Wednesday, February 25, 2009

SouthWays - The Pillsbury Estate

Tucked hidden away in the wooded area of Brackett's Point in Orono,Minnesota lies an estate that is both outstanding of it's time and historic for the large amount of information behind the home. The Pillsbury family also has a deeply rich history and in 1916, John S. Pillsbury Sr. and his wife, Eleanor, contacted the sought-after architect Harrie T. Lindeberg. Lindeberg was famous during this time for designing country homes and for two years he designed the massive 32,000 square foot home. In 1918 construction began for the estate, which sits on 13 acres on the famous Lake Minnetonka and includes a 10,000-square-foot guest house, caretaker's cottage/greenhouse, pool complex, smoke room and tea house . The home also features an Olympic-size pool, 12-car garage, greenhouse, a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, beautiful gardens, dock, indoor spa and a clay tennis court.

Sadly, Eleanor Pillsbury passed away in 1991 and the estate was for sale for the first time. Mr. And Mrs. Jundt, with the help of Beyer Blinder Belle bought Southways in 1992 and the estate went through a drastic renovation and restoration where the Jundts paid close attention to detail. You can surely expect perfection and preservation in this home

For the second time since being built in 1918, the home is currently up for sale for a large amount of $53,500,000 - Yes, $53.5 Million. The Jundt family are planning on moving down south to Arizona to down-size, so this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to move into a historic and prized gem on Lake Minnetonka. That is, if you have that extra cash.

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  1. An example of the "excellance" of a by-gone era in America!