$450,000 Bryn Mawr home includes ‘food forest’ and Utepils membership

Carol Hejlstone is a cycling and gardening enthusiast.

So when she and her husband, Jesse, returned to Minnesota 12 years ago after living in Chicago and Vancouver, she was drawn to a house in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis.

“The location attracted me to home, the proximity to downtown, the chain of lakes,” she says. “It’s a 2 mile bike ride from door to door to Target Field and downtown. The location was just a dream.”

On the horticultural side, the yard needed work, but the potential was there. And it just so happened that Carol went to school for landscape architecture and worked in a large garden.

“The yard was a blank slate. There were tree trunks and some random old hosts. That was a fun challenge for me,” she says. “We want to do these kinds of projects.”

The house also needs some updating. Good thing Jesse was a contractor.


Hejlstones really got into working with the garden.

“Everything we’ve done we’ve tried to do in a regenerative way, so we’re not using chemicals or herbicides or pesticides and trying to work with what we have” and try to improve things with bio-dynamic methods, Carroll said. Special Fertilizers and How to Grow Plants.

Establish pollinator-friendly prairie plantings that bloom throughout the growing season.

“When the bulbs start coming out in the spring, we’re one of the houses that start [seeing signs of life in the yard] It’s also one of the last perennials of autumn,” she said.

Orchards became part of the mix, with about 30 shrubs, fruit and shade trees, as well as juneberry, gooseberry and grape-producing vines.

The gardens allowed the family to live off their land and share its bounty with others. It also became a fun place for his son Ziggy to forage.

“He’s an adventurous eater with fruits and vegetables,” Carol said.

They also built a chicken coop – created from a repurposed trampoline – and raise chickens.

Home updates

The family also made updates to the home. In the year It was built in 1924 in what is now Bryn Mawr Meadows Park, and was moved to a somewhat smaller location on Morgan Street.

From what the couple could tell, the house hadn’t been updated much.

“It was overdue,” Carroll said. “I think it may have had a kitchen remodel in the 1970s.”

They put in new mechanicals, including high-efficiency central air conditioning, and updated most of the rooms, keeping the original hardwood floors and cast iron tub.

One of the biggest changes was in the kitchen, with new cabinets, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. They also replaced the vinyl tile with ceramic tile in a herringbone pattern.

The Hedgestones also spent countless hours removing, cleaning, and repairing wood-paneled walls.

Other improvements include putting on a metal roof and adding a Juliet balcony off the master bedroom.

“You get these amazing views downtown and looking out over the park and all the gardens,” Carol said.

The basement is also covered and finished. “It gave us more living space,” she says. “It became a bonus room and play area for our son.”


Having owned a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,500-square-foot home for more than a decade, the Hedgestones decided to sell it.

“It’s time for a change and we’re off to our next adventure. We’re going a little further south.” [in Minneapolis] “It’s another blank slate to start that process over again,” said Carol. I grew up on a farm in North Dakota, and that farmer in me never stops.

The next homeowner will not only get an improved home that comes with an “established food forest,” but also great neighbors, she said.

And there’s another bonus: With a lifetime membership, you drop into Utepil’s Brewery a mile away. The Hejlstones were investors in the brewery when it was founded, and the two VIP “memBEERships” are transferable. “That means a free beer for every person who goes to the brewery and two free growlers every month for the next 90 years,” Carroll said.

Listing agent Sonda Featherstone noted that anyone who lives there will benefit from a great location with more amenities on the horizon: Bryn Mawr Meadows Park is set for a multi-million dollar upgrade and the future Southwest Light Rail line is within walking distance. .

Featherstone says the home has plenty of charm and is well lived-in, with features like a breakfast nook, open kitchen and three-season patio.

And there’s nothing left to be desired in the outdoor areas either.

“The sellers made good use of the yard,” she said, “with an inviting back porch, a beautiful garden and a nice fire pit.”

Sonda Featherstone (featherstone.sonda@gmail.com; 651-442-3941) of Featherstone Real Estate LLC has $450,000. List.

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