Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Loring Park in Downtown Minneapolis

On the southwest corner of downtown Minneapolis sits Loring Park, a great oasis for all the family to enjoy. The park is surrounded by cathedrals, new condominium developments, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and the Walker Art Center.

Created around 1883 by the Board of Park Commissioners and originally named Central Park, the park was renamed in late 1890 to honor Charles Loring who served as a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and who was the first President of the Board of Park Commissioners in 1883. Loring is now known as The Father of Minneapolis Parks.

For the sports enthusiast, the park features basketball courts, tennis courts, biking path, and a tot-park for the kids. For dog lovers, there is now an off leash area at the northeast corner of the park.

One part of the park that I love is the perennial flower garden that is blooming spring through fall, which is very relaxing too. Surrounded by brick trails and lounging benches, visitors can sit back and enjoy the day while being only minutes away from downtown.

To learn more about the park visit:

Friends of Loring Park
Loring Park Neighborhood
Loring Downtown
Minneapolis Parks

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lake Harriet Historic Home in Minneapolis

This gorgeous Spanish Revival home is located near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis and was built in 1923 by the well known local architect John W. Lindstrom. Mr. Lindstrom has designed hundreds of homes and buildings around Minneapolis and has even authored a few books about home styles and floor plans. In 1922, he published a book solely on two story homes, many of which can be found still standing today. Unfortunately, when I looked through a copy of the book at the Minnesota Historical Society, the above home was not included. Most likely because the home was not completed until after publication of the book.

The original owner of the home was Fred Soderberg, which looking at original permits, contracted out the work himself. All in all, it appears the homes was built for around $11,000. He didn't live in the home very long, for the 1934 Land Survey conducted by the City Planning Commission shows a new owner by the last name of Kavanaugh was in possession, with 8 people residing in the home, including the maid.

With almost 4000 square feet and five bedrooms, the home sits on a large corner lot. It sold in 2007, for the first time in 35 years, at a price of $832,000.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

New Minnesota Carbon Monoxide Detector Law

The new carbon monoxide (CO) alarm law requires that "every single-family dwelling and every dwelling unit in a multifamily dwelling" have "an approved and operational carbon monoxide alarm installed within ten feet of each room lawfully used for sleeping purposes." (See MN Stat. 299.51) This law was effective as of August 1, 2007 for newly constructed homes, and just became effective August 1, 2008 for all existing single-family dwelling units. It becomes effective in August 1, 2009 for existing multifamily dwelling units. The alarms must be an approved device (conforming to UL2034 standards), and may be hardwired, plugged in, or battery-powered (if attached to the wall).

So, yes, this means YOU, all home owners in Minnesota, must have CO detectors or you are breaking the law! But some how I doubt most of you will be running out and picking one up. Just know that when you go to sell, you should make sure to have one within 10 feet of all bedrooms. Failure to comply with the law could hurt your wallet in the future...with the sue happy society we live in, a buyer that is later injured by Carbon Monoxide poisoning could come back and take you to court for damages.