Luxury loft living in a historical building with panoramic views, if that sounds like paradise to you, then your next home should be in North Star Lofts. The spacious lofts at North Star are undoubtedly one of the prestigious and well-known loft conversions in the Twin Cities. The building dates from the early 20th century and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
You’ll easily be able to spot your home by the prominent Minneapolis landmark that sits atop it: the North Star Blankets sign. This distinctive, vintage rooftop marquee is a remnant of and a homage to the building’s original use as a textile mill and the largest manufacturer of wool blankets in North America. Arguably, this iconic sign is one of the most well-known landmarks along the Mississippi.
From your loft in North Star, you’ll enjoy outstanding views of the famous and beautiful Stone Arch Bridge as well as the downtown Minneapolis skyline. The building is located immediately adjacent to walking paths and trails along the Mississippi River. You can’t get any closer to the Stone Arch Bridge than North Star; it’s located just beneath the building structure. Water power was an essential part of the mill industry, so the building hugs the shore of the River.
After sitting vacant for 50 years, the North Star mill was converted into 36 loft units in 1997-1999. These spacious, upper-end homes feature distinctive vintage character and charming industrial details. You’ll find exposed original brick and masonry wall, visible ductwork, and soaring ceilings of as high as 24 feet.
Expansive sash windows and the tall ceilings give an open and airy feel to each of the custom floor plans and allow for ample natural light as well as the panoramic views. Many units have a private balcony where you can enjoy your morning coffee or an after-work cocktail.
There are a variety of size lofts from which to choose. Lofts range from 1,100 SqFt to as much as 3,100 SqFt. Since your association fee covers snow removal, lawn care, and exterior maintenance, you will never have to worry about yard work, shoveling, or cleaning gutters. Your new home also comes with cable TV, heating and air conditioning, water and sewer service, and sanitation as well as the ample shared amenities and professional management. You’ll enjoy luxury living with streamlined budgeting and more time to enjoy the good things in life.
Of course, a luxury loft community offers residents an array of amenities. These include two shared rooftop terraces, direct access to the Mississippi riverfront, and an onsite fitness center. With 23 guest parking spaces, you’ll be able to host a get-together with friends without worrying about that logistical detail. You’ll also appreciate the building’s beautiful lobby with a cozy seating area.
The North Star Lofts is located in the desirable Mill District of Minneapolis, an area known for its shopping, restaurants, recreation facilities, and entertainment venues right at your doorstep. With an LRT station in the neighborhood, you have easy access to other areas of the city.
The Mill District has plenty of shopping within walking distance of your new loft! For groceries, you’ll love being close to a Lunds, Minnesota’s upscale food market. You can stroll the aisles for a wide selection of fresh and organic foods, or use their online service for either in-store pickup or delivery.
For even more local produce and artisanal goods, you’ll not want to miss the Mill City Farmers Market. Your farm-to-table cooking couldn’t be easier when the farms come to you.
Also, just steps from your home at North Star Lofts is the Nicollet Mall. This 12-block shopping district, renovated in 2017, boasts all kinds of stores, restaurants, and iconic buildings. Your Target runs just got easier with the company’s flagship store and headquarters along this street. In the winter, you’ll enjoy the Holidazzle Village, and you’ll appreciate that the area is a transit and pedestrian mall, restricting automobiles and making a lovely area to walk, bicycle, and dine al fresco at one of the many cafés and restaurants.
For entertainment, you can walk to the Guthrie Theater to enjoy a concert or a show, or head over to the Open Book for a more literary evening with an author reading or poetry performance. Before the shows, you’ll want to taste some of the Mill District’s gourmet cuisine at such neighborhood staples as Sea Change, Sawatdee, Charley’s Grill, or the Kindee Thai Restaurant.
If brunch is your fare, then Spoonriver needs to be on your list of musts. This iconic place is known for its wide array of vegetarian and vegan fare as well as local meat delicacies such as bison sausage and Kadejan Farm Chicken Liver Paté. They even have a meatless charcuterie board with marinated tempeh, herbivorous veggie sausage, and more.
The North Star Lofts has an onsite fitness center, but if you want to supplement your workouts with some classes or group sports, there is plenty to do in the Mill District. Head to hot yoga or a more relaxing vinyasa class at CorePower Yoga. Pick up some games of basketball or join an adult or youth league through the local Elliot Recreation Center. The Center also offers a skate park, and an indoor aquatic center, with winter activities such as snowshoeing, snowboarding lessons, sledding and tubing, and an ice rink, of course.
At nearby 501Fit, you can try the state-of-the-art G-Werx fitness program with the originators of this up-and-coming fitness trend. You’re also near the gorgeous and eccentric Gold Medal Park, a 7.5 acre-oasis in the Mill District intentionally designed to nurture wellness, contemplation, and awareness. The park’s focal point is a sculptural observation mound that rises out of a verdant lawn with more than 200 mature trees, reached via a spiral walkway. Make sure to go at night to see the park benches lit with blue LED lights for an artistic, ephemeral, and even surreally beautiful experience.
At Roost, we stand ready to show you the wonders of the North Star Lofts and the infectious Mill District. Give us a call to discover which units are available in this iconic building and let us help you find a luxury loft to call home.
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