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New luxury condos near the Walker Art Center are the Minneapolis family’s ‘new heirloom’


A development is generating buzz, not just for its primo views overlooking the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, St. Mary’s Basilica and downtown skyline, but its next iteration as four luxury condo units.

Development near the finish line began five years ago when owners Mohsen and Julie Sadeghi and their family began discussing what to do with the Lowry Hill home they had lived in for over four decades. With their adult children and nests now empty, it was time to move on to the next stage of their lives.

While they liked the place and wanted to stay, the house did not lend itself to their changing needs. “We both realized it was just too big for us,” Julie said of the two-story Italian Renaissance-style house.

As they weighed their options, the size and awkward configuration of the house and the topography of the land posed challenges, making it impossible to renovate or reuse the existing structure.

“It was a 10,000 square foot space that was built in 1909,” Mohsen said. “It had been a rooming house at one time.”

In addition, a 33-foot slope from the sidewalk to the backyard as well as a detached garage with a 15-degree slope created dangerous situations, especially in winter.

In the end, the answer was clear: demolish the residence that was no longer his primary residence, update the landscaping, and allow others to enjoy the location via a low-rise condo building in which Mohsen and Julie would occupy one of the units.

The couple’s son, Ryan Sadeghi, an account manager at Shea architecture and design firm, would serve as project manager.

“The decision to demolish the house wasn’t easy, but after doing our due diligence into what was possible from a development perspective, the project made sense,” Ryan said. “We wanted to create a new legacy for this property, and that meant starting from scratch.”

A new legacy

Ryan enlisted a local team including PKA Architecture, Martha Dayton Design, Nor-Son Construction and Pebl Landscaping, as well as acoustics and noise abatement consultants Veneklasen Associates of California.

“Knowing that my parents would be part of this long-term project, it was important for us to create something timeless and special that underlines the uniqueness of this particular property,” Ryan said.

It took time to complete the project. Due to the age and style of the home, Mohsen and Julie consulted with the Heritage Preservation Commission, which unanimously approved their request for demolition, according to a report by City of Minneapolis staff on the proposal. of development. There were also setbacks and changes that needed to take place.

“We submitted our land use application in early 2020, and there were delays due to COVID,” Ryan said. “Our original application was for a three-story, five-unit building, but the planning commission denied our conditional use permit for the height increase. Once we scaled it back to a four-unit development , we were off to the races.”

When designing the building and the interiors, the history and the surrounding environment were key.

“The philosophy of the design team that embarked on the project began by listening and understanding the history of our clients, the history of the existing house that stood on the site and the significant surroundings of the city. said Kristine Anderson, Managing Director and Designer of PKA.

Martha Dayton said creating distinctive spaces has also become important.

“Given the size of this building, we were able to be a bit more forward-thinking than what we would have had to do if we were designing for a larger market,” she said. “We weren’t trying to design 100 units. … It’s about the spaces, the views and access to everything we have in the city.”

“We tried to be very clean and classic and timeless with the design, and we were aiming for something relevant but not trendy,” Dayton continued. “The design provides the opportunity to bring the city and greenery indoors through windows and outdoor spaces.”

The front view

Currently under construction, the project should be completed in June.

Amenities include front patios with built-in heaters, private roof terraces, two-car heated underground garages with enough power for an EV charger, and storage areas for each unit. And while an elevator services the entire building, those occupying the units to the east will have direct access from their condo.

With completion a few months away, filling of units at 35 Groveland Terrace (35groveland.com) is underway. One of three condos available, a 2,500-square-foot first-floor unit with a chef’s kitchen, two bedrooms, an office and three bathrooms, is currently on the market for $2.4 million.

“It really is the best of both worlds between what you get with the ease of condominium living with the privacy and privacy of a single family residence,” Ryan said.

Mohsen and Julie couldn’t agree more.

“We used to be able to see the ‘Spoonbridge and Cherry’ sculpture from our living room window, and now we can still do that,” Mohsen said. Ryan added: “In fact, because PKA was able to maximize the angles towards downtown and the garden, the view will be even better than it was at the old location.”

Julie Kendrick is a freelance writer in Minneapolis. Follow her on Twitter @KendrickWorks.

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