Renovate to Migrate

Last weekend we had an unusual listing - a split level on the border of Lakeville/Rosemount/Apple Valley. 

Quinby & Webb typically has focused real estate sales in Minneapolis and St. Paul proper, but when clients come calling, we come running! Gary and Michael will be buying a home in or near S. Minneapolis, so it seemed like a perfect fit to help them migrate. Gary spent the past 22 years meticulously maintaining and updating 16147 Excelsior Drive. His efforts show, the house far outshines any home in his neighborhood.


A freshly renovated kitchen with an open concept floor plan is a welcome change to anyone house hunting in this area. Most of the neighbor's homes are walled off split-levels with 80's oak cabinetry and tired carpet. 

Gary's knack for projects and design savvy are evident in his home. Beautiful wood flooring, classic shaker cabinets, light granite, and bright lighting are hallmarks of a longstanding design. If est. real estate had been brought in prior to these changes, our picks would've been nearly identical.


With his impressive skills, Gary tiled and finished both of the bathrooms himself. Travertine tile in the upper bath which is connected to the master and a nice light subway tile in the basement to brighten up an otherwise dark bathroom. The work is meticulous with level tile, beautiful finishes, and perfect grout lines - he truly is a master.

The basement space is wonderful for entertaining - the lookout windows let in a ton of light and the fireplace brings cozy charm in winter months. There is even a nice nook for a desk and office area.


In Lakeville, the garage space is coveted. Gary took this to heart when renovating. He insulated, drywalled, heated and even added a fireplace to his garage. It's a perfect space for winter game watching or a potential woodworking enthusiast. It's no surprise that Gary's meticulous attention to detail didn't stop on the inside. The exterior of his home is beautifully landscaped and perfect for any owner looking to spend some time outside.


Gary's planning while renovating his home is the exact approach we encourage at est. real estate. The best route to take is to renovate while you live in the home. Spread the cost over many years, to make it manageable, and then you have a beautiful home to sell that you've also gotten to ENJOY.

Props to Gary on his wonderful work - with 8 offers in 24 hours, it's obvious that his choices resonated with buyers in the marketplace.