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!