Lake Minnetonka is Minnesota’s version of the Hamptons. Like the Hamptons, Lake Minnetonka comprises a series of towns tightly knit by beautiful natural scenery and wildlife, stunning waterfront homes, and their own variation of the “Tonka chic” lifestyle whether it’s offering high-end restaurants, bars, designer boutiques, or plentiful recreation like boating and golfing.
This 4-bedroom, $10.995 million manse in Orono captures Lake Minnetonka’s East Coast parallels in magnificent form.
The “landmark” estate, as listing agents Jeffrey Dewing and Ellen Dehaven of Coldwell Banker Realty in Wayzata describe, first sets the tone with a sprawling and elegant shingle-style residence set on 2.88 acres overlooking 350 feet of pristine shoreline. Gated and poised at the end of sought-after Bohns Point, the immaculate 9,683-square-foot estate was angled to make the most of its private lakeshore setting and panoramic southwest-facing views.
Although built in 1999, the home’s distinctive gambrel rooflines and classical columns flanking the front porch have kept the architecture firmly rooted in the category of timeless. The impeccably maintained interior spaces, too, have stood the test of time. Formal details are harmoniously balanced against rustic touches such as shiplap walls, wood floors, and river rock fireplaces. The result is an uncommon ambiance of casual refinement that permeates the three-level home.
Walls of windows reveal long water views at every turn. Spacious main-level rooms and an open kitchen for entertaining flow easily to backyard patios via French doors. The floorplan offers “the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor living,” the agents note. A walk-out lower level offers more opportunity for leisure as it brings together a spacious family room, game area, exercise room, and storage room. Upstairs, where the bedrooms reside, there is a gracious primary suite with dual bathrooms and walk-in closets. A laundry room and a beautiful large office with gorgeous custom wood surround complete this level.
A guest cottage adds to the property’s allure, in addition to a sweeping lawn, grounds, and boat dock for doing what fellow Oronoans do best – enjoying the open space and freedom of lakeshore living.