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Impeccable Mid-Century Modern Home!

2 Hingham Circle, Mendota Heights, MN 55118


This Mid-Century Modern home, built in 1950, is surrounded by lush landscape and mature trees. Sitting quietly on top of a hill, this home on nearly 3/4 of an acre has the presence of a small estate. The former home of the Mayor of Mendota Heights, this historic gem has sold exclusively through private transaction since 1959, the last year advertised on the open market.

The impeccably designed modern and light-filled interior includes 4+ bedrooms and 2 full baths. The main floor features an open floor plan, new kitchen with polished concrete countertops and stainless-steel appliances, a custom designed Fir entryway, and a remodeled fireplace hearth with wood burning fireplace insert. Every detail of this interior was carefully considered to emphasize the inherent beauty and distinctive light and space of the house itself and the nature that surrounds it. The overall presence of 2 Hingham Circle is one of elegant design and serene atmosphere connected to nature.

Great modern design and spaciousness continue to the newly remodeled lower level. This lower level is impressive, expansive, and beautiful, designed to continue the aesthetic, light and feel of the main floor. It features a newly remodeled bathroom with clawfoot tub, modern fixtures and radiant heat flooring; a large bedroom; a family room with wet bar (that could additionally be used as a bedroom), and a sparkling laundry room.

There is a private deck and patio located right outside of the kitchen, from there you can follow the pine needle path to the north side of the property where your custom built, private wood-burning sauna is located, nestled into woodland. The land is rich with native plants/perennial gardens, trees and shrubs and was awarded a grant from the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation Project to restore native woodland and install a rain garden. This north side of the property was designed to be self-sustaining, and requires very little maintenance like watering, mowing and raking. Designed to be habitat for birds and wildlife it is a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation and attracts an impressive number of birds, including many varieties of woodpeckers, songbirds, and owls.

The neighborhood itself is characterized by quiet, friendly neighbors and great outdoor spaces to visit including the renowned Dodge Nature Center, Wentworth Park (and many other parks), trails along the Mississippi River, and access to The Gateway Trail which you can ride your bike on all the way to Stillwater if you wish.

Very close to the heart of St. Paul, you are minutes from renown shopping and restaurants on Grand Avenue, or the Downtown St. Paul Farmers Market. Also close by is Robert Street where you can shop for anything you need. It is also minutes away from the MSP International Airport.

Imagine unwinding in the gorgeous sauna or relaxing on the backyard deck amongst the towering trees and lush gardens, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. This is truly an urban retreat, it is quiet and dark at night, with so little light pollution that the stars are very visible, it is truly like being “up north at the cabin”. This is a very special property, there are very few, if any, like it!

Utility Information

Company: Highland Sanitation & Recycling
Approximate Cost: $30/month

Company: St. Paul Regional Water Services
Approximate Cost: $34/month

Company: Xcel Energy
Approximate Cost: $157/month

Company: Xfinity
Approximate Cost: $71/month

Recent Home Improvements

      • New furnace installed 10/09
      • New air conditioner installed 10/09
      • New water heater installed 7/13
      • New water filter installed 7/13
      • Removed all carpet and wallpaper and window treatments from 1970’s.
      • Removed “popcorn” texture from ceiling in main living room.
      • Remodeled kitchen – new custom painted and high pressure
        laminate cabinets, concrete countertops, installed stainless steel appliances (Stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and vent hood) new porcelain apron form sink and chrome faucet.
      • New high-end light fixtures throughout; recessed lighting; and “bubble lamps” by famous Mid- Century designer, Herman Miller.
      • Repaired trim on main floor.
      • Painted entire main floor.
      • Prepared, primed and painted exterior (2014).
      • Refinished existing hardwood floors.
      • Installed custom closet organizers.
      • Installed reclaimed maple hardwood floors in main living room (addition) and kitchen.
      • Chimney restoration – top of chimney rebuilt and tuck pointed (2015)
      • Remodeled fireplace (2015) -removed dated red brick fireplace, hearth, mantle – installed modern hearth, plaster fireplace and reclaimed barn beam mantle.
      • Professionally installed, high-efficiency, wood-burning, fireplace insert – this fireplace has a fan which blows warm, it is capable of producing enough heat to act as a secondary heat source for the home.
      • Restored original front door and installed new door hardware and new screen door.
      • Replaced back door with full length window door and new door hardware.
      • Renovated entryway to create a more open entry with custom Fir paneling, trim, and low profile (dimmable) lighting.
      • Replaced original garage door with new electric, insulated garage door and opener (@2010) -Painted garage interior.
      • Designed and built free standing, wood-burning sauna on property
      • Designed and built free standing wood storage crib on property
      • Installed new window coverings
      • Installed exhaust fan in main floor bathroom -new vents and insulation in attic crawl spaceLower Level Renovation: The lower level was completely unfinished with poured concrete slab floor and cinder block walls.
      • Insulated ceiling and walls throughout with rigid foam and spray foam.
      • Built egress window
      • Developed floor plan and framed in walls, doors, windows
      • Replaced east facing original windows with glass block windows
      • Completely remodeled lower level bath
      • New electrical
      • Sheet rocked and painted entire lower level
      • Installed reclaimed maple hardwood flooring in south bedroom -installed hickory laminate flooring throughout rest of lower level
      • Installed concrete floor with radiant heat in lower level bathroom
      • Installed new sink, vanity, toilet in lower level bathroom
      • Installed concrete floor in laundry room
      • Installed new fire door from lower level to garage

Property Documents


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    Property Size
    3400 Sq Ft
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    Year Built


  • Address: 2 Hingham Circle
  • City: Mendota Heights
  • State/county: Dakota County
  • Zip/Postal Code: 55118
  • Country: United States