A Gem on James

The Perfect Combination of Urban Old Meets New

Finding the perfect city dwelling can be a challenge, but 1924 James Ave. S. encompasses urban living at its finest. Nestled only a few short blocks from Lake of the Isles, this classic colonial, built in 1907, is the combination of classic city living while offering the upgrades and practicalities of today.  Offering four bedrooms and four bathrooms, it is just the right size and location for families in love with Minneapolis Lakes living. 

After a decade in the home, the current owners still harbor lots of love for the property and the neighborhood commenting, “You can walk to uptown, you can walk downtown, you can walk to Kowalski’s, the dentist, your barber…it is so convenient, and yet you don’t feel like you’re in the city.”   

Upon entrance, an abundance of windows, including bay and those with stained glass, are trimmed with crisp, white shutters and all offer a light and airy ambiance throughout.

“We looked at 25-30 homes, … and when we walked in the front door, we said, ‘That’s it; we want this one,’ Everything was correct.”

With original abstracts depicting the story of family land divisions dating back to the 1850s, there is a real history to this home on James. Refurbished hardwood floors span the whole main level while modern, flat white ceilings with elegant crown molding provide ample square footage. From vintage light fixtures and hardware to classic built-ins and pocket doors, no detail is spared.

The kitchen is updated and spacious with granite countertops and a center island. It also includes a recently renovated eat-in breakfast room, which boasts heated tile floors and leads out to a sunny, private deck.

The upper-level bathrooms showcase a claw foot tub, pedestal sinks and additional stained-glass windows, yet they include the modern amenities necessary to just move in and enjoy. Outside the home, you will find manicured shrubbery, with a paved and gated driveway giving way to lovely gardens and a spacious two-car garage.

Lastly, when asked their favorite thing about the neighborhood itself, besides the wonderful people, they say it is definitely appreciating what surrounds all year round regardless of the season.

“You look up and down the street and just say, 'Wow—is that pretty!'”  

If you are torn between wanting a “suburban feeling” without leaving the proximity of the city, this is your oasis. 

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1. Lots of windows provide natural lighting throughout
2. Updated kitchen
3. Renovated baths
4. Heated flooring in several rooms
5. Large garage with plenty of storage space
6. Walking distance to Lake of the Isles, uptown and downtown

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