A Fairy Tale Come True
Styled like a chic country cottage, this Orono estate radiates charm
An almost fairy tale-like charm exudes from this 9,400-square-foot home in Orono, located in the prestigious Graham Hill Preserve neighborhood.
It’s clear that painstaking attention to detail, both inside and out, went into the home’s design and construction. The design makes the most of its setting through large windows, an open, flowing layout, and unrestricted views of Lake Minnetonka in the distance.
The focal point of the home—the kitchen—offers sightlines into adjoining rooms. “Architecturally, it’s just so interesting,” says Rick Denman of Charles Cudd De Novo.
A unique spiral staircase leads to a beautifully paneled den, housed in a classic round Victorian turret. Five bedrooms and five bathrooms are located on the main and lower levels.
The lower level is much more than a man cave, it’s a concert cave, Denman notes. It includes a 2,500-bottle wine-tasting room reminiscent of a castle, featuring rock imported from Montana and gorgeous hand-hewn beams.
The walk-behind bar in the lower level shares space with the 80-inch LCD TV that transforms into a 144-inch 3D movie theater screen with the push of a button. Further down the hall, a traditional exercise room is attached to a dance studio, utilizing space under the garage.
An amazing outdoor entertaining space includes an in-ground pool, expansive patio, and outdoor fireplace. It’s the perfect place to relax, unwind, and forget about the problems of the real world—just like a fairy tale character.
- Kitchen sightlines flow into adjoining rooms. An intricate tile backsplash and granite counters balance style with practicality.
- During the warm months, an in-ground pool, expansive patio, and outdoor fireplace provide the perfect elements for entertaining.
- The two-story great room—with a soaring 21-foot ceiling—includes a loft library overlook. A chandelier adds to the dramatic effect.
- A beautiful paneled den, complete with a turret, provides the family with quiet space.
- A 2,500-bottle wine cellar is connected to a wine-tasting room built with stones imported from Montana and hand-hewn beams.
- A wall of windows lets the sun shine into this bright and cheery space, providing panoramic views of Lake Minnetonka in the distance.
Charles Cudd De Novo
Kate-Lo Tile & Stone
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