakeshore home prices! Many other updates including mechanical/structural improvements, see supplement for details. Come see this before it’s gone!

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15696 Sussex Dr, Minnetonka, MN

Rare Opportunity in Modernized Condo Unit

Come see this exceptional 2BR, 2BA condo unit in a convenient location within the sought-after Minnetonka school district. The entire unit has been thoughtfully updated. The well-equipped kitchen has been completely remodeled with new cabinetry and SS appliances. The kitchen flows directly into the stylish dining room with new built-in cabinetry and lighting fixture. Relax in the spacious living room with new gas fireplace and sliding glass doors that leads to your private deck. Fully updated private master suite with an additional bedroom and updated full bathroom. Enjoy the convenience of in-unit laundry and large storage unit inside the building. The entire unit has been freshly painted and professionally cleaned. This rarely available neighborhood has easy access to highways, downtown Deephaven, Wayzata, and many parks; just steps away from the Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail. Move in and enjoy!

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7120 17th Ave South, Richfield, MN

Exceptional Move-In Ready Home in Convenient Location

Come see this fantastic rambler with many updates! The stylish kitchen is well equipped with maple cabinets, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Gleaming hardwood floors on the main level with newer carpet in the lower level. Updated upper-level full bath with tile surround. Enjoy 3 upper-level bedrooms with custom California closets. Additional bedroom, family room, and 3/4 bath in basement. Exterior improvements include a new front sidewalk, landscaping rocks, fully fenced backyard, newer stucco exterior, roof, and gutters with leaf guards. New furnace. Easy access to highways, retail, restaurants, MOA, and MSP airport. Just move in and enjoy!

Listing Price: $320,000


How To Divide a Room to Create Functional Spaces

Over the past year, we’ve heard one overwhelming message from our clients: “We need more space!!” With more people working from home, children doing distance learning, accommodating additional family members, etc., the home may start to feel more cramped as more people spend time at home and want their own individual space. It may be even more difficult for homes with an open floor plan to feel like everyone can have their own area to hang out or work. On that note, I’d like to make suggestions on how to create more functional spaces by dividing a room into different zones. 

The first thing we need to do is to assess what functional spaces we truly need. Do the kids need their own spot to play quietly and read a book? Do the adults need an office space to work? How about an exercise area? Once you have figure out what type of zones you need, then you can take a look at the current layout of your home and decide where you can fit these functional zones. 

Now that you have a room where you’d like to serve an additional purpose, it’s time to look at different ways that we can visually divide that room to create an additional functional space.

Furniture Arrangement

One easy way to create separate functional spaces in a room is through furniture arrangement. You can use different pieces of furniture that serve as anchors for different zones and arrange smaller pieces around them. Arrange furniture in such a way that creates different focal points in the room. You can also arrange larger furniture to create a physical cut off to a space. For example, you can place your couch in the center of the room and use the back of the couch as a visual cut off point for your family gathering/seating area. Then you are free to create an additional zone behind that couch that can serve a different purpose. 

Furniture in the room are arranged strategically to create separate functional spaces
Here, the open living area is divided into 3 unique zones. A family gathering area, a separate seating area, and a dining area.


Different flooring is often used to visually divide a large space. For example, in an open concept living area, you may choose to use tile in the kitchen vs carpet or hardwood in the living or dining room. You can also use rugs as anchors for separate zones. 

Wood and tile flooring in a open room is used to create separate functional spaces
Hardwood floors and tile separates the living area from dining and kitchen area in this open concept room.


Use individual lighting as focal points to create different zones. A beautiful lighting fixture can center a dining space in an open floor plan. On a smaller scale, add a free-standing lamp or even a small table and lamp next to a chair to create a reading area. In your children’s bedrooms, use some string lights in one corner of the room to create a small play/reading nook. 

Different lighting are used as focal points in different functional spaces in an open room
Each area in this open concept room has unique lighting that acts as focal points for each zone

Ceiling Treatments

Large ceiling beams separate different functional spaces in a room

Besides lighting, you can also use different ceiling treatments to visually divide a space. Add tray ceilings in your family room to designate the seating area. If you have higher ceilings, you can add beams to visually divide a room. You can also paint the ceiling with a design to designate a special zone in a room. 

In these examples, large wood beams are used to visually separate the seating from the dining area.

Large ceiling beams separate different functional spaces in a room

Paint/Wall Treatments

Painting a wall in two different colors can visually divide a space. You can also choose different wall treatments such as wall paneling, wallpaper, etc. Just make sure that the two different colors/elements work well together but have enough contrast to divide the space visually. 

Separate wall treatment used to separate different functional spaces in a room
Wall paper is used in this space to separate the sleep area from play space.

Physical dividers

You can physically and visually divide a space using flexible dividers such as curtains, opening shelving units, foldable wall dividers, etc.

In our recent listing, a “half wall” is created with an open shelf to separate living from reading space and provide storage.

For a more substantial separation, you can add built-in wall partitions, sliding panels, or sliding doors. These are more permanent but may also help insulate sound. 

As your family grows, there is an increasing need for separate functional spaces. While finding a bigger home that is better suited to your needs is a great option (and we are happy to help you with that), you can also reconfigure your home to create some unique spaces that each member of the family can retreat to. It may surprise you how little physical space you need to create a new area that functions well.

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2965 Casco Point Rd, Orono, MN

Impeccable Lakeshore Rambler with Stunning Views on Lake Minnetonka

Exceptional opportunity for lakeshore living at the highly sought-after Casco Point area! Relax and savor the spectacular southwest facing views and picturesque sunsets in your home or on the concrete patio with fire pit. This home offers sandy bottom lakeshore with private dock. Store away your toys in the generous 2++ car garage and additional concrete parking pad. 

The open living room with panoramic windows feels bright and inviting and offers breathtaking views of the lake. The lovely vaulted kitchen is well equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and eat up bar. Washer and dryer are conveniently located on the main floor. The main floor is complete with a spacious master suite with full bath and large walk-in closet. Walk out basement offers additional family room space and 2 additional bedrooms-each with its own bathroom. 

In addition to its convenient location, this welcoming home offers many updates including  a new roof, newer windows in the lower level, newer exterior doors, fresh exterior paint, ice & water shield, newly remodeled lower level bath, & more. Perfectly move in ready, enjoy as-is, or feel free to upgrade and build equity in this neighborhood surrounded by many upscale homes. Hurry and see your new home before it is gone!