David Salmela, FAIA —Jackson Meadows home is a priced reduced steal.
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This past weekend we took a short trip north along the beautiful, scenic St. Croix River to see the leaves and pick some apples at an orchard just outside of Taylors Falls Minnesota. On our way back home we passed through the picturesque little village of Marine on the St. Croix. Taking a turn off [...]
This past weekend we took a short trip north along the beautiful, scenic St. Croix River to see the leaves and pick some apples at an orchard just outside of Taylors Falls Minnesota. On our way back home we passed through the picturesque little village of Marine on the St. Croix. Taking a turn off of Hwy 95 that leads you past the little downtown we turned west and made our way back towards the residential neighborhoods of this little St. Croix River town, where we stumbled upon Marine’s famous Jackson Meadows neighborhood. A tranquil conservation community set amongst a hilltop prairie with incredible views across the river valley to Wisconsin. The project features the collaborative design work of Architect David Salmela and Landscape Architect Shane Coen. The first thing you notice among this collection of homes is that they are all white. However, unlike the many suburban developments that cover this country with personality-less beige homes these are clearly distinct in shape and form yet seem to work harmoniously together. They are modern, yet hint at the agrarian structures that dot the farm fields and prairies of the Upper-Midwest. On the day we drover through there was a realtor’s open house for one of Salmela’s first homes in Jackson. Without hesitation we hopped out of our vehicle and made our way to the property to take a look. The home as been on the market now for nearly a year and is a bit of steal at its current price (which has dropped significantly in that time.) Originally built in 2001 for for commercial architect, who then sold to its current owner in 2007. Since 2007 the current owner has made some significant additions upgrades and improvements including two exterior buildings and a large patio area. The 2,254 sq ft home sits on about an acre and a quarter of land with beautifully untouched preservation land behind it. The front yard features a pergola entry way, a modern interpretation of a picket fence and two stone courtyards divided by a low stone wall. On each side of the courtyard flanking the house There are out buildings. On the east side of the property a series of gabled roofs form a small elongated garage with a temperature controlled and sound proofed music room with large windows filling the back of the space. adjacent to that is another music listening room (this could be used as a guest suite or artist studio with its views of the prairie to the north.) On the west side of the property is another small building that was once a sauna but now holds gardening supplies and plants—make no mistake about, this is not a shed.
The house itself is a two story with a finished walkout basement and a very simple but functional floor plan that includes a kitchen with a collection of premium appliances, dining room , living room and 1/2 bath. the second floor features an office space, two modest, but nicely laid out bedrooms each with their own bathrooms, and a small but well placed balcony that provides wonderful views of the valley. The basement has a nicely sized bedroom utility room and laundry room. At the back of the house is a wonderful natural stone patio with another low stone wall that mimics the one in the front courtyard. The house, which was featured in 2005 issue of Metropolitan Home recently saw a price reduction and would be heck of a buy at it’s current price if you can cash in on these record low interest rates. You can get more details from the homes realtor’s The Kavanaghs at Coldwell Banker Burnett by searching for homes in Marine on St. Croix.