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Nov. 14, 2018

Urban Living: Consider a Loft

Urban living can be an exhilarating prospect, especially for younger couples, professionals or any of us that like to be within striking distance of that electricity and magic that the hustle & bustle of the city can provide.

 

With continued urban development trends in metropolitan areas across the country, and the many lifestyle choices that they offer, it can be confusing and even overwhelming for those looking to embrace the urban life to choose between so many options for types of living spaces to call home.

 Many factors draw people to choose urban living over more suburban or rural lifestyles. There are almost as many choices as to where and how to live in your favorite city. Lofts are more popular than ever, providing perks like convenient, local, safe and secure living and a sense of community, to name a few.

If you haven't signed on that dotted line yet and are still undecided as to what type of home will best lend itself to your goals, then consider loft living; it might be right up your alley.

What Is A Loft?

Vast open space is generally what defines a "Loft." Lofts typically have high, vaulted ceilings and windows substantially more prominent than those of a typical house or apartment. Historically, loft apartments are carved out from older, abandoned and otherwise unused industrial buildings such as warehouses, factory or other commercial buildings. These older buildings are converted and up-cycled into large, open, individual living units.

 A hallmark and unique selling point of these open loft apartments are the industrial remnants of the building interior left in their places, such as exposed heating and ventilation ducts, plumbing and electrical piping, brick walls and concrete floors. These unique elements can add to the aesthetics and feel of the living space.

 Some loft apartments can be designed and finished by the developers and ready for a new owner or renter to move into though it is common for the property developer to leave the loft space raw, open and unfinished. This raw look is often a major selling point as it allows for the new tenant to exercise complete freedom in designing the living area of their dreams.

Initially, the word loft, in our context here, referred to the attic room or the very top floor of a building. "Hard" lofts, made out of the existing spaces in old buildings, and  "Soft" lofts, newer buildings designed specifically with loft spaces purposefully built, are two types of lofts you will notice.

Here in the U.S., the loft movement began in the SoHo district of Manhattan during the 1960s and 70s. Urban revitalization took off in the States during the 80s, and the loft apartment wasn't just for starving artists anymore, they were in demand. Throughout the 80s and 90s, urban living was thrust into pop-culture when loft living was front-and-center in movies like Ghost and television staples like Seinfeld, Friends and Sex and the City.

Over the past decade, many of the old industrial buildings in Minneapolis' historic industrial area, nestled between the city's bustling downtown business district and the Mississippi River, have enjoyed a revitalization movement, renovating and transforming its empty factories and warehouses into modern lofts and condos while preserving the exterior aesthetics of these historic buildings.

Is A Loft Right for You?

Here are a few of the factors that may help you decide if a loft is your best choice for urban living.

  • Lofts are a larger open space, giving you the feeling of freedom and the room to move around. They aren't as constrictive and restricted by compartmentalized rooms and walls.
  • The larger, open room of a loft, with its high ceilings and extra-large windows, affords you the ability to design and use the space creatively, allowing for larger pieces of art, larger pieces or sets of furniture, area rugs and multi-use spaces.
  • Lofts give you plenty of space for working on projects and entertaining guests.
  • You can wall-off or partition-off areas of your loft to fit your personal needs and desires.
  • And maybe most important, lofts don't give you that closed-in apartment feel.

Lofts: The Ultimate In Urban Living

So why choose a loft over any other type of home? There are many reasons professionals and couples alike choose the freedom and comfort of a loft apartment. Here we'll list some of the benefits for you to consider. Your team of professionals at Roost Real Estate can further help answer your questions and will be happy to help guide you through the decision making process after considering the points in this list. 

  • Lofts typically are developed in proximity to restaurants, natural foods grocers, shopping and nightlife. It's more cost effective and time efficient to live closer to work, school and shopping than to commute from a traditional house in more rural areas.
  • Lofts provide large, open spaces that let you create your home design to fit your tastes and lifestyle. High, vaulted ceilings and large windows with lots of sunlight help set lofts apart from other homes.
  • Lofts often have Home Owner Associations (HOA) that take on much of the responsibility of maintenance and upkeep on the building, addressing concerns and problems and even providing mediation with disputes between neighbors.
  • Lofts are lower-maintenance than other types of homes.
  • Loft living provides a sense of community with other neighbors in the building. Being involved with your HOA and regularly attending meetings is a big part of that equation.
  • Safety of living in a secured building.
  • Loft developments often include secured, on-site parking.

Lofts can include some great amenities like pools, fitness rooms, open and shared rooftop spaces and some even offer valet parking and concierge services. 

Roost Real Estate is the Twin Cities expert in lofts. Roost can help you find the perfect fit, so contact us today to find out more about starting your urban living adventure.

Posted in Home Buying
Nov. 11, 2018

Edina

Edina, Minnesota is situated just southwest of Minneapolis in Hennepin County. With a population around 48,000, Edina is the perfect size to ensure access to quality restaurants, shopping, and parks, but also not so large you are dealing with a large amount of traffic and congestion.

 

From humble roots as a farming and milling town, it is now a thriving community known for its superb shopping, delectable dining, breathtaking parks, and recreational facilities and an unsurpassed quality of life for its residents. All of these factors make Edina an excellent place to live, whether you want to buy or rent.

 

Recreation

Edina Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the care and upkeep of over 40 parks and open spaces covering more than 1,550 acres. There are ten unique facilities to use including an art center, golf course, lake park, aquatic center, and a senior center. You will also have access to baseball, softball, football, and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, outdoor skating rinks, playgrounds for kids of all ages, and picnic shelters.

 

Edina is also home to more than eight miles of scenic paths suitable for bicycling, walking, jogging, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing depending on the time of the year.

 The city of Edina also organizes classes and activities for all ages in both the spring/summer and fall/winter. Living in Edina, Minnesota will keep you busy with the plethora of activities available to you year-round.

 

Restaurants and Shopping

You will be pleasantly surprised by the entertainment in Edina, Minnesota. Filled with unique as well as chain restaurants, Edina is a place to eat to fill any craving.

 

One local favorite is Pittsburgh Blue. This incredible steakhouse is known for their steaks that master butchers hand-cut from aged, corn-fed, center cut beef. With a phenomenal bar and friendly service, you will leave satisfied.

 

If seafood is more your style, you won’t go wrong with CoV, an American coastal eatery. They say, “It’s where Minnesota nice meets East Coast spice.” As soon as you pull up and see the adorable building that looks like it belongs on the coast, you know you are in for a treat, and the food doesn’t disappoint.

 

When it comes to shopping, Edina, Minnesota is a destination for many in the surrounding area. The Galleria located in Edina draws people from all over to shop this exclusive collection of fashion, home, beauty, and dining.

 

Another excellent shopping district is called 50th and France, located in the area of 50th Street and France Avenue. With over 175 retailers and professional services, you will be able to shop to your heart’s content, enjoy a fabulous meal, then be pampered at any one the salons and spas located there. Whether you want a girls day out or a fun date night, you will find it at this fabulous shopping district.

Schools

Edina Public Schools, ISD 273, is the district that serves the town of Edina, Minnesota. There are approximately 8,500 students between the six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.

 

For children entering kindergarten, parents may choose continuous progress, neighborhood (traditional), or French Immersion. This unique opportunity puts Edina above many other school districts.

 

Additionally, Edina Public Schools has increasingly gained attention for its social justice curriculum. This mission of the district is to work with families to educate all students to be responsible and to become lifelong learners. They focus on teaching skills to encourage creativity, self-worth, and ethical values that will help students thrive in a culturally diverse society.

 

Edina Public School boasts a 98.1% graduation rate with 94% continuing to higher education. These are highly impressive numbers.

Ease of Access

Edina is a great place to live because of its location. Many major highways run through Edina or pass near the city. Because there is such a great road and infrastructure in place, it is incredibly easy to get to Minneapolis and many other places.

 

Minnesota State Highways 62 and 100 intersect inside Edina cutting the city into four sections. With Minnesota State Highway 100 and U.S. Highway 169 running north and south and Minnesota State Highway 6 and Interstate 494 traveling east and west you can quickly and conveniently get around town and out of town to wherever your plans take you.

Quality Neighborhoods

Edina, Minnesota is home to a variety of neighborhoods including Highlands, Indian Hills, Morningside, Country Club District, Cahill Village, Chapel Hill, South Harriet Park, Interlachen, Rolling Green, Presidents, Sunnyslope, White Oaks, Parkwood Knolls, Braemar Hills, Birchcrest, Dewey Hill, and Hilldale. All of these neighborhoods offer unique aspects, and you are sure to find one to call home. The majority of the city is residential neighborhoods so there are many places you will want to call home.

 

One particularly fun and exciting neighborhood is Morningside. This architecturally distinct neighborhood began as an old streetcar suburb adjoining Linden Hills in Minneapolis. Morningside saw booming growth in the early 1900’s because of the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line and all the professionals it attracted. Even now Morningside, at only six blocks, is distinct from the rest of Edina and Minneapolis in style and feel. It is a very cohesive community with regular events and activities for the residents; there is even a babysitting cooperative that has been around for almost a century!

 

Another unique neighborhood is the Country Club Historic District. Established in 1922 and recognized for its Period Revival Architecture (primarily Colonial, Tudor, Georgian, and Mediterranean) throughout the neighborhood, it was one of Minnesota’s first comprehensive planned communities and was the prototype for Minneapolis. The neighborhood is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. You will surely enjoy this historic and beautiful neighborhood.

 

If you are thinking of moving, you will find everything you are looking for in Edina, Minnesota! This quaint town has all you could want from shopping to dining to parks to easy access to Minneapolis. Edina is filled with so much history you will continually be finding new and unique things about your new home and neighborhood. Call Roost Real Estate today and ask them about moving to Edina, Minnesota!

Posted in Area Info
Nov. 8, 2018

Enjoy Brunch in Minnetonka

Who doesn’t enjoy a good Sunday brunch? Here at Roost Real Estate, we look forward to sitting down to a great meal with friends for a relaxing afternoon and thought you might too.

 

We asked around and gathered a list of some of the best restaurants serving brunch in the Minnetonka area and are happy to share them with you below. Not only do these recommendations offer quality food, and excellence in service, but they also are known for their ambiance and atmosphere. Take a look.

Bacio

Bacio’s slogan is “Dedicated to Food. Focused on Hospitality”. Now that is a slogan we can get behind at Roost Real Estate. Bacio serves brunch both Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. You can’t go wrong when you start your day with a New Orleans style breakfast and a side of beignets.

 

If breakfast isn’t your thing then check out the array soups, salads, and sandwiches. Doesn’t a blood orange Mimosa sound delicious! There really is something for everyone.

 

Bacio’s menu showcases dishes inspired by the Mediterranean, Asia, and Italy all while finding inspiration in locally sourced food. Lastly, be sure to check out their cocktail of the week created by one of their many skilled bartenders. Bacio's recent renovations provide spectacular ambiance! Bacio is a restaurant you go to experience, not just have a meal.

 

Visit website (includes menu): http://www.baciomn.com/

Reservations (952) 544-7000

 

Brunch Sat & Sun 10 am to 2 pm

Ike’s of Minnetonka

Ike’s has a reputation that precedes itself, and they too have a full weekend brunch available both Saturday and Sunday. Ike's of Minnetonka is known for their award-winning food and drinks, and it would be hard to turn down their family style brunch meant to feed a crowd.

 

Let the chef whip you up a fresh omelet of your choosing, while you help yourself to wood smoked sausage, bacon, and hashbrowns. If you’re feeling adventurous, try their version of the Bloody Mary! It’s like a meal in a cup, starting with 20 oz of seasoned tomato juice, and garnished with everything but the kitchen sink.

 

Did I mention the enormous complimentary caramel rolls? Get them while they’re hot, and before they run out. With outstanding service and a menu filled with comfort food, a beautiful fall afternoon should absolutely start here.

 

Visit website: http://www.restaurantsminnetonkamn.com/

Reservations (952) 681-7099

Brunch Sat & Sun 10 am to 2 pm

 

BLVD Kitchen & Bar

If you are in the mood for a classic style brunch, BLVD Kitchen & Bar is the right place for you. Located conveniently near Ridgedale Mall off Hopkins Crossroads. Start your Sunday with a Mimosa and some biscuits and gravy, or slow-cooked prime rib hash.

 

BLVD prides itself in using “produce and bread sourced locally from sustainable sources when possible” and they also serve only certified Angus beef. A classic Sunday brunch does not mean average here. Sundays they even offer ½ price wine, up to a $40 discount. BLVD is a trendy urban restaurant that showcases an open concept kitchen. BLVD is a real hidden gem, where the recipes are made from scratch daily.

 

Visit website: http://blvdkitchen.com/

Reservations for large parties (763) 398-3200

Brunch Sunday 9 am to 3 pm

Redstone American Grill

If shared plates are your thing, then you have found the right place! Redstone American Grill is home to a large selection of high-end dishes made with quality ingredients. Where you can dine on beef wellington, crab Benedict or jerk chicken fondue.

 

Redstone utilizes a wood-burning rotisserie and an open flame grill. The Chef’s brunch includes French toast, scrambled eggs, a variety of breakfast meats, fruit. Score! Additional servings are complimentary.

 

Private dining is available, and they take reservations. When the beautiful weather in Minnesota is in full effect, they have a gorgeous patio available. We know winter is right around the corner, so take advantage if you can.

 

Visit website: https://www.redstonegrill.com/

Reservations (952) 591-0000

Brunch Saturday limited breakfast menu 11 am to 2 pm

Sunday full brunch 10 am to 2 pm

Spasso

I won’t say I saved the best for last; I’ll let you be the judge of that. But Spasso offers the luxury of fine dining in a comfortable setting with a full wine and espresso bar. If you’re not impressed yet, Spasso offers complimentary car service for up to 6 people. They will pick you up in a Cadillac Escalade bring you to Spasso, and return you home after enjoying an afternoon of sipping wine and trading stories with friends.

 

What more could you ask for? Well, how about a prosciutto omelet made with arugula, parmesan, and covered in hollandaise. Or a perfect pumpkin spiced malted Belgian waffle topped with whip cream & maple syrup. That sounds like a beautiful fall afternoon to me.

 

Spasso offers a fantastic atmosphere that welcomes patrons to “come as you are”. They also have the largest selection of wine sold in the area. Check it out, the reviews are in, and this place has quality written all over it.

 

Visit website: http://www.spassomn.com/

Reservations for dining or car service (952) 224-9555

Brunch Sunday 10 am to 3 pm.

 

Roost Real Estate wants you to be happy with your new purchase or rental, and we believe that happens when you can enjoy the community around you. Whether you want a relaxing family friendly venue or an eclectic, upbeat, trendy restaurant, Minnetonka has all that and more. With so many fun fall activities underway, why not add brunch to the list of the reasons to get out and explore Minnetonka.

 

This list will help you decide where to head for your next outing. The endless dining options in the area make it was hard to narrow them down, but this is a good start. The choices range from Italian, to Greek, and everything in between. Whatever you are craving can be found locally at one of these little gems. Go drink, eat, brunch, and be merry...from your team at Roost Real Estate.

 

Posted in Area Info
Nov. 7, 2018

10 Essential Hacks for Small Kitchens

Small kitchens are quite hard to work with. There is hardly enough space for storing everything, and putting in an extra piece of furniture can make it quite claustrophobic. How do you solve this problem without stashing every inch of your kitchen space with furniture? Why put the available space to good use of course! To make better use of the existing kitchen space, here are 10 hacks that can help you use your kitchen space better and make your kitchen spacious. 

Rolling Cart Storage

The first hack in making your kitchen spacious is using a rolling cart. What better way to make space than by having a piece of furniture that has wheels? Rolling carts can be shifted according to your needs, and you can keep just about anything on them. Most rolling carts also have several layers, so there is more storage within the limited space. 

Additionally, the smaller rolling carts are good-looking and can fit right into the kitchen setup. It also takes up less space, since the sides and tops of each layer are open. This means that not only can it be put into tighter corners, but it can also be filled fully to save up space elsewhere.

Organized Drawers

Drawers are also a good way to open up space in the kitchen. A simple hack to use them to create space is to have different drawers for different items, and then several compartments can be created in each drawer to sub-divide the drawers even further using some kind of small container. This would allow more stuff to be crammed into a smaller space, and save space in some other area. Your kitchen utensils get stuck into claustrophobic spaces so that you don’t have to!

Magnetic Hanging Racks

An underutilized segment of space in the kitchen is the headspace. This can be utilized by having hanging racks. Nowadays you can find magnetic hanging racks for sale. These magnetic racks, once put on the sides of walls, can be used to hang anything that can be magnetized. From utensils as small as forks and knives to entire metal pots and pans can be hung on one of these, hence freeing up space in cabinets where they are usually stored. 

Another advantage of having a magnetic rack is that the entire set of metal utensils can be kept spread out over the entire area of the rack. This, when contrasted to the way they are stacked in drawers and cabinets, can easily be preferred for being more spacious. 

Use a Chopping Board to Replace a Counter Top

This one is quite innovative. Most people usually have a counter just for doing all sorts of chopping. Counters alone take up a good chunk of space, and so getting rid of them would open up that space. A simple way to forego on countertops for cutting is by buying a single cutting board. These can then be placed on the sink, stove, or any other surface where the board can be placed, and used just like a counter. Beats having an actual counter any day!

External Storage

It helps to keep certain items that belong to the kitchen in other parts of the home. For example, cutlery can be kept in cabinets in the dining room instead of the kitchen. Most dining rooms are right by kitchens, making it easy to transport the cutlery between the two rooms. You can enjoy more space for just a minor inconvenience. The compromise is small if your kitchen is tiny! Whenever you get time, make good use of your home tools to create space here and there. It is sometimes unimaginable what you can do with the walls when you have the right tools. 

Place the Microwave On Top of Something Else

Many kitchens have homes where the microwave oven is not fixed in place. This allows people to move it around as needed. However, most people would prefer keeping it on a countertop. But you don’t have a lot of space for that, do you? So what do you do about it?

Well, you simply place the microwave on top of something else! Typically, you put it on something that normally doesn’t have something sitting on top of it, such as the refrigerator. 

Wall Mounted Paper Towel

Why have something that can be mounted, sitting on a counter? Paper towel rolls take up a bit of space and putting them on a flat surface like a counter makes that space unusable for some other work. Instead, get a mounted paper towel holder. They can be kept on the wall, and away from taking up useful space in the kitchen.

Get Rid of Cabinet Doors

Cabinets are cool on their own. But you know what makes them even better? Getting rid of their doors. Think about it. Do you really need doors on your cabinet? They occupy the entire space for themselves and also prevent objects from sticking out of the cabinet. That is a waste of space that you could use to cram some other stuff into!

Just get rid of them. Then you can put in more stuff in the same cabinets and free up some space. Also, instead of having a single handle kitchen faucet, have a multiple handle one to utilize the area more.  

Add an Island in the Middle of the Kitchen

I know what you are thinking. Why would it make sense to have a bunch of counters or a table in the middle of the kitchen? Won’t that just take space up? Well, yes it will. But it will save space by being a uniquely spacious storage. 

Islands in the kitchen can take up some more items because they are not surrounded by other counters. They can also be fitted with cabinets that can be opened from all directions on the lower portion of the counter. Ingenious, right?

Just Keep Stuff In The Oven!

Some of you may hate this one, but if you are desperate enough then it is definitely worth doing. Keep plates and pans stored in the oven, assuming your oven is one of those ovens which are fixed in place. Those ovens tend to be huge, and so you can keep quite a lot inside them. 

Anything starting from pans, cutlery, and generally flat utensils can be kept inside them for permanent storage. Sure, you have to get them out every time you use that oven. But for the extra storage, why not? 

All of these hacks are simple, cheap and effective ways to save up space in the kitchen. If you follow them, maybe the next time you won’t run out of space when your neighbor brings over food!

 

guest blog provided by Morgan Antoinette

Posted in Home Improvements
Oct. 17, 2018

Fall Maintenance and Reminders

fall weather in chicago

  • Change your furnace filters

Running the heat (or a/c) with clogged filters could shorten the life of the furnace and could cause additional maintenance calls and expenses. Check in on your furnace and filter to see if you are due for a new one. Some homeowners opt to have their furnace maintenance and tuned up yearly.

  • Garbage disposals and drains

What a misleading name! The garbage disposal is not for all of your food scraps and food garbage.  They are only designed for small amounts of food that are easy to grind.

*Cooking oils and fats should never go down drains, once cool enough to handle and not melt anything, oils and fats should be disposed of in your garbage can

  • Bathroom drains

You’ll want to clean out your sink drain and bath or shower drain from time to time. Both probably have a considerable amount of hair going down them, which will eventually clog or slow down the drain.

  • Smoke detectors 

Did you know it only takes about 5 minutes for a fire to consume an entire house?  Make sure you are checking your smoke detectors often, if not each month with each change of the season.  Most will chirp when a battery needs to be replaced, some have a light that will no longer be illuminated.  While you are at it check in on your carbon monoxide detectors as well!

  • Thermostats

If your thermostat is battery powered make sure there are fresh batteries going into the winter season, especially if you’ll be away from your home for any length of time. If the thermostat goes out, your furnace won’t be keeping your home above freezing.

Posted in Home Improvements
Oct. 16, 2018

9 Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner in the Twin Cities

Thanksgiving is a day when nobody minds having an enormous feast, be it at their homes, or at a restaurant.  More and more people are choosing to gather with their loved ones, eat a wonderful feast at a fine dining establishment and bypass all the extra work. Unsurprisingly, the Twin Cities have great some dining options when it comes to hosting special dinners, and we at Roost would like to point out a few of our favorites. All the restaurants open on Thanksgiving in the Twin Cities serve classic Thanksgiving food. Here’s our list of favorites for you and your loved ones.

 

1) Wildfire - Eden Prairie

Visit website: http://wildfirerestaurant.com/eden-prairie/

If Jazz is your thing, you’re going to love Wildfire. Their Thanksgiving special menu includes Spit Roasted Turkey along with other traditional delicacies. All the dishes are served family style so that nobody leaves even with a bit of appetite.

 

With awesome wait staff and tables which can accommodate 12 plus family members, Wildfire has the potential to host some splendid dinners. Families of all sizes can sit at one table and share food, and laughs at wildfire, without a problem

Thanksgiving hours: 11:00 am-8:00 pm

 

2) Maynards - Excelsior

Visit website http://maynards-excelsior.com/

 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy Thanksgiving dinner watching a beautiful lake? Maynards in Excelsior promises just that. Overlooking the beautiful Lake Minnetonka is Maynards, a lively restaurant which is like home for the locals.


Maynards will offer a buffet brunch from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm and they are accepting reservations for by phone @ 952-470-1800 starting on 10/22.


They serve a traditional platter ofThanksgiving dinner, which begins at 5 pm. But you’ll have to hurry and reserve your table with them. There are lots of people booking the waterfront dining you dream of. There are high chances that you won’t find a reservation if you’re late.

 

3) Birch's on the Lake Brewhouse & Supperclub Visit website https://birchsonthelake.com/

Birch’s on the Lake has a beautiful supper club & brewhouse. Open for Thanksgiving dinner from11 AM till closing, you really can’t miss booking your table here. If you do, then you’re robbing yourself of a cozy atmosphere, a lake view, and of course the delicious buffet. The food served at Birch’s is made from locally sourced ingredients which means you can expect a fulfilling dinner here.


Thanksgiving hours: 11 am till 6 PM

4) Buca di Beppo - Burnsville

Visit website https://locations.bucadibeppo.com/us/mn/burnsville/14300-burnhaven-dr

What makes Buca di Beppo a cool place for Thanksgiving dinner is that they’ve kept their Italian menu open on Thanksgiving. So, if your taste buds crave some handmade pasta or a cheesy pizza with chicken nuggets, Buca di Beppo is your go-to place.


It is warmly decorated and can host parties of all sizes. If someone in your family doesn't have an appetite for Italian food, don’t worry, there’s a traditional Thanksgiving buffet too. Buca di Beppo is a great option for Thanksgiving if you have kids going with you.

Thanksgiving Hours: Contact the restaurant at 612-288-0138

5) Granite City Food & Brewery - Maple Grove

What do think about a casual dining atmosphere, an open kitchen, and lots of traditional Thanksgiving foods to feast on? If that rings your bell, Granite City Food  & Brewery is where you should be spending your Thanksgiving. To top it all, the restaurant has a wide variety of drinks produced in their own brewery.


Watch chefs as they cook traditional Thanksgiving food and you don’t have to hesitate in asking for more. Granite City Food & Brewery is a warm restaurant with a dash of causality.


Thanksgiving Hours: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

6) Windows on Minnesota - Downtown/North Loop

Visit website https://windowsonminnesota.com/

What do you think of having a Thanksgiving brunch watching the paranoiac view of downtown Minneapolis? If the idea appeals to you, Windows on Minnesota is where you should be taking your family on Thanksgiving.

Windows on Minnesota is known for its rich ambiance and great views. Apart from that, it is also known for organizing festive brunches and dinners. For every Thanksgiving, they create fresh menus which include favorite dishes like Smoked Turkey, Belgian Waffle, and freshly baked pastries. Sounds great, doesn't it? Make sure you book your table as soon as they start accepting bookings.

Call the restaurant for Thanksgiving hours  612-376-7454

7) Ninetwentyfive - Wayzata/Long Lake

Visit website http://ninetwentyfive.com/

Ninetwentyfive is a quiet, spacious, and sweet spot for relishing on traditional American flavors. It is one of the open restaurants on Thanksgiving which offer excellent service along with great food. Ninetwetyfive Cooks food with locally sourced ingredients and the restaurant also has a very imaginative menu.

On Thanksgiving, Ninetwentfive organizes a special buffet dinner. You will find delicacies like Beef ribs, Lamb chops, stuffed Suffolk, and many others on their Thanksgiving menu.

Ninetwentyfive is a favorite spot among people of all age because of the friendly staff, and traditional Thanksgiving dishes.

Thanksgiving Hours: Contact the restaurant at 612-356-5330

8) Lela - Bloomington

Visit website: https://www.lelarestaurant.com/

Lela is a well-maintained restaurant open on Thanksgiving. If you like modern-day styling with an open kitchen and purposeful yet fabulous interiors, you’re going to love dining at Lela.

The Thanksgiving buffet will include all the traditional dishes, along with their global wines to enhance any buffet choices.
Thanksgiving Hours: 11:00 am-5:00 pm

9) Cadillac Ranch All American Bar & Grill - Mall of America

Visit website http://www.cadillacranchgroup.com/

If you are looking for an upbeat and social place for your Thanksgiving dinner, then All American Bar & Grill is where you should be headed to. The interiors are inspired by rock and roll, and a great variety of beer is available.

Cadillac Ranch All American Bar & Grill is open on Thanksgiving. Their expert chefs at Cadillac Ranch All American Bar & grill offer a traditional Thanksgiving menu to quench your appetite. It is a famous place for Thanksgiving dinner, most people in the Twin Cities know about it, so it’s better to book a table beforehand.
Thanksgiving Hours:11:00 am-8:00 pm

 

From all of us at Roost, we wish you a blessed Thanksgiving!
Posted in Area Info
Sept. 25, 2018

Home Selling Checklist

We know, we know. Most homeowners consider selling their own homes to save the commission. And we support you, if that is the choice you want and need to make. But the research is compelling. Homeowners who seek out seasoned professionals, like those at Roost Real Estate, sell faster and with less headache. 

There are so many things that a realtor can do for you. One of the most important is to create a meaningful home selling checklist helping you to prepare your house for sale.

1. Early Preparation is Key
Start selling your home sixty days before you list. Hire us. Hire professionals. We will be knowledgeable about your specific market and the marketing techniques that are most effective in your market. We’ll know what prospective buyers are looking for. We know what will turn them on and what will turn them away. We’ll do the research for you.

Most importantly, we’ll be able to help you see things that prospective buyers will see, but that you won’t. Such as curb appeal.

2. Work on curb appeal.
The first thing prospective buyers will see is your curb appeal. How does your house make them feel? When they pull up, is the driveway rutted with weeds poking through the cracks? Does the House need a fresh coat of paint? Is the lawn dead (and does the dead lawn make them feel a little dead inside?)

Every single home on the planet could do something to improve its curb appeal. A seasoned professional knows how to balance your time and money with prospective buyers’ aesthetic and feel. We’re not going to make you change everything. We know what changes matter for maximum appeal. And we know what changes don’t matter. We know which changes would cost you money and time that you would never recoup at sale. 

3. Declutter Your Home
When a buyer walks through the front door, he’s going to want to know that his furniture will fit. He’s going to want to feel as if there is traffic flow, as if there is space for his twenty-seven winter coats. 

We can help you identify the places and spaces where you could create more space. We can help you determine where, if you’re interested, you might declutter.

This is truly the biggest and best reason to hire a professional real estate agent from ROOST. We see the things that homeowners cannot see anymore. Years ago you installed a writing desk in the corner of the family room. That desk was your perfect remote workstation. You don’t see it anymore. We do. We realize that it makes the room look congested. We recommend that you move it out. 

Our work in this regard is like a career specialist who can examine your cover letter and resume to see what a prospective employer will see. Only, we know what buyers will see. 

If you’re good at decluttering, you’ll be able to do it quickly. But most of us cannot see our own clutter. We’ve lived with it. 

A straightforward way to declutter while getting ready to move is to remove all items from a room. Then only replace what is necessary to look good. Everything that is left over, you can either give away or box up for your move. Either way, you’re one step ahead of the game. You’ve killed two birds with one stone. You started packing and decluttering at the same time.

Remember, a home that is staged for selling isn’t meant to be livable. It’s meant to be saleable. If you have to remove everything from the dining room and put it in boxes, and then replace only the candelabra from your Great Aunt Dorothy, do that. Box up the rest.

4. Repair what is broken or in disuse  

 What broken or unfinished things do you see? Is the basement finished but still has bare bulbs hanging from the sheetrock? Go to Home Depot. Find some cheap light fixtures. Watch a YouTube video on how to install them. Easy fix.
Is your kitchen still missing cabinet hardware? You’ll spend fifty dollars and an hour of time. But a buyer will see that things are finished.
Is there is a missing patch of hardwood floor near the entry? Do you need to retouch the paint on the walls, or repaint in a more neutral color? Sure the tangerine or watermelon color that your daughter picked looks good and matches the duvet. But a buy won’t see it that way. They’ll wonder how they’ll fit their furniture inside that hummingbird feeder (that you call your daughter’s bedroom). 

If it’s possible, go through your house with your realtor and imagine that you are a buyer. Which doors would you open? Which handles would you try?  

5. Touch up scuff marks
If you’ve lost the original color of paint, you can try some Mr. Clean pads that will remove scuff-marks. You can also purchase a 3M sanding block, one with extra fine grit. The extra fine grit will remove most scuffs. My experience with Mr. Clean pads is that it sometimes removes the paint too, but try your test.

6. Have a friend come over and conduct a smell test
What does she smell? Sometimes homeowners try to make their houses smell great with essential oils. They don’t realize that some essential oils smell worse than whatever the homeowner is trying to conceal. Is there a smell of mildew in the bathroom from the washable shower curtain? Replace it with plastic. Listen. I know it hurts and you’ve been trying to go green. But do you want to sell your house or not? Get that off your checklist and replace what’s needed. 

7. Clean, Clean Clean! 
Get the carpets cleaned. Get a professional deep cleaning. Get the refrigerator done. The oven. The grout in the shower.
True, many prospective buyers will never be able to say, “I didn’t want that house because I noticed that some of the grout didn’t seem clean.”
But buyers sense at an unconscious level when there is work to be done.
Let us Help You                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whether you’re considering selling yourself or hiring a professional stager, Roost Real Estate can help. Trust us. We go through houses every day. We know what buyers will see and we know what they’ll ignore. We know the quick fixes, the sharp tips to improve appeal. Let us help you. Let’s get that checklist out and prepare your home to sell. 

 

Posted in Selling
June 12, 2018

Modern Bathroom Ideas for a High Home ROI

Modern Bathroom Ideas for a High Home ROI

Guest post written by Haley  Kieser

If you are looking to renovate your home before putting it up for sale, focusing your efforts on bathroom renovations can increase the value of your home. Many modern bathroom features are now almost expected in homes, so making cosmetic upgrades will keep your house competitive in the market. 

Bathrooms serve various purposes, but investing in big structural changes will not make or break the value of a bathroom. Instead, focusing on simple cosmetic changes that enhance a bathroom’s aesthetic appeal is the best bet for a high return on investment. These modern bathroom ideas are sure to increase both the vibe and value of your bathroom.

Sleek Sinks

For large families or couples looking to purchase a home, a double vanity sink can be a lifesaver. The extra space can accommodate multiple people and provide additional counter space. If you have the room to work with, the double vanity sink is a great way to go. But is your bathroom too small for a double sink? Don’t fret just yet, there are still modern sinks that will increase the look of your bathroom without increasing the amount of space needed. Switching to a pedestal sink can actually make your bathroom look more spacious, but will give it a sleek, minimalist feel.

Ceramic or Stone Flooring

Replacing the flooring in your bathroom may seem like a daunting and unnecessary renovation, but more and more buyers are dismissing traditional tile floors and opting for flooring that is more modern. A ceramic or stone tile floor can instantly change the look of your bathroom, transforming it from a stark white room to a natural room with a personality. Ceramic or stone flooring options are good neutral choices that allow for any color scheme, so buyers will have flexibility when updating the bathroom in the future. Natural, calming bathrooms are a big trend right now, so showcasing that even through the flooring will give your bathroom a modern flair.

Modern Cabinets and Storage Options

Cabinetry may not be the main draw in a bathroom, but the style of them does play a part in the overall bathroom aesthetic. Even with a modern showerhead or high-efficiency toilet, an outdated cabinet can detract from the appearance of the bathroom and lessen its value. Your bathroom cabinet should fit the desired look of your bathroom while still providing its functional purpose. Look into modern full overlay cabinetsas an option, as they will both meet your storage needs and create a bold, sleek look.

Rain Shower

Ah, the shower, the main show of any bathroom. The shower is the biggest selling point in a bathroom and thus deserves plenty of attention. From free-standing glass showers to full bathtubs, there are a lot of routes to choose from when remodeling your shower, but upgrading to a rain or waterfall showerwill really boost the appeal and make any shower feel magical. The rain showerhead instantly creates a contemporary environment that buyers are itching to get their hands on. Showers aren’t just one size fits all, though, which is why a rain shower is a good choice. You can choose from adding just one shower head, or multiple spraying in various directions to customize the shower experience.

Heated Floors and Drying Racks

This upgrade will make any owner feel like they are staying at a resort every time they walk into their bathroom. While having heated floors certainly isn’t a necessity, it is a nice touch that gives a bathroom a modern feel and touch of luxury. Heated flooring is generally inexpensive to install if you are already redoing the tile. Adding in heated drying racks as well for towels will make your bathroom feel just as special as any other room. Plus, during the dead of winter, you won’t have to dread stepping out of a steamy shower onto a cold tile floor.

High-Efficiency Toilets

In a time where it is critical that we are mindful of our impact on the environment, more and more people are looking for ways to cut water usage. Many businesses have high-efficiency toilets that cut down on water usage, and people are now looking for the same within their home. Replacing the existing toilets in your home with more efficient toilets gives you the option to decide how much water is flushed. It’s an upgrade that you can feel good about, and that buyers will be happy to see.

Maximizing Your Bathroom Remodel ROI

Renovations can come with a steep price tag, which is why it is important to opt for upgrades that will bring you a high return on investment. Although the bathroom is one of the smallest rooms in any home, it has the potential to be a relaxing, contemporary environment. Especially for master bathrooms, these small cosmetic changes will have a lasting impact on the visual appeal and practical functionality of your bathroom for years to come, and buyers are sure to look for and appreciate these updated features.

Posted in Home Improvements
May 10, 2018

Creating a More Energy Efficient Home

Guest blog courtesy of Haley Kieser

If you’re thinking about increasing your home’s efficiency for monetary or climate reasons, there’s a lot of great information out there. But, it can be hard to decide what really will make an impact on your household. Reading this post will give you options that will make a sizeable impact and that will require varying amounts of initial costs and time. That way you can decide which solutions best fit your needs. 

To start, it’s important to calculate and/or have records of your monthly energy costs as a baseline to compare against after you implement changes or upgrades. The US Department of Energy has a great resource that will show you the estimated energy use of appliances and electronics, which can be difficult to estimate on your own. The tips below are broken out from small to large projects. Don’t disregard the small projects, these can be just as important as the large projects. The only caveat is the smaller changes are easier to implement and cost less. While the larger changes are more expensive, they result in a bigger impact. 

Let’s get started!

Small Changes: 

Programmable Thermostats

These are one of the easiest ways to save on your energy costs. There is a plethora of models on the market, but you don’t have to break the bank here. Any model that allows you to set times when you’re away and when you’re home can save a lot of cash. To make it simple, you can even start your search on Amazon. You can see models range in price from about $40 to $300 on average. With a properly programmed thermostat, you can save almost $200 a year on energy costs. 

Adequate Insulation

There are several key areas of your home to assess if adequate insulation exists. The first being the attic. It’s recommended that homeowners have 12-15 inches of attic insulation. Next would be your water pipes. Insulating these pipes in your home can raise the water temperature by about 2-4 degrees Fahrenheit, in return saving money on your water heating costs. This is especially essential living in Minnesota! Last, and most known across the state would be sealing your windows. Sealing windows with cellophane and a hair dryer can work wonders on stopping drafts of cold air during the frigid winter months. Insulation upgrades are also typically rated as one of the highest ROI home improvements a home owner can make. 

Lighting

If you haven’t upgraded the lightbulbs in your place, it may be a good idea to do so sooner rather than later. Typically, your local energy company will supply you with some to get you started, which can help offset the initial cost of new CFL or LED lightbulbs. It’s a good idea to reach out to them and see if they offer something like that before rushing to the hardware store. 

Large Changes: 

Water Heating

The next biggest expense for homeowners is water heating. Similar to keeping your home climate controlled, it takes a lot of energy to keep water heated on a consistent basis. If you have a traditional tank style electric, gas, propane or fuel oil operated water heater, it may be a good idea to upgrade to an energy star rated model. It can save you about $300 a year just in water heating costs and typically pays for itself within a few years. 

Heating & Air 

Aside from that, there are some general rules we can assume about most households here in the United States. Heating and cooling are going to be the biggest energy expense in any home, regardless of the size. It takes a lot of power and energy to keep your abode climate controlled. With that said, it’s a good idea to be proactive with furnace and air conditioning unit maintenance. Even something as simple as regularly replacing your air filter can make a big difference in energy costs on a year over year basis. Especially if the rest of the unit is running smoothly and doesn’t need replacement. With that said, when it comes to needing a replacement, also opt for an energy star certified unit. Since replacing the unit in your home can be costly, this may be your last option for creating a more efficient home. However, here is a list of signs that may indicate it’s time to replace your heating and cooling equipment

Posted in Home Improvements
April 19, 2018

Getting Organized: Your Ultimate Guide to Decluttering

Guest blog courtesy of Haley Kieser

Life is full of precious moments. Watching a bride walk down the aisle and seeing a baby take its first steps are just a few of the moments in life many of us do not take for granted.

What we often tend to forget are those micro moments we experience every day that affect how we think and feel. Something as little as walking through your front door at the end of a long day can set the tone for how you feel about your evening at home. When those moments add up, they are major forces in deciding how we feel about the bigger picture of our homes and our lives. 

Taking the time to declutter our lives is an important step toward ensuring that every moment, big or small, is one that brings a sense of positivity into our lives. When you walk through that door, open a drawer in your kitchen or open your eyes in the morning, think about what you want to see and how you want to feel. Let that feeling motivate you to get rid of unwanted and unused items. Give yourself more space to live and breathe.

Know It’s a Process

Chances are you won’t have the energy or time to get all your decluttering done in just one day. Getting rid of unwanted items is a process and a journey that will leave you feeling refreshed on the other side - so you know it’s worth the effort. 

In moments of transition, take time to declutter. Opportunities as big as moving from one home to the next or as small as buying a new dresser can give you a chance to go through each individual item you come across and get rid of the things that aren’t adding value to your life.

Motivate Yourself

We’ve all seen pictures of seemingly perfect homes and fantasized about living in them. Throughout the process, remind yourself that as you get rid of 10 items, you’re making space for one big item you can invest in and truly enjoy. For extra motivation, pick something out that you’re going to use to treat yourself when the decluttering is finished.

If It Isn’t Being Used, Toss It

Humans are creatures of habit. If you have something hanging in your closet that you haven’t worn in the past few months or if you have junk sitting in your drawer that hasn’t crossed your mind since you set it there, get rid of it. If you’re on the fence about something, chances are you could afford to let go.  

If the items in your home aren’t adding value in some way, they are taking up your precious space and energy. You’re better off without them.

You Know What to Get Rid of - Now What?

If you’re trying to get rid of something that someone else may find useful, consider donating the items to charity. Goodwill is a great place to drop anything from old books to decorative pillows. Other options could include a local homeless shelter for clothes, a summer camp charity for arts and crafts supplies or even your nearest SPCA for used bedding.

If you’re really taking steps to clear out your home, you may want to get some money back to invest in your next big purchase. These days, just about anything can be sold on the Facebook Marketplace. A good picture, fair price and a descriptive caption are enough to get goods out in front of people in your community who may see your trash as their treasure.

For items that probably won’t sell and can’t be donated, you may want to look into a junk removal service. Most cities will not pick up an old couch or mattress from your alleyway, so the proper steps must be taken if you want to truly rid yourself of unwanted items in your home.

Make The Most of Your New and Improved Space

Once you’ve gotten rid of everything, you may be surprised to learn that you had this much storage space throughout your home all along. Not only do you have space for items you truly love, but you also have room to breathe and will quickly find that every time you drive up to your home, you’re feeling a bit more excited to open that door and see the home you’ve always wanted to see. 

Taking the time to declutter is a challenge, but a therapeutic one at that. Enjoy the liberating process of cutting unwanted and unused items out of your life. You’ll feel better on the other side! Especially if you are preparing to move into a new home in the near future. Decluttering now can save you money later!