Dream House – Ten Aker Wood (23 Photos)

Exquisitely detailed, the home takes superb advantage of its splendid setting atop a private twelve acre peninsula, offering panoramic views of woods and water amidst the Whitefish Chain in central Minnesota.

Traversing meadows and woodlands with views of two lakes, the home’s meandering drive leads to a columned and porticoed entry with bluestone terrace and wainscoted ceiling. Inspired by shingle style and Federal period east coast summer retreats, Ten Aker Wood reflects the thoughtful collaboration of the owner with architects, designers and builder. An American Federal style door opens to the elegant foyer rotunda with domed and glass paneled skylight, with adjoining gallery halls fanning west and east from the rotunda.

Walnut floors span the home’s main level public rooms complemented by finely crafted pilasters and millwork. Flanking the rotunda foyer are a lovely guest mudroom and home office. Wood burning fireplaces anchor opposite ends of the 42 foot long great room, whose beamed and cedar paneled ceiling features transom window wells, while two sets of French doors lead directly to the lake facing terrace beyond.

Handsome for its trussed arched ceiling, Palladian and transom windows, wood burning fireplace, walnut floor and sycamore paneling, the family room is accessed from the foyer along the east gallery, which likewise provides access to the kitchen and the porticoed east entry, leading to the main beach. A powder room is also available along this corridor.

Truly one of the highlights of the home is its impressive barrel vaulted screened porch. Encircled by walls of windows with transom accents, stone floors and woodburning fireplace, this area of the home is ideal for relaxation and summer living. While tranquility is by far the predominant display of Minnesota’s Theater of Seasons, the porch is thoughtfully prepared to withstand the temperament of seasonal Northwoods weather. One side is fitted with fixed windows to protect against strong wind currents, and tarps supplement overall wind and seasonal protection. Stairs lead from the porch to the trellised walkway and beach beyond.

Walkout level amenities include a sixth bedroom suite, generous exercise room, sauna, and three quarter bath. A beach room with a snack and beverage service area with sink, laundry hook-up and half bath adjoins a door leading directly to the main swimming beach.

Completing the home is the triple heated tuck under garage with adjacent heated stone floored mudroom and an expansive unfinished storage and utility space, affording great potential for more valuable finished square footage. – $12,750,000

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