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July 22nd, 2014

Cynthia Froid holds record on highest price per square foot in Minneapolis

An article in the Star Tribune today announces the listing of the massive two-story penthouse unit at Phoenix on the River. Cynthia Froid gets a shout out for her 2 listings that sold at a record price per square foot earlier this year.

Star Tribune

Horst Rechelbacher’s riverfront condo sets record list price: $8M

The largest in the state, the sleek, two-story, 12,000-square-foot condo is in the Phoenix on the River building, with sweeping views of St. Anthony Falls and the Minneapolis skyline.

Article by: Jim Buchta , Star Tribune

Updated: July 21, 2014 – 8:25 PM


A 12,000-square-foot Minneapolis condo that belonged to the late Horst Rechelbacher is on the market for $8 million — a record list price for a Minnesota condominium.

“It’s a terribly unique opportunity,” said the co-listing agent, Chad Larsen of the Barry Berg Group at Coldwell Banker Burnet. “It’s certainly dramatic, but it has a scale that belies its size.”

The largest in the state, the sleek, two-story condo is in the Phoenix on the River building, which was developed by Schafer Richardson in 2007 along the banks of the Mississippi. The unit has sweeping views of St. Anthony Falls and the Minneapolis skyline, plus a long list of amenities, including a private elevator, eight parking spaces and two master suites, including one that faces east and another that faces west.

The property was one of several homes, including a farm in Osceola, Wis., and a New York City penthouse, that belonged to the Aveda Corp. founder, who died earlier this year of pancreatic cancer.

Horst commissioned U + B Architecture and Design in Minneapolis to give the space a multimillion-dollar makeover, including a pair of chandeliers that wouldn’t fit in the elevator and had to be craned into the building. That firm designed several Twin Cities apartment buildings, including Soltva and 7 West, as well as the flagship concept store for Horst’s Intelligent Nutrients.

Horst paid $6,995,000 for 18,000 square feet — the entire top two floors of the building — in 2011 and celebrated his 70th birthday in the unfinished space with champagne and snacks served on stacks of drywall. If the property sells for anywhere near the asking price, it would become the most expensive condo sale ever in Minnesota, but a bargain compared with units in New York City, where several records have been shattered.

While the Horst property comes with a record list price, at about $700 per square foot, it falls short of a pair of listings from Cynthia Froid of Keller Williams.

A 3,594 square-foot riverfront condo owned by the late John Cowles, former owner of the Star Tribune, and his late wife Sage sold in June for $3.5 million – nearly $1,000 per square foot — without hitting the market. And last November a top-floor penthouse condo at the Carlyle Residences sold for $2.8 million, or nearly $900 per square foot.

With condo listings in short supply downtown, prices are on the rise. The average sale price per square foot for a downtown condo last month was about $300 per square foot, a 24 percent increase from last year, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.

By the end of June there were only 154 condos on the market downtown, an 11 percent decline from last year and far fewer than the 600-plus units that were on the market before the housing collapse and the Great Recession.

Despite the shortage of listings, finding a buyer for the Rechelbacher listing could take time.

After a showing at the property Monday, Fritz Kroll, a sales agent with Edina Realty who originally marketed the building for the developer, said that while there’s no shortage of well-heeled people in the hunt for such upper-bracket properties, many in that price range are instead seeking ­single-family houses.

“It is spectacular,” Kroll said of the Rechelbacher unit. “This would be a great place for someone who likes to entertain — wide-open spaces and amazing views. And if someone is [relocating to the Twin Cities] from a high-priced market, they could see this as a great value.”


Jim Buchta • 612-673-7376


July 8th, 2014

Washburn Lofts home design wins award!

A sale of ours from earlier in the year has been transformed by our friends at MSR Architects – and has been featured in MSP Magazine earning MSR a RAVE award.

From MSP Mag:

The RAVE Awards (Residential Architects Vision and Excellence) were created by Mpls.St.Paul Home & Design Magazine in 2004 to recognize and honor achievement in local residential architecture. Every year, a carefully selected jury of editors, professors, and architects uses carefully selected criteria to choose the best work from dozens of submissions to highlight the most outstanding projects in new construction and remodeling. The winning architects are announced at an awards ceremony and their projects are featured in the July issue of Mpls.St.Paul Home & Design Magazine. Year after year, we present the best work to the design community, while also highlighting the importance and benefits of working with an architect. Whether the winning projects are small or large, urban or rural, classic or contemporary, the RAVE Awards are committed to showcasing architectural excellence in the Twin Cities.

Category: Multi-Family Housing, Loft, or Existing Family Structure
The Team: Paul C. N. Mellblom, Tom Meyer, Dagmara Larsen, and Justin Martinez
General Contractor: Branson Builders and Contractors
Interior Designer: Jodi Gillespie
Lighting Consultant: Gallina Design
When a beautiful loft space in one of Minneapolis’s historic mill buildings had been hidden behind a poorly conceived renovation, designers were charged with removing all traces of the previous renovation to creating a home that properly reflected its Mississippi River setting. The MSR Design team removed faux-plaster finish on the walls, ceilings, and columns to reveal the old mill’s original concrete columns and shell, along with a graffiti-covered brick wall. Neutral materials such as bleached wood floors, a tiled bath, and white walls complement dark stained oak millwork, while occasional bursts of color in red kitchen cabinets and a custom wool rug draw the eye through the living spaces and to the river view beyond.

MSR Design
710 S 2nd St #7
Minneapolis, MN 55401