Built by Charles C. Johnson in 1897 and originally owned by George A. Leighton, the home features a large, wrap-around porch in front and double-layer porch on the back. The turret and grand, round stained-glass window in the master bedroom are indicative of a Johnson-built home. In July, 2014, within two minutes, we fell in love with the amazing maple and oak fret work and inlayed floors. We purchased in September and after three months of restoration and renovation, we moved in. Close proximity to Belinda’s office has made her long commute a thing of the past. We’ve completed the first and second floors and are improving the third. We plan to update landscaping and, long-term, to remove the asphalt siding to reveal the original clapboard. The charm and character of this house cannot be duplicated with today’s modern building techniques. Old Highland is where we proudly call “HOME”!
1811 Girard Ave. N.
Anderson Mitchell, Contractor; Kathy Wetzel-Mastel, PRG, Inc.
This three-bedroom, 1.5 bath home was built by trusted nonprofit developer PRG, Inc. and North Minneapolis-based Mitchell Construction in the City of Minneapolis Green Homes North Program. With over 1,800 sq. ft. finished, this home boasts an open floor plan and space for a future family room, bath and bedroom on the lower level. Green features include: Energy Star windows, doors, shingles, lighting and appliances. Plumbing fixtures conserve water. We used low-VOC paints and adhesives and FSC-certified framing material. Annual energy savings estimate: Half of what it costs for an average, existing home. Traditional detailing helps blend naturally with the neighborhood with its mix of architecture, beautiful parks, easy access to downtown and all the great things city life has to offer.
1602 Fremont Ave. N
1900 Victorian Four Square
1602 Fremont is a Victorian foursquare with early Colonial influences. Built in 1900, it has a striking entry hall full of built-in bookcases (with a fold-out secretary desk!) and a reading nook tucked under the stairs. Like so many of the gorgeous Old Highland Victorians, the main floor has lots of original features, including pocket doors, three fireplaces, and a built-in cabinet that passes through to the kitchen. It also has some quirks, like an original but unfinished back room, and a bathroom upstairs divided into three compartments, each with its own door! I discovered Old Highland after looking for a house like this in many other parts of the cities. The neighborhood is full of beautiful homes, but it’s the community that makes it so special!
2015 Home Tour Guide (PDF)