Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour – 2005

These three homes were chosen from hundreds in our area to be on the 2005 Home Tour this year.

We are proud to be the third owners of this Arts and Craft home built in 1910. The open lay out of our home is it’s most attractive quality. Over the years great care has been taken to respect the original character of the home while modernizing it to fit our needs. All of the mechanics have been completely replaced and updated. The hardwood floors and beautiful woodwork are in pristine condition along with the dining room buffet and fireplace. We love the location of our home and the strong community ties in our neighborhood. Old Highland is a close-knit and caring neighborhood and we couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

Fred and Tracy


Our 1906 3-story Arts and Crafts home is located in a revitalized growth historical area. Amenities include the Old Highland neighborhood group comprised of wonderful and caring neighbors. Surprisingly located a few minutes from the farmers market, downtown Minneapolis, parkway and Guthrie theater. Our personality design flavor emanates while retaining the original historical character. The humble first floor plan boasts hardwood floors, beautiful built-in desk and buffet, a formal dining, living, foyer, half bathroom and a must see remodeled kitchen. The second floor contains three bedroom retreats, a beadboarded bath, study and an amazing three season porch. A modern media room resides on the third floor adjacent to the sitting/game room. Please come and see what city life can be like in this undiscovered North Minneapolis area we call home.

Charlie and Shane

Relaxing on the front porch balcony and gazing at the Minneapolis skyline is always a wonderful way to wind down in the evening. Just five minutes from Uptown, Downtown and Northeast Minneapolis, we are often reminded of our unique central location in the city. We moved from Uptown into the Old Highland Neighborhood in North Minneapolis just over a year ago after stumbling across this incredible three story duplex. With the high cost of property in the city the option of purchasing a home that would also generate income was a very appealing idea to us. This 1909 home was completely renovated inside and out in 2004 by The Northside Residents Redevelopment Council. It features over 3000 sq. ft. of beautiful open living space including a 600+ sq. ft. 3rdfloor master suite that begs you to snuggle in for an entire weekend. With wonderfully dedicated neighbors and community organizations surrounding us this area of Minneapolis promises to be a desirable spot for years and years to come.

Will and Krista

Home Tour FAQ

What is the Home Tour?
Now in its 18th year, the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour is an annual event that promotes city living. The tour brings thousands of home enthusiasts together for a weekend of sharing home remodeling ideas and new home ownership and rental opportunities. The Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) coordinates the home tour in cooperation with the City of Minneapolis, local financial institutions, Realtors, contractors and other businesses. The Home Tour’s most important partners, of course, are the home tour hosts who volunteer to open their homes.

When is the Home Tour?
Homes will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. The Home Tour will take place regardless of weather conditions.

What kinds of homes are featured on the tour?
The tour features a variety of homes in neighborhoods throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Homes on the tour are chosen to reflect the quality and variety of city housing. Homes may be new or historic, remodeled or redecorated, spacious or cozy – they do not need to be extensively remodeled. The tour particularly encourages nominations from people of color and people with disabilities. Home Tour hosts who would like to nominate their homes should call Brett at 612-673-5158. Nominations are due on or before Friday, February 18, 2005. We encourage nominations before Friday, January 28, 2005.

How does the Home Tour work?
The home tour is a free, self-guided event. The Home Tour guide, which includes a description of each home and a map showing home locations, is published in late April. Visitors can tour as many or as few of the homes as they wish. Multiple visits are encouraged so visitors can get a feel for the diversity of the Minneapolis housing stock and neighborhoods. Each home on the tour is identified with a home tour street sign. In most cases, homeowners greet visitors. Visitors can also speak informally with experts about home buying, remodeling and other topics. Visitors go on the tour to get remodeling ideas, learn about neighborhoods and schools and to gain a deeper appreciation of the quality of city homes. All rooms are open in most homes.

Why do Home Tour hosts have their homes on the tour?
Home Tour hosts have found the tour to be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. Many have met neighbors or other home enthusiasts as a result of having their homes on the tour. By promoting their neighborhoods and highlighting the quality of city living, owners help strengthen their neighborhoods and attract residents who help build and maintain healthy, vibrant communities. Home Tour hosts who have lived through the dust and frustration of remodeling often appreciate the positive comments offered by visitors – it makes the event worthwhile.