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May 13, 2018

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Lake City, Minnesota

By RetroRuth

This week we have a cute house that I think would be a great candidate for a mid-century restoration. This house is 85% there, it just needs some period details to make it perfect.


This home is located at 1122 S Oak Street in Lake City, Minnesota. It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms and is 2200 square feet. It was built in 1950 and the asking price is $296,000. It is listed by Kemp Real Estate, and you can see the listing on Zillow here. From the listing:

Unique home combines three bedrooms and two baths with over 2200 square feet of sleek-lined, midcentury modern design. Enjoy the homes spacious great room with many expansive windows that flood the interior with natural light, lake view, and floor to ceiling hearth with modern gas fireplace flowing into a formal dining room excellent for entertaining.





Living Room


Dining Area



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So, what do you guys think?  I think with the right paint and the right flooring, that kitchen would be really fun. It feels like one of those “kitchen centers” that you see in so many vintage ads, with the laundry room on one side and the kitchen on the other. There is also an addition or remodel situation that I’m not a big fan of (I didn’t post a picture, you can check that out in the listing), but you can’t beat that pink and gray bathroom with the awesome tub and tile all the way up to the ceiling. And I adore all the built-ins.


This post is sponsored by Real Estate Broker Adrian Kinney, Denver’s Mid-Century Modern Expert! If you want to learn more about the mid-mod scene in Denver, you can visit Adrian’s site here. Thank you, Adrian!

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8 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Lake City, Minnesota

  1. Dan Reply

    May 13, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Just removing those dreadful ceiling fans and flouncy window rags would do wonders. I love the laundry room setup, so practical, but the overall kitchen layout seems a bit inefficient. The tile floor in that skinny bath is marvelous. The floor in most of the house looks like cork tile. The large cabinet and bench in the basement look like they are on rollers, I guess that could come in handy.
    Some appropriate lighting, window treatments and creative paint and wallpaper would really make this place crackle.

  2. BobinAlabama Reply

    May 13, 2018 at 9:26 am

    That kitchen – cook while you wash laundry!

  3. Max Reply

    May 13, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    House appears to have concrete floors with radiant heat, excellent for Minnesota winters.

    I would want to change that black vinyl baseboard to wood, even if original, I think it is too institutional to have in a house.

  4. Susan from Boston Reply

    May 14, 2018 at 9:52 am

    The kitchen (minus the floor). Swoon!
    The bathrooms, especially that corner tub. Swoon!
    That bonus room. Swoon!
    Those built-ins. Swoon!
    I. Want. That. House. Love.

  5. Susan from Boston Reply

    May 14, 2018 at 9:53 am

    oh and to Sara’s point: they (whoever they are) need to bring back counter-depth refrigerators.

  6. dkzody Reply

    May 14, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Yes, bring back counter-depth fridges in harvest gold! My kitchen would be so happy.


    June 8, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Wow! Neat house! Yeah, I’m trying to figure out the addition. It looks like a three seasons/game room type deal but I could also envision it as guest accommodations. There’s a basement bathroom shown in the listing that was kind of interesting I thought. Looks like they’ve had the home on the market for a while, dropping the price a 100K in the last year. Taxes seem reasonable, at least by our Chicago suburb standards.

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