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Unique 5 BR Home on Beautiful Green Lake Just 1 Hour from Twin Cities!

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Fabulous local fishing and recreational opportunities.

Sitting on nearly an acre of land on a quiet road, this 2 story 1500+ sq. ft. lofted cedar home offers charm and privacy inside and out. It's post and beam construction, open design, 5 bedrooms (sleeps as many as 8+), fireplace, vintage baby grand piano, expansive windows, three decks and lakeside cottage offer beautiful places and spaces in which to relax, recreate or recoup during your enjoyable and memorable stay. Whether wanderer, sportsmen, couples, families or friends, we're sure you'll appreciate this unique home with its open structure and lively decor. Well appointed, it was designed and constructed to be used and enjoyed. The property offers convenience to multiple outdoor activities. At home, one can swim, paddle boat, canoe or kayak, play horseshoes, badminton, volley ball, laze around the fire, BBQ, or simply relax and curl up with a good book lakeside. Green Lake offers excellent fishing on its approximately 833 acres. 28 feet at its deepest, one can expect to catch bluegill, northern pike, walleye, and largemouth bass. If you love photography or simply critter-watching, you'll find plenty of opportunity, oftentimes without leaving the yard, as area wildlife abounds with many of the following to be found: fox, songbirds, heron, eagles, deer, turkeys, various species of ducks, loons, and geese. To see even more, take a 15 minute drive to the Sherburne Wildlife Refuge and Sand Dunes State Forest to hike or take a nature drive . You'll also find opportunity for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, canoeing, camping, cross country skiing, and community activities. Be sure to ask about local events.

Dyan Oliver
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2018

About Dyan Oliver

If walls could talk you'd hear tales of the lives of multiple children who once lived here. Scattered about the globe now as young adults, their stories of love and joy emanate from the art and artifacts that adorn this home as it awaits your visit and a host of new adventures.

Our family moved to Green Lake in 1992 and was comprised of biological and 'chosen' children who all attended Princeton schools. Now grown and living in different parts of the world, they often speak of the day when they can return to Princeton and revisit the home on the lake they shared with us. Until they do, the house begs to be filled with noise, adventure and fun to add to its history so we invite you to come fill this lovely space, create new memories and leave behind stories of your own.

Dyan Oliver purchased this house in 1992

Why Dyan Oliver chose Princeton

You'll love this property because of its unique spaces, convenience and FUN! It offers the best of both worlds...for the outdoor enthusiast, the artist and creator, and those who love to simply sit and relax. From its beams to its floorboards, it's no stranger to activity, but has fresh decor and amenities that make it lively and comfortable. On its acre of land you'll enjoy gardens, watch humming birds outside the kitchen window, revel in the majesty of the abundant bald eagle population (there was once 7 sitting in the tree outside!), see the sunset from the dock. Just an amble down the gradual hill, you'll find the lakeside cottage, cheerfully appointed with comfortable seating and two changing rooms, to be the perfect spot to BBQ, entertain, sit around the fire pit and keep an eye on the kids. Shallow entry into 110' of shoreline makes for easy access to the lake. Close proximity to Princeton and Cambridge allows for the occasional quick convenience trip, dining, shopping, or access to fun, local events.

What makes this house unique

This property is unique in its construction, history and decor. While offering the usual 'lake cabin' opportunities and amenities, there is something special about its quiet energy. Solid cedar and sturdy, it can withstand the wear of tromping feet, or appeal to the eye and demeanor of the artist or muse. On the main floor you'll find BR1, the kitchen, full bathroom, the LR and dining area with a full wall of south facing, oversized windows that provide an excellent view of the lake and lots of bright sunlight. You'll also find a wood burning fireplace and access to an outdoor deck that overlooks the lake. Up the circular stairs you'll find the loft with its baby grand, sofa and television. Along the upstairs hall there are four bedrooms and an alternate entry/exit to the house. BR2 sports a full/twin bunk. BR3 has a full/twin bunk. BR4 (master bedroom) has a king size bed and windows along the eaves for serious moon gazing. BR5 offers a full wall view of the for listening to the call of the loons and other charming lake critters.


Princeton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sink vanity, wall hand/hair dryer, washer/dryer.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Bunk bed has upper twin w/attached ladder & lower double.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , BR 3 has upper twin bunk w/lower double folding futon bed.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Master bedroom has king sized bed.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , BR 5 has double bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Whether for a week or a weekend, this property appeals to all kinds, from the avid outdoorsman to Girls Getaway (Ott lights and tables available upon request for crafting events), to family holidays and reunions. If there is anything additional that you would like, please let us know and we'll do what we can to accommodate you.


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Unique 5 BR Home on Beautiful Green Lake Just 1 Hour from Twin Cities!
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
Edina, MN

Up north feel with lots of charm and amenities.

  • 5 of 5

This home has everything! Not only is it charming and full of unique art pieces, it has all the amenities you will need for your vacation. The galley kitchen is small but well stocked with all your cooking needs. Only one bathroom but again, lots of towels and amenities. The home was clean and beds were very comfortable. Outside there are 2 decks, a large fire pit, kayaks, a canoe and paddle boat. The boat house is stocked with life jackets and toys. Another deck with a grill is attached to the boat house.

The house is on a hill so you will definitely get exercise going from the lake to the house. :)

There is one neighbor next to the house but we didn’t see them much. The other side of the house is private.

The lake shore is very weedy so not the best for swimming. However, we went swimming off our boat where it was deeper.

We really enjoyed this home!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a nice place and we enjoyed our stay

  • 4 of 5

Overall a good experience the pontoon was not running which was disappointing but they had been trying to repair it but had a great time otherwise

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great lake house, lots of lake-related activities, close to twin cities, and a nice atmosphere!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend with 10 people. Used the pontoon, kayaks, and paddle boards: it was great and a huge plus to the property.

The rooms and beds were comfortable, and the open layout and multiple living rooms provided a opportunities for different activities.

Getting was easy as was finding the house.

A great experience overall!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House was very nice and accommodating. Pontoon was great. Grounds were quiet and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing Labor Day weekend here!

Pros: A bunch of them. To list a few, the house was spacious with a great view of the water and was very accommodating for adults and children. The boathouse deck is a nice place to hang out and grill. The grounds are quiet and peaceful. There is a lot of outdoor space. The deck by the main house is also a nice place to gather. The lake view is great. The pontoon was the star of the weekend. The lake is big and nice to cruise around. Caught some panfish and northern. Many loons and bald eagles spotted. The owners were very accommodating, responsive, and lovely to work with. The list goes on . . .

Cons: Very few. No sand beach. Water was a little green. Milfoil and water access made it hard to swim at the property. The boat house is more for storage than anything else; than actually being something to hang, play or sleep in. On the windy side of the lake, but this is also a pro in that there were no bugs and the breeze was nice. It would seem a majority of these cons were due to the time of year we rented.

Overall we would definitely recommend this property, and hope to come back in the future. Great rental! Thank you so much for the memories!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice lake location near the Twin Cities

  • 5 of 5

This was a very convenient lakeshore location within easy reach from the Twin Cities. We were able to accommodate 6 adults, 2 toddlers and 2 dogs with relative ease. The location was quite and somewhat rustic with wonderful lake views. The pontoon and other water equipment provided fun recreational activities. There were excellent opportunities for our dogs to walk and even wander briefly off leash. All in all, a very good long weekend trip

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Property!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time in this place. The house is very well stocked with all necessities and more. This is really appreciated because we have rented much higher-end properties in exclusive areas that are virtually empty of any household items. We were glad to see that the owners of this property trust and invite guests to come in and feel right at home, welcoming the use of all house amenities. The grand piano was a great surprise to our daughter who loves to play! The interior is cozy, artsy, eclectic and fun! We enjoyed catching fish on the lake and watching eagles. A great place to stay and have a relaxing getaway. Thank you for offering this wonderful property for others to enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
MSP Intl
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Hi-Way Inn
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Princeton Golf Club
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Elk River-North Star
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Highway 95
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Pine Brook Inn
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Wild Mountain
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Spectacle Lake
Car: necessary

Beautiful Green Lake is situated almost midway between Princeton and Cambridge, MN providing convenient access to modern amenities while still retaining that private, small town feel. Located approximately 7 miles east of Princeton, 11 miles west of Cambridge, and 1/4 mile south of Hwy 95, you'll head south on Nacre, then east onto 337th Lane NW (dead end) to the third property on the right. There the two story home is nestled in a bowl of land and facing a gentle slope to the lake providing gorgeous views of the water. Just two miles down the road there is the convenience of a gas station, bait shop, and convenience store where you can pick up forgotten necessities as well as beverages and firewood to enjoy while sitting around the fire pit. For family dining stop in at the Pine Brook Inn with its reputation for excellent food. A walkable distance, you can imbibe at the friendly Hi-Way Inn, known as the go-to spot for signature burgers and homemade pizzas, bingo, meat raffles, and lively Friday night karaoke. Take our canoes or kayaks for a short, lazy ride between the banks of the gorgeous and serene Rum River that runs between the two towns, or extend your river adventure to a longer meander along its 151 mile course. Located not too far from the Sherburne Wildlife Refuge, a great place for hiking, you could opt for an afternoon ride along the 7 mile-long Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive. Our favorites to see there are the abundant swans, sandhill cranes, and occasional eagle nest. Should you choose to fly in, both towns have small airports. For a special treat, aim for their pancake breakfasts over Father's Day weekend! The area is rich with arts and crafts, making the home a perfect getaway for weekend retreats and workshops. Check with us about area farm and studio tours. fBe sure to stop by the Saturday Farmer's Markets for delicious local products, and don't forget to treat the kids to a visit to the splash park followed by a stop at everyone's favorite summer stop...Santa Lucia's for generous stack of homemade ice cream. If you are hardy enough to choose a February stay during our MN winter, consider planning your visit to coincide with either the annual Mora Vasaloppet (a 3,000 participant cross country skiing event held less than 30 miles away) or the Princeton Lion's Club Annual Fishing Contest held right out front of the house on Green Lake (oodles of prizes). Of course, you can always stay put and enjoy cross-country skiing or snowmobiling around the lake. Regardless the activity... X-country skier, ice fisherman snowmobiler, or sportsperson of another kind, winter activities are meant to be enjoyed here as well. It's always nice to curl up afterwards with a hot chocolate or cider around a flickering fire or a good movie. You'll create warm memories and have plenty of stories to share with your less hardy friends when you return home!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500

Rates and availability are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. Additional cleaning fee of $150. Additional charge for extra guests (over 8) No pets. Children under 3 are free.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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