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Midcentury ‘bunker home’ on Wisconsin river bluff lists for  million

After relocating for a job at Winona State College, Nate Anderson hoped to discover a dwelling just like the one he had within the Twin Cities. He knew it was a tall order.

“I used to be in a midcentury trendy home. I am drawn to that sort of retro design and people architecturally distinctive properties,” he stated.

As luck would have it, there was an inventory for one throughout the river from Winona alongside the Nice River Highway, a nationwide scenic byway in Wisconsin’s Driftless Space. The 1955 home in Fountain Metropolis was on 4 acres on a bluff with panoramic views of the Mississippi River.

After buying the home, Anderson quickly discovered locals lovingly referred to as it “the bunker home” for its commercial-grade development of stable concrete and metal and its sloped website.

“Actually the bottom is constructed into the bluff,” Anderson stated. “It is constructed so properly, it is simply a unprecedented design and accomplishment.”

Turning again the clock

Anderson additionally preferred that the home had an open ground plan, passive photo voltaic options and stonework sourced from a Winona quarry.

“It is used all through the home and positively makes it distinctive,” he stated.

As a retro fan and a collector of midcentury items, Anderson used the home to show again the clock.

On the decrease degree, he eliminated carpeting to reveal the concrete flooring, which he had polished. On the principle degree, he changed laminate flooring with new purple oak flooring, “which feels extra interval applicable,” he stated. Subsequent, he looked for midcentury furnishings and fixtures that had been true to the home.

“With my earlier home, I began accumulating and thrifting. I am a type of individuals for whom the hunt runs deep and the joys is within the chase of discovering the proper factor for the proper spot,” Anderson stated.

For the workplace, he tracked down an L-shaped desk. Within the lower-level lounge, he discovered an upholstered bench to suit beneath a show window.

“The desk simply floats in the midst of that area. …. The bench is backless as a result of I did not need to block the window and the views,” he stated.

“The furnishings is artwork in addition to useful for these areas,” he stated. “It is knowledgeable by the structure.”

Taking it exterior

Because the director of Winona State College’s Panorama Arboretum, Anderson has a eager appreciation for the outside. And he is taken full benefit of the multiple-level home and its a number of patios.

“There’s as a lot consideration for the out of doors rooms because the indoor rooms that it actually doubles your residing area,” he stated. “It is actually oriented towards your views of this superb river panorama towards the bluffs.”

Throughout the rising season, he makes use of the decks for container gardening. The east aspect of the home has terraced partitions, which Anderson has used for extra formal gardens.

“After which the property being 4 acres of mature woodland, there’s one other entire palette of native wildflowers and vegetation I’ve found and added to,” he stated.

Transfer-in prepared

Simply three years after he purchased the house, Anderson is parting with it. He obtained a one-year fellowship at Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, so he is listed the three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,500-square-foot home. He is additionally together with his fastidiously curated midcentury furnishings within the sale.

“This property is simply too particular to take a seat empty” whereas he is gone, he stated. And “the furnishings may be very particular to the design and I really feel it belongs to this home.”

Along with a move-in-ready dwelling, itemizing agent Karen Rue identified that the home has been well-maintained with electrical, plumbing and equipment upgrades. It additionally has two bedrooms with en suites and two garages, one off the decrease degree and one other on the prime of a winding driveway that connects to the principle degree.

Nevertheless, “I believe the most important amenity is the open ground plan and a number of seating areas. All of these areas stream and have river views,” Rue stated. “The opposite factor is nearly all the rooms connect with a deck. There are such a lot of choices to take a seat in that home and benefit from the river or entertain.”

Two hours southeast of the Twin Cities, the river city additionally permits for entry to nature and trendy conveniences. Downtown Fountain Metropolis is lower than 3 miles away and has a number of retailers and eating places. Kinstone, Wisconsin’s very personal “Stonehenge” with gardens and big stones, is lower than 6 miles away.

After which there are the spectacular views.

“The fowl watching is loopy year-round. I see bald eagles, swans and pelicans sitting on the backwaters of the river,” Anderson stated. “Then all of the songbirds come to the feeder and go to. I by no means get bored with it.”

An open home is scheduled from midday to three p.m. Saturday, March 25. Karen Rue (; 612-916-1110) and Noel Krueger (; 612-703-5575) of Gulliford and Rue Group at Edina Realty have the $1 million itemizing.


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