An idyllic 1920’s hobby farm / horse property with a spectacular converted dairy barn and Wimbledon replica grass tennis court - just 45 minutes from downtown Minneapolis could be yours ! Located between Buffalo and Monticello, just 5 miles from highway 94, this gorgeous 5 acre property surrounded by sweeping corn fields and cattail wetlands boasts a charming farm house with three bedrooms, one renovated bathroom (with whirlpool tub), beautiful kitchen with rustic antique hand hewn timber frame details and cozy eating nook. A renovation 15 years ago opened up the main floor to an inviting dining room/living room open floor plan. The semi-finished basement (with brand new furnace) could see even further room expansion if so desired.
The jaw-dropping 1930s era barn was renovated with an eye towards becoming the ultimate fun and leisure space, with its own heat, air conditioning and on-demand hot water. First floor is perfect for a TV and couch with its mini efficiency kitchen, and former milking room converted into a bathroom with open shower and luxury sauna. Walking through a couple giant wooden doors leads you into a large open space. The former “milk cow quarters” are now ready to become whatever you want it to be – workshop, storage, horse stalls, a car garage (which would require a simple opening of a side wall for an entry door). The second floor reveals a soaring cathedral like former hayloft, now a wide open space that has been used for countless family events, barn dances, birthday parties, anniversaries – you name it. And what was once a wonky uneven floor is now re-engineered, rebuilt and laser level, finished with beautiful rough sawn shiplap pine. 4 recent dormers and 14 total window units flood the space with light. A cedar deck perches over dramatic sunsets, the fire ring, cattails, waterfowl, deer, turkeys, pheasants and all form of wildlife that populate “the back 40.” The front part of the second floor has been used as a home office with a gorgeous picture window, its own bathroom and twin barndoors leading out to the loft. And above that, at the end of a winding flight of stairs, is the magical top floor. A third floor room that looks out over the property and has its own deck looking out over the grand hayloft room (not a particularly practical feature, but people sure seem to adore it!)
The east side of the property is designed for and dedicated to our equine friends. Zoned for 2.5 (?) horses, there is a substantially built training round pen that opens up to a holding area with water run to it and a shelter roof. That area opens up to pasture fields, a large portion of which is already t-posted and ready for electric tape and containment.
And if tennis is your bag, I hope you’re sitting down, because on the western side of the property, walking into a mystical wall of pine trees towards the cornfields (think FIELD OF DREAMS) and through a dramatic English churchyard styled lychgate reveals a Wimbledon replica grass tennis court with its own dedicated mini clubhouse! Nothing beats playing on the mother surface, the field of green! Yep those are authentic perennial rye blades of grass glistening in the sun, those are actual Wimbledon ash wood net posts, that is a real Edwards net, and that is Roger Federer over the stone fireplace in the clubhouse! It might take a bit of discipline to fire up the John Deere greens mower every few days, but the zen like routine of laying down those stripes in the grass is also pretty awesome. And just knowing you could throw Minnesota’s coolest most authentic Wimbledon party every July is a pretty fun thing!