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Charming Cottage Five Miles from St. Paul Center

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Last updated: 05/17/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Zen-like getaway for 1 – 4 people provides a retreat from life's busyness. Big yard and seasonal botanica invite outdoor dining and luxuriating; a fire pit and available firewood offer an agreeable way to release the inner caveman or to allow fire and smoke to ceremoniously boot out old habits and thoughts. (A gas grill stands by to assist the more modern caveman). In cooler months, inspirational books invite quiet reflection and provide a spiritual kickstart—and the calm that encourages visits by resident turkeys or deer. Lay your own tracks in one of two park cross-country ski trails a stone's-throw away.

On warmer days, walk or bike a few blocks to beautiful Lake Phalen and surrounding regional park from which two major hiking and biking trails extend north-south and east-west. (Two bikes available for your use.) Buy bait from the nearby gas station, rent a rowboat, and score some walleye, tiger muskies, northern pike, largemouth bass, crappie or sunfish. Both lakeside and private tree-surrounded picnic sites beckon with historic oaks and beautiful new pavilions (Coolers available to tote your favorite meal or beer--3.2 is the park's limit on alcohol content). For the enlightenment which only little white balls on big grassy expanses can ignite: neighboring Keller Golf Course with its historic course and PGA clubhouse pics (it was a regular stop on the PGA tour for decades) will challenge and delight, 2 other courses less than 2 miles away provide 'backup'.

My bright, comfy kitchen with its whole foods cookbooks and organic cooking staples provides the essentials for quality cooking (and eating) and is the heart of a arty-quirky-cabin-themed home with its collection of interesting antiques and artifacts collected during my stint as a New York-based photo stylist and interior designer.

Listings of local spiritual and inspirational (and just fun) events available. Nearby Phalen beach will give splashy relief from meditative 'seeking'.

Keywords: house, home, bungalow, cabin, maison, gite


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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Primary Renter must be age 30 or older. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    A second car can be parked next to garage stall. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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$155 $205
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  • Pet Fee $10 + tax
  • Tax Rate 7%


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Last updated: 05/17/2015
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13.7 Miles
Nearest Airport
Minneapolis-St. Paul International
0.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Maplewood Bowl and Entertainment Center
1.9 Miles
Nearest Golf
Keller Golf Course
1.3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Minnesota State Highway 36
1.9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Keller Golf Course
27.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
Afton Alps or Buck Hill (same distance)
2.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Phalen

Car: Recommended

The Twin Cities is home to History, Science, and Art Museums, Several highly-rated Theaters, two Zoos, and two world-class orchestras. Festivals abound. Golf Courses challenge. It is rated a top bicycling town. Google Lake-Surrounded Getaway, for my Facebook page listing for places to go and things to see.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: I believe that when people are surrounded by the simple beauty of nature and a quiet place to just 'be,' they develop an awareness of themselves and their place in the world. I'm a huge fan of powerful connection--with loved ones, natural beauty, animals, and urban inspiration. My new (pastoral) pastimes are feeding the goats and chickens, pulling weeds from my vegetable garden, and making (and eating) a nice big frittata with the fruits of my labors.

Why the Owner Chose St. Paul:
--#1 region to be an urban cyclist. (Bicycling Magazine) --Where you can get a good cappuccino and eat Thai food. --Where you can hop on a bike, swim in a clean lake, then ride down parkways without leaving the city limits. (Sustainlane) --More golfers per capita than any other region in America. --One of the top 10 best cities for young professionals. (Forbes) --Home to six professional sports teams and the 2011 sports facility of the year. (Street & Smith) --More theater seats per capita than any other region in the U.S. outside New York. --#1 most playful metro areas in America. (Sperlings) --90,000 miles of shoreline. More than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined. America’s largest mall, Mall of America.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
My favorite morning ritual when I lived at the 'Getaway' was to walk my dog Gobo around Lake Phalen, down the Gateway Trail, or though the Gladstone Savannah, followed by a cup of good tea and some hard-core blogging (

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Speaks: english, french

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Keyless entry makes access a breeze.

    Keyless entry makes access a breeze.

  • Sleep number bed makes it 'just right.'

    Sleep number bed makes it 'just right.'

  • Sunlit knotty-pine porch.

    Sunlit knotty-pine porch.

  • Earth laughs in flowers.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Hamatreya'

    Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Hamatreya'

  • A path to the front door.

    A path to the front door.

  • Roomy kitchen.

    Roomy kitchen.

  • A morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine is nice in the company of mature pines and maples.

    A morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine is nice in the company of mature pines and maples.

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