Modern and Timeless $ 1 Million Golden Valley Home Delivers ‘Mid-Century Perfection’


Nestled in the coveted South Tyrolean hillside community, a mid-century house blends seamlessly with trees and other natural surroundings.

The 2,200 square foot three bedroom, three bathroom Golden Valley mansion, built in 1962 and across from a pond and close to South Tyrol Park, is on the market.

Listing agent Jesse Forsell said the house is an example of timeless design.

“This house is a true architectural gem. As a real estate agent who has visited thousands of homes, I rarely get to see a house that impresses me on all fronts,” he said . “From the stunning landscaping to the masterful details throughout the home, this luxury treehouse has an unparalleled unique vibe. It’s just mid-century perfection.”

Owners Brian and David Woolsey, who lovingly attached the house to the Woolsey Treehouse while there, said it was a game-changer when the house underwent a major makeover in 2005. It was then that the owner At the time, Stephanie Shopa, former CEO of Thymes Bath, a body and home fragrance brand, asked Sala Architects to breathe new life into the house.

“When you look at the pre-renovation photos, the house looks a bit awkward,” Brian said. “But there was a lot of potential. There’s a lot to like about the land itself. There are probably 20 giant oaks and poplars. And it’s a half-acre listed lot that goes all the way back to the front road. This is one of the largest courses in Tyrol. “

Sala Architects co-founder Sarah Susanka wrote “The Not So Big House Book” while Dale Mulfinger wrote a series of cabin books including “Cabinology”, so it was only natural that these design philosophies should have played in the mid-century makeover. The detailing was remarkable when the house was featured in the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Homes by Architects Tour.

The key was a “build better, not bigger” design philosophy. This meant designing spaces for everyday living while removing items such as unused seating areas and formal dining areas.

“Every square foot is used every day,” Brian said.

With every square foot counting as something, the design also ensured that the spaces in the home had multiple functions wherever possible. The flow of spaces was also important, with a design that transitioned between indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly, connected to nature and bringing in plenty of natural light.

Visually, it was also important to incorporate different ceiling heights to create spatial elements of interest. The positioning of the windows was also essential to bring in light and offer great views.

“We love the privacy that comes with the window locations and being perched in the trees. We’re close to our neighbors, but the house is very private,” said Brian.

The house also features many stylish visual cues, such as sliding closet doors with architectural details and a Japanese-inspired bathroom with a soaking tub as well as a shower located in the middle of the room.

“It’s not something you always see in the Midwest. It was inspired by Japanese design,” Brian said. “And as I was looking at Dale’s work on the cubicles, he uses the same palette in the cubicle world that he did with this house, which are accents of dark brown and red.”

The Woolseys have owned the house since 2014. They are the third owners to live in the house after the major makeover.

They have made some changes over the years, including designing integrated elements in the lower level TV room and library, and adding indirect lighting elements to the exterior and interior spaces.

They also tripled the amount of outdoor living space, adding a hot tub, dining area, and gas fireplace. The pandemic and quarantine in 2020 gave them time to redevelop, including installing no-mowing fescue grass for their two fluffy doodles, Remy and Walter, to play with.

The couple also had rooms throughout the house designed by interior designers. Custom furniture emphasizes the natural elements, Mid-Century style, and fun artifacts in their lives.

“When we made changes or improvements to the property there were certain things [we] debated, “he said.” We had to be careful because you can’t undo what was originally composed so carefully. “

Now Brian, real estate developer and co-founder of real estate consulting firm Monarch CRE, and David, a nurse at M Health, are moving out.

“We found a 1935 Tudor in Medicine Lake that we can restore and equip with Tudor-y. We’re really excited about it and we want to start a family, so he’s planning all of these things, ”Brian said. “It’s bittersweet. I started screaming at the thought of moving from a downtown condo to a suburban life. Then I walked in and immediately fell in love with the house.

“And we feel like we have become stewards of the great design that has come before us. And we have tried to take on that responsibility.”

Jesse Forsell ([email protected]; 952-807-3193) of Coldwell Banker Realty holds the million dollars SEO. * At the time of posting, an offer on the house is pending.

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