Friday, April 30, 2010

Coldwell Banker Burnet’s Waterfront Home Tour

For nearly twenty years Coldwell Banker Burnet has been promoting its waterfront listings through annual waterfront home tours. No other real estate company has the inventory to mount a tour such as ours. Last year we had 178 waterfront homes on our Spring Waterfront Tour with the highest priced home listed at $5,950,000.

We choose a Sunday in mid-May, avoiding Mother’s Day, because we believe the homes look their best with their docks in the water and their gardens starting to bloom. It also is the perfect time to capture the interest of Minnesotans who have been indoors all winter.

Timing of the tour is everything. This year on May 16th interested buyers will be able to view a number of waterfront properties in one afternoon. They will be able to write an offer, negotiate that offer and close it with summer days to spare!

Our upcoming Tour will be held on May 16th from 1-5. Stafford Family Realtors are pleased to offer 4685 North Shore Drive in Orono as a featured home on this tour. Located on over 70 feet of lakeshore, this home has it all. For more information, please visit or contact Eric & Sharla Stafford today for a private showing.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Open Sunday!!!!

Stafford Family Realtors have some great open houses this weekend!

We are pleased to announce 4 great opens for this weekend!

1878 Sandbar Circle ~ Waconia
Open Sunday 12-2
Better than new construction!! This amazing home is completely loaded with all the upgrades & custom finishes! Entertain in style in the Gourmet Kitchen with Granite counters and Stainless Steel Appliances, enjoy to beautiful Hardwood floors & the fully finished Walkout Lower Level! The backyard is fully fenced with a wood privacy fence & the neighborhood enjoys a beach & day docks on Lake Waconia.

8801 Wedgemere Drive ~ Victoria
Open Sunday 12-2
Simply Stunning! This amazing one level home sited on the premier lot on Deer Run Golf Course offers attractive amenities including a private main floor Master Suite, Great Room floor plan, main floor Office or Formal Dinning Room and a Gourmet Eat-In Kitchen with stainless steel appliance. The fully finished lower level walk out features three Jr. Bedrooms, and Exercise Room, large Family Room with full Wet Bar and a Billiards Room. Nestled between greens #2 and #15, enjoy the long fairway views and all the conveniences of this great location!

2305 Lukewood Drive ~ Chanhassen
Open Sunday 12-2
This beautiful home is sited on a spacious lot with mature trees and lots of privacy. The finish level of this home is amazing! Open spacious floor plan offers a Great Room with Crown Molding and Fireplace that looks into the Hearth Room. The large flowing Kitchen offers newly installed Granite countertops and all new stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the deck off the private Master Suite. The fully finished Lower Level offers an Amusement Room with built-ins, stone faced fireplace and a full wet bar. There is also a Play Room, Game Room and Office. The flat expance of the back yard is great for any type of entertaing or relaxing. Contact us today for a private showing!

1234 Amber Point ~ Waconia
Open Sunday 2:30- 4:30
Only available due to relocation, this beautiful home in the Pinehill neighborhood of Waconia offers an open floor plan with great spaces. Freshly painted throughout, this home show like a model.

For more information on these open houses or other listings from Stafford Family Realtors, Please visit

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Minneapolis is one of the top Bicycling Cities in America!!!

The new issue of Bicycling magazine, published Tuesday, ranks Minneapolis ahead of 49 other large and medium-size cities in accessibility to bicyclists. Portland has long ranked first, both in the magazine's rankings and other surveys.

In its assessment of Minneapolis, the magazine pointed to the fact that the city has nearly doubled its percentage of bike commuters in just three years and its pledge to install new bike racks and start an innovative bike-share program. Other criteria include the number of bike lanes, municipal bike racks, bike boulevards, government interest in cycling improvements and local bike culture.

"Despite the cold wintertime climate, Minneapolis has a thriving bike community. It has 120 miles of on- and off-street bicycle facilities, plus indoor bike parking and other cycling-friendly facilities."

Not surprisingly, other high-ranking cities include such granola-eating communities as Seattle, Boulder and Eugene. Madison, Wis., ranked seventh. The only other Upper Midwest cities that made the cut were Sioux Falls, at 31st, and Fargo, which ranked 46th.

Originally Published by the Star Tribune - article by BOB VON STERNBERG