The $ 1.8 Million Luxury Condo Steps From The Walker Offers Spacious Mpl. views
When boutique condos were built at 301 Kenwood Parkway, next to the Walker Art Center, there was a lot of mystique surrounding the building with just over a dozen units and million dollar views.
Now the only condo unit in the building that is on multiple levels and that comes with a walkout is up for grabs. The 2,850-square-foot, two-bedroom, three-bathroom home was listed on Thursday.
“This particular unit works like a townhouse in that you can walk right out of your front door and it’s two stories,” listing agent Jessica Prudden said. “Then there is the fact that the condo is basically made up of glass walls and has a second floor where you have a nice view of the basilica [of St. Mary], the city center and the beautiful foliage. “
When Brian Austin and her husband, John Knudsen, bought their home in 2003, they were one of the first residents to move into the eight-story building.
They loved the contemporary architecture, the design touches such as the solid cherry wood doors and panels, and the layout including a kitchen with dining area and formal dining area. They also don’t have to complain about amenities like high-end appliances, floor-to-ceiling windows, and the fact that the unit was on two floors.
“It really allows the upstairs, which is carpeted, to be quiet and private,” Austin said. “And then downstairs, which is covered in hardwood floors, it’s a more social setting with more great views of the city.”
The unit also has private green spaces. There is a 500 square foot patio, where copious lilac bushes frame the perimeter of the secluded courtyard.
The location also sold them on site. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is just steps from the couple’s front door. In addition to the views of the Walker Art Center, the condo featured vistas that included the downtown skyline.
“It has all that city beat. You see people going to the Sculpture Garden to take pictures with the ‘Spoonbridge and Cherry’,” Austin said. “Then it’s very open-air where you cross the street and you’re on the running and cycling track.”
Knudsen said another great thing about 301 Kenwood was the residents.
“It’s very intimate with only 13 families living here,” he said.
The neighbors are so friendly that there are regular invitations, including to watch Walker Art Center’s famous Rock the Garden musical series from those with upper balcony units facing the festival grounds.
“It’s a very welcoming community,” he said.
The couple sell the condo because Knudsen, a doctor at Rochester’s Mayo Clinic for 30 years, is retiring, while Austin, a marketing and cultural knowledge consultant, can work remotely. As a result, they decided to downsize, keep their cabin for their local property while enjoying more time in their other home in Palm Springs, California.
In the meantime, they’ll enjoy the picturesque view from their condo, especially from their favorite room, a second-floor workspace where windows go up to the mezzanine living room.
“It has the best views of the city’s sculptures and rooftops,” Knudsen said. “Yet when we’re here it feels very private because of the way it’s been designed.”