The Wigleys: downsized empty-nested renters

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We’ve moved to a townhouse in Northfield at 1133 Heritage Drive, about a mile south from our Linden St. house. It overlooks Heritage Park (center) where there’s a mature pond with a walking/biking path.

Movers did the heavy stuff on Tuesday and we complete hauling everything else last night. Robbie spent more than a few hours cleaning our old house from top to bottom, prepping it for the new owners, Peter and Jesse. We’re planning a ‘meet the neighbors’ pizza party for them on Sunday.

We’re renting the townhouse on a month-to-month basis while we try to resolve our condo situation. I blogged about The Crossing in Northfield and Mendota Homes yesterday on Locally Grown.


Wigley house 4 sale: closing set for Sept. 14

We have a buyer. Two weeks from today, we close on the house. We’re madly packing, as are the new owners who are moving from St. Paul.

I asked them how they found the house and what they thought of the blog:

What happened was, we hit Google for “northfield mn real estate” or something similar, found an MLS page with a couple of houses we liked, and I kept saying “I dunno, the Linden street one looks really cool”. Anyway, then I did another search with different terms, and the blog came up, and I looked at it — and immediately IMd my spouse to say “hey, look, there’s a blog for that Linden Street house”.

20:21:39 – Woah, they have a blog!
20:28:15 – I’m sold.
20:28:22 – They love that place, and everything got redone in 2006.
20:28:35 – I have written a polite email asking whether we could come have a look at it tomorrow.

We were already leaning towards “the Linden place” a bit, but the blog was absolutely the hook. We then went out to Perkins to sit around worrying that you’d already sold it.

Give us a call for a private showing!

Call for an appointment to view the home anytime at 1016 South Linden, Northfield, MN. (507) 645-6065 or (507) 645 8319

See this Location blog postfor Google satellite/street maps.

It’s easy to find/get here as long as you don’t assume that you’re close if you’re on Linden St on the west side of Highway 3. Linden St is over there, as well. Just think “off Woodley St.” and you’ll be fine.

Summary of the house


Click this PDF flyer for an overview of the house and then click on any of the house categories on the right sidebar (bedrooms, porch, garage, etc) for all our blog entries on those items. Click to enlarge any of these photos.

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L to R: front yard of the house in winter, summer, fall

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L to R: Kitchen, family room (kitchen in background), living room

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L to R: front yard fish pond, porch (about to be rescreened), back yard

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L to R: 1st floor BR w/ fireplace, 2nd floor stairs, one of 5 upstairs bedrooms

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L to R: 2nd floor bathroom, small 2nd floor bedroom, binders of warranties

(This blog post has been updated since its original date of Feb. 13.)

Open house signs with balloons and spinners

We’ve been surprised how effective our open house signs have been at bringing in people. Robbie combined the signs we got with our listing with ones she bought locally. She’s enhanced their visibility with helium balloons and wind spinners. The main trick was to get them to stay up on windy days when the snow was piled high and the ground frozen. Click photos to enlarge.

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L to R: in front of our house; at Woodley and Linden,

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L to R: at Woodley and Hwy. 3; at Poplar/Jefferson Rd. and Woodley; at Woodley and Professional Drive.

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At Woodley and Division.

Wigley House 4 Sale Finder’s Fee: $2,000

We are offering a finder’s fee of $2,000 to be paid to anyone (non-realtor) who is directly responsible for referring someone who ends up purchasing our house. The money would be paid after closing.

So put on your thinking caps! Who do you know who might be interested in seeing this great family home?

Have them contact us (using your name) or send us their name and email address and we’ll contact them for you.